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Two Winters in a Tipi: My Search for the Soul of the Forest

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The inspirational adventure of a man who went back to the land to show us how we can rediscover and reconnect with the wilderness around us.

One stormy August night, a lightning bolt struck Mark Warren’s tin-roofed farmhouse and burned everything to the ground. Even his metal tools melted. Friends loaned him a tent, but after just a month it began to break down—which Warren
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Published May 1st 2012 by Lyons Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Simon Lindley
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adv-english-11
Two Winters in a Tipi is a true story about Mark Warren and his search for meaning in his surroundings. In 1989, Mark and his dog, Elly, are away from their home in North Georgia for a few days, teaching students about survival skills of the Cherokee at his wilderness school, Medicine Bow. While they are gone a violent lightning storm burns his farm house down. Mark’s life was decimated. The storm destroyed all of his belongings, and he did not have insurance. He decided to borrow a tent from a ...more
Mike W
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
More than chronicling and documenting the practicalities of tipi life -- Warren uses the tipi as the center for his spiritual journey. Tipi life lends itself to becoming tuned in with one's natural surroundings. "The tipi -- unlike angular homes -- is less about separation than integration." Unlike a house, you don't have to wonder what it's like outside. You step outside, and you hear the same sounds as you did inside. Rain pounds just a few inches from your head as you sleep. The cover is inte ...more
Tim Blackburn
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book. Reminiscent of Henry David Thoreau except Mark Warren comes across as more likeable. The author relates his personal saga of living 2 years in a tipi in the mountains of Northern Georgia. The encounters with wild life and the details of daily living were very interesting to me. I recommend this book.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mark Warren is a friend of ours who has taught us much about plant id, archery, and just living off the land. This book is a compilation of his stories.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice memoir of a naturalist. Interesting account of tipi construction and life therein.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mark Warren is a naturalist who taught outdoor skills, and so much more, to all ages.  He wanted to teach respect, appreciation and love for the outdoor world, animals and plants.  His work included elementary school programs as well as senior citizens and all ages in between.  Most of the book takes place in the forests of north Georgia in the U.S.

After completing his undergraduate work, Warren was accepted into medical school.  He called the school and said he wouldn't be showing up because he
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What makes this book special is the humility of the author. This is not a story about a man who sets out aggressively to test himself against the wilderness or to wrest secrets from nature. This is a man who has always felt a deep reverence for nature and who, from a very young age, taught himself to literally walk softly in the wilderness, to be one with it rather than see it as "other." His time in a tipi isn't a personal test, it's the natural evolution of his lifestyle after a bolt of lightn ...more
Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-the-book
This is a story about a naturalist, that makes his living in teaching young and old about nature, survival skills, native American Indian crafts, etc. While finishing a class, and away from home lighting struck his house, a hundred year old and something cabin located in a wilderness area I think in Georgia. The fire completely destroyed every thing he owned, and neither he nor the owner had any insurance. He had taken all his camping gear to his house, so the only thing he had left was the clot ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I learned about this book when I listened to the author speak at "A Novel Idea" ("literary dinner theater in Atlanta"). His lifelong love and knowledge of all things "nature" light up this accounting of his experience living in a tipi in my beautiful North Georgia. My favorite parts of the book were those recounting up-close-and-personal (though NOT intrusive on the part of the author) encounters with animals; the excitement and joy the author felt about these encounters were palpable through hi ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a cool, insightful book about a great author and a small sliver of his life.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully done, Mr Warren!
One wouldn't think that a book without a regular "story line" could be hard to put down. But this was. And I will remember Elly forever.
I love soul-searching, back to nature stories. While this didn't necessarily scratch that itch for me, it was a decent read.

Imagine losing everything, and I mean nearly everything, in a house fire. That novel you were working on? Gone. Your clothes? Gone. Your beloved books, trinkets, and keepsakes? Gone. Mark Warren lost everything, and rather than go into debt trying to replicate his old life, he rebuilt it from the ground up. An outdoorsman and educator by trade, he built a tipi and lived in
Kevin C
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent excellent thought provoking book. Mr Warren has connected with nature in ways that I, and so many others, have always dreamed of.
His message is quite simple. If we can reconnect with nature in the ways we were intended to, we can rediscover our true selves. We have become so lost in the modern world with things that we perceive as important, that we've lost sight of what living is supposed to really be.
Mr Warren gives a wonderful glimpse into the world we were given...a truly b
Jan Reelitz
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To anyone interested in maintaining or establishing contacts with the natural world, this book is wonderful. Told in a gentle and interesting voice, Mark Warren relates how he choose the placement of his tipi, how he selected the poles and how important the tipi became for him. Why the tipi? The house he rented, and all of his possessions, burned in a horrific fire. A long-held dream came true
when he decided to move into a tipi, until the next step in his life became clear.
Mr. Warren is the dire
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, science
From the title, I was expecting a spiritual journey. However, it is really more of a nature log. I really felt the author's passion for, and connection with, nature, but there was a certain depth lacking. I saw his wonderful vision of nature, but I didn't get to know him, feel who he was.

This would make a wonderful gift for someone who loves nature and is interested in education. However, for the general public I would say it is a 50/50.
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart and mind

Heart and mind

This author so beautifully reveals not just a great story, but of the lessons of honesty and truth learned in his special world. I felt his adventures and his excellent writing made me feel I had experienced them myself. A very special book.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very entertaining book about a man and his dog who spend two years living in a tipi.
Michael G. Hodges MD
Great book about living in a tip.

Good book for anyone who dreamed on living in a tipi long term, and has a background in Native American theme.
Linda Strader
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Thoroughly enjoyed the author's prose, descriptions of nature, and his interactions with both wildlife and children. ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
my husband's read ...more
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Anyone would love this book.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good read!
Mark Warren
Sep 07, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I am learning a few more things about Goodreads, one being, I can review my own books. Not to rate them, but to offer additional information and links for folks that may have an interest in finding out more about my books.

Just before "Two Winters in a Tipi" was published, I was lucky enough to get an interview with someone from the Sierra Club. The interview is still on their website, and you can read it here:

In the interview I answer questions about the
Mar 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The search for a peaceful outlook on life ends here. This is a simply magical book that does not impose but invites.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
A little corny and there's some questionable "science" but the general idea is pretty inspiring. I was kind of hoping his lifestyle would be more self-sufficient though. If you're expecting information on totally getting away from dependence on supermarkets and shopping malls it's a little disappointing. ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting - I enjoy reading about experiences I am not likely to pursue. Sometimes the author's tone made it hard to continue reading - I did not find the writer particularly likeable. He seemed a little smug in his superior wilderness knowledge. ...more
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Mark Warren is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Chemistry/Pre-med. Mark also pursued music composition and arrangement at Georgia State University, while performing original works in various concerts, scoring plays for The Academy Theater, and having his suite The Once and Future King performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

At Medicine Bow, his school in the Southern A

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