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Conversations with Trees: An Intimate Ecology

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  10 reviews
From a pioneering thinker in the field of religion and ecology, a collection of evocative meditations on the beauty, fragility, and resilience of trees. Included are twenty-seven original lithographs of the trees profiled in each chapter.

First published in 1993, Stephanie Kaza's heartfelt book helped thousands of readers kindle a sense of spiritual connection through commu
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Shambhala
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Patricia
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 ish. During this shutdown time, I especially appreciated these vicarious walks. Kaza beautifully evokes the blazing yellow of gyngko leaves and the deep time of bristlecones. I will read those chapters again. Her premise, meeting trees on their own terms, respecting their Otherness, was attractive. It's goal that is hard, maybe impossible, to realize. It's not bad that it's Kaza rather than trees that the reader is in conversation with. Still something about her style (too many exclamation m ...more
Bonnye Reed
Originally published in 1993 by The Attentive Heart, these essays by Stephanie Kaza, illustrated by wonderful line drawings by Davis Te Selle are just as relevant today as they were 25 years ago. And their message is just as strongly needed - if we take care of the needs of the trees, the people will live on.

Kaza moves me to tears in places. She brings into focus the wonder of these living, breathing plants that outlive us in some cases by centuries, requiring only water, nutrients, and carbon
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Evan
May 19, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 26 of 2022.
Dan Carey
Kaza's prose and sentiments will strike many as over-the-top. There were times in this book when that included me. But my growing sense of kinship with trees no doubt strikes many as also over-the-top, so I just have to acknowledge that the line's position is personal for every reader. That said, there are some wonderful sections in these meditations. It was pretty much what I wanted when I bought the book. ...more
Kelsey Bollman
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
May be obvious, but this book is for tree lovers. If you’re “kinda into trees” you kinda won’t be into this. I found this book wonderful, informational, and spiritual.
Ellen Sue
Conversations with Trees: An Intimate Ecology by Stephanie Kaza

Stephanie Kaza has written a most unusual, captivating book about her personal, intimate relationship with trees. Formerly called The Attentive Heart: Conversations with Trees, the author has put her heart and soul into her conversations with these wonderful living gifts from Mother Nature.

Her conversational stories take us to many places she has lived, worked, or visited, and with these conversations we revisit these spots with her.
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Frank Watson
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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At first it sounded strange, almost ridiculous: CONVERSATIONS WITH TREES. Really? Then I realized I was looking at it from a western, materialistic mind. If looked at from a more Zen perspective, with the realization that all is part of all, it makes more sense.

I still wasn’t sure what to expect, but Stephanie Kaza, the author CONVERSATIONS WITH TREES: AN INTIMATE ECOLOGY, is a student of Zen and the book is a collection of her essays. Many seem to have been lifted directly from her journals. Pe
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Andjelka Jankovic
I loved this book far more than I expected; a poetic, observational and philosophical look at trees through the eyes of a tree lover. I found myself completely lost in it at times, coming up for air when I realised how close my nose was to the page. It speaks to my soul, how trees have wisdom and character beyond human recognition and how they are our teachers. Druid, the name for a tree lover, has the same root word as ‘truth’.
Tyler Leary
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No, I didn't write this book, but my friends at work who call me "the tree whisperer" might have guessed so. As advertised, this collection of essays really is about talking with trees, being in relationship with them, learning from them, and appreciating their presense. Of course I enjoyed it, and if you're interested I think you'll find this an easy, mind-opening read. ...more
Cherie
Aug 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The best way to describe this is love letters/love poems to trees. Would be really nice to sit out in nature and savor each poem under different trees.
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