The trees are talking…. are youlistening?
In a photographic exploration of the spiritual aspect of trees, Joan Klostermann-Ketels calls for us to simply open our minds to the possibility that the forests and trees around us hold secretsand messages for us all. HumaniTrees: Exploring Human Nature through the Spirit of Trees(Findhorn Press June 2011) asks the reader to take a fresh look at the natural world aroundthem, in particular trees, and realize that there are aspects of the human spirit nestled there.
“I have a forestry degree and have spent years working and recreating in the forest.My career over the past 27 years has been dedicated to enhancing, protecting, andsustaining our state park forests. This book opened my eyes to a fresh new perspectiveon our forest resource and the individual trees who reside there.” – Greg Van Fosson,District Supervisor, Parks Bureau, Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
As you embark on the meditative and relaxing journey Klostermann-Ketels has laid out youdiscover the ‘grateful’ tree, the ‘devoted’ tree, the ‘poised’, the ‘bossy’ and even the ‘impish’tree among many others, and as you stare at the photographs, you realize that indeed she isright – even the tree you can see from your window has something to tell you. Humanitrees isfilled with intriguing photos and stirring text leading the reader to find companionship, comfortand joy in nature that can be shared by all generations and family members.
In Humanitrees, Klosterman-Ketels further expands on the themes she introduced in her firstbook Personalitrees by offering a section where she explains why she chose the names forthe trees in the photographs. These explanations are often funny and touching. By feeling the presence of spirit, the reader is able to absorb the connections and natural symmetry of thepictures, quotes and text. There is so much serenity and simplicity here, so much of our selves.Each walk, each turn of the page, is an experience more profound than the one before, allowingus to emerge with a greater appreciation for trees and the life that they provide for us. Duringthis time of immense global transformation could it be time for us to listen to what the treesare telling us – for sure there is wisdom here.
A discussion guide offers developmental activities for educators and homeschoolers, and startsfun and fascinating discussions for book club members.
About the Author:Joan Klostermann-Ketels is a partner in BeingOfSoundSpirit, which is dedicated to the health and well-being of the human spirit, and the author of Personalitrees. She also owns a corporate training firm,Ketels Contract Training. She lives in Eldora, Iowa.