Our gardens are like little sections of 'wild' in suburbia. They provide us with opportunity to tend the land, nurture plants, observe the seasons, and interact with the More Than Human World. They offer us solace from our busy lives and drop us into a way of interacting with Time that is more akin to the way of our ancestors did than modern day living. They are, in essence, sanctuaries. In this week's blog post, guest writer Sylvie Young shares with us her story of planting and tending a garden in New Jersey in the aftermath of 9/11, and how this plot of land helped her move the grief afterwards. May this piece inspire you to spend a little more time in your own garden, or to plant one of your own.
The More Than Human world offers us a glimpse into untamed living. We are able to witness with our very eyes the processes of life and death, and experience Life without boundaries. This is what draws us to the forest; to experience this rawness. Within the bare-bones of wild-Earth, we are able to glean insights and understandings about our own life, and come away feeling like we have just had a conversation with a Wise Elder. Guest writer Jennifer Obbard takes us on a journey of opening ourselves up in order to receive these messages. In a powerful yet gentle way, Obbard lures us into slowing down enough to hear the small voice and feel the welcoming embrace of Mother Nature.
Hello dear readers, the is Denell Nawrocki- ANFT's Blog Editor.
I wanted to drop in to say hello and express my gratitude for all you who are reading this. This blog has been a wonderful project which I have nurtured for over a year now, and the slow development of a readership warms my heart. I receive messages from all over the world from people who have found ANFT through the blog, and I am honored to be doing my part to share the message of the Medicine of Nature and the Forest.
This week I have something extra for you that I cannot wait to share. Blogs are generally published on Thursdays and we have the had the opportunity to feature guest authors from over seven countries, providing many voices to the conversation of nature and forest therapy. However, it is not too often a story is shared by our founder, Amos Clifford, on this platform.
I have the pleasure of working alongside Amos and receive many of his stories as to how ANFT came about and the insight he has derived through the development of this practice. Yet, I realize that so many of you do not have this opportunity- to hear stories of deep nature connection from Amos.
And so, as a little something extra, I offer you a story as told by Amos- a story of how nature presents to you exactly what you need in order to receive necessary insights, no matter what they be.
Sometimes synchronicity occurs, yet in the moment, we don't quite know that it was a synchronous moment. Sometimes you have an experience that appears to just be another event in the flow of your life, yet you look back years later and realize that you had unknowingly crossed a bridge that would ultimately transform your life for the better. Sometimes these experiences are whispered into your life, not by friends or family, but by members of the more-than-human-world. In this week's blog, Certified Forest Therapy Guide Christy Thomson shares with us the story of her deepening relationship with plants- helpers who seemed to magically appear when she needed them the most. May this story inspire you to remember your own 'first-encounter' with plant medicines, and to remember it fondly.
Blog pieces are written by ANFT Writers, guest contributors, and introduced by Blog Editor Denell Nawrocki. Submissions may be emailed to Denell at ANFTsubmissions@gmail.com for consideration.