200 pages, 150+ colour photos, colour illustrations
We enjoy being lost – or perhaps found – in wildness and the grandness of nature. TreeGirl brings us there. In TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature, Julianne Skai Arbor, a.k.a. TreeGirl – photographer, certified arborist, conservation educator and forest ecotherapist – invites us into intimate contact with fifty magnificent tree species from her adventures in thirteen countries on four continents. Using a remote-control timer and a tripod, she photographs herself and others in sensual connection with the trees of the world.
Weaving fine art photography, natural history, nature connection, conservation, and the ecopsychology of the human-tree relationship, TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature is an invitation to heal from the madness of modern civilization and rewild ourselves by cultivating our own intimate relationship with nature. Each tree species, includes one to four photographs, the tree's natural history, ethnobotany and conservation status, and a narrative caption of TreeGirl's encounter with the tree.
Five essays holistically address aspects of the human-tree relationship: the sensual (physical), the biophilic (ecopsychological), the arboricultural (ecological), the archetypal (spiritual) and the practical (therapeutic). "Lovers" tells a dreamy tale of TreeGirl's sensual and transmutational encounter with a tree; "Tree Affinity" explains the biology and psychology of why we are attracted to trees; "Touch Trees" examines a holistic view of arboriculture (the science of taking care of trees); and "The Goddess and the Green Man" is the story of TreeGirl's own spiritual encounters with trees as female and male Nature archetypes. The last chapter, "Rewilding," offers seven accessible ways in which almost anyone can connect with nature to rewild themselves. The Foreword is by Fred Hageneder, German tree authority, author and musician.
Thoroughly researched and stunningly illustrated with over 150 colour photographs, this interdisciplinary coffee table book is an inspiration and a resource for any tree lover.
Watch an introduction by the author below:
"A love poem for trees."
– Thomas Pakenham, author of Meetings with Remarkable Trees, Remarkable Trees of the World, and The Company of Trees
"TreeGirl is a force of nature. She is a powerful friend and ally to trees. If we are to survive, we must all fall in love with the natural world, and fight to protect it. TreeGirl helps us to remember our place in the natural world."
– Derrick Jensen, author of The Myth of Human Supremacy, A Language Older Than Words, Endgame, and Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests
"A gorgeous, magnificent book [...] enchanting and entrancing."
– Stephanie Mills, author of In Service of the Wild
"A brilliant body of work! TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature is the perfect marriage: gorgeous nude fine-art photography book meets arboriculturist's master class. TreeGirl has set a new precedent for us all to see – and know – ourselves as one with wild nature."
– Erica Mueller, Founder and Photographer – the Embody Project
"Julianne Skai Arbor is a tree hugger-literally, and for good reason: she understands the ecological, cultural, and economic importance of trees. This book offers far more than photography: it deeply informs us about trees – their botanical characteristics and their vital place in human culture for countless millennia. The result is a masterpiece that defies categorization but is easy to enjoy."
– Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute; author of Our Renewable Future, Peak Everything and The Party's Over
"In the steps of Thomas Pakenham, TreeGirl has produced a unique work that combines a personal (physical & spiritual) ecopsychological connection with a historical and naturalist's understanding of trees. TreeGirl's iconic book is an artful mix of the female and arboreal form."
– Dr. Joe Hinds, Psychologist & Psychotherapist, co-author of Ecotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
"Rich in information, ardently anxious for conservation, and gifted in capturing these photographic images, this book [...] is a spiritual experience to view."
– Seattle Book Review
"Julianne Skai Arbor's indefatigable photographic and personal journey is a visually honest record that both transcends and concretizes the sometimes ambiguously employed phrase "nature connection." Ecopsychologically speaking, the intimate and loving proximity of her nude body to the robustness and grace of grand-old trees creates a modern Celtic Ogham."
– Dr. Jorge Conesa-Sevilla, Professor of Psychology, National University; Founder, International Ecopsychology Society
"Julianne Skai Arbor's beautiful photography and writing serve as an inspiring reminder that the more-than-human world awaits not only our appreciation but also our intimate friendship."
– Tina Fields, Ph.D., Chair of M.A. Program in Ecopsychology at Naropa University
"This delightfully unique book about a woman's love affair with trees argues for returning to a conscious dialog with Nature and appreciating its mysteries. The stunning photos of the author's naked body all but merging with Baobob trees and other magnificent specimens, offers a romance of the senses. TreeGirl yields the perfect antidote to our technology-addicted world."
– Erica Abeel, author of Wild Girls and Conscience Point
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