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Nature, Animals and Spirituality

Nature, Animals and Spirituality

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The Well-Gardened Mind

The Restorative Power of Nature

By Sue Stuart-Smith
Narrated by: Sue Stuart-Smith
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes

The Well-Gardened Mind

“I listened to this on audio (from libro.fm/avidbookshop) and really loved it. I'm a longtime lover of being outdoors, but it wasn't until the pandemic hit that I started growing potted plants on my own in earnest. This book highlights the ways in which gardening, in all its forms, has a demonstrably positive impact on your mind, your body, your relationships, and the world. Just a lovely tome no matter if you're never planning to take care of plants or if you're a master gardener. ”

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Nature-Based Therapy

A Practitioner’s Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth, and Families

By Nevin J. Harper, Kathryn Rose & David Segal
Narrated by: Michael Puttonen
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

Take your therapeutic practice with children, youth, and families out into nature

The number of children, youth, and families seeking help for a wide range of mental health concerns is growing at an alarming rate, and many struggle to thrive despite well-intentioned interventions from skilled helpers. Unplugging from technology and reconnecting...

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The Eight Master Lessons of Nature

What Nature Teaches Us About Living Well in the World

By Gary Ferguson
Narrated by: Gary Ferguson
Length: 6 hours 55 minutes

A riveting manifesto for the millions of people who long to forge a more vital, meaningful connection to the natural world to live a better, more fulfilling life
 
Looking around at the world today—a world of skyscrapers, super highways, melting ice caps, and rampant deforestation—it is easy to feel that humanity has actively severed its ties... Read more »

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Nature's Best Hope

A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard

By Douglas W. Tallamy
Narrated by: Adam Barr
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

Douglas W. Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of individuals to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. In this new book, Tallamy takes the next step and outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to...

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Nature beyond Solitude

Notes from the Field

By John Seibert Farnsworth
Narrated by: John Patrick Walsh
Length: 8 hours 46 minutes

John Seibert Farnsworth’s delightful notes are not only about nature, but from nature as well.

In Nature Beyond Solitude, he lets us peer over his shoulder as he takes his notes. We follow him to a series of field stations where he teams up with scientists, citizen scientists, rangers, stewards, and grad students engaged in long-term ecological...

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Nature and the Human Soul

Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World

By Bill Plotkin, PhD
Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
Length: 25 hours 35 minutes

Addressing the pervasive longing for meaning and fulfillment in this time of crisis, Nature and the Human Soul introduces a visionary ecopsychology of human development that reveals how fully and creatively we can mature when soul and wild nature guide us. Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin presents a model for a human life... Read more »

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Nature Obscura

A City’s Hidden Natural World

By Kelly Brenner
Narrated by: Erica Sullivan
Length: 5 hours 51 minutes

A distinctive, funny, inspiring, and intimate dive into urban nature.

With wonder and a sense of humor, Nature Obscura author Kelly Brenner aims to help us rediscover our connection to the natural world that is just outside our front door—we just need to know where to look.

Through explorations of a rich and varied urban landscape, Brenner reveals...

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Second Nature

A Gardener's Education

By Michael Pollan
Narrated by: Michael Pollan
Length: 9 hours 1 minutes

In his articles and in bestselling books such as The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan has established himself as one of our most important and beloved writers on modern man's place in the natural world. A new literary classic, Second Nature has become a manifesto not just for gardeners but for environmentalists everywhere. Chosen by the American...

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Nature Is Nurture

Counseling and the Natural World

By Megan E. Delaney
Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

From foraging and hunting for food to (more recently) finding solace and peace in a beautiful vista, humans have long interacted with the natural world. Though a connection to nature runs deep in our DNA, however, people of the modern age are indoors almost 93% of the day. With that said, there is a growing evidence suggests that the natural... Read more »

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The Invention of Nature

Alexander von Humboldt's New World

By Andrea Wulf
Narrated by: David Drummond
Length: 14 hours 3 minutes

The acclaimed author of The Brother Gardeners and Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of the visionary German naturalist whose ideas continue to influence how we view ourselves and our relationship with the natural world today. Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His... Read more »

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Nature Underfoot

Living with Beetles, Crabgrass, Fruit Flies, and Other Tiny Life Around Us

By John Hainze
Narrated by: Charles Constant
Length: 5 hours 44 minutes

An informed and heartfelt tribute to commonly unappreciated plants, insects, and other tiny creatures that reconsiders humanity's relationship to nature.

Fruit flies, silverfish, dandelions, and crabgrass are the bane of many people and the target of numerous chemical and physical eradication efforts. In this compelling reassessment of the... Read more »

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Intelligence in Nature

An Inquiry into Knowledge

By Jeremy Narby
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Length: 4 hours 29 minutes

Anthropologist Jeremy Narby has altered how we understand the Shamanic cultures and traditions that have undergone a worldwide revival in recent years. Now, in one of his most extraordinary journeys, Narby travels the globe—from the Amazon Basin to the Far East—to probe what traditional healers and pioneering researchers understand about the... Read more »

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Speaking with Nature

Awakening to the Deep Wisdom of the Earth

By Sandra Ingerman & Llyn Roberts
Narrated by: Christa Lewis & Suzie Althens
Length: 9 hours 35 minutes

Connecting with nature and nature beings to help heal us and the Earth

• Provides experiential practices to communicate with nature and access the creative power of the Earth

• Shares transformative wisdom teachings from conversations with nature beings, such as Snowy Owl, Snake, Blackberry, Mushroom, and Glacial Silt, exploring the role of... Read more »

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The Wonder of Birds

What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

By Jim Robbins
Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

Birds, Jim Robbins posits, are our most vital connection to nature. They compel us to look to the skies, both literally and metaphorically; draw us out into nature to seek their beauty; and let us experience vicariously what it is like to be weightless. Birds have helped us in so many of our human endeavors: learning to fly, providing clothing... Read more »

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Animal Wise

The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

By Virginia Morell
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals.
 
   Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin, or elephant?  Do they experience thoughts that are similar... Read more »

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The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing

Finding Calm, Creativity, and Connection in the Natural World

By Julia Plevin
Narrated by: Leslie Howard
Length: 3 hours 54 minutes

An engaging guide to the art of forest bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, for anyone who wants to explore the transformative power of nature in promoting health and happiness.
 
Forest bathing is the art of spending intentional time in nature and is practiced throughout the world to increase health and restore... Read more »

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Forest Bathing

How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness

By Dr. Qing Li
Narrated by: Ramon Tikaram
Length: 3 hours 20 minutes

The definitive guide to the therapeutic Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or the art and science of how trees can promote health and happiness

Notice how a tree sways in the wind. Run your hands over its bark. Take in its citrusy scent. As a society we suffer from nature deficit disorder, but studies have shown that spending mindful, intentional... Read more »

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The Secret Wisdom of Nature

Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things; Stories from Science and Observation
The Mysteries of Nature Trilogy: Book #3

By Peter Wohlleben
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 6 hours 43 minutes

The final book in the Mysteries of Nature trilogy by the New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben

Nature is full of surprises-deciduous trees affect the rotation of the Earth, cranes sabotage the production of Iberian ham, and coniferous forests can make it rain-but what are the processes that drive these...

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The Songs of Trees

Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

By David George Haskell
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell & David George Haskell
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

The author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen visits with nature’s most magnificent networkers — trees 

"At once lyrical and informative, filled with beauty." – Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

David Haskell’s award-winning The Forest Unseen won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world.... Read more »

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The Secret Therapy of Trees

Harness the Healing Energy of Forest Bathing and Natural Landscapes

By Marco Mencagli & Marco Nieri
Narrated by: Robert Fass
Length: 5 hours 12 minutes

In The Secret Therapy of Trees, Marco Mencagli and Marco Nieri explore the relationship between plants and organisms, and illustrate how to benefit from nature's positive impact on our psychological and physical well-being.

Our connection to nature is deeply rooted in the history of our evolution. And yet, we have less contact with green space... Read more »

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