With each successive generation, those born in industrialized nations grow further removed from the natural world of their ancestors. Technology increasingly captures our time and commands our attention, until most personal interaction with the living world is reduced to a minimal level. The result, MacGregor posits, is a planet under siege with its human inhabitants spiritually, if not substantively, stretched to the breaking point. From the physical to the metaphysical, emotional to environmental, MacGregor chronicles the countless ways contemporary society has disconnected from nature and the resultant adverse effects on humankind and the biosphere. Displaying the insights of an anthropologist, MacGregor cites both ancient cultures and existent indigenous societies in demonstrating the historical foundations for and modern implications of nature-based spiritual practices as well as scientific investigations. In this contemplative yet vibrant treatise, she not only analyzes the myriad ways humanity can benefit from a greater awareness of the natural world, but also recommends specific exercises to increase such interaction. A leading proponent for global environmental protection and conservation, MacGregor offers powerful incentives for reestablishing natural connections. --Carol Haggas
“I have been deeply impressed by Catriona MacGregor for many years. Her striking kinship with the animal world and her vision of the natural world are compelling and apparent when you are in her presence. Many people carefully copy native traditions, hoping for a shamanic experience. Catriona MacGregor is a shaman.
"Catriona's book is a gentle yet somehow startling book, a work of unsuspected beauty, and generously far-ranging in its scope, considering how much it encompasses. It is written with the clarity of one who is consciously living in the web of life and empowered by a unique and enduring vision.”
—Jim Gilkeson, author of A Pilgrim in Your Body and Energy Healing
“I love this book. It makes my spirit sing! Partnering with Nature is a profound invitation to step into the sacred realm of the soul. Through carefully crafted exercises and thoughtful insights, Catriona MacGregor assists us make this revered journey into the hallowed spaces that only nature can provide. She gently allows us to step out of the quickened pace of modern life and though a shimmering portal into an inner landscape that is wild and free, so we can live in ways that are authentic and heartfelt.”
—Denise Linn, international speaker and bestselling author of Sacred Space
“From the first paragraph, this masterpiece of a book weaves a magical spell. Into that spell it mixes baby robins, alpha brain waves, shamanic journeys, celtic myths, and water bears into a glorious tapestry of wholeness. And then it weaves you, the reader, into that spell, showing how you can gain access to the spiritual unity behind it all. Warm as a tropical sunset, fresh as a woodland glade, Catriona MacGregor's inviting prose lifts the veil between the material and spiritual worlds—and transports you to the heart of being found in nature.
“As you read these compelling stories, you will feel all your cells tingle with the recognition that you are made of the stuff of the universe, and find inspiration and renewal in the natural world around you, wherever you live. I recommend this book highly.”
—Dawson Church, PhD, author of The Genie in Your Genes
"Catriona MacGregor’s poignant Partnering with Nature is a beautifully wrought synthesis of poetic spirituality and well-grounded practical fact. Catriona creates an intriguing tapestry of thoughts and images, weaving together history, geology, scientific research, and her own profound spiritual connection with the natural world. ... She speaks convincingly of Earth as teacher, habitat, and salvation, asserting that our connection with the natural environment provides both a portal to the divine and the tools that we will need to preserve our planet as a habitat for humankind. … She concludes by gathering together the many threads of wisdom offered up by her book and leads us gently but inexorably to her conclusion: We as a race will not thrive, evolve or even survive, unless we return to partnership with our earth. She urges us to reclaim the strength of our connection with nature on both a personal and a planetary level. “You are a different person if you are filled with the warm rays of the sun, the clarity of the blue sky, the soaring hawk.” Says Catriona in her final paragraphs. You will also be a different person after you have read this book. The images of Catriona’s vision will flow through your mind and dance through your heart long after you have finished reading Partnering With Nature."
—Amy Racina, author of Angels in the Wilderness
"Partnering with Nature studies show that when people come into contact with Nature, even with a simple potted plant, they become kinder, more generous, and more community minded than when they focus on artificial human-made surroundings. Catriona MacGregor gives us a mystical and practical manual for our times to reconnect with Nature’s sacred healing power for our own benefit and that of all life on Earth."
—Penelope Smith, author of Animal Talk, When Animals Speak, and Animals in Spirit
“Partnering with Nature helps awaken all of us to the transformative powers of nature.”
—Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods
"Insight, healing, and wisdom fill every page. Partnering with Nature a jewel of a book—a great field guide, if you will, for those who would more deeply and reverently enter the heart of the wild."
—Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers