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Partnering with Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth Paperback – April 13, 2010
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"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
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Top Customer Reviews
What impressed me the most about this book is Catriona MacGregor's amazing descriptions of nature. These passages read like pure poetry. She begins with her childhood when, at age four, she climbed to the top of a tree to put a baby bird back in the nest -- unable to understand why her mother and godmother were so panicked below. (She got down safely). From there she describes some incredible mystical experiences with trees and animals, including a vision of the "soul" of a huge old tree on the day before it was cut down.Read more ›
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 cites examples from an impressive panoply of resources, and adds a human touch by including many of her own experiences, both expansively global and heartbreakingly personal.
Each statement is supported by factual data and breathed into life by Catriona's own quest to share her relationship with nature with those around her. The place to start is your own back yard, suggests the author, though there is no doubt that she considers the entire planet and every plant, animal, and person upon it to be worthy of care and connection.
She combines an intimate knowledge of the invisible world of energy and spirit with concrete statistics to show our "fall from grace" and the dangerous downward spiral that we have created through our alienation with the natural world. She argues eloquently that we need nature as much as nature needs us. 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.
The author entices the reader into reconsidering his or her own relationship with nature.Read more ›
Personal, poetic, and practical, the book is both an endearing window into the life of a fascinating woman and a guide to living in a more reverent and sustainable relationship with Mother Earth.
Unlike many books focused on environmental issues, you won't find an endless, human-hating rant within these pages. Instead, you'll discover the art of celebration and collective embrace. Catriona sees the world through love-tinted lenses and, in witnessing life through her eyes, the reader is given the opportunity to do the same. The author does not shame us into caring about the Earth. No. She is the midwife to our hearts, helping us find enough belonging in this world to want to protect our own.
Though wonderfully lyrical in narrative form, this book is also technically savvy. Catriona is well-grounded in her knowledge of natural history, science, and environmental policy. She supports her personal stories and beliefs with facts drawn from reputable sources.
In reading "Partnering with Nature," you can't help but be drawn into your own childhood memories of interactions with natural wonders - the feathered and furred inspirations and the heartbreaks that initiated you into adulthood. No doubt, you'll also find yourself looking forward as you read on - not just looking forward to the unfolding of the next chapter, but looking forward into the world that lies ahead of us, wondering.
Catriona doesn't dictate what your vision for the future should be.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good read. I didn't expect it to be written as a personal narrative, but it is still very good.Published 7 months ago by Lena
This book was O.K. I found myself becoming distracted while reading. I will read it again to see if a little more comes through. The author is on a very different level..... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lori Schwarz
I must say that I agree with everything in the book. I write about Nature's three voices: the aesthetic, the spiritual, and the logical. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Ballenamar
I loved this book and will return to its gentle encouragement, simply effective meditations, and presence again and again. It is a gem.Published on July 3, 2011 by Robyn Johnson
Partnering with Nature is an astounding work that brings together ecopsychology, natural sciences, shamanism, history, spirituality, world myth and transformative nature-connecting... Read morePublished on March 18, 2011 by Richard Whitehurst
The world has become more complex and industrialized, and humans are losing their connection with nature. Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by Alice Berger
`Partnering With Nature' by Catriona MacGregor is a passionate, poetic call to each and every one of us to awaken from slumber, open our eyes and begin to see the environment as... Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by Brian E. Erland
This book is a good reminder of what life should be about, we are over stimulated in our lives today by technology and the daily grind. Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by D. Grant
Not being a theoretical sort, Catriona MacGregor's personal stories and the book's lovely illustrations are what make this book stand out for me--by the end of it, you will no... Read morePublished on April 22, 2010 by Rosaleen A. Bertolino