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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762779225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762779222
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

One stormy August night, a lightning bolt struck Mark Warren’s tin-roofed farmhouse and burned everything to the ground. Even his metal tools melted. Friends loaned him a tent, but after just a month it began to break down—which Warren vowed not to do. Instead, he decided to follow a childhood dream and live in a tipi. Excitement stirred in his chest, and so began a two-year adventure of struggle, contemplation, and achievement that brought him even closer to the land that he called home.
 
More than just the story of one man, Two Winters in a Tipi gives the history and use of the native structure, providing valuable advice, through Warren’s trial and error, about the confrontations that march toward a tipi dweller. It shows, without thumping the drum of environmental doom, how you can go back to the land for two days or two years. The wild plants that Natives harvested for food and medicine still grow nearby. The foods still nourish; the medicines still heal. As Warren beautifully reveals, the wild places of the past still exist in our everyday lives, and living that wilderness is still a possibility. It’s as close as the river running through your city, the woods in your neighborhood, or even the edges of your own backyard.

About the Author

Mark Warren was named Georgia’s Conservation Educator of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation. A national champion in whitewater canoeing and a winner of the World Championship Longbow Tournament, Warren founded and runs the Medicine Bow Wilderness School in the North Georgia mountains.


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Mark Warren is a wonderful writer, he has one of the most beautiful ways of telling his story.
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Mark Warren's rendering of his two years in a tipi and his development of the Medicine Bow naturalist school makes for fascinating reading.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Barks on May 14, 2012
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Mark Warren has given us ,in this book, a gracious gift. Amid our texting , cell phone and addiction to screens that distract us from our humanity, here is a reminder of the existence of reverence.

For days, speaking to no one, living under the stars, in the sacred circle of a tipi Mark remembers into a place within each of us long forgotten, that place of wonder.

What is so haunting about this book is the dazzling beauty of ordinary moments. It is an invitation to step out of our door, our comfort, and let a friend teach us an old way that reminds us of the wordless wonder of childhood.

I have known and loved Mark Warren for years, watched him mesmerize children, paddled with him on rivers, released arrows with him into a forest, always surprised by the next adventure he uncovers. This book is just that, a new and wonderful journey under the hemlocks where Mark stops to remind us again" This is the real world" ...... Herbert B Barks
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Peters on July 19, 2012
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There's no other way to say it really - this book takes me to a mental space that simply feels good and right. There's something about Warren's approach that creates hope (or maybe recalls a long-buried primal memory) that true peace and connection is both our birth-right and birth-responsibility, claimed by letting go of the swirling madness that our modern world keeps demanding of us.

Initially the book appears to be about his struggle to rebuild a life after "losing everything" in a fire but by the end it's clear that bolt of lightening illuminated a path to a more fundamental freedom.

Having spent one of the most challenging weekends of my life in one of Mark's firemaking classes and joined him in some archery practice I can attest that he is the real deal. He's simply a walking encyclopedia of skills and lessons that, once probably common, are now so rare to find in one person. I'm very much looking forward to seeing more titles from him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gabby on December 26, 2012
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I have enjoyed reading survival type of stories of late and this one is one of the most inspiring ones I have read. It isn't full of the "survival" as much as it's full of the connection to nature. It is a beautiful book on how we have become so disconnected from living as nature shows us. The one thing I really enjoyed is that it's an actual account and not a fiction. That gave me the hope that I can make those same connections.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Grant on June 11, 2012
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If lightning struck your house, burning down your house, with your tools, piano and unfinished novel, leaving only you, the clothes on your back, a knife, a guitar and some field guides? The average person might go home to mom. Or crash on a friend's couch. But Mark Warren chose to fulfill a childhood dream: go build and live in a tipi.

Digging deep into his fascination with the woods, he makes a life for himself that most will only dream of. For about two years he makes his home out there. He experiences a simple life, with the profound joy of being connected to the natural world. And he experiences greater confidence at being able to meet his own needs.

He's married now. It's twenty years later, and he lives in a regular house. But the memory of this profound, focusing time lives on for him. "The land has shaped me, left its indelible mark. Every herb and tree and shrub is an old friend now," he writes. The gratitude that fills the book will resound through the reader's life for a long time afterwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Tilley on January 25, 2014
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this book resonated with me so much, it gave me chills. the kind I often get when I listen to a beautiful song, perfectly wrought and sung from the heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Vincent on November 26, 2013
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Fantastic! I love this book, I think it's got to be my all-time favorite. Mark Warren is a wonderful writer, he has one of the most beautiful ways of telling his story. I learned about him via an interview on NPR (I believe it was) and immediately I was enthralled by his life. The interviewer asked him to read a chapter in his book, Two Winters in a Tipi, it was music to my ears. Directly after the interview I went to Amazon and ordered it. He came through entirely on the title, "My Search for the Soul of the Forest ". I love it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marie and Tom on May 13, 2012
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Mark Warren, the author, is an incredibly gifted, knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate individual who has a unique appreciation of the world. His wisdom regarding life and nature is leagues beyond that of the average naturalist. In this book, he shares more than his experiences over two years, rather he shares his spiritual quest for the essence of life.

We have been lucky to know Mark Warren for nearly three years. Tom, who is autistic, and I (his sister) have spent several days with Mark learning "survival skills" (as Tom calls them) through his company Medicine Bow near Dahlonega, Georgia ([...]). Mark shares his scientific, linguistic, and cultural knowledge with us while patiently and quickly adjusting to accommodate our needs, depending on Tom's moment to moment changes in interest. Despite our recent move across the country, we will continue to come to Dahlonega a few times a year to continue "survival skills." Yes, he's that good!!!

Mark is an incredible, peaceful spirit with an intuitive ability to connect with others and nature. He truly is a remarkable individual. We can't recommend his book or classes enough!
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