- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Owlink Media; Second edition (February 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579940250
- ISBN-13: 978-1579940256
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature Paperback – February 15, 2010
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Coyote's Guide is like an ice-cubed drink of fresh-squeezed lemonade after a sun-blasted hike through the desert. This is nature education as it should be; mysterious, timeless, hopeful, evocative and playful. --David Sobel
This is good medicine for nature-deficit disorder. Coyote's Guide should become an essential resource for anyone who wants to revive their sense of kinship with nature but needs some help. --Richard Louv
The nature activities in Coyote's Guide are fantastic, I cannot wait to try them. This book has the power to change lives. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to share nature with others. --Joseph Cornell
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It is a lot to take in (which is a good thing) and I expect that it will take me awhile to process the range of ideas in the book and integrate it into my work at camp.
I was so inspired by the ideas in this book that I have considered further training with the organization that created the book.
As an anecdote, one activity I did a lot of this past summer at camp was "Eagle Eye." It really facilitated an introduction to being quiet and still. The children asked to do it again and again and again.
I can't recommend this book as a resource for environmental education more highly.
This is a must-read for those who wish to reconnect with nature, and have some friends, family or otherwise that wish to do the same; this is definitely a book with those goals in mind. But it isn't just a story or a manual on steps to reconnect - this book provides personal accounts of prior connection and reconnection, individual guidance to not just appreciate our natural world but reconnect with it and see its beauty, steps to expand our awareness in all fields of life, and a written prose that (at least for me) fills the heart with a special motivation and joy. The book is encouraging and engaging for all audiences, from the city dweller who has never even been to the local park to those already in the back country, living in the old ways of our ancestors. There is so much information packed into this book, collected from many wilderness mentors and instructors and what they have done who help their students reach a new bond with the natural world.
The book has a strong focus on some potentially woo-woo concepts, such as the meaning of animals and what they represent, to more ethereal concepts of ancestry and historic connection, but the majority of the book is based on repeated experience and grounded in our physical reality, aiming to appease all levels of what can be considered a healthy connection to wilderness - physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual. Logic is strongly present in this guide, but superseding it is what has been shown to work in the practices of the collaborative authors, even if it makes no logistical sense.
As was the case with me, it may be difficult to get through the first few pages, not because of the writing itself but because of how far out some of the concepts can appear. But if some time and dedication is given, the essence of the book suddenly comes alive, and it becomes nearly impossible to put down.
I originally borrowed this book from a friend, and the first few times I picked it up, I couldn't even get through the first five pages; I felt like the information was out of my reach and comprehension. So I put it down, and left it for a little bit, and then tried again a couple days later.
After two weeks, I picked it up again, and suddenly two hours went by as I sucked in the ideas and processes the first three chapters had to offer. I read through more of it that night, and I knew I needed my own copy. So I bought it here on Amazon; now I'm halfway through the book, and after using some of the exercises provided, I can certainly say it makes a positive difference in how I see the world around me.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you get the chance, give it a read. It just might change your perspective of the world.