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TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature Hardcover – January 15, 2017
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– Kirkus Reviews
“The juxtapositions in Tree Girl create tension, a startled moment where different forms of beauty and life are unexpectedly entwined, where the ancient meets the pristine, old bark and new skin. With her loving embrace, Julianne melts the categories with which we divide this world—trees, humans, soil, sky. Seeing nature and life as other than ourselves allowed humans to dominate the earth and desecrate the forests, fields, and waters without a qualm. Some may ask why a woman nude in a tree? The physical and venerable glory of two sinuous life forms, human and arboreal, asks us why are we denuding the earth. If we lose the forests, we are all lost.Think of Tree Girl as a vulnerable prayer to what makes us humane and kind.”– Paul Hawken, author of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Propose to Reverse Global Warming
– Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy, Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work that Reconnects and World as Lover, World as Self
"Julianne Skai Arbor’s stunning photographs state grand truths— that the earth is our mother, we are part of her, and she has much divine wisdom to teach us. Arbor’s naked, dependent vulnerability speaks courageously to the unmasking of our society’s illusion that setting aside more wilderness and our technological fixes are the answers to solving our environmental crisis and biodiversity losses. They are not. This beautiful book is about building a new indigenous culture of place—where treegirls and treeboys become household words and our species is called to move ever more frequently from our heads down into our hearts—restoring that ancient, deep, rich and essential personal relationship with nature using the full spectrum of our humanity. It is us as artists, stewards, storytellers, foragers, mythmakers, singers, and reverencers who— in reuniting with nature—will ultimately heal the planet and ourselves."
– M. Kat Anderson, author of Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources
“The photographs she includes in this book are quite lovely, and the trees featured in them are some of the most remarkable species to be found anywhere on the planet.”
– Johannes E. Ruitta–The Well-Read Naturalist
"TreeGirl is a force of nature. She is a powerful friend and ally to trees. If we are to survive, we must all fall in love with the natural world, and fight to protect it. TreeGirl helps us to remember our place in the natural world.”—Derrick Jensen, author of The Myth of Human Supremacy, A Language Older Than Words, Endgame, and Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests.
“Beauty is as Beauty does. Inspiring, original, and adventurous, Julianne Skai Arbor has created something personal, magical, and truly rooted. TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature fairly glows with the eros of connection!”—Stephanie Mills, author of Epicurean Simplicity and In Service of the Wild
“Rich in information, ardently anxious for conservation, and gifted in capturing these photographic images, this book...is a spiritual experience to view.”—Seattle Book Review
"Julianne Skai Arbor is a tree hugger—literally, and for good reason: she understands the ecological, cultural, and economic importance of trees. This book offers far more than photography: it deeply informs us about trees—their botanical characteristics and their vital place in human culture for countless millennia. The result is a masterpiece that defies categorization but is easy to enjoy."—Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute; author of Our Renewable Future, Peak Everything and The Party's Over
"An art form that deserves world recognition… I have never seen anything like it. The closest thing it reminds me of are Van Gogh’s hidden images of spirits in some of his paintings…Things like this will make a difference.”—Michael Harner, founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and author of The Way of the Shaman: A Guide to Power and Healing
"In the steps of Thomas Pakenham, TreeGirl has produced a unique work that combines a personal (physical & spiritual) ecopsychological connection with a historical and naturalist’s understanding of trees. TreeGirl’s iconic book is an artful mix of the female and arboreal form."—Dr. Joe Hinds, Psychologist & Psychotherapist, co-author of Ecotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
"A brilliant body of work! TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature is the perfect marriage: gorgeous nude fine-art photography book meets arboriculturist's master class. TreeGirl has set a new precedent for us all to see—and know—ourselves as one with wild nature."—Erica Mueller, Founder and Photographer - the Embody Project
"Julianne Skai Arbor’s indefatigable photographic and personal journey is a visually honest record that both transcends and concretizes the sometimes ambiguously employed phrase “nature connection.” Ecopsychologically speaking, the intimate and loving proximity of her nude body to the robustness and grace of grand-old trees creates a modern Celtic Ogham."—Dr. Jorge Conesa-Sevilla, Professor of Psychology, National University; Founder, International Ecopsychology Society
“Julianne Skai Arbor's beautiful photography and writing serve as an inspiring reminder that the more-than-human world awaits not only our appreciation but also our intimate friendship.”—Tina Fields, Ph.D., Chair of M.A. Program in Ecopsychology at Naropa University
“This delightfully unique book about a woman's love affair with trees argues for returning to a conscious dialog with Nature and appreciating its mysteries. The stunning photos of the author's naked body all but merging with Baobab trees and other magnificent specimens, offers a romance of the senses. TREEGIRL yields the perfect antidote to our technology-addicted world.”
—Erica Abeel, author of Wild Girls and Conscience Point
“A stunning work of art.”— Laurent Dick, photographer, Wild Alaska Travel
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I would also recommend watching the 40 minute video on her web site (treegirl.org) documenting her photographic trip to Australia.
In this large, full-colour book, Julianne Skai Arbor has combined her knowledge as an arborist with her skills as a photographer, and has travelled the world, seeking out the most extraordinary trees to photograph with her body. The result is truly breath-taking. The fact that all the photographs feature the same person reinforces the sense of relationship between tree and human. Just as in a story we can identify more fully if there is one main character, so we journey around the world with Julianne, encountering amazing specimens, which often seem to tower over Julianne, or which enfold her tenderly in their embrace.
The book begins with an excellent foreword by Fred Hageneder, known to many as an expert on Yew trees, and then provides us with insights into tree-lore, the botany of trees, and their spiritual dimensions.
This book is full of beautiful photography, but it is much more than that. It brings messages, inspiration, and a determination that we should do more to protect these beings that we might call our brothers or sisters, but are perhaps our elders.
We have Julianne’s book on our coffee table. Visitors are immediately drawn to it and love to leaf through it, gasping at the surprises it holds in store for them. We just enjoy watching their reactions to this very unusual book!
Prepare your eyes for a tour around the world and familiarise yourself with these giants that have survived many a change to theirs habitat.