LOCAL>> Jean Shinoda Bolen – Like a Tree
Author in conversation about her book with Terry Tempest Williams
Jean Shinoda Bolen’s book Like a Tree, which grew out of her experience mourning the loss of a Monterey pine that was cut down in her neighborhood, provides an insightful look into the fusion of ecological issues and global gender politics.
That moment of loss, combined with Bolen’s practice of walking among tall trees, led to her deep connection with trees and an understanding of their many complexities. From their anatomy and physiology, to trees as archetypal and sacred symbols, Bolen expertly explores the dynamics of ecological activism spiritual activism and sacred feminism.
And, she invites us to join the movement to save trees. While there is still much work to be done to address environmental problems, there are many stories of individuals and organizations rising up to make a change and help save our planet.
The words and stories that Bolen weaves throughout this book are both inspirational and down-to-earth, calling us to realize what is happening to not only our trees, but our people. By writing about both the work of organizations like Greenpeace and the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Bolen highlights her passions and shares her unique vision for the world.
Jean Shinoda Bolen is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a former clinical professor of psychiatry at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California Medical Center and a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the International Transpersonal Association, and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She is the author of thirteen books in over one hundred foreign editions and is in three acclaimed documentaries.
Terry Tempest Williams is the author of 17 books of creative nonfiction including the classic in environmental literature Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; When Women Were Birds; The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks; and most recently, Erosion: Essays of Undoing, just out in paperback. A member of the American Academy of Arts and letters, she is currently writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School and lives in Castle Valley, Utah with the writer Brooke Williams.
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