Teachers in the Forest (Paperback)

Teachers in the Forest By Barry W. Babcock, Daniel J. Rice (Editor) Cover Image

Teachers in the Forest (Paperback)


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"A rewarding and enriching fusion of traditional wisdom, science and first-hand experience." -Tristan Gooley, author of The Natural Navigator, and How to Read Nature

Drawing from a similar lifestyle and environmental ethic as Henry D. Thoreau and Aldo Leopold, Babcock has lived more than two decades off-grid in northern Minnesota. Here he discovered a balance in the interconnectedness of all life in the forest, and derived his sustenance from hunting, fishing, gardening, gathering wild food, and providing his water from a hand-pump well and minimal electricity from the sun. He befriended an Ojibwe Elder, Chi-Ma'iingan (Big Wolf), from whom he learned the Seven Grandfather Teachings (Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, and Truth). In this collection, Babcock shares his love of the natural world through a unique land ethic that combines the ideology of Thoreau and Leopold, and that which he learned from Chi-Ma'iingan.

Babcock has been active in supporting the environment and wildlife for more than two decades, and was recently featured in the documentary films: Medicine of the Wolf, and Wolf Spirit.

From the pages:

"We must stop seeing the natural world as a commodity and start seeing it as we would see a family member, something to love, protect, care for, and cherish."

Babcock lives off the grid in the Mississippi Headwaters country of northern Minnesota. His lifestyle is one of simple and self-sustaining existence. He gathers what he needs from the land by gardening, hunting, harvesting, and his only electricity is harnessed from the sun, his water from a well which is pumped daily by hand. He lives an intimate balance with the natural world.He has pursued a way of life distanced from the economic and consumptive norms which he believes can hinder a person's connection to the natural world. He truly lives on the perimeter of society.
Product Details ISBN: 9781736089439
ISBN-10: 1736089439
Publisher: Riverfeet Press
Publication Date: May 10th, 2022
Pages: 268
Language: English