Throughout my life, this idea of “returning to soil” has taken many forms. From composting and gardening to walking in the woods and working with plant material in my studio, reconnecting with the earth soothes me.
Communing with nature looks different for everyone. It can be practical, through our hobbies, or spiritual, through our practices and beliefs. Universally, getting in touch with the natural world is grounding and enriching and frankly, something we need more of.
I hope you find something inspiring in this collection of books—for your spring reading list and beyond.
A FEW FAVORITES
Reduce food waste and nurture healthy soil—in your own backyard. Compost is an integral part of how I think about circularity in my own household and has transformed my gardening practices, too.
Let It Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting by Stu Campbell
Biodynamics for the Home Garden by Peter Proctor
The more I learn about gardening, the more I realize how much I don't know. Gardening guides from experts focused on natural methods and healing plants will always be in my book list.
Planting the Natural Garden by Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen
The Healing Garden: Herbs for Health and Wellness by Deb Soule
It's no wonder humans heal in the presence of nature. Our internal connection to nature is ancient and undeniable. I love these books blending the mythic and spiritual with the scientific.
Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Take a peek at the whole collection here. If you're like me, sharing book recommendations with friends and giving and receiving books as gifts are treasured traditions. This list is meant to be enjoyed as a community. Share and share again.