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Forest Walking

Written by: Peter Wohlleben,Jane Billinghurst
Narrated by: Sean Sonier
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Publisher's Summary

Awaken your senses and learn how to be a forest detective—with Peter Wohlleben, New York Times-bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees.

“This book will fast-track you into the joys of spending time amongst the trees.”—Tristan Gooley, author of The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs and How to Read Water

“You'll be changed after reading this fine and enchanting book.”—Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

When you walk in the woods, do you use all five senses to explore your surroundings? For most of us, the answer is no—but when we do, a walk in the woods can go from pleasant to immersive and restorative. Forest Walking teaches you how to get the most out of your next adventure by becoming a forest detective, decoding nature’s signs and awakening to the ancient past and thrilling present of the ecosystem around you.

  • What can you learn by following the spread of a root, by tasting the tip of a branch, by searching out that bitter almond smell? 
  • What creatures can be found in a stream if you turn over a rock—and what is the best way to cross a forest stream, anyway? 
  • How can you understand a forest’s history by the feel of the path underfoot, the scars on the trees along the trail, or the play of sunlight through the branches? 
  • How can we safely explore the forest at night? 
  • What activities can we use to engage children with the forest?

Throughout Forest Walking, the authors share experiences and observations from visiting forests across North America: from the rainforests and redwoods of the west coast to the towering white pines of the east, and down to the cypress swamps of the south and up to the boreal forests of the north.

With Forest Walking, German forester Peter Wohlleben teams up with his longtime editor, Jane Billinghurst, as the two write their first book together, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. Together, they will teach you how to listen to what the forest is saying, no matter where you live or which trees you plan to visit next. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst (P)2022 Greystone Books

What the critics say

“[An] enlightening look at the power of forests … [P]oetic and full of marvels … readers will be encouraged by the authors’ insistence that a simple walk is all one needs to find adventure. This beautifully written homage will have readers ready to get outside.”—Publisher’s Weekly STARRED Review

“A treasury of ideas, encouragements, and insights for all who wish to befriend trees and forests.”—David George Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees 

“A wonderfully clear and practical guide for all ages. This book will fast-track you into the joys of spending time amongst the trees and their rich communities.”—Tristan Gooley, bestselling author of The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs and How to Read Water 

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A disappointment compared to The Hidden Life of Trees

This book was disorganized and had anecdotal evidence about why not to eat too many strawberries (why?), it told you to wear a cotton blend jacket for outdoor clothing (not safe).

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wonderful book

Such a good read, I used to think I was weird thinking there were more to trees than just standard there.

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