This inspiring meditation on the intersection of science, nature, and spirit shows listeners how to deepen their connection to the natural world.
In Rooted, cutting-edge science supports a truth that poets, artists, mystics, and earth-based cultures across the world have proclaimed over millennia: Life on this planet is radically interconnected. Our bodies, thoughts, minds, and spirits are affected by the whole of nature, and they affect this whole in return. In this time of crisis, how can we best live upon our imperiled, beloved earth?
Award-winning writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s highly personal new book is a brilliant invitation to live with the earth in both simple and profound ways - from walking barefoot in the woods and reimagining our relationship with animals and trees, to examining the very language we use to describe and think about nature. She invokes rootedness as a way of being in concert with the wilderness - and wildness - that sustains humans and all of life.
In the tradition of Rachel Carson, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Mary Oliver, Haupt writes with urgency and grace, reminding us that at the crossroads of science, nature, and spirit we find true hope. Each chapter provides tools for bringing our unique gifts to the fore and transforming our sense of belonging within the magic and wonder of the natural world.
What the critics say
"Bold, lucid, lyrical, wise. In Rooted, Lyanda Lynn Haupt re-imagines and rediscovers connectedness, exploring our relationships to nature through the rhythms of daily life. A timely, and though-provoking read." (Thor Hanson, author of Buzz and The Triumph of Seeds)
“Lyanda Lynn Haupt is a nature mystic, which is to say a now rare but entirely normal human who never lost touch with her innate rootedness in the greater web of life. An enchanting and lyrical writer, she celebrates in graceful prose her viscerally experienced kinship with frogs and forests, whales and wind, snakes and starlings. In Rooted, she swings open the gateway hidden in plain sight, the wild portal that beckons us onto the braided barefoot pathway where we might learn again ‘how to live on our broken, imperiled, beloved earth’ - if we dare to wander into that magic. There’s nothing more urgent and there’s no one more gifted at conjuring and illuminating the trail.” (Bill Plotkin, PhD, author of Soulcraft, Wild Mind, and The Journey of Soul Initiation)
“Rooted is luminous and living proof of its own central premise: that all things are connected, and that activism and creativity can be a powerful combination. Part philosophical and personal exploration, part environmental manifesto, written with a gloriously poetic sensibility, Rooted feels like a literary love child of Rachel Carson and Mary Oliver. Find yourself a quiet place, preferably under a tree, and let Lyanda Lynn Haupt teach you how to embrace the “tangled empathy” of living not as a dominant species, but as one of many.” (Erica Bauermeister, New York Times best-selling author of The Scent Keeper and House Lessons)