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Stone Skimming: And Other Ways of Being in the Wild [Hardcover]

Rob Cowen , Leo Critchely

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Book Description

April 3 2012

A book of simple skills that can help us to interact with nature, achieve a deeper connection with it, and even step inside another dimension

There are forces deep in everyone's subconscious that find a pure expression in the simplest of activities. This book explains why we should be taking the time to do them. It is born out of a wish to share our passion for our landscape and the contemplative, reflective pleasures and joys that were well-known to our grandparents, but which are in danger of being lost and forgotten. They will help us get back to a place where we all belong.

Through teaching such basic outdoor skills as making and flying a kite, tracking an animal, damming a stream, and lighting a fire, this book also teaches the reader valuable lessons about life. These exercises are intended to be not only of practical value but also techniques for meditation. They help the practitioner live in the moment and recover ancient insights and rhythms, while encouraging nature to reveal her secrets and treasures.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet (April 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444735985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444735987
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,435,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Two of the UK's most exciting nature writers. A thoughtful adventure in learning simple skills that help connect people to nature.' Guardian 'Essential reading' Daily Express 'At its simplest their book gives advice on connecting with nature through twelve activities... but Skimming Stones delves deeper. Each section draws the reader lyrically into deeper philosophical waters... I was simply carried along by the authors' sense of awe, and their quiet belief that our lives can be enriched through a deeper connection with nature.' 4* BBC Wildlife 'It's a holistic approach to enjoying the outdoors and simple activities - something we should all learn... this re-awakening is long overdue.' Cumbria Magazine 'The writing is well researched, if somewhat eclectic, and permeated with all the infectiousness of two boys going outdoors for the day on an adventure.' Countryfile 'Laid out with an easy to read large-print text and a collection of sketches, this book encourages you to take out your walking boots and learn how to survive and have fun in the wild.' Yorkshire Ridings Magazine 'A great book... it somehow manages to say something about nature that the rest of us can't.' Country Walking Magazine 'Brilliant book' Huffington Post UK 'Many of us love being at one with nature, and this wonderful book is packed with ideas to help you make the most of it. Indispensable for families or friends looking for new ways to get their kicks in the wild. You'll never want to go back indoors.' Welsh Coast Magazine 'A deeply engaging and practical guide that recommends reconnecting with nature in its purest form and awakening one's inner child... It's an appealing and orginal guide framed by personal experiences that offers a fresh perspective to nature writing.' The Good Book Guide

About the Author

Rob Cowen is a musician and a writer whose work has appeared in the Express, the Independent, and News of the World. Leo Critchley is a writer.

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