Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself. - John Muir
In and around trees, people feel they are a part of something bigger…
…as we do at the ocean or beneath a starry night sky. The photographs sometimes seem like an excuse to simply play, to have an adventure in nature. Some participants spontaneously climb or dance or swing in a tree. Many share stories of how they found sanctuary in one special tree as children. Over the years, I’ve learned that the experiences people have making the photographs are as important as the photographs themselves. And so a larger purpose has emerged from this work-play, with social, environmental and spiritual implications. And so…
The mission of The TreeSpirit Project is:
• To share the love of trees and nature in community gatherings, and in the resulting photographs;
• To heighten people’s felt connection to the natural world;
• To encourage and inspire people to express these feelings in their own unique way;• To raise awareness of the critical roles trees play in our lives, both globally and personally. Trees play an essential role in creating and maintaining life-sustaining earth, air, and water. By their very presence, trees also enrich our daily lives in numerous, inexplicable, and profound ways, calming us, soothing us, inspiring us. - Jack Gescheidt, 2013
Although the making of each TreeSpirit image is a unique and unpredictable experience, being among trees and feeling connected to them is an ancient, reliable alchemy. Humans and trees have been connected, interdependent, for thousands of years, and still are. In practical, scientific terms, we need trees to survive as a species.
We humans may only be here for a brief stay in the cosmic picture, but we have the tremendous power of free will to shape our world. Many of us in technologically advanced cultures have forgotten the ancient wisdom trees and other life forms patiently hold. Among them are the simple, profound feelings of wonder of being alive. If we cherish Earth’s myriad living organisms, perceive or better yet FEEL all life as one organism we are an integral part of, we can alleviate tremendous and needless suffering. We can rekindle in our hearts a reverence for the interconnectedness of all living creatures, and feel the joy and wonder this realization brings.
Go out among trees, even hug some, and share with others what you feel.
- Jack Gescheidt, TreeSpirit Project founder, photographer
Have questions? Want more information? Email Jack.