People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world that will not sustain people.
- Bryce Nelson
Trees purify the air; they also purify the mind…if you want to save your world, you must save the trees.
- The Trees of Endor
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. TreeSpirit photographs sometimes seem like an excuse for adults to simply play in nature, to again enjoy a child’s adventure. 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.
Yet a larger purpose has emerged from this work-play over the years, with social, environmental and spiritual implications…
The mission of The TreeSpirit Project includes:
• SHARING the love of trees and nature in community gatherings, and with the resulting photographs;
• HEIGHTENING people’s sensory and emotional connection to the natural world;
• ENCOURAGING & INSPIRING people to express this experience, these feelings, in their own unique way;• RAISING AWARENESS of the critical roles trees play in our lives, globally and personally: Trees help create and maintain life-sustaining air, soil, and water. We need trees to survive, and thrive. They also enrich our daily lives in numerous, profound, often inexplicable ways, including calming us, soothing us, inspiring us.- Jack Gescheidt, 2014
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.
And 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.