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Skimming Stones

Skimming Stones

‘Two of the UK’s most exciting nature writers. A thoughtful adventure in learning simple skills that help connect people to nature.’
Guardian

Skimming Stones and Other Ways of Being in the Wild is 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.


Rob Cowen and Leo Critchley teach us, for example, making and flying a kite, making an elder whistle, damming a stream and building a den – and at the same time teach us about life.


Their techniques are intended to be not only of practical value but also techniques for meditation. They help us to live in the moment, recover ancient insights and rhythms and encourage nature to reveal to us her secrets and treasures.


They write that ‘…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’.



Skimming Stones was awarded the Robert Deakin Grant from the Authors’ Foundation, by the Society of Authors.


‘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

Skimming stones teaches you how to get back to nature and:
*Skim a stone
*Find a fossil
*Forage for food
*Make a kite
*Carve an elder whistle
*Track an animal
*Build a den
*Light a fire
*Build an igloo
*Catch a fish
*Dam a stream
*Walk in the wild

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Genre: Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure / Natural History

On Sale: 14th February 2013

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781444735994

Reviews

'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
'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
'Brilliant book'
Huffington Post UK
'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
'A great book... it somehow manages to say something about nature that the rest of us can't.'
Country Walking Magazine
'Essential reading'
Daily Express
'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
'Two of the UK's most exciting nature writers. A thoughtful adventure in learning simple skills that help connect people to nature.'
Guardian
'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
'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