John Harvey, author of The Stillness of the Living Forest

Event date: 
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 6:00pm

A Room of One's Own welcomes psychologist and naturalist John Harvey, author of The Stillness of the LIving Forest!

The Stillness of the Living Forest started as a personal commitment to sit an hour a week for a full year at the same spot in the forest. The intention was to connect with nature and to observe the flow of natural life through the four seasons. He chose a "sit spot" along the shoreline of Prompton Lake in northeastern Pennsylvania. As the year progressed, John felt renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated. His weekly encounters with nature initiated a process of inner change that facilitated self-discovery, nurtured empathy and strengthened intuition. Drawing on his background in psychology, he recognized the therapeutic and healing potential of a nature connection. His personal journal grew into this book. He thought that his year-long project might encourage, even inspire others, to initiate their own program of re-engagement with nature.

John R. Harvey, Ph.D. is a naturalist and consulting psychologist who resides in the Pocono
Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania. John grew up in rural Wisconsin where with the
encouragement and example of his parents he developed a life-long interest in the outdoors,
conservation, and understanding the natural world. As a psychologist he works with children and adults with developmental and acquired challenges of learning and memory. He has an abiding interest in relaxation training, stress management, and personal development.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218