Treegirl (Hardcover)

Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature

By Julianne Skai Arbor

Treegirl Studios LLC, 9780692726044, 200pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2017

List Price: 45.00*
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We enjoy being lost--or perhaps found--in wildness and the grandness of Nature. TreeGirl brings us there. In the award-winning TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature, Julianne Skai Arbor, a.k.a. TreeGirl-photographer, certified arborist, conservation educator and forest ecotherapist-invites us into intimate contact with fifty magnificent tree species from her adventures in thirteen countries on four continents. Using a remote-control timer and a tripod, she photographs herself and others in sensual connection with the trees of the world.

Weaving fine art photography, natural history, nature connection, conservation, and the ecopsychology of the human-tree relationship, this book is an invitation to heal from the madness of modern civilization and rewild ourselves by cultivating our own intimate relationship with Nature. Each tree species, which is organized alphabetically by common name, includes one to four photographs, the tree's natural history, ethnobotany and conservation status, and a narrative caption of TreeGirl's encounter with the tree she photographed. Five essays holistically address aspects of the human-tree relationship: the sensual (physical), the biophilic (ecopsychological), the arboricultural (ecological), the archetypal (spiritual) and the practical (therapeutic). "Lovers" tells a dreamy tale TreeGirl's sensual and transmutational encounter with a tree; "Tree Affinity" explains the biology and psychology of why we are attracted to trees; "Touch Trees" examines a holistic view of arboriculture (the science of taking care of trees); and "The Goddess and the Green Man" is the story of TreeGirl's own spiritual encounters with trees as female and male Nature archetypes. The last chapter, "Rewilding," offers seven accessible ways in which almost anyone can connect with Nature to rewild themselves.

The book is forworded by Fred Hageneder, German tree authority, author and musician. Thoroughly researched and stunningly illustrated with over 150 color photographs, this interdisciplinary coffee table book, is an inspiration and a resource for any tree lover.

TreeGirl is the 2017 Nautilus Book Award Winner for Photography and Art.

About the Author

Julianne Skai Arbor, aka TreeGirl, has been on the forefront of the fields of ecotherapy and nature connection since she began creating self-portraits with trees in 1995. To date, she has intertwined with over seventy species of trees in thirteen countries. She is certified as an arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, as a California naturalist with the University of California, and has taught interdisciplinary college-level conservation education for over ten years, including pioneering the first program in environmental arts. She holds graduate degrees in Environmental Education and Arts and Consciousness Studies. With her passion for trees she creates an experiential bridge to connect people with nature through forest ecotherapy, portrait sessions, and immersive nature retreats with trees around the world. She lives in Sonoma County, California amidst the native oak and coast redwood trees. Her gallery of images can be found at

Praise For Treegirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature

“A love poem for trees.”

—Thomas Pakenham, author of Meetings with Remarkable Trees, Remarkable Trees of the World, In the Company of Trees

"TreeGirl is a force of nature. She is a powerful friend and ally to trees. If we are to survive, we must all fall in love with the natural world, and fight to protect it. TreeGirl helps us to remember our place in the natural world.”

–Derrick Jensen, author of The Myth of Human Supremacy, A Language Older Than Words, Endgame, and Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests.

"Julianne Skai Arbor is a tree hugger—literally, and for good reason: she understands the ecological, cultural, and economic importance of trees. This book offers far more than photography: it deeply informs us about trees—their botanical characteristics and their vital place in human culture for countless millennia. The result is a masterpiece that defies categorization but is easy to enjoy."

—Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute; author of Our Renewable Future, Peak Everything and The Party's Over.

“Rich in information, ardently anxious for conservation, and gifted in capturing these photographic images, this a spiritual experience to view.”

—Seattle Book Review