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Store Front link to purchaseTo Speak for the Trees: My Life's Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest

To Speak for the Trees: My Life's Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest Hardcover – Sept. 24 2019
by Diana Beresford-Kroeger (Author)


From Chantelle: Diana Beresford-Kroeger's 'To Speak for the Trees' is like a heartfelt chat with a wise friend who shares stories of nature, blending ancient Celtic wisdom with a healing vision for the forest. Her words paint a vivid picture, making each page an adventure. It's not just a book about trees; it's an invitation to reconnect with nature and rediscover the magic around us. Beresford-Kroeger's storytelling feels like a personal gift of wisdom and authenticity. Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a renowned botanist, medical biochemist, and author known for her profound contributions to ecological wisdom and environmental advocacy. Born in Ireland, her work uniquely combines scientific knowledge with ancient wisdom, emphasizing the importance of trees and biodiversity in healing both the planet and human health. With a background in medical research and a deep connection to Celtic traditions, Beresford-Kroeger has become a leading voice in promoting the vital relationship between humanity and the natural world. It was so beautiful to learn she weaves it all together. If you're looking for inspiration and a deeper connection with the world, this book is one of my absolute favorites. I even have a tattoo planned from it.



Canadian botanist, biochemist and visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger's startling insights into the hidden life of trees have already sparked a quiet revolution in how we understand our relationship to forests. Now, in a captivating account of how her life led her to these illuminating and crucial ideas, she shows us how forests can not only heal us but save the planet.

When Diana Beresford-Kroeger--whose father was a member of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy and whose mother was an O'Donoghue, one of the stronghold families who carried on the ancient Celtic traditions--was orphaned as a child, she could have been sent to the Magdalene Laundries. Instead, the O'Donoghue elders, most of them scholars and freehold farmers in the Lisheens valley in County Cork, took her under their wing. Diana became the last ward under the Brehon Law. Over the course of three summers, she was taught the ways of the Celtic triad of mind, body and soul. This included the philosophy of healing, the laws of the trees, Brehon wisdom and the Ogham alphabet, all of it rooted in a vision of nature that saw trees and forests as fundamental to human survival and spirituality. Already a precociously gifted scholar, Diana found that her grounding in the ancient ways led her to fresh scientific concepts. Out of that huge and holistic vision have come the observations that put her at the forefront of her field: the discovery of mother trees at the heart of a forest; the fact that trees are a living library, have a chemical language and communicate in a quantum world; the major idea that trees heal living creatures through the aerosols they release and that they carry a great wealth of natural antibiotics and other healing substances; and, perhaps most significantly, that planting trees can actively regulate the atmosphere and the oceans, and even stabilize our climate.
This book is not only the story of a remarkable scientist and her ideas, it harvests all of her powerful knowledge about why trees matter, and why trees are a viable, achievable solution to climate change. Diana eloquently shows us that if we can understand the intricate ways in which the health and welfare of every living creature is connected to the global forest, and strengthen those connections, we will still have time to mend the self-destructive ways that are leading to drastic fires, droughts and floods.

To Speak for the Trees My Life's Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing

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