Discovering a World Beyond Ourselves

Fred Bahnson

  • Finding meaning and place in nature during times of upheaval and uncertainty
  • Developing a relationship with nature as a source of comfort
  • The many ways that interacting with nature conditions us to bring our full attention to the moment
  • Why creating a relationship with nature will compel us to protect it
  • The spiritual and emotional growth we experience when we view the world beyond the proximity of the human

Fred Bahnson is a writer, permaculture gardener, and the cofounder and former director of Anathoth Community Garden at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. As a teacher, he focuses on the intersection of place and contemplative practice, exploring a contemplative ecology for the Anthropocene era. He currently directs the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Bahnson is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith and co-author of Making Peace With the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation. His essays have appeared in many anthologies and publications such as Harper’s, Orion, The Sun, and Washington Post.

He is the recipient of a W.K. Kellogg Food & Society Fellowship and an Artist Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council in creative nonfiction. He can be found on twitter @fredbahnson.

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