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The Sky and Earth Touched Me


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Joseph Cornell is an internationally renowned author and founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide, one of the planet's most widely respected nature awareness programs. His first book, Sharing Nature with Children, sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education" and has been published in twenty languages and sold half a million copies. He is the honorary president of Sharing Nature Association of Japan, which has 10,000 members and 35,000 trained leaders. Mr. Cornell is the author of the Sharing Nature Book Series, used by millions of parents, educators, naturalists, and youth and religious leaders all over the world. Mr. Cornell's books, Listening to Nature and The Sky and Earth Touched Me, have inspired thousands of adults to deepen their relationship with nature. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service selected Mr. Cornell's Sharing Nature with Children as one of the fifteen most influential books published since 1890 for connecting children and families to nature. His highly effective outdoor learning strategy, Flow Learning(TM), was featured by the U.S. National Park Service as one of five recommended learning theories, along with the works of Maria Montessori, Howard Gardner, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. Mr. Cornell's books have received the following prestigious awards: Sharing Nature: Winner, Silver Nautilus Award in the Animals & Nature category Winner, Grand Prize: Indie Book Awards in the Non-Fiction category Winner, Indie Book Award in the Science/Nature/Environment category Winner, Indie Book Award in the Parenting/Family category Winner, Silver Evergreen Medal in the Nature Conservation category Winner, Green Book Festival Award in the How-To category The Sky and Earth Touched Me: Winner, Grand Prize for Non-Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner, for Science/Nature/Environment category, Indie Book Awards Gold Medal Winner for Best Environment/Ecology/Nature Book, IPPY Book Awards Winner, for Spiritual category, Green Book Festival Listening to Nature: Winner, Book of the Year Izaak Walton League Pewter- North American Publishing Co. Gold Ink Award John Muir: My Life with Nature: Winner, ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, Non-Fiction Humane Heroes Mr. Cornell has received many international awards for his Sharing Nature books and work. He received the prestigious Countess Sonja-Bernadotte Prize in Germany for his vast influence on environmental education in Central Europe. In 2011 Cornell was selected as one of the world's 100 most influential opinion leaders committed to the Environment" by the French organization, Les Anges Gardiens de la Planete. Along with Jane Goodall and David Attenborough, Joseph Bharat Cornell is an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Environmental Education. Known for his warmth and joyful enthusiasm, Cornell has a genius for finding the essence of a subject, explaining it in clear and compelling ways, and then giving the reader creative exercises to gain an actual experience." Joseph and his wife, Anandi, are senior ministers and residents of Ananda Village in Northern California. For more information on Joseph Cornell's books and activities, please visit


An excellent resource to help people reconnect and relate deeply to nature, including other people, and through these experiences to love and care for creation. -- James E. Crowfoot, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Urban and Regional Planning, Dean Emeritus, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan July 2013 Rather than taking strolls in the woods, we become the woods. Cornell inspires our transformation by gently helping us shed what separates us from nature. -- Tamarack Song, author of Song of Trusting the Heart and Entering the Mind?of the Tracker August 2013 An excellent guidebook for those who wish to live in harmony with nature. The wonderful exercises in this book ... calm us, and help us feel oneness with the world around us. -- Masahito Yoshida, Professor, World Heritage Studies, University of Tsukuba; Executive Director, Nature Conservation Society of Japan; Chairman, International Union for Conservation of Nature in Japan September 2013 An instruction manual for all who wish to live in harmony with Planet Earth. -- Frank Helling, U.S. National Park naturalist, storyteller, and educator September 2013 Cornell's book is full of simple practices that help us lay aside our thoughts and worries and become truly present amidst the wonderand recapture the soul-expanding magic of communing with Nature. -- Joseph Selbie, co-author of The Yugas: Keys to Understanding Our Hidden Past, Emerging Energy Age, and Enlightened Future September 2013 This is not a book to read and put on a shelfthis is a book to experience. Take the time to ... enjoy the exercises Joseph has designed to connect you to the joy and peace of Nature. -- Karl Sniady, President, The Coaches Training Institute September 2013 The same spirit of playful mindfulness that Joseph Cornell has used to connect millions of children with the outdoors he now offers to us all. This book is a gift! -- Bill McKibben, Founder of, author of Deep Economy October 2013 Information and guidance is essential in our personal and collective work to protect and sustain nature. Equally important, if not more so, is the inspiration and energy derived from aligning with an internal compass that can immeasurably inspire and enhance our actions. Such "internal alignment" generates the synergy required in this era as we work on issues that may seem overwhelming. We need both quality and quantity of accomplishment in our work to reconcile human society and wild nature-TheSky and Earth Touched Me beautifully points us in that direction. -- Vance G. Martin, President, The WILD Foundation October 2013 Imagine the lines of distinction between you and a tree or animal becoming blurred or disappearing altogether, as you realize you have become that tree or animal in a very real sense. Read the book and be inspired; do the activities and be transformed! -- Kathryn Gann, Director, Theosophical Society in America October 2013 A phenomenal book... Profound and movingly written, it is presented with clarity and simplicity. Enriching, awakening, and life-changing nature experiences. -- Roderic Knowles, author of Gospel of the Living Tree: For Mystics, Lovers, Poets & Warriors and co-founder of University of the Living Tree (Project in Development) October 2013 Joseph Cornell offers accessible and simple techniques for remembering and reclaiming your Joy of Being. -- Kristy Fassler Hect, ND October 2013 A wonderful gift [also] for someone who is not able to go out in nature due to physical challenges. Some wonderful nature journeys could be taken right from home ... that could be very soul-satisfying. New Spirit Journal In his new book, The Sky and Earth Touched Me, Joseph Cornell does not merely inspire us to commune with nature, but actually provides us with exercises to have a deeper relationship with flowers, trees, and wildlife. Pantheist Vision, November 2014 Presents simple but powerful exercises to calm and expand our sense of the natural world. These exercises ... are guides to a deeper love of nature along with a profound inner sense of stewardship. Light of Consciousness: Journal of Spiritual Awakening

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