The biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984). He defines biophilia as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”. The term “biophilia” means “love of life or living systems.

Also see posts under the category biophilia

We story the land
Documentary Video by Martha Stiegman and Sherry Pictou/Rippling Current media available on Nova Scotia Advocate “The documentary follows seven paddlers from L’sɨtkuk (Bear River First Nation) as they travel inland following almost forgotten traditional Mi’kmaq canoe routes.” 26 min. Rippling Current Media 2016.

Abrahams Lake Thoughts By A Stream (Video)
by Mark Brennan Jan 31, 2012. “A poem about self realisation, written in the Nova Scotia Wilderness with the sounds and sights of the surrounding area”

Nature recording-The Acadian Forest, Wild Earth Voices (Video)
by Mark Brennan Jan 8, 2013 “A short film on the soundscape release, Peskowesk, by Wild Earth Voices which takes you on a journey, in the Early Spring, through the sounds of the Acadian Forest of Nova Scotia.” Also see (listen to) Mark’s Wild Earth Voices soundscapes which include four albums in forest wilderness settings in Nova Scotia.

Wild At Heart, Landscape Painter Greg Dickie (Video)
by Mark Brennan Sep 30, 2012 “Mark Brennan travels with Artist Greg Dickie of Windsor, Nova Scotia into the Tobeatic Wilderness Area of Nova Scotia in the fall of 2012.”

spring forestTreasures Of The Old Forest (Video)
Produced in 2005 Avalon & Meguma Natural History Films. “Precious as jewels, fleeting as snow-flakes, yet ancient as the forest itself, these are the wildflowers of the Acadian forest. The trillium, the spring beauty, the bloodroot and lady slipper, once as abundant as the songbirds – now driven to the far recesses of their range. A priceless inheritance many Maritimers may never see, truly, the Treasures of the Old Forest”.

Child and Nature Alliance of Canada: Forest School Canada
“Although they may have different names (Nature Kindergarten, Outdoor School, Waldkindergarten, Rain or Shine School, Bush School, etc.) the primary goal of the Forest School movement is to provide children with regular and repeated access to a natural space for child-directed, emergent and inquiry-based learning.” View Forest and Nature School in Canada: A Head, Heart, Hands Approach to Outdoor Learning for details about the approach and movement. A Forest School has now opened in Nova Scotia.

Retreats teach authentic leadership
Article by Allison Lawyer in the Chronicle Herald, Oct 6, 2017. “Slow down from fast complex world at Windhorse Farm” reads the byline which describes some of the history and philosophy of Windhorse Farm, near New Germany, Nova Scotia. ““The work I do is grounded in this forest,” says Drescher, sitting barefoot on a small wooden bench within the 160-acre forest that makes up most of Windhorse Farm. “I’ve learned and seen the powerful mirror the natural world provides. How natural systems work has a lot to teach us.”

eventWords, rhythms and songs of the Forest Funeral at Province House, Nova Scotia, Oct 19, 2017
Audios of presentations at this event convey a lot of Biophilia, e.g. The Mi’kmaq Honour song honours all life…everything that has a spirit including the trees.

Experience an Old Growth Forest with Jenna Martin
TheMTRI, Published on Oct 24, 2016

The Happy Camper: Explore the Nova Scotia Wilderness in 360 VR

The right way to remember Rachel Carson
By Jill Lepore in The New Yorker, Mar 26, 2018 “Not until the end of her life did she write the work for which she is now known. Before then, she had always thought of herself as a poet of the sea…All creatures are made of the sea, as Carson liked to point out; “the great mother of life,” she called it. Even land mammals, with our lime-hardened skeletons and our salty blood, begin as fetuses that swim in the ocean of every womb.”
Thx to JB for this one.

The Tent Dwellers

“…if you are willing to get wet and stay wet – to get cold and stay cold – to be bruised, and scuffed, and bitten – to be hungry and thirsty, and to have your muscles strained and sore from unusual taxation: if you will welcome all these things, not once, but many times, for the sake of moments of pure triumph and that larger luxury which comes with the comfort of the camp and the conquest of the wilderness, then go!

The wilderness will welcome you, and teach you, and take you to its heart. And you will find your own soul there; and the discovery will be worth while!” – Albert Bigelow Paine in The Tent Dwellers. 1908.

Book (Nimbus)
– KC Happy Camper: Nova Scotia Tent Dwellers – full film (32 min) (Posted Apr 15, 2018)
Nova Scotia Canoe Tripping in 360 with the Happy Camper (4 min) “In this 360 video, the Happy Camper retraces the route described by Albert Paine in his 1908 book The Tent Dwellers. Traveling through Kejimkujik National Park to the historic Shelburne River in the Tobeatic, Kevin looks to discover how much has changed in 110 years and if you can still have a wilderness experience here.”