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What can we learn from listening to the land?

21st December, 2021 by Guest

Earlier this month Laura Tyley from Flourishing Diversity got in contact. Laura could see connections between Slow Ways and an event she helped to organise called Living Nature. At the event contributors spoke about the importance of walking, journeys, relationships and nature.

Thanks to Laura, in the post below you can listen to highlights from the event. This includes thoughts from pilgrims, the head of a village in Finland and a Ghanian photographer.

Living Nature 2021 was an online programme of events to explore the future of human relationships with nature. Focussing on through the lens of art, science and Indigenous wisdom, the event was organised by  Flourishing Diversity and Invisible Dust.

The Listening To Land session brought people together to share their experiences of listening to land and how that helped to shape their lives. 

Peace pilgrim and life-long activist Satish Kumar (who spent two and a half years journeying through 15 countries on a 8000-mile peace walk) told us that to do right by the land, we must learn to read the book of nature and hear tongues in trees, books in running brooks and sermons in stones.

COP26 pilgrim Jolie Booth offered wisdom on the expansiveness of listening to the land. This is something she personally experienced whilst walking the Belinus ley line, known as ‘The Spine of Albion’, on a 500-mile modern-day pilgrimage from London to Glasgow.

Dr. Tero Mustonen is head of the village of Selkie in North Karelia, Finland. Tero is a passionate defender of the traditional worldview and the cosmology of his people. He offered stories from his lands that sparked reflections on life’s interconnectivity, fragility, resilience and adaptability. 

Nii Obodai is a Ghanian photographer who is committed to documenting the diversity of the world through photography, audio and text. He’s noticed, from connecting with many different landscapes and cultures, that we always have more in common than we think. Nii believes we are often carrying kindred stories and collectively searching for similar solutions. 

These lessons are just a few of the insights shared in this inspiring one hour conversation, so we invite you to sit back and enjoy more insights and wisdom in the full recording of  ‘Listening To The Land’.

And we leave you with a question; what have you learnt from listening to the land? If you wish, please share your responses with Flourishing Diversity via Instagram or email

Categorised under Video, Article and tagged as Flourishing Diversity, Satish Kumar, Jolie Booth, Tero Mustonen, Nii Obodai, Pilgrimage.