Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | March 25, 2013

Tree Spirit Experience

GSE_No_App_900p_NOtext_WEBOur friend Jack Gescheidt writes: After a decade of making TreeSpirit photos, for the first time I’m hosting a 3.5-day trip: among giant sequoias, the largest ancient trees on earth in the Sierra Nevada mountains of CA.  Each participant will get his/her own unique TreeSpirit photo starring him/herself, and receive a large fine art print for their home.

It’s part adventure, part art-making, part workshop, all fun, and all about trees and people being and feeling connected to each other.

More info/details here:

Sounds like a great idea! If I was this guy I’d hate to slip half way up and go sliding down! Ouch!

Jack’s talking about a similar trip in the UK. Watch out for news!


  1. Can you say . . . Interface?

    A point where two systems, subjects, organizations, etc., meet and interact.
    Interact with (another system, person, organization, etc.).

  2. You mean Lilly as in “I wouldn’t like to interface with that tree if I lost my grip?!”

  3. Um, wait a minute. . . no-one should be climbing these trees. That’s not showing respect for our relatives. I don’t know anything about this guy, but what’s here suggests a mindset of seeing nature as a plaything or photo op for humans. I don’t follow this blog all that closely, but this seems out of character.

    • Hi Tessa,
      This is the project’s intention: ‘In and around trees, people feel they are a part of something bigger……as we do at the ocean or beneath a starry night sky. The photographs sometimes seem simply to be an excuse to play, to have an adventure in nature. Some participants spontaneously climb or dance or swing in a tree. Many share stories of how they found sanctuary in one special tree as children. Over the years, I’ve learned that the experiences people have making the photographs are as important as the photographs themselves. And so a larger purpose has emerged from this work-play, with social, environmental and spiritual implications…

      The mission of The TreeSpirit Project is:

      • To share the love of trees and nature in community gatherings, and in the resulting photographs, to heighten people’s feelings of connection to the natural world, to encourage and inspire others to express these feelings in their own unique way.
      • To raise awareness of the critical roles trees play in our lives, both globally and personally — trees play an essential role in creating and maintaining life-sustaining earth, air, and water, and by their very presence enrich our daily lives in numerous and profound ways. – Jack Gescheidt, 2013

  4. No Philip, and I know you are pulling my leg, but I mean I would interface ( in that manner) in a minute and a heartbeat if I . . .?

    Hmmmm . . . I am not sure what my consideration is, but the desire is definitely there!

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