Works published by Thistlefield Books focus on themes that relate to learning and experiments in sustainable living and community, to an intimate relationship with the natural world, and to matters of spirit. The pieces written by Belden and Lisa Paulson tiptoe into the past to find wisdom or lessons, and launch visions to challenge and guide future generations toward what may be the most critical values for healthy survival of our civilization. Each publication carries readers into immediate, first person experiences that invite sensitivity to here-and-now issues and priorities.
An Unconventional Journey
by Lisa Paulson
An Unconventional Journey brings the values and lessons of Findhorn, the renowned spiritual/ecological community in Scotland, home to Wisconsin, where the author cofounds the rural community experiment High Wind with her husband Belden Paulson and numerous associates. She details the history of the evolution of High Wind and shares its significant achievements while providing an honest look at the enormous challenges the community faced. Journey assesses High Wind experiences through the eyes of its participants, evaluates High Wind’s place in the broader community movement, and provides an overview of communal groups through the ages, with an emphasis on the last half of the twentieth century.
"At no other time in history has this story more urgently needed telling or our yearning been more intense for this image of the good life. An Unconventional Journey, and the radiant lives unfolded in it, are the hope we hold in our hearts. Reading this powerful tapestry of High Wind strengthens our resolve never to be satisfied with less than what is shown here."
— —Carolyn Kelley Williams,
Managing Editor Emeritus, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics; Certified Journal Consultant, Progoff Intensive Journal Program.
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Odyssey of a Practical Visionary
by Belden Paulson
Odyssey of a Practical Visionary is the story of Belden Paulson, whose life has been dedicated to building a better world politically and economically.
His many distinct "careers" —international, urban, futures— reflect a recurring theme: tackling problems that others often called &"hopeless," sometimes with surprising results. Odyssey is a compelling memoir of unique experiences and brave experiments, pointing the way to a better future for the human family.
"With peak oil and climate change set to transform all our lives radically, this intensely personal memoir by a ‘practical visionary’ chronicles the challenges and rewards, the joys and woes involved in implementing transformational values in a world that desperately needs them but is as yet loathe to embrace them."
— Roger Doudna, PhD
Educator, Founder of the Findhorn Foundation Fellowship
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Voices from a Sacred Land by Lisa Paulson
While chronicling the history of High Wind, an experimental ecological community developed with her husband, Belden, Lisa Paulson realized that it was the powerful, enchanting, healing presence of nature itself that had deeply influenced all she felt and did. This poetic collection is enhanced by her own and others’ responses to the land she had grown to love and cherish. Voices is enhanced by four-color photographs and paintings.
"This book is an extraordinary literary testament of nature’s healing and restorative gifts."
— Recommended & Reviewed in The Mindquest Review Of Books, by Lightword Publishing
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