Like a Tree

How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet


This Global Read with Jean Shinoda Bolen: Like a Tree, was held June 17, 2020






A Powerful and Poetic Call to Ecological & Feminist Activism

This masterful work by internationally known author and speaker Jean Shinoda Bolen provides an insightful look into the fusion of ecological issues and global gender politics.

Of trees and women. This book on the importance of trees grew out of Bolen’s experience mourning the loss of a Monterey pine that was cut down in her neighborhood. That, combined with her practice of walking among tall trees, led to her deep connection with trees and an understanding of their many complexities. From their anatomy and physiology, to trees as archetypal and sacred symbols, Bolen expertly explores the dynamics of ecological activism spiritual activism and sacred feminism. And, she invites us to join the movement to save trees.

Stories of those making a difference. While there is still much work to be done to address environmental problems, there are many stories of individuals and organizations rising up to make a change and help save our planet. The words and stories that Bolen weaves throughout this book are both inspirational and down-to-earth, calling us to realize what is happening to not only our trees, but our people. By writing about both the work of organizations like Greenpeace and the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Bolen highlights her passions and shares her unique vision for the world.

In Like a Tree learn more about:

  • The dynamic nature of trees ― from their anatomy to their role as an archetypal symbol
  • Pressing social issues such as deforestation, global warming, and overpopulation
  • What it means to be a “tree person”

If you are reading, Like A Tree, please note that there are Discussion/Reflection questions in the back of the book. You may want to look at each of these as you prepare your reading of each chapter. 


About the Author

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, an internationally known speaker and author of thirteen influential books in over one hundred foreign editions: The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, The Millionth Circle, Like A Tree, Urgent Message From Mother, Moving Toward the Millionth Circle, and Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a past Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, and a former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.  She is a leading advocate for the 5th World Conference on Women-India 2022.


About the Host:


Kate Trnka

Kate is a writer, educator, and small business owner and is now enjoying semi-retirement following her 26-year career as a public school teacher.  She is the author of many poems, including Beyond the Fog and just released the second edition of her first book, If These Trees Could Talk, Park 1: Messages from the Trees of Sunset ParkKate has also begun leading workshops around her latest work, Our Sense-Able Nature: Mindful Re-Connecting with Nature Activity Cards which provides nature inspired activities connecting us to various themes in nature as well as to our 54 natural senses/sensitivities.

Kate is the founder of The Sacred Earth Institute whose purpose is to provide learning opportunities which help to connect people to the inherent power of the natural world and subsequently to their authentic selves. Kate holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education and is finishing her Doctorate in Ecopsychology. 

Does this Global Read interest you? Why not take a look at the Compassion Education Institute's Featured Course offering, Our Sense-Able Nature: Mindfully Reconnecting with the Natural World. More information is available here.


-->This read will be free or by donation, to participants thanks to the generosity of our sponsor:

Sacred EarthThe Sacred Earth Institute

Featuring “Our Sense-Able Nature: Mindful Reconnecting With Nature Activity Cards”
and “If These Trees Could Talk: Messages from the Trees of Sunset Park"



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