Tristan Gooley – Reconnecting with nature

Tristan Gooley Nature

In a modern world of faceless interactions, hours spent bingeing on Netflix and an ongoing addiction to our smart phones, it’s no surprise people are a desperately trying to disconnect from technology and re-engage with nature. There is something so rewarding in discovering all of the wonderful complexities that the natural world has to offer. Whether you live in the depths of the countryside or in the midst of a thriving metropolis, there are always clues and hints left behind by the sun, animals and nature, waiting to be discovered. Tristan Gooley’s book The Natural Navigator is the perfect companion to reintroduce you to the wonders of the wild.

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Gooley explained how he had always been fascinated by natural navigation. He recognised the patterns forming in a pond in Sussex as those which pacific islanders would use in the ocean to locate land. This sparked his fascination with water and inspired his first book How to Read Water. Tristan explained how some natives are able to lie in a canoe with their eyes shut and use the motion and movement of the water to understand how close they were to land. Other key signs include the amount of birds that can be seen in the sky, two or fewer and you’re not close to land, the colour of the water, which also gives an indication of your location, and the types of fish that can be seen in water. These surprising navigational tools are just a few examples of how nature can help to guide just about anyone. When it comes to nature, knowledge really is power.

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Tristan Gooley

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In recent years we have witnessed a rising popularity in people wanting to learn more about the environment we live in and the ways in which ancient societies used to make use of it. Tristan explained how this shift in what people hold as valuable has accelerated over the last few years. There is a fear of loss amongst people and a hope to gain. The same ticking part of our brain that enjoys the crossword, sudoku and trivia, can also make sense of nature and solve its hidden mysteries.

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We asked Tristan how important books are as a companion to him when travelling, and he explained that books are an instrumental part of being an explorer. It’s not just about going to places and seeing things through your own eyes – new ideas can be awoken from books. Gooley explained how his first ideas of totalitarianism came from reading 1984 on a beach in the Costa Del Sol.

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The Natural Navigator will leave you with the urge to grab your walking boots and head out into the wild. But fear not, if you’re close to civilisation there are still signs to pick up on in cities and urban areas – from algae on buildings to the quantity of leaves on a particular side of shrubbery, once you’ve learnt about these hidden curiosities, you’ll be unable to ignore them in your day to day life.

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Check out Tristan Gooley’s latest book Wild Signs and Star Paths: The Keys to Our Lost Sixth Sense.


 

How to Read Water

How To Read Water 

By 

Tristan Gooley 

The Natural Navigator

The Natural Navigator 

By 

Tristan Gooley 

Wild Signs and Star Paths

Wild Signs and Star Paths: The Keys to Our Lost Sixth Sense

By 

Tristan Gooley

All books are available at our bookshop South Ken Books.


Written by Lily Thorne