We have not inherited the world from our forefathers;
rather we are borrowing it from our children.
We take the stewardship of our 48 acres and the planet very seriously. We respect each branch we use, every tiny piece of wood that is crafted into a wooden ring. In honour of trees, we'd like to share a selection of poems, quotations and proverbs about trees and their place in our hearts and in our lives.
Approaching a tree we approach a sacred being who can teach us about love and about endless giving. She is one of millions of beings who provide our air, our homes, our fuel, our books. Working with the spirit of the tree can bring us renewed energy, powerful inspiration, deep communion.
from the Ogham, Druid Tree Lore
Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way.
If what I say resonates with you, it is merely because we are both branches on the same tree.
- W. B. Yeats
It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees.
~ an Arab Proverb
For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
- Martin Luther
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
- Martin Luther
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
- Hermann Hesse
The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.
- A Welsh proverb
Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.
- E.F. Schumacher
The pine tree seems to listen, the fir tree to wait: and both without impatience: - they give no thought to the little people beneath them devoured by their impatience and their curiosity.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
The groves were God's first temples.
- William Cullen Bryant
I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.
- Henry David Thoreau
God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, "Ah!"
- Joseph Campbell