101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty

For most people, places that have become damaged through human or natural events are nothing but eyesores, best avoided if no official agency has some kind of plan to clean them up. It’s rare to set out with a sense of adventure to visit a clear-cut forest, a mountaintop flattened by coal mining, a gas fracking site, or a polluted river. Trebbe Johnson not only celebrates these “wounded places” but invites us to discover meaning, vitality, and delight in them and, in the process, in ourselves. We do this by visiting these places and making “guerrilla beauty” for them—anonymous, bold, spontaneous tokens of gratitude or consolation. Each of the “101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty” offered here is easy to do, whether you’re alone, with a friend, or with a group. They don’t require advance planning, expert advice, or special tools. Some of the 101 Ways pertain to specific kinds of damaged places, ranging from a favorite tree that’s been cut down in your own back yard to a Superfund site too toxic to enter. Others can be applied to many different kinds of hurt places. Trebbe Johnson’s simple practices reflect a profound and innovative approach to surviving the environmental problems every one of us is facing, but to thriving in the midst of them.

“Taking time out to allow ourselves to see, feel and respond to the wounded places in the world is not necessarily easy, but these marvelous exercises help us do just that. 101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty will inspire and transform you — and the world will thank you!”

Radical Joy birdFr. Claire Hayes, Dublin, Ireland, Author of Finding Hope in the Age of Anxiety

“Trebbe’s inspirations for bringing beauty, creativity, and spontaneous ritual to the land will be of benefit to those new to earth reverence, as well as those with years of experience taking care of the earth. Highly recommended!”

Radical Joy birdDaniel Foor, PhD, Asheville, North Carolina, Author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing
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