Deep Nature Play: A Guide to Wholeness, Aliveness, Creativity, and Inspired Learning

Deep Nature Play: A Guide to Wholeness, Aliveness, Creativity, and Inspired Learning

by Joseph Bharat Cornell


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When absorbed in deep play our sensory awareness is heightened, we become
immersed in the present moment and feel intensely alert and alive. Because play is
fun and rewarding, we operate at the peak of our mental and physical capacity.

Animals love to play. Crows will slide on their backs on a steep snowy slope, then fly
to the top to slide down again; bison will repeatedly sprint onto a frozen lake, then
bellow gleefully as they skid across the ice. Brown bear cubs who play the most,
Alaskan scientists have found, live the longest.

Why is play behavior so prevalent in the animal kingdom? Through play, animals
explore their world and discover all its possibilities. In higher animals, play
stimulates the brain, enhances cognitive function and adaptability, and strengthens
social bonds. Beyond these biological and social explanations, scientists are starting
to believe that play is a means by which animals can express their joy of life.


Play energizes and enlivens people's experience of nature. How does deep nature
play differ from regular play? Deep play incorporates greater absorption with the
object of play.

"Play," Albert Einstein said, "is the highest form of research." Through his "thought
experiments," Einstein could visualize a concept and see the unseen. In this way he
discovered the theory of relativity, which has been called the most influential theory
in the history of modern science. "Imagination," Einstein once said, "is more
important than knowledge," because knowledge tells us only what is known already
whereas imagination tells us what can be. Play is imaginative, and play's openness,
aliveness, and newness are essential to creativity.

This book is for those who have forgotten how to play, or who want to incorporate
more play into their lives and revive their innate curiosity and sense of wonder. Let
Joseph Cornell, Founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide and one of the world's most
popular nature educators, empower you with the tools to maximize play, and
transform it from mere entertainment into a doorway to enhanced living, creativity,
and concentration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565893221
Publisher: Crystal Clarity Publishers
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Pages: 148
Sales rank: 317,602
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Joseph Cornell is an internationally renowned author and founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide, one of the planet’s most widely respected nature awareness programs. His first book, Sharing Nature with Children, “sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education” and has been published in twenty languages and sold half a million copies. He is the honorary president of Sharing Nature Association of Japan, which has 10,000 members and 35,000 trained leaders.

Mr. Cornell is the author of the Sharing Nature Book Series, used by millions of parents, educators, naturalists, and youth and religious leaders all over the world. Mr. Cornell’s books, Listening to Nature and The Sky and Earth Touched Me, have inspired thousands of adults to deepen their relationship with nature.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service selected Mr. Cornell’s Sharing Nature with Children as one of the fifteen most influential books published since 1890 for connecting children and families to nature. His highly effective outdoor learning strategy, Flow Learning™, was featured by the U.S. National Park Service as one of five recommended learning theories, along with the works of Maria Montessori, Howard Gardner, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget.Mr. Cornell’s books have received the following prestigious awards:

Sharing Nature:
Winner, Silver Nautilus Award in the Animals & Nature category
Winner, Grand Prize: Indie Book Awards in the Non-Fiction category
Winner, Indie Book Award in the Science/Nature/Environment category
Winner, Indie Book Award in the Parenting/Family category
Winner, Silver Evergreen Medal in the Nature Conservation category
Winner, Green Book Festival Award in the How-To category

The Sky and Earth Touched Me:
Winner, Grand Prize for Non-Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Winner, for Science/Nature/Environment category, Indie Book Awards
Gold Medal Winner for Best Environment/Ecology/Nature Book, IPPY Book Awards
Winner, for Spiritual category, Green Book Festival
Listening to Nature:
Winner, Book of the Year Izaak Walton League Pewter- North American Publishing Co. Gold Ink Award
John Muir: My Life with Nature:
Winner, ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, Non-Fiction Humane Heroes

Mr. Cornell has received many international awards for his Sharing Nature books and work. He received the prestigious Countess Sonja-Bernadotte Prize in Germany for his vast influence on environmental education in Central Europe. In 2011 Cornell was selected as one of the world’s “100 most influential opinion leaders committed to the Environment” by the French organization, Les Anges Gardiens de la Planète.

Along with Jane Goodall and David Attenborough, Joseph Bharat Cornell is an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Environmental Education.
Known for his warmth and joyful enthusiasm, Cornell “has a genius for finding the essence of a subject, explaining it in clear and compelling ways, and then giving the reader creative exercises to gain an actual experience.”

Joseph and his wife, Anandi, are senior ministers and residents of Ananda Village in Northern California.

For more information on Joseph Cornell's books and activities, please visit

Table of Contents

A Story
• Play Is Universal • Play Is Innate and Integral to Learning• A Positive Learning Experience Is Essential• Play Energizes Us• Play Unites Us with Others • Play Activates the Whole Person • Creativity Is the Heart of Play• Attunement: The Secret of Creativity• How Play Frees Your Creative Nature• Playful Mindfulness • Play Is for Everyone• Turning Play into Deep Play—The Flow Learning™ Process• How You Can Play More DeeplyAppendix: Meditation

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Play is for everyone! Joseph Cornell is the biggest advocate of playing. His passion for play is infectious and inspiring. After reading his book we set a date to build a dinosaur snowman it was so much fun we talked about our experience for days. The best part was watching the neighborhood kids admire our handy work.