Becoming Forest: A Story of Deep Belonging

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About the Author

Michael Kearney has worked as a palliative care and hospice
physician for forty years, sitting at the bedsides of people who are seriously
ill and dying. He has published three books, Mortally Wounded: Stories
of Soul Pain, Death, and Healing,
which was a bestseller in Ireland; A
Place of Healing: Working with Nature and Soul at the End of Life
; and The
Nest in the Stream
, a nature-based spiritual memoir. Becoming Forest is his first novel.

Michael Kearney lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his
wife, Radhule, and their four-legged friends Lucy and Kitty.

Tess Leak is an artist and musician living and working in West
Cork, Ireland. She is a graduate of both the BA in Visual Art on Sherkin Island
and The Curious School of Puppetry in London, and
is cellist with The Vespertine Quintet.


a bold, imaginative tale that serves as a handbook for psychological and
spiritual resilience in the face of imminent climate collapse. It is a moving
vision for new ways of dwelling on the earth. Combining Michael Kearney's
professional experience as a palliative care doctor and his Irish cultural
background as a lover of nature and all living things, he invites us to embrace
the wisdom of the forest. This engaging and timely work is a must for all
readers committed to radical environmental change."-- Mary
, 7th President of Ireland, former UN
High Commissioner of Human Rights and former UN Secretary-General's
Special Envoy on Climate Change, founder of the
Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, and author of Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a
Sustainable Future

"This beautiful book is a powerful allegory for our time,
and, as well, a remarkable story of a spiritual journey that is also timeless.
Written by Dr. Michael Kearney, the renowned and beloved palliative care
physician, the reader is taken into the heart and life of what it means to be
wise, courageous, and resilient in the face of enormous adversity. This
book will inspire hope and strength in any reader."

-- Roshi Joan Halifax, Buddhist teacher, anthropologist,
author, pioneer in the field of end-of-life care, and author of Standing at
the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

"Becoming Forest is filled with awe, love, and
appreciation for this phenomenon we call tree. I love how tree, in its own
right, is appearing as this call to sanity for humanity in this moment. That we
have tree - how this improves our chances!" -- Joanna Macy, environmental
activist; scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology; and
author of, World as Lover, World as Self
"How do we hold hope and despair in one hand? How do we live
honestly into the future of our planet--our home--all the while tending our
mounting and accelerating losses? Well, it turns out, there is a way, and it
could not be more urgent or accessible. In a book for the ages, for all ages,
Michael Kearney's latest, we learn how to look death in the eye and choose
life, and all just in time."

-- BJ Miller, hospice and
palliative medicine physician, author and speaker, best-known for his 2015 TED
Talk, "What Really Matters at the End of Life" (15 million views)

"When people don't remember who they
really are, they forget what is actually important. When people forget what's
important, they're not sure what to do. But when people remember who they are,
they know what is important, and then they know what must be done. By pointing
us towards reconnecting with Mother Earth, Becoming Forest helps us
to remember who we really are." -- Wolf Wahpepah, second
generation in his family to carry a traditional Native American inter-tribal
fireplace that receives all people for the benefit of all life. With his wife,
Lisa Wahpepah, he leads a community-based nonprofit, Descendants of the Earth,
whose mission is to preserve the integrity of traditional Native
American culture.