New Book Available For Preorder
I began writing while working as an acupuncturist in an effort to provide people with more tools for maintaining their own health. I soon realized our modern disconnect from nature was at the root of many of our individual health challenges as well as our society's unhealthy and unsustainable relationship with nature. My desire to help others rediscover their relationship with the more-than-human-world was the catalyst for writing Tao of Sustainability and also lead me to train as a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. In the process of writing Tao of Sustainability, I also discovered a love for storytelling and when the book was published, I thirsted for more. I have since turned to fiction in Voice of the Elders (Calumet Editions, 2018), a novel with strong environmental themes that isn't easily categorized. Is it a Daoist sci-fi novel or a metaphysical spy thriller? You'll have to be the judge of that.
My latest work, The Hundred Remedies of the Tao: Spiritual Wisdom for Interesting Times, is a translation and commentary of a 6th Century Daoist text called the Bai Yao Lu, The Statutes of the Hundred Remedies. As I discuss in my commentary, the 'spiritual prescriptions' this text offers are just as applicable to daily life in the the 21st century. The book is published by Inner Traditions, distributed by Simon & Schuster, and is available for preorder now online or from your favorite local bookstore.
I live in Minnesota with my family and three huskies. I'm a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. I am also trained as a Natural Mindfulness Guide and am an ordained Daoist Priest in the 22nd generation of the Quanzhen Longmen tradition. In previous lives, I've worked as an acupuncturist in Minnesota, an organic farmer in New Mexico, and a barista in Tennessee, among others things.
The Eyes of an Owl, Center for Humans and Nature
Interview, We Are Wildness
Camus, Sisyphus, and the Heart Polishing Stone of Qiu Chuji
IN THE PRESS
Tao of Sustainability
With a voice both wise and practical,
Greg Ripley provides an essential perspective on the joy and importance of reconnecting with nature, and by doing so, with our deepest selves.
- Amos Clifford, founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs