Note from the Editor
During this pandemic, we are publishing new content that explores the deeper themes and questions emerging at this time. These stories reveal new opportunities to deeply connect with each other and the living world—in the midst of this crisis and beyond.
We are hosting a variety of new online programs with Emergence staff and contributors, aimed at providing a space where we can connect through the power of story and reflect on the deeper themes emerging at this time. Free of charge, these online sessions include a monthly book club, weekly contributor conversations with Emergence writers and filmmakers, facilitated workshops and a nature writing course.
Losing a language means more than the disappearance of words. This six-part film and multimedia experience follows four Indigenous communities who are revitalizing their languages and cultures.
The Atomic Tree
The Atomic Tree is a virtual reality journey into the memories of a 400-year-old Japanese white pine bonsai that survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima.
Seasons of the Monastic Table
Inspired by monastic cuisine, this cookbook honors the seasons with twenty-eight recipes to celebrate spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
A route of eighty-eight Buddhist temples in Japan, the Shikoku Pilgrimage takes modern-day pilgrims across an ancient, storied landscape, inviting us to reflect on the relevance of the spiritual quest today.
In this multimedia piece, poet Forrest Gander and artist Katie Holten collaborate to evoke a language of the redwood forests of Northern California. Forrest’s words are translated into an alphabet of sprouting seeds and growing spores.
Following a month-long journey through the Andes Mountains in Peru, this multimedia travelogue explores the flavors, varieties, and cultural significance of Peru’s native potatoes, papas nativas.
Print Edition Vol.1
Our inaugural print edition is a collection of essays, poems, adapted multimedia stories, and photo essays from our first four issues. Tactile and intimate, this edition spans 296 color-filled pages and six different textures of paper—inviting you to slow down and enjoy these stories over time.
Being with the Dark
In five steps, this practice invites you to immerse yourself in nightfall. Whether you live in the city or in a place where the outdoors is more accessible, this practice is a guide for settling into the expansive wonder of the dark.
The Aromas of Trees: Five Practices
Aroma is the primary language of trees. They talk with molecules, conspiring with one another, beckoning fungi, scolding insects, and whispering to microbes.
Five Practices for Listening to the Language of Birds
Created by David G. Haskell, these practices invite you to open yourself up to the sensory experience of listening to bird language.
Arriving with Every Step
This pilgrimage practice invites you to embark on a journey to a sacred site, beginning where you are and arriving with every step.
Listening For Silence
What is at stake in a world where silence has gone extinct?
Entering the Bardo
Reindeer at the End of the World
In the Ground of Our Unknowing
And God Laughs
The Lord God Bird
And Peace Shall Return
Apausalypse: Dispatch from Iceland
Beginning with the End
Is This an Initiation?
Life in the Time of Cholera: Lessons on a Pandemic
The Church Forests of Ethiopia
I Am Not Your Peril
Shaking the Viral Tree
Sweet Breath from Another
The Creatures of the World Have Not Been Chastened
The Other House