WAUSAUKEE — John Harvey, a Wisconsin native and University of Wisconsin graduate, will be at the Wausaukee Public Library Friday at 4 p.m. Harvey will read from his recently published book, “The Stillness of the Living Forest: A Year of Listening and Learning.” Additional presentations will be at the Stephenson Public Library at 10 a.m. and at 1:30 pm, Sunday at Josephine’s Place, N11899 U.S. 141. He will be available to answer questions and for book signing.

His book is based on a personal commitment he made to sit for an hour a week for a full year at the same spot in the woods. His intention was to connect with nature and observe the weekly progression of the seasons.

He chose a “sit spot” along the shoreline of Prompton Lake in northeastern Pennsylvania. Close, but not “too close” to home to become a distraction, this solitary observation point would be where the mysteries of nature would unfold. As the year progressed, John learned more about the natural world and by extension humanity and himself than he would have ever imagined possible.

He discovered two key concepts that shaped his experiences; blending in and mindfulness. By sitting still and remaining silent he began to blend in and nature in turn began to reveal itself. By continually engaging all five senses he brought his mind to the present moment and began to experience the richness of “forest mindfulness.”

As the year progressed he felt renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Drawing on his background in clinical psychology he recognized the therapeutic and healing potential of a nature connection, a potential increasingly verified by the new and emerging science of “nature therapy.”