BFFE | The intelligence of trees

Gepubliceerdop sep 26, 2019

A German forester, Peter Wohlleben, has observed that where he comes from, trees communicate with one another, care with love for their young, their elders, and their neighbors in case of illness. He wrote the worldwide bestseller ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ (over 2 million copies were sold) that filled nature lovers with wonder. His assertions were confirmed by scientists from the University of British Columbia in Canada, who also appear in the film. This documentary reveals the meticulous and thrilling work of these scientists, which is essential in order to understand interactions among trees as well as the consequences of this discovery. This knowledge will change the way you look at life, trees and forests. – bffe.eu

80 min
France, 2017
French, with English subtitles

Followed by a Panel on Inter-being

EYE Amsterdam
Sunday September 29th
Cinema 2

– Dutch premiere – 

Directors: Julia Dordel, Guido Tölke, Jan Roeloffs | With: Peter Wohlleben, Suzanne Simard, Teresa Ryan, Monika A. Gorzelak, Amanda Asay, Julia Amerongen Maddison | Camera: Tom Roeloffs, Florian Millot | Editor: Florian Millot | Production: Jupiter Communications | Music licensed at Media Music Now, Premium Beat


the peace of wild things

Gepubliceerdop sep 13, 2017

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry


de natuur is

Gepubliceerdop aug 26, 2017

I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion.

Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.

Baruch Spinoza (1632 – 1677)


Gepubliceerdop aug 20, 2017


In the fields
we let them have-
in the fields
we don’t want yet-

where thistles rise
out of the marshlands of spring, and spring open-
each bud
a settlement of riches-

a coin of reddish fire-
the finches
wait for midsummer,
for the long days,

for the brass heat,
for the seeds to begin to form in the hardening thistles,
dazzling as the teeth of mice,
but black,

filling the face of every flower.
Then they drop from the sky.
A buttery gold,
they swing on the thistles, they gather

the silvery down, they carry it
in their finchy beaks
to the edges of the fields,
to the trees,

as though their minds were on fire
with the flower of one perfect idea-
and there they build their nests
and lay their pale-blue eggs,

every year,
and every year
the hatchlings wake in the swaying branches,
in the silver baskets,

and love the world.
Is it necessary to say any more?
Have you heard them singing in the wind, above the final fields?
Have you ever been so happy in your life?


Mary Oliver


nature’s innate balance

Gepubliceerdop jun 13, 2017

“the use of nature as a motif for garden design (and perhaps a reason why nature imagery was such a fundamental theme of the Heian period [794-1184] in general as well) was based on the widespread belief that there was something inherent about the natural world that was wholesome and correct. Things as they appear in the natural world were believed to express an innate balance, … a kind of healthfulness. It followed that to use those elements in the garden in the same way they were found in nature was a means to bring nature’s innate balance into one’s household; conversely, to use elements of nature in a way that was contradictory to the way they were found naturally … was tantamount to disrupting the balance of nature. Observing nature as a basis for garden design, therefore, was not just a point aesthetics, it was an attempt to harmonize one’s household with the life forces of the surrounding environment through the design of the garden.”

Jirō Takei & Marc P. Keane


op avontuur

Gepubliceerdop jun 6, 2017

Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous,
leading to the most amazing view.
May your rivers flow without end,
meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells,
past temples and castles and poets’ towers
into a dark primeval forest
where tigers belch and monkeys howl,
through miasmal and mysterious swamps
and down into a desert of red rock,
and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm
where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs,
where deer walk across the white sand beaches,
where storms come and go
as lightning clangs upon the high crags,
where something strange and more beautiful
and more full of wonder than
your deepest dreams waits for you –
beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.

Edward Abbey


guided awe meditation

Gepubliceerdop mei 3, 2017

Geleide meditatie in het bos om verwondering/ontzag/eerbied te ervaren.  Het ervaren van korte momenten van ontzag (Engels: ‘awe’) maakt mensen o.a. altruïstischer, bescheidener en bewuster van de kracht in anderen en minder gestresst onder uitdagingen in het leven van alledag.

Met je muis kan je rond- en omhoog kijken in de film!

Use your mouse to look around in this old forest!

“Coming out of these experiences of awe, we often feel a sense of wonder. The striking thing, once you really start to think about awe and try to practice it in your life, is how omnipresent it is. As you move through your day, take note of the moments that bring you wonder, that give you goosebumps: These are your opportunities for awe.

Go out and find your awe moments and listen to them carefully; see where they guide you. What you’ll find, in how they stir humility and wonder, is that they will point you towards what you’re supposed to do while you’re here on Earth. ” – Greater Good Science Center