Peter Wohlleben in Conversation: Online-Only

Miriam Wohlleben

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Peter Wohlleben in Conversation: Online-Only

Past Event: Tuesday, November 16, 2021


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Although this event has passed, you can still purchase tickets now through Tuesday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m. (PT). The event will be viewable until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23.

Around the time scientists discovered a vast underground network of fungi connecting trees of different species—an arboreal Internet or “wood wide web”—renowned forester and New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben began to notice bizarre root shapes and strange growth patterns in the forests he tended in Western Germany.

In The Hidden Life of Trees, Wohlleben describes what he learned by listening to trees; in his newest work, The Heartbeat of Trees, he delves deeper, drawing on research and new scientific discoveries to show how humans are deeply connected to the natural world. Q&A with Jane Billinghurst.

All tickets (except Student/25 & Under, complimentary, and a limited number of Reduced Price/No Book tickets) include a copy of Wohlleben’s book, The Heartbeat of Trees, shipped by our partner bookstore to the ticket holder’s address.

Renowned forester Peter Wohlleben is the author of numerous books including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees and its follow-ups, The Inner Life of Animals and The Secret Wisdom of Nature. His newest work, The Heartbeat of Trees, is a powerful return to the forest where trees have heartbeats and roots are like brains that extend underground—where the color green calms us and the forest sharpens our senses.

In an era of cell phone addiction, climate change, and urban life, many of us fear we’ve lost our connection to nature, but Wohlleben is convinced that age-old ties linking humans to the forest remains alive and intact. In The Heartbeat of Trees, he draws on research and new scientific discoveries to show how humans are deeply connected to the natural world even today. Wohlleben reveals the profound interactions humans can have with nature by showing us how to see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste the forest.

Known for his ability to write about trees in an engaging and moving way, Wohlleben reveals a wondrous world where humans are a part of nature, and where conservation and environmental activism are not just about saving flora and fauna but ourselves, too.

In addition to writing books for adults, Wohlleben is also the author of books for children, including Can You Hear the Trees Talking? and Peter and the Tree Children. When he’s not writing, Wohlleben manages a sustainable forest and runs a forest academy where he lives in Germany.

Jane Billinghurst, our Q&A moderator for the evening, has worked in publishing for over 40 years as an editor, author, and translator. She and Peter started working together in 2015, the year before Peter’s first book in English, The Hidden Life of Trees, was published. Since then, she and Peter have worked on four more books for adults and a couple of books for young children. Jane lives in Anacortes, Washington, next to 2,800 acres of community forest lands. She’s joining us from Surrey, England, on a trip back to the village and bluebell-filled woodlands where she grew up.

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All tickets (except Student/25 & Under, complimentary, and a limited number of Reduced Price/No Book tickets), include a copy of Peter Wohlleben’s forthcoming book, The Heartbeat of Trees. Books will be shipped to the ticket holder’s address by our partner bookstore.

Our partner bookstore will have copies of Wohlleben’s work available for purchase on their website.


Closed Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where captioning displays the words that are spoken or sung at the bottom of the video. Captioning is available for all online events; click the “CC” button to view captions during the event.

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