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Lived experiences of being-in-the-forest as experiential sharing with the more-than-human world

Journal article
Authors Margaretha Häggström
Published in Journal of Environmental Education Research
Pages 1-14
ISSN 1350-4622
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Pages 1-14
Language en
Keywords Lived experience; being-inthe-forest; experiential sharing; the more-thanhuman world; walk-andtalk interview
Subject categories Pedagogical Work, Learning, Social Anthropology


This article considers human embodied relationships with the morethan-human world, in the Swedish forest context, and through a phenomenological approach. The research focuses on lived experiences of being-in-the-forest, starting in the author’s experiences, using walk-andtalk conversations as inquiry process with study participants. Analysis reveals that (a) childhood experiences seem to play a crucial role in adult experiences of forests; (b) place-identity and sense of belonging are significant elements in how the participants define themselves; (c) being-in-the-forest is connected to an active, exploring and moving body and that the connection with the more-than-human world of the case study forest is deeply anchored as part of the human body. This relationship appears to be shaped through a process of constructing and reconstructing memories, practice and selfhood, and can, it seems, last a lifetime. In the long term, such relationships could have a positive impact on human connections to the more-than-human world.

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