Hope and Enchantment

Issue 342 • January/February 2024

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Our theme for this issue takes us straight to what feels like the pages of a book of fairytales, but these are tales with a serious message of hope, enchantment and purpose. From a poetic ‘ode’ to a humble fern to the enchanting story of a dress made entirely from nettles, we explore ways to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. We look at the oft times dark path to enchantment and learn how the human psyche craves meaning. The invitation here then is to lose yourself in an uplifting theme that will take you to the edges of your own imagination and hopeful visions for 2024.

In the Slow Read, the modern mystic, author and thought leader, Andrew Harvey, tells our editor Susan Clark that all is not lost and that what he calls ‘the Great Shattering’ that looms will be our breakthrough to a new consciousness and a new idea of what it means to be a new human being on a new earth.

Other highlights within this issue include the reintroduction of the Poetry Pages. In ‘Quiet Wildfires’ our new poetry editors introduce the work of Greek eco poet, Astra Papachristodoulou. In Connected Life the founder of The Thousand Year Trust, Merlin Hanbury-Tenison tells us why he has hope for the future and in our Ecologist pages, we discover how artists really can influence climate politics.


  • Our Life is Here: David Buckland
  • Unexpected Enchantments: Paul Evans
  • The Story of the Nettle Dress: Dylan Howitt
  • A New Consciousness: Andrew Harvey
  • Poetry: Quiet Wildfires
  • Radical Landscapes: Anna Souter

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Once Upon A Time

Tales with a message of hope, enchantment and purpose


News from the Resurgence Community

Resurgence Ripples - a celebration of positive action


Ecologist Editors' Picks

Top stories from The Ecologist environmental news website

Obituary: Tim Harland (1958 - 2023)

Tim always had time for people, a wry sense of humour and a big smile

Our Life is Here

An interview with Marshallese poet and climate envoy Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner

Connected Life

A Story of Hope

Introducing The Thousand Year Trust

The Mangrove Photography Awards

Inspiring photos that raise awareness of the fragility of the mangrove ecosystems around the world

Riding the Waves of Climate Anxiety

What does an 8,000-mile journey through South America on a bamboo bike teach you about biodiversity?

Feature Article

A New Consciousness

A new type of hope - Divine Hope - will only show up when we show up

Hope and Enchantment

Unexpected Enchantments

Exploring how enchantment shifts the focus away from the human in his glorious 'ode' to a humble rail-side plant

The Story of the Nettle Dress

A film-maker shares an inspiring fairytale for our time

The Dark before Dawn

A musician and men's coach shares how he found his way back to hope and enchantment

The Extraordinary at the Heart of the Ordinary

Enchantment has a role to play in restoring the human being to optimum wellness

Wisdom and Wellbeing

Your Wellness is (literally) in Your Own Hands &

Exploring the power of crafting and its role in wellness

You Can Do All The Things

A simple project for stitching your own hopeful affirmations

Paying Deep Attention

A reminder of a natural resource available to all of us that is a driving force for action

Needs, Not Greed!

Remembering an important lesson that reminds us that all we need is enough

Art and Culture

Poetry: Quiet Wildfires &

Introducing the work of eco-poet Astra Papachristodoulou

Steering by a Strange Light

Captivated by the extraordinary camera-less work of photographer and artist Susan Derges

Radical Landscapes

Reviewing an exhibition staged at the home of the Arts and Crafts artist and polymath William Morris

Songs of Earth

A documentary that lets Nature itself tell the story


Since the Great Frost

Review of Nature Tales for Winter Nights

Back into the hands of the 'small'

Review of Saying NO to a Farm-Free Future: The Case for an Ecological Food System and Against Manufactured Foods

A Real Portrait of Rural Life

Review of Once Upon a Raven’s Nest: A Life on Exmoor in an Epoch of Change

The Connections that Kill and that Cure

Review of Fevered Planet: How Diseases Emerge When We Harm Nature

The Legacy of Oil

Review of Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World

We're in this Together

Review of It’s Not Just You: How to Navigate Eco-Anxiety and the Climate Crisis

Centering Care

Review of Lean on Me: A Politics of Radical Care


Letters to the Editor

A Selection of Letters to the Editor

Archive - Seeds of Hope

An except from an article on rewilding first published in Resurgence & Ecologist in 2003

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