Books, articles, essays, and occasional writings in other genres by me


Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty for Earth’s Broken Places

What do we do when the places we love are damaged or endangered? By facing what’s broken, sharing stories, and making wild, spontaneous, heartfelt acts of beauty, we reconnect with the ground beneath our hearts and find, yes, even joy.


101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty

How are we to respond when the forests, rivers, and neighborhoods we love are hurt by human or natural acts? This slim book is filled with ideas for empowering ourselves and reviving our relationship with these hurt places by making bold, creative, spontaneous gifts of beauty for them.


The World is a Waiting Lover:
 Desire and the Quest for the Beloved
(Foreword by Thomas Moore)
Published by New World Library

When Trebbe Johnson was 50 years old and happily married, she fell in love with a young man who was assisting on a wilderness journey she was leading in the mountains of Colorado.  She discovered that longing and desire are often linked to something greater than human relationships and that following that longing can lead to a more compassionate—and passionate—engagement with the world.

“The World Is a Waiting Lover can be read as a grand adventure, a love story, or a guide book on attaining union with the divine. Whatever you call it, the book offers an unabashedly delicious and juicy experience.”
– Toinette Lippe, Parabola


“Gifts in the Promised Land: A Pilgrimage of Spirit, Song, and Friendship
Parabola, Summer 2020.

“On the Moors of Omaha”
Fine Lines, 2019 Spring Issue

“Equipment List for the Journey Home”
Parabola, Fall 2018

“Spiritual Activists Confront the Woes of the Planet: The 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions”, Parabola, Spring 2019.
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You Are Now Entering the Environment
Minding Nature, January 2018.

Uncommon Gratitude
Orion, July-August 2015

Devoting: Meetings with the Force That Impels Faith
Parabola, Fall, 2014
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Gifts for Broken Places
Ecopsychology, March 2014
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“Gaze Even Here”
Orion, November-December, 2012
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Reuniting with Wounded Places
The Ecologist, January 21, 2013

“Where’s the Temple?”
Parabola, Fall 2011

Rituals for Wastelands
Spirituality & Health, July/August 2009

Without Heart You Have Nothing
Parabola, Fall 2009
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“Getting to Aha”
Spirituality & Health, July-August 2008
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Walking Like Lions
Second Journey, Fall 2007

“The Fierce Lover, the Royal Child, and the Rest of Your Life”
Stephens College Commencement Speech
May 5, 2007

“Falling In Desire, Landing Whole”
Life Challenges, 2006

The Second Creation Story: Redefining the Bond Between Religion and Ecology
Sierra, 1998

“The Monster of Grim Prospects”
Parabola, Fall 1998
Reprinted in The Inner Journey: Myth, Psyche, and Spirit,
Ed. Martha Heyneman, Morning Light Press, 2008

“In My Backyard? Sure”
Harper’s, April 1994
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Trebbe Johnson Complete CV