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Peter Forbes

Peter has become a leader for the American conservation movement by creating a life in conservation as photographer, writer, and storyteller about the relationship between people and place. For the last fifteen years, Peter has focused his energies on bringing together and strengthening the worlds of environmentalism and social justice and offering those professions his experience with story, facilitation, contemplative practice, and relationship to nature. Peter is always learning and innovating across the boundaries of profession, culture, and home, and this has made his work influential to the different fields of leadership development, sustainability, philanthropy, and conservation. You might find him teaching spoon-carving on a city street, or giving a keynote address on courage at a national conference, or helping to heal a fracture within a community, or photographing a lost art. What he cares most about is strengthening people's connections to one another and the land that sustains them, the most visible and important example being his family's farm and tapestry in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. He is the co-editor of Our Land, Ourselves, author of The Great Remembering and What Is a Whole Community, and co-author of Coming to Land in a Troubled World, and collaborated with William Coperthwaite as the photographer for A Handmade Life. You can learn more about him at

    Peter's Upcoming Events

    • Peter Forbes at the RI Land & Conservation Summit
      University of Rhode Island , Kingston RI 02881
      March 12, 2015, 8:30 am

      Peter Forbes will keynote at the Rhode Island Land and Conservation Summit at the URI Memorial Union on March 12th. Peter's address, "Innovation and Evolution in Conservation," will begin at 8:30 AM. Registration before February 27th is $45; $60 thereafter.

    • "A Man Apart" Launch Event at Big Picture Theater
      Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield VT
      March 29, 2015, 4:00 pm

      More details to come...

    • Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow at Frontier Cafe
      Frontier Cafe, Brunswick ME
      April 9, 2015, 5:30 pm

      Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow will celebrate the release of their book, "A Man Apart: Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living," at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick, Maine on April 9. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. The event will be co-sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Chelsea Green Publishing, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, and Gulf of Maine Books.

    • Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow at The Norwich Bookstore
      The Norwich Bookstore, Norwich VT
      May 8, 2015, 7:00 pm

      Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow will discuss their new book, " A Man Apart: Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living," on May 8 at 7:00 PM. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

    • Peter Forbes at Tattered Cover Bookstore
      1628 16th Street, Denver, CO , Denver CO 80202
      May 28, 2015, 7:00 pm

      On May 28th, Peter Forbes will present his newest book, "A Man Apart," at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. This event will take place at 7:00 PM at Tattered Cover's Lower Downtown location."A Man Apart" will also be available for purchase and signing after Peter's presentation.

    Peter's Books

    A Man Apart

    Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living

    A Man Apart is the story—part family memoir and part biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow’s longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite (A Handmade Life), whose unusual life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own.

    In this intimate and honest account—framed by Coperthwaite’s sudden death and brought alive through the month-long adventure of building with him what would turn out to be his last yurt—Forbes and Whybrow explore the timeless lessons of Coperthwaite’s experiment in intentional living and self-reliance. They also reveal an important story about the power and complexities of mentorship: the opening of one’s life to someone else to learn together, and carrying on in that person’s physical absence.

    A Handmade Life

    In Search of Simplicity

    William Coperthwaite is a teacher, builder, designer, and writer, who is exploring true simplicity on a homestead on the north coast of Maine. He examines themes of beauty, work, education, and design while giving instruction on hand-crafting of the necessities of life.


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