Who would think that a book about a woman living in a tree for slighly more than two years could be exciting?

She spent 768 days to be exact.

I found it not only to be exciting, but suspenseful at times.

What am I talking about?

The Legacy of Luna, written by that “tree hugging crazy woman”, known as Julia Butterfly Hill.

After reading this book, you will think she is anything BUT crazy.

For me, she’s a legend and a hero, with the courage of a lion!

“Everything we do ripples out and affects other people’s lives.” JBH

For those of you that might be thinking, pretty boring topic, I can tell you her book read more like a suspense novel!

Between the winter storms, the cold, the rain, the wind, the constant threat of the lumber company taking the tree down (with her still sitting in it); it was an all out battle to protect the life of this tree and the trees around it.

I had no idea of the sacrifice she made to protect this tree.

Her supplies were typically limited, she was cold and wet a good majority of the time and there were many days were she was very isolated.

She gave up most comforts we take for granted, like a bathroom, a hot shower and lots of contact with the outside world.

Luna, the name of the tree, became a source of peace and inspiration for Julia and despite all of the hardships and all of the threats, she stayed steadfast in her goal of saving this tree.

Throughout this whole ordeal, she treated everyone, even her adversaries, with respect, as love and compassion were her main weapons whenever dealing with confrontation.

During the course of the two years, she became a national celebrity (by accident) and while she never relished the role, being a fairly private person; she realized the significance of movement and studied and read and became an expert in forestry, lumbering practices and conservation, because she understood she was now the face of the movement.

She finally ended her tree sit when she successfully negotiated the guaranteed safety of Luna with the creation of a buffer zone around her.

This is an amazing story and and extraordinary woman!

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” Thicht Nhat Hahn


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About SKS

Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.

Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for martial arts instruction for 7 consecutive years in a row.

Sensei Feldt is a certified instructor for C.O.B.R.A., a worldwide self-defense, and personal protection program. SKS offers Active Shooter Training, Real Estate Safety, 10 Week Self Defense Academies, Bully Workshops, and Child Safety Camps.

We also provide corporate safety training.

Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars

Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at: [email protected]

Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.


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