What an amazing subject this is!
I have done a bit of googling and will be heading out to the library this afternoon to see if I can find a book called "grab the thistle", as well as any books I can find by Steiner.
I will be honest and say that most of my knowledge of Steiner comes from my Theosophical Bookstore rummagings in the late 80's.
The Spirit/body/nature/garden connection has always called out to me very strongly. Do I believe in garden spirits? Yes! The Magic of Findhorn has been one of my favourite books for many many years. I ask my plants where they would like to be planted, I reiki my seeds before I scatter them, I ask permission and give thanks to the plants which grow in my garden.
I will digress for a little bit here and let you know how saddened I have been recently. A forum I post on has had many threads asking basically "what's in it for me". This concern about 'self' above all else is what saddens me. If an individual can't see their place and responsibilities within the fabric of society, how will they ever see their connections and place in nature?
Me, mine and ownership attitudes will destroy us all unless we learn how to share as well as receive society's, as well as Nature's bounty.
Going to go and sit under my mulberry tree (She's 1.5 metres tall but I am short) and be a Human Be-ing.