Books on The Sacred Earth:

The Sacred Earth
Courtney Milne, 1991

Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Top ten bestseller for 6 weeks in the fall of 1991.

From the magnificent ruins of the great cities and monuments of antiquity to the Earth's holy waters and the sanctuary offered by her secluded forests, valleys, gardens, and caves; from the revered high places, the mountains, hills, and monolithic rocks, to the sites of miraculous events where lives and destinies have been transformed, this book captures the mystery and grandeur of sacred sites around the world, offering testimony to our endless quest to make contact with the Creator. The stunning imagery of Courtney Milne's photography is a tribute to the wonders of our planet and to the landscapes that have inspired humanity since the beginning of time.

Click here to read:  "The Sacred Earth - An interview with Courtney Milne".


Pilgrim's Guide to The Sacred Earth - A Travel Guide
Sherrill Miller, 1991

This book is both a personal journey and a resource manual. So many people have asked us about the places featured in The Sacred Earth. We gleaned a great deal of valuable information during our travels that we did not find in other books. In addition, our personal experiences never failed to amuse and enthrall our listeners.

The information about the sacred places is interwoven with some history, mythology, and cultural themes that help to explain their meaningfulness, along with our personal comments and suggestions. Courtney Milne's Photo Tips will be of particular interest to photographers and will also provide additional information about the sites and his personal experiences there.


Visions of the Goddess 
Courtney Milne & Sherrill Miller, 1998

For more than twenty thousand years, cultures from Old Europe to Siberia to Africa thrived around the worship of feminine energy embodied in the Earth Mother. Through Visions of the Goddess, photographer Courtney Milne and author Sherrill Miller rediscover the expression of the feminine in the landscape. From the depths of the earth in caves and volcanoes, through the fruits of the earth's vegetation, and rising above the earth in the mountains and sky, the Goddess is present today as She was in ancient times, if we could only recognize Her.

By exploring Goddess traditions in cultures around the world, the authors demonstrate that the Goddess in nature is universal to human experience. In their separate introductions, both Miller and Milne speak eloquently about their own experiences in the natural world, 'walking on uneven ground'. Recognizing the full range of Her powers and diverse manifestations helps us to reconnect with this powerful and subtle force.

Click here to read the Introduction by Sherrill Miller.  Or click here to read A Male Perspective by Courtney Milne.


Spirit of the Land
Courtney Milne, 1994

Foreword by Brian Maracle

Using the Bighorn Medicine Wheel as the center, Courtney Milne follows the directions of each of the 28 spokes of the wheel across North America to explore landscapes rich in mythology, legend, and mystery. The book is divided into four chapters, one for each of the four cardinal directions, portraying locations significant to Native American culture and spirituality.. 

Click here to read the article "Spirit of the Land:  A pilgrim's tribute to soul power in native North America".


In Canada, Spirit of the Land is published by Penguin Viking. In the USA, Stewart, Tobori, and Chang have published a smaller version titled Sacred Places of North America, a Journey into the Medicine Wheel.



Books on Canada:


 Emily Carr Country 
 Courtney Milne, 2001

 Foreword by Robert Bateman
 Awarded the Agfa Special Achievement Award in Photography

Though fame came late to Emily Carr, she is hailed today as a uniquely powerful and beloved figure in the history of Canadian art, and as a writer of exceptional talent.  Emily Carr has endowed us with the ultimate gift, a prescription for finding ourselves in Nature and the volition to express our oneness with all Creation, regardless of what art form we might choose.

In this book, Courtney Milne has taken his favorite passages from Emily Carr's writings and matched them to a stunning section of his own photographs of the regions, as well as specific locations, on Canada's West Coast where Carr traveled, painted and wrote.


W.O. Mitchell Country
Courtney Milne, 1999

Awarded the Agfa Special Achievement Award in Photography

When W.O. Mitchell died in February 1998, Canadians all across the country mourned the death of a much-loved writer. But it was in the West that his loss was felt most keenly. For he was one of them, a Westerner. His writing in Who Has Seen the Wind, and many other books, brought their part of the world alive on the page, so that millions of readers seemed to breathe fresh Western air as they turned the pages of his works.

With the help of the Mitchell family, Courtney Milne tracked down sites that W.O. had known and written about. In addition, he combed through his vast treasure store of photographs, to try to find the single image that perfectly matched a chosen piece of WO's prose. Over 200 full-color photographs are included.



Books on the Canadian Prairies:


Old Man on His Back
Courtney Milne & Sharon Butala, 2002

The Old Man On His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area is a 13,000 acre preserve established by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in cooperation with a number of partners, including Sharon and Peter Butala, who lived and worked on these spectacular prairie grasslands for many years.

Now Sharon Butala guides us through Old Man on His Back, revealing landscapes on both an intimate and grand scale. From prehistory, to Aboriginal hunters, European settlers and today's ranchers, Butala thoughtfully explores the past and present, raising challenging questions about the meaning and value of land. Courtney Milne's accompanying photographs are seamlessly integrated into the narrative, his images capturing the drama and beauty in every season and mood.


Prairie Skies
Courtney Milne, 1993

A vast and vibrant canopy of changing moods and colors, the sky is the most dominant feature of the prairie landscape. This collection of Courtney Milne's exceptional color photographs captures the astonishing variety of the prairie skies - dramatic sunsets, northern lights, rainbows, brilliant sunshine, violent storms, enormous cloud-filled firmaments, as well as the more tranquil, contemplative moods that characterize the region. Beautiful, powerful, and evocative, these images reveal the overwhelming presence of the prairie skies and their profound influence upon the lives of those who inhabit the prairie world.


Prairie Dreams
Courtney Milne, 1989

This is a collection of 130 of Courtney Milne's most evocative color photographs of the prairie landscape. Extracts of poetry and prose from writers across Canada reflect the mood of each image, defining what the region means to those enchanted by the Prairies, as well as those who call it home.


Prairie Light 
Courtney Milne, 1985

Courtney Milne invites us to see the prairies in new ways, to explore the mosaic, the rich tapestry of design of the prairie landscape. The prairies provide a unique opportunity for the photographer to capture vivid representations of the seasons, colors, geographic regions, light effects, and weather conditions. Courtney Milne shares with us the intimacy of the moment as he skillfully explores the powerful images of the landscape and natural phenomena. Each of the 120 photographs is accompanied by the author's comments describing the significance of the scene and the memories of when the photograph was made.

Saskatchewan: the luminous landscape

Courtney Milne, 2005

With messages from the Lieutenant Governor, 
Her Honor Dr. Lynda Haverstock and from 
the Premier of Saskatchewan, Lorne Calvert.


To celebrate Saskatchewan's centenary, Courtney Milne has returned home to celebrate his first love - Saskatchewan. The breathtaking images pay homage to the beauty of the province's prairies, hills, forests, lakes and skies. The 225 images - coupled with the personal notes, stories and journal entries - reveal why, like all prairie natives, Courtney Milne's world travels always leave him longing for his cherished province.