The Church of the Living Tree
The Evanescent Press
Earth, Pulp & Paper

The Latest News:
20 April 2016

     I have just posted The Evolution of Theology and Speculations on Cosmic Consciousness and the Love of God to my collection of Short Articles

     Announcing the availability of private classes: The Evanescent Press School of Hermetic Philosophy

       Email -- I am always happy to receive letters from my readers, but since my email address ( is published on the web site, I receive tons of spam.  I scan these briefly looking for real messages, but if you wish to send a message, please put something in the Subject line to alert me that you are sending a “real” message.   Since I reply to all mail, if you do not receive a reply within a week or so, try sending your message again.   My apologies if I have overlooked your message by mistake.

     A scanned copy of Theophany, published in 1979, may be seen here: Theophany.pdf.

     Tetragrammaton is now available online for free download.

     We are finally producing pulp and paper in a small mill in Southeast Asia.

     Just published: The Secret of the Ages , an Essay on the Meaning of Life.

     I have just updated the graph in my short article, The Fall of the Dollar.

     I have just been reading World on the Edge by Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute, an excellent survey of the problems facing the survival of life on earth, and what we need to do about them.  Many of the problems discussed are exacerbated by the loss of the trees: deforestation, soil erosion, dust storms, global warming, rising CO2 levels, floods, tropical storms, poverty, and world hunger.  

      I have prepared a free download version of Speculations on Cosmology.

      I have prepared another ebook for free download: More Laughter.,

      I have just prepared a version of my book The Laughter of God as an ebook for free download.

     I have just published a selection of my writings in philosophy along with other writings and essays into a book called The Laughter of God.  This is a paperback book on commercial paper, 336 pages, twelve with color; handsewn signatures.  The price is $20.  This book is now available for online purchase with your credit card.

     We have finally begun testing of our first pilot scale pulp mill.  See Progress Report, and the Alternative Fiber Pulp Mill.

     I have finally prepared a low cost edition of some of my major work in philosophy (Hermetic Alchemy and Patterns of Illusion and Change.)  It is a paperback book on commercial paper, 50 pages, two in color; handsewn signatures.  The price is $12.  This book is now available for online purchase with your credit card.

     From time to time I have written short articles on all sorts of topics, and I have begun to post some of these onto the site.  You can find them at  Short Articles.

     We have just posted the text of a new book, The Common Sense Guide to Losing Weight, by John Stahl.
     We have also posted a reader’s letter (Letters).

     Free Farms (New Listing Posted. See: Free Farm Bulletin Board). “Free Farms” refers to the radical idea that people do not have to base all of their living arrangements on money. The concept of a “free farm” is a place where volunteers are invited to live and work without the payment of rent on the one hand or salaries on the other. The Church of the Living Tree is attempting to implement this format as much as possible, although at the present time our facilities only allow for a very few volunteers to live at the site of the Evanescent Press in northern California, the first property owned by the Church, or at the Maui branch of the Church. On the other hand, we are trying to facilitate the implementation of the concept beyond our own horizons through the medium of a Free Farm Bulletin Board. For further information about free farms within the context of a whole program of political, social, and economic reforms, see the book New Solutions, by John Stahl.

     We have just completed publication of a second edition of Patterns of Illusion and Change, with a digital version published here on the site.  First published in an edition of 1000 copies in 1984, it has been out of print for years.

     Work continues on the preparations to begin construction of a first pilot project of the New World Pulper based on the design of V.S. Krotov of Ukraine.  See Progress Report, and the Alternative Fiber Pulp Mill.

     We now have scanned images of our Hand Made Paper available.

     Introducing Agstone Construction -- our new project to make a building material from the same hemp and agricultural waste that we propose to use for alternative fiber papermaking. See also our article on Hemp for Houses.

     We have added another chapter to our long-running story of the Permit to Cultivate Hemp for the Paper Mill.

     The Sandalwood Man. The Church of the Living Tree has an active branch in Maui, where Mark Hanson has been propagating and planting sandalwood trees, which used to grow in abundance there.

     Pure Hemp Postcards: These Postcards are letterpress printed on our Handmade Pure Hemp paper. If your local hemp store doesn't carry them yet, direct them here.

     We have now published the complete text of Patterns of Illusion and Change, by John Stahl, an outline of the principle ideas underlying Hermetic Alchemy. We have also added the Latin text of the most important original source of Hermetic Alchemy: The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, along with our own English translation. If you are interested in this topic, be sure to check out the text of an otherwise unpublished article, Hermetic Alchemy, also by John Stahl. For more information about our other publications, go to the Current List.

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John Stahl