Into the Green Heart
A memoir about connecting with Nature
This is the website for my exciting new book, Into the Green Heart: A Woman’s Initiatory Journey in Nature.
In writing this book, Into the Green Heart, my memoir, I want to change the world. Or at least how we see our world.
I want change how we think about the often dry and dispassionate notions of environmental sustainability and ecology. And I want to bring heart back into the way we think and feel about Nature.
I take my title from a passage by Susan Griffin in her book, Woman and Nature: the Roaring inside Her. My book tells my story — the story of a professional woman at midlife, a consultant urban planner, — who abandons city life for self-imposed exile in rough conditions in an unfamiliar bush setting.
While what we might call a mid-life crisis will be familiar to many readers, I doubt that my particular way of coping with it is.
Beginning with the ‘wake-up call’ of the my close encounter with a brown snake in Arnhem Land, my book describes – via letters, journal entries and short stories – my year in the tropical bush. I tell my story of what became a journey of the self towards the Self, or the ecological Self.
In 1991, I was deeply concerned about global ecological issues, my profession and my growing exhaustion, I figured out that nothing short of a dramatic change would save me (and the Earth). So I set out from Adelaide for ‘Deep Creek’ in the Northern Territory, thousands of miles away.
I could never have predicted the archetypal journey I soon found myself experiencing.
Later I was to learn that it contained all the recognisable stages — and transitions — of an initiatory journey: Separation, Threshold and Return. But at the time, deep in the singing forest – I could hardly make any sense of it at all.
I had the fortitude to survive, beenfit from and learn from my journey — just!
I am preparing my book for publication now.
In this blog, I will share extracts from my book, my insights and some of the images that have touched me along the way.
Please contact me.
PO Box 20117 Nimbin NSW 2480 Australia
Telephone:+ 61 402 966 284