If Women Rose Rooted – Sharon Blackie

 

“A life changing journey from the wasteland of modern society to a place of nourishment and connection.

If Women Rose Rooted has been described as both transformative and essential.  Sharon Blackie leads the reader on a quest to find their place in the world, drawing inspiration from the wise and powerful females in native mythology, and guidance from contemporary women who have re-rooted themselves in land and community and taken responsibility for shaping the future.

Beautifully written, honest and moving, If Women Rose Rooted is a passionate song to a different kind of femininity, a rallying cry for women to reawaken their natural power – not just for the sake of their own wellbeing, but for the love of this threatened earth.”

Joining Sharon on this journey was a joy.  I lapped up every word of this book and immediately wanted to reread it once I had finished.

It covers such a wide range of topics – environmentalism, belonging, personal development and mythology – that my copy is stuffed full of page markers and underlining.

I loved the way the Celtic stories interspersed with the narrative mirrored the author’s stories and added extra depth.  I have always been fascinated with the idea of belonging – it is not one I particularly identify with, but one that I would dearly love to.  Celtic mythology and roots particularly intrigue me, so this book with its original subtitle of “The Power of the Celtic Woman” and its 2nd edition subtitle of “The Journey to Authenticity and Belonging” sang to me.

The wasteland of Western culture is something I think about often and why I often escape into the past – nostalgia for something I have never experienced perhaps, or a yearning for an imagined simpler life? – and why nature spiritualities and of course nature itself draws me in so well.

I think this books is such an important read for so many reasons – one that I will be returning to again I am sure.  If you are interested in roots, belonging, mythology, the modern world, nature or the environment I am sure you would find something to interest you in Sharon’s book.

Organdie. x

I was kindly sent this book by the publisher September Publishing – you can find a copy by going to their website here.  All views and opinions in this review are my own.

#30DaysWild

I have been dabbling in The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild campaign this month – and despite the weather not being completely on our side, I have been really enjoying bringing a little bit of wildness into my daily life.

Here are a few of the things I have been up to so far this month;

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A grey and windy beach road in Wells.

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Foxgloves in Holkham pine woods.

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Holkham beach

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Holkham estate

I will also be getting out my pens and paints and doodling some more birds this month – why not?

Organdie. x

30 Days Wild – Enjoy a Sunset

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As part of the 30 days wild challenge, I have been enjoying some amazing sunsets!  It really doesn’t take much to be a little bit more wild in your everyday life.  This photo was taken without me even leaving the house!

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If I had been a little bit more wrapped up on the computer, or watching TV, I might have missed this one – it went from dull grey to amazing pinks and purples in a blink of an eye.  A very good reason to keep your eyes peeled for what beauty nature can throw at you.

Have you been doing anything wild to join in with the campaign?  I’d love to hear about it.

You can get more information by visiting the 30 Days Wild website here.

Organdie. x