I have been taking part in The Wildlife Trust’s annual initiative 30 Days Wild again this year, and blogging over at Saltmarsh and Samphire. The Wildlife Trusts basically want everyone to do something wild for the 30 days of June, and it has been a lot of fun so far.
It’s been a wonderful excuse to try and fit a little more wildness into my everyday life – even very small things like watching the sunset from the window, or walking down to the quay to see what else is mooching around.
Could you do something wild everyday? You can find more information about #30dayswild by visiting The Wildlife Trusts site here.
Meanwhile, take a look at the things I have been up to by visiting Saltmarsh and Samphire.
“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.
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.
A couple of watercolour doodles from me this morning as part of The Wildlife Trusts’ #30DaysWild initiative.
Narrow-Leaved Bird’s-Foot Trefoil