Wild Soul Stories
Twelve years old and camping on a beach in Scotland, Kate Thompson discovers a “moment of being” as she watches the sunrise from her solitary perch in secluded bay.
In his early teens, his parents move the family to Cincinnati, Ohio, where, outside their apartment is a large woods. There, Bill makes friends with a sprawling Osage Orange Tree, does his first landscaping, and falls in love with a black-throated green warbler. You can listen to Bill story, by clicking here. Let it inspire you to reflect on your own life-changing adventures with nature.
Shaking with emotion, trembling with fear, she will uncover, in the aftermath of this event, a deeper understanding of the disregard with which we treat the body of the Earth.
James Scott Smith tells his wild soul story of spending time by a lake in Northern Ontario as a young child. Here, amid days of unstructured exploration, he describes being found by the sacred consciousness of the wild.
A nature connection guide and writer who helps people cultivate intimate, mindful and juicy relationships with the natural world, Kai Seidenburg takes us on a walk into the woods close to Santa Cruz, California. There, practicing the skills of mindfulness and receptivity that she has developed over the years, she experiences a moment of deep intimacy with a bay laurel tree. Told with rich and loving detail, this beautiful story inspires us to seek out nature with a gentle heart and quiet mind.
Eila Kundrie Carrico is an initiated Celtic priestess, teacher, and author THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER: STORIES OF WOMEN, WATER AND THE WORLD. As you might imagine, her story is a water story. And it is one full of adventure and awareness hard won, when a friend falls into a raging river and is swept out of sight.
In her exquisitely told story, Jamie K. Reaser tells of being a six year old child, partially paralyzed at the time by a grand mal seizure, who encounters a toad in the window well while playing in the basement of her home.
In her Wild Soul Story, Chara Armon challenges us to love this world, even in its broken state, as we work to interweave our own wellness with that of the natural world.
In his Wild Soul Story, William Henry Searle shares his joy of growing up in Barton-on-Sea, exploring by himself, and feeling as at home by the sea and cliffs and streams as he did around the kitchen table with his family.
Despite never having visited before, Taos New Mexico feels strangely familiar to L.R. Heartsong when, as a young man, he finds himself there on a cold and stormy weekend.
When Diane Conway encounters Sage, a full grown mustang, she discovers that between them runs a depth of connection that is both powerful and magical.
In his Wild Soul Story, Lonner Holden brings to life the stormy oceans off the coast of Alaska, in a tale that starts and ends with the smallest of sparrows.
In her Wild Soul Story, Judy Reeves teaches us that small moments in nature, if approached with openness and awareness, can lead to profound insights.
In her Wild Soul Story, poet Camille Dungy teaches us to see the chaparral landscape of Southern California through her lyrical, sensitive eyes.
South African eco-intuitive and writer Jodi Sky Rogers, and author of Wild Essence: Return to the Peace and Freedom of Your Inner Wildness, takes into the hills of South Africa for her Wild Soul Story.
Vinit Allen, founder of the sustainable world coalition and publisher of the Sustainable World Sourcebook, shares his remarkable Wild Soul Story of leading a retreat on Mount Shasta during the first globally synchronized meditation event.
Carol Luther, the Priest In Care at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Bolinas, tells me, "Right before finishing seminary I went with my family to Yosemite, one of the wild places that had shaped me from childhood, and in the embrace of wild Nature, I was given a life changing dream in which I experienced what I think the Universe is calling us to become.” Listen to her life-changing story.
David Christopher, author of The Holy Universe, tells a story of watching a television show about extinction as a young boy. Horrified and heartbroken, he begins to sob. His father, concerned, tries to comfort him telling him, "It's nothing to cry about." And that, David tells us, is the problem. Why aren't we grieving for all the losses? Hear his moving Wild Soul Story, and how it shaped his own passion for protecting Earth.
Richard Charter, Senior Fellow with The Ocean Foundation, has been working to protect our marine ecosystems and sensitive coastlines for over three decades. Now you can hear him talk about how one day, as a young man contemplating his life on a beach along the Mendocino coastline, he experienced the ocean ecosystem as a unified life force of which he was an integral part.
In 2010, Sharon Blackie, author of The Long Delirious Burning Blue and the forthcoming If Women Rose Rose Rooted, Like Trees, moved with her husband to the remote Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides off Scotland. They were drawn to this isolated place by a desire to get as far away from civilization as possible.
In 2000, feeling somewhat lost in her life, Clare Dakin attended a 5-Rhythms dance retreat where she played Mother Earth in an improv piece titled, "Rape of the Earth."
Twelve years old and camping on a beach in Scotland, Kate Thompson discovers a "moment of being" as she watches the sunrise from her solitary perch in secluded bay.
Just 17 years old, and experiencing the emotional intensity of "first love," Lorraine Anderson, editor of Sisters of the Earth, climbed Rifle Peak in the Sierras. There, she would lay her body against the ground and experience a sense of acceptance and connection to the great body of the Earth that would inform her own budding eroticism and sensuality.
A Jungian psychologist and author of "The Wild Feminine," Marilyn Steele's relationship with snakes winds through her mesmerizing story.
Suffering from a chronic lung condition, Terry Laszlo-Gopadze, editor of "The Spirit of a Woman" received a powerful message of healing from an old pine tree in her garden. She has been listening to trees ever since.
The dew-wet grasses were cool on his bare feet, but the rock that he stubbed his toe on was cooler still. Learn how as a young boy, Reverend Fletcher Harper, founder of GreenFaith, was opened up to an awareness of a richer, deeper sense of life through this sudden and deeply sensory moment.
Discover how ninety-five days spent in the Rocky Mountains as a young man, steeped Dellinger in the rhythms of nature and introduced to him to an ecological viewpoint that was to becoming the guiding principle for his life.