Australian nature memoir Greengood: the delight in being dormant by Tricia D. Walker. Nature writer. Helping women connect with nature

Greenhood

by Tricia D. Walker

Greenhood is a nature memoir about discovering the delight in being dormant.

It is the story of a tree-change, of living in a tiny home, and of focussing on living life, rather than earning a living.

Longing for a deeper connection with the natural world, and sensing I was nearing a threshold I wasn’t yet equipped to cross, I declared a midlife gap year. A year to reflect and recalibrate before moving on to the second half of my life.

Inspired by the likes of Thoreau and Strayed—I would have loved to have disappeared into the hills on a long solitary adventure. But, being in the midst of mothering, that wasn’t an option.

So rather than step away from my life, I stepped deeper into it.

Nature seeped into the space left behind by paid work. Anxiety and overwhelm disappeared with my salary.

I tuned in to the natural world and learnt to dwell in between, to linger between one life stage and the next. 

These ‘pauses’ are just as important as all the ‘doing’. Nature knows that. You don’t see her trying to bloom all year round.

MOTHER NATURE KNOWS THE TIME WE LAY DORMANT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WHEN WE BLOOM

“I hope Greenhood inspires you to create a clearing in your life—a dormant moment to imbibe in your essence—to rest, reflect, and revise, so that you can emerge renewed and with clarity, knowing exactly what it is you wish to cultivate.” Tricia D. Walker.

Part memoir, part nature writing, this delightful meandering book is about being truly present—even with heartbreak and discomfort. 

Greenhood reminds us that the darkest moments of our lives can be responsible for our most treasured realisations and evolution.

Coming 19th November 2021

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