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Lecture & Book Signing: Ocean of Insight

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Wednesday 25 January 2017, 06:00pm - 07:00pm
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Meet the Author

Ocean of Insight:  A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope

Heather Lyn Mann, Environmental Advocate and Sailor

Presentation followed by a lively Q&A

(Heather will be happy to sell and personalize copies before and after talk.)

Heather Lyn Mann was an environmental advocate in Madison, Wisconsin, weary with struggling over what to do about climate change when she and her husband decided to explore the Atlantic on a small sloop. This memoir of six years living afloat is a chronological unfolding of disasters and discoveries–life-threatening storms, the boredom of isolation, societies on the brink of extinction, sinking ships, colorful Caribbean characters, near collisions, a pirate scare, and more.

Throughout, the ocean becomes Mann's teacher, transforming her with uncompromising lessons on how to harmonize with natural order, the exact moments and ways to let in fearlessness, resilience, happiness, impermanence, balance, compassion, skillful action, and beginner's mind. Her suspenseful, sometimes hilarious, and always heart-warming journey of body and mind, shaped by ancient Buddhist teachings, entertains as it charts reality's depths and danger zones so arm-chair adventurers, spiritual seekers, and the climate concerned can navigate tumultuous waters and arrive together on the shore of planetary well-being.

Praise for Ocean of Insight:

“Staying mindful amidst the traumas of a rapidly heating world is hard but necessary work, and in this engaging and powerfully-written sea saga, Heather Lyn Mann provides some very useful testimony about how (and why) we should proceed!” ~ Bill McKibben,

“Mann's work is a combination of Buddhist philosophy, ecology, adventure travel, and science. She is an excellent storyteller and a powerful advocate for Mother Earth. Her writing makes me think of Annie Dillard and Barbara Kingsolver. She also does the healing work of Joanna Macy. ~ Mary Pipher, The Green Boat

“[Ocean of Insight] is a compelling story of ecological mindfulness and expanded awareness of an evolving human consciousness that has the capacity to bring forth healing and transformation. You can't help but be changed for the better for having read this book.” ~ Carolyn Rivers, Founder and Director, The Sophia Institute.
Location Conference Room