Words Walks Wisdom (2019)
This is a book rooted in nature. It tells of a journey made necessary by the dis-connect between lessons we can find in nature and those taught by well-meaning peers in a fraught society. After reaching burn out for the third time in as many years, a woman searching for career success, is taken to a Buddhist Monastery by her very wise daughter and simply left there to 'sort herself out.' What happens there is an epiphany and the start of a three year period of sifting, sorting and reflection and ultimately a rediscovery of true self.
Wendy Bowers can’t take a year out in a camper-van, she still has demanding caring responsibilities and a living to earn, but she finds a way to carve out time for herself every day, to re-connect with nature and to explore new ways of being. This book is a compilation of verse inspired by nature and love, beautiful walks which sooth the soul and a memoir interwoven with gentle lessons for the reader to reflect on, long after the last page is turned.
Praise for Words, Walks, Wisdom: From Terry Marsh, published author over 100 travel and walking guides and the award-winning author of The Coast to Coast Walk. He is an honorary member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers guild. "Wendy Bowers’ quest for a sense of place, chronicled in this heartfelt and touchingly sensitive master work, finds journey's end in her self. From monks to moors, this is a poetic journey of self-discovery, imbued with clarity, insight and massive inspiration." Dr Terry Marsh Writer and photographer.
I am currently writing my 2nd book 'Landscapes' which will be published in the Autumn. The book will accompany you on the most important journey you can ever make, the journey through your inner landscape. Within its pages and guided by the principles and practices of the Centre for Courage and Renewal, you will be invited to explore your experiences, learning and beliefs using poetry, essays, music, journaling and more, to gently uncover your truths; the joys and sorrows, the achievements and disappointments, the light and shade. By exploring your personal landscapes, I am hopeful dear reader, you will begin to realise that the acceptance of the whole of yourself is in fact, what brings you home.
Note - I am a facilitator in training for the Centre of Courage and Renewal and joining first of all their retreats and now, their training, has been a huge part of my own self development. You can find out more about their life affirming work here http://www.couragerenewal.org/