Theatre plays, music, museums, films and literature saves my life. I need art and culture as inspiration, a break from everyday life, and to tickle my soul into crafting new possibilities.
“The Earth without Art is just Eh”
These books, films and videos have had a profound influence on me, and will tell you more about who I am and what shaped my view of the world. Enjoy, and please forward any recommendations you might have in the comments below.
Starhawk – “The Earth Path”
Starhawk is a Witch and elder who teaches young people how to connect with the Earth and do rituals. Her ways of observation of the natural world and the exercises she offers, are something else. Very profound reading.
Paolo Coelho – “Brida”
This is a magical true story of a young woman becoming a Witch, and experiencing many adventures on the way: initiations, weird teachers, and finding her other half. I loved it!
Vicki Mackenzie – “Cave in the Snow”
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, an English working class girl turned Buddhist nun, was meditating in a cave in the Himalayas for years. She vowed to become the first woman to attain enlightenment. If you need some inspiration for your meditation practice, definitely read this.
Eckhart Tolle – “A New Earth”
Who doesn’t know this book? I couldn’t resist it after seeing the cover in a queer library in France and kept thinking about it. I bought it and experienced a profound feeling of peace, lasting all day, by reading through its pages. “What is your next thought”?” as a question to the ever worrying and thinking mind really does it for me. Must have.
Books (Children & adults)
Monica Furlong – “Juniper”
I read this trilogy when I was young. You guessed it, it’s about…. Witchcraft: my favorite topic. The tale is about a young child learning witchcraft with a strict, but sweet teacher, and getting in all sorts of adventures. It makes me crave the medieval, pagan life, working with herbs and curing people with magic.
Thea Beckman – “Kinderen van Moeder Aarde” (Children of Mother Earth)
This!!! Another amazing trilogy. After a nasty war, a new matriarchal civilization emerges in Greenland, based on feminine knowledge and deep ecology. Important read for all children if you want to teach them basic values.
Frances Hodgson Burnett – “The Secret Garden”
Very exciting and funny children’s book on wealth versus poverty, living the rich life or enjoying the outdoors and being happy.
Everything by J.K. Rowling
No words needed!
And by the way, her name is Joanne Rowling. J.K. was made up so that young boys would more eagerly buy her book, not knowing it was written by a woman. Boo patriarchy!
Film & video
La Belle Verte // The Green Beautiful
This film basically explains my existence, and is very funny. I highly recommend it! Let’s trade offices for forests, suits for comfortable clothing, fast food chains for healthy organic gardens….. and live happily ever after, please?!
This poem changed my life. It made me realize a whole lot of things. Soul shaken and tears shed by the work of this poet.
Thich Nhat Hanh
This is for bad moments, when the voice of an important teacher of mine, zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and the beauty of the Earth calms me down.
This is a lovely story on the transformation people go through when experiencing profound crises in their lives. I recognize this feeling very well.
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
Excerpt of a funny and inspiring interview with feminist and spiritual teacher Tenzin Palmo, who I got to meet in Northern India in 2017. Brilliant woman.