Donna Mulvenna left a busy professional life in Australia to live in the Amazon rainforest of French Guiana. She thought it would be a temporary adventure with her partner, an Olympic canoe racer. After many local frustrations, a serious illness, and some profound spiritual experiences in the forest, she’s a changed person in how she views Nature, humans, and what’s really necessary for a beautiful life. She wrote a book about her experiences in Wild Roots:Coming Alive in the French Amazon.
Donna and I spoke while she and her partner, Franck, were visiting relatives in his native France. She’s now back in the Amazon. We talked about:
How she now views her anxiety and discontent with urban life in Australia
- Her stages of adjustment to a wilder, way-more-than-human world
- How native jungle medicine quickly brought her back from a serious disease
- Her “awakening” experience while on a river expedition
- The many ethnic groups of French Guiana and how they get along
- Challenges with companies and countries exploiting the Amazon
- The animals she hangs out with in her tree house office where she wrote Wild Roots
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You can find Wild Roots and Donna’s other books at www.DonnaMulvenna.com
Music in this episode is “Home, Home at Last” by Blue Dot Sessions, from the album, Warmbody.