The Awakened Gardener with Mary Reynolds

Listen in iTunes and Subscribe! Nature is speaking. Can you hear her? I am so delighted to speak with Mary Reynolds today. She shares her earth enlivening story and deep wisdom with us. Mary helps us understand that our connection to the land is our connection to ourselves. When we try to conform her to some neat, structured entity we are taking away from her what makes her so special. The wild! Today we will explore how to connect to our land, what it means to free up and enliven nature in our yards and when we do how it does the same in ourselves.

Mary Reynolds is a reformed Irish landscape designer, bestselling author of ‘The Garden Awakening’ and nature activist. Director Vivienne De Courcy made a movie – ‘Dare to be Wild’ – about Mary’s Chelsea Gold Medal winning adventures. Mary is a proud patron of Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland (WRI) and strives to do as much as she can to re-educate people how to live in harmony with nature in their own patch of land – To become Guardians rather than Gardeners. One day Mary was sitting at her desk looking out over her garden when she saw a fox run past and We are the Ark was born.

An Ark is a restored, native ecosystem, a local, small, medium or large rewilding project.

It’s a thriving patch of native plants and creatures that have been allowed and supported to re-establish in the earth’s intelligent, successional process of natural restoration. Over time this becomes a pantry and a habitat for our pollinators and wild creatures who are in desperate need of support.

Mary’s Links:
We Are The Ark Non Profit:
Link to her Book: The Garden Awakening

Episode’s Links:
Movie Trailer: Dare to Be Wild
Land and Sea Conservation: The Half Earth Project

The Awakened Gardener
with Mary Reynolds

Episode #57

In this episode we chat about:

4:06|Mary’s Story
10:06|A Garden Must Be Truthful
12:16|Nurture the Land to Nurture Yourself
15:10|Tuning into the Land
24:10|Giving Back to Nature
33:30|Earth is the Embodied Feminine
35:58|Forest gardening
45:52|Creating Arks

My invitation to you is give yourself this tremendous gift. 

Love, Amanda

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