Rewilding the Urban Soul by Claire Dunn - Bendigo Book Launch

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Latrobe Arts Institute

121 View St

Bendigo, VIC 3556

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A conversation on how, amidst the buildings, the traffic and the noise, we can learn to pay attention and answer the call of the wild

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Join author and passionate nature advocate Claire Dunn in her search for discovering the wild in the city, as captivatingly explored in her new book, Rewilding the Urban Soul.

Held in the Latrobe Arts Institute in View St the event will be a chance to meet Claire and hear her in conversation with Elsie L'Huillier from the Commoners Co-op. Bendigo Mayor Jennifer Alden will open the event and share a little about current 'wilding' projects Council is supporting.

Attendees are asked to arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Refreshments will be available and local environmental groups will be showcasing local biodiversity campaigns and activities.

Rewilding the Urban Soul will be available for purchase at the venue through Dymocks Bendigo, with book signings from Dunn following discussion.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Once upon a time, a burnt-out Claire Dunn spent a year living off the grid in a wilderness survival program. Yet love and the possibilities of human connection drew her back to the city, where she soon found herself as overscheduled, addicted to her phone, and lost in IKEA as the rest of us. Given all the city offers — comfort, convenience, community, and opportunity — she wants to stay. But to do so, she’ll have to learn how to rewild her own urban soul.

Join Claire as she sits by and swims in the brown waters of the Yarra River, forages for undomesticated food in the suburbs, and explores many other practices in a quest for connection. To make our human hearts whole, she realises, we’ve all got to pay attention and learn to belong to our cities — our land. This is where change begins. For ourselves and for the world.

‘Love makes us move to the city. Duty makes us stay. But how do we create a livable habitat for our bodies and spirits and relations in these murderous places? You might find the answer in this book.’ – Tyson Yunkaporta, author of Sand Talk

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ABOUT CLAIRE DUNN

Claire Dunn is a writer and a passionate advocate for rewilding our inner and outer landscapes. She worked for many years as a campaigner for the Wilderness Society and now facilitates nature-based reconnection retreats and contemporary wilderness rites of passage. In 2010, Claire lived in the bush for a year as part of a wilderness survival program, an experience she wrote about in My Year Without Matches. She currently lives in Melbourne.

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The event is auspiced by Bendigo Sustainability Group and supported by Latrobe University Bendigo.

Donations will be used to cover event costs and support local biodiversity initiatives.

Event organisers: Commoners Co-op

Contact: elsie@commoners.coop

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