I Only Went Out for a Walk: Finding My Wilderness Soul on a California Ranch (Paperback)

I Only Went Out for a Walk: Finding My Wilderness Soul on a California Ranch (Paperback)

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Doyle Hollister has written a paradise/paradise lost/paradise regained personal narrative about his heart- and soul-felt relationship to his family's historic ranch. He will take you deeply into early initiatory childhood experiences with ranch wilderness--darkness, wind, storms, silence, and cowboys; then into the grief-filled consciousness of losing all connection to his free-range childhood; then into the ecstatic, poetic, and spiritual reconnection with the same land of his childhood, now in his elder years. It is a journey that exemplifies the importance of our connection to wilderness, and the dire consequences for us all as we progressively lose this connection on a collective level.

"A dream loves to be met in a dream. Doyle Hollister meets his beloved, Nature's dream, in this deeply personal, genuinely intimate account of the wilderness surrounding his childhood home."

--Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D, founder and presiding chancellor, Pacifica Graduate Institute; author of Dream Tending: Awakening to the Hidden Power of Dreams

"This is a book about the transformative powers of the land, the miracles it holds, and the profound grief that is unleashed by its loss. It is a love song to the ranch, and to the vital wilderness places of the earth."

--Cynthia Carbone Ward, author of How Writers Grow and Getting There

"The silence, deep darkness, and fierce winds, forces that would intimidate most young boys, come alive in us through Doyle Hollister's penetrating prose.... A little treasure of a memoir."

--Paul Relis, founding Executive Director, Community Environmental Council; author of Out of the Wasteland: Stories from the Environmental Frontier

"Doyle Hollister wonders out loud, on behalf of us all: 'What is being lost when we lose our intimacy with nature and the wilderness?' An authentic, moving story with implications for us all."

--Maren Hansen, M.Div., Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DOS Cuervos; 1st edition (October 15, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1732027404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1732027404
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches