An interview with Andreas Kornevall

Andreas Kornevall grew up in South America, Sweden and Switzerland. He spent several years volunteering with charities around the world, after which he co-founded Working Abroad  – a non-profit volunteering and travelling site. He now directs the Earth Restoration Service Charity, which aims to enhance ecological integrity by planting new woodlands around the world. And in […]

My post-heroic journey: Paul Powlesland

Paul Powlesland

We are starting a series of interviews with those exploring “post-heroic” lives as described by Sharon Blackie as the eco-heroine’s or eco-hero’s journey. The first is Paul Powlesland, a 32-year-old barrister,  boat community builder and tree protector, who has embarked on a non-conventional, non-linear life journey leading him to connect to the land and rivers […]

Imbolc: Growing Time

by Joanna Gilar The snowdrops are here, and so, with a few hiccups in the flat muddy ground, are the purple fire crocuses. My eighteen-month-old son crouched down beside our boggy path yesterday, poked the pale shell of an incipient crocus and said, “Hello!” In his mind, perhaps, a multitude of small purple ones had […]

The Brigit phenomenon: the revival of a pre-Christian goddess, or an old saint in new clothes?

by Sharon Blackie Brigit is one of the most-loved of the divine or semi-divine females who appear in medieval Irish literature, and one of the most poorly understood. A quick internet search will reveal all kinds of statements about her: she’s a fire goddess, a sun goddess … or, hang on a moment – was […]

The post-heroic journey: where eco-heroine meets eco-hero

by Sharon Blackie In my book If Women Rose Rooted, I described what I called an ‘Eco-Heroine’s Journey’: a kind of antidote to the swashbuckling, all-conquering hero who defines the action-adventure called the ‘Hero’s Journey’, which was first proposed by American mythologist Joseph Campbell several decades ago. In his book The Hero with a Thousand […]