Dutch-born Miriam Lancewood (34) lived for seven long years in the wilderness of New Zealand with her Kiwi husband Peter (64). They hiked through the mountains like modern nomads, slept in a tent, always cooked on fires, and survived by hunting and gathering.
They freed themselves of all their belongings and lived without electricity and smart-phones, a clock and calendar, a car or a home, and without friends and family. They live on $5000 a year: far below the poverty line, but very rich in time.
‘What is freedom?’ she asked herself, ‘What will happen with your mind when living far away from civilization?’
After the initial ‘nothingness’, Miriam experienced the purity and vitality of the wilderness, and slowly that joyful energy became part of her being. She discovered that freedom required courage. Step by step she overcame her fears and concerns, until she felt confident, and ready: for anything.
She wrote a book about their epic adventures in the mountains: Woman in the Wilderness.
In this workshop, Miriam Lancewood will tell the tales of her first hunt with bow and arrow, and the first winter in the snow and ice. She will share her outlook on life, and together discuss matters such as fear, relationships and surviving in the wild.
Spend one morning with this wild and strong woman and light your inner fire. You will feel like joining her on that path towards freedom; wherever that might be.
Miriam Lancewood was born in 1983 and grew up in a loving home in a small village in the Netherlands. Nature, theatre, art and music were the pillars of her childhood. After high school she studied Physical Education. At 21, upon completing her Bachelors’ degree, she set off for Zimbabwe to spend a year volunteering in a school. From Africa, she flew to India, where she met her partner and companion, Peter. Together they travelled for several years throughout Asia and Papua New Guinea, and eventually arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand, Peter’s home country. Miriam and Peter then made the decision to live in the most primitive manner in the wilderness of the Southern Alps.
Date: Thursday 2 August Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm Where: Habitat Byron Bay, 1 Porter Street (off Bayshore Drive), Byron Bay Cost: $65 General / $55 Members