Within the beautiful precinct of Bendigo’s Great Stupa, accompanied by the sound of morning bird call and a short walk from the aroma of brewing coffee at the Stupa View Café, get your Festival Sunday started with a flourish. Join Claire Dunn, advocate, teacher, writer, as she talks about the connection to earth, self and community that can be fostered by a process of rewilding our landscapes – both where we live and how we think. What’s the psychology behind the way humans interact with nature? What happens when you go deeper and encounter the wild inside? The Great Stupa and Stupa View Café will be open from 7.45am; the conversation with Claire, hosted by Elsie L’Huillier, will take place inside the Great Stupa 8.30am-9.15am, followed by booksales and signings at the Café.
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. Her latest book is Rewilding the Urban Soul.