Author Event - Laura Waters, Bewildered


Author Event – Laura Waters, Bewildered

What would move you to ditch your regular life and take off into the wild for five months on your own? For Melbourne woman Laura Waters it was the end of a toxic relationship and the feeling of being lost that motivated her to go in search of something else. Armed with a compass, paper map and as much food as she could carry, she ventured into the wild to walk the entire length of New Zealand.

Inexperienced and unaccompanied, Laura pressed on across the untamed landscapes of the Te Araroa trail, 3000 kilometres of raw, wild, mountainous track winding from the top of the North Island to the frosty tip of the South Island (the equivalent of walking from Melbourne to Cairns, but along a mountain range). It’s a track that has claimed the lives of hikers more seasoned than her. At the end of Te Araroa (‘the long pathway’, as it is translated from Maori) it was the hard-earned insights into mental health, emotional wellbeing and fulfilling relationships – with others as well as with herself – that were Laura’s greatest accomplishments.

Bewildered is an inspiring story about facing our fears and the insights we can discover when we leave behind the comforts of modern life and let ourselves be ‘rewilded’.

Laura Waters is a Melbourne-based freelance travel writer, speaker, author and nature nomad who has travelled to 45 countries. She has written about experiential travel and her adventures in the great outdoors for publications worldwide including Australian Traveller, Wild and Outdoor. In 2009 Laura trained with former US Vice President Al Gore to become a Climate Presenter, giving presentations to hundreds of people on climate change and inspiring others to reconnect with nature.

Portland Library
Thursday 7 November
5.30pm – 6.30pm

FREE event, light refreshments provided
Bookings preferred, phone 5522 2265

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