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Speaker Series: Heather Lyn Mann

Join the Charleston Library Society and the Sophia Institute in experiencing one woman’s death-defying, life-affirming journey on the open ocean. Local author Heather Lyn Mann will share personal stories from Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

“Irma’s eye went right over top of us on September 6th.  I was alone on the oceanfront property during the entire time—reading Ocean of Insight. It was the scariest time of my life and your book put me in a perspective which allowed for a bit of solace…. Each time another gust would pound my doors, I would just get deeper and deeper into your readings.”

William Matthews, Virgin Gorda, BVI

Heather Lyn Mann was a battle-weary environmental advocate in Madison, Wisconsin, struggling over what to do about climate change when she and her husband decided to explore the Atlantic on a small sloop. This memoir of six years living afloat is a chronological unfolding of disasters and discoveries—life–threatening storms, the boredom of isolation, societies on the brink of extinction, sinking ships, colorful Caribbean characters, near collisions, a pirate scare, and more. Throughout, the ocean becomes Mann’s teacher, transforming her with uncompromising lessons on how to harmonize with natural order, the exact moments and ways to let in fearlessness, resilience, happiness, impermanence, balance, compassion, skillful action, and beginner’s mind.

Her suspenseful, sometimes hilarious, and always heart–warming journey of body and mind, shaped by ancient Buddhist teachings, entertains as it charts reality’s depths and danger zones so arm–chair adventurers, spiritual seekers, and the climate concerned can navigate tumultuous waters and arrive together on the shore of planetary well–being.

Spiritual Ecologist Heather Lyn Mann is a practitioner of Buddhism, sailing, and mindful advocacy. Mann founded and led the not-for-profit Center for Resilient Cities—an organization mobilizing inner–city residents to restore natural beauty and function in damaged neighborhood landscapes. She also co–edits Touching the Earth: A Newsletter of Earth Holding Actions in the Plum Village Tradition.  In 2007, together with her husband and cat, Mann set sail on a 15,000–nautical–mile, six–year voyage.