Nature Sanctuary for the Future: A Conversation with Marina Levitina

Ancient roots + modern nature sanctuary = future planet!

Inspired by a podcast conversation between Marina Levitina and Heather Sanderson, this short book explores what it means to hold, heal, and re-wild nature from the heart.

Marina Levitina is the director and chairperson of the Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary in county Clare, Ireland. In this book she shares her personal journey as a child of nature to an adult who, in listening to the land around her, has brought forward the dream and vision of Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary and vital work to bring a connection with nature to children in many ways (including some that you might not expect!).

As you read these pages, you will be invited to cast your imagination to the land of Lough Grainey, to uncover the myths and ancient connections that make this part of Ireland sacred. To also listen to the land around you, and its own sacred calling and yearning, and to the healing that comes from anyone anywhere working with, protecting, honoring, and re-wilding the land (and, therefore, our own sacred human nature).

Heather offers a plant spirit reading in relation to this work, and Marina and Heather talk about why working with plants is a key part of our planetary evolution. Worksheets to aid in creating your own vision, commitment, and calls to action are also included to make this book an immersive and interactive experience so that you can explore your own connection with nature, your heart’s path, discover nature sanctuaries near you, and contribute to the conversation in your own way. Together, the future is possible!

25% of all book sales will be donated to Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary.

Marina Levitina, PhD, MA, AM, BA summa cum laude, MFSPM. Marina is a nature educator, herbalist, filmmaker, and founder of the Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary in county Clare, Ireland. She is a member of the Heritage Council of Ireland’s Heritage in Schools Panel of Experts and a certified Forest School leader. She is also a certified practitioner of Sacred Plant Medicine and a member of the Foundation for Sacred Plant Medicine (FSPM). Her academic background includes a doctorate in Slavic studies and film history, she lectured at Trinity College Dublin for many years before making a decision to fully dedicate herself to nature education and protection of biodiversity. She is a published author and has produced several documentary films and television programs.

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“As someone who is really concerned about the state of the planet right now, I was very happy to read this book as it gave me hope. Marina Levitina is the director and chairperson of the Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary in county Clare, Ireland, and in the conversation she talks about this space (Nature Sanctuary is a nature reserve) where they are committed to protecting it’s biodiversity, and offering nature education to children, among other things! In the conversation Heather and Marina talk about rewilding — allowing the land to return to it’s natural state — which I loved reading about! I think this book would be of interest to anyone who is interested in protecting our planet, in small or big ways. Heather writes that “when the land is healed, so too are we” and I couldn’t agree more!”—Jennifer E.

Related Works:

Visit Marina’s Website
Dreaming with Hawthorn
Connecting with + Protecting Nature with Marina Levitina Podcast Episode
Visit the Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary website
Read a blog post about this book

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