Author(s): Juliet Batten
This memoir spans a time period from the 1960s to 2006. It covers rich themes, including: THE NEW ZEALAND BACH: Its character, changing faces, and its promise of freedom, connection with nature, and leisure. WORKING WITH NATURE: From learning the stars from poet Sam Hunt in the 60s, the author becomes a beach artist and ritual maker, working with sand at the sea's edge, creating collaborative art works and rituals for up to 100 women. She enquires into the seasonal flow and creates a calendar of seasonal celebrations for Aotearoa New Zealand. CREATIVITY: From serving the talent of her mime and theatre director husband, the author claims her own talents after Germaine Greer's visit to Auckland and her initiation into feminism. GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING: Shifting from traditional female roles and learning to live on the land and survive in a simple bach, the author learns to trap possums, recycle, conserve, deal with power and water shortages, become an environmental activist and build her own cabin. YOUTH AND AGE: With an old love coming into the present, the author learns about forgiveness as she reclaims the freedom and hope of youth, along with the maturity and wisdom of her later years.
Juliet Batten was born in Inglewood, Taranaki. When she was fourteen, the family moved to Auckland where she continued high school and then attended university, graduating with a PhD in English. She has taught English, Women's Studies and Environmental Studies at the University of Auckland, and was a director of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust for ten years. As an artist she has held many solo exhibitions and coordinated collaborative art projects, including the One Hundred Women project at Te Henga beach for ANZART 1986. Juliet has practised meditation since 1983 and ran a private psychotherapy practice in Auckland for thirty years. She now offers creativity coaching and mentoring, teaches ritual and nature connection online, and runs a Spirited Living Mentoring group. Her writing, teaching and art reflect a deep connection with nature and seasonal change, as well as commitment to spiritual growth through all stages of life.
Prologue: December 1967 Late Spring: November 2005 Last Light, Samhain: April 2006 Winter Shadows, Winter Fire: June 2006 First Light, Brigid: July 2006 Epilogue: September 2006 Notes About the Author