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Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place Paperback – April 1, 2010
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"Do you wish for a special place that is a wise and loving friend that empowers you, heals your illness, soothes your worst fears and disappointments? A place that holds you in its embrace and makes you whole? Clare Cooper Marcus writes of her such place and in so doing instructs us to discover places where we can be fully alive. In turns literary and primal, Iona Dreaming will imbue you with sensuous reasoning and change you forever." -Randolph T. Hester, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley; author of Design for Ecological Democracy, and Cultivating Sacredness in the Everyday Landscape.
"Clare Marcus's prose lifts us beyond intimate contact with this magical island into the spaces in our own hearts that we have closed off. Her touch, her eye for light, her honest memories of old pain, her joy in birdsong and small woodland plants--these open us to the power of place and we are healed too." -Louise Dunlap, author of Undoing the Silence: Six Tools for Social Change Writing
"This is a travel book in the truest, deepest sense. In describing her sojourns on the luminous Scottish island of Iona, Clare Marcus also moves us to journey into our own inner world. There we discover, as she does, the importance of place: how we have been altered and enriched by the landscapes of our lives. Draws from archetypal psychology and her love for this living Earth, the author's personal story becomes the most trustworthy of guides." -Joanna Macy, author, World as Lover, World as Self
"This is an enchanting book about geographies of the heart, sacred landscapes of desire, longing and memory. Clare Cooper Marcus invites us to accompany her to many landscapes of her remarkable life's journey--from the childhood terrors of wartime England, to hippie California, and finally the rugged solitudes of the Scottish island of Iona. Clare's acute perceptions balance her warmth and compassion as she describes Nature's many healing qualities in facing life-threatening illness and the many challenges experienced in a life well lived." -Wendy Sarkissian PhD, author of Kitchen Table Sustainability
"Both personal and professional experience illuminate Clare Cooper Marcus's deep understanding of an important, over-looked truth: the quality of our lives depends on our relationships not only with people, but also with places. On her journey from her childhood's English countryside, to healing gardens in America, to the magical island of Iona, she shows us how to look past our own fragile boundaries to the great world outside, where we can find unsuspected strength, wisdom, and joy." -Winifred Gallagher, author of The Power of Place: How Our Surroundings Shape Our Thoughts, Emotions and Actions, and Rapt: Attention and Focused Life
"In this hauntingly beautiful memoir, Clare Cooper Marcus traverses the liminal spaces of the landscape of Iona and the inner terrain of the soul with a sensual eloquence. Through this pioneer in the field of therapeutic landscapes, we encounter a personal story of transformation and healing that points beyond itself to the numinous power of place, unfolding through memory, insightful reflection, and a rich tapestry of dreams." -Susan Williams, Jungian Analyst, and Teaching faculty at C.G.Jung Institute, San Francisco
"Clare Cooper Marcus was the first person to alert me to the emotional meaning of our environment. In this moving memoir, she turns her writerly eye to the power of place in our spiritual, emotional and physical healing. Eloquent, evocative, and original." -MJ Ryan, author of Attitudes of Gratitude and This Year I Will...
"This is a fascinating book about an impressive woman who 'turns within' after retirement from a prestigious academic career and life threatening bouts with cancer to make peace with herself, nature and, yes, even God. Exquisitely written and self-revealing, Clare Cooper Marcus' chronicle of her journey to the Scottish Isle of Iona provides real insight into what 'inner life' means and what rewards await those who cultivate it." -Roger Doudna, PhD, Findhorn Foundation Fellowship Coordinator
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blitz to live in the countryside during World War 2. As a young woman, she traveled to the United States to study at the University of Nebraska for a masters degree in historical geography. Returning to England she worked at the University of Sheffield, the Ministry of Housing, and London County Council before returning to the US as an immigrant. At the University of California, Berkeley she obtained a second masters degree, in city and regional planning. This was the '60s. The time and place radically changed her views and values. Her master thesis, which later became the book - "Easter Hill Village: Some Social Implications of Design"- was pivotal in the emerging field of people-environment relations. Joining the faculty at Berkeley in 1969, her teaching in architecture and landscape architecture questioned many of the assumptions long held in those professions, for example, that the designer-as-artist knows what is best for the client. With colleagues and students, she authored several award-winning books which feature what is known from research about user-needs in the design of housing and public open space. These books include "Housing as if People Mattered" (with Wendy Sarkissian); and "People Places" (with Carolyn Francis). Her unique research in - "House as a Mirror of Self"- incorporates accounts of people's intimate relationships with house and home, was featured on the Oprah show, and won the Book of the Year Award from the Detroit Free Press. After early retirement in the mid-90s, Cooper Marcus co-authored/edited "Healing Gardens: Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations" (with Marni Barnes), thus beginning a passionate interest in the links between nature and healing, and the importance of incorporating gardens into healthcare facilities. This interest continues to the present time with consulting, research, lecturing and the publication, with Naomi Sachs, of "Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces " (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2013). After retirement and a bout with life-threatening illness, she went to live alone on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides where she explored the landscape, reflected on her wartime childhood, read, thought about dreams - and wrote. The result was the book "Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place - A Memoir" (2010).
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Superbly written, she weaves from the War in Britain as a child at the Rothschild's estate outside London, to waitressing at a small island hotel, and along the way earning a professorship in Environmental Psychology at Berkeley in the School of Architecture, and giving birth to a son and daughter. It is one story, many changes, all bound by the masque of a lone island in the sea flourishing in the beauty and mystery that hunts us all if we would only risk the going. Here are the workings of a keenly observing mind and a brave soul, facing not only seas and rocks, but the trials of major illness-- all with keen determination and tenderness, images of a life drawn by the mystery and beauty of our islanded life in the stream of events, inner and outer, that we call our time.
I shall not surrender my copy easily. On the other hand I would buy many copies to give away to those who stand where two roads diverge in a yellow wood, and who care deeply about making a difference by taking the road less traveled.
Director of Iona Center,
Author of All The Days of My Life and An Almanac For The Soul
and the quarterly, The Way Through.
For an Australian reader familiar with the significance of Aboriginal Dreaming, this book did not quite fulfill its promise of an overarching mythology giving meaning to place and experience. Nevertheless a profoundly personal interior journey.
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I bought this book as I am planning a pilgrimage to Iona next year. The author presents a thought-provoking journey similar to 'Gifts From the Sea' and 'Crossing Avalon'. Read morePublished 2 months ago by stonewaves
I agreed to accompany my brother to the tiny island of Iona, Scotland. We began to read Iona Dreaming, and I began to discover why this would be the perfect place for me to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tom Leversee
This book resonated with me because of my love of place and of special places, and especially of walking in them. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bill Thompson
Iona Dreaming depicts a personal journey -- one that is inspiring, harrowing, moving and transforming. I found it to be a meditative and deeply satisfying read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rachael Friedman
One the best books in my life--something resonates for me with Clare.....one of a few I know I'll re-read! Also really dig her House as Mirror of Self--most intriguing!Published 16 months ago by Nancy E. Garrels
Excellent! It inspired me to reflect on the spaces in my life. Words of wisdom from someone seriously in touch with her inner life.Published 16 months ago by Carmen M.
Reading this book was like going through the history of my life guided by someone who could be a sister 2 years older than me. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Thea Standerski
having grown up summers in the Temagami region, her description of the vision quest at Dave's place was priceless! Read morePublished 22 months ago by jane