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About Dami Roelse
Dami has used her passion for long distance hiking and backpacking as a means to deepen her connection with nature and the universe. Her inner spiritual journey has evolved right along with her outer journey. Dami's first book, "Walking Gone Wild, How to Lose your Age on the trail", is a call to women in the third phase of life to find freedom and inner peace as they walk in nature. Dami makes her home in Ashland, Oregon, a close knit community of vibrant, engaged and socially responsible people. There she writes, enjoys the fruits of her garden, kayaks on nearby lakes and hikes in the Ashland hills.
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Across three continents, through baking heat and Himalayan snowstorms, Dami Roelse tells us how she learned the meaning of personal love, impersonal love, marriage, motherhood, rejection and friendship.
She was “born a seeker and a wanderer” and her travels form the framework for her inner journey. This is a spiritual and psychological journey that has etched itself onto her spirit, from a comfortable, conventional European childhood to communes in the USA to the wild places of the Himalayas.
Dami tells us how she met some of the great spiritual figures of the day, including Ram Dass, S.N. Goenka and Neem Karoli Baba, and how she used their teachings to forge her own personal path towards enlightenment.
So relevant to many of us today—women and men—is multi-generational family love and the demands of caring. As her husband is struck down by a slow degenerative disease, his character changes and Dami becomes a caregiver, who is eventually rejected by the changed personality that is now her husband. She finds the inner freedom that allows her to "fly free” and bless her husband with the same. Though we have the feeling of closure and acceptance at the end of the book, there is still a delicious feeling that Dami’s journeys are not over: there is still love, learning and life itself to be explored and relished.
In this beautiful and moving memoir, Dami Roelse tells the story of love—love stretching across a life of raising children, global adventure, and searching for deeper meaning in a world of change. A must-read for care-givers, freedom-lovers, and spiritual seekers from all walks of life.—Devon Hase, author of How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Times
We’re all pilgrims on the path of love. Dami Roelse’s journey took her around the world where she met Ram Dass, Neem Karoli Baba and Goenka. Meeting with great teachers doesn’t just end the seeker’s journey, it starts a journey of one’s own. Dami’s journey in Fly Free is a heart-rending account of finding and losing love, and devotion to a practice of mindfulness. In the process of losing her husband to Parkinson’s disease and dementia, she finds connection with herself and the universal love available to all of us on a trek in the Himalayas and a visit to Maharaj-ji’s ashram in Kainchi where it all began. A read that tugs on the heart and takes you on a far-away adventure.—Krishna Das, Kirtan /Chant Artist and author of Chants of a Lifetime and Flow of Grace