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Naked in Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest Hardcover – August 10, 2010

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"Naked in Eden is a can't-put-it-down thrilling account of who we really are--and why our connection with the natural world is so healing and vital. This book is a page turner. I couldn't help but think, 'I want to see the movie!'"

--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause,and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

(Christiane Northrup)|

"Robin Easton's is a heroine's journey that, like all such journeys, risks everything. The payoff is transformation and a discovery of her deep intimacy with the earth itself. At a time when nature as we know it is in peril - and we with it - we need Easton's message as never before."

--Larry Dossey, M.D., author of the New York Times bestselling book Healing Words, Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine, and others

(Larry Dossey, M.D.)|

 "A wonderful read that takes you into the wonder of unknown spiritual worlds."

--Lynn Andrews, author of the bestselling Medicine Woman series, Love and Power, Tree Dreams, Teaching Around the Sacred Wheel, The Mask of Power, Walk In Balance and more

(Lynn Andrews)|

"As crusty as an adventure novel, as labyrinthian as a spiritual memoir, Naked in Eden is an in-depth exploration of the central questions of our time: Who are we human beings, and what is our place in this wild world?"

--Chellis Glenndinning, Ph.D., author of My Name Is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization, Off the Map, and more

(Chellis Glenndinning, Ph.D)|

"This is a beautiful and brave book, a woman's true story of her remarkable transformation in one of the most exotic, most dazzling, and most dangerous places on earth, the Australian rainforest. Compelling reading, spiritually charged, unforgettable."

--Joseph Dispenza, author of God on Your Own: Finding a Spiritual Path Outside Religion, The Way of the Traveler, and Live Better Longer

(Joseph Dispenza)

About the Author

Robin Easton walked away from society at the age of twenty-five.  She left the United States and went to live with her husband in the remote tropical Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia. One of Robin's most remarkable rainforest experiences was the gift of music.  During her last year in the rainforests of Australia she began to dream beautiful music.  When she returned to the United States she sat at a piano and played as if she'd played for ten years.  Unable to read music, Robin has performed and recorded on both the east and west coasts.  She's done production work with musician Les Brown, Jr., and produced and published her own piano solo album, all from her original dream music.

Robin's story has been told on an award-winning NBC News affiliate piece, Paul Harvey News, CNN, KBLA Radio, KSFR, and others.  She's appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada.  In 2002 Robin helped found the Daintree Rainforest Land Trust (DRLT) to help save the vital rainforests.  She writes and blogs at www.nakedineden.com.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757315127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757315121
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,919,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just as her book's title holds layered meaning, so does Robin Easton's engaging personal story.

"Naked in Eden" is an unforgettable adventure tale, mesmerizing in its bold and revealing honesty. Easton holds nothing back as she relates how she reclaimed herself in a most unusual way. Twenty-five years old, mildly autistic, and alone with her new husband in a foreign country half-way around the world from her home and all that was familiar, she found the greatest treasure in life among glistening moments of pure beauty.

Exciting, impactful, and awe-inspiring, this nail-biting account of a period in her life is filled with breathtaking scenery, danger, humor, passion and compassion, wisdom, and the most profoundly beautiful love. It's an unusual adventure story, a journey of self-discovery, and filled with universal wisdom.
Easton's delightful story is powerful and moving, and it's filled with astounding moments of courage, strength, honesty, vision, and woven throughout her tale are shining nuggets of cautions, lessons, and wisdoms for the world. If readers look beyond the surface, they will find universal messages they can apply for themselves, life lessons for growth and awareness about what it means to live a life that's in absolute harmony with everything and everyone: all our world's living beings.

This hard-to-put-down book is an easy read, with dialog and descriptions that flow as smoothly as an undisturbed river. My recommendation, however, is to read it as slowly as you're able, just so you don't miss any hidden nuggets of juicy revelations about life. I couldn't do that, though.
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In the book, Robin Easton discovers herself and her full capabilities as a woman explorer in Queensland's northeastern coast, at a place called Cape Tribulation in the Daintree Rainforest of Australia. Robin Eason grew up on Lake Pennesseewassee in Norway, Maine, and in the book, she went to Australia for adventure and to find herself. She went with her husband Ian, a native Australian whom she met in Salt Lake City, when they were both in their mid-twenties.

The story's account is filled with local color, interesting local language and vibrant scenery from Australia. Robin is looking for the courage that lies within herself, and she finally finds it - in the eyes of predator animals intent on possibly making her their lunch! There is non-stop excitement, and the reader will barely be able to catch his or her own breath as the story moves from one exciting escapade to another.

Ian is a "character" within a character. He is first a bit of a wild card, as he is from a well-heeled family and always up for getting and going away. Robin at first seems to be his side-kick, then she moves tenderly into the role of his protector and savior all rolled into one. In Australia, Robin discovers that she is much tougher than she had originally thought of herself. Through all of the adventures, injuries and mishaps in the jungle, Robin perseveres. I admire her commitment to embrace the natural world around her, and to decide to "really live" for once in her life.

She understands that her journey is to reverse the disconnection we all feel with society and with each other. She understands that as a human, with higher thoughts, emotions, dreams and goals - she is not "above" or separate from any (or all other) forms of life.
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Robin is the real deal, and you are shortchanging yourself if you miss this book.

On the surface, Naked in Eden is about Robin's exploits in the Australian rainforest that will keep you at the edge of your seat in anticipation of her next adventure. But underneath, with Robin as our unwitting guide, this book conveys the possibility for all of us to realize that we are one with life, that we are nature itself, infinite wisdom, and that there truly is no separation.

Robin's words ooze with truth and insight. She enters the rainforest depleted and disillusioned and emerges healed and whole beyond her wildest dreams. Her enthusiasm is contagious. One cannot help but be transformed by the clarity with which she describes the limitless nature of our very existence.

Whether communing with a dying bandicoot or sharing the journey of a butterfly breaking out of its pupa, Robin's writing makes the world of the rainforest come alive, almost as if you were right there with her.

Robin is a living example of awakening in form. Her book is ecstatic, intimate, mesmerizing, earthy. Read it slowly and let yourself be transformed in ways you never thought were possible.
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I had read a bit of Robin's work elsewhere and enjoyed it a lot. When I looked up her book and saw the unanimous 5 star rating I figured I couldn't lose and ordered a copy immediately.

This book is at its heart a story about a beautiful person that felt like she had a lot of problems traveling off to the rain forest to escape from life. From there it becomes a story about her inner awakening, finding herself through her connection to nature. From that she also supposedly finds her love for the rest of mankind as well as loving and accepting herself.

Unlike most of the other reviews here I can say that I was able to put this book down, and did frequently over the week or so that I took to read it. I will also say, however, that I often found myself thinking about the book while I was not reading it. Even more often the book stimulated lines of thinking in my own mind that lasted for long after I had put the book down. I think she makes a lot of great points in this book about how mankind has treated nature, how we have made many short sighted changes in the world that may have even more effect on the future than (what little) we thought.

There were a few reasons that I can't give it a 5 star rating though. First of all I want to say that there are a lot of experiences in this book that the "average" person would think were very strange, or even insane. The trees talk to her. She sees creatures that don't exist, etc. I am mostly ok with these events, as this book probably wasn't intended for the "average" person. But there were a few other items that I don't think were really thought through or were not very realistic.
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