What if money was no object? Alan Watts – 3 mins of life changing wisdom

Your Money or Your Life -author Vicki Robin- how to make money work for you, not the other way around.

How to still the mind. Great animation-One Moment Meditation from

The Power of One Be The Change-Feel inspired-You are the ONE!

TED talks are incredible. For those of you who haven’t found TED yet, can I recommend a few talks to get you started.

Jill Bolte Taylor- Stroke of insight.

Elizabeth Gilbert- A new way to think about creativity.



Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn

Whether you are a parent or if you spend alot of time with young people you will find this book a breathe of fresh air.

Kohn restores our faith in human nature.





The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer

A beautiful book. I especially love the chapter about infinite energy.







Waterlog by Roger Deakin

Reading this book feels like taking a swim yourself.

I love Deakin’s writing style, his freedom of spirit and sense of everyday sensual adventure. Get into the water too, you may just feel inspired to jump in. Since reading this book I now wild swim several times a year.

Read more about Roger Deakin: Obituary





Carol S Dweck’s book on how to identify the processes we use to either learn to grow or stay fixed and miss out on opportunities. Truly fascinating stuff, my favourite book of 2013. 







How to be Free by Tom Hodgkinson

A truly inspiring manifesto of how to make changes in your life.

There is a HUGE reading list at the back too of other inspiring books.

Cannot recommend this book enough, with more than a nod to fantastically resourceful Permaculture movement.

Please buy it from him rather than Amazon! The Idler website & mag is also worth a browse.




Finding Your Way In A Wild New World by Martha Beck

An incredibly enriching and heart felt self-coaching book

with useful exercises explaining  practically how to

 reconnect with ourselves.




Wild by Jay Griffiths

An absorbing & brilliant seven year journey into the wild.

Soul searching, grounding-a call to action.

Fabulously written.





Soil and Soul by Alistair McIntosh

A community on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides fight against a multi-national company to save their mountain & landscape from destruction. An investigation into humanity & their true meaning of place & community.



The Good Life by Dorian Amos

Dorian Amos & his partner sell up, leave their comfortable lives in Cornwall & leave for Canada’s Yukon territory, for bears, -40c, woods & each other. Their spirit of adventure is awe inspiring. I have given this book as a gift to many people. My sister described reading it as ‘a gift’.


Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert‘s search for herself.

Now a Hollywood movie, don’t let that put you off-if you’re a woman in search of your ‘centre’, if you are interested in meditation, try this book.

Listen to her speaking at a conference in 2011.


The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

An expedition into the Himalayas & one man’s story of his own journey into his own sense of Being. Quite dense in descriptions at time, that can be a little waring, but the imagery of the mountains & his own sense of self & humanity are quite beautiful.




My boat. My home for 4 years.


Alice Griffin Living on a narrowboat & growing veg.

Liveaboard How to live on a canal boat.