"Fly Free, a memoir about love, loss and walking the path" asks the question, "Does a marriage end when a partner’s character changes so much that he no longer is a person who can hold up his vows?"
To answer this question and face the impossible realities of dealing with a degenerative disease her husband slowly succumbs to, Dami Roelse takes you across three continents, through the baking heat of deserts and the cold of Himalayan snowstorms as she wrestles with the teachings about the cause of suffering and the attainment of universal love from spiritual teachers she met in her earlier life.
Dami was “born a seeker and a wanderer” and her travels form the framework for her inner journey. From a comfortable, conventional European childhood, via meditation centers and ashrams with some of the great teachers of the seventies, S.N.Goenka, Neem Karoli Baba, and Ram Dass, to communes in the USA and back to the wild places of the Himalayas, the journey etches itself onto her spirit.
Dami has to face her husband’s character changes and his rejection of her caring. On her journey in Ladakh she finds the inner freedom to “fly free” while holding onto their wedding vows and finds the strength to build a life of her own.
This memoir addresses some of the more difficult issues of multigenerational family love and the demands of caring, so relevant to many of us -women and men - today. It showcases the work of “walking” the spiritual path.
"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
"Walking Gone Wild ", How to Lose Your Age on the Trail, is an award winning, fact filled book about using walking, hiking and backpacking as a means to re-invigorating life for women as they age. The book is sprinkled with stories of real women who build confidence through walking and show a new model of aging with vitality, grace and a deep connection to life. The book provides the how-to of overcoming obstacles to walking and developing a walking lifestyle. The book offers chapters on outfitting, training and preparing for hiking and backpacking for the older woman with the author’s trail journal entries sprinkled throughout.
Get to know the Author: videos, articles, podcast-interviews
January 2022 Podcast interview on Zestful aging: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/zestful-aging/id1344320689
December 2020 Podcast interview with the author at:
May 14,2020, Living the Second Act, online magazine: https://livingthesecondact.com/2020/05/14/walking-into-my-third-act/
May 18, 2020: Tour de Planet, climate change organization Berlin interview, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz9sAVd7Uec&feature=youtu.be
Jan 3, 2020: KSKQ radio Ashland interview: https://archive.org/details/damiroelse
More interviews and articles 2019, 2018
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