What would happen if your culture and society were formed inside a forest—where women were full partners in power. How would that shape the future? Take a journey deep into one of Europe's last great wildernesses and join the sisterhood...
After living for twenty-five years in New York—the ultimate roller-coaster ride of drama, competition, over-achievement, self-promotion, and sensory stimulation, Naomi Moriyama entered a life-altering zone of tranquility, peace, and beauty.
Welcome to the vast and unspoiled forest of Karelia in Finland, the mysterious region on the Russo-Finnish border that inspired J.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth fantasies.
The Karelian Forest is the spiritual heart of the nation ranked as the "happiest nation" on Earth, with the world's most empowered women. But to Naomi, the Finns didn’t look much happier than anyone else. In fact, the default facial expressions on most people seemed to be blank, bordering on morose. But Naomi quickly came to realize that their happiness wasn’t a boisterous, slap-happy exuberance. Rather, it was a sense of serenity and contentment, a feeling that comes from living in a society that is simultaneously super high-tech, deeply concerned for the welfare of all its citizens, and profoundly connected to nature.
Finland is the country with cleanest air and water, the lowest crime and the best schools. It is a country where motherhood and fatherhood are strongly supported, childhood is revered, and schoolchildren are required by law to play outdoors.
It was here in the Karelian forest that Naomi, always fascinated by food as a way of understanding a culture, found a culinary symphony of succulent wild edibles, herbs, berries, mushrooms and fish, all freshly plucked from the moss-carpeted forest and sparkling clear streams. She also found something even more nourishing that would help her begin to grasp the Finnish way of being—a tribe of invincible women who would become her soul-sisters.
As an idyllic summer and fall gave way to a sub-Arctic winter of mind-bending darkness and cold, Naomi would face her fears and her future. Over the course of six unforgettable months with her new sisters, Naomi finds her life transformed, and discovers the power that lay within her all along.