Alice and family return to their sailing, cycling and back-packing adventures through Vanuatu, New Caledonia and back to New Zealand. This time there are life-defining intersections to be navigated.
Three days out of Vanuatu, the wind turns back to the south-east, a broad reach, and Dream-maker is surfing. The pencil crosses on the chart leap-frog the distance to New Caledonia.
What drives the desire for mystical experience?
What is this human life?
These are some of the questions explored by Alice and her family.
Dyana Wells trained in the natural sciences before changing direction to Western philosophy and then, in her early thirties, she met her first spiritual teacher and dived deeply into meditation and Eastern perspectives. She is a keen lover of the natural world and many of her deepest insights about life have come while journeying in nature.
And in between there’ve been sailing, swimming, snorkelling retreats on innumerable family holidays, leading to a major sailing adventure over to the Pacific Islands, the subject of my trilogy, Anchors in the Open Sea.
I’m an ardent lover of the bigger adventures, both in sailing and life. “What is life?” and “Who am I?” have been constant companions, launching me into science, philosophy, spirituality … and love!
My journeying through life as a mother, manager, yogi and wanderer revealed that meaning and independence were far greater lures than the suburban lifestyle. And I was so fortunate to have eager children, ready for each new adventure, and a father willing to undertake ocean voyages almost at the drop of a sailing cap.
The need to place my feet on the ground, lead to mountain adventures in the magnificent New Zealand ranges and bush reserves, with my head in the clouds, to long meditation retreats in places like Galiano Island (if travelling north, just turn left near Vancouver mainland).
These life experiences — and many more — are detailed in the Anchors in an Open Sea trilogy.