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Fabiana Fondevila is a writer, speaker, ritual maker and teacher. Her work helps individuals bring forth their best selves with wonder and enthusiasm, while exploring the joy and challenge of offering our gifts to the world.
Hers is a world filled with the vivid enchantment of the ordinary, and also with the beckoning of the unexplored.
In her seminars she weaves dreamwork, myths and archetypes, rewilding practices, immensions into our shadow, and her hallmark work, cultivating what she calls the “essential emotions”: awe/wonder, hope, joy, gratitude, compassion and forgiveness.
She first researched these topics in depth as a journalist, as a writer and columnist for some of the main newspapers and magazines in Latin America, interviewing world renowned thinkers, philosophers, mystics and scientists, and then decided to shift gears, and begin a hands-on, heart-first personal exploration. For over a decade, she has led year-long courses (both online and face-to-face) which take students on a personal and communal adventure of growth and discovery, challenging themselves to come ever closer to being the change they wish to see in the world.
Fabiana also leads an online campaign to highlight and combat exclusion and discrimination and, since the pandemic began, has given regular Sunday talks (in Spanish, via Zoom and social media) to share a message of hope, resilience and her embodied, earthy approach to spirituality.
She is the author of a dozen children’s books, a Young Adult novel which in 2017 won second prize in Sigmar’s Children’s and Young Adults’ Literary Award. In 2018, she published her first book for adults, “Donde vive el asombro”. The English version, “Where Wonder Lives. Practices for Cultivating the Sacred in Your Daily Life”, will be published by Inner Traditions in January 2021.
WHERE WONDER LIVES
Take a journey by map through your inner landscape to discover a life of awe, enchantment, and radical aliveness.
• Explains how experiencing awe and wonder can transform our lives, leading us to feel more satisfied, peaceful, and open to others
• Offers contemporary and time-honored practices–from mindfulness to dreamwork and working with plants–that help you reconnect with Nature and your imagination, open your heart, and find vitality and enchantment
• Explores ways of examining and embracing our shadow, deepening our relationships, and creating meaningful personal rituals.
Where Wonder Lives invites you on a journey, an expedition through your own inner landscape to reawaken to the mystery of life.
The travels are by way of an imaginary map through 9 distinct territories. In each, you explore the terrain, then are led to a rich set of contemporary and time-honored practices–from mindfulness to dreamwork, cloudscapes, and working with plants–that help you rebuild a life of vitality, connection, and enchantment.
There is no prescribed order in which to explore the map. Rather, the invitation is to begin at the territory that calls to you, or perhaps that which is most challenging. Each territory reflects and amplifies the others, and you will instinctively arrive at the practices that you need most. The Jungle delves into our original deep kinship with Nature and helps you rekindle your inner wildness. The Garden takes you on a journey through your senses, and the River unfurls your imagination. The Mountaintop presents a bird’s-eye view of your life, while the Swamp delves into your inner shadow and delivers gold. The Village helps us deepen our bonds and relationships, the Lighthouse teaches us to quiet our minds, and the Fire inspires us to create meaningful ceremonies and personal rituals. The Ocean looks into the topography of the heart and offers practices to awaken the heart’s most powerful emotions: awe, joy, compassion, gratitude, and love, the mother of them all.
Throughout the journey you are immersed in a world of wonder and awe, discovering new possibilities for learning and expansion in ordinary life. Face to face with the mystery of life, Where Wonder Lives makes you feel at once both infinitely small and part of a vast, unfathomable universe–all while helping you to see the world anew.
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Early praise for “Where Wonder Lives”
Nipun Mehta, Founder, ServiceSpace.
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul.
Matthieu Ricard, author of Altruism, How Compassion Can Transform Ourselves and the World.
Mary Reynolds Thompson, author of “Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness.”
Robert Moss, bestselling author of Growing Big Dreams and Dreaming the Soul Back Home.
Jane Teresa Anderson, author of Birds of Paradise.