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WHERE WONDER LIVES

Take a journey through your inner landscape to discover a life of awe, enchantment and radical aliveness.

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Fabiana Fondevila

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.

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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.

Available through Amazon or Book Depository, as of January 2021. Preorders available!

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Early praise for "Where Wonder Lives"

Wonder lives right here, in these beautifully lyrical pages that invite and entice us to play in Fabiana’s magical realm and reconnect with our deepest wonder-full essence. This is a book that weaves insights from science, psychology, philosophy, myth, and the arts, with playful practices that can deliver profound positive change. These pages offer an embodied and sacred experience, and a return to the very sense of wonder that charmed you, as a child, to see not clouds, but the shapes and stories they painted across the sky and deep in your heart. It is one of those books that people will not want to lend out, but keep at hand, to delve into time and time again.

Jane Teresa Anderson, author of Birds of Paradise.

2020-11-08T19:41:55+00:00

Jane Teresa Anderson, author of Birds of Paradise.

Wonder lives right here, in these beautifully lyrical pages that invite and entice us to play in Fabiana’s magical realm and reconnect with our deepest wonder-full essence. This is a book that weaves insights from science, psychology, philosophy, myth, and the arts, with playful practices that can deliver profound positive change. These pages offer an embodied and sacred experience, and a return to the very sense of wonder that charmed you, as a child, to see not clouds, but the shapes and stories they painted across the sky and deep in your heart. It is one of those books that people will not want to lend out, but keep at hand, to delve into time and time again.

Where Wonder Lives gives us tools and potions to re-enchant our world. Fabiana Fondevila encourages us to dream with our senses, facedown in the grass, reading  clouds,speaking the language of birds, sipping dandelion wine. She wants us to taste our feelings and choose those that nourish the heart. She guides us through a rich imaginal geography, from swamp to mountain, from fire to ocean, in which each locale becomes a portal for adventure, soul remembering, and deepening practice. She reminds me of the most important guidance I ever received from that inner voice you learn to trust: Remember this world is your playground, not your prison. She invites us to make more space to play with our Magical Child, and bring the joy and energy of that great imagineer into everyday life.

Robert Moss, bestselling author of Growing Big Dreams and Dreaming the Soul Back Home.

2020-11-08T19:41:25+00:00

Robert Moss, bestselling author of Growing Big Dreams and Dreaming the Soul Back Home.

Where Wonder Lives gives us tools and potions to re-enchant our world. Fabiana Fondevila encourages us to dream with our senses, facedown in the grass, reading  clouds,speaking the language of birds, sipping dandelion wine. She wants us to taste our feelings and choose those that nourish the heart. She guides us through a rich imaginal geography, from swamp to mountain, from fire to ocean, in which each locale becomes a portal for adventure, soul remembering, and deepening practice. She reminds me of the most important guidance I ever received from that inner voice you learn to trust: Remember this world is your playground, not your prison. She invites us to make more space to play with our Magical Child, and bring the joy and energy of that great imagineer into everyday life.

"Where Wonder Lives is one of the most intelligent, imaginative and useful books I’ve seen in years. Truly, it is fun and enlightening, concrete and full of rich ideas. I have never seen deep intelligence and sensuous imagination come together so beautifully. It is practical and impractical, thought-provoking and full of charm.”

Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul.

2020-11-08T19:19:54+00:00

Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul.

"Where Wonder Lives is one of the most intelligent, imaginative and useful books I’ve seen in years. Truly, it is fun and enlightening, concrete and full of rich ideas. I have never seen deep intelligence and sensuous imagination come together so beautifully. It is practical and impractical, thought-provoking and full of charm.”

“Fabiana Fondevilla takes us within a beautiful maelstrom of insights and sources of inspirations, to reconnect with nature through wonderment, with the best part of ourselves through recognizing our basic goodness, and with others, through loving kindness and compassion. A book for inner enrichment.”

Matthieu Ricard, author of Altruism, How Compassion Can Transform Ourselves and the World.

2020-11-08T19:39:45+00:00

Matthieu Ricard, author of Altruism, How Compassion Can Transform Ourselves and the World.

“Fabiana Fondevilla takes us within a beautiful maelstrom of insights and sources of inspirations, to reconnect with nature through wonderment, with the best part of ourselves through recognizing our basic goodness, and with others, through loving kindness and compassion. A book for inner enrichment.”

"'Where Wonder Lives' is a book you’d invite to travel the world with you. Language, myths, ideas and clarity from many cultures and beliefs, all brought together to help us remember what is common among us in the intricate web of life. Through captivating journeys, playful practices and researched science, Fabiana invites her readers to shift from the mirage of manageable complexity to the wonder of unmanageable simplicity. It’s a book whose ideas and words can massage and reorient our innate intuition. As she quotes her own daughter, "It’s a good thing you’re studying this, Mum, so I won’t have to learn it from books." What a wonder!" 

Nipun Mehta, Founder, ServiceSpace.

2020-11-08T19:40:24+00:00

Nipun Mehta, Founder, ServiceSpace.

"'Where Wonder Lives' is a book you’d invite to travel the world with you. Language, myths, ideas and clarity from many cultures and beliefs, all brought together to help us remember what is common among us in the intricate web of life. Through captivating journeys, playful practices and researched science, Fabiana invites her readers to shift from the mirage of manageable complexity to the wonder of unmanageable simplicity. It’s a book whose ideas and words can massage and reorient our innate intuition. As she quotes her own daughter, "It’s a good thing you’re studying this, Mum, so I won’t have to learn it from books." What a wonder!" 

This is a book that speaks to the wild spaces that still live in us, longing to be awoken. It is beautiful and wise and filled with practical and powerful exercises. Every page is a seed of possibility, a glimpse at a more beautiful and vibrant future that is still within our reach. To read Fondevila’s words is to forever transform the way you look at both nature and human nature.

Mary Reynolds Thompson, author of  “Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness.”

2020-11-08T19:40:55+00:00

Mary Reynolds Thompson, author of  “Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness.”

This is a book that speaks to the wild spaces that still live in us, longing to be awoken. It is beautiful and wise and filled with practical and powerful exercises. Every page is a seed of possibility, a glimpse at a more beautiful and vibrant future that is still within our reach. To read Fondevila’s words is to forever transform the way you look at both nature and human nature.