With humor and insight, nationally award-winning author Julie O’Neill chronicles her family’s journey on the John Muir trail in the High Sierras as she battles her inner fears reliving a backpacking adventure turned disaster that almost took her life 16 years earlier. Along the way, she sets a powerful case for children and adults to unplug in nature, in order to reconnect in everyday life, and in Julie’s case, find healing. Living Without Walls convincingly shows that the more high-tech we get, the more we need to take the time to introduce our children—and reintroduce ourselves—to nature and to our very own humanity. Part memoir, part manifesto, Living Without Walls is a testament to the power of nature to tend to the whole person as portrayed in this blazingly honest, entertaining, and savvy account. From Julie’s near-death experience in 1996 that nearly stopped her from setting foot in the wilderness again to the heartwarming moments that come from uninterrupted time as a family on the trail, Living Without Walls will captivate and inspire, as you join the O’Neills in their many summers of cruising at 2 ½ miles per hour.
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"Living without Walls is so much more than a hiking adventure. With refreshing candor and vulnerability, Julie O’Neill shares both the struggles and successes she and her family encounters as they
takes on the challenges of the great outdoors. Along the way, she not only conquers her own fears and uncovers her own strengths, but encourages us all to do the same. Her story makes me want to challenge myself to live a healthier life."
Co-Author and Editor, Education in the Neon Shadow and Westside School: Our School, Our Community, Our Time Executive Producer and Host of Vegas PBS Book Club television show