Searching for Happy Valley

Searching for Happy Valley

 Ait Bougemez, Morocco, 2014

Ait Bougemez, Morocco, 2014

 
 2018 Individual Artist Grant Recipient

2018 Individual Artist Grant Recipient

 

It all started when…

As a travel writer, I’ve visited unique places across our planet. And I’ve discovered an interesting theme. In seemingly unrelated cultures there exist sacred valleys that locals call ‘happy valley.’ Within these valleys a balance between humans and nature has been struck. They share key characteristics: They run north-south, are remote and geographically protected by mountains and hills, house rare plants and animals, exist outside of protection zones and national parks — which gives them both autonomy but also makes them vulnerable — and have rich Indigenous history. They are also considered places of sacred geography and refuge for people to go to in times of stress and strife. In a sense, they are little Shangri-las. 

My non-fiction book project will take readers around the world to explore happy valleys in Nepal, Morocco, Alberta, and perhaps more locations still undiscovered…

Do you know of a happy valley? I'm always searching...

Contact me!

janemarshall@seejanewrite.ca