Daki (🇺🇲 WA)🕉️ 🔱 Mindful Maker
I can barely contain my excitement and emotion as I release the final episode for SS1 of Tog and Thel.
Today on the show we have Heida Guðný Ásgeirsdóttir, aka Heida Fjaldabondi, the Farmer in the Valley
The BBC has called her "the most celebrated sheep farmer in Iceland" in a
15 page report and mini doco done on this exceptional woman, and her battle to protect and preserve her remote corner of southern Iceland.
And she's had a book written about her by award-winning Icelandic novelist and poet, Steinunn Sigurðardóttir
On episode 8 you will hear why this former New York fashion model chose to leave the glitzy, plastic world of fashion and return to her native land, to take over single-handed running of a 16,000 acre farm of 500 Icelandic sheep
To call her an inspiration, the ultimate female role model, for myself, is an enormous understatement. She embodies all the values that I hold dearest to my own heart, and to the core of the Tog and Thel journey. A woman who says no to the mainstream, who embraces the hard physical labour, simplicity and solitude of the life of a sheep farmer. A woman who fights for the preservation of her culture and the physical landscape of her native homeland. I have never been more sorely tempted to run away to Iceland, ask to live in her shed, just so I could be in the presence of a living, breathing, female force of nature. If I'm sounding a little bit smitten, that's because I am...I truly truly am! .
. Go listen to the episode, either on Itunes, Google Play, pod catchers, or the blog (link on profile)...the come back and get chatty right here
Lots of pictures of Heida on her farm, and links to the BBC report and publishing details of her book are in the shownotes
German language edition of the book about Heida will be published tomorrow through Hans Verlag
Danish version will be released via Harper Collins Holland in November 2018
UK release via John Murray set for March 2019