Iona Dreaming


Iona Dreaming

The Healing Power of Place
A Memoir by Clare Cooper Marcus

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A journey of healing takes Clare Cooper Marcus on a 6-month long solitary retreat to the remote Scottish Island of Iona. Here she experiences a mirroring of her soul and reflects and reviews the life that brought her here to this magical place. Her compelling memoir Iona Dreaming is an inspirational account of personal survival and hope in which Clare shares her recovery from a life-threatening illness, which deepens into a contemplation of the events in her life and her physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
Clare Cooper Marcus brings both a personal and academic life-long interface with place, environment, and people. Her five previous books about human response to architecture and environment were popular with the public and well-received by the press. Iona Dreaming will reach out to a broad audience: people entering retirement, dealing with serious illnesses, gardeners, lovers of nature, architects and landscape architects, people who are becoming more heath conscious, women who have shared the social and cultural shifts she lived through—especially those coming of age in the 60’s—and all those who seek a more authentic life
A consultant and freelance writer in the field of people-environment relations and environmental psychology, retired UC at Berkeley Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Clare Cooper Marcus has written several books on architecture and community. Professor Marcus has consulted for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington DC, San Francisco City Planning Deptartment, New Zealand Department of Public Works, the Canadian Housing Design Council, as well as private architecture and engineering firms.

April 1, 2010
ISBN: 9780892541577
Paperback • Nicolas-Hays
6 x 9 • 352 pages • Pictures and illustrations.
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Iona Dreaming


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    Clare Cooper Marcus has given us a pilgrim’s way, an invitation to take the deepest hero’s journey—to go into the unknown landscape of nature and of memory, and to return home healed, and whole.

    —Pat Schneider, author of Writing Alone & With Others.

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    This is a travel book in the truest, deepest sense…. Clare Cooper Marcus moves us to journey into our own inner world … the author’s personal story becomes the most trustworthy of guides.

    —Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self.

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    In this hauntingly beautiful memoir, Clare Cooper Marcus traverses the liminal spaces of the landscape of Iona and the inner terrain of the soul with a sensual eloquence.

    —Susan Williams, Jungian Analyst.

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    In turns literary and primal, Iona Dreaming will imbue you with sensuous reasoning and change you forever.

    —Randolph T. Hester, Professor, and author of Design for Ecological Democracy, and Cultivating Sacredness in the Everyday Landscape.

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    The quality of our lives depends on our relationships not only with people, but also with places.

    —Winifred Gallagher, author of The Power of Place: How Our Surroundings Shape Our Thoughts, Emotions and Actions, and Rapt: Attention and Focused Life.

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    These days, when we are so aware of how we have wounded the earth, it is a treat to read a book that reminds us that the earth can heal us.

    —Norman Fischer, Zen priest and poet, author of Sailing Home: Using the Wisdom of Homer’s Odyssey to Navigate Life’s Perils and Pitfalls.

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    This is a fascinating book about an impressive woman who ‘turns within’ after retirement from a prestigious academic career and life threatening bouts with cancer to make peace with herself, nature and, yes, even God.

    —Roger Doudna, PhD, Findhorn Foundation Fellowship Coordinator

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