Awakening Artemis: Deepening Intimacy with the Living Earth and Reclaiming Our Wild Nature


Between chronic asthma, a car accident that fractured her back and neck and sexual trauma, Vanessa Chakour has endured a lot, and tenaciously pursued several paths to recovery. In her book Awakening Artemis, Chakour shares the way plants helped her heal, deepened her understanding of self, connected her to the natural world and elevated her confidence and relationships. Interspersed with experiences from the author, each chapter focuses on a single plant and how its characteristics connect to specific issues related to healing—like neural pathways in the brain, feelings of alienation due to racism and much more. Both a moving tale of Chakour’s journey and a useful resource on plants and nature, this book inspires self-growth in multiple ways.