Synopses & Reviews
This much is clear to me. If I can't change my own life in response to the greatest challenge now facing our human family, who can? And if I won't make the effort to try, why should anyone else? So I've decided to start at home, and begin with myself. The question is no longer whether I must respond. The question is whether I can turn my response into an adventure.
After realizing the gaping hole between his convictions about climate change and his own carbon footprint, Kurt Hoelting embarked on a yearlong experiment to rediscover the heart of his own home: he traded his car and jet travel for a kayak, a bicycle, and his own two feet, traveling a radius of 100 kilometers from his home in Puget Sound. This circumference of home proved more than enough. Part quest and part guidebook for change, Hoelting's journey is an inspiring reminder that what we need really is close at hand, and that the possibility for adventure lies around every bend.
"The world looks different when you're walking through it, not driving. You notice, and as this fine book makes clear, some of the things you notice are very sad. But you also see the world as it is, which can't help but be beautiful." Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
"Kurt Hoelting — fisherman, carpenter, mountain climber, storyteller, and Zen adept — is well-equipped for this adventure. He emerges from his low-carbon year feeling more fit spiritually as well as physically, and more hopeful about the human future. Readers will also come away feeling hopeful about our capacity for living more deeply in place and more conservingly on the planet." Scott Russell Sanders, author of A Conservationist Manifesto
"[A] moving and brave narrative of place, perception, and participation...all this in the service of awakening to our predicament as a species, against the backdrop of one person deciding to radically explore his relationship to the living planet we call home and the mounting fever it is suffering because of us. The circumference of this circle includes us all." Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses, Arriving at Your Own Door, and Letting Everything Become Your Teacher
After realizing the gaping hole between his convictions about environmentalism and his own carbon footprint, Zen wilderness guide Kurt Hoelting embarked on a yearlong experiment: he traded in his car and air transportation for a kayak, a bike, and his own feet, traveling a radius of roughly sixty miles — his circumference of home — for a serious look at climate change. Part quest and part guidebook for change, Hoelting's unique journey is moving and inspiring as his pilgrimage ends not at some holy site, but at the very place where he started: home.
In the tradition of Joanna Macy and Bill McKibben, Hoelting shows readers how to better understand their own circumference of home and how to become more aware of the miracles of ordinary life in the soil right beneath their feet.
In the spirit of Gary Snyder, one man's year spent traveling by kayak, bike, and on foot in his attempt to radically simplify his life.
About the Author
Kurt Hoelting, commercial fisherman, wilderness guide, and meditation teacher, is the founder of Inside Passages, a sea-kayaking outfitter and guide business in Alaska. Hoelting lives with his family on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Read an exclusive essay by Kurt Hoelting