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With the warm, hazy days of sum­mer here, join a cre­ative gath­er­ing, swim out­doors, or dance at a fes­ti­val in Fin­land.

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Did you hear about the Navajo woman fight­ing to pro­tect her na­tive wilder­ness? How about the hiker who ex­plores the out­doors with a chronic au­toim­mune dis­ease? Or the woman who dropped her le­gal ca­reer to pur­sue her love of moun­tains and run a trekking com­pany? She Ex­plores is a pod­cast for and about women who are in­spired by time spent out­side. Founder Gale Straub be­lieves that we are in­spired to create sto­ries by en­gag­ing with the land­scape, and each episode of this pod­cast will keep you hooked on the wild, whether you’re on top of a moun­tain or snug­gled up in­side on a rainy af­ter­noon. she-ex­


In Fin­land, the end of June means cel­e­brat­ing the long, white night, when the sun only sets for a few hours a day and the night sky seems to glow. On the is­land of Seurasaari in Helsinki, the Mid­sum­mer’s Eve fes­ti­val of­fers may­pole rit­u­als, craft dis­plays, folk mu­sic, bon­fires, singing and danc­ing. This year’s fes­ti­val takes place on Fri­day 22 June and tick­ets can be booked on­line from €20 at seurasaarisaa­tio. fi. If you can’t make it to Helsinki, grab a copy of Tove Jans­son’s The Sum­mer Book, a novel of love and in­de­pen­dence that en­com­passes the windswept firs and change­able seas of Fin­nish is­land life.


What can hu­mans learn from a pack of wolves? Hus­band and wife nat­u­ral­ists Jim and Jamie Dutcher spent six years liv­ing in­ti­mately with the Saw­tooth wolf pack in Idaho, gain­ing their trust to un­der­stand their val­ues of kind­ness, team­work, play­ful­ness, re­spect, cu­rios­ity and com­pas­sion. Their new book The Wis­dom of Wolves doc­u­ments th­ese find­ings, chal­leng­ing the cul­tural per­cep­tion of wolves as ruth­less and vi­o­lent, and re­veal­ing just how much we can learn from their species. With riv­et­ing sto­ries and spell­bind­ing pho­tog­ra­phy, this book cel­e­brates the an­i­mal in all of us. The Wis­dom of Wolves, pub­lished by Na­tional Ge­o­graphic, £18.


Since the BBC’S spell­bind­ing doc­u­men­tary Blue Planet II was aired last au­tumn, there has been a huge rise in de­mand for sus­tain­able, re­cy­cled and biodegrad­able prod­ucts. This blan­ket is a firm favourite, made en­tirely from around 50 re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles that might oth­er­wise be float­ing in the open sea. With its beau­ti­ful Scan­di­na­vian­in­spired de­sign, the Di­a­mond Mon­soon blan­ket from the Whale & Dolphin Con­ser­va­tion shop makes a great ad­di­tion to sum­mer pic­nics, and ev­ery pur­chase brings in much-needed funds for this fan­tas­tic ma­rine wildlife char­ity. Di­a­mond Mon­soon blan­ket, £39.90.


On hot July af­ter­noons, there is noth­ing more re­fresh­ing than a dip in your local river, lake or stretch of sea­wa­ter. Wild swimming has seen a resur­gence in re­cent years, and the Out­door Swimming So­ci­ety (OSS) is a world­wide col­lec­tive of swim­mers that share the joy, ad­ven­ture and ex­pe­ri­ence of swimming un­der an open sky. Not tried wild swimming? Visit the OSS web­site for a range of com­mu­nity events to learn the ba­sics this sum­mer, from the cool lakes of Cum­bria to the sun-drenched sandy shores of Barcelona. out­door­swim­ming­so­ci­ety. com


If you would like to meet and con­nect with other creatives this sum­mer, look no fur­ther than the Cre­ative Coun­try­side Sum­mer Gath­er­ing, tak­ing place in a con­verted barn on the edge of the York­shire Dales. The week­end runs from Fri­day 22 – Sun­day 24 June, and in­cludes a book club, wild herbs work­shop, yoga, pho­tog­ra­phy walk, med­i­ta­tion, a mid­sum­mer feast and more. Cre­ative Coun­try­side is a Bri­tish­based print mag­a­zine, on­line jour­nal and com­mu­nity, and their gath­er­ings en­able par­tic­i­pants to learn new things, feast on sea­sonal food and take part in tra­di­tional rit­u­als and cer­e­monies. If you can’t make the week­end, head to their on­line jour­nal for more out­door in­spi­ra­tion. Gath­er­ing spaces from £200 each. cre­ative­coun­try­


‘Tis the sea­son for wild­flow­ers and bare­foot pros­ecco in the grass, and London-based cloth­ing com­pany Plümo have cre­ated the per­fect flo­ral dress to em­brace golden af­ter­noons out­doors. Launched in 1997, Plümo travel the world in search of beau­ti­ful, unique de­signs and fab­rics, work­ing with ar­ti­sans and co­op­er­a­tives in Africa, Asia and be­yond to cel­e­brate

cre­ativ­ity from ev­ery cor­ner. The Faran dress oozes ef­fort­less vin­tage charm, the per­fect out­fit for re­laxed days and nights this sum­mer. Plümo Faran dress, £98.


We are now liv­ing in a time of ac­cel­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial change, some­thing Pro­fes­sor Ca­tri­ona Sandi­lands will be ex­plor­ing at the Aus­tralian Mu­seum in Sydney on 12 July. In her fas­ci­nat­ing new talk on Fem­i­nist Botany for the Age of Man, Sandi­lands dis­cusses the re­la­tion­ship be­tween plants and peo­ple, draw­ing on the in­sights of fem­i­nism to ask what new ap­proaches might be­come pos­si­ble for the world of botan­i­cal re­search. For north­ern hemi­sphere dwellers, search for the His­tory Chicks pod­cast on Beatrix Pot­ter, who was a tal­ented botanist and my­col­o­gist as well as sto­ry­teller. Tick­ets from $16 each. aus­tralian­mu­


There is al­ways a rea­son to eat choco­late, but when it’s hand­made, ve­gan, raw and gluten-free, it seems only fair to in­dulge. Con­scious Choco­lates started mak­ing choco­late in 2004, but here’s the twist: they use pri­mar­ily wild in­gre­di­ents to flavour their bars, from rose oil and hazel­nuts to tan­ger­ines and co­conut chips. They’re so ded­i­cated to com­bin­ing their flavours with the nat­u­ral world, their Wild at Heart bar is in­fused with wild blue-green al­gae, while for ev­ery bar of Lion’s Raw they sell, flavoured with lime and grape­fruit, they do­nate 10% to the Global White Lion Pro­tec­tion Trust, pro­tect­ing the rare white lion in the wild and cap­tiv­ity. Wild at Heart and Lion’s Raw bars both £3. con­sciouschoco­


With sim­plic­ity, spir­i­tu­al­ity and land­scape at its heart, the de­but col­lec­tion from KIND jew­ellery was in­spired by de­signer Tansy Haak’s ad­ven­tures through Europe, In­dia and Sri Lanka. Each piece is a re­flec­tion of the world around us, from rose gold moon pen­dants to sil­ver or­bit rings, and the en­tire col­lec­tion is hand­made in London us­ing re­spon­si­bly sourced ma­te­ri­als. They even make be­spoke eco wed­ding rings us­ing re­cy­cled sil­ver and gold. Just launched are the Stella Lune and Stella Disc pen­dants, both £265, avail­able in sil­ver and gold with op­tional en­grav­ings on the back. kind­jew­


Now sum­mer has fi­nally ar­rived, our bod­ies can en­joy the nat­u­ral ben­e­fits of sun­shine and fresh air. It’s the per­fect time to in­dulge in more nat­u­ral cos­met­ics, too, and Birm­ing­ham-based apothe­cary Hon­est have been cre­at­ing nour­ish­ing, restora­tive prod­ucts since 2015, tai­lored to in­di­vid­ual skin types us­ing skin-lov­ing waxes and vi­ta­mins blended with the finest or­ganic oils. Each of their soaps, balms, creams, oils and ton­ers have been hand­made us­ing 100% pure in­gre­di­ents. This sea­son, look out for their brand new dried laven­der and raw honey can­dles, both £30, made us­ing eco-friendly cot­ton soaked in soy wax to en­sure a clean, non-toxic burn with a dreamy aroma. hon­est­skin­




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