The Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest: Sustenance, Wisdom, and Awakening in Finland's Karelia

The Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest: Sustenance, Wisdom, and Awakening in Finland's Karelia

The Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest: Sustenance, Wisdom, and Awakening in Finland's Karelia

The Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest: Sustenance, Wisdom, and Awakening in Finland's Karelia


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What would happen if you built one of the world’s most advanced societies inside a forest—and strove to make women full partners in power?

After living for twenty-five years in New York, Naomi Moriyama moved with her husband and co-author William Doyle and their seven-year-old child to the vast forest of Finland's Karelia, a mysterious region on the Russian border that helped inspire J.R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth fantasies.

She entered a life-altering zone of tranquility, peace, and beauty, the spiritual heart of the nation ranked as the happiest nation on Earth, with among the world's most empowered women.

Finland is also the country with cleanest air and water and the best schools, a country where motherhood and fatherhood are championed by law, childhood is revered, schoolchildren are required to play outdoors multiple times a day, and trains contain mini-libraries and mini-playgrounds for children to enjoy.

It was here in the Karelian forest that Naomi found a culinary symphony of succulent wild edibles, herbs, berries, mushrooms and fish, all freshly plucked from the moss-carpeted forest and sparkling clear streams.

She also found something that changed her life—a tribe of invincible women who became her soul-sisters.

As an idyllic summer and fall gave way to a sub-Arctic winter of mind-bending darkness and cold, Naomi faced her fears and her future. Over the course of six unforgettable months with her family and her new “sisters”, she found her life transformed, and discovered the power that lay within her all along.

Then she tried to leave. But she kept coming back.

Come, take a journey deep into Europe's most distant, magical wilderness, and join the sisterhood of the enchanted forest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643136462
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/05/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 670,010
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Naomi Moriyama grew up in Japan and moved to Manhattan in her twenties. She is a U.S.-Japan marketing professional. She has coauthored three non-fiction books on traditional Japanese home-cooked meals and their health benefits with her husband William Doyle, and has been a judge on The Food Network’s acclaimed Iron Chef America, and a featured guest on The Today Show, The View, and Dr.Oz .

William Doyle grew up in New York City and has produced TV programs for HBO, PBS, the History Channel, and A&E. Since 2015 he has served a Fulbright Scholar and scholar-in-residence at the University of Eastern Finland, as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Resident Fellow, and as advisor to the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland. His 2019 book Let the Children Play was co-authored with Pasi Sahlberg.

Table of Contents

The Enchanted Forest 1

A Promise 5

The Professor's Welcome 17

My Long-Lost Sisters 27

The Nearly Total Silence 39

The Forest Bath 43

The Vapor Bath 51

Visions of Karelia 59

The Mushroom Queen 61

Wild Herbs 71

Berry Joy 75

House on the Edge of Forever 81

Temple of the Forest 91

Woman of Passion 97

The Lakeland 105

A Tokyo Kitchen in Finland 109

Primeval Forest in Eno 113

Forest of Darkness and Light 117

Wave That Flag 125

Family Outing 127

Light in Total Darkness 131

Awakenings 135

A Little Piece of Finland in New York 145

Reentering the Workforce 151

Gateway to a Past and Future 157

Return to the Golden Land of Dreams 171

The Harvest Full Moon Drum Circle 181

Women in Charge 191

Goddess of Fog and Mists 207

The Land of Women 217

The Sisterhood of the Enchanted Forest Recipes

Marthas' Karelian Pies Three Ways 223

Päivi's Brown Chanterelle Cookies 225

Maire's Lingonberry Porridge 226

Marthas' Cool Bilberry (Blueberry) Soup 227

Marthas' Nettle Soup 228

Marthas' Summer Dandelion Salad 229

Marthas' Traditional Pan-Fried Perch 230

Marthas' Salmon Soup with Vegetables and Dill 231

Maija-Liisa's Lingonberry-Blueberry Multigrain Bread 232

Maija-Liisa's Spruce Sprout Syrup 233

Source Notes 235

Acknowledgments 251

About the Authors 253

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