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Black Lion: Teachings from the Wilderness (Hardcover)

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Black Lion: Teachings from the Wilderness By Sicelo Mbatha, Bridget Pitt (With) Cover Image
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Through disconnection and destruction, modern life and technology have uprooted us from nature. Wilderness guide and essayist Sicelo Mbata’s melodic and intimate tales of Zulu culture and South Africa’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park deepen our fleeting connections with nature. For Mbata, wilderness is medicine, teacher, and spiritual guide. Black Lion is an emotional and humble reminder of the deep intersectionality of spiritual well-being and natural spaces. 

— Charlotte

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"Black Lion is a powerful, propulsive and unflinchingly honest account of one man's remarkable spiritual journey. It is life-affirming and deepening, and a vital contribution to the discourse around conservation. A must-read." JINI REDDY, author of Wanderland

"A brave account of a natural disaster, and of achieving reconciliation with the predatoriness of life." RICHARD MABEY, on Mbatha's Essay Letting Go

Wilderness guide Sicelo Mbatha shares lessons learnt from a lifetime's intimate association with Africa's wildest nature.

Black Lion begins in rural South Africa where a deeply traumatic childhood experience - a cousin being dragged away by a crocodile - should have turned him against the surrounding wilderness. Instead, he was irresistibly drawn to it. As a volunteer at Imfolozi Nature Reserve, close encounters with animals taught him to 'see' with his heart and thus began a spiritual awakening.

Drawing from his Zulu culture and a yearning to better understand human's relationship to nature, Sicelo has forged a new path to nature with an immersive, respectful and transformative way of being in the wilderness. As humanity hurtles into the anthropogenic 21st century, Black Lion is an urgent reminder of how much we need wilderness for our emotional and spiritual survival.

About the Author


SICELO MBATHA is a facilitator of spiritual experiences of the wilderness. He has devoted his life to fostering deep connections between humans and nature, and in enabling members of his own community to experience the wilderness. He grew up alongside the Huhluwe/Imfolozi nature reserve in South Africa, and nature has always been his medicine, his teacher and his spiritual home. BRIDGET PITT is the author of three novels, and is an environmentalist.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781776191482
ISBN-10: 177619148X
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Publication Date: March 8th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English
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