At a time when the bond between humanity and nature appears to be fraying, Janelle Schmidt’s Awaken the Wildness Within acts as a precious mediator. Through poetry, prose, and raw photography, Janelle chronicles her journey to be at home in the world, in the wilderness, and in herself. During a period of anxiety and grief following trials, transitions, and trauma, Janelle began to express herself. A flood of words and images—rich with insights and intuitions, sensuality and soulfulness—welled up on trail runs and nature walks. Sorrow gave way to spiritual transformation. Awaken the Wildness Within is a doorway into one woman’s healing odyssey in the natural world. Lyrical, uninhibited, and ecstatic, it connects to the wildness within every soul.