For seven years Diana Lorence and her husband lived in an unelectrified, 12 x 12-foot house they built hidden in the woods of Northern California, in a world lit only by fire.
Lorence will speak about her simple, contemplative life in the woods on Friday, Aug. 29, 6-8 p.m. at For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.
CONVERSATION BEGINS WITH FIRELIGHT
Two years ago Diana Lorence emerged from her seclusion with her first essay that has been read in more than 100 nations. That essay begins, “Innermost House is the latest of many very small houses my husband and I have occupied over twenty-five years, all for the same reason — to make possible a simple life of reflection and conversation.”
At Innermost House the Lorences heated their home, cooked their food and boiled their water over an open fire, while illuminating the dark woodland nights with beeswax candles. “The fireplace is where our conversation begins, just as it began a million years ago when human language and domesticated fire were born together.”
Facing the hearth on the other side of their 7 x 11-foot living room is a wall of favorite classic books.
Lorence continues, “All of our books have been carefully chosen over the years as contributing something essential to the Innermost Life. It is strange that it was not until I saw them all together, illuminated by the fire at Innermost House, that I realized nearly every one was first written by firelight.
REFLECTIONS FROM THE WOODS
She reflects, “The currents of the world flow against those who love and long for a truly simple life today. Before we came to the woods I moved with my husband more than twenty times, always in search of the Innermost Life that finally grew out of our need.
“I have learned that simplicity for me lies in loving with all my heart and all my soul and all my mind. I have made my way to a simple life by loving the one thing that matters most to me as if nothing else mattered at all. It is living for love that led me to the heart of what I call the Innermost Life.”
Since her first article appeared two years ago, Diana Lorence and Innermost House have been featured in House Beautiful, Fine Homebuilding, The Oregonian, Mother Earth Living, Green Style, The Examiner, Furniture and Home Fashion, Yahoo and AOL Homepages, Tiny House Blog, Fair Companies, and hundreds of websites, books and newspapers around the world in languages from Turkish, Arabic and Pakistani to Japanese and Chinese.
Of this first visit to Truckee, Lorence says, “I am delighted with this opportunity to make the acquaintance of your beautiful mountains and this lovely, historic town.”
Diana Lorence’s appearance in Truckee is generously made possible by the For Goodness Sake. Attendance is limited, so please make reservations by calling 530-550-8981.
To learn more about Diana Lorence’s Innermost House visit www.innermosthouse.com.