Diana Lorence of ‘Innermost House’ to speak in Truckee | SierraSun.com

Diana Lorence of ‘Innermost House’ to speak in Truckee

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Catch Diana Lorence of Innermost House at For Goodness Sake in Truckee this Friday.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — For seven years, Diana Lorence and her husband lived in an unelectrified, 12-by-12-foot house they built themselves, hidden in the woods of Northern California, in a world lit only by fire.

Diana and Michael Lorence will speak about their simple, contemplative life in the woods and the relationships it made possible on Friday, May 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the For Goodness Sake Spiritual Center, 10157 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.

Three years ago Diana Lorence emerged from her seclusion with a first essay that has been read by more than a million people.

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,” she wrote.

She also reflects, “Our years in the woods made possible for me a depth of love and experience that transcends all worldly distinctions, and has remained with me out in the world.”

Last August, Lorence spoke at For Goodness Sake. Of this return visit to Truckee, she says, “I am so looking forward to visiting the beautiful Sierra Nevada again, and enjoying an evening together with the warm, lively and sensitive people I met in Truckee last year.”

To learn more about Diana and Michael Lorence’s Innermost House, visit innermosthouse.com.

For event information, call For Goodness Sake at 530-550-8981, email info@goodnesssake.org, or visit goodnesssake.org.