Lyon Books presents Paradise author Garth Nielsen, who will be reading from and signing his new book, Odyssey of a Spiritual Nomad. In this memoir Garth Nielsen has described his spiritual walk among diverse Native American elders and spiritual leaders. His walk on the Red Road began as a young boy in northern Nevada. He spent many years in upstate New York and in southern Arizona listening to the words of The People. He traveled across the nation many times, seeking understanding and a deepening of his spiritual commitment to both the Red Road and the Jesus Road. At 75 years of age, he tells his story that culminated with his membership in the 1994 Pomo Peace Caravan to Chiapas, Mexico, the first caravan to take humanitarian aid to the Zapatista Freedom Fighters.
Garth Nielsen was born in Glendale, California, in 1938. He grew up in Nevada and has had a love of the high deserts all his life. Garth has also lived in Oregon, New York, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. As an adult, he was adopted in private ceremonies by the Hau-de-no-sau-nee (Iroquois). Garth has been guided in his life to embrace and become one with Native American traditional ceremonies. He feels that he has been blessed by being able to participate in these ceremonies and to be able to talk with many traditional elders over the years.
Garth spent many years working with physically and sexually abused children in New York and in Arizona. After moving to California, he volunteered with the Magalia Boys and Girls Club and was honored as the Volunteer of the Year in 2012. Garth is retired, and he and his wife, Barbara, live in Paradise, California. Odyssey of a Spiritual Nomad is his first book. Garth has written this book as a way of saying thank you to all those who have reached out their hands in friendship over the years.
In the spring, Petroglyphs, a collection of short stories and essays, and a children’s book, The Winter Gift, will be published.
This event at Lyon Books is free and open to the public.