Happiness is Green


Donna only daydreams of pulling up stakes and starting a new life, until an impetuous decision catapults her on a soul-changing journey in the Amazon rainforest. Tested mentally, physically and spiritually it is hard for her to feel lost in the wilderness when pure joy pounds in her heart. Written with stirring poignancy, laugh-out-loud humour and deep compassion, Donna captures her real-life experiences of isolation, challenges, and the true beauty of the Amazon rainforest where she taps into a wordless knowledge to recognise it was her wild self who coerced her to travel over ten thousand miles so it could unleash itself.

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Book Reviews

Like a contemporary Jane, Donna describes her experiences in the Amazonian area of French Guinea in a hilarious tone. She proves you don’t need Tarzan to worry about the well-being of the rainforests.
—Chris Honingh, The Pool: Fabulous Short Stories

The tapestry of life is woven of many fine threads, each a path and choice through life. While some people experience a deep awakening, others have a profound course change in life. The lucky have both. Happiness is Green is a well written and interesting book that takes the reader along the author’s journey, through dialogue conveyed with honesty, wit and from the heart. Connecting to the natural world can be life-changing. The big takeaway for me is the fact none of us knows the direction life will take us. It is only when we open our heart and eyes that opportunities present themselves. Bravo to all who have the courage to travel the meandering lane to the unknown.
—Ron Melchiore, Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness

Happiness is Green is a beautifully written book of one woman’s journey to find true health by reconnecting with nature. Donna Mulvenna’s story of her powerful relationship with a tree who shared so much wisdom with her is so touching and moving. This is such an important book for the times we live in. And it is a truly a stunning story!!
—Sandra Ingerman, Soul Retrieval

In Happiness is Green, author Donna Mulvenna leaves behind a world of possessions in order to find a more meaningful place where she will find true happiness. After the silent echoes of “get out into nature” haunt her, she pursues a life in the French Guiana with her new partner Frank. In the green equatorial jungle, where there is no twilight, she finds exotic, humorous, and sometimes dangerous experiences. Her breathtaking, honest, and riveting prose takes the readers into the uncanny wild of the Amazon. This ride is a journey for all of us suffering through the downfalls and anxieties of a capitalist lifestyle. Donna exposes a new happiness found in the Amazonian rainforest–a return to nature and the wonder it brings.
—Mary Woodbury, Winds of Change

For anyone who has ever dreamed of ditching corporate life for a foray into the wilds of nature and all the adventures that come with such a move, this book is for you. Its pages will allow you to travel vicariously, fascinated and inspired, as you watch Mulvenna’s adventure unfold. Her words might also shake something in your own soul, telling you it’s time to pick up and go.
—Jennie Goutet, Stars Upside Down

Donna Mulvenna is not trying to recreate a soft life in the jungle: She’s seeking something deeper. Bit by bit, with each new monkey or lizard, each tea-colored river, each sweaty foray into the green world, she gets her bearings and starts to uncover a new spiritual depth.
—Maria Theresa Stadtmueller, Songs That Are To Come

Deeply personal, moving, funny, and satisfying … Reading Donna Mulvenna is like having a heart-to-heart with your best friend about the things that truly matter.
—Jessica Groenendijk, The Giant Otter: Giants of the Amazon

 Rich, vibrant, and captivating like the Amazon rainforest. This dive into the wild will inspire you to rekindle a connection with the natural world, and yourself, anywhere you are.
—Sylvia Heike, Pushcart and Best of the Net nominated author



Donna Mulvenna is a horticulturist, whose journey as a nature writer began when she moved to the Amazon rainforest. Donna is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers, and the author of Happiness is Green, Wild Roots—Coming Alive in the French Amazon, and The Awe of Nature. She co-authored All Things Breathe Alike: A Wildlife Anthology, and is the co-editor of Tales of the River: An Anthology of River Literature.

Book Details

This is a Whirlwind title: Short books with bracing impact

Author: Donna Mulvenna
Release date: September 1, 2018
RRP: AU$29.99 (pbk), 9.99 (ebk)
Territory: English language market
Format: Paperback and eBook
Size: 203 x 128 mm
Pages: 222pp
ISBNs: 978-1-925856-00-2 (pbk), 978-1-925856-01-9 (ebk)