Author's Note


Seven years ago, I began weekly interviews with 80 year old Polish-Canadian naturalist, Mary Majka.  At the time, I didn't know if her life would ever become a book, but something in me knew her story was important and that it was imperative to gather her memories as a record for future generations. And for myself, I wanted to know what it took to become a woman like her.

It has been a long, difficult journey during which I not only learned the hidden stories of her life, but also a great many wisdoms for my own.

The result is Sanctuary.

It is the story of how a young Polish girl named Marysia faced sorrow, loss and war alone, and through this discovered a healing connection to nature. It is the story of how she evolved into the award-winning woman known as Mary Majka, who played a key role in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of New Brunswick and encouraged others to pursue their passion and make their own mark on the world.

But beneath all this, it is the universal story of finding sanctuary – of achieving that sacred place of acceptance and refuge, both in the world and within the soul.