The Book

Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope

One woman’s death-defying, life-affirming journey on the open ocean.


About the Book

Heather Lyn Mann was a battle–weary environmental advocate in Madison, Wisconsin, struggling over what to do about climate change when she and her husband decided to explore the Atlantic on a small sloop. This memoir of six years living afloat is a chronological unfolding of disasters and discoveries—life–threatening storms, the boredom of isolation, societies on the brink of extinction, sinking ships, colorful Caribbean characters, near collisions, a pirate scare, and more. Throughout, the ocean becomes Mann’s teacher, transforming her with uncompromising lessons on how to harmonize with natural order, the exact moments and ways to let in fearlessness, resilience, happiness, impermanence, balance, compassion, skillful action, and beginner’s mind.

Heather’s suspenseful, sometimes hilarious, and always heart–warming journey of body and mind, shaped by ancient teachings, entertains as it charts depths and danger zones. Arm–chair adventurers, spiritual seekers, and the climate concerned will navigate tumultuous waters and arrive together on the shore of planetary well–being.


Conversations & Excerpts

Click here to read the first pages of Chapter 1: Fear

Click here for audio recordings of author readings


Click here to see photos depicting my six-years at sea



Click here to read some Ocean of Insight buzz 


Click These Links for Your Copy (Trade Paperback or E-Book)


Barnes and Nobel



A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope
by Heather Lyn Mann
Trade paper original, 5½” x 8¼”, 304 pages 
ISBN 978-1941529300, $22.95 
eBook ISBN 978-1941529317, $12.99
Publishing October 18, 2016


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