“Reading this magic book is like drinking from a fresh wellspring deep in the mountains; it slowly returns one to sanity.”
– David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous
Intimate and evocative, The Abundance of Less profiles ten men and women who have left mainstream life in urban Japan to live surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, friends, delicious food, and an abundance of time.
Drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom and culture, these pioneers describe the profound personal transformations they underwent as they escaped the stress, consumerism, busyness, and dependence on technology of modern life. This book tells of their fulfilling lives as artists, philosophers, and farmers who rely on themselves for happiness and sustenance. By inviting readers to enter into the essence of these individuals’ days, Couturier shows us how we too can bring more meaning and richness to our own lives.