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Beyond the Search

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2011 at 4:25 am

Beyond the Search chronicles the author’s profound experiences and experiments with Truth, simplicity, self-sufficiency and the Spirit of Nature in New Mexico, Arizona and beyond. Although it is the sequel to In Search of Simplicity it is a complete volume in its own right.

Beyond the Search describes in an enjoyable, easy-to-read style John and Lucia Haines’ attempts to live the dream; to live simply, nobly and in harmony with nature and each other; to live an unfettered life, unplugged and disconnected from all forms of media, while remaining connected to the messages coming from nature and within.

It is a story of challenges and adventures—from rattlesnakes and a devastating hailstorm to a an international gold mining company intent on developing an open pit mine on the other side of the fence.

Beyond the Search is a triumph of the spirit. It is an inspiration to anyone wishing to live a little more simply, a little healthier and more connected with nature and each other.


Click here to hear the author read from the book

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101

“Beyond the Search is an intimate sharing of John and Lucia’s intended dream existence of Self Sufficiency. They walk their talk together, leading by example through the pitfalls and rewards and all that is encountered to pursue their quest. A huge learning curve for them, and perhaps for YOU too, if you choose to journey with them through these pages.”

Rose Lyn De Garis, Adelaide, Australia

“John Haines continues his life story and his spiritual search in “Beyond the Search”. In this follow up to “In Search of Simplicity” there are more travel stories and itchy feet descriptions of parts of the Netherlands, New Mexico and New Zealand. Now with the responsibilities of children and the duties of marriage the author’s spiritual search narrows to relationships and nature. And it is in his descriptions of this that true spirituality emerges. Despite outward dramatic events the author and his writing become imbued with more and more stillness, spaciousness and peacefulness. Along the way we are given practical and often esoteric information on relating to nature and how to make a garden flourish.

This is an inspirational book. The reader is left thinking: that if they (John, Lucia and the children) can survive the challenges of relationship, the forces of nature (snakes and violent thunderstorms to name just two!), health problems and the mad society we live in, well then I can too.

It is how they do this that provides the heart of the book.

One example. On arriving in New Zealand all their photographic and documentary history was stolen. They responded to this disaster rather than reacted. Did this clean out mean they should stay, as planned, in New Zealand or were they being told to go? Both John and Lucia answered the unspoken question intuitively – it meant a clean slate – and they would stay. It is not often we approach life with a clean slate as we carry our past around with us as memory. The author and his wife saw the theft as an opportunity to begin life anew. Beginning life anew moment to moment is something all the spiritual teachings say is the Way. They recognized this, settled and still live in New Zealand. May the next book come soon.”

 Peter Bligh


Book Trailers and More

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2011 at 3:19 am



John in the Hunza 1987


John and friends in the Hunza 1987


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Hunza: 7700 metre Mount Rakiposhi, the highest mountain from base to summit in the world.