‘The Unruly Mystic: John Muir’ Premieres Monday In Los Alamos

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Watch the Los Alamos premiere of the new documentary “The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” on Monday, Feb. 4 at the Reel Deal Theater at 7 p.m. The film’s director Michael Conti and producer Heather Boyle will be in attendance and give a short Q & A after the film.

“The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” explores the remarkable life and influential works of the great conservationist John Muir. The film discussed the connection of nature and spirituality, using the life and wisdom of Muir, ecological preservationist and founder of Yosemite National Park, as a catalyst for how being outside in nature affects the lives of everyday people right now.

Muir played many roles in his life: mystic, prophet, author, poet, conservationist and radical — all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for nature. As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today.

Muir’s writings have profoundly shaped the ways in which we understand and envision our relationship with the natural world today. The film interviews noted psychiatrists, therapists, theologians, writers and every day people and asks them to discuss their relationship with nature and its transformative effect in their lives.

This film is 70 minutes long. Tickets are $12 and are available now at the Reel Deal box office. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is partnering with the filmmakers and the Reel Deal to bring this film to Los Alamos and this screening will also serve as a fundraiser for the organization.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) operates the Los Alamos Nature Center. For more information about this talk and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, emailprograms@peecnature.org or call (505) 662-0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.