Rebecca Villarreal on the majesty of the world

March 29, 2021

Fresh out of college, a young writer accepts a job with an NGO, which takes her to Africa on several trips. The connections she makes there – with primates, with nature, with local communities – will give her a new perspective that lends her writing a sense of joy and delight.

The approach of outsiders coming in and telling people how to manage their land and their lives is wrong. (Rebecca Villarreal, 3:54)


Rebecca Villarreal is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderón, A Globetrotting Magical Mystery of Courage, Food & FriendshipBy day, she’s a community organizer who helps people of all ages to create innovative projects aimed at people 50 and over along with their families. Prior to that, she traveled to Africa gathering wildlife conservation stories in collaboration with local communities and later worked with education and corporate clients in public relations.






Drop Out on Orcas Documentary

Book Teaser for Selma Book Two from Italy

Huff Post Article including Mama Chelo

Mama Chelo poem and Life Lessons posts

Teaching for Change

The post with the delicious photo sent by Rebecca’s friend

African Wildlife Foundation

Wangari Maathai poem – Generation Asante

To learn more about Wangari Maathai, Founder of the Green Belt Movement, please visit: Wangari Maathai Tribute Film

Amboseli – Nora, Soila and Katito: Nature: Women of the Amboseli Trust

and Wildlife Warriors: Norah Njiraini and Katito Saiyalel | Amboseli Elephants

Tindi [Selma] Amadi (who inspired the main character in Rebecca’s novel):

Slow Food USA and Slow Food International

88 Cups of Tea

Heather Demetrios / Flow Lab

Advice for parents section

Free library apps: Hoopla Digital
and Overdrive and American book coach in Italy

Rebecca Villarreal on the majesty of the world
Rebecca Villarreal Official Author Photo by Tim Arroyo (1)