HIPPIE CHICK

Coming of Age in the '60s

By Ilene English, M.A., LMFT

Hippie Chick is about a rebellious teenager who finds her mother dead in the bathroom. Living alone with a difficult father, her older sister sends her a one-way plane ticket to leave New Jersey. Landing in San Francisco, she is thrust into a lifestyle way beyond what she is ready for, and that challenges all previous notions of how one behaves. It is 1963, and we are brought along as she becomes immersed in the unfolding of the Sixties during the earliest days of sexual freedom, psychedelic drugs, the jazz scene and rock n’ roll.

Hippie Chick is a deeply personal story of how one young woman manages to survive and even to thrive in the face of the whirlwind of experiences coming at her. It is filled with a rich tapestry of moments that run the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous (and everything in between). “To have lived all of this (with such relish!), loved and lost so many times, and emerged as someone centered in a career, happily married, with a grown daughter who loves her: that is something to be proud of and amazed by”.

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"Sarah Grace was eighteen months old when Larry left.  I went from being a professor's wife to a welfare mother, from being a family to being a single mom. For seven years Larry had been the one person I counted on in this world.  I somehow thought if I gave up everything for him, he would love me forever.  And over and over, I gave up what I thought I wanted for the closest thing I knew to a healthy relationship. Somehow, I had good instincts to want something healthy, but sadly, I didn't know what healthy was. It's not a healthy relationship when one person feels they have to give up their dreams in order to be loved."

5th Birthday, Eugene, Oregon

Ilene was an early psychedelic pioneer, experimenting with LSD during a time when it was still legal, and its effects not yet fully comprehended. During the early sixties, she, along with an entire community of fellow trippers, innocently thought that they could change the world into one that valued love over materialism, particularly though the use of psychedelic drugs.
 
Years later, Ilene is now a licensed psychotherapist. She helps people reunite with their innate wisdom, so they can experience more of the love, connection and happiness that she believes is every human’s birthright.  She helps people develop a deep knowing of who they are and what they stand for. 

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