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He’s been called an Indiana Jones of the spirit. In his first book, In Search of Simplicity, released in the Far North in 2009, local author John Haines chronicled his exciting, serendipitous journey around the world in search of the meaning of life. Inspired especially by the simple living villagers of the Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea and by the Hunzas in their Shangri La-like mountain stronghold at the top of the world in Northern Pakistan, Canadian-born John Haines followed a series of inexplicable messages to begin to live the ‘Good Life’ in the high deserts of Northern New Mexico, to a place he’d never been before. What he didn’t know at the time was that New Mexico was only one of many stops along a circuitous path that eventually brought him and his family to a somewhat more settled existence in the Far North.

Unlike his first book, which could be called a spiritual travel adventure story, John Haines’ eagerly anticipated sequel is more of a spiritual gardening adventure than a travel saga. 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, New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands. 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 his growing family’s sometimes faltering attempts to live the dream; to live simply, nobly and in harmony with nature and each other; to live an unfettered life, unplugged from the grid 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 an international gold mining company intent on developing an open pit mine literally on the other side of the fence—proving in this instance that an escape from the rat race is not always easy.

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. As one New Zealand reviewer recently wrote, ‘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) Like all life stories this one is not all a bed of roses. Haines shares with us how he overcame a battle with depression and the near loss of his marriage through perseverance and the will to make things work: naturally, of course!

In Beyond the Search Haines challenges some of today’s popular assumptions, suggesting we’re not merely victims of the weather, but co-conspirators in its creation. And if you’re having trouble with possums, read this book. I say no more.

John Haines lives today with his family in Coopers Beach. When he’s not writing he can be found on Doubtless Bay Family Radio or assisting patrons at the Kaitaia Public Library. His books are available in your local bookshop or by contacting the author directly at (09) 4060149. John is an inspiring speaker and is available for talks in the area. For more on John and his books visit or

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit:

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews


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Here John Haines describes having and recovering from spinal meningitis twice in his life—at the ages of four and twenty-eight. He goes on to speak of how his second encounter with this serious illness changed his perspective and his subsequent travels.

John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

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This is the beginning of a talk given by John Haines for the Mangonui Lions in New Zealand August 20, 2009 and includes a humorous Grizzly Bear story. At the end of this clip John asks of his audience, “Is life a random walk or is there a thread of meaning and synchronicity woven through our existence?”

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John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

In a few hours time I’ll be interviewed by Theresa Chaze on Blog Talk Radio. The links are below. Obviously, it’s possible to listen to the recorded show later if you can’t tune in live.



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John Haines’ Search for Simplicity

September 7, 2008

by Jason Rip

Special To The News

He has been called an Indiana Jones of the spirit.

John Haines’ life has taken him from business executive to global adventurer to author. His first book, In Search of Simplicity, chronicles the many exciting – and enlightening – changes and coincidences in his life so far.

It started with Haines being one of six Westerners involved in a Kashmir plane hijacking. The hijackers had threatened to blow up the plane and, as Haines reports, when that worse case scenario didn’t play out, the passengers cheered, jumped for joy, and even hugged their assailants. That was when Haines knew that his sedate life as a manager for Bell Canada International was crying out for a change.

What follows is a long string of epic adventures: being grabbed by a “ghost” in the Himalayas (a mysterious hand grabbed his ankle and wouldn’t let go while he sheltered in the dark shadow of a glacier), hitch-hiking through New Zealand, where he now resides, and contracting spinal meningitis in Norway. This latter adventure saw Haines slipping into a coma, waking just in time to tell the doctor that he was allergic to penicillin, and then slipping right back into it.

Aside from his transition from the corporate life to the life of a world traveler, Haines has increasingly felt the need to “do more than live the life, but share it.” He describes his new book as “an autobiographical travel adventure story that reads like a novel.” It claims to probe into the true nature of “so-called coincidences,” and empower its readers with the potential for “personal awakening.”

Haines feels a deep connection to Tillsonburg. His mother Audrey lives here and he is able to make the visit back every few years. In addition to his writing, Haines is also a radio host, a natural health instructor, and a conductor of “playshops” in voice, sound, and expression.

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