Sorange Castillo applauds Austin for its wealth of natural resources, like the stream (shown here) beneath Barton Springs Pool, where fishermen reel in bass, catfish, sunfish, and carp.
Sorange Castillo is a mother and (if you can believe it) a grandmother. She believes nature is the source of health and well-being in herself and her daughters. That’s why she moon bathes in the nude, gets outdoors in all four seasons, and interviews in trees for the Wild Family documentary. Discussing the importance of nature in her family life, Sorange tells us, “Loving our children, loving our parents, loving our society, loving ourselves, loving our future—it all comes from how deep and well we love our earth.”
“The most powerful thing in the world is a child who knows her worth.” —Sorange Castillo
Sorange, who hails from Venezuela, tells the story of a trip she took with one of her daughters to White Sands National Monument, in New Mexico. When the sun went down, the two of them found themselves in the dark, in the middle of the 275-square-mile field of white sand dunes. Lost. When Sorange insisted on walking in one direction, her daughter sat down, refusing to go that way. Sorange asked her daughter which way she thought they should go, inviting her daughter’s input, and trusting her daughter’s sense of direction. Listening to her daughter saved her life. “If you tell a child exactly where something is, she won’t make an effort to look for it,” she says.
Sorange tells us she prefers home schooling for her daughter, but she allows her daughter to attend public school, because this is her daughter’s decision. In Sorange’s experience, children must be allowed and encouraged to make choices for themselves. They need freedoms like these in order to be strong, healthy, independent, and smart. Although she embraces her daughter’s choice to attend public school, to her, nature is the ultimate school, where children learn life lessons. Outdoors, they face natural consequences and learn to come up with natural solutions. “Nature makes children the owners of their own actions,” she says.