Musings

Hindsight Is 2020

Hindsight is indeed 2020 and recapitulation is a powerful way to create healing, growth and understanding. I view Solstice as the beginning of the year, as we turn once again toward the light. I use this time to take down my mesa (altar) and clean the area that has been [...]

Unexpected Blessings

She prefers to open her flowers in the morning and evening when it's cooler   I'm a creative gardener.  That's what I call it anyway.  I've got a live and let live mentality with most of the plants in my gardens, and I do my best to plant [...]

December 2019: Solstice Medicine

Welcome to the last month of the decade! Quite a journey it's been, yes?  How far have you come since 2010?  How much has changed in your life? I'm looking forward to the turning of the wheel at Winter Solstice, December 21st, when I will take down my mesa (altar) [...]

November 2019: Retreat Fun!

We had such a fun retreat weekend for the mentorship students! And starting in April, 2020, Retreats will be open to the public. I'm excited to announce that our next retreat is April 17 - 19, in the mountains of WNC, right near Asheville, NC.  We'll spend 3 days at [...]

September: Shamanic Training

About 16 years ago people started asking me to train them in the shamanic practices that I was using in my daily life and with private clients, and to offer more than the semi-regular workshops that I was sharing. Up to that point, it hadn't occurred to me to train [...]

End of Life Thoughts

In our most recent online Shamanic Mentorship session, we explored our theme for the month:  Freedom, while diving into the work of looking at our own death, and the freedom that comes from going back into the Oneness. It's not always an easy conversation to have, discussing our mortality and [...]

Mountain Freedom

When I sit on top of a mountain, overlooking sweeping vistas and communing with pristine nature, I feel free.  Making offerings and being in ritual expands my sense of internal freedom and my connection with Earth, and all beings. I’m deeply grateful that I have the freedom to drive up [...]

My First Visit to the Jungle

My first visit to the jungle of Peru and my first tree dieta, which was done in town.  I learned quickly that this is not the best way to be in dieta, as it is important to truly be alone with the jungle and medicine trees.  My relationship with the [...]

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