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It Belongs to the Wind and the Rain

I wrote this essay in 2015.   As I walk around the spiral, I see that I have come to a place that seems similar to this one again…a place of vulnerability and looking at the things that I need to nourish and heal in my life and my work.   I feel less afraid than I […]

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Summer Solstice Plants

Summertime. The word Solstice means “pause”. My shamanic teachers have offered wisdom to me about this time of year as not a waning but a widening, an expansion of the earth’s energies and a great time of manifestation. At Summer Solstice, the energy of the earth is fully activated from the deepest parts of the […]

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Comfrey-Mother Protector

The Comfrey plants are leaning over, heavy with the rain that has fallen overnight. The sun shines now as I sit with the Comfrey. Many bees buzz around…many, many bees. The Comfrey stands about 5 feet tall. The vibrant, bright green leaves have indentations that resemble veins and arteries, or a river with many paths […]

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Wild Roses~What is Personal and Invisible

It has been many years since I discovered the wild roses growing in abundance on our land.   We moved here in December and I did not know that the thicket down on the land was over an acre of roses.  It has been a beautiful and miraculous journey since then. I have always had […]

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From My Sources of Connection and Spirit

I have been experiencing some miraculous benefaction in my life right now. And, I have also been experiencing some extremely frustrating and angry feelings at the same time. What has happened? I have been having some light headedness and dizziness lately. And the thing is that I have been on a journey to drink nourishing […]

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The Journey of the Rose~A Shamanic Herbal Tale in Three Parts

I wrote these essays eleven years ago.   I am still on my journey with rose after so many years.  Her teachings continue to inspire and deepen year after year.  Part 1 ~ Love and Beauty at your Doorstep I am looking forward to the blooming of the wild roses this year. Each day making my […]

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This is the Kind of Herbalist I Am

I am a shamanic herbalist. I communicate with the plants around me as companions and wisdom teachers. I have developed intimate relationships with the plants w ith which I live. I seek them as teachers. They have told me that they want me to constantly be talking to them. I also eat these plants and […]

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Ignited in Me Was the Wise Woman

I have been on the spiral path of the wise woman for more than 20 years now. Before that first step onto the path, I was a therapeutic teacher at a school for homeless children in Seattle. It was very stressful and joyful work. My energy was depleted in ways that I didn’t realize at […]

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The Wisdom of the Trees

Shamanic Herbalism is the oldest way of healing on our planet. In this tradition of healing, most of what is experienced is invisible. We start out in the quiet of our yards and garden, and we expand our consciousness with breath and intention into the invisible realms. It is in these realms of expansion that […]

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Sometimes It Helps to Not Have Any Expectations

Today, being the Women’s March and many women and men out in the streets standing for freedom, equality, respect and peace. I am standing with them. I am home though on the land where I live on Whidbey Island. I went out for a short walk this morning. Sometimes I have a craving when I […]

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