Your Life is a Poem

We think of our lives like a timeline but, really, they are poems just waiting to be experienced. Poetry has always fascinated me. Like moonshine spirits, poetry holds an essence that is both distilled and incandescently free. It belongs to no one but itself, and it captivates you totally. In poetry the true magic…

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Cycles of Healing

Healing is about communing with the cycles. Like the circles of sun and tide and horizon, our lives are intimately guided, nudged and nurtured by cycles. Winter, spring, summer and fall. The dry season, the monsoon. The cycle of seed, flower, fruit. The wheel of constellations through the night sky. Maiden, mother, crone….

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A Living Library

Libraries have always held a special kind of magic for me. Worn wooden tables and the caramel scent of ancient paper. The swirl of soft dust and quiet imagination in afternoon light. Each book stack like a multicolored canyon of mystery. A landscape formed by the desire to explore beyond the island of what…

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Matrilineal Magic

There is a thread that runs through the long tapestry of time. A line that connects us back to our grandmothers and great grandmothers and the lineage of womyn who came before. On a loom, each downward string is called a warp. Like time, these warp strings are the backbone that holds…

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The Mainstream

I’ve always been drawn to the water. As a child I would spend hours gliding underneath the surface of the YMCA pool imagining I was a dolphin. I remember believing that, given the chance, I could call to the whales and they would call back. In the water, I felt I could speak a…

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Dadirri Days

I have always felt happiest with long hours of quietude. Days spent in contemplation, doing small mindful things like winding yarn, watching shadows or gathering stones. Ever since I was a child I yearned for such inner imaginary time, silent moments of pause when I could reflect back on my day, my mood, my life,…

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Interview: Sylvia Linsteadt + Elk Lines

The rugged and fog-softened beauty of the California coast. Myths, mysticism and re-wilding. Warm pots of tea and delightful trails through time-warn fables. This month I am delighted to be sharing an interview with one of my favorite authors alive– Sylvia Victor Linsteadt. Sylvia is both shamaness and wordsmith, a creator and collector…

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The Woodland Within

This Fall I am delighted to be offering a fresh workshop at the HerbFolk Gathering. This herbal rendezvous, which takes place in the wilds of Northern Arizona, is one of the most inspired plant gatherings in our country. This year the gathering is stepping into a brand new incarnation of classes focused on folk tradition,…

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