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This is a place where I share ideas about remembering seasonal cycles, relating with plant medicines, connecting with the ancient wisdom of our peoples, and facing some of the challenges of ancestral healing work. I hope you may find something here useful to your process.

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December 21, 2018

Recently, somewhere in the stack on my bedside table of books that remind me of my people’s old traditions (which, admittedly, I read before sleep and all become enmeshed together in my mind), regarding the midwinter solstice, I read something like:

This is a day to sta...

November 29, 2018

Good news: We live in a world that's alive. Not a flat, dead environment filled with mechanical objects bumping in to each other, but a living orchestra of form and spirit.

And everyone who is here--literally everyone, from stones to dandelions to congresspeople--comes...

November 4, 2018

I notice that this time of year, when there are many traditional festivals and practices of feasting and honoring the ancestors, that my social media is full of beautiful images of altars and face paint and flowers and candles and food laid out for the dead.

And it occu...

October 9, 2018

Many of us arrive to the Ancestral Lineage Healing work with a profound sense of loss, and disconnect from the healthy version of our own people—including the intact roots of our people’s cultures.

This is especially true for any of us whose people have interacted with...

September 20, 2018

No matter what part of the climate imbalance we are in, the seasons are turning, the length of light is changing. And pretty much all of our people, for most of time, have gathered at these moments at the quarters of the year, to pray and make offering and to appeal to...

August 16, 2018

Here is a plant many of us may know, but few of us really remember: flax. For my people from Old Europe, this plant is so sacred, has been living with us a long time. Has offered us fiber for spinning into cloth, has offered us seeds for eating and medicine, and has of...

July 2, 2018

 All, I am really excited that colleague Elsa Asher and I are going to start holding space for a monthly circle here in the North Bay.

This circle is an affordable, relaxed way to stay in the rhythm of the work and be in community with other folks who are engaging in li...

June 19, 2018

We're at the height of the sun, now--when everything is open and outwardly heaving, when there are so many things calling out and dying away that it can feel hard to keep track.

But it's here, around this shortest night, that all of our people have built fires and burne...

June 2, 2018

It makes our ritual more effective when we show up with care and intent. This care, and our intent, can be manifest in any number of ways, but (like most things) it's the heart-feeling that counts. In this world when there is so much good work to do, and many of us hav...

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