Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
join Dori Midnight and Brittany Wood Nickerson for a winter open house
Warm yourself by the fire, gather together in community, sip magical teas and snack on delicious treats, and a chance to see what we've been brewing in out herbal apothecaries: elixirs, cordials, Charmed Honey, salves and creams, teas and tinctures, and more...
for more info, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
a tale...the long version.
(the short version follows below if you don't have time for fairy tales.)
Once upon a time there was a very small, but mighty witch who lived in a village in a wee cupcake castle with her baby unicorn and a miniature tiger. She dedicated her life to helping people heal from all the things they went through in their lives. She loved the people who came to see her for healing so much- all so beautiful in their own ways. When they sat across from her, she'd pour tea in their cup and see things- things that made her love them more. She could see their magic and the special light inside. She'd give them delicious elixirs or lay them down, put stones on top of them and wave plants over their bodies to make the light grow. When they left, they walked out of her cupcake house shinier and more themselves.
One day, she got sooooooo tired she thought she might like to find a nook in a tree with a mossy pillow and lay down for one hundred years.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
It's Autumn, people!
It's the new moon!
The trees are totally on fire, the ground is golden and so soft under my feet, and everything is turning inward. I though this would feel so scary to me, as I am a Californian to my core and basically like to channel lizards in the sun, but I am diving into the dark time with total abandon. It makes sense to my body to let my sap flow downwards and be underground for a while. The bears and turkeys have been feasting on the apples which land on the grass behind the house with a sweet thunk every so often, scaring me and Rainbow.
I am putting things in jars, making teas to support me in this transitional time, eating soup for a village, going to bed at 9:30, and sporting a new/old look of a lot of layers, including really warm wrist cuffs knitted for me about one billion years ago when I was but a wee lass by my fellow canning maven and cat whisperering magician, Jen Smith. Thank you Jen Jen!
It seems like more and more people are integrating healing work and activism, the spiritual and the political, and personal transformation and social justice. YES!
Here is what the organizers of c-integral say:
A new philosophy of leadership and practice of social change is emerging, one that grows out of an ethic of liberation, interdependence of all life, and the fullness of who we are. It values strategies and actions that embody courage, compassion and wisdom-directed social action for transformative change. This new leadership archetype is committed to service, personal transformation and spiritual growth; it takes on difficult issues and acts from inner sources of empathy, solidarity and love. This new leadership paradigm argues that personal transformation and the evolution of human consciousness manifests in social and planetary transformation.
Transformative practice holds personal and collective liberation at the center and develops balanced, harmonious and soul-filled leadership. In concert with skillful group process, reflective practice builds a reservoir of energy, a deep center of resilience, passion, hope and commitment that is always available to individuals in the midst of chaos and crises, great turmoil and difficulty, tension and conflict. These practices help us perceive incongruities in our own beliefs, values, feeling and behaviors, and seek to address these. At the same time, these practices enable us to bear witness to seemingly contradictory, irreconcilable and opposing views and perspectives—in ourselves and in others—without needing to resolve them. These practices help us learn to be comfortable with not knowing, with ambiguity and uncertainty. Through these practices we relearn how to see and be in the world.
Hallelujah and blessed be!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
there is still some space in this workshop I am co-facilitating . It's a great opportunity to be in community - especially if you find yourself carrying around a lot of grief, despair, anger, fear, and overwhelm about the state of things here on earth. It is based on Joanna Macy's The Work that Reconnects.
I am really excited about it and just wanted to pass the info along as a reminder... also if you know of anyone who might be interested, please share with your people!
TAKING HEART IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
An experiential healing and empowerment
gathering for those who care passionately
about our Earth and future generations.
Saturday, October 2nd
9:30am – 5:30pm
Through this healing gathering, together we will explore our deeply
felt responses to living at this moment in history, experience the
power of our intimate connection with the vast web of life, and learn
to support one another in creating life-sustaining cultures.
led by Paula Hendrick, Dori Midnight, and Luke Woodward
Paula Hendrick is a member of the Interhelp Council (www.interhelpnetwork.org) and a long-time student
and facilitator of Joanna Macy’s “The Work That Reconnects” - which is the foundation of this workshop.
Dori Midnight is a community educator, interfaith minister, and herbalist. She teaches workshops, leads rituals, and has a private counseling practice in Northampton, Ma and .
Luke Woodward is a community organizer who works at the intersection of economic and racial justice issues in queer and transgender communities. He is currently studying at the Smith School for Social Work.
$40 – Pre-registration required - no one turned away for lack of funds
All are welcome!
The Sacred Living Center
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I may really upset native plant societies here, but it's hard for me to get worked up about invasive plant species without talking about colonialism and stolen land. I deeply believe in habitat restoration and protection for native plants, and I also want the complexity of the issue to be on the table- why are we so excited about plant restoration but can't talk about colonialism and land rights for First Nations people? Anyway, these invasive plants are often good medicine and some people believe that they show up, ready for action, in response to imbalances on the planet.
Japanese knotweed, for example, is one of the primary anti-viral remedies used in treating Lyme disease and coincidentally has been spreading north up the Eastern Seaboard at the same rate, in the same areas as the spread of lyme-carrying ticks. The land has her own wisdom and sometimes we have to trust it.
Here are some of the medicinal properties of this plant, which is going wild in a patch of land behind my house: An anti-inflammatory, it helps the immune system to combat various infections, since inflammation helps blind the immune system to Borrelia and the activity of other infections in the body. The anti-inflammatory actions are exceptionally useful for Bartonella, which relies upon inflammation for its proliferation. And, as an anti-inflammatory, japanese knotweed relieves symptoms of arthritis.
Japanese Knotweed also modulates and enhances immune function in a number of ways, and is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. It is known to kill some varieties of spirochetes, and that may even include Borrelia (though data on its effectiveness as a Borrelia killer is unknown to me).
Japanese knotweed protects the body against neurotoxin damage, so that central nervous system symptoms are reduced, at the same time that it increases blood flow and transport of Lyme treatments to hard-to-reach areas of the body, such as the eye, heart, skin and joints.
It is an antioxidant that also helps to reduce Herxheimer reactions. Finally (but not, since it does so much more) it protects the heart and helps reduce symptoms of Lyme carditis.
I have been thinking of my friend Colby, who has been battling late diagnosed Lyme disease and it's co-infections for a while. Colby is an amazing and inspiring human with a huge heart and a fierce commitment to justice. While I was making this essence, she was on my mind and in my heart big time.
The existence of Lyme disease makes a lot of people, including me, afraid of the woods and freaked out by being in nature. I come home from my daily walks and strip down, examine every nook and cranny, and take a fine tooth comb to my wooly dog. Last week, after pulling 5 deer ticks off Rainbow, I held one in my hand. I tried to look at it with eyes of love and forgiveness, to pour compassion on this creature, who was possibly carrying spirochetes in it's tiny body that destroy so many people's lives. It was work, I tell ya. Instead, I felt such a geyser of anger rise in me- a very specific anger at this sesame seed sized being, for Colby and for Judith, my friends whose lives are completely changed by this. So, as it crawled around the piece of paper on my hand, I screamed at it about consipiracy, health insurance, misdiagnosis, ketamine drips, brain inflammation, the prison industrial complex, chronic pain, not being able to relax and lay down in the grass ever again, migraines, medical bills, and babeseosis.
I ended up crying on the floor. No one, not even me, loves the ticks. I mean really, what is it like to be a being who everyone hates/fears, like a tick or an invasive plant that people organize to eradicate? And what about my commitment to "all of us or none" and non-violence? It's there, but so is my anger. I realize that the ticks are suffering too. It seems like no coincidence that the plant that is rising up to help us heal from this disease is an invasive plant, encouraging us to bow to what we fear and find the remedy in what we are taught to hate.
I said a prayer for healing, healing for the deer and the mice, for the ticks and the bacteria, for the people struggling daily with lyme disease and other chronic conditions, and for all of us.
Then I flushed it down the toilet.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I think this (as well as the attack on the flotilla in Israel and all the other injustices we hear about or witness), is weighing heavy on us and it feels like it's time to come together in community and be in solidarity with all life. As much as the earth needs our tears and for us to feel what it is happening, we also need to ensure we don't get stuck in despair, shut down, or isolation. The solstice is a beautiful opportunity to make magic.
If you're in Western Mass, come out , rain or shine.
Solstice Gathering for Healing the Waters
~ meet next to the boathouse at
2:45~ we'll walk together to a quieter spot on the river
In this time of great devastation as over 75 million gallons of oil continue to spill into the , many of us feel heartbroken and overwhelmed. Some of us feel shut down as well, because of the enormity of this disaster. Let's get together to stand in solidarity with the people and beings of the Gulf, honor the oceans, and do what we can to help the waters heal.
Bring a bucket or bowl and your songs, children, instruments, offerings, prayers (or whatever you want to call it), silence, plants, healing gifts, etc... and a snack for sharing at the end (we need to be well fed!)
Please pass it on
any questions or if you want to help/have ideas:
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
It's hard to believe, but this is my first real garden.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
It's the full moon so it's time to write. I can't really decide what to write about. One thing is that I looked out my window yesterday and saw a bear in the backyard, just snacking on some pear tree.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Please RSVP to
You are invited to a playful and sensual evening exploring the world of botanica erotica. Learn about how to use herbs to boost your health, vitality and libido. There will be a presentation on with a focus on herbal aphrodisiacs. We'll taste herbal elixirs made with herbs like damiana, vanilla, cardamom, chocolate and rose and talk about how to use them to spice up your love life. Herbal recipies will be presented and we'll also demonstrate how to make some of your own botanica erotica products.
Lecture and discussion led by local grass-roots herbalist, Atava Garcia Swiecicki. Atava has been studying herbal medicine for 20 years and loves to turn people on the amazing world of medicinal plants. Atava teaches herbalism, sees clients in her private practice and runs her small herbal business, Ancestral Apothecary, in Oakland .
Ancestral will be on sale at this event. Products include Power Mushrooms Extracts, Elderberry Cordial, Damiana Cordial, Siete Flores, and some few special sexy .
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tonight the moon will eclipse and the Sabian Symbol for the moment (11:11pm here on the west coast) is "Radiant sprite dances upon the mist of a waterfall (each degree of the wheel has a symbol channeled by a person in 1925. weird and amazing. here is more.)