I come from Southern Oregon, where I grew up in the forest. I love my family of origin and my family of friends, and I am on a path of learning how to be in healthy, joyful partnership with myself, my beloved, my community, the land… My heart’s dream is to live in a “village” of thriving, whole people evolving a culture of healing our hearts and the world we inhabit: growing and foraging for food and medicine, caring for animals, turning the abundance of harvest into delicious nourishment and sharing it, preserving food, working together with loved-ones to create a home, coming together at the end of the day to share stories and laughter around a fire. A village needs true elders, wise ones who have come through layers of initiation intact and in humble service to the benefit of all. I aspire to someday be an elder.
I’m interested in feminine mysteries (The Red Tent), healing the relationship between masculine and feminine energies (and people!), the idea of initiation and how it takes place in modern society vs. indigenous cultures. I have worked as a certified Waldorf teacher, a Leader of Ceremonies, Red Tent facilitator, Clutter Clearer, Chef/Coordinator for Primitive Skills Gatherings and Grief Rituals, Singer, Dancer, Retreat Planner and Experiential Artist working with Plant Medicine Allies (non-psychoactive) and Chakra Integration Journeys aided by drumming. I am currently very excited to be creating retreats for (so far) women on the theme of pilgrimages exploring inner and outer landscapes. The process feels like a collaboration with this land where I find myself living, getting to know the Beings who have lived here for much longer than I, and of course getting to know myself more profoundly.
Coming to live/work/play/grow at House of Aromatics feels like a natural continuation of my path of learning with the Plant Beings. I am grateful.