Inner Earth Healing
I started this practice 5 years ago to facilitate a connection with earth medicine, plant human relationship. Herbalism is a multi faceted discipline which is reflected in my practice, flowing from effective, simple and holistic healing for colds, flus, scrapes, bumps, aches and breaks to the more shifty and deceptive physical discomfort visible as insomnia, digestive woes, inflammation and autoimmune flare ups. To be able to recognize the archetypes and patterns that help match the herb to the person, to be grounded in due diligence of a herbalist with the hours of daily research, debunking and ongoing comparison of herbal case studies that this practice entails is a privilege. One that I am grateful to share with you.
Herbal Salons, Classes and Herbal Conferences
Exciting Herbal Classes
I have been teaching locally and in the Pacific Northwest area now for the last five years as well as lecturing at herbal Conferences around the US and organising The Green Gathering. I hold classes in in the Skagit Valley area, my most popular being the monthly Herbal Salon in Stanwood WA, a class that focuses on in the field identification, hands on medicine making and connections. During these classes you will come away with lots of information in your hands and more often than not some new friends, recipes and gorgeous herbal goodies from herbs wildcrafted locally. The best way to be informed about what I do is to sign up to my once monthly news letter where I post classes, descriptions and dates.
Wild Land Dreaming
My occasional Blog on Plant Spirit Medicine
Hailing from the Celtic region that gave birth to the Druids, the British Isles and Ireland, I have been aware of the relationship that was long ago celebrated by them. Nowadays it is almost impossible to imagine what is was like to really live with the trees, to know them so intimately that they became a symbolic way of communicating earth lore. And, indeed, we have little knowledge passed down from that era. You have to dig deep like the trees themselves and it is far from the Hollywood ideal we may imagine, for the trees were the holders of secrets when the availability of knowledge was power, and the groves stank of rank, ritual and wildness. Our knowledge now comes from our relationship with them and they are a reminder that a person was conjoined, food, shelter, clothing and, indeed, even the air exchanged. And depending on what tribe we belonged to, what particular bio niche we lived in, would determine our use and reverence for these teachers. And so I have found with my relationship to the trees around me, that they become pillars in my community, elders on my way that I can call upon to help me with their strength and wisdom. Grandmother, Grandfather, they are the keepers of the four corners. In my work with trees I often have four who are prominent for me, stabilizing my center.
It is hard to work with trees, plants, weeds and green folk. We hardly use herbs anymore in a way that includes us both in the relationship. To truly understand them, we have to use them and there are few toolmakers, shelter builders, bark weavers, root peelers, nut grinders. All these folk would work within and without to preserve the strength of the grove and forest. To do this requires so much more time than we seem to have now. How ironic that in this world of lengthening shadows we don’t have the time to know the Green ones and their wisdom. Indeed, they stand defiant almost, a reminder that they now are the ones who hold the knowledge of what’s past so better to understand what’s to come.
Occasionally I will be writing of my journey the green folk, To see more of musings read my blog