Two and a half years ago, my good friend Allie and I were called to Mt. Shasta. It was for me a very clear and direct need to be in her presence. Since that experience, I feel quite changed. Making that decision and saying yes to something so spontaneous like a road trip to California in a 10 day stretch, was a brave and crazy thing to do. Not only did we have the most beautiful bluebird day/breathtaking weather for our hike to Panther Meadow, we also camped in the Redwood Forest among the giants. We were not sure how it all would play out, but the entire experience was magical and filled with many moments of knowing we were in the right place at the right time. We visited the ocean as well, it was a full elemental experience with Water, Air, Earth and Fire Ceremony in the Redwood Forest honouring the Giants holding space around us.
I am sharing my love of the majestic Mt. Shasta, one of my source mountains, because I feel so certain that life presents us with opportunities and we have choices to take them or not. These opportunities are often full of magical experiences and moments that remain with us forever. I am truly grateful for my road trip with Allie and I look back on those 10 days in a wistful almost surreal way. To have stood at the base of Mt Shasta was very much like a dream realized, and a reminder for me to follow my intuition, to take chances, to step out of my comfort zone because in my experience, this is when magic truly happens. When opportunities present themselves, having faith and trusting your intuition when spirit nudges you, can be quite incredible and life changing.
I'm pretty excited to be hatching another plan for this summer, which will take me (and Likely Allie and another girlfriend Amanda) to many places to offer workshops in distillation, blending, wildcrafting and medicine making in general. We will likely visit a Festival or two in the AromaBoler and generally soak up the summer doing what I love most, which is connecting, sharing, teaching, growing, relaxing, swimming, wild crafting, creating, blending, distilling, laughing, crying, loving, caring, stretching, breathing and most importantly living! Following my intuition to take a break from my day job for a couple of months to really immerse in what brings me joy. We will spend a lot of time on Denman Island with our sister Heather who has a gorgeous plot of land, chickens and medicine gardens. We will also go to the Cariboo, to 100 Mile House and Horsefly BC with another sister who has a Ranch, a huge teepee and horses. I am bursting with excitement to hitch up the AromaBoler and travel to these communities, immerse in their culture and receive the gift to wild-craft their local plants. I will be taking my two stills with us; my 20L Alembic and my 10L Alquitar for distilling. An important part of wild-crafting for me is about being in reciprocity and gratitude by giving offerings abundantly back to the land and to the plants. We will have Sage, Sweet grass, Cedar, Tobacco, Lavender and Rose to offer at every spot we harvest from, as a thank you to Pachamama. (Mother Earth)
For the moment, I am studying Herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar and soaking up my lessons and reading material in my forest home with the wood stove and a cup of tea while these seeds are under a blanket of snow and cold, awaiting germination until they can burst forth and break through the soil, and become realized dreams that began as tiny seeds residing in my mind, body and spirit.
For more information on my upcoming workshops in the Spring, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bright Blessings, Warm Fire, Cozy Blankets, Sweet Slippers, Hot Tea, Lots of Love