God on a Wing: Winter Rewilding Nature Altar

God on a Wing: Winter Rewilding Nature Altar

Setting up a seasonal nature altar within your home is a meaningful way of attuning to the sacred rhythms of the natural world. This post will inspire a craft that will have you engaging with key elements within the Rewilding Wheel.

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Summer Rewilding Retreat: Scraping the Ground for the Grief Seeds

Summer Rewilding Retreat: Scraping the Ground for the Grief Seeds

My Rewilding Year continues and comes to completion with time spent within the associated energies between the Summer season, Southern direction, and Earthen element. Combined, this wisdom resides in the bioregion of the farm, the garden, the field. Read on to learn along with me what I recovered when I spent time with Dr. Randy and Edith Woodley at Eloheh Farm in the Willamette Valley in Newberg, Oregon.

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Spring Rewilding Retreat: Rising Up Rooted Like Trees

Spring Rewilding Retreat: Rising Up Rooted Like Trees

I am engaging in a Rewilding Year, a year of prayers and practices to reconnect myself to the natural wisdom cycles of the natural world. With ancient nature symbology as my guide, I locate these associations within a particular bioregion, a landscape that both holds these sacred correspondences and invites one into a deep soul exploration within them. Read on to discover with me what the forest revealed in this Spring time location!

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Winter Rewilding Retreat-The Enchantments

Winter Rewilding Retreat-The Enchantments

In February I went away for my personal Winter Rewilding Retreat up in the North Cascades. Here, in a cave-turned-cabin, I engaged prayers and practices that reconnected me to the deep and sacred symbolisms associated with Winter, North and Air, locating them in the bioregion of mountains and high places. From this place I sought the mythopoetic wisdom of the sage, the elder, the crone. Temperatures dipped into single digits so I kept the cave’s wood burning stove burning, not so unlike the fires around which wise ones gathered to tell their stories of what the wild had taught them. 

Read on about my Rewilding Year and how you too might be inspired by the sacred wild world that surrounds you!

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Rewilding as an Act of Remembering

Rewilding as an Act of Remembering

While I have loved well my garden and all the growth that has occurred through the process of cultivation and design, I have found in recent years a deep and demanding need to leave the order of the garden, to see it as a threshold inviting me beyond to the forested fringes or the wisdom found within wild waters. I have desired prayers and practices, rites and rituals that would remind my bones that I am related and dependent upon beaver, bluff, and bird, and how they fare becomes a litmus for my own wholeness and wellness. This kind of wholeness which balances on an ecosystem approach, can only be gained by a journey that takes one deep into the woods, through fields, tracing watersheds to the sea, and climbing up to the high climes of the mountains.

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The Wilderness Will Return You Home

The Wilderness Will Return You Home

Wilderness is a place where the wild potential is fully expressed, a diversity of living and nonliving beings flourishing accord to their own sorts of order. This is the is-ness of a place; where what one is intended to be, is. In ecology we speak of “wild systems.” when an ecosystem is fully functioning, poet and writer Gary Snyder says that “all the members are present at the assembly.” To speak of wilderness is to speak of wholeness. 

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The Light of Lucia

The Light of Lucia

As our waking days get increasingly shorter and darker, our longing for transcendent light increases in tandem. Solstice times hold needs in tension: requisite turn of the wheel of the year towards elements of the next season with what our body's inherently need for wholeness. We are nourished by the dark like the seed who knows to bed down in the dark earth to grow. And yet, even in our knowing of this need, there is always longing for the next season, for the next turn. As we wander into the last week of the darkest time of the year, our desire for light and the nourishment it provides expands with the shadows.  

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Home: How The Return Brings Gifts

Home: How The Return Brings Gifts

The pilgrimage journey is a sacred circuit: a round that calls us to leave home, to confront fears, to face Source, to forge identity, and return back to our home transformed, offering the gifts of our found insight to our community. Wisdom is found in the wild wheel of the pilgrimage journey. Will you go? 

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