Meeting Ourselves in Myth

Dear friends, today is the eve of my 50th birthday. It seems an obvious moment for some self reflection. Most of you know me for plant classes and medicine making, but moving forward into this next decade I find myself wishing to focus more on my first love: fairytales and Myth. From the earliest age…

Lúnastal, or Lughansdah

The village where my grandparents lived celebrated Lúnastal with a street carnival and parade each August 1st. There would be corn dolls and masks and headdresses made of braided wheat straw, a king and queen and horses. It was a perfect amalgamation of different celebrations of this quarter day festival. August 1st, or the evening…

Myth, Medicine and Magic

What a deep and beautiful experience the Myth, Medicine and Magic retreat was. Seven days of storytelling, harvesting and enjoying plant medicine, powerful meditations and mindful movement all set within the potent landscape of the Scottish highlands. Surrounded by ancient wells, standing stones, burial sites and ruined forts, the land itself reached into every one…

Beltane Brightness to you!

May 1st falls midway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, it’s a quarter day in the Celtic calendar and is celebrated with the festival of Beltane, however it has other names in different parts of Europe (for example Walpurgis nacht in Germany) and is celebrated in much the same way. It’s seen as a gateway,…

Biancabella and the Snake

Biancabella and the Snake (An Italian Tale)   Once upon a time, now many years ago there reigned in Monferrato a marquis called Lamberico, very puissant, both on account of his lordships and his great wealth, but wanting in children to carry on his name. He was, forsooth, mighty anxious for progeny, but this bounty…