Dominator or Devotee – Stories about Life on Earth

Dominator or Devotee – Stories about Life on Earth

It’s deeply disturbing to live within in a dominator culture that maintains supremacy by force.  It’s horrible, but not surprising since one of the most influential creation myths of our time instructs humans to dominate every creature on earth.  Creation...
A Tea Ceremony in The Middle of it All

A Tea Ceremony in The Middle of it All

 Welcome to the Herbal Medicine Circle! When the Pandemic began, Herbalist Kami McBride wanted bring together plant lovers from around the world to have a tea ceremony.   The idea was simple –  make tea together and infuse the herbal medicine we make with love...

Acting on Behalf of all Life

As the fires of racism and injustice burn, how are you holding the pain of our imperiled world? (See below for antiracist resources)   What’s on your heart as you witness the great unraveling of our economic, social, and ecological systems?  Let’s remember the...
The Vision of the Eagle

The Vision of the Eagle

When you have been listening to it for a long time, the Language of Nature requires no translation. Recently, a bald eagle was riding a thermal outside my door. Two days later, I was hiking our local mountain with my mind stressing on running a business at tax time. ...
Medicine for Viral Times

Medicine for Viral Times

When the Europeans arrived in North America, the Algonquin tribes believed the newcomers were infected by a psychic virus that turned them into Wetikos. A Wetiko is an icy-hearted predatory monster consumed with a spirit of greed that cannibalizes life.  Wetikos are...
The Origin of Human Sickness and Medicine

The Origin of Human Sickness and Medicine

My Teacher Bobby Lake-Thom (A.K.A Medicine Grizzly Bear)  died this year. He was one of the last great Medicine Men in North America. He loved the old stories and published a collection of them.  It feels appropriate to share one of his favorites: The Origin of Human...
The Intelligence of Nature

The Intelligence of Nature

Many indigenous cultures hold that the Earth is sentient and intelligent… Now cutting-edge science is coming to the same conclusion. For example, when pine trees get over-heated, they release aerosols that create clouds to deflect solar radiation. Tobacco plants...
Did your ancestors eat acorns?

Did your ancestors eat acorns?

When I first started eating acorns, I felt like a sheepish imposter. I intended to bond with my adopted California homeland, but the last thing I wanted to do was disrespect or appropriate Indigenous cultures.  As a Jew from New York, I know I will never be indigenous...

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