The Mighty Acorn: Eat Your Way Back Into The Web Of Life

The Mighty Acorn: Eat Your Way Back Into The Web Of Life

Acorns have been eaten and revered for their nourishment the world over—by Celts, by Koreans, by the native people throughout North America. Perhaps your ancestors were acorn eaters – you might be surprised   Long before the cultivation of wheat or the advent of...
Where’s the Light in Dark Times

Where’s the Light in Dark Times

It feels dark out there. I am craving light.  Some light filters through the shadows. The full moon lit up Halloween as I walked among vampires in gorgeous capes. Yesterday, the golden maple leaves reminded me that every seasonal reign eventually ends. Lately, I am...

The Mighty Oak – Live Video from the Center for Spiritual Living

  Jolie’s talk on The Mighty Oak at the Center for Spiritual Living in Redding, California on September 27th, 2020 was recorded for Facebook Live. Scroll to 12:00 minutes for her presentation. Thank you to the Center for Spiritual Living for the invitation...
Crazy like a Loon

Crazy like a Loon

Since you are on this wild list, I assume you have either conversed with nature or believe it is possible. Maybe it is something you want to explore.  When I tell the random person (or muggle) I talk with plants and animals, the responses vary. Eyes roll; someone...
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...

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