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...

Conspire with Nature

If your newsfeed is anything like mine, it might seem like the world has gone mad with greed, violence, and conspiracy. However, not all conspiracies plot with hostile governments.  Conspire also means breathing together (con – with; spirare – breath)....

Our Generous Nature

If I gave you a really big gift and you did not say thank you, I would probably be less generous next year.  We all love to be seen and honored for our unique gifts to the world. When we feel unseen, we often get sick and sad.  Maybe our more-than-human relatives feel...
Bonding with Nature – The Sit Spot Ritual

Bonding with Nature – The Sit Spot Ritual

SIT SPOT RITUAL Many people want to deepen their felt sense of connection to nature. One of my favorite exercises is the Sit Spot Ritual. This exercise was made popular by John Young. I have adapted it here: The most potent way to develop a strong and intimate...

Plant Healer Interview with Jolie Elan

An interview with Jolie Elan and Jesse Wolf Hardin in Plant Healer Magazine. In this interview we discuss a sense of place and why it is imperative for herbalists to foster a deep connection to the earth and her medicines. In these times of great change, how does the...

Burning Love

I live at the meeting place of three mountain ranges in Southern Oregon. My home town nestles in millions of forested acres that are watered by clear flowing, salmon-bearing streams fed by icy snow melt. It’s paradise, until fire season strikes. Then it feels more...

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