We are part of a living, intelligent, sacred planet that is constantly communicating with us. Most of us knew this instinctively as children, but to function in our crazy society we had to forget, which left us lonely and adrift.
Sometimes, though, we remember our place in the family of life: maybe it’s a moment in nature when all time stands still and we know that we belong to something much bigger than ourselves. When we learn to tap into this source, we find purpose, wonder and belonging in the great web of life. By awakening our nature, we see that it is possible to source directly from nature for wisdom and healing.
As a liaison to the natural world, I can help you increase your intimacy with our living earth and your own wild nature.
Together we can develop nature rituals and practices aimed at making you feel at home on Earth. We will explore how nature is communicating with you via signs and symbols. Perhaps you’ve had an encounter with a plant or animal that you want to further understand? Maybe you want to go on a hike to learn about your nature? Maybe you’ve had a dream or vision that you want to integrate into your life? Perhaps you want to connect with healing plant allies growing at your feet?
Our work will help you come into partnership with the more-than-human world.
The focus of our work is on deeply listening to what is awakening in you so you can follow your wild heart to find insight, belonging, and wisdom. My role is not to lead you to any particular place but to accompany you down the trail and hold safe space for your unfolding. Sometimes, our work reveals beauty and mystery of your own wildness. Other times, our work may require the courage to move through rocky, but necessary terrain, on the path towards wholeness. While our time together may touch on personal relationships, your work, or your past, the focus of our time is always about deepening your connection with your own wild nature that is connected to all life. Many of my clients value a safe place where it’s okay to feel pain, whether it is your own personal trauma and loss, or grief for our imperiled world. Honoring our pain opens our wild hearts and helps establish communication channels to nature and Spirit.
If our sessions are in person, we will go for an easy hike to see what naturally arises. Maybe a plant calls your attention and we sit for a while with it, learn about its medicine, and how it might help you on your path. Another day, we might we immerse in a living pool of water to wash away old patterns that don’t serve. As always, we will let nature guide our mentoring process. If our sessions are online, together we can listen what your wild heart is calling for and develop tools and nature practices for you to build your relationship with Nature.
Your Guide: Jolie Egert Elan
Nature has always been my solace and muse. When I was six years old, a nature teacher changed my life and helped me fall in love with the earth: this love deepens every day. As an environmental activist, in my teens and twenties, I worked with many indigenous groups to protect our mother earth and her sacred lands. My interest in ethnobotany and herbalism began then and my love for our healing plants continues to blossom to this day. Some of my wise plant teachers are Matthew Wood, 7song, Bobby Lake-Thom, and Jane Bothwell. In my thirties, I had a strong desire to deepen my scientific knowledge of ecology and nature and I completed my master’s degree from Humboldt State where I studied botany and forestry. Despite all of my formal studies, it was the oak trees who showed me that I could have a deeply intimate relationship with nature. When the oak trees and plants and animals came to me in my dreams showing me their medicine, I realized that we can download directly from the Earth for wisdom and healing. I know that our Mother Earth has the wisdom to help us move through these times of change if we can learn to listen.
My mission now is to help other people build their intimacy with our Earth. To this end, I completed a certificate program in Interfaith Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute. A strong believer in the Work that Reconnects, (WTR) I recently finished a facilitator training program. I incorporate many WTR practices into my mentoring. I am also a member of Spiritual Directors International, which is the professional organization for spiritual guides/spiritual directors.
It is my great honor to to help people strengthen their bonds with our sacred, sentient Mother Earth.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long do sessions last?
After an initial phone interview to make sure we are a good fit, the initial session is generally 60-90 minutes. Subsequent office and online sessions are 60 minutes. Sessions out in nature are generally 90 minutes.
Are sessions confidential?
Yes, everything you say in a session is strictly confidential. Confidentiality helps set a strong container so our work can be deep and honest. Confidentiality is also part of the professional code of ethics for Spiritual Directors.
Where do sessions take place?
In person sessions take place in my home office or at a beautiful natural spot, depending on your wishes. Because many of my clients are not local, many sessions are held via zoom video conferencing.
What is the cost?
The fee is $85 per hour (sliding scale available for those with fixed/low incomes).
What is the frequency of appointments?
Most people choose to meet once a month. Discounts and packages are also available.
Interested in Mentoring? Contact me.
During this great turning of our times it is imperative that we awaken our nature and live from that sweet spot where we know that our joy and security are linked to the joy and security of all beings. More than ever, we are being called add our spark of divine to the collective light growing even in the midst of dark days.