The Thanksgiving Address – Greeting the Natural World

Today, as I sit here typing, my heart is elsewhere. It is walking (silently) with a group of 100+ people along the banks of the Sandy River in Oxbow Park. I hear the leaves rustling underfoot, the sound of the waters of the river swirling over and around rocks just off to my left, the lilting song ...

Coming Soon! Sacred Self-Care – the guidebook

If you've spent much time here, it has likely became obvious that self-care is a very sacred and transformative practice for me. However, what I call 'self-care' might be different than you think. For me, self-care is a system based in Core Skills. Skills that anyone can learn and that lead to ever-deepening and evolving insights and ...

What Does Self-Care Mean to You?

Do you have a clear sense of the things that nourish and support you through both the joys and the challenges of life? With the holiday season already underway, now is the perfect time to pause and center deeply into those things that nourish and support you on a daily basis, into self-care. It wasn't that many ...

Celebrating the Return of the Rain and Last Spring’s Tree Ritual

It is gray and misty and almost raining outside. After what was, for me, an unbearably hot summer here in the Pacific Northwest, the return of the mist and rain is unbelievably relieving. With a  final (fingers crossed!) 90+ degree weekend behind us, the Autumn Equinox of yesterday has ushered in fall in a big way. Therefore, ...

Where is the Chaos? Where is the Ease?

It's the week leading up to the fall equinox - that magical time of the year when, for a moment, light is balanced with dark. With dark and light poised in perfect equilibrium, this time of the year offers us the opportunity to bring whatever that is out of balance within our lives forward for reflection ...

What Do You Need Now?

Today I feel unsure of what I want or what I need. I have this sense of being somehow slightly off-center. Plus, I have an even longer than normal list of things asking to be accomplished today. Things that are going to go a lot faster and easier if I feel fully present, embodied, and grounded. ...

The Aftermath of Ritual: A Reflection

Five days have now passed since the Ritual of Letting Go was held on the banks of a shockingly cold river in the Columbia River Gorge. My memories of the ritual are ones of laughter, of beauty, of song, and of deep connection to myself, to nature, to the other participants, and to Water. Most often, after ...

Committed Heart; Committed Action – a Real Life Example

Shortly after writing last week's post talking about the two aspects of commitment (vision + action), I received a link to a truly incredible story told in a 15-minute video. The story is about a man in Northeastern India who, over the span of 30+ years, planted an entire forest. His forest is now home to elephants, ...

Committed Heart; Committed Action

Last week, I had a conversation with a close friend that made quite an impression on me. We were talking about my business and she said something about how it seems to her that I've never fully committed to my business, at least not in the same way that she has seen me commit to my ...

How to Create Your Own Ritual of Letting Go (Water Ritual)

To celebrate the approach of our 4th Annual Ritual of Letting Go (Aug 29), I've created a mini-guide to help you create your own water ritual. Let's get started! The purpose: while it is possible to work with water for many (many, many) purposes, the purpose of our ritual is cleansing, release, letting go. So, that ...