Creating a Place-Based Practice

my Little Bigs at Pedernales Falls

On the second dark moon of January, a group of 9 gathered in my front garden. We sought uncharted territory; in fact, were willing to risk vulnerability to find it. There, in my front garden that night, was the first meeting of an advanced working group committed to discovering the Place specific spirituality of Central Texas. [Read more...]

The Value of Communities of Place

Knit-bombed Seattle. Image by sterling 2011

Sometimes the most important communities are the unintentional ones, the ones that happen just because you live in a place and you run into the same people every day whether you like it or not. [Read more...]

What I Learned in the Crosswalk

Seattle, Washington (Photo by Brandi Haker, Seattletaco.com)

Sometimes we need someone to free us from a spell by breaking out of it first. Small radical acts can become revolutionary, even when all signals say, “no–you’ll die.” [Read more...]

The Place of Death.

Photo by Anne Burgess

I’ve known for a while that one day I would have to learn what death was like — so far every supposedly terminal person I’d done healing for had recovered. But this friend was not going to be the person to teach me about Death. I told her, “No. It can’t be you. That’s just not right. You were supposed to go to the clinic in the morning!” [Read more...]

The Past is a Place We Still Inhabit

Roman Aqueduct in Segovia, Spain (CC Manuel González Olaechea y Franco)

Our belief that the present is somehow exceptional, that we are modern and more developed than other peoples and from our “primitive” state sustains both our disenchanted world and the racism of Western culture. [Read more...]

Wide Angle Vision Part 3: Ignoring the Impacts

While reading The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth recently, I found myself shocked at how I’d completely ignored the ecological impacts of modern medicine on the environment. [Read more...]

On the Hearth and the Un-Hearthed

Whoville, Eugene, Oregon (photo by Alley Valkyrie)

It saddens–no, enrages me–that so many people do not have homes. From what I’ve learned of goddesses of the hearth, it appears to displease them, too. Hearths are sacred– everyone should have one. [Read more...]


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