Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
– Ibn Battuta
It’s finally happening! The gypsies are gearing up for our first series of vlog / blog destinations. As you know, I’ve wanted to bring you along with us on the new adventures underway at Circle Magica and Of Root and Rave Wing. Now through our latest feature, Diary of an Earth Daughter, I will be able to just that.
Vlog edition with Steve and Niko joining in. Come with us to heartstonehouse, Hampden, Maine. Hosts and friends, Zopher (aka Don Dickel) and Rebecca Nelson welcome us. We’ll take a tour of heartstonehouse and Z’s workshop where he crafts Zopher Wood Art. Z surprised me with a vessel several years ago and you’ll hear the story of how we met and how I came to be the owner of one of his treasured bowls. In his words, “I love the connection that I have with wood, nature and spirit . My bowls are like someone reading tea leaves. It's the same thing, it's just a vehicle for spirit’s message. I'm amazed at what I've found and other people in these vessels that I turn…” Handmade pizza from the outdoor stone oven Z made, rural Maine beauty, deep winter stillness, living room rap session on vision, purpose, spirit, callings, living in these extraordinary times, “reading” our bowls, and the healing that goes on at this unique space + more.
Blog edition with possible podcast. I head to the western hilltowns of Massachusetts to visit with friend and the multi-talented Valerianna Claff. Valerianna is a professional artist and educator, storyteller, healer, ritualist and steward of RavenWood Forest. I first came to know of Valerianna by way of my coach at the time, Donna Johnson, who gifted me with a CD of Valerianna’s. Many years later, synchronicity led me to Valerianna through Facebook and we met face to face at a mutual friend’s wedding last summer. I’ve long admired her talents as an artist and vocalist, and while we will undoubtedly touch in with these topics, we will also speak to her stewarding journey at RavenWood Forest as well our common love of the land, plants, trees, healing, shamanism, earth based spirituality, woodstoves and feline companions…..
Vlog with Steve, Niko and I-Hillfolk Homecoming Pilgrimage to the Ancestors, Greene County, Tennessee. After two years in the making, we are finally headed to Tennessee to trace my paternal roots, visit with aunties, cousins, and other distant relatives, trek to “the old homeplace”, family cemeteries, and other family haunts. Our aim is to document the stories, preserve the history, understand their customs and ways of life so different from our own New England perspective, and get to know our kin better. It’s time for us to answer the question “Where do I come from?”
Please plan to adventure along side us!