Using Water to Heal the Feminine Body Temple
Throughout my journey transiting a full childbearing year: from conception, through pregnancy, the birth of my daughter and into the postpartum phase which completes this sacred cycle, I can personally attest to the benefits that certain therapeutic tools have had on my physical and mental wellbeing and overall health during this time.
On:September 18, 2014
Andean Superfood Cookies
Andean Superfood CookiesBesides being super soft, chewy and delicious, these cookies are packed full of nutrition and energy!
(1 stick, 4 ounces, or 115 grams) organic butter, softened
2/3 packed cup (125 grams) organic chancaca or jaggary (this is unrefined sugar cane that maintains all its minerals intact)
1 organic farm fresh egg 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract (I make my own by macerating vanilla beans in pisco that my friends grow on their farm in Costa Rica)
On:June 18, 2014
Rose, Minister to the Wounded Heart
Several weeks ago, when I got the call that my father passed away unexpectedly,
The first thing I did was take off my clothes and turn on the shower.
The crystalline filaments of liquid pour over my shoulders, supporting and anchoring me to the firmament,
As sobs undulate uncontrollably through my form.
Water flows in, water flows out.
On:June 9, 2014
The Sacred Practice of Sungazing
On:April 16, 2014
Shamanic tales from the recesses of Amazonia: An interview with ayahuasquero Guillermo Arevalo
Recently, Dionisio and I sat down with Guillermo Arevalo, the celebrated Amazonian ayahuasquero also known by his spiritual name, Kestenbetsa, when he visited us at our home. For students of Amazonian shamanism, this is an interesting convergence to listen in on as Guillermo, a native from the Shipibo-Conibo tribe has 40 years of shamanic experience, Dionisio Santos, a Westerner living in Amazonia has 25 years experience and myself, a North American transplant living in Amazonia has been immersed in the field for 10 years.
On:February 23, 2014
Be the Architect of Your Own Legend
The first Yoga of Shamanism retreat came to fruition with 5 days spent on epic Intika Island in Lake Titicaca at 13,000 feet. We bonded with our indigenous host family who fed us high vibrational treats like wild trout freshly fished from the lake, or quinoa and heirloom potatoes harvested from their garden.
On:February 10, 2014
Coca: Food, Medicine, Sacrament
Although actually endemic to Amazonia, the coca leaf is much more widely used in the Andes regions. Incan legend states that the coca leaf was a gift from the sun god Inti and the moon goddess Mama Quilla to the people of the sun. Mythologically, the Incan People consider themselves to be direct descendents of the sun. Even today the coca leaf is revered as a divine plant by Andean people, where it is used as food, medicine and for sacred rituals.
On:May 16, 2012
Palo Santo, South American Spirit Medicine
Palo Santo (scientific name Bursera graveolens) meaning “holy wood” in Castellano, is a large subtropical tree endemic to the semi-arid Gran Chaco and Ecuadorian/Peruvian coastal regions of South America. Palo Santo comes from the same family (Burseraceae) as frankincense and myrrh, and bears many medicinal and energetic similarities to its Middle Eastern-originating, resinous cousins, at least in regards to its properties and usage.
On:May 16, 2012
Camu camu, vitality enhancing superfruit of the jungle
The legendary Camu Camu fruit grows in “Selva Baja”, or the low-lying rainforests of the Amazonian Basin. It is generally harvested during the rainy season, when the fruit-laden bushes growing next to the rivers can be reached by canoe. The most well known fact about this diminutive red fruit is its epic content of vitamin C, one of the highest among all fruits in the world.