“In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.”
~ Upstream, by Mary Oliver
My grandmother was instrumental in instilling a passion for herbs within my young heart; then she gave me all of her old books on herbalism and said, “Here. Read these. One day I’ll be learning from you.” My step dad gave me a love for organic gardening and plants of all kinds, and my mom gave me the gift of deep love.
I have been actively studying herbal medicine since 1996 and I am mostly self taught. When I began my study, I couldn’t afford to go to the doctor if something was wrong with me. Sometimes I couldn’t even afford laundry detergent. So herbal medicine and soap making were two things I explored fully.
Shamanism came later in my life. I began exploring shamanic healing in 2007, and the spirits took me seriously around 2010 when I experienced what Brené Brown calls a “breakdown”. Her therapist calls it a “spiritual awakening”. This excruciating experience (and journey back to myself) became the foundation upon which I learned to exclusively depend on my personal spiritual support and spirit allies for direct revelation and guidance. Since then, I have worked with some amazing indigenous souls, spirit walkers and medicine carriers and have learned from them all. The common thread among them all is a deep reliance on their personal guides and guardians for direction and support.
This is the distilled essence of my work: to offer you support as you experience the empowering process of learning to trust your spirit allies and your own inner guidance.
~Thank you for carrying the medicine~
“I cherished my time chatting with Dana. I came to the conversation from a place of being very unsure about my Earth Medicine practice. Not only was she patient in her listening, quickly getting to the heart of my questions, she was able to provide me practical guidance that was simultaneously honoring of where I’m currently at, and offered a gentle invitation to go deeper. Her guidance has already made a significant impact on my practice and my life.” ~Amy T.