Living Free- the beginning

For years now, we have known that my son’s middle school years would be a time to do something different. My husband with his PhD in Education and my experience as a school social worker and counselor, led us both to feel the pressure cooker of intense peer dynamics is a social experiment resulting in […]

Reclaiming Wholeness- an essay on my personal journey

 

Recently I wrote this autobiographical essay on the power nature connection and conscious mothering have had in my life, and why I do what I do…

I recall very few moments of my young life, except those steeped in what is wild. After the madness of my mother’s descent into mental illness, I was […]

Understanding your Prickliness

This past Saturday, I was meandering silently through Oak Canyon, a local nature reserve, at the beginning of my Conscious Mothering retreat. As I walked, opening to what Spirit had to teach me, I found myself standing, unable to move, captivated by the cacti; by their rooted presence, strength, tenacity, and natural self-protection.

This is […]

Embracing the Seasons of Life

While we have yet to see many traditional signs of Autumn here yet, the heat waves are bringing the familiar delicious beach weather and the signs for pumpkin spiced ‘this’ and ‘that’ are everywhere…so of course I am thinking about seasons.

We generally feel the rhythm of the current season as a direct parallel to […]

Welcoming Autumn with Our Children (Autumnal Equinox)

A day early, my dear friend Erin and I took our children to the beach to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox. Over the years we have come together as kindred spirits in our love of nature and the rhythms it helps us keep in life and our hearts.

So after much delighted wave diving and frolicking, […]

Conscious Parenting: Preserving a Natural Pace

Our family is blessed to have vacationed in Maui many times over the years. Every time we arrive and I feel the warm winds blow, I take a deep breath and feel my body melt with relief: here is a place that moves at my pace. In Maui, my efforts to slow down are not […]

Celebrating Easter’s Renewal with the wisdom of our Children

Every year, on Easter morning we take our children to Oak Canyon Nature Reserve; the woodsy piece of preserved land that we were married in. As we walk the dirt and oak leaf covered trail, we talk about the new life that is growing all around and within us. We stop and marvel at the […]

Hibernation…a call to restoration and slow peace

All around us, nature is slowing down, if not coming to a complete halt. Though it may be hard to remember here in sunny California, all over the world, animals are retreating to their sleepy dens to wait the winter out. And those animals who don’t hibernate, often slow down in some way, like my […]

Conscious Living: Resting in Autumn’s wisdom

The end of summer brings with it a frenzy of activities whether school, work, sports or the upcoming holidays…and it is easy to become overwhelmed by our schedules. This compounded by the fact that with all of our modern technologies (lights, cars, cell phones) we tend to push ourselves beyond our natural rhythm.

Observing and […]

Healing, Healing Water

Here is a story about how children (and we) can use water to intuitively heal or destress, that I wrote after watching one of my favorite muses….

“Healing healing water

For my little daughter

Healing Healing has begun

Now the pain be gone be gone” – Shea Darian, Seven Times the Sun

Tonight I was […]

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