Inspiration & Teachers
So many teachers inspire me and influence my work.
Tema Okun and all the people with whom she collaborates in the work on White Supremacy Culture push me to dismantle the white supremacy that lives in me.
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram Kendi is another book I return to again and again as I break down the racism in myself.
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem. These practices are woven into almost all my work and workshops. Racism lives in our histories and bodies and can't be deconstructed in our minds or conversations. We have to identify it in our lineage and move it out of our bodies.
I draw on the work of Peter Levine for somatic practice to help people move trauma out of the body.
Wounded into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone. I've attended Tirzah's ancestral healing workshop in person and am grateful for her healing presence in my life.
Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing by Daniel Foor. This book was my companion on one ancestral pilgrimage. Since then, my processes have shifted, but I'm grateful for Daniel's good work on this important subject.
My indigenous way of knowing has been sparked and deepened by scholar and shamanic practitioner, Sharon Paice MacLeod and her book, Celtic Myth and Religion.
Tom Cowan and his books are a foundation for my core shamanic practices used by my Celtic ancestors.
Plants That Speak, Souls That Sing: Transform Your Life with the Spirit of Plants by Fay Johnstone. I consider Fay a teacher and have taken a variety of her courses. Her work supports me in so many aspects of my journey - nature, Reiki, Celtic, and core shamanic practice.
If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie. All of Sharon's work inspires me and makes me feel like I've come home to my Celtic roots.
John O'Donohue. All of his work is balm for the soul. Pure and simple.
To Speak for the Trees: My Life's Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest by Diana Beresford-Kroeger. It seems like she speaks to me in a language I'd forgotten I had.
John Philip Newell is the one who opened my eyes and heart to the Christianity that lives beyond Rome, original sin and a denouncement of nature. I've been in numerous in-person workshops with him and love him to pieces.
Thoreau and the Language of Trees by Richard Higgins and Robert D. Richardson. The Transcendentalists like Thoreau are my Unitarian Universalist spiritual ancestors.
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer was a game changer for me that led me deeper and deeper into the wild.
Energetic Awakening: Living a Guided Life by Annmarie Early and Annie Browning. Their practice, Common Awakening, helped me move to a deeper spiritual awakening at just the right time in my life.
The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice by Cynthia Bourgeault. This form of prayer feels so much like my husband's Buddhist meditation. We (my husband and I) love to
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