• Leanna & Char Making Medicine

    Making and Taking Medicine

    What is my medicine?  We are always making medicine. Our words our thoughts and our actions. Angeles Arrien used to say, “I can be in the description or I can be in the prescription.” Where am I? What kind of medicine am I making? Would I want to take my medicine? The words and actions and thoughts that I’m putting into the world?  One of my favorite prescriptions is a gratitude practice. There’s almost nothing that cannot be shifted in some way by gratitude. It’s a simple, and complicated, thing. And that we must slow down, pause and maybe see that everything is OK after all. What am I grateful for? What needs tending or mending? It’s not an all or nothing world. Different things go well while I’m learning other things. Sometimes we learn Gracefully. Sometimes not. But it’s all part of this fantastic journey that we all share – how could we bring our medicine, our prescription, to our own lives, to our relationships, And ...

  • Ancestors & Allies with Patrick O’Neill

    Please join us at Seattle University for this powerful weekend on Hallow’s weekend in October. We are honored to sponsor Patrick O’Neill and his amazing teachings aligning with Angeles Arrien and the Four-Fold Way....

  • 2016 Newsletter

    Hello Every beautiful One…. It is with great pleasure and excitement for the work and transformation of this year that we are offering a new program in Port Townsend. It is four weekends on the work tending and mending of the soul and connecting with the spirit of what is most needed for self, other, and community at this time in the world. I am so honored to have been asked to provide this platform for exploring soul care in its personal and professional expressions. We also have the honor of sponsoring Patrick this year in his  Allies and Ancestors program which is All Hallows Weekend in October. He is a great blessing in my life as a mentor and his programs are life changing in ways that bless spiritually with positive and measurable outcome. Our Spiritual Identity program will begin Thursday evening, Sept. 22nd. at Bastyr University. I love this program; it is a delight to be immersed in the transformational work in this way! I love it! If this program interests you, it also...

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    Honesty / Create Peace

    The truth does not always hurt. Sometimes it is what we know, see and feel. What makes us crazy is when we know something, or feel something, and someone tells us it is not real or we don’t feel or see what we do feel or see It’s astonishing the lengths we will go through to hide from a truth that will save us from worry/sadness and wondering.  To gain clarity to have clear speech to live in the way of the heart that is connected to what is true, just and lasting not just for one, but for everyone.  This morning I saw a beaver in front of a line of trees in Gasworks Park Marina My heart stopped with joy. His small face reaching up to the smallest leaves The beaver is so beautiful. His shiny coat, the magical way in which he lives He is a master of creativity, constantly creating. Finding the best place to build a home and then transforming the entire landscape into an honest place that creates a hospitable environment for creatures of the water, earth and air. He ...

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    Soul Sounds

    I learned more from the spirit of the Stone than any human being I’ve ever known.   Perhaps it is because there is a myriad of ancestors in each one. It’s a remembering of the holy, the sacred territory of what we will become Sand, chalcedony, schist and perhaps peridot or diamonds and if we are very fortunate, perhaps a pearl  One of the first things my father did was have me talk to stones really, one stone. I chose a lava stone, then after a time, a dark smooth, river stone.  I wonder if someone will touch that sand, lava stone, and peridot or…. tiger’s eye and listen closely for the other voices – so subtle, so precious slow moving stone, gathering, making soil making new land.  To hear the stone the land, the plants, emerging as each other’s – long ago and today  Do I feel that everyone could benefit from sitting with a stone in the palm of their hand for however long they need to…? until they get in touch wi...

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    Prayer for the World

    by Rabbi Harold Kushner “Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations. Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect. Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows. Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken. Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly. So that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender or skin color. Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness. So that we can share the joys and feel the sorrows of our neighbors. And let the light of the sun be so strong that we will see all people as our neighbors. Let the earth, nourished by rain, bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty. And let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven. Amen.” That all people be one people, send rain to wash the face of the earth. Chief Joseph “Thank you, Mystery. Hear my brother’s prayer…” Char...

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    Fallen

    Great Mystery  There is very little I understand I once in a while like to act as though I am sure of something But I’ve noticed that everything is always changing -  I have some Insights I even have some good ideas We all do…. and then, well – sometimes, Creator I have some pretty wild ideas that seemed like a good idea at the time But, Great Mystery, your ideas are better  Today was a good day. I minded my own business. I saw the sunrise today, I wept. Creator, I prayed today for the families and friends of the fallen in Orlando   I asked that your Hand Comfort their grief in whatever ways, Creator, you see fit. I asked that you hold them and carry them to one another so that they may be close to you in heaven and on earth and I ask, Great Mystery, more than anything else for this violence to stop.  I know that the Internal causes the External, always – so help us each to change in small and big ways and give us tolerance for ourselves...

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    To be seen/or not to be seen: that is the question

    How we ride the line in between being seen and not being seen, failure and success. offering our gifts and talents and hiding our gifts and talents saying what’s on our hearts and censoring, rehearsing and figuring out what others want to hear. How do we stop thinking about what others are thinking? And begin to have our own ideas of success. And what aligns with the heart. The real question is how do I stop being afraid? And how can I clarify the fear so I can mend, tend and heal the fear?  Something I have been appreciating is watching the geese and their goslings this spring. There are at least 30 goslings. There are 2 sets of parents who are constant steadfast and patient. I’ve noticed these goslings are always surrounded by the adults and usually one in each of the directions They are protected, guided and backed up by the loving, watchful and protective eye of the adult geese.  That we could be so loving and protective of our own Dreams, of our capacity to e...