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EMBODY THE
WAY OF NATURE

RETURN HOME TO YOUR BODY
RETURN HOME TO EARTH

GROWING CULTURAL LIFEWAYS OF BELONGING THROUGH EMBODIED EARTH COMMUNITY PRACTICE

Belonging is hardwired into our blood, bones, waterways and stones. It is nature's intelligence awakened from within and enacted between bodies/lands, giving rise to relationships steeped in an ethic of care and reciprocity.  Eco-somatics, or embodied earth practice,  is a framework for nurturing this ancestral way of being in relationship with life. We all come from people who at one time engaged in communal, earth-honoring, body-based practices that supported harmony and balance between people and places. As relational beings woven into an ecological tapestry of interdependence, belonging is your birthright while at the same time a devotional practice of remembering your way home.

 

As politicized, embodiment practitioners reclaiming euro-traditional folkways, our culture-making approach is rooted in the understanding that belonging arises from an earth-honoring way of life as old as creation. We also understand that systems of oppression work hard to sever us from this innate and vital connection with our body/lands/stories.  We borrow from biology the term homing to describe our innate ability to navigate the dislocation of modern culture towards an original place of embodied belonging. This is what our work is in service to: reconnecting to embodied intelligence, restoring a secure attachment with earth, and recovering ancestral technologies of animist wisdom through earth-centered and body-based practice.

 

Together, let us foster a resilient earth culture for generations to come.

Jessica (white female with short brown hair) is sitting in a patch of ferns with her eyes cast down to the ground. The sun illuminates shadows against her skin. She is wearing a neutral colored bodysuit.

PRACTICE

The Sacred Grove is an immersive online offering that invites ongoing participation in embodied earth practice. Follow Nature's Arc of Change through the seasons. Attune to the rhythmic wisdom of the Moon tides. Enjoy earth-honoring rituals of connection in care of life. 

Jessica (white female) is lying on the forest floor in a patch of ferns with her back to the camera.

1:1 SESSIONS

We offer trauma informed, embodied therapeutic and coaching sessions grounded in anti-colonial and anti-oppressive praxis. We support you to reclaim your agency and power by aligning with your innate ecological intelligence . Find home within and awaken to your power to shape change.

Michelle (white female with long brown hair) is sitting on the forest floor actively moving while looking up. Jessica is in the foreground where only her raised arms can be seen.

RETREATS

Connect to the living wisdom of earth / body  by joining one of our eco-somatic retreats.  Reclaim embodied knowing and strengthen your kinship with the living world through exploring place-based practices, eco-intimacy, and rituals of reciprocity with the natural world.

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“Our bodies know that they belong; it is our minds that make our lives so homeless. Guided by longing, belonging is the wisdom of rhythm. When we are in rhythm with our own nature, things flow and balance naturally."

- John O'Donohue

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COLLECTIVE CARE
& SOLIDARITY

A FREE COMMUNITY CALENDAR SUPPORTING YOU TO:

mobilize & take actions on behalf of life & liberation

engage in self / community / earth care practices

 

build relationships rooted in a shared

vision of a decolonial future

Eco-Somatics is a field of embodied research and practice that nurtures ancestral technologies of Embodied Belonging. With roots in Indigenous knowledge systems, it combines the work of somatics and ecology to create a framework for developing our felt sense of self to include the relational field of our living ecology and cosmos. 

Somatics recognizes the body as a source of wisdom and innate intelligence from which we can orient our lives, while Ecology recognizes the interconnectedness of all phenomena, and that there is intrinsic value and consciousness that exists in the wider ecology.

Therefore, eco-somatics helps us to understand in an experiential way that our interconnectedness to the living world happens through our bodies, because our bodies are an extention of earth. Belonging is embodied to the extent that one is attuned and responsive to the wisdom of the earth / body continuum. 

From a birds eye view, Jessica & Michelle (two white females) lie in the grass naked with a fern resting on each of their legs. They are curled on their sides as though creating a spiral formation with their bodies. Their eyes are closed as if resting.
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Reclaim your ancestral roots and reconnect to earth wisdom. In the Sacred Grove we engage in rituals that honor rhythms of Sun, Moon and Stars, explore seasonal and astrological teachings that support you through life changes, and nurture embodied earth-based practices that deepen intimacy with land and more-than-human relatives.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Gemini New Moon Ritual
    Gemini New Moon Ritual
    Wed, Jun 05
    Jun 05, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    The Gemini New Moon arrives on June 6th at 8:37am EST marking the beginning of a new lunar cycle. It is a time to clarify your desires, open to the expansive gifts of the season, and seed your intentions in the fertile darkness.
  • Online Summer Solstice Gathering
    Online Summer Solstice Gathering
    Wed, Jun 19
    Jun 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Summer Solstice is a time of fulfillment and inner expansion. It is the sacred moment of the year when the Sun reaches peak expression in the northern hemisphere, making it the longest day of the year.
  • Capricorn Full Moon Ritual
    Capricorn Full Moon Ritual
    Fri, Jun 21
    Jun 21, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    The bright light of the Full Moon reflects a time of illumination, culmination and fulfillment of that which was set in motion six months ago on the Capricorn New Moon.
  • Sagittarius Full Moon Ritual
    Sagittarius Full Moon Ritual
    Wed, May 22
    May 22, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    The bright light of the Full Moon reflects a time of illumination, culmination and fulfillment of that which was set in motion six months ago on the Sagittarius New Moon.
  • Libra Full Lunar Eclipse Moon Ritual
    Libra Full Lunar Eclipse Moon Ritual
    Sun, Mar 24
    Mar 24, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    The bright light of the Full Moon reflects a time of illumination, culmination and fulfillment of that which was set in motion six months ago on the Libra New Moon Solar Eclipse.
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We are being called to mend our estrangement from the web of life,

to remember our belongingness to the living world,

and to allow space in our lives to be re-enchanted by the song of Earth.

WELCOME!

We are Jess & Michelle. We are humbled to have you here. 

 

We specialize in transformative, body-centered and nature-based resourcing practices that support you to restore your primal connection to the living earth, nurture embodied wisdom, and reconnect to your sacred role / responsibility in the web of life. 

We believe that earth is calling to humanity through the collective discomfort and cultural crises of these times and is asking each of us to rise and reclaim our purpose in service to planetary healing and liberation. For us that means nurturing ecological / collective intelligence toward a land-back future and rooting our work in the commitment of dismantling systems of oppression, white supremacy, extractive capitalism, and settler colonialism. 

 

We are heading the call to embody the dream of earth by weaving ourselves back into kinship with the living world. We are remembering our way home by recognizing our shared struggle in the fight for liberation and right to exist in harmony with the more-than-human world.  We are apprenticing ourselves to the way of nature by living in alignment with natural rhythms, cultivating a reciprocal relationship to place, and awakening to the dream of earth stirring in our souls.

When you embody the way of nature, every cell of your being awakens to the power of life pulsing through your veins, awareness of interdependence (and trust in that) grows, and this compels you to live ever more boldly in service to that which generates life and liberation. You experience the soul pleasure of being awake to the wholeness of your life unfolding in a web of kinship.

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WE SUPPORT YOU TO

  • REPAIR EARTH/SPIRIT + MIND/BODY DISCONNECTION

  • NURTURE EARTH LITERACY & WILD FLUENCY

  • BEFRIEND GRIEF AS A COMPANION TO BEING HUMAN IN THIS WORLD

  • MARK & RITUALIZE THRESHOLD MOMENTS, RITES OF PASSAGE + TIMES OF TRANSITION

  • ORIENT TO SEASONAL + CYCLICAL LIVING

  • INCREASE YOUR CAPACITY TO PERCEIVE WITH YOUR SENSES

  • PARTICIPATE MORE ACTIVELY IN THE FORCES THAT SHAPE THE WORLD 

  • NURTURE ECOLOGICAL INTELLIGENCE (ATTUNEMENT TO RELATIONSHIPS, FEELINGS & FORCES)

  • SLOW DOWN, FIND PLEASURE IN SIMPLICITY, & CULTIVATE SENSUAL ALIVENESS​​

  • LISTEN TO THE WAY YOUR SOUL SPEAKS TO & THROUGH YOU

  • CREATIVELY ADAPT TO THE TIMES IN WHICH WE LIVE

  • RECONNECT TO THE WILD, EROTIC POWER OF BEING FULLY AWAKE

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