“To see nature is to see ourselves...to preserve nature is to preserve the matrix through which we can experience our souls and the soul of planet earth."
- Walter Christie
To restore and strengthen personal, relational, and ecological bonds.
Building Earth Culture through Relational and Ecological Embodiment.
HELLO KINDRED SOUL...
Thank you for being here and for finding your way to this little corner of the world.
We hope that you stay a while and explore some of what we’re up to, with the hopes that we might come to know you and the beautiful gift of your essence (and weirdness) that is surely medicine to this world!
You see, so much of what we’ve implicitly learned through colonial/capitalist/heteropatriarchal indoctrination is that we don’t belong here (or anywhere for that matter), that what we do is more important than who we are, that it’s not safe to be our whole beautiful, messy selves, and that belonging is conditional.
But that’s a bunch of hogwash tied to a cultural narrative rooted in scarcity designed to keep us isolated, small, disempowered, and divided. All so that we keep slaving away under the crippling machine of Industrial Growth Society that seems only to exhaust and numb us (not to mention wreak havoc on our beloved planet). This keeps us from showing up in our glorious power and brilliance.
Yet Nature shows us just how necessary we are and that each of us holds an important role in the web of our relationships. Nobody is excluded in the ecological landscape, so much so that there is even a place for all of our old skins and broken branches. Everything becomes compost. Nothing is wasted, and yet we ourselves have forgotten to include Nature in our own lives!
Much of what ails us today stems from this deep disconnection with Nature, and ultimately with ourselves. What we’re discovering is that the more we disentangle ourselves from colonial/capitalist conditioning, the more space there is to reimagine what’s possible and to live into a future in which we ALL belong.
Nature connection, self-love, and community care are the essential ingredients to living more authentically embodied...
and this creates the fertile ground for true belonging to emerge.
THE INNER CALL OF EARTH
Humanity is being prepared for the next phase of evolution and
we are all being made ready to play a critical role in its expansion.
We come from the perspective that what ails humanity at this time is a deep separation from the source of our spiritual sustenance and our embedded aliveness within the greater body of Earth. This has resulted in a collective forgetting of the sacred in our lives, exemplified by the abusive, pathological relationship that the majority of humans currently have with each other and Earth.
We believe that Earth is calling to humanity through the collective discomfort of these times and is asking each of us to rise and reclaim our purpose in service to planetary healing. This means interrogating the very systems that we have come to depend upon - systems established through genocide, colonialism, slavery, and war. We are bearing witness to the crumbling of an Empire which continues to wreak havoc on the earth. Many are waking up and responding to the inner call to be of highest service; to reorient our understanding of the world and to heal and transform ourselves through our relational reflections.
As part of whole systems, we understand that individual trauma is embedded within the larger framework of systemic oppression and that what we do to Earth, we do to ourselves. Thus, our work seeks to address these interconnections within the web of our relationships, from the micro to the macro. A shift in consciousness is taking place as more people begin to reckon with the past in order to re-story the present, to look deeply at the source of our pain and disconnection from Self, each other, and nature.
We are all being asked to rebirth ourselves and to co-create new relational realities by committing to personal healing, relational integrity, collective care, and ecological embodiment. We are here on Earth at this time for a reason: to serve and uphold our sacred responsibility in a way that supports the unity and harmonization of all our relations and of the whole planet.
We are here to support you on your journey of reclamation as you deepen your commitment to relational embodiment, collective liberation, and planetary healing.
At her core, Michelle is a healer, seer, and deep feeler. She is steady, committed, strong-willed, and carries the gift of manifestation. When Michelle gets something in her mind, it's only a matter of time before it becomes reality. She is the calm in the center of a storm, and the pearl of her essence is stillness. As an introverted empath, she is one who thrives in beingness and requires plenty of space to nurture presence and commune with the quiet, hidden aspects of life. As such, she is a woman who is not afraid of the dark, rather she finds peace and a sense of home in the places where most people feel discomfort and aversion. Michelle is highly attuned to the subtle realms and finds deep peace and clarity in the serenity of nature. As someone who identifies as an eco-sensual, Earth and all of her creatures are the ones who bring Michelle a deep sense of inner fulfillment and ecstasy.
Within our team, Michelle is our Heart Keeper, intuitive healer, and keeps us focused on what matters most. She facilitates our group therapeutic process spaces, works one-on-one with those seeking guidance, and listens deeply to the needs of others.
Michelle has endured the trials of emotionally and physically abusive relationships. Through the initiation of her relationships, she began to see the fragmented pieces of her familial patterns being repeated through her life unconsciously as if she was living out the same themes of every generation before her. The mirror of all the stories, behaviors, dynamics, and emotional tides of her own existence was not hers but imprinted within her as if they were. That is why she has committed her life to the path of healing and supporting others to work through the unconscious layers of intergenerational trauma that hold them back from actualizing their full potential.
Co-founder & Heart Keeper
Co-founder & Space Tender
In essence, Jess is a beam of light who inspires and activates the hearts of people through her words and actions. She is expressive, playful, and radiates the beauty that is inherent everywhere. Jess is a catalyst for transformation, challenging and inviting the clinging identities that divide and harm us by showing up with loving and impactful action. She is a powerful communicator, writer, ideator, and heart generator, which she chooses to direct toward serving the healing of the planet. Her relationships are central to her, and she is surrounded by many long-lasting friendships. She loves sharing and exploring the growth edges of all her relationships.
On behalf of our team, Jess is our Space Tender both on and offline paying close attention to creating an aesthetic of warmth, connection, and beauty in all spheres of the work. She is our content developer, graphic designer, and program facilitator. She comes from a social justice and peace background and is devoted to the lifelong journey of unlearning and healing the internalized systems of oppression held within her body. She is a helper at heart, a visionary, and a trailblazer.
In the blissful mundane of everyday life, Jess loves gathering all her friends together to share and co-create intentional, meaningful experiences. She thrives and nurtures her core by dancing, writing, crafting, and spending time in nature. She is inspired every day by the magic and beauty of earth and delights in capturing the essence of Earth through nature photography.
Scribe & Story Keeper
Lily embodies the essence of a mountain: constancy, equanimity, stability, and order, yet she is also fiery and fierce in her convictions. Lily’s flame ignites when she witnesses the injustices and lack of integrity within our political systems. She is a powerful force through her intellect and integrity, and she will not stand down in the face of dominance. She harnesses her righteous anger into passion by creating space to educate, amplify, build skills and support the needs of people.
On behalf of our team, Lily is our Scribe & Story Keeper - she weaves all of the threads of this unfolding work together. She sees through the logistics, gets things down to the practical, and can narrow any complex idea into its simplest form. She is our wordsmith, resource guide, content editor, and software queen. She plans gatherings, retreats, and rituals for our team. Her preference is to lead from behind the scenes where she can quietly observe and yet make movement happen all at once.
More than anything, Lily is devoted to serving her family and friends and the people she holds in her heart. She spends most of her time making gifts, creating rituals, planning hangouts, researching, and reading for others. Every breath is in service to her relationships. Lily embodies the most ideal, loyal, and committed friend anyone could ever know. When you are in her presence, you feel as though a warm blanket has been placed over your shoulders as she holds a space for you to be whomever you are in the moment.