Category Archive for: Earth Connection

Plants, Power & People

As long as humans have inhabited this earth, there’s been a life-supporting, palpable connection between us and the natural world. Before grocery stores, before pharmaceuticals, before physicians, before farming; humans foraged, experimented and communicated with the plants around them. Over time, a huge amount of knowledge was accumulated about the power of plants to heal…

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Nature As Self: Earth Day Action & Reflection

As we get close to Earth day, I’ve been reflecting on ways our community can effect change. As those of you who have participated in Sacred Warrior courses and retreats know, they are designed to strengthen relationship with ourselves and with the natural world; with Nature as Self at the core.   So, why is…

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Sport, Self Awareness & Sustainability: IDSDP

April 6th was the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). I’ve been engaged in the Sport & Social Justice conversation since 2008, initially as an athlete ambassador with Right To Play, an international organization that, by facilitating sports and games, teaches children essential life skills while building lasting social change for themselves…

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The Lobo: A 20 Year Rewilding Milestone

  THE LOBO Celebrating A 20 Year Rewilding Milestone Today marks the 20th anniversary of a milestone for the Mexican Gray Wolf or “lobo,” one of the most endangered animals in North America. On March 29, 1998, 11 captive-reared lobos were reintroduced into the wild in Arizona & New Mexico as part of a federal…

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Working With The Earth Element

EARTH: Our Fertile Ground During Sacred Warrior retreats and courses, I like to organize teachings in relationship to the elements— earth, water, fire, air, and ether. This approach helps us to connect our bodies with the body of the earth and understand elemental teachings that run through martial arts (particularly taoist practice), herbalism and holistic…

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Diversity Is Essential To Life

Diversity makes us and the earth stronger. Without it, soils are depleted (literally and figuratively) and once fertile ground becomes incapable of supporting life. Nature is the ultimate teacher. If we look at healthy ecosystems, they are always diverse. Inhabitants share resources and support each other’s growth. This is something we, as humans, need to…

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Tonics For Your Nervous System

  During the Sacred Warrior Herbalism courses, we engage our intuition and inner knowing about plant medicine. We often explore this through the lens of the doctrine of signatures, which states that plants resemble or communicate their healing qualities through shape, texture, color, the expression of their growth and more. We can also derive clues…

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Nettles, Mullein, Cleavers & The Elements

In our recent herbalism course, we talked about ways to work with elements—earth, water, fire, air— in our healing practices. We explored the ways in which plants correspond with these elements, and various methods of working with medicine: teas, tinctures, herbal steams, baths, meditation, plant ally work, smoke blends, ritual, oils, salves and more. As always, we engaged our intuition and…

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Sacred Warrior Training: The Elements

Sacred Warrior Training is an integrated system that evolved through my journey of healing, and years of work as a personal trainer, boxer & boxing coach, artist and meditation instructor. I’ve always used a holistic approach while working with clients; addressing the body, mind & spirit in our practices, but it wasn’t until I integrated my…

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Finding our place in Nature, By Ancel Mitchell

As herbalists and plant workers we are always looking to the context of the plant to give us clues as to where it can best ally with us in body, soul and spirit. Whether a plant is shade grown, tolerates salty air or prefers to cling tenaciously to cliffside cracks, all helps determine its medicinal…

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