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Beltane: Bright Fire, By Ancel Mitchell

May 1st falls midway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, it’s a quarter day in the Celtic calendar and is celebrated with the festival of Beltane. Beltane is seen as a gateway, Winter is gone and there’s a hope and looking forward to the warmth and abundance of the long days of Summer. It’s also…

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The Spiral Path Of Plant Medicine, by Vanessa Chakour

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. ~ Mary Oliver The first step on the journey of healing is listening. We take a deep breath and notice where we are. There’s no need to fix anything or figure anything out. Not yet. We simply drop into the body and listen.…

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Honoring Land Through Endangered & Healing Plants

I’m excited to announce that the medicinal plant project I’ve been working on with The Wolf Conservation Center has been granted botanical sanctuary status by United Plant Savers. The aim of this partnership is to bridge the gap between wildlife conservation and our own relationship with the earth. Through the lens of medicinal plants, we can develop healing relationship…

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Announcing ‘Remember & Rewild’ Sacred Warrior Tincture

After years of practicing and teaching herbalism, I’m excited to announce a line of Sacred Warrior tinctures. Each tincture is made from organic or sustainably wildcrafted herbs and the animal themed tinctures raise funds and awareness for partner wildlife organizations; the Wolf Conservation Center or the Jaguar Rescue Center. The Remember & Rewild tincture benefits…

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Magic, Medicine & Myth, by Ancel Mitchell

What a deep and beautiful experience the Magic, Medicine & Myth retreat was. Seven days of storytelling, harvesting and enjoying plant medicine, powerful meditations and mindful movement all set within the potent landscape of the Scottish highlands. Surrounded by ancient wells, standing stones, burial sites and ruined forts, the land itself reached into every one…

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Mugwort, Wolves & Margays: Redefining Weeds & Predators

Much of my work revolves around cultivating understanding for misunderstood species and parts of ourselves. Predators and weeds are the same – they don’t need us. They are fierce, resilient, and cannot be controlled. Like these animals, we too are predators. Embracing this aspect of ourselves means embracing our powerful, wild nature and illuminates our truest…

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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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Being Rooted, By Ancel Mitchell

There’s a marvelous power in feeling rooted: a delicious upsurge of creative energy, a sense of self-authority, an expansiveness. I believe we miss ~ somewhere in our deepest psyche ~ being trees. I think we’re also confused about the idea of being rooted. I don’t think it means necessarily that we have to live in…

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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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