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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. We are one part of the web of life. Every species relies upon the balance of the ecosystem. Every species plays a role, including fierce predators. We often lean towards protecting the cute and the vulnerable and shy away from…

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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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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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