WOMAN WHO RUBS THE MOUNTAIN 

 

a podcast and gathering place for stories of ecological embodiment

 

 

What happens when we rub on the body of the earth, how does it brush back against us?

 

There is a certain fidelity required when we return over and over again to be shaped, imagined even, by the beings, the weather, the land forms, and the elemental powers where we live.

 

Let us seek:

intimacy across language,

intimacy across culture,

intimacy across species,

intimacy across consciousness.

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#9 Land Alchemy:

Co-creating Relationship with the Spirits of Gaia


Through land alchemy and working with flower essences, Camilla Blossom forms bridges of healing and reconciliation between humans and the spirited places where they live. Being in Camilla’s presence, you can feel a deep quiet, echoes from the deep void from which all life emerges. 

🎧 65 min listen

EPISODE 9

 

#8 Embodied Elements Series:

The Fire Element- Deepening Our Intimacy With All of Life


It may be the longest journey we ever take, those eighteen inches between our heads and our hearts. Here in the Fire Element season, we can find new dimensions of healing through heart connection and widening our sense of relational intimacy with everything around us. But summer themes of full unfurling are mixed with emotionally-intelligent discernment so that our hearts are able to use their deepest sense of knowing, responding well to each individual moment. This prevents the over-extending, boundary-leaking, or over-consuming that can sometimes happen when we are swept away by the natural enthusiasm of summer spell-making.

🎧 28 min listen

EPISODE 8

 

#7 Transforming the Mythology of Who We Were Raised to Be:

A conversation about Our History of Harm and Repaying the Unpayable Debt


Generation after generation, we have been taught to stuff down and ignore the depth of suffering within our colonialist history. For writer and community organizer, Hilary Giovale, a series of unexpected ancestral interventions woke her from this fog of amnesia and denial, shifting her life’s work towards collective grieving, truth-telling, apology, and forgiveness. Hilary begins our conversation with a magical story about how the sacred mountain where she lives orchestrates unbelievable acts of healing and reconciliation. We also explore the importance of sitting with our feelings and letting them change us for good, the power of sound and movement as critical tools of embodied decolonization, and the tremendous healing potential of having a personal reparations plan.

🎧 49 min listen

EPISODE 7

 

#6 Dirt on Our Skin and in the Cracks of Our Hearts:

A Conversation About Embodied Writing


In this episode, word-diviner Jen Violi talks about getting beyond the intellectual exercise of writing, instead sourcing our creativity from the rich dirt of our bodies. Perhaps our bodies know something about letting go of the certainty or pressure of written language. Some stories are so alive that they just don’t want to be held down by pen and paper (or computer).

🎧 54 min listen

EPISODE 6

 

#5 Global Web of Lovers:

A conversation about cultivating Intimate Communities


Goddess renegade. Midwife mastermind. Holy woman edge walker. But also Lover of All Beings. These were some of the descriptions that came to mind after my conversation with Lorie Dechar. What a gift it was for me to be in soul exchange with Lorie. We talked about everything from the exact timing of the bees and sea lavender on the coast where she lives all the way to honoring the domains of the dark goddess. At the pulsing, vibrant heart of Lorie’s mission is to be a part of this “global web of lovers,” cultivating intimate communities both locally and globally.

🎧 51 min listen

EPISODE 5

 

#1 My Love Story:

Rubbing the Land Where I Live + an Introduction of Intent


In this initial episode, Kendra introduces her overarching intent for the podcast and explains why love is an interspecies bridge and at the very foundation of these explorations in ecological embodiment. How will we ever take action, invested at the level of marrow and glacial skull and tooth-root, if we do not know love first?

In this spirit, Kendra introduces us to the land where she lives and to the Deep Dreamers, the very ancient rocks that she regularly engages in heart connection with. She describes how something old and strange pulls her forward in these relationships, deep familiarities stir in her body. 

🎧 24 min listen

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Gently gather some soil into your hand. Bring it to your face. Inhale. Feel it change you. All of life is contained in this single breath.

Let us begin with offerings of praise and respect to the ground beneath our feet, the land spirits where we live, taking time to acknowledge all that they have seen, all that they know.

In particular, giving thanks to the Elders- past, present, emerging- of the land where I live, the unceded territory of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation.

Actively disrupting Indigenous erasure, you can celebrate the living Indigenous people where you live through native.land.ca 

THE STORY CAULDRON 

Friends, this is an animist celebration with no set agenda other than to be connective and collaborative. Come share your stories: any and all fresh, strange, or disruptive ways of relating to the living world beyond the human-centric limitations of our current dreaming.

 

My hope is that in sharing our experiences of embodied ecology, our reality shifts, our core truths sharpen, and space is made for a new/old earth-honoring culture to re-emerge. 

 

Join us in spoken or written word, anywhere from 1 to 20 minutes of anything you can think of smacks of earth-honoring revelry. This could be

 

a ritual you do every morning, 

 

✧ a thunderous insight you got after falling asleep in the crook of a tree, 

 

 a chat you had with the skunk cabbage emerging from their early spring bog,  

 

 lessons you’ve learned from rain, from rivers, from your shower, 

 

 prayers you offered to the dead baby fox as you moved him from the side of the road, 

 

 conversations you’ve had with the dead-living wood of your house, 

 

 the telling of old knowings in your body, where tree roots live in your feet, where rose quartz has settled in your heart, where dandelions grow from your eye sockets. 

 

It could be a sacred hymn, a fire-side chat, a description of something completely mundane that reveals itself to you in an unfamiliar way. It could be a story about your situated ecology, where you go to reflect, to commune, to remember what is holy in you, what is holy around you. 

 

Perhaps a bit lost, let us unite to stroke the fissures in our knowing, the questions that want to emerge from the stomachs of earthquakes, the ones we have yet to find words for. It will only be from this place of not-knowing that new ways of relating will be discovered.

 

You are welcome to share anonymously if you would like. Once told, your tale will be added to this gathering place of nourishing resource for us all. Some stories will be retold on the podcast with the author's permission. Still have questions? Ask them here.

 

Much love and gratitude for your voice and for joining me in rubbing up against the edges, bearing the uncertainty of the new. 

 

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Meet Kendra 

Most of my life has been devoted to the practice of acupuncture and its nature-based value system, it's easy memory that we are soil, fire, wind, water, and spark in human form. Through my teaching, writing, and healing work, I support people who want to remember themselves at home on this earth, at home with the land where they live, at home within their bodies, at home within their very essence. In addition to my in-person work as an acupuncturist, I offer an online course of study in practical Earth-honoring skills and my first book, Throwing Thunder: Awakening the Forces of Nature Within Every Woman was released in 2021. 

It's not the land that is broken but our relationship to it.

Reconnection can be awkward; it's hard to know where to begin. That is why I created EarthHeart, EarthPsyche, an intimate, self-paced course of study meant to help us remember our place within the living world. Based on Five-Element philosophy, rewilding principles, and contemporary animist insights, this learning is for anyone feeling like a refugee, severed from the land where they live.

 
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