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.
#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 listenEPISODE 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 listenEPISODE 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 listenEPISODE 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 listenEPISODE 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 listenEPISODE 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 listenEPISODE 1