I am a wild nature-fueled writer fond of living our most audacious, authentic selves in assistsnce to The Great Turning.
My first collection of poetry, Re-Membering: Poems of Earth and Soul, was released by Wild Nature Heart Press in September, followed by a collection of forest haiku, High-Cooing Through the Seasons. A collection of love and erotic poetry called Wild Basket of Her Heart will be out in March, and a river and mountain-themed collection, Headwaters and Heartrocks, will be released later in 2019.
I am co-founder with therapist and writer Katie Baptist of Wild Nature Heart, guiding wilderness journeys and facilitating authentic re-connections with nature and our deepest selves to assist in the work of repairing broken belonging. I am a certified Ecotherapist through the Earthbody Institute and host the Wild Nature Heart Humboldt Meetup, Wild Nature Heart East Bay Meetup, the Sacramento Wild Nature Heart Meetup.
Curiosity is my best friend.
“Make the universe your companion, always bearing in mind the true nature of things—mountains and rivers, trees and grasses, and humanity—and enjoy the falling blossoms and the scattering leaves.” -Bashō
A couple years ago, I lived under a plum tree, practicing simple abundance in an intentional community called Mariposa Grove in Oakland, CA, where I lived for four years. Currently, I split my time between living in the forest in the Oakland hills and along the American and Mad Rivers. I am also writing a book called Vulnerable Mountain Heart, about my experience through the seasons on the land, on the threshold between the city and the wild, and some of the stories of personal growth that got me there.
Here I share some of my creative writing, mostly poems, short stories, and chapters of novels. My writings often carry themes of nature, love, fear, play, wildness, shadows, growth, liberation, impermanence, and vulnerability. I hope you enjoy.
“If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.” -Rumi