Posts in Story Telling
Embracing Ancestry on Tir na nOg Farm

Skye and I have arrived to Tir na nOg Farm, also known as 'the Otherworld', "the Land of the Young" in Scottish- Gaelic, which is one of the many names for 'the Otherworld', an earthly paradise inhabited by the pre-Christian Gods of Ireland. Skye is Scottish and Irish, as well as me, and we too find a deep satisfaction in studying the ways of our ancestors. It's no wonder we both feel in love with the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and the Northern Landscape so deeply, the ocean, the forest, salmon, bear, raven, this bioregion and these animals have been home to our blood for generations.

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Imbolc | The Stirrings of Spring & Dark Winter Visions

February 1st-2nd marks the festival of Imbolc on the Celtic Wheel of the Year. The meaning of this holy day derives from Old Irish 'i mbolc' or "in the belly". This is physically referring to pregnant livestock, and metaphysically referencing being incubated in the womb of Mother Earth, as the Northern Hemisphere is now mid way between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. This being my first winter in the Northern Hemisphere with no snow, the imagery of being suspended in some sort of womb state is visceral.

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A Wanderer's Reflection | Peru (Part I)

We're in the darkest month of the year here in the northern hemisphere, and with these short days I've been going inward, reflecting on my last few trips around the sun. About this time last December I sat here and ate trucha, or mountain trout at this sweet chalet restaurant in Peru. I had just returned to the Sacred Valley after spending a month and change living in my tent in the remote jungle near the border of Brazil.

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The Manifestation of Dreams | Shelter Island, Alaska

All along my inner longing was to just live in the forest, have my own house, and be self sufficient. Yet having grown up in the suburbs, I wasn't too well versed in how to go about that. Thats not what we learn at school. I found out about World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, and began working on farms for my room and board. There are no words to describe the experience of cultivating soil in the spring to grow your food in summer, to then live off it in winter. I had never felt such resilience, such connection to the process of being human

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