Nature as Source
Two questions inspire everything I do:
- How can people in the modern world connect with nature?
- How can we align our lives more closely with nature and with the Living Source flowing through all nature?
I explore these questions through writing books and a blog, through work in nature spirituality, and through coaching authors with their creative projects.
What if your still small voice had a name? In this memoir of one transformative year, I come to know my spirit helper as a jovial and affectionate Bear. Through shamanic-style journeys, Bear nudges toward joy and offers gentle wisdom for navigating life’s rough patches. Our heart-opening conversations suggest that overcoming humans’ separation from nature requires a reinvigorating of nature spirituality in everyday life. Tamed by a Bear shows one person responding to the call of her heart, which is also the call of Earth to all human beings today: to listen to a more-than-human wisdom in order to address the social and environmental crises born of our separation from nature. For those wishing to grow in love and in their ability to hear the quiet voice of Spirit.
“An openhearted, playful account of learning to listen to the wisdom of interconnection.”
—Elizabeth Enslin, author of
While the Gods Were Sleeping
Read the opening pages of Tamed by a Bear.
Inspired by years of listening to nature, my 2012 book, Kissed by a Fox, blends personal memoir with insights drawn from history, ecology, natural sciences, and many spiritual traditions—lyrical nature writing to rekindle your love for Earth. Heart-opening stories of a dog, a creek, or a tree frame each chapter and lead through a fifteen-year adventure of learning to connect with nature. Altogether, stories and reflections celebrate the profound connections linking people with all other creatures and point the way toward a deeply collaborative relationship with a living Earth.
“Tenderly woven . . . lyrical . . . [an] entertaining and emotionally resonant book.”
Winner of the 2013 WILLA Award in Creative Nonfiction
Read the opening chapter of Kissed by a Fox.
I offer one-on-one mentoring sessions in Earth spirituality to strengthen each person’s connection to Nature-Spirit-Self. During individual consultations (usually by phone), we engage in shamanic-style journeys, pausing in our busy lives to seek the larger wisdom of Spirit. I listen to Spirit on your behalf, or I may support you in developing your ability to journey and consult directly with Spirit.
See the Spiritual Mentoring page for more information.
A place to be bold about spirit in nature, to reflect on how nature spirituality can support modern people. Experimenting with the possibility that the matter-spirit split of Western thought is not how things are—that reality is far more unified than modern people give it credit for. Down-to-Earth reflections on matters both seen and unseen.
Drawing on thirty years’ experience as an editor and writing coach as well as author, I offer one-on-one editorial sessions and editorial feedback on your writing projects. I might ask questions to help you sharpen the focus of your message, or I can offer suggestions to keep your plot on course. I specialize in memoirs and will also consider projects in fiction and nonfiction.
Please read my Author Coaching page for more information and to see if I might be a good match for your project.
I am a writer and spiritual counselor with a passion for reconnecting people with nature. I received a PhD in religious studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and have taught graduate-level environmental humanities, feminist studies, critical thinking, and thesis writing at Prescott College in Prescott, AZ, and Naropa University in Boulder, CO.
Nature advocacy started for me in Oakland, where I founded a small nonprofit land trust to preserve a nearby creek. I have cleaned and restored urban creeks, fed baby birds in wildlife rehab, and cofounded a local rights-of-nature group. Today I connect with nature through bird-watching, hiking, swimming, and listening to Nature-Spirit-Source in quiet meditation.
My second book, Tamed by a Bear: Coming Home to Nature-Spirit-Self, was published by Counterpoint Press in 2017 and is now out in paperback. Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature (Counterpoint, 2012) received the WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction. I live near the sea in the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest with my partner, Tim, and our blue heeler mix, Bodhi.
I would love to hear from you! Please get in touch, and I will respond soon.