I would wake in the middle of the night with the words so loudly in my head that I could not ignore the message. This was in early 2020. What was I supposed to do with the Wild Woods that would visit me every night?
I started dabbling, making small amounts of natural, plant-based products that I branded as Wild Woods. But it wasn’t until the spring of this year that I realized the true path of Wild Woods.
Nature and Mother Earth have always been at the core of my existence. I grew up in the woods. The picture featured with this post was taken at a mountain lake this past weekend. While up there, my mom reminisced about when I was 2 or 3 years old and her and my dad took me camping at the lake.
It’s no wonder that I have always felt so connected to nature.
Although, I did lose that connection for some time in the complexities of adulthood. Until a breakthrough moment where it was as if I had no other choice than to come back to myself, to source, to earth. I deconstructed and chose a new path that was aligned with my own spirit, passion, and purpose.
As I re-discovered myself, I opened up this internal treasure chest where I held so much knowledge and wisdom that I could not explain. I still can’t fully explain it, but I know it. I remember this one defining moment where I was doing energy work on a woman and I kept hearing the word ‘Barberry.’
My thoughts were creeping in, “That’s so weird. What is barberry? Why do I keep hearing barberry?” I pushed it aside and kept working, but it wouldn’t stop. And then I could see a shrub with berries on it and that’s when it occurred to me…is barberry a plant? Does this woman need the medicine of barberry? Yes!
At the end of the session, I talked to her about what I was picking up from her, why I chose the areas of her body to work on that I did, and I shared the barberry experience with her. We looked up barberry and it was absolutely on point with everything I described to her and everything she was currently facing in life. She had a mix of tears, awe, and wonder in her eyes. “How did you know that?”
I couldn’t answer her.
This was the start of something beautiful. My relationship with the plant world continued to deepen and these experiences are now regular and normal for me. Like my ancestors and the Indigenous who walked this land long before we were here, I wholeheartedly feel that plants have spirits. They can communicate with us. Their medicine, healing, and wisdom is far greater than many people understand.
In a desire to strengthen my relationship to Mother Earth and all her greatness and creations, I began integrating the plants, animals, and Great Mother into daily life. And in this past year, I took an amazing opportunity to join a plant medicine apprenticeship with a woman who I admire beyond words while also enrolling in a unique herbalism course that speaks to the very core of my being.
I don’t know that my thirst for plant knowledge will ever be satiated. And that’s ok. Nature is so effen cool, I welcome as much of it as I can into my life. And it is a part of my path, purpose, and passion to share this with others.
When my kids returned to school in September 2020, I had to take a step back from Violet Flame (my previous business). I didn’t know why, I just needed to. I needed the pause. A reset. A deepening. And this spring as I came through the other side, I fully understood the message of Wild Woods. I was ready to move forward.
Wild Woods Wellness was born. A unique culmination of my gifts, wisdom, and knowledge with deep reverence and respect for all my teachers in both physical and spiritual form who have helped me come back to myself.
I have a commitment to live wild and well and to assist those seeking the same. Those who are ready to be free of what holds them back. Those who want to expand and come into their own, something that looks different for each and every one of us.
We were not born to be tamed. I invite you to join me in breaking free.
Wild Woods Wellness is here to help you whenever you’re ready.