18 Dec Courtney Stokes
I have long been interested in non-traditional ways of living and healing, and the birth of my children gave new energy to my studies and trainings. I want to be able to take care of myself, my family, and my community in grounded, meaningful, reciprocal and trustful ways. And so I’ve trained as a birth doula with Coral Slavin and Carriage House Birth, as a death doula with Rebekah Dawn and Kari Kercher, I’ve studied herbalism in the Wise Woman Tradition, tarot with Vicki Noble, land stewardship with Carrie Lou Arnold, traditional/ancestral foods and nourishment, I spent a year in apprenticeship with Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman and the Sisters of the Oaks, and I continue to explore the mystery of the cauldron with Shonagh Home and the Daughters of the Faerie Tree. I also hold masters degrees in environmental policy and education and worked for several years for a Washington, DC-based non-profit in international sustainable land use and management.
It was my mother, Ann, who taught me to swim regularly for mental and physical health. As a young girl at summer camp in the Adirondacks, I first experienced the benefits of an early morning cold water plunge. And it is by following the lead of my own body that I have discovered the unmatched pleasures of swimming for play.
With my offering, I honor and thank Canandaigua Lake, Keuka Lake, Dart’s Lake, the gorges of Ithaca, Clayoquot Sound, the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Como, and beloved Lake Michigan which I now call home as teachers and space-holders.
Farewell the night and welcome the day with me, at the river dock, where I share a morning Selkie Swim.