18 Dec Courtney Stokes
I have long been interested in different ways of living and healing, and the birth of my children renewed my energy to learn. I want to take care of myself, my family, and my community in grounded, reciprocal and thoughtful ways. Part of this has been training as a birth doula, a death doula, and studying herbalism in the Wise Woman Tradition. I also hold masters degrees in environmental policy and education and worked for several years for a non-profit in international sustainable land use and management. I am a practicing Buddhist. 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. 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.
Farewell the night and welcome the day with me, at the river dock, where I share a morning Selkie Swim.