23 Jan Lena Eastes
Lena feels at home here on our amazing planet earth. She’s one of those people who’s never met a stranger and although she travels the world, she finds family everywhere (including the plants and animals). She’s a Rainbow Dancer, a “warrior who risks it all for love.” Lena can be found singing with big groups of girls, holding ceremonial space, playing with her daughter, arranging flowers, submerged in a waterfall, or breaking it down on the dance floor. You may first hear her flute song before you see her coming. Lena was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Lena graduated from University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in Cross Cultural Sustainability. She has her Permaculture Design Certificate, and graduated from the Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness Program at the Regenerative Design Institute. She is the founder and director of Non-profit Earth Path Education, where we help grow a culture of listening to the earth as our wisest mentor and teach Nature Connection to children and adults and guide girls through their Rites of Passage into womanhood. Check out earthpatheducation.com. She has guided university students on trips to the mountains, rivers and caves of North Carolina and beyond, through the UNC Asheville Outdoors Program. She empowered youth working with Free the Children as the Regional Network coordinator for the Southeast–providing solutions that free child soilders, child sex slaves and child laborers. Lena is a lifelong earth and human rights activist and protector and uplifter of children. Lena fosters relationship and connection with the earth for hundreds of families from Silicon Valley to Louisville, KY to Western North Carolina. She provides guidance and facilitation for important thresholds in life from becoming a woman, to getting marriage marriages, and giving birth.
She has taught music, art and nature connection in Waldorf schools for the past four years. She leads Women Rewilding, a nine month earth skills immersion. She initiated and annually organizes (for the past decade) Soil Sisters, the young women’s program for the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference. Through her flower farm and business, Blossoming Hearts, Lena grows and arranges ceremonial flowers. She is the founder of Earth Song Rising (www.earthsongrising.com), a four day singing gathering in Asheville, NC.
Lena has the joy of being mama to Naia Grace! Lena loves rainbows, swimming with dolphins, hummingbirds, kundalini yoga, prayer, planting seeds, foraging, running, dancing, working with clay, taking deep breaths, and bringing people together. She grows community, family and earth based spirituality at her home in Asheville, NC.
Lena will be sharing Honoring the Threshold: Holding Rites of Passage For Our Daughters