11 Apr Honoring Mother Earth in the Roots Tent
This is a place to get our hands and feet in the soil, to connect with the plants, to experience and celebrate the influence of the elements in our lives, to learn ways of right living in accordance with the earth, and to find support as we become aware of our ecological realities.
At The Roots Tent, you will find a sanctuary resource library full of literature to inspire you in all things earth. We will also offer roundtable discussion at lunchtime, daily morning plant walks, and more. Visit us to see our schedule and to collaborate, we are excited to meet you!
Ayana Young is a lover and protector of wild nature, an ecological restorationist, and a radio host. She was studying Ecology at Columbia University when the Occupy Wall Street movement began. Amid the triumphant madness of Zuccotti Park, she created the Environmental working group to help orient the movement to the realities of a suffering planet. From there she moved West to her beloved Cascadian bioregion, starting an organic farm and wild foods cartel on an Oregon mountaintop. In Portland, she had the fortune of learning from the great herbalist Cascade Anderson Geller before her passing. Ayana is currently studying Restoration of Natural Systems in Victoria, BC, while building an arts and ecology center in northern Mendocino county.
Her current passion project is a weekly radio show called Unlearn & Rewild, which you can hear at unlearnandrewild.org. This weekly program is a forum for powerful conversations with the philosophers, scientists, activists, healers, artists and others who are leading the movements to restore our beleaguered planet to its natural balance. The show begins with the premise that humanity’s primary challenges are to unlearn our destructive conditioning and repair and reintegrate into the wild web of life.
A fierce devotee of soul, Hannah has dedicated her life to the exploration of truth and authenticity rooted in a deep love of existence. Her path is guided by spirit and informed by darkness as she walks with vertical alignment in a culture numbed by horizontal connection, utilizing every moment to deepen her practices.
She is currently immersed in studies of the underworld and the soul, egocentric vs ecocentric life, mythology as a navigational tool in changing times, herbalism, plant spirit medicine, birth and death, grief work, nature based ceremonial practices, altered states of consciousness, and deep listening. Join her in the ongoing exploration of true embodiment that naturally emerges through engagement with all three realms of existence.
Hedge-witch, passionate gardener, advocate for the wild, and professional belly laugher, Vicky Salcido-Cobbe strives to live her life with purpose and joy. After years of chronic illness, depression, and self-destructive habits, Vicky’s life changed in an instant when a clinician offered her a bottle of herbal extract as medicine in 2009. Since then, she has has been amazed time and again by the effectiveness and power of nature’s medicine.
After five years of personal education in the world of herbalism, she recently completed a 9-month internship with Donna d’Terra (https://www.
Motivated by the ever-quickening loss of our intricate web of life, Vicky is a passionate (and sometimes frank) voice for local, regenerative herbalism in the name of earth renewal. She is the hedge-witch behind Grandmother’s Medicine – a small scale herbal apothecary that uses mostly herbs grown or wild-harvested by her hands or by small farmers local to her.
Her teaching style is casual, empowering, and hands-on. Expect to explore, be involved, and laugh!
Vicky will be holding down the Roots Tent along with sharing//
Rachel is a passionate artist, farmer, and steward of the land. She is currently working as a farmer for John Jeavons at Ecology Action, an international research and education non-profit focusing on sustainable agriculture.
Her main area of interest is in natural fibers and plant dyes as well as herbalism. After studying traditional printmaking and textiles in college, she felt the need to return to the land, to the garden, and left her urban life behind to move to Mendocino County to pursue a life of homesteading. Her life is dedicated to helping others, creating peaceful ways to work through and help solve the current challenges we face as a species, and to honor and protect Our Mother.
Rachel is excited to share her knowledge and experience of gardening and the healing processes that are created through reconnecting to the soil.
She will be holding down the Roots Tent, and teaching Tending The Earth, Healing Our Spirit and Sacred Seeds. She is honored to be a part of Spirit Weavers and is looking to connect with the powerful community of women who attend this event.
We look forward to rooting down with you in the Redwoods!