I have a deep love for poetry and for walking in the woods. I also love stargazing, women's circles, and vegetarian cooking. I especially love to make big batches of hot soup on cold days.
I have been a practicing birth doula since 2015; right now I take two or three clients a year in Birmingham and Huntsville. I have attended births in hospital, birthing center, and at home, and I've designed and facilitated blessing rituals leading up to birth. Birth work is incredibly meaningful to me and informs all the work that I do.
I love to get creative with groups of people (organizations, families, communities) and to find fun, engaging ways to talk about the things they value. I'm especially proud of the work I did with the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network in 2017.
I grew up in the Roman Catholic and Episcopal Church. I am not ordained in either denomination, but I am a licensed minister. In addition to my Wild Ground work I also direct a summer camp program for people of all abilities for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. I attended divinity school at Wake Forest University, with a special interest in feminist and eco-theology.
I consider myself a freelance priestess. I love to design and lead rituals to honor meaningful moments. I have helped design and lead cronings, mama blessings, weddings, baptisms, funeral and memorial services. My spiritual practices are informed by Christianity; I often work in non-Christian contexts.
I am a queer woman. I strive to be an anti-racist ally to people of color. I believe that white supremacy pervades every aspect of our political and social systems. I do my best to be an intersectional feminist, a prison abolitionist, and a believer in the inherent worth and dignity of all people (an anti-capitalist).
My magic is my ease with humans.
My medicine is stillness & generosity of Spirit.
I am a lover of Earth's creatures, of her waters, of her position in the Universe, of the cycles of birth and death. I am oriented towards touching the pain of this world with deep rest, hands on touch, breath work, movement, compassionate listening, laughter, kindness, music and vibrant food from the land.
I am a practicing Accessible & Alignment Based Yoga Teacher 200 Hour through Here Now Yoga taught by Rebecca Impello and Kimberly Drye.
I had a moment on the mat at the very beginning of my training in 2018 that took me to a high vibration and clear YES to offering Restorative & Alignment Yoga to caregivers, educators, activists, healers, growers, musicians.
As a facilitator of the Work That Reconnects (WTR), my commitment is to serve the Great Turning towards a life honoring civilization in the southeastern US.
I strive to be an anti-racist ally to people of color. I believe white supremacy, the patriarchy and profit-over-life consumerism to be world views deeply woven into every fabric of American society. My work with WTR is to soften the fall of these unraveling systems with integrity to the marginalized people and ecosystems that have paid the highest costs.
My background of 15 years of travel to wild landscapes, urban & rural ecovillages, retreat centers and conscious festivals informs my work. I am inspired by the Global Ecovillage Network, especially the synergy of intergenerational groups like the Camphill Communities of Ireland. I'm a graduate of the Ecovillage Design Education Course Work and use this curriculum specifically to help groups discover tools, games and a process to tend to the Social Sustainability of their projects.
My background as an educator in the US has been in service with FoodCorps North Carolina and the McDowell Farm School.
I live with my partner, Martin, who was raised in Weimar, Germany and now tends to various community spaces here in Alabama as an organic gardener consultant and creative collaborator with Wild Ground.
Work one on one with Lydia