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).
I love being barefoot, taking baths with herbs, cooking, traveling with my partner, women's circles, talent shows and playing games kids make up. I especially love listening to people’s stories, singing harmonies, compost toilets and sacred spaces.
I love movement, play and connecting physically with the Earth. I am a certified 200 hour yoga instructor through Here Now Yoga in Birmingham and use this knowledge to lead groups and individuals in movements and breath work practices suited to their abilities and energetic needs. I especially love leading Laughter Yoga and Restorative Yoga practices.
Over the past 15 years, I have followed a love for growing and sharing food and a curiosity for spiritual nourishment that has taken me to wild landscapes, ecovillages, retreat centers and conscious festivals in the US and abroad. I have felt the soil of vastly different gardens and eaten their vibrant fruits in celebrations that shook me to my core. Participating in the cycles of nature through gardening and cooking in communities has shown me the perspective changing power of facilitating others to connect with nature. I am most honored to have worked with the diversity of schools and communities as a service member with FoodCorps North Carolina and as an educator at the McDowell Farm School.
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.
In addition to my work with Wild Ground, I support the efforts of the Sand Mountain Seed Bank in Albertville, Alabama to collect, grow and preserve heirloom vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits.
I am married to a beautiful human being raised in Weimar, Germany who found me in Ireland in 2011 and bravely said yes to living in rural Alabama. Martin is an organic gardener and our longest supporter of this work.
I strive to be an anti-racist ally to people of color by being an example with my behavior & discussing white privilege with white people. I believe that white supremacy, the patriarchy and profit driven consumerism are woven deeply into the fabric of American society causing unnecessary suffering and mindlessness. I believe that meditation, movement, sacred spaces, nourishing food & music encourage important conversations that lead to increased reconciliation and joy and towards a more life sustaining life.
Work one on one with Lydia