My ministry focuses on spiritual nurture -- helping people nurture their connection with the That-Which-Is-Sacred. I work one-on-one with individuals, and with groups of many different sizes.
"Spiritual nurture" is a large umbrella. These are the areas that seem to come underneath it in my work and personal life:
Designing, planning, and facilitating workshops and retreats
Specific workshops and retreats:
Energy work (as taught by John Calvi)
Click here for more information about specific workshops and retreats.
Winter Solstice Celebrations based on A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual
Magic and ritual:
I am available to come to your community to facilitate a workshop, retreat, or other event.
Most workshops can be tailored in length to the needs of your event or
I can also develop a workshop for the needs of your particular
group or event.
I work with people who come from a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds, and who currently participate in a wide range of traditions -- including none. I particularly work with folks from Quaker, Pagan, Jewish, and Unitarian backgrounds, as well as with musicians and dancers; I work with people from a number of other backgrounds as well. I am LGBTQ-friendly, poly-friendly, and non-theist-friendly.
charge a sliding scale based on income.
For group events, I ask
donations to meet expenses, plus a stipend for my time.
If I travel to
your community, I ask for travel and lodging, expenses, and a stipend. I currently live in Edinburgh, Scotland.
"Bread and Roses" has been important to me since I first learned it as a
Part of the reason why is because it expresses an important truth about
social justice -- that physical and economic survival are not enough:
"Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses... Yes, it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses, too!”
~ from the song “Bread and Roses,” James Oppenheim and Mimi Fariña
"The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too."
~ Rose Schneidermann, social worker and trade unionist; from a 1912 women's suffrage and labor campaign flier
Since 1991, I've been committed to nourishing my heart as well as my body - to meeting my spiritual needs as well as my survival needs -- and to working with other people who share this commitment.
I am a Quaker Witch: Quaker in the unprogrammed tradition; Priestess and Witch in the eclectic feminist tradition of Roses, Too! Tradition.
I've been involved with ministry since 1986, have been a Priestess and Witch since 1991, and have been active in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) since 1997.
For several years, I had a letter of introduction and support, and an oversight committee for my ministry, from University Friends Meeting in Seattle, WA, where I am a member. Please click here if you'd like to read the letter.
I've been involved with a number of local and national Quaker groups in the US and the UK. I've been involved with local and regional Pagan groups in the US and the UK, and a few national ones in the US.
I spent most of my life in the Mid-Atlantic area of the US, except for a few wandering years while my wife was changing careers and we lived in the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest. Now our family lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, which we love. I'm a sojourning member of South East Scotland Area Meeting of Friends, and active with the Quaker Concern Around Dying and Death (QDD) as well as some small Pagan groups.