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Spiritual nurture

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:

  • spiritual care
  • ritual and magic
  • music
  • building community - helping people nurture our connections with That-Which-Is-Sacred inherent in each other
  • teaching
  • healing
  • handwork
  • dance
  • humanitarian work

Services I offer

Meeting one-on-one to talk about your spiritual life and spiritual journey

Designing, planning, and facilitating workshops and retreats

Specific workshops and retreats:

  • Singing the Goddess
  • Winter Solstice Celebrations / A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual
  • Ritual and magic
  • Sacred Handwork:
  • Handwork in the Light and Handwork as Ministry (for Friends)
  • Handwork as Magic (for Pagans)
  • Handwork, Ministry, and Magic
  • for Pagan Quakers/Quaker Pagans
  • Explicit Friends (community-building among Quakers who experience the Divine an an explicit way)
  • Theaological Diversity Among Friends
  • Energy work (as trained by John Calvi)
  • The Goddess Is Alive and Magic Is Afoot
  • Working with Dying and Death: a Day of Comfort and Healing 

  • Click here for more information about specific workshops and retreats. 


    Energy work (as taught by John Calvi)

    Winter Solstice
    Celebrations based on A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual


    Magic and ritual:
    • Teaching magic
    • Facilitating ritual
    • Helping you craft ways to mark life's transitions, including births, deaths, engagements/ handfastings/ weddings, relationship endings, cronings, and more 


    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 group. 

    I can also develop a workshop for the needs of your particular group or event.  


    Who I work with

    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.  


    Events I host (no charge)

    I often offer / host the following events, free of charge (although I will ask for donations to cover rent if I am paying for space):

    Rates

    Generally, I 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. 


    About the name

    The song "Bread and Roses"  has been important to me since I first learned it as a teenager. 

    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.   

    About me

    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.