In old England, villages ended where the forest began, with a hedge marking the boundary between the two. Just beyond this hedge you would often find a woman living in a small cottage - she was a healer/herbalist, midwife/birthkeeper, and a(n outside the established church) spiritual advisor to her community. In later years these wise women, who tended to walk their own unique spiritual paths and often had a family of their own, were sometimes called hedgewitches because of their healing gifts and connections to the spiritual & natural worlds. Their practices (though very much individual, not formalized or communal) became known as "hedgecraft".
I was raised as an evangelical Christian but along the way I began to carve my own spiritual path and am now an agnostic theist. I don't know for sure what's out there, I'm comfortable with mystery, and I think we're probably all held together by a Divine source of Love.
I am a witch and mystic. Not the pointy hat witch in black you see in movies, or part of a neo-pagan coven, but a women who is connected to the world and it's healing gifts. As a mystic, I see "all of life as an abundant opportunity to discover, realize, and express the Divine." (R.Larue).
I am an omnist. I recognize and respect that pieces of beauty and truth can be found in all religions.
I am a wife (2008), and an unschooling mother to two boys (Levi was born in 2011 & Lutka in 2015) - Levi is autistic, specifically PDA Autistic (Pathological Demand Avoidance is part of the Autism Spectrum) and we strongly suspect Lutka is an ADHD'er.
I am self-identified as neurodivergent, specifically PDA. When going through the diagnostic process with my son Levi I found that I recognized myself in those pages.
Our family (& my business!) began and spent 10 years in a very small one bedroom home next to a Provincial Wildlife Area outside of Brighton, Ontario. In September 2018 we moved to a big old brick house in the Wooler, Ontario area, across the road from 100 acres of "crown" land.
I am a birthkeeper - a term that the late Jeannine Parvati Baker created in reference to Birth Workers who are also Earth Keepers (those who value the wisdom of the Earth). I am committed to remembering the sacred nature of birth and earth and I believe, as Jeannine did, that we can "heal the earth one birth at a time". I believe that in order to dismantle the systems of oppression which plague our world and cause untold harms, we must go back to the beginning - to birth and to earth. I believe we must find ways to LEAN OUT of systems that are causing harm so that they collapse, and new just and loving systems can be built in their place.
I attended my first birth in 2003, supporting a dear friend through the complex and early birth of her daughter, which ignited within me a passion for the wellbeing of birthing people & infants in the childbearing year. After 14 years as a doula I stepped away from attending births professionally in order to lessen the strain on my own family, but also to focus on my work as an herbalist and to put more time into writing.
I believe the knowledge of what is essential to our well-being, what we need to be happy, healthy, and whole, is encoded within us. On both a cultural and individual level though we have forgotten what we know to be most true; we allow systemic oppression to harm some while granting privilege to others; we accept cheap comforts in place of true nourishment; we pay for quick fixes in place of deep healing. Our intuition and healing ability have been corrupted by systems of belief that make us see ourselves and "others" as inherently toxic or incomplete, and in need of cleansing or rescuing by a hero/expert. We constantly try to fix brokenness and overcome weaknesses, losing sight of the beauty, wonder and strength in our inherent wholeness, gifts, and soul desires.
I believe all people deserve to know, be, and share LOVE, and to be treated with kindness and respect. I believe that when we know better we can do better and we're all doing the best we can. I believe that systems of oppression which grant privilege to some and harm to others must be consciously identified, rooted out, and healed. I believe that to truly live in our light we must also face our shadow. I believe that you are here - now - for a reason, and I look forward to supporting you through my products, services, and writing.
Background & Qualifications
DONA International Birth Doula 2005-2011 (trained & certified)
Birth Arts International Birth Doula 2011* (trained, not certified)
Certified Reflexologist with the Reflexology Training Academy of Canada 2013
Bloodborne Pathogens & Infection Control for Placenta Encapsulators Certificate - Biologix Solutions 2013
BOLD Birth Yoga Nidra Meditation Facilitator 2013
Heart of Herbs "Advanced Herbs & Aromatherapy for Women"*
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: Breastfeeding course certificate
La Leche League Health Professionals Seminar: Making More Milk
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training
First aid and CPR training
Post abortion and trauma training
Restorative Justice Facilitator
Credentialed youth worker through YFC/Youth Unlimited International
Bachelor's degree in Religious Education (BRE)
Experience with Tapping (EFT/Emotional Freedom Technique)
Level 3 Therapeutic Touch practitioner
Boiron USA: Homeopathic Medicine for Women's Health