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Located in the Catskill Mountains, this land was recognized by indigenous peoples over a century ago as a place of healing. Come experience the natural world from a place of heart and connection.   Learn more »
"The teachings are for all, not just for Indians...The white people never wanted to learn before...Now they have a different understanding, and they do want to learn. We are all children of God. The tradition is open to anyone who wants to learn. But who really wants to learn?"   —Don Jose Matsuwa, Huichol, 1989   Learn more »
I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, But rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.   —Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe   Learn more »

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Posted June 24, 2014

"The Home Project is about making a good home for ancient wisdom traditions and the ancient wisdom keepers, who are the holders of those traditions. These traditions were given to our ancestors and have helped us get along with the world, have a good life, survive, and thrive, down to the many, many, many years of hard times, and better times. Under today’s conditions, some of these traditional teachings and practices don’t really have a home anymore. That’s not a very good situation. Not for the tradition holders, or for the people who could benefit from having contact with those traditional teachings and practices, which are just as relevant today as they ever were."


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Posted May 12, 2014

What is the active ingredient in plant spirit medicine? Eliot Cowan tells us that the answer is friendship. In this edition of Insights at the Edge, the author of Plant Spirit Medicine speaks with Tami Simon about engaging in a friendship with plant spirits, and compares the act of connecting with plant spirits in your local area versus working with the spirits of plants from distant places. Tami and Eliot also discuss “great teacher plants”. (73 minutes)

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"... healing is quite mysterious. If we can say it’s about anything, it’s about balance and restoring balance. But that raises the question of, “Balance with what?”

One way of answering that is to say that everything that gave us our life in the first place —and maintains and nourishes and sustains our life—is present and came from what we call “the natural world.” Or simply nature. That’s what we’re made of, and that’s what sustains our lives. So, to be in good health is to be in balance with those forces that create and sustain the natural world."

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Posted March 20, 2014

The feminine is incredibly strong and connective, like the force that both gives and holds life together. In traditional cultures there are regular cycles when women come together with elder women to become reoriented, refocused, and renewed. The Ukalai women’s gathering is a coming together for this purpose – to fold oneself back into the whole and reconnect to the capacity of the feminine. Our “women’s business” is to learn, grow, and stand firmly, in the very midst of our troubled culture, and bring forth the true gifts of the feminine to our partners, our children, our communities and our world in this time of tremendous global change.

"I feel as if now I have a deep core strength and courage to draw upon that manifests in the feminine which has always been there, I just didn't know it. I appreciate what it means to be a woman more and am able to see this in others also: our beauty, generosity, gentleness, courage, communicative abilities, creativity and more... I appreciate men more and the masculine as it plays out in my two young sons as they grow. Am now seeking out the counsel of women more in my life... I am so grateful to have been able to participate in this experience and have spoken of it to several female friends since." -- Zoe Roberts, Perth, Australia

In the Ukalai gathering you are given permission to explore the deep inner voice of the divine feminine that beckons a woman throughout her life until she stops to listen. This program combines the power of the natural stages of life with the deepening of a woman's connection to herself, other women, the masculine, and the sacred world. Ukalai opens a potent ritual space that sets up the necessary conditions to remember and re-instill your connection to the woman you were born to become. You will discover a community of dedicated sisters to support you. Ukalai offers you the opportunity to show up in your life in ways you have longed for.

Join the circle in the upcoming Ukalai Women’s Gathering. Play your part in bringing balance in these transformative times.

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