Our love was born outside the walls,
in the wind, in the night, in the earth,
and that's why the clay and the flower,
the mud and the roots, know your name.
~ Pablo Neruda
In this interview, Wendy is in conversation about Ancestral Lineage through a Nature-Based Perspective. She will wonder whether we have forgotten the deep roots and stories in the marrow, the DNA of our bones, thereby feeling disconnected from the depth of our roots in deep Ancestral lineage, both human and more-than-human. Such a forgetting or repressing, contributes to a sense of aloneness, lost, and longing that may haunt us leading to what we might call Depression or Anxiety, and disconnection from our own authentic and Earth-given nature, dignity, and true inheritance.
When attending to these more hidden, even secretive, aspects on the journey to Soul and with the land, there can great healing in our lives, the lives of our Ancestors, and the land through the deep imagination as well as treasures to unearth. What if the particularly wild and abundant Painted Lady Butterfly pilgrimage celebration we have experienced in Scotland this year also speaks to a possible similar human Ancestral/Descendant Lineage and Pilgrimage Journey for humanity. How might such an understanding impact us and our work with people. This interview will also be an introduction to a series of two forthcoming workshops on the cusp and through Samhain, the Day of the Dead, and All Souls Day.
This workshop also draws upon the work of Bill Plotkin, Geneen Marie Haugen, and the Animas Valley Institute, as well as the work of Peter Scanlan.
Out of disordered history a little coherence,
a pattern comes,
like the steadying of a rhythm on a drum,
melody coming to it from time to time,
waking over it,
as from a bird at dawn or nightfall.
~ Wendell Berry, 1982 V1
Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche – Bill Plotkin - (October 2003)