Edge Practical Alchemy offers education in energetic herbalism and somatic arts. I’ve been practicing and studying traditional herbalism, earth medicine and esoteric traditions for a couple of decades, first opening to their reality and effectiveness while healing from being crushed under a car as a young woman. To tell that story I wrote Dance Through It: Gleanings From A Near-Death Experience about end-of-life shifts in consciousness and integrating numinous experiences.
In years past I’ve been a home birth mama, hospice volunteer, and somatic educator, and I pay close attention to the edges of our embodied experience – the liminal spaces – where transformations emerge.
My work is to share tools that connect us with the power and wisdom of the soul, as expressed in our bodies and the rest of the natural world. I focus on bioregional herbalism from a vitalist perspective in a transitioning culture, and somatic journeying for integration.
I’m always a student and intend that my practice and teachings are trauma-informed, pleasure-cultivating, rainbow-affirming and community-empowering. Autistic and neuroqueer, I advocate for the neurodiversity paradigm which casts a new light on autism, mental wellness, and creating an accessible society that encourages the potential of divergent minds, bodies and ways of being.
Beyond geeking out on the enchantment of somatobotanical connection and concoction, I’m into evolutionary astrology, beekeeping, pole dance and aerial arts. Between road trips I can often be found mountain biking, hiking or skiing in the beauty around Salida, Colorado.
Influences Along with deep self-study, I’ve studied tuina with the Big Sky Somatic Institute, craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute, constitutional homeopathy with the School of Homeopathy and through the works of Catherine Coulter and Rajan Sankaran, and death and dying with Partners in Home Care Hospice. Some of my favorite herbal teachings are from Matthew Wood, Jim McDonald, 7song, Kiva Rose, Henriette Kress, Michael Moore, committed folk and clinical herbalists all over who’ve shared their ways – and the songs of the plants. As I found myself steeped in shadow alchemy and archetypal interpretation, writing from Edward Whitmont and Marion Wood have illuminated the way, and the works of Caffyn Jesse, Kirsten Hale and Peter Levine – and experience living with and transforming my own woundings – inform my understanding of trauma and C-PTSD. The kundalini force itself and the experiences of numerous others shape my feel for working with its vitality, and the ecstasy and dangers of an awakening body electric. And at the core of it, a childhood in the mountains of Montana and semi-nomadic adulthood with long periods of isolation have been deeply formative to my sense of being at home with wildness.