Edge Practical Alchemy offers education in energetic herbalism and somatic arts. I’ve been practicing and studying traditional herbalism, energy medicine and practical somatics 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.
I focus on bioregional herbalism from a vitalist perspective, and somatic practice in a transitioning culture. Along with deep self-study, I’ve trained in 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 Larken Bunce, 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. The work of Edward Whitmont, Marion Wood, Kirsten Hale and Peter Levine have influenced my understanding of trauma, growth and the subconscious.