I am a Jungian analyst in private practice in Napa, California, and a member of the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco. I write professional articles, novels (Snakes, 2011; Goatsong, late spring 2012), and maintain two blogs, patriciadamery.com and harmsfarmlog.com. My personal account of my journey to becoming a Jungian analyst and concurrent process of my husband’s and my becoming Biodynamic farmers, Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation, was published in 2010 by Fisher King Press. My life has been about seeking the divine in everyday life, and my writing reflects that.
Donald, my husband, and I grow grapes, lavender, other aromatic plants, and goats in the mountains on the western edge of the Napa Valley. We both grew up on small farms in the Midwest in a culture that no longer exists. I learned the pull of sense of place early. Most of my writing concerns remembering instinct, becoming more conscious not only of our personal psyche, but of our relationships to the animate and inanimate world as well. I believe this necessitates a shift in consciousness, “re-membering” an older way while also valuing our intellect, and that this shift is critical to the survival of life as we know it.
I enjoy walking my goats each day, alone or with anyone who will join me. I love going to my studio before there is the faintest hint of light in the eastern sky and listen to the goats bumping about on the other side of the wall my studio shares with their barn.
My husband Donald and I love to travel. One of our favorite ways is trains.