ABOUT





About:

I am a Jungian analyst in private practice in Napa, California, where my husband and I also grow grapes, raise goats, and grow and distill lavender and other aromatic plants. We are a Demeter certified Biodynamic organic ranch.

I grew up on small farm in the Midwest in a culture that no longer exists. Early on I experienced the pull of spirit of place, or the genius loci, often depicted as a serpent. Most of my writing concerns the lively experience of spirit of place. This involves being more conscious not only of the personal psyche, but of our relationship to the animate and inanimate world as well. It necessitates a shift in consciousness, a “re-membering” of an older, more open-hearted approach to the natural world and to each other, while also valuing intellect. I believe this shift is critical to the survival of life as we know it.

As the result of a shocking experience during my candidacy to become a Jungian analyst, and concurrently, a crisis with the ripening of a grape crop, I was forced to seek help from alternative traditions, including a spiritual teacher and a biodynamic consultant. The account of this, Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation, was first published in 2010 by Fisher King Press. The second edition with a Foreword by Robert Sardello is to be published by Leaping Goat Press in April 2014.

My professional writing often offers a Jungian lens on biodynamics as we practice it on our ranch, bridging the work of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner. Some of my most popular blog posts are:

On Biodynamics and Jung:

Biodynamic Preparation 504: Stinging Nettle
Biodynamic Preparation 505: Oak Bark
Biodynamic Preparation 503: Chamomile
Biodynamic Preparation 507: Challenges of Valerian
Biodynamic Preparation 505: Dandelion
Biodynamic Preparation 502 Yarrow: Healing Earth and Psyche
Distillation and Donald
Epiphany: Three Kings Preparation

Book and Film Reviews:

What is it about an Island? and Reflections on Clare Cooper Marcus' Iona Dreaming
Review: Mink River: A Novel, by Brian Doyle
Unplugging the Patriarchy: A Mystical Journey into the Heart of the New Age, by Lucia Renee
Awakening the Ancestors: Review of filmmaker Beth Nelson’s two documentaries