I think of myself first as a country-woman. I grew up in the Mohawk Valley in Upstate New York, happily immersed in the natural beauties of my family’s ten acre farm where first chickens, then three kids, and then our horses thrived. For quite a few years the lives of us two-leggeds, four-leggeds, and feathered ones all overlapped. (I was the egg gatherer!) It was a marvelous, magical childhood. Then off to college and a couple decades devoted to raising my son and daughter, teaching high school English, and being an active part of our rural community in the Upper Unadilla Valley.
In the 1990s I joined a women’s circle devoted to the study of the Sacred Feminine which ultimately led to the birthing of what I came to realize was my whole and complete Self. And through this profound experience and influence, I also grew to hear and claim my Writer’s Voice. In 2001 an opportunity to take part in a women’s writing retreat in Glastonbury, UK…the site of ancient Avalon…brought me home to my Ancient Self and full commitment to becoming an Earth-healer, especially to working with Water and its sacred, living Presence.
The first decade of the New Millennium brought training as a labyrinth facilitator with Dr. Lauren Artress of Grace Cathedral, several marvelous years of study with Dr. Jean Houston and Peggy Rubin, and the publication of two novels. The first, Point of Departure, and the second, Downstream. (available on Amazon) Evolving from being a mom to becoming a grandma came along too, a role I cherish.
Starting in 2006 I began the awesome and privileged work of leading pilgrimage groups to Glastonbury and the sacred sites of southwest England concluding this wonderful work-in-the-world in 2015. Answering Avalon’s Call grew out of these incredible journeys which began in 2001 when I took a leap of faith that I was to go there, to answer its Call. The photo below is of me standing at the foot of the amazing and magickal Glastonbury Tor on my second trip there in 2004. More of all this within the covers of Avalon’s Call….