Pat’s Story

 
 

I have always been intrigued by the mystical aspects of nature – the elements, indigenous plants, animal encounters and wild weather.  My life purpose is to help people reconnect with Nature, reclaim their sense of wholeness and home.  Awareness of native people’s philosophy and folk traditions has taught me the power of natural healing, deep observation of nature, and the ancient way of the scout.

I have been a Missouri Ozark forest dweller working with herbal medicine and practicing shamanism for over four decades.  I am the crafter of Willow Rain Herbal Goods, providing remedies, wreaths and twig art made from the wild native plants of our Ozark mountain sanctuary. 

Our land, known as Earthcamp,  has been an off-the-grid private campground since the late 80s.   Many seekers, wanderers and adventurers have crossed the creek to immerse in Nature, study shamanism and wild plants as well as practice survival skills.

In my late teens, I became a student of horticulture and plant medicine.  In 1983 I began studies in earth awareness with Sun Bear as a tribal apprentice and nature kinship with Dorothy Maclean of Findhorn and Machaelle Small Wright of Perelandra.  Shamanic skills were cultivated with Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, Brant Secunda and Tom Cowan.  I am a member of the Society for Shamanic Practice and a perpetual pupil of plants; spirit allies; Celtic Gypsy ancestors; and my dogs, Morgan and Finn (now in spirit).

See my column, "Nature Wisdom", in  The Healthy Planet environmental and wellness magazine.   My professional writing career began in 2000 and I am honored to have become a published author.  

My dog Morgan and I volunteer our services to track the lost and missing.  I started search and rescue training in 1998 with NASAR and serve with SCSESA and ESAR.  Searching for the lost and missing is my passion and I consider it a responsibility and a privilege to bring the missing home and give families closure.

I am a ten-year survivor of ovarian cancer and attribute my recovery to forest shamanism, native plants, nutrition, gifted healers and the loving support of family and friends.  Since 2012 I have been challenged by West Nile Virus passed to me by a tiny mosquito bite.  I have had to simplify my life and make changes in my career.  See my Nature Chronicles  Shadow of the Bird and The Wisdom of Stillness.

may the stars watch over you..... Pat


“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.”

E. O. Wilson

 

“Look deep deep into Nature and then you will understand everything better.”  Albert Einstein



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