I live near the St. Croix River Valley in Minnesota with my family, where we tend a large organic vegetable garden, explore nature and do our best to live simply.
Land Acknowledgement: We reside on Dakota and Ojibwe land, land that European settlers colonized. Today, there are 11 reservations within the state of Minnesota: four Dakota communities in the south and seven Ojibwe communities in the north. To find out more about the land on which you reside, visit https://native-land.ca/
As a mother, spouse, gardener, and writer, I am committed to cultivating ways of being that are life-giving and sustainable for people, communities and the planet. I love putting words together to paint pictures of ideas, as well as walking with others as they explore what it means to live well on a finite planet. Hiking through forests and across prairies, wading in streams, digging in the soil and surrounding myself with natural wonder help me stay grounded in reality. I currently work as a wellness coach, occasionally coordinate with yoga teachers and organic farms to offer retreat experiences, write books, and though all of that, strive to give voice to stories that need to be told.
Co-founder of 12 Tiny Things , I’m a regular contributor to We Are Wildness as well as past contributor to Tiny Buddha and Elephant Journal. Editor of The Wayfarer Magazine’s Mindful Kitchen/Wellness column, I have published a number of books: Prairie Grown: Stories and Recipes from a South Dakota Hillside (Avenida Books; June 2016), Woodland Manitou: To be on Earth (Homebound Publications; September 2017), and What Comes Next: Between Beauty and Destruction (Homebound Publications; Spring 2019). My first poetry collection, Cold Spring Hallelujah was released on November 1, 2019. Twelve Tiny Things: Simple Practices for Living a More Intentional Life is scheduled for publication in spring 2021 from Broadleaf Books.
Find my online courses at We Are Wildness U, an online learning center for those who want to learn with Nature, about Nature and from Nature.
Thank you for your presence here in this virtual space, and may your time on earth be one of well-being, peace and commitment to what you deem as enough for a beautiful life.