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the Way of Healing Arts

waking body, breath & being

One way of waking involves aligning ourselves to the cycles and seasons of nature. Our bodies are nature. They’re made of the same elements as the cosmos. Healing arts are holistic healing traditions that build us strong in body and spirit in harmony with nature’s wisdom. 

The healing arts are also forms of essential self-care. In a modern world that pushes unbound expansion, progress, and mechanization (and which capitalizes on the illness that arises as a result), aligning our rhythms with nature is a radical act. Taking responsibility for our own vitality means we are not only healthier and more whole, but more free. 

This section includes resources on physical body cultivation and sensuality, breathwork and plant medicine, cyclical eating and living, and the embodied joy of creativity and craft. 

~Reminder that this resource section is new and the lists are works in progress, not exhaustive by any means. Help make this section more complete by suggesting a resource here.

resources:

the Way of Healing Arts

waking body, breath & being

One way of waking involves aligning ourselves to the cycles and seasons of nature. Our bodies are nature. They’re made of the same elements as the cosmos. Healing arts are holistic healing traditions that build us strong in body and spirit in harmony with nature’s wisdom. 

The healing arts are also forms of essential self-care. In a modern world that pushes unbound expansion, progress, and mechanization (and which capitalizes on the illness that arises as a result), aligning our rhythms with nature is a radical act. Taking responsibility for our own vitality means we are not only healthier and more whole, but more free. 

This section includes resources on physical body cultivation and sensuality, breathwork and plant medicine, cyclical eating and living, and the embodied joy of creativity and craft. 

~Reminder that this resource section is new and the lists are works in progress, not exhaustive by any means. Help make this section more complete by suggesting a resource here.

body cultivation

In General:

Look into ancient cultivation traditions like yoga or qigong. Try meditation and breathing practices. Experiment with food and herbs as medicine. Get up with the sun. Walk barefoot on the earth. Learn the cycles of nature—sun and moon and seasons—and the ways your body responds to them. Seek out natural healers. See what helps and heals you. When we follow the intelligence of nature as our guide, our bodies remember their own intelligence, too. 

books & articles

Books:

  • Body Thrive: Uplevel Your Body and Your Life with 10 Habits from Ayurveda and Yoga, Cate Stillman
  • Ever Ancient, Ever New: Celtic Spirituality in the 21st Century, Dolores Whelan 
  • The Nordic Animist Year, Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen (a calendar of the ways traditional Nordic peoples perceived time and seasons)
  • Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto, Tricia Hersey
  • Wild Irish Roots: A Seasonal Guidebook of Herbs, Ritual & Connection, Tonja Reichley
  • The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential, Wim Hof

Cookbooks & Food:

  • Beat Cancer Kitchen: Deliciously Simple Plant-Based Anticancer Recipes, Chris Wark
  • The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well, Kate O’Donnell
  • Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats, Sally Fallon
  • The 3-Season Diet: Eat the Way Nature Intended, John Douillard
  • Wild Fermentation, Sandor Katz

On the body and trauma:

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel van der Kolk
  • My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem

films & videos

Awake in the Darkness. An exploration of 7 days in pure darkness, with a human consciousness attuned to the light.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule. An investigation into long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on earth. Based on the book by Rick Strassman.

How to Change Your Mind. Author Michael Pollan leads the way in this Netflix docuseries exploring the history and uses of psychedelics, including LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and mescaline.

The Earthing Movie: The Remarkable Science of Grounding. “By planting your bare feet on the ground, your body will begin to heal itself.”

The Way of the Psychonaut. Explores the life and work of Stanislav Grof, Czech-born psychiatrist and psychedelic psychotherapy pioneer. 

Ben Stewart on Gaia.com. Ben Stewart hosts the series Limitless and Psychedelica, among others, which explore the realms of physical and psychological potential.

podcast episodes

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teachers & organizations

May it be of benefit.

If we surrendered to earth's intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees.

If we surrendered to earth's intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees.