👋 There seems to be a lot of new faces around here and I haven't done an introductory post in over a year so I thought I would say hi! I’m Kathryn, a thirty year old artist and educator living in a tiny house (that’s not actually a tiny house) on the coast of Rhode Island.
🍄 At this point I'm probably most known for being a "poisonous" plant educator. Part of me is surprised that this has ended up being my career and it makes total sense to another part of me. My first weekend at herbalism school when prompted to find a plant on the property to connect with I was drawn to a hellebore, not knowing what it was. While sitting with this hellebore I had images of being pulled down into their roots, down deeper underground, deeper still into the Underworld. There I met a crone who kept saying the words "This is where you will do your work." And since then I haven't been able to shake my love of poisonous plants. Poisonous plants are the main focus of my studies, spiritual life, and work. I teach workshops both online and in person on the topic of poisonous plants, including a 6-week course (I’ll be posting new dates coming tomorrow!). When teaching I focus primarily on plant spirit work, poison as medicine, and the myths & lore (especially the Persephone myth!) surrounding these plants. See my saved story “Intro to Course” to learn more about what that means.
🌑 I was born in New York City, grew up in southern Connecticut, moved to Boulder, Colorado when I was 18 and lived there for ten years. Since the age of 17, I’ve been dedicated to remembering non-dual awareness - which sounds really serious when I see it written out but I’m still just a regular human living in this world. While in Colorado I went to Naropa University, a Buddhist school where I studied painting and permaculture. I started studying kriya yoga, non-duality, metaphysics, and mysticism with my teacher when I was 19. I studied herbalism with the Gaia School of Healing in Vermont and finished a training in Hakomi (body-centered psychotherapy) early this year.
📚 I wrote and illustrated a lil book called “Here You Are”, which is a collection of original minimalist tantric paintings and straightforward non-dual writings designed to help bring you into the present moment, into your body, and into your heart. You can purchase a copy through my website. I am working on my second book now, titled “Persephone’s Path”. It will be a meditation on the journey we take when we allow ourselves to fully feel difficulties, traumas, and our shadow selves. There will be a brief introduction to the Persephone myth, my understanding of its meaning, a meditation designed to recreate the cyclical journey to the Underworld, and a section about poisonous plant allies. Hopefully it will be complete by the end of the year!
🔥 I’m a Virgo sun but almost every other placement in my chart is in a fire sign, which seems to surprise most people. Fire signs can be introverted and quiet too… right?
🔮 I am deeply in love with the symbolic language of the subconscious. The first classes I ever taught in my early 20’s were about dream symbology. I still incorporate dream work into most of the classes I teach. I believe in the healing (and cutting) magic that is tarot and use it as a way to hear the messages of the subconscious. I offer intuitive tarot readings online and occasionally at events in person - you can read reviews and more about this through my website.
🥁 Through the use of ritual drumming, staving (using a staff in a similar way to the way one would use a drum) and singing I lead Shamanic Journeys both online and in person. I’m currently working on putting together a Patreon where I will offer journeying, herbal medicine, mini-classes on different topics, and tarot readings to patrons.
🌸 I sell flower essences, tinctures, elixirs, and crystals through my website. I work lovingly to create medicines that are full of healing properties that go beyond the plant constituents.
✨ It’s hard to summarize myself in just a few paragraphs but this feels like a good start. It's nice to meet you :)