Over the Hill, and Around the Bend...

This summer my sisters Sandycrow & Magpie (Corey Raynor) and I have decided to make weekly outings around Vermont to share with you what beauty and magic lie in the hills and mountains that make up what we call home! Along the way, we may venture into our neighbor's yards; with visits to New Hampshire and Maine making their mark on the map. I hope to share this journey with you, so you can check out some of these enchanted places for yourself, and that you may develop a new relationship with the land that surrounds your home. I encourage you to go on random adventures, stop in hole-in-the-wall towns, and find the waterfalls, caves, and healing centers of your neighborhood!


I live in an enchanted Kingdom! Yes, and actual Kingdom, or at least so named. It's a little triangle of land (2027 sq. miles) bordering the Connecticut River to the East and the Canadian border to the North. Being the least populated area of the state it is filled with trees, lakes, rivers, and adventurous hearty folks! Over the last decade, the area has become known as a nature lovers' playground and development in the region has been based around mountain biking, hiking, and magic of one kind or another. While there are many articles in magazines and websites speaking about our great coffee, beer, and soon-to-be cannabis industry, the spiritual nature of our woods has been less spoken of, remaining a secret and sheltered in the wooded places of our state.


Our first jaunt about the Kingdom took us to Rootstock, the magical retreat center owned and operated by Beana Bern and her team of apprentices and magical land stewards! In truth, we based our adventures on visiting Beana, as I needed to check out the land in preparation for the EARTH MAGIC RETREAT I will be teaching there in September. Rootstock has a presence! Filled with gardens, forest paths, earth temples, and the soon-to-be-finished water spa (wood-fired hot tubs, rainwater bathing pools, and more) Rootstock is a place to reconnect with yourself, and experience the medicine of the natural world. Deeply elemental Rootstock holds its guest as they move through their journey toward knowing self! Holding monthly moon circles (for the ladies), and sun circles (for the fellas), deep medicine, and magical retreats, this sacred land is a true blessing to the kingdom.