After all, sunshine, bright crisp air, steaming hot peppermint tea laced thick with honey, and exploring mysterious bogs are still advised, are they not? We went to the bog to dream. We knew glorious creatures hid under the spring half ice and green. Lurking in the water weeds just under the mosses. Fae and feral things who cast visions sometimes shadow or light. But always true. We knew because we could feel them buzzing. And hear the pleasing sounds of water lapping on
October in the woods in SW Michigan, just minutes from my Three Oaks home… Moving from the heated expansiveness of summer, a refreshing and introspective autumnal forest calls. Come walk and linger, enjoy scents and colors, experiencing the restoration and inspiration of the trees, plants, and earth. The shadows are long and the days shorter, heightening our pleasure of the moment. Falling leaves reveal the skeleton of a tree. Scent of decaying leaves is both dank and swe
Dust off your wings! Faerie Festival season is here! First, here’s a little bit about faerie festivals. Then the roundup of festivals I’ve been to, or want to go to, or want to go back to. But first – Questions. Just what is a faerie festival? A bit of a hybrid festival, faerie fests are a little like a music fest, only more family friendly. A little bit renaissance fair, only with faeries, and in any time period. A bit steampunk and rainbow tribe. Only with, faeries. E
Was it the new moon? Already? And a spring new moon! Time to plant seeds of intention! If it wasn’t for my dear friend and aromatherapist, Miriam, (Kindred Earth Botanicals) reminding me of our shared monthly new moon mermaid card spread ritual, I’d have missed it in the frenzy of all my doing and then subsequent crashing overwhelm in the form of a nasty cold. I’m doing and busy and running and late… Trying to do all the things. And be all the things to all the people I ho
People and Places People, The Group Belize and Guatemala happened for me this past January because of adventurers Deb and Bob Stelton, through their mom and pop travel company Mexi-Mayan Travel. Deb and Bob Stelton climbing the ruins, Mexi-Mayan Travel And they really are my mom and pop. At the Ruins of Tikal Forever curious, an inspiration to countless students and seekers, hosts and trip organizers of expeditions since the 1960’s, they are only now at 88 and 91 years young
My favorite forest primeval, Warren Woods State Park, lies sleeping under a blanket of snow and the spell of winter. I am out in the woods, practicing winter Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing” – a nature inspired body-mind spiritual practice. By experiencing the winter forest in a liminal meditation state, through my senses, and without agenda, I’m connecting with nature and practicing meditation in motion. The simple and dreamy practice of Shinrin-yoku comes from Japan and is
(in defense of faeries) Queen Mab In the crisp, quiet snow, through the sleeping woods we quest. The forest, at once muted and subtle, is laid bare with winter. The naked skeletons of trees impose themselves through the softness of white drifts. The trees relieved of their autumnal frippery are akin to deep soul-urges exposed. We seek the Winter Faerie Queene, Queen Mab, my Fae companion and I. For the Winter Queen is queen of sleep and deep dreaming. She delivers us to
A solstice wish from NamasFae Yoga…. The Green Tara – Most dynamic Goddess of Compassion! Right leg extended, signifying she can jump into action, left leg folded into contemplation. A perfect integration between being and doing. Be love, do love. May you find yourself loving you. May you love you first among all things, in both action and contemplation. May you soak up the returning light to the depths of your beautiful being and shine, shine , shine! Step into the ligh
A little blog I wrote, published on the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce website about the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI. My home village… By Doreen Stelton To feel enveloped in a welcoming place with friendly folk. You know this feeling? You know it. We all share it. That desire to connect with others, to get social and commune. Perhaps even sharing a deeper experience together, basking in the beauty and mysteries of life. For a lifetime, a day, … Follow source/link be
Happy New Year! New Year’s Eve finds me pausing for a moment with my bulletproof coffee loving my 2017 engagement calendar. All those clean empty pages. A year of possibility with opportunity for beauty. Sprinkle that faerie dust round. Happy New Year, one and all! My Ill-Advised Life In January of 2016 I foreclosed on my underwater condo in Chicago and went free range faerie. I quit my jobs and hit the road with my 9 year old pup, Missy. It was not clearly planned and
The return of light, may yours sparkle and delight! My sincerest wish that you shine your inner light on your dreams and your unique beauty. Let the rest stay in the darkness… Bring forth your beauty! Here’s a free range faerie location update. Missy and I have been in a little cottage in Michigan where we are staying for three months! It is the longest we have stayed anywhere since last February. We love it. We go for long nearly daily walks in nearby Grand Mere State P
Dealing With Bad Faeries Bad Faerie art by Brian Froud Although old as dirt, I’m still a novice. A novice at this living thing. Shadows and bad faeries linger and whisper nasty shit I know I should ignore. I still wanna eat pie for breakfast, am sometimes tempted by the gluttony of vapid media, and give in to occasional self-pitying freak outs behind the wheel. (Where’s that lavender?!?!?!?) But I have learned a few tricks and I’ll get there. First I have to say it. Livi
May the rains sweep gentle across your fields,
May the sun warm the land,
May every good seed you have planted bear fruit,
And late summer find you standing in fields of plenty. Autumn and Mermaids I love that this shadow holiday, Samhain or Halloween, is now celebrated so effusively. The day when the veil between us and the otherworld is thin and porous with faerie contact palpable. We are moving from the autumn, the direction of west and water elementals. Our over arch
I Asked In Meditation One Morning. What’s Next? Well, how about love? Self love. Big love. Unconditional love. Love of dark places of the psyche, and light places too. Gracious, forgiving love. Lover of love. Yup, especially self-love. Simply, right here, right now. Loving the self so intensely it emanates from self like the fragrance of blossoms, permeating the air with sweetness and subtly infusing beauty and more love. As you may or may not know, I’m living a no
Magnolia Can you feel it? The pulsation of energy and expansion. Summer is a time of unfurling and ripening, an outward – yang season. A genial time for delighting in the company of others and for self-expression. Lime Blossom victorian ladies gone fae! This reminds me of a circus contortion blog – click here to read it! unicorn mug! To connect with this genial and expansive energy, find some time to honor your connection with the sun and the start of summer. Be quietly
Sprawled under the hydrangea bushes. Late spring only, but the heat says otherwise, sayin’ summer already. There is Lulu, reflecting momentarily on the turn of event. The event? Gettin’ with your gnomies… At the Maryland Faerie Festival. Thoughts and images flood… Remembrances… Treasures… First, to commune with the faeries tenting is key… For in the tent you hear the faerie wild rites surging and glittery faerie glam seeps through the zippy fabric into dreams. New Gn
I never knew I was creating a world which was an antithesis to the world around me which was full of sorrows, full of wars, full of difficulties. I was creating the world I wanted, and into this world, once it is created, you invited others and then you attract those who have affinities and this becomes a universe. ~ Anais Nin Three Shops in Portland, the World They Wanted The road trip in Oregon had little agenda. The little it did include; Ashland, nature, coupla’ friends,
Happy Mothers Day A word-scent linked portrait of my mother. The inspiration for my perfume, Anam Cara. Anam Cara Eau de Parfum Long ago ~ Anam Cara Base Notes Warm grounding Sandalwood and Vanilla…
Staring into the grass.
Raggedy Anne doll by my side.
My mother, the artist, is near,
Under the oaks, drawing.
She has stayed home to be with me.
I feign sick just to be with her.
Loved. Potent scent of Fossilized Amber…
A portrait of me,
I have the striped legs of Ra
Happy May Day! Rise and put on your foliage, and be seen
To come forth, like the spring-time, fresh and green,
And sweet as Flora. Take no care
For jewels for your gown or hair :
Fear not ; the leaves will strew
Gems in abundance upon you
~Robert Herrick, “Corinna’s Going A-Maying” Today, on Beltane, I send you wishes for virility, fertility, and joy in the pulse of spring and life. May all your seeds blossom and find glorious expression on this verdant earth! Beltane