When she was 7 months pregnant, Amy Mea Woodruff's best friend was murdered by a stranger in her home. Amy speaks about this experience publicly for the first time, sharing the alternative grieving pathway she quickly carved out for herself as she sought to nurture and protect the life growing inside of her while simultaneously mourning the loss of her beloved soul sister.
Experiences from her past that had grounded Amy deeply into herself were an anchor throughout this process, including the conscious use of psychedelics and a longstanding practice of learning about and connecting with her ancestors.
Amy (aka Daughter of the Sun) is a mother, craftswoman, land steward, budding flower farmer, and the founder and organizer of the Spirit Weavers Gathering.
In the Intro:
My experience with Spirit Weavers (from skeptic to enthusiast)
My first psychedelic experience
In the Interview:
Amy (Mea)’s two (& more!) names
Claiming your lineage and invoking your ancestors by speaking their names aloud
Amy shares the story of her best friend Cheree’s murder and her grieving and healing process
My and Amy’s journeys with forgiving the people who caused the deaths of our loved ones
Diving deep with Amanita muscaria & the time/space collapse (we also each speak about our relationship with cannabis)
Naming the land that raised us and listening to indigenous women
Amy’s feral childhood, Choctaw & Cherokee ancestors, and the wild foodways she grew up with
The challenges and rewards of founding and running the Spirit Weavers Gathering
Stewarding land and listening to nature
Amy's blog post expanding on this conversation and sharing photos of Cheree and of her ancestors
Lyla June on the For the Wild podcast- On Resistance and Forgiveness in the Final Years of Patriarchy
Stay on the Spirit Weavers land in Southern Oregon via HipCamp
Music by Mariee Sioux (from the song Wild Eyes)
Mythic Medicinals herbals
Medicine Stories Facebook Group
Medicine Stories Patreon