Mulberry Mudd

Celebrating the Wild Heart of Wholeness


A Journey to the Wild Heart of Wholeness

“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” 

Terry Tempest Williams


Making Medicine

Greetings to you, I am Rebekah Dawn. Here are a couple words about myself and my journey (one version).  As a psychology student I looked at people, at circumstances and the depths of the human heart.  So disillusioned with the windowless rooms where misery was poured out and swam in I turned to what my heart told me: Medicine is all around you. Everything has it. The foundation of Creation itself is a wild hearted Wholeness. It is woven into the fabric of the world. When our children started to die, it became hard to see. My sweetheart and I share a genetic lottery, two of our five boys starved to death in our arms, a single tiny enzyme missing from their liver panel.

I left home to study with Susun Weed who taught me more completely the truth of this, about the plants and their medicine.  I became a Simpler, an herbalist, helping my family and friends, neighbors and sometimes strangers with common and frustrating health concerns. I began to teach others the plants that grow voluntarily around us, how they can be used as food, and as medicine.  How to use the spices in their cooking pantry, this too is strong medicine.  Our family established a little botanical sanctuary and my love made a labyrinth in our gardens.  But more than that the deep and transformative process that opens before us when we simply sit quietly in nature. For me, this is the heart of wholeness, of herbalism, of mystic Knowing (or Unknowing...) and it is available to us always.

There is also a story about psychology and mental health. About studying the work of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and asking for a teacher. How two of our sons became those teachers and I became a student of Death (who would teasingly turn from me and show the maiden fount of new, spring life on her other side). There is a story about sitting by bedsides and digging for gold in the last moments of life. Of looking for my boys. Of experiencing the spiral. I work in my community as a death doula, simply helping caregivers through those last difficult weeks and months. Educating about choices: green funerals, home funerals, staying with the body, ceremony and release. I also work as an on-call crisis counselor a few days each month, hoping to be a window where light can seep into the sterility of hospital rooms. Sometimes I feel my presence is helpful, sometimes not so much. But I always learn something. Seeds are always being planted.

There is a story about mud and earth. The metaphor and the actuality of foundational existence. Made of death, formed of all that has passed before us. Earth. There is soil that brings forth the plants that heal and feed. There is this heavy mudd that hardens in the fire. A poetry beyond words that seeks expression. There is a story about my hands and how they know things my mind can not, and how they make things that teach me their lessons. Earth that I shape into forms. Earth that I plant seeds in. Earth that seems to plant seeds in me. A perichoresis; the spiral dance we are all partaking in.

It is all medicine. In me. In you. All around us. Thanks for dropping in. 

 

 

 

 

Labyrinth Gardens

My studio is located on 42 acres of sacred land.  Here we hold weekly Friend's Meeting, Quaker worship, a silent gathering where we open our hearts together and sit in the light, followed by fellowship and sharing.  3:00pm local time each Sunday. 

 

I also teach herbal medicine making classes.  Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the growing season, come and learn along side as we plant, cultivate and harvest many herbal medicines and foods. A 9 week apprentice course is available in the summer. 

 

Walking the Labyrinth End of Life planning, we can help you navigate your end of life in a positive and life affirming way. Phone consults are available for those who live out of our area. Personal visits and respite care are available to those who are local.  

 

To contact  us  call 618-326-7424

 


 
Sometimes a heart has to be broken to be opened.
 

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