What do you want to be when you grow up? I'v always wanted to be a Mama so I am excited to be getting to do that now. Being a Mama is the greatest gift of selflessness and growth. I feel like we never stop growing up. Im so grateful to be learning and living with my daughter Naia. She is my ultimate teacher.
Favorite Writers and Why:
Krishnamurti! His teachings on life, death, love and fear resonate so deeply for me. His words have held my heart many, many times in need. Alecia Bay Laurel is also someone who's work I admire. She lives on the Big Island and created a handful of beautiful illustrated books and teachings in the 1970's. I am always referring to her books for advice on simple living and women's wisdom.
What is it that interests you about the world of women? The remembrance. There is within each of us a memory of knowing that everything we need is provided for us by the earth. I love knowing that the hills across from my families land are filled with medicine that has been harvested by wise women who knew how to listen to their elders. These women used their intuition to live in harmony with nature for many generations. The land provides a place for us to dream, nurture and heal ourselves. Women around the world are working in different ways to awaken their feminine gifts, creating an amazing time and space of remembering for the benefit of all.
We love the mix of traditional skills that goes into your work- are you self taught? I have studied with many different teachers from all over. I lived with a leather worker in Washington one summer and he shared with me a world of knowledge. Once you begin to work and create with your hands, anything seems possible and it just keeps getting easier. I try to learn at least one new skill from every place we travel to. Most women are very open and ready to share their knowledge and skills if you just ask.
What do you like most about living on Kauai? My heart is always happy on the islands. There is such an abundance of beauty! Flowers, waterfalls, rainbows, fruits, and clean water abound! I feel so supported by the spirit of Kauai in every way. My beings just thrives and comes alive there. It is a place of healing and nurturing, and a beautiful place to raise young children. Our days are simple and unstructured. There is an amazing surrender and flow that people sink into on the islands.
What is the most Significant Piece of Jewelry You Own and Why? I have an incredible hand carved necklace from Peru. There's no telling how old it is. Its made with hand drilled beads, stones and a hand carved quartz jaguar. It was the last gift I received from my best friend of thirteen years who passed away several years ago. It will stay with me forever.
If you had to choose just one daily wellness practice, what would it be and why? I don't know if I could ever just choose one! I would have to say both Meditation and prayer. They seem to go hand and hand. Tuning in, taking the time to still the mind. Giving thanks for all that is. This is the foundation that serves me throughout my day. I have many daily rituals but these are my most favorite!
What would be your dream collaboration? I feel like It's happening all of the time! There is always some kind of beautiful co-created magic going on.Of course I would love to do something with Bjork. She inspires me to no end.
Travel is such an important part of your story- What's your next destination? We are getting ready to head back to New Zealand for a few months. New Zealand holds a similar vibration to Hawaii. Soon we hope to spend six months in each place, following the sun. We are definitely a sun and water family.
Do you have any advice for others who wish to travel with young children? You know, many close to us are always asking when we're going to settle down and put Naia into school. I think about this from time to time but when we travel, I realize that traveling and submerging ourselves in other cultures is the best education little ones can get. There is such a beautiful tribe of gypsy families out there, many of whom we have been blessed to meet on our journeys. I want to continue to live in this way for as long as we feel called, or until Naia tells us she is ready to nest. It all depends on her. She seems to be the boss in the family these days, and I trust her!
Tell us about The Spirit Weavers Gathering and how it came to be?
The spirit weavers gathering was born from a place of stillness. Spirit was asking me to hibernate for a bit to allow some things to come through that needed to, but I wasn't giving myself the space and time to listen.
Over be past eight years I have been attending primitive skills gatherings, but always seemed to go alone. These gatherings changed my life in many ways and I have always wanted others to experience the beauty. I decided that if no one wanted to come along then maybe I could bring the gatherings to them. I think we have all been calling more women's circles into our lives in one form or another. The Spirt Weavers gathering is an opportunity for women to dream, share, support and uplift one another. This is part of the new paradigm we are creating together. People are increasingly choosing to live from the heart, and many of the old ways no longer fit. When I take the time to tune in and listen, the vision is so clear. I can't help but bring them to reality in the hummingbird way- as quickly as possible!