Rattle GirlsDear Families,

As many of you know I just got back from a month long road trip journey through California and Arizona. It was really wonderful being on the road again, seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and having new experiences!

In May I had the opportunity to attend an incredible new event called the Spirit Weavers Gathering. The gathering is a skillshare inspired by primitive skills gatherings such as Saskatoon Circle in Washington and the Buckeye Gathering in Colorado. Bringing together over 250 women in Joshua Tree, CA, the intention of the gathering was to share earth skills and wisdom. Classes included beaded Buckskin Medicine Bags, Earth Hues, Earth Loom, Intro to Permaculture, Pine Needle Basketry, and so much more. I was one of 37 women chosen to offer an earth skill and the skill I chose was rattle making. I have made rattles in kids’ nature classes before but it was my first time teaching adult women. This was a really incredible experience to branch out in this way!

There were so many incredible women doing amazing things in the world at this gathering. It was a reminder and confirmation that these earth skills really are being practiced and remembered. More and more people are inspired to reconnect with the earth and everything she has to offer. Seeing the profound things these women are doing is inspiring me even more to share these skills with kids. Earth skills are empowering and they help us remember and deepen our relationship with nature.

I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to go to this gathering even though it was sad to miss the last couple homeschool classes of the term. I am so happy to see that there is an ever growing number of people deepening their connection with the earth and also very excited to inspire this through the work I do.

Leave a comment below letting us know what helps you stay connected to nature in these modern times. If there is anything I learned at the gathering it is that sharing knowledge is POWERFUL!

Hope you are having an amazing (almost) beginning to your summer!

With Gratitude,

Amara

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