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Our Spirit Story


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Our Spirit Story


I shall weave you a spirit story...

Once upon a fantastical time - in far off, glorious lands where all manner of mystical sweet dreams, dandelion wishes and throbbing desires come to fruit - three spirit sisters were born, daughters of the earth, yet each to a different pachamama, but anciently and cosmically bound none the less. From the beginning, a deep knowing in their tender loving bones, their separate journeywork pollinated their understanding of finding one another in perfect time. All they had to do was follow their hearts desires and trust that every path would lead them to one another. And so it was. This is their spirit story. 

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Jennette


Storyteller | Detective | Maker 

Jennette


Storyteller | Detective | Maker 

Jennette was born in a moss covered shed, on a bluff overlooking the sea, above a sensuously salty kelp bed, on the edge of an enchanted swamp water meadow, across from a hot desert prairie opening to an aromatic orchard of blood oranges with a vast and nimble root system that emanated the scent of Beltane fire smoke in the dead of winter. She was hungry, and a little bit naughty, maybe even mercurial, but free as a bird and that suited her perfectly. She suckled on marigold honey and was an exquisite tomboy, sultry and sun kissed, with the soft peach fuzz of a baby bunny, her fierce blue-green eyes shaded by her long golden lashes. She told time by the movement of father sun and mother moon, her brothers and sisters the stars of the Milky Way, a map written in the twilight of her veins.    

As Jennette grew, her desire to make all the things was cultivated and she found it a way to heal her tumbled heart when the going got rough, for rugged it certainly got, but she had a makerlust that wouldn’t quit her so she honored that impulse and made beautiful things with her hands, inspired by her nomadic heart and saltwater soul. This quelled her ravaged psyche, restored her vitality and allowed her equilibrium forever more. She was effervescent in her feral freedom and found the challenge to shimmy through portals of self-love and acceptance, and climb ladders to the cumulus and rainbows, not the easiest tasks but so well worth it that she would do it over and again, as long as it took, to experience that pulsating rush of ecstasy, the climax of becoming her own beloved.  

The vagabond wanderer that resided within Jennette’s untamed earth-witch spirit finally had its way with her, nudging her gently toward pilgrimage into the vast and glorious world to rendezvous with her ambrosial sisters. But before she left, shegrounded herself in the wise woman ways of cauldron and hive, meeting her green plant allies in herbal medicine making and studying swiftness with the wild horses that materialized constantly in her dreams, begging her to ride bareback and leap through the forest and over streams, wind whipping through her tangled flower laden braids. With hummingbird, hare and honeybee as her guides, each endowing her with a cobweb, a seed and a key, Jennette invoked a summoning incantation of protection as she prepared to seek and explore. The ties of affection and respect that had been woven between them, a cobbled lattice of alliance by generous mutual acts of kindness, carried her from then on out.

Jennette Nielsen is a Pacific Northwest-based Maker, Mama, and Medicine Woman. She is a wild seeker, sacred gatherer and magic forager. She’s the visionary behind Make-to-Mend, Smashing Rubbish and Caldron and Hive - three creative expressions of her passion for healing, transformation, beauty and the divine feminine. Fueled by the belief that the practice and act of Making is a catalyst for Mending and unfurling personal growth, Jennette hopes every woman will thread their needle with soul sinew and stitch their own wild and free nature into their mending, marveling at their own beauty all the while. Learn more about her journeys right here.

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Jen


 Natura | Soothsayer | Mystic

Jen


 Natura | Soothsayer | Mystic

Jen was born a maverick ceremonialist, in a crystal embellished court of shamanistic faeries and shape shifting sprites, under a cosmic magic mushroom near the base of a celestite cave where she nursed on watermelon sugar and the nectar of violets. Watched over by the majestic Hecate, the keeper of crossroads, portals, fire, animals, the moon, magic and plants, Jen was infused with a distinctive air of diplomacy, peacekeeping, partnership and harmony that the mystic goddesses’ presence bestowed on her.  Also born near the thinning of the veils, Jen was attuned to the energetic, magnetic, and magical pulsations of the cosmos, continually seeding  in others how to act kindly, fairly, and cleverly in all situations - all the time, every time, no questions, period. She was born an air sign, a natural courageous communicator, always willing and eager to activate her 5th chakra, reflecting beauty and admiration as she lived her life always sticking up for others, soothing and calming those feeling left out, and forever having the perfect right-timed whisper of love and comfort to those in need. All creatures - human, animal and otherwise - longed and yearned to be near Jen, the lightcatcher, for her love was all encompassing and gifted to every soul she met, leaving a lingering wake of desire and pride in all she crossed paths with forever more. 

Jen’s profound intelligence, wholehearted instinct, and breezy, easygoing charm led her in later years as her passion and zeal for excitement, new situations, adventure and the unusual shook her summer loving soul and seduced the globe traipsing wanderer burning within her. Ever peaceful, graceful, and enthusiastic, Jen set off with the blessing of her spirit guides, horse and black panther, who spellcast auras of fierce protection, awareness and wild freedom all about her to keep her safe and sound. Where these august creatures would always be with her in spirit, she would among her travels and seeking encounter fascinating otherworldly toads, supernatural slinky felines, and a particularly stunning and sensational indigo bunting that’d perch atop her talisman laden walking staff and regale her with humorous and good-natured tall tales, expanding the horizons of her mind and keeping her company as her view of the wide open world bloomed and transformed before her very eyes. 

From this point on the full expression of Jen’s soul flourished and swelled whenever and wherever she could offer ritual and ceremony to her beloveds. She is a relationship master of the highest caliber and she willing bands her heart to herofferings of inclusion, cultured and refined beauty, and luxurious laughter and comic relief. She greets the morning star with a diffuse joy, sensuality and awareness that spreads throughout the tangible world and engages a process of unfolding and unfurling for all who are lucky enough to flow within her realm. Jen is compelled and determined to make every second a sacred moment in time and her tenacious creativity and intense steadfast love for a sister allows one to experience this magic first hand in her assemblage and gathering of women, like a mosaic of mandalas, each one beauty filled but enhanced by one another. Words of love and belonging fall from her lips and her headdress is made of stardust and moonbeams. She is magic through and through

Jen Gray - co-creator of Animyst and nature-based coach - is deeply passionate about bringing people together to encourage  connection, self-reflection, spiritual exploration. She creates environments that nurture, expand, and heal, and works with others to create space for soulful and inspiring experiences. Her approach is gentle, receptive, collaborative and inclusive. She is a wild sister, doing the work right next to you with grace and an open heart. A fierce advocate for everything beautiful and wise, Jen believes the most important things happen when we experience the welcome of belonging and safety of knowing we are not alone. Follow her inspiring endeavors right here.

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Christine


Engineer | Spaceholder | Creator

Christine


Engineer | Spaceholder | Creator

Christine was born to be an artist and author in an amplified sacred oak grove, at the gilt-edge of mystery, under a vast night sky of twinkling constellations, luminous moons and sparkling planets. Secretly tucked within the hallowed woodland was a venerable living stone circle that murmured, chanted and sung Christine into being as she emerged, circled, earthside, already fiercely independent and possessing an excellent memory. She was watched over by the huntress Diana - goddess of the moon, birthing, and wild animals - who ensured Christine was well endowed with exceptional instinct and remarkable intuition, making her highly attuned to the vibration of others. It was autumn, the time of thin veils between worlds, which enhanced her powers of communication, observation and unconditional love. 

As a dynamic young girl with a peculiar aura of sacredness, Christine routinely summoned all the deep love she was mistress of and befriended every creature she met. The buffalo, deer and polar bears were especially drawn to her and she to them, so much so that they would carry her, talk with her, and protect her always with their unique enchantments and particular charms. They were her closest allies and guides and one year, as Christine’s favorite season of Winter approached, they gathered a Solstice bounty for her.   Collectively they gifted Christine with quills, ink, and the fine paper a writer needs, as well as the tools to support her in her avid explorations, adventures and travels, which included a compass, maps, a scope, and a pocket knife. She kept these precious tools given by her familiars within a medicine pouch made of finely woven silver and gold threads spun from nettle and flax.

Never one to sit still for long and with many creative projects begging to be birthed, Christine’s innate wanderlust soon tugged her fourth chakra heart strings and lured her willingly toward all corners of the earth in search of pleasure, beauty, inspiration and knowledge. Defying conventionality she danced off, roaming and rambling, but not before her favored and fierce totem animals, always her champions, gifted her a blue opal and amazonite crystal amulet to wear as a protective talisman, to amplify the full expression of her passionate heart and to remember them by. This out-and-out, flawless, ideal gift, and the generosity of their lavish hearts had such a galvanizing influence on Christine that ever after she naturally but diligently cultivated her gifting love language, honing it down, and to this day amongst those fortunate enough to know her, she is considered the ultimate magnanimous gift giver, offering her unselfish heart and copious love with each present she indulgently offers.  And finally, she was utterly ready, and she set off well equipped, through a field full of dew wet clover and strawberry flowers that drooped like damp wings and she never looked back. 

Christine Mason Miller has been an author, artist and engineer of creative spaces since 1995. Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for a body of work that has generated seven figures in retail sales through commercial illustration, licensing, gallery shows and three books. She has organized countless retreats and gatherings with some of the community's leading visionaries and change-makers - creating spaces, environments and circles that have inspired transformative healing, visionary collaborations and passionate artistic expression. Find out more about her work and adventures right here.

Needless to say, we found one another in flawless right time. And it’s not lost on us how blessed, lucky, and fortunate we are, how rich, embellished, and enhanced each of our lives are because of each other.  We want this for you too. Together, today, we - Christine, Jen and Jennette - through introspection, divination, and reflection, have taken what Spirit has gifted us with, heeding our elders, mentors and guides, and explored what we might give back in return for all the beauty She has bestowed on us. Letting our curiosity and intuition escort us, and needing restoration and retreat as much as anyone experiencing our cultures quickening chaotic pace, we offer Wild Roots & Sacred Wings as a portal, out of linear time and space, to reconnect to ourselves and each other in intriguing and spectacular settings. 

Are you one of us…part of our tender rabble of merry misfit ladybirds, our karmic magical swarm, floating in on gossamer wings from the four directions, medicine pouch needing a refill, desiring recharging, hands longing to manifest a creative and visual self-expressive narrative to heal your patched heart and soul? Come sit by the fire loves, cocooned in friendship with a coven of imaginative, inspired, luminescent butterflies, relax or get wild, lay your sweet head down and rest, or create and explore, sing a song with the rest of us welcoming fireflies. Bring your Wild Roots and Sacred Wings. You belong here.