Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area

Reading at the Fremont Library

April 11th 2017

6:00 pm


March 16th 2017

Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area

Reading at the Mechanics Institute, San Francisco


March 8th 2017

Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area

Book Launch, Sausalito Book Passage



Tracking the Limantour Mythos

Limantour Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore

with Scott Davidson

February 17th & 18th 2017



September 2-4, 2016


The Dark Mountain Gathering

TATTERDEMALION’s debut presentation

on the Hedgespoken Stage



July & August 2016 — POSTPONED

Everything Speaks Flier


June 2016

Soliphilia Banner 3


May 2016 New-Logo-Again

Story Makers Podcast with Dorothy Hearst and Sylvia Linsteadt

Monday May 2nd 2016 at 7:00 pm, Books Inc, Berkeley, CA

Elizabeth Stark and Angie Powers, hosts of the Story Makers Podcast, will be interviewing me and another local author, Dorothy Hearst, whose third book in The Wolf Chronicles trilogy was released in December. We will be discussing the role of story in environmental thought and ecological stewardship.



July 2015

Hallow Ground: Into the Storyscapes of Point Reyes


“Hallow” is an Old English word. It means “to honor as holy.” Land is inherently holy; it needs no stamp of approval from us to make it so. Rather, it is we who must learn to step into its grace, to hear its stories, and come away hallowed too, so that we may love and protect it as best we can.

Since I was a girl, the Point Reyes Peninsula at the western edge of Marin County has always been holy ground. My first memory there is of watching woolly bear caterpillars make their great journeys en masse across the path at Abbott’s Lagoon and up into the lupines. I was enchanted. I was certain they were kings and queens in their own right, journeying to their castles. Point Reyes is, in many ways, another world, an “island in time,” because it is not part of North America at all, but rather part of the Pacific tectonic plate, traveling for millennia up the coast of California on granite feet. One day it will meet its end in the Aleutian trench off the coast of Alaska. It is a land of mists and mountain lions, of elephant seals and bright anemones, of coyotes who court on sanddunes and forests full of winter wrens. Point Reyes is the place that taught me how to connect with the animals, plants, stones and winds all around me, how to step in to the stories of a deeply animate world.

It is this world that I want to share with you, bringing our hearts and pens and notebooks out into the skeins of the more-than-human-world, to honor it and to deepen our relationship to it using our creativity and our storied minds.


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Inspired by the tenets of deep ecology, this workshop will use animal tracking, bird language, geology, medicinal plant lore, historical ecology, storytelling, writing and painting to explore the human and more-than-human stories of a specific landscape in Point Reyes—Abbott’s Lagoon, from the bird-sung coastal scrub to the wild sandy shores of the sea. Basically, it’s a class in local ecology wedded to a class in story & myth. (For those of you new to me & my work, please see my bio above!) For me, story making is all about deeply rooting in the full ecology of a place–together, we will do just that!

We will start our day with a walk into the sand dunes, learning the basics of animal tracking and meeting a handful of common local mammals (via their track & sign), which might include brush rabbits, jackrabbits, deer mice, coyotes, bobcats, mule deer, tule elk, gray foxes and raccoons. Along the way we will learn a bit about local birds and medicinal plants and the human and natural history of the lagoon and its surroundings. After a picnic lunch, we will spend the afternoon sinking deep into the realm of story, myth and the creative soul. This be centered around the exploration of one fairy tale or myth (walking it on the land to learn more about both it and the plants, animals, rocks and winds of Abbott’s Lagoon). We will integrate the gleanings of our day into personal maps (both written and drawn) of sacred, storied meaning.



Re-Membering: Returning to the Body of the World

with Rachel Economy

Spring 2015

Develop and practice tools of animal tracking, poetry-writing and ecological connection in a daylong workshop at Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.


10:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday May 2nd

Learn to:

* Identify animal prints, markings, and motion on the land

* Build landscape observation and interaction routines through the five senses

* Use poetry-writing exercises to re-member your self in relationship with place

* Reconnect to your body and psyche’s membership in your surrounding ecosystem


“…remembering. A remembering that is hard when beset by the twenty thousand things you have to do before lunch, but it’s there. Now that’s magic.

In the caribou-dust of your bones, it’s there. In the pre-history of the flames that lick your hearth, it’s there. We’re old y’know. Whatever they like to tell you on the television. When we bend our head and sob without reason entering an old oak grove, that’s not sentimentality, it’s animal memory.” – Martin Shaw, Some Lorca Fresh From the Hut

What does it feel like to remember that you are a member of “the family of things,” as poet Mary Oliver so aptly puts it? To stitch back together the sometimes seemingly separated pieces of our own bodies and spirits, our own limbs (literally to “re-member”) by re-inhabiting ourselves as members, participants in and limbs of, the larger body of the world?

In this workshop, we will explore animal tracking, and contemplative and written practices, that work (and play!) to re-piece us into wholeness, to re-weave us into a larger landscape. We will remember the ecological “body” around us by meeting its other members through tracking, and in it we will re-member ourselves! As animals, as humans, as bodies, as the grandchildren of people and places. We will explore the idea that being in relationship with our own bodies and the landscape around us, and stiching these together through imagination, language, and memory, moves us away from our culture’s dominant story of individualism, separation, and segmentation, and back into our place of belonging to the body of the world.


Have experience? Come deepen and expand your practice.

IF YOU CAME TO A PREVIOUS WORKSHOP: Please come to this new one! Tracking is a practice that builds over time, and benefits from repeated exposure and group practice. Plus, we’ll never see the exact same tracks twice! The focus and writing prompts of this workshop differ from the former precisely so that people can attend multiple workshops if they wish, and can deepen and widen their learning and play.



Re-Belonging: Walking the Wild Land, Writing the Wild Words

with Rachel Economy

Winter 2015

Develop and practice tools of animal tracking and poetry-writing in a daylong workshop at Abbott’s Lagoon in Point Reyes National Seashore.



Learn to:

* Identify animal prints, markings, and motion on the land

* Build landscape observation routines through the five senses

* Use poetry-writing prompts and exercises to rediscover your ecological voice

* Reconnect with the ecology around you and the stories within you.

We believe that the crafts of poetry, story-making, and wildlife tracking share the same roots. In this workshop, we will re-engage a sense of our “place in space,” as poet Gary Snyder says, weaving animal tracking and poetry-writing practices, prompts and skills together to connect our inner and outer worlds. We see this as a tangible, hands-on way to meet and meld inner and outer landscapes, and to find joyful and visceral ways to open back up to our ecological relationships and ecosystem hearts.
Especially in a time of great upheaval and deep grief in the world, many of us can start to shut down our connection with the natural world and with our inner animal, in an attempt at self preservation. Moving back into relationship with ecology is essential to tending to the world. In order to do this in the face of overwhelming global trauma, we need tools and practices that let us into the joy, play, wonder and deep sense of home that is built into our bodies and relationship to the animals, plants, and land where we walk and dwell, a well as the heart that dwells within us. Writing, tracking, reading the land and our place in it- these are some of the most potent and joyful tools we have found to walk with.

As mythologist, wilderness rites of passage guide and storyteller Martin Shaw writes, the psyche does not dwell within us but rather is the land itself, and we dwell within it. Through poetry writing and animal tracking we will begin (or deepen) our journeys to re-root in the bigger community of the more-than-human world.