Thursday, December 5, 2013

hello almost 2014




Hello people!
I'm sitting on the floor writing to you on a gray, wintry day in Western Massachusetts. The animals are curled into curls nearby and the only bright things outside are songbirds and ratty bits of fabric and string tied to the trees from our autumn equinox ritual. Everything else is quiet and dreaming deep into winter. My own dreams have been wild and weird, trying to get my attention. Is it me, or is life so busy sometimes you can't hardly catch up and these dream gifts flutter away before you can remember them fully? The season (and everything you read about it) tells us to sleep, dream, rest, and eat roots right now, but how do we actually DO it? Especially in a brightly lit world that asks us to do MORE right now mixed with our own desires/guilt/obligations to engage- it's a question to roll around with.
So, it's almost 2014. I'm looking ahead and making plans for some workshops I am so excited about.  In January, I'll be leading Earth Healing, Earth Magic with Fearn Lickfield, who I met when I first moved here at a class she was teaching on earth acupuncture. She pretty much blew my mind when she brought out a giant hand carved wooden staff with dragons on it, located the lay lines/meridians of the earth and stuck the wooden needle into a point to send healing towards the Gulf of Mexico, which had just been poisoned with the oil spill. Right now feels like such a potent time to gather to do this work together. People have been expressing heartbreak and fear about the ocean so much these days, and we're planning on doing some specific healing work for the pacific ocean, along with some tree medicine, breathwork, ritual, and more. It should be wonderful.
I'm also doing a series of 3 workshops to connect with



plant, stone, and animal allies, beginning in February. I'll be coming down to Brooklyn to teach a f
lower and stone essence workshop at Third Root in the spring and heading to the Trans Health Conference in Philadelphia in June. AND! This summer I'm thrilled to be hosting Atava Garcia Sweicicki of Ancestral Apothecary to do a weekend long workshop on Queer Ancestral Magic and Healing. The date is yet to be determined, but I will send it out as soon as we know. 

The details on the two upcoming workshops are below- please contact me to register. I'm of course available for intuitive counseling and healing and I am loving working out of the black and sunny Witch Barn. If you want to schedule something for yourself or give a gift certificate to a loved one, please contact me. I hope your winter is dreamy and deep and that you find bright things in the darkest nights.
With love,
Dori

WORKSHOPS
Earth Healing, Earth Magic
with Dori Midnight and Fearn Lickfield
Saturday, January 18th
9:30am- 6pm
The Witch Barn in Amherst
sliding scale $75- $100

Learn to partner with the elements and spirits of Nature
to offer deep healing for the planet and ourselves
in this time of great challenge and change.

Class size is limited, to register, please contact Dori
https://www.facebook.com/events/1403595379878576/
Plant, Stone, Bone
a series of 3 workshops to connect and heal with plant, stone, and animal allies
 

Three Sundays from 10am -6pm
The Witch Barn in Amherst, MA
Sunday February 2nd - PLANT allies
Sunday March 2ndSTONE allies
Sunday April 6th - ANIMAL allies

Each month we will spend the day with a plant (February), a stone (March), and an animal guide (April) that will come to you through a guided selection process. We will explore the unique gifts and medicine of each of these allies through meditation, art, writing, movement, and other experiential practices. Each participant will come with an intention/focus for healing (ie relationship with particular health challenge, creativity, dreams, work, releasing old patterns, etc). Through our explorations, we will cultivate and hone intuitive skills, deepen our relationships with our allies, and create fertile ground for healing. 

Class size is limited, please register by Jan 15th
Sliding scale $300- $400 (pay all at once or each month)
Deposit of $50 due January 15th

Upcoming Spring 2014:
Flower and Gem Essences  (dates TBD, in both Amherst and Brooklyn)

Summer 2014:
Healing with our Queer Ancestors,  co-taught with Atava Garcia Sweicicki of Ancestral Apothecary (date TBD, in Amherst)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

full flower moon


Dear ones,

As we approach this full moon and her eclipse, it seems to me more and more people are asking for more trust and deeper support in facing the unknown. The mystery makes us all want to hold a little tighter to something and yet what it wants the most is for us to completely let go. I notice that sometimes when I tell myself to let go, I still hold a secret hope that if I let go, I'll get the thing I want. Ha! Who am I fooling? I know that's just a silly dance performance. The song I keep finding myself whispering is "I don't know." Somehow it feels like a prayer: Please something, please universe, goddess, great mystery, please give me grace in the not knowing, please let me be wise like my grandma self and not do harm by trying to know things. In a world in which power is spellcrafted by people pretending to know things, not knowing feels like a sacred and powerful breaking of the spell. 

A FULL FLOWER MOON. and an eclipse to boot! what kind of magic can we make under that? Seems to me like that fullness and flowering time is the moment that is most clutchy- don't we want things to stay in that fat, blossoming, delicious place forever? Looking at the little pink petals all over the ground and the swollen, tight buds of the peony being gnawed at by the midwiving ants, I can't help but feel the letting go that lives in the blossoming. Someone recently told me about how every time something is hard and doesn't go her way, she says to herself, "it's practice for the Great Letting Go." And the full moon, herself, is a flower in full bloom about to experience loss. Every month she grows in shininess until she is full and then lets go of that light. Does the moon trust that the light will return? Has millions of years of these 28 day cycles taught her something? 


Life has probably always been uncertain for most beings for most times, but we're in a time of such immense environmental catastrophe, economic inequality, and despair for so many beings it's hard to keep trusting that our work will bring transformation and healing. How to do we keep on keeping on not knowing what might unfold?  I think about Assata, her freedom work, her life and here we are in 2013 with a new call out from the FBI for her capture. I think about all of us working towards freedom and more prisons being built. I think about the fight for marriage equality while queer homeless youth struggle daily, trying to get basic needs met. When these things pile up and we move into so much overwhelm, despair, and anger, what else can we do but cry, "I don't know."

 I don't know, but I sense that the breath of "I don't know" can be full of possibility. Maybe that exhale and drop of the petals lets the fruit take shape, and maybe we just keep moving, writing, making, dancing, talking, loving, crying, singing, breathing, living even in the ocean of uncertainty.

Here are some things I know:

We're making Queer Magic. I'm excited to be doing two workshops at the Trans* Health Conference, June 13- 15 in Philadelphia. On Friday June 14th at 4:05- 5:35 Jacoby Ballard and I will be teaching a TRANSNATURAL: holistic support for trans* folks and on Saturday, June 15th at 8:45- 10:05 I'll be teaching BETWEEN THE WORLDS: queer and trans* magic! For more info: http://www.trans-health.org/

We will gather at The Witch Barn. I will be moving at the end of June to a tiny fairy cottage in Amherst, only 6 blocks from Emily Dickinson's homestead. I will be settling in and nesting from June 25- July 13th and back in the office Monday July 15th! Behind the tiny fairy cottage is big sunny barn which will be my office and also have classroom space. Beginning in August, I will start offering workshops, rituals, and retreats. more to come...but for now, the working name of the space is The Witch Barn. What do you think?

Beauty is everywhere. Since I am focusing more on my healing practice and teaching, I am thrilled to be hawking my wares at some special shops, run by people I love. If you want to get some Witches, Bitches and Hos or some charmed honey, please visit, in your body or astrally: Otherwild in Los Angeles (the town that raised me) or Homestead Apothecary in Oakland (the town that feels like home).

Welcome to the future, Dori Midnight. I am now scheduling online! http://dorimidnight.fullslate.com/ makes it easy. Also, I have joined facebook. You can find me here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dori-Midnight-Healing-Arts/287842551276895?fref=ts

We cast a spell for Assata
Artist, poet, and incredible being, Vanessa Huang has channeled a gorgeous linocut poem for Assata, who was added to the FBI's most wanted terrorists lists on May 2nd. Show some love and support for Assata and Vanessa by visiting her indiegogo page and donating or getting yourself a copy of this magical text. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/burn-us-shadow-home-a-new-linocut-poem-for-assata/x/124277

My wish for you is that this full moon fills you up with so much brightness that every cell in your body remembers it's light, like millions of tiny moons inside of you.

with love,
Dori

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

SPRING!

NEWS!
Spring! Sap! Crocuses! 
Upcoming Exciting Things!

Listen to the radio: Dori Midnight and Jacoby Ballard on The Herbal Highway with Karyn Sanders talking about herbal support for trans* health on Thursday April 4th 1pm PST on KPFA 94.1 or listen to the archives the next day at www.kpfa.org

Welcome to the 21st century, Dori Midnight. I am on facebook: Dori Midnight Healing Arts
AND I am now scheduling online: http://dorimidnight.fullslate.com/ so if you want to book a session, go there and pick a time!

Spring and Summer workshops! details to come.
May 11: Third Root, Brooklyn
June 13- 15: Trans Health Conference, Philadelphia
July 21: Farmacy Herbs, Providence
August: classes in Northampton!