Updated: Jul 15
I’ve joined Carolyn Cushing on her e-retreat Walking the Ways of the Summer Light for a few years. This year, she’s asked me join her in co-facilitating and injecting my urban and herbal perspectives. We will be working with the Herbcrafters Tarot and making herbal preparations.
I live in the heart of New York City but I don’t let that stop me from finding bits of beauty and nature near my door. This is one of the things I like most about Walking The Ways. It’s a daily invitation to embrace one’s surroundings and see them with fresh eyes through the lens of each of the elements. Its also a great way to connect or reconnect with your tarot or oracle decks.
For six weeks we receive an email with a daily journaling, contemplating, or divination prompts. I love journaling and pretty much do them all even if I do two or three in one days as life tends to get in the way. For this reason the e-retreat comes with an overview booklet and a journal so you can work at your own pace.
The part I like the most is getting out and just noticing when the elements speak. One day, while we were in the Earth week I was at on my lunch break in midtown Manhattan when I saw a tree guard and immediately conjured up my Earth guides (from the Gaian Tarot), I took a photo with my phone. Later when I went home I created the image on the right and came up with the following questions:
Where and how am I most relaxed like the Empress? What in my life needs my attention so it may come to fruition? Click the image to see the post on Instagram.
In Walking the Ways, the thing to do is to find the questions, as it is in the questions where the path of transformation starts to emerge. For four weeks we jot down the questions and then on or around the time of the Summer Solstice review the questions and set out on a pilgrimage (near or far from our door) to find the answers.
On Sunday, May 24th, Carolyn and I will be hosting a call to connect with the elements of earth, air, water, and fire. We will also discuss Dandelion and how to make Dandelion vinegar for ritual use or for splashing on your salads.
Click here to learn more and to sign up for our free introduction call on Sunday May 24th