Sunday, April 17, 2016

Bioregional animism class in Olympia Washington

We are proud to present a two hour class in Olympia Washington on bioregional animism.
Please see and RSVP through the face book invite below.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Be the bioregion, not a bioregional animist.

One thing I've found in people new to BRA, is that there is a draw to plug animists, or animistic tradition or practice into BRA, or use BRA as an attempt to explain it.
European witchcraft is BRA, this tribes tradition is BRA, that is BRA.
When I wrote about BRA it came from a vision during a San Pedro ceremony, a vision I actively engaged with for many years in further dialogue with the spirit of place. If was not an academic way of describing animism or other peoples animism.
So is the animism of the Shipibo people of the Amazon bioregional animism? Is the Cherokee peoples animism bioregional animism, is it there to define or describe their animism and beliefs? No, and if it was that would not be respecting their personal sovereignty to speak for themselves. Ultimately each peoples animism is their own, it is not my job or anyone elses to label it, other then their own. If a people of animist heritage see some of their own way in bioregional animism it may be because animists are animists across cultures. But they are their own animists. Not to be put under some label such as bioregional animism.

In that respect, my goal in sharing my vision and communion with place, was to share that vision NOT so that everyone can go around claiming to be bioregional animists. Or to follow my communities animist relational dynamic. This has been a trend over the last few years, and its sadly missed the point of BRA. But to find their own through the example I've drawn with BRA.
In some ways I can blame face book for this, we had a wonderful community on that is still online but unused. So the information is there for people to explore, but when that community became interrupted by people moving to FB, things became disjointed, people that were new to BRA split off started blogging about it, and sadly people started to focus on identifying with being bioregional animists. This was never, ever the real motivation behind this work. The real goal was not to create BRA communities or TO USE bioregional animism as a way explain everything academically as bioregional animism but to help people through BRA, to find their own animist practice regionally through developing intimate relationships with place and the other than human persons of place, as well as themselves as the spirit of place (genius loci) itself.
This allows the spirit of place to work with one, as place itself, to allow newly emergent synergistic systems of relationship to emerge like a seedling from the dark earth. The spirit of place physically, emotionally, and spiritually moves us then, guides us, is us, and new animist ways are formed, not from human creativity but through co-creative expression of humans in synergy with the intelligence of the life place, or bio-region.
Through acting in synergy with place, the land itself as us names itself what it is, it claims it's own sovereignty, it's own unique self expression and definition as something unique in time and place.
BRAs entire point was to help new traditions to form, not to be bioregional animism, but to identify as new expression of humans as one with the intelligence of place with its own names and identity for itself.
We bring many things to a relationship, and through bioregional animism we bring our life experiences, our history and heritage to our relationship with place and that shapes these newly formed emergent systems. Nature throws nothing away.
So we find people today integrating their historical and traditional practices and beliefs into bioregional animism. This is great and exciting work, traditional witchcraft practices, folk traditions, animist practices from other regions, shamanic practices, adapting to where they are, BRA, is a way of relating to that adaption in such a way that they allow the spirit of place to help guide that process, that they humbly walk behind that spirit that is so much larger than them and includes the entire biotic system they are a intimate part of. The hope is that the newly emergent systems are not a product of pure human creativity, but human and spirit of place synergy. My hope is that through further writing and through past writing on the subject BRA can help guide people to do that, or to find that this is already what they are doing and find a great deal of inspiration and validation that others are as well.

And so again, I implore you, do not identify as a bioregional animist, but ask the land what it is, as you

Monday, July 20, 2015

Verdant Gnosis book, the Viridis Genii symposium, and Bioregional Animism

The Viridis Genii symposium is a new conference we are hosting on the subject of magical herbalism or esoteric herbalism, folk magic, one might even call it transpersonal ethnobotany. We have a tremendous amount of amazing speakers at this event this year, and I will also be speaking about bioregional animism, and the Viridis Genii or green spirit. 
In celebration of this event we complied writings from many of our speakers and Rubedo publishing will be publishing a compilation of writings from those speakers, on subjects related to their presentations. This is a very exciting time for us. 

This is the first time I will be presenting about bioregional animism and it is the first time it will be mentioned in a published book. If you are interested in attending the symposium get your tickets right away as its at the end of this month! If you are interested in the book you can preorder it here at Rubedo!

Monday, June 22, 2015

My interview on Khi Armand's sacred ground radio show

Special thanks for Khi Armand a shamanic practitioner and great human being. 

An article is also being published that includes bioregional animism perspectives on esoteric herbalism, the book will be called Verdant Gnosis and will include essays from speakers at at our Viridis Genii symposium, where I will be speaking about the bioregional animism perspective on the Viridis Genii, or the spirit of the green world. 
Tickets to the Viridis Genii symposium can be found here!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Traditions of Bioregional animism

When I first started writting about this subject it was to give an example of how through the simple act of communion one could cultivate relationships with other than human persons, learn from them and find oneself self as the larger bioregion. That through doing so one could embody and commune and establish a tutilary relationship with the genius loci. Essentially allowing new ways to emerge from us like a tree growing from a seed from within the earth.

Recently I had a dream where I was discussing the subject of initiation with a practioner if traditional witchcraft, a good friend of mine in the waking world. In the dream he told me that traditions had to be passed on between people for them to be traditions.
I pondered this the last week from a bioregional animist stand point. Animism relates to the world being filled with persons, human and other than human persons. Essentially through opening ourselves up to learning from the land (also a person) and the wind (a wind person) rabbit (a rabbit person) etc, we are receiving traditional knowledge, knowledge that has been passed down before, in different ways to different peoples with different needs and world views, but still one with place.
The traditional knowledge of place is available to us, its ways and traditions are a part of us if we open ourselves to place and see that we are it, that it is also us. The traditions and ways of crow, or rabbit, or fox, or a mountain, may be available to us to learn as well, and we can learn those ways, and those other than human persons can pass down their knowledge and wisdom to us so that we in turn, can pass that knowledge down to other humans thus maintaining and building the traditions. Keeping a tradition alive means to let it flow its got to be passed down lest it die with you.
Bioregional animism is about relationship, and our relations, a larger sense of self that is inclusive of the bioregional with live within. Creating community and sharing in that communion is what animists do.
When I started writting on this subject I didn't wish to see people grabbing the idea of bioregional animism and regurgitating it in their own words for their own careers, or that people would wish to be date about it as a philosophical angle my hope was to see more people doing the work, establishing those relationships themselves and creating new traditions, allowing the land to cultivate new ways based off of the old tradions of the land itself the traditions and ways of the other than human persons that compose the land. What I hoped to see where people sharing those traditions, not under the self identifying monicure of bioregional animist, but self identifying as the land, allowing the land to speak for itself with our voice. I'm still waiting for these new traditions to be passed on.
I'm looking forward to it.