My emergence

I  live in the valley of the Shenandoah in the Shadow of the Massanutten when I am not traveling around the western United States. This past summer (2009) my travels took me through the backroads of Nebraska, up through the western entrance to Yellowstone, down through the Tetons, Flaming Gorge, Moab, Durango, and then a respite in Pagosa Springs for several days, before the slow return to the east – meandering through Kansas – spending my 21st wedding anniversary at Lake Kannaoplis.

In midlife – I heard the Summons of the Soul, what began as a whisper transformed into the Roaring of the Sacred River and this led me to quest.  I became an apprentice to Dream Work, Soulcraft, and deepened my commitment to the study of archetypal and depth psychology. The visual artist long dormant surfaced as I began to draw and create beauty in new and innovative ways.

Four years I labored in the underworld – romancing my shadow, learning the imaginal language of the soul, locating and retrieving lost fragments of my Self. Emerging from the underworld, I embraced the midlife journey of individuation.

For the past three years, I study in the tower of ivory and travel with fellow seekers. This is a time of apprenticeship at the wellsprings of others. I follow the cairns with gratitude.

I continue to mine the gold of my shadow, while participating in women’s group, and sitting with pilgrims on the journey in various counseling settings. I continue to develop my interests  in “story as medicine,” dreams as messages from the unconscious in support of our healing, and seeking the wisdom of divinity that resides in each of us – the Sacred Masculine and the Sacred Feminine.

I look forward to integrating the fruits of this seven year journey.

Blessings to you and yours…

and as Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes says….

Amen – and a little woman



  1. i keep coming back to your blog because I sense a connection. I am just now reading Soulcraft! It is so nice, hmm that is not the word i am looking for but can’t find another, to see that you have been walking that path. I have been looking for something like this. Eight years ago i was in a mystery school that was primarily based in Native American traditions and that got me on the path as an artist. Anyway it is so juicy to meet a kindred soul on her path!

  2. I am glad you found my blog because now I have found you.

  3. My heart gave a leap of recognition as I read your bio.

    Stories as medicine, dreams as messages, writing because you must … all these things I too do. Although I often sabotage the writing-because-I-must, and don’t write because I’m frightened that the result will be unworthy of the call. (I know, I know … that’s not the point … but I still do it.)

    I have added your blog to my blogroll and I shall return. Thank you for finding me and mine.

  4. I am also glad to have found your blog. “Story as medecine” is one of my strongest beliefs !

  5. Nice site. I googled Kaya McLaren, because I am rereading Divinity of Second Chances second time this year, and wanted to see if she had a site. I am delighted to find this one. Not much of a puter person, but nice to know things like this are out there.

    Peace and Goddess Bless,

  6. Dear Julia,
    Thank you for being there and doing this blog. I found you via the Waverly Fitzgerald series….

    I am normally a strong woman, an artist and fledgling writer…but going through a time of lonely testing. I am glad I found you to lean on tonight. Best wishes with your studies.

    Love, Bronwyn

  7. Dear Julia,
    I am so glad that my work has inspired your drawing. Thank you for the comments on my blog. What paper are you using to draw on. I use for the most part canson mi tientes black paper…which is lovely for working with any kind of drawing media, prismacolors in particular….I truely appreciate finding your blog as well. We are kindred souls. Blessings. caterina

  8. Hey, sister. Many thanks for your blog. I’m an emerging one, too, snuffling the ground, growling at the wild air. My mate is in the groove, too (shamanwhirlwind.blogspot.com/). Namaste.

  9. wonderful to have found your site, am just beginning a journey, at the age of 61 and have been touched by the Soulcraft book, begun to experience and learn of the archetype of the dangerous old woman and recognize these new stages/phases as deep and soulful and precious. thank you for your writing.

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