The more I spend time with and study Nature, the more I believe in magic and infinite possibilities. From the Plant emerging out of the tiny seed, to the colors changing on a Hummingbird’s throat, to the inner workings of our own body, magic is all around us. Engaging with our Hearts and our more-than-human relatives enables us to tap into this magic and experience a life and world that is more beautiful and fulfilling than we can imagine . . .

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One of Jen’s earliest memories is wanting to be a healer. While she didn’t have a name for what this was, she had a deep gnowing and desire. This yearning sparked a lifelong journey of discovery, traveling the world to learn various healing modalities from incredible teachers. Along the way, Jen realized that the best teachers and healers were those that simply supported the gifts and wisdom that were already within oneself.

Nature, especially Plants, has always been an important part of Jen’s life. Her grandparents forged a deep Love of the wild and taught her the importance of engaging respectfully with our more-than-human relatives. Like many, Jen found a sense of peace and awe when she spent time in Nature and especially loved exploring forests. In high school, Jen was labelled an environmentalist and was shocked to discover that not everyone had this relationship with the Wild nor did they want to protect our environment. She thought everyone wanted to live in a healthy world with clean water and air and abundant wildlife. This revelation propelled her forward to learn how she could create a better world.

One of the many lessons that Jen learned is that the best thing she can do for this world is to remember her innate relationship with our more-than-human relatives and to move into co-creative partnership with them. Engaging with Nature consciousness changed Jen’s life. . . .

With over 25 years of experience with Plant essences, energy work, and herbal practices her private consultations and Plant based protocols are known for helping clients through emotional life transitions, physical health crises, and chronic pain conditions.

Jen has survived quicksand and hypothermia in the Amazon Rainforest, kayaked with glowing bioluminescent plankton, played with the Faeries in Ireland, and nearly been blown out to sea in Iceland, all in the name of helping people open their hearts and fall in love with Plants as a path to evolve our relationship with the Earth.

JEN’S JOURNEY INTO THE MAGIC OF NATURE

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At a very young age, my grandparents introduced me to the magical world of Nature. They taught me that it was important to sing to the Plants and to ask for permission before harvesting. They encouraged me to explore the wild woods looking for gifts and eating berries until my belly hurt. With their guidance, I’d climb my Tree friends and sit in their branches for hours. Mostly my grandparents showed me that I was safe and loved and part of an incredible world filled with wonder.

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In my attempt to grow-up, I left that magical world for the more serious, scientific exploration of Nature. My children helped me to return to the world of wonder. Our daily walk around the block would take an hour or more as we’d stop to jump in every puddle, watch our friends the roly poly pillbugs, and of course, smell the flowers. They showed me that magic is everywhere if I only look.

I began to explore this magic, re-engaging with the Unseen world and learning skills to assess energy and receive information.

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Then one day, it happened. My lifelong dream of communicating with Plants came true. I had always hoped that one day, I would be “good” or “special” enough to communicate with Plants and here it was. Only I discovered that everyone can do this, afterall we are a part of Nature. Communicating with Plants opened me to an even more wondrous world. My problems didn’t disappear, but I gained guidance and understanding, which made the problems manageable.

The Plants showed me possibilities I could not have imagined. I wanted to share this potential with anyone and everyone.

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While I was exploring the Plant and Unseen worlds, Groundhog started showing up, both in my dreams and at my back door. Years prior I created a war with Groundhog after ki ate my entire garden (except for the sweet potatoes) in one night. At first I was not happy to see Groundhog at my door, but then I was curious why ki was showing up. In the end, Groundhog showed me how we could work together. Soon ki was “weeding” my herb garden, eating around the Plants that I planted. With Groundhog’s help, I learned that we can communicate with all of Nature and more importantly, we can learn to work together honoring the gifts and needs of one another.

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As I continued to work with Beings who I considered my nemeses (Japanese Beetles, Mosquitos, Deer, Poison Ivy, . . .), I discovered that we weren’t enemies, we simply weren’t understanding one another. I started asking what they needed and made agreements with them which sometimes meant planting a particular Plant just for them or staying out of certain areas. My experiences with these Beings were teaching me how to engage in co-creative partnership with our more-than-human relatives.

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After many years of searching, I found the place that became Heart Springs Sanctuary. From the very beginning I collaborated with the Nature Spirits to receive guidance on what the Land wanted/needed. Engaging in co-creative partnership, I am humbled and experience synergy and synchronicity. Since moving here, Heart Springs Sanctuary has truly blossomed into a Sanctuary where all Beings are Sacred and can thrive. I am continually amazed and awed at the magic I experience and witness here.

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It is our birthright to experience this magic. When we engage with our more-than-human kin, whole worlds open to us. We experience synergy. We are meant to be creators. We learn more about ourselves. Of course this doesn’t mean that all of our problems or hardships disappear. However, we discover that we are always supported and always loved and our relatives can guide us through the toughest times.

AND THAT BRINGS US TO YOU

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My wish is that you remember who you truly are, embrace your unique gifts, and confidently share your Light with others. When we remember that we are interconnected with one another and our more-than-human relatives, we realize that our thrival depends on the well-being of each other. While I wish that I could give you the elixir to make all your dreams come true, what I can do is give you the keys that open the doors to receiving the wisdom, healing, and guidance of Nature, and that is even more potent.

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