I want you to know that you come from a long lineage of survivors and you have access to their strength, resiliency, wisdom and blessings.
I want you to feel connected to your ancestors. I want you to know that a nourishing spiritual practice isn’t in some far flung place on the planet– it’s in your bones and DNA. I want you to connect to the earth, really connect, and to know what that connection means for your bones and for the bones of the ancestors under the soil. I want you to finally feel like you belong to a place, a land, an ecosystem.
I want you to feel healthy in your relationship with food. I want you to trust yourself around food and to know that it is a sacred and spiritual gateway. I want you to know and experience how food is the vessel for ancestral mysteries, nourishment and pleasure. I want you to feel free from diet dogma, rules and restrictions.
I want you to know that you come from a long lineage of survivors and you have access to their strength, resiliency and wisdom. I want you to know that the anxiety, pain and stress you are carrying may not be yours, it may be ancestral — and we can heal it. I want you to know that immense physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, monetary and practical blessings await you from your ancestors– and we can access it. I want you to know that your ancestors care about you and can help, protect and guide you like no other spiritual being or deity can. Really.
Which brings me to my soul and life’s work:
Hello, I’m Darla. I’m an Okanagan tribal member, an ancestral healer and an ancestral activist. I use my experience as a mixed-race, marginalized woman, my master’s degree in intercultural communication and my training as an ancestral healer to help spiritual seekers connect to the wisdom and blessings of their ancestral lines. I also help seekers feel connected to their bodies, their homes and the land they live on by tending our ancestral connections to food, hearth magic and land spirits.
What this means for you: I can help you create a spiritual practice that truly nourishes you without cultural appropriation, Othering, traveling to find it “elsewhere” and spiritual bypassing.
Here’s what got me ready to help you connect with and tend your own ancestrally-based spiritual practice or lifestyle:
- I have a B.A. in journalism and mass communication and spent a decade working in Native Media (notably: Native America Calling as an associate producer and for Indian Country Today as a columnist). I also worked for a small mid-western newspaper where I routinely covered Hispanic and Native communities and their concerns. I have deep passion and skill at helping people tell their stories. Your stories. Your ancestors stories.
- I have a M.A. in intercultural communication and wrote my master’s thesis on how food creates and sustains cultural identity. I have spent 10,000 hours analyzing and studying just how it is we create our cultural identities and how this knowledge is passed down through the generations in many ways but specifically through food. This includes understanding how diet culture and fast food chains have disrupted this lineage.
- I’ve studied, practiced and am near fluent in a second language, Spanish. I have trained my mind to look at reality from many different lenses and possible points of view.
- I grew up in my Okanagan ancestral homelands. I know what it’s like to be rooted to a place and landscape through the bones of the ancestors in the earth beneath my feet. I also have lived, loved and mothered on a high mountain farm in Costa Rica for over seven years because I fell in love with a Costa Rican man. I know what it’s like to make a life and raise a family where I have no roots– and how to become rooted anyway.
- I’m trained privately with many intuitive and spiritual teachers over the last 10 years– teachers who are grounded, practical and as ethical as they are spiritual and psychic. These teachers include: Anna Sayce, Slade Roberson, Daniel Foor and Mary Shutan. I’ve put in the leg work to become a talented and effective spiritual worker. I’ve got a community and systems in place to keep me accountable, ethical and as an effective spiritual worker.
All of this means I’ve got the deep training and life experiences necessary to guide you through your own ancestral healing journey or the creation of your own ancestrally-reclaimed spiritual practice.
I believe that we cannot truly make space for a new way of being in the world without first healing the greed, racism, oppression, suffering, blatant disregard for the earth and other social diseases first created or experienced by our ancestors. Healing our ancestors removes their wounds from the collective conscious and subconscious. It removes the hungry ghosts and creates breathing room for rethinking old ideas and employing new ones. Some of the mentors and teachers I’ve had over the years that have influenced where I am today include:
- Professors Ginny Whitehouse (intercultural communication) and Jim McPherson (mass media history– and my advisor) at Whitworth University.
- Professors Miguel Gandert (Media & Culture), Karen Foss (Feminist Perspectives in Communication) and Michael Trujillo (Borderlands and Folklore) at the University of New Mexico.
- My aforementioned spiritual teachers and mentors: Anna Sayce and Slade Roberson (intuitive development), Mary Shutan (responsible and ethical spiritual work) and Daniel Foor (ancestral healing).
- My parents, Bonnie Goss and Darrell Lewis for giving me a solid sense of rootedness and belonging while also feeling free to explore and discover new things.
- My kids, for teaching me that I’m not as patient as I thought I was but that my ability to love deeply and fiercely goes deeper than I ever thought possible.
- My partner, Andy, for showing me just what loyalty and fierce commitment, to one’s partner and to one’s dreams, can accomplish.
- The Black Madonna, for modeling true intercultural communication and how to thrive in an institution that was built to destroy you.
- My ancestors, for surviving being torn from their homelands, their mother tongue and still standing strong in who they are and how they want to help shape the new world.
Here’s what I’m currently working on:
Working 1:1 with spiritual seekers to heal their ancestral wounds and receive ancestral blessings.
Creating ancestrally and culturally relevant courses to address internalized oppression, racism, white supremacy, cultural appropriation and spiritual bypassing in our ancestral lineages (either side of the coin) and spiritual practices.
You can find me on Instagram or email me through the form at the bottom of this page. And don’t forget to visit the subscribe bar or pop-up to opt-in to my no bribe, no sales funnel email list so you’re the first to know about upcoming programs and services including a 1:1 Ancestral Activism offering, an exciting and creative intuitive program called Charting Serendipity and a free book allll about how food connects us to our ancestors.
Now, let’s begin to create a new way of being in the world by healing ancestral wounds and resurrecting ancestral spiritual practices.
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