Posted on July 23, 2020
Posted on July 30, 2019
wisdom of the earth
nine-month immersion program
“The greatest gift I received from this nine month journey is experiencing grieving with others, being deeply listened to and welcomed in my emotions. From this, a deep feeling of being supported arose. I’ve learnt a new thing that makes me feel instantly better when I’m feeling a bit disconnected: giving thanks (doing the Thanksgiving address at my sit spot). I think being with the group and sharing deep things helped me to broaden my perspectives, understand better the others and also understand how connected we are, how much so often we share the same wounds of connection. I feel way more connected to Nature and this created in myself an even bigger commitment to protect her… because I really realized what is really important for me, what I would die for and this is for Love, people, nature, animals: all living things. Et voilà!”
Merci Adeline pour ces mots si beaux! It was pleasure to meet you and be able to record some of the profound transformation of your 8Shields – Art of Mentoring journey with Wisdom of the Earth. Belinda White, Apple Star Photo and Living Stream Media
WISDOM OF THE EARTH IMMERSION is a transformative Deep Nature Connection Immersion program, based on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada Wisdom of the Earth in the lineage of the 8 Shields Mentoring and Nature Connection.
CONNECTION – CREATIVITY – VISION – COMMUNITY – TRANSFORMATION
To find out if you are called to this journey, visit http://www.wisdomoftheearth.ca/immersion/
All photos copyright by Apple Star Photo and Wisdom of the Earth
#8shields #wisdomoftheearth #8shieldsadultimmersion #rewild #deepnatureconnection #regenerativeculture #wildernessawarenessschool #hidetanning #belonging #handwork #primitiveskills #saltspringisland .
Posted on September 9, 2018
wild woman of the lake
I am honoured to photograph my brave friend!
She is a glorious wild woman holding space and honouring her edges. <3
Posted on February 4, 2017
Posted on September 21, 2016
Forage: The Rose and the Hip
What is Forage? A kind of inner tracking, a wild wander, observing how the gifts in the wild or garden reflect the gifts within.
I realize now, that the idea for the name of both my photography business and my educational business comes from a kind of ‘forage’ experience. In what ways does a ‘fruit’ or example from Nature mirror or symbolize a human process? The Apple Star, is the core revealed, not cut out, the seeds of future creations intact, the beauty honoured!
The Rose and the Hip
It’s easy to admire the rose, in full glory, full sent and splendour, isn’t it? but not so easy the haw, the seed, the hip. Hard, blood red, seedy and itchy to boot, this little bounty has it’s treasure well hidden. She’s thorny too, marking territory, entwined in an never-ending dance with the Black Berry Briar, we watch those once juicy black nuggets drying on the vine, and marvel at their simple giving of themselves to us, compared to the complex extraction needed to taste the healing of the rose hip! A what is this weird, puff of a hairy nest? Is it true a wasp lies within? This is what Rose hips bring up for me:
“When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.”
Thank you Omi Grace for walking with me, listening to me, and gathering with me. Thank you too, for standing your ground and expressing your boundaries, and making the tea, that I couldn’t make!! Belinda White
#forage #wildwander #wildwomen #rosehip #innertracking #pinions #Kahlilgibran
Posted on August 7, 2016
Beautiful, Wild, Searching Naomi
“All of us are wild deep within.” A Wild Woman Project
What can I say about you, sweet Naomi? Meeting you changed my life. You ‘saw’ me. you ‘heard’ me, you ‘knew’ me.
You witnessed, named and honoured my deep sharing and vulnerability. You thanked me for my tears, and cried with me at our first gathering together, and in so doing cracked open a space in my judgement:- haha, I thought you were perfect, young, beautiful, partnered, happy. Our meeting, the time, conversations, and visioning we’ve done since has contributed so much to my understanding of A Beautiful Mama Project and A Wild Woman Project.
Walking down to the river to pray, play, cry and work through shame, fears, lost dreams, deep desires, and new hopes and visions with you…hands and feet in the mud, searching, probing, the constant trickle of flow, the rich earth, Cedar growth and death, constant. The rich, rich smell of it all, loamy, wet, so incredibly female….thank you for your vulnerability, thank you for you questing, thank you for your gentleness with yourself and with me, thank you, Naomi, for helping me understand my wild craft, my wild photo wanders. I can’t wait until the next time we create together, we hold space together, we cry and love and love together.
I love these words you have written on rewilding.
“Rewilding to me is a remembering, a tuning into the Earth & her sacred, ancient ways & energy. Of beginning to match our nature with Nature. To allow ourselves to listen to our heart beat & the heart beat of the earth, air, water, fire & begin to bring balance back within ourselves & so then without us as well. To allow there to be seasons within our lives & to allow shame & guilt to melt away as we listen to our inner knowing & learn from others who are walking this path & who have walked this path before. To unlearn all that does not serve & begin anew. Being mindful with our choices, our words, our food. But also being gentle with ourselves in the unfolding.
I find it amazing that now rewilding is a movement. Yet I have always felt that deep connection to be connected with the earth & it is always there. All of us are wild deep within. We have just forgotten the old ways. The most basic of ways. To flow with our own seasons within the seasons. To be unwavering in our strength & to above all be connected with all beings.
By slowing down & spending time in nature, gathering food, preparing our own food. Remembering that all food is living & that we must take life to live and yet we can give back and so the circle of life continues. That, in the end our own lives will end and if we allow return to the sacred circle. We all need to be humble and we all need to accept and embrace our innate power and light as beings who are here to protect and live as one with this earth. We are here to create a new way. Together.”
Rewilding photographic wanders take us on a journey through a wild and natural landscape that we love or are drawn to, and in so doing we travel inwards, searching for lost or broken parts of ourselves, our wild selves, “collecting the bones” of our personal stories so to speak. The forest, trees, roots, rivers, shoreline, caves, stone, sand and mud draw us towards them. Perhaps we tune in to one or another element more, the river forever running, bringing life and taking it away, a babbling brook of women’s voices, tears, laughter, wisdom of ages, perhaps the mud, rich and mucky covering our hands, feet, bellies….there is healing here, on this journey, this process, of wandering over the road, away from the garden, towards that untended self, tracking a wild woman hiding in the shadows, foraging for sweet berries, sweet truths of self, delicious intuition, flashes of realization, there is release here, in casting off domestic shame, slowly peeling off layers of preconception, and allowing Mother’s embrace, Mother’s example embodied in Tree, Flow, Root, Soar, Release, Compost, there is love here, self love, self embrace.
Thank you for your courage Naomi. Tender Love, Belinda
Naomi and her partner Dante and their two children live in a beautiful, semi wild setting on the land in Sooke, BC, where they offer, facilitate and hold space for rewilding, community, healing, play, spa and wild food events. They are an amazing, inspiring couple. I have learned so much from them, recieved so much love and hope. I am ever grateful. <3 Belinda
#awildwomanproject #abeautifulbodyproject #rewildingphotography #bodypositive #downtotheriver #wildwander #rewild #innertracking #wildwoman #collectingthebones #remembering #unlearning #forage
Posted on March 27, 2016
At first I wanted to call this ‘food porn’, but then I had to pause, why ‘porn’? What is it about my / our relationship to sensuality that causes me / us to debase this incredible fruit of the sea? Why not honour and celebrate this luscious, miraculous, delicate and delicious gift from our Mother Earth, or Mother Sea instead? And so here she is, hand-picked and photographed by me, Belinda White of Apple Star Photo and steamed, shucked and presented by Andria Green of Real Good Food, an oyster naked and glowing for all to see. This is where Rewilding revives and reconnects our intimate entwinement and sensual bond with the our giving Earth, our nurturing Mother. Rewilding excites us, invites us to bask in beauty and in bounty, reminds us who we are and how we belong.
#rewild #wildfood #foragetofeast #awildwomanproject #sensualoysterphoto #wildfoodphotography #applestarphoto #realgoodfood