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wildroots is a dream, a promise.

wildroots is a promise to remember the truth of who we are and to live this truth.

my name is dr. amy johnson howton and this is my promise. collective trauma has resulted in isolation, disconnection, and delusions of independence. we forget our interdependence. we forget each of us are essential parts of a larger whole. we forget our own humanity.

learning to be in relationship with our suffering offers vital wisdom in our remembering and medicine in the healing of ourselves, our families, our communities, our planet.

what does this look like in practice? wildroots cultivates conditions for connection, right relationship, and creative, wise action in service to life, love, and liberation.

there is individual work through coaching; there is community work through facilitation; and there is writing through poetry, blogging, weaving. the book i co-authored with Quanita Roberson, The Innerground Railroad: A 40 Day Journey to Remembering Soul and Spirit was published in 2022.

wildroots includes elements of ritual and ceremony; embodied practice; soul listening and witness; creativity; nature-centered teachings; and spiritual guidance drawing on Celtic Christian, Dagara Cosmology, Shambala wisdom traditions–all learned and integrated through lineages passed down by ancestors, guides, elders, shamans, teachers.

a gift: weaving three generations zine

We are three generations of women. We are grandmother, mother, daughter. We are crone, mother, maiden. We are family and we are weaving three generations. We are weaving generations gone by and those still to come.

This compilation is a passion project, a first time collaboration, a fun exploration of inviting some of our creative expressions into conversations with one another. Liz’ “doodles” and Amy’s poetry were created on their own accord. There was wonder in playfully introducing them and Kate’s lettering made that introduction.

With hearts full of that wonder and utter joy, we happily share this weaving … with blessings for 2023.

With love,

Liz Anderson, amy howton, and Kate Howton

upcoming events

This Epiphany season, join Amy Howton + Miriam McKenney on this journey on The Innerground Railroad, exploring the inner landscape between slavery and freedom. Inspired by the book co-authored by Quanita Roberson and Amy Howton, this approach incorporates various wisdom and spiritual traditions in the healing and reconciliation of our individual and collective lives. The life and teachings of Jesus will guide the way, with support from integral theory and a trauma-informed lens. This experience is not about more information; it is a heart-centered endeavor to embodying our faith.

Thursdays from 7-8:30pm EST; January 12-February 16.  Registration is FREE and open to all. Sign up here.

in partnership with The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio

As a follow up to the Epiphany series on the Innerground Railroad, there will be a Lenten offering: 40 Day to Remembering Soul and Spirit. Also based. on the book The Innerground Railroad: A 40 Day Journey to Remembering Soul and Spirit, this offering is FREE and open to all.

in partnership with The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio

recent works

the book

the book is SOLD OUT and are currently on back order. join the mailing list to learn when it’s available.

In the U.S., we are all swimming in the waters of what is right, real and true as White and male. Because of Western globalization, these beliefs have spilled over the rest of our world forming a yardstick by which we measure everything. Changing our beliefs, changes the yardstick. Changing the yardstick, changes the world.

from The InnerGround Railroad: A 40 Day Journey to Remembering Soul & Spirit

recent blog posts

imbolc: in the belly

last night i took the girls to mom’s for pizza. well, dewey’s pizza, which is a whole other thing. on the feast day of saint brigid, goddess of threshold and fire, i found myself in an in-between time and space. here, i sat at my mother’s table with my two growing-up daughters–meg, 13 and kate, days away from 23–in the shifting of our relationships. kate’s enthusiasm for her upcoming quest radiated, spilling out in stories, hopes, questions, belly laughter. the preparation for her three+ month venture in Europe was revealed as she talked of all the things she was packing,…

nope

harm is never done in isolation. violence is never private. pain is never meant to be experienced alone. because we are connected. trauma is not the event. it is the response to it. or perhaps more aptly, the lack thereof. what does it mean to acknowledge harm done and respond it to that harm, in communal relationship? honoring our interconnectedness, interdependence? it’s been a life long, compelling question for me and i find myself in it differently these days. i have a folder in my inbox entitled “nope”. it’s five years old, created in 2018. it’s time to turn that…

transformation

“i’m here for transformation”–a mantra of sorts these past years, months, with a particular pitch these past weeks. i’m interested, devoted to creating a new story of love and connection. this requires transformation. it requires metabolizing the pain and trauma in the creation of new life. when we are clear on what we want and open to it, the universe meets us there with lessons, gifts, wisdom, opportunities to practice. because when we utter a prayer and express a heart’s desire, our inner self has already taken the shape of that desire. therefore, the external shifts to reflect that inner…

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