my name is amy j howton. i am a healer, facilitator, story weaver, and writer. i believe there is powerful medicine in the sharing of our stories. my work over the past twenty years has focused in the areas of trauma response, racial + gender justice, spiritual leadership, community building, and social change + communal healing.
the natural world has been my most enduring classroom, grounding my practice in living systems, systems thinking, and emergent theory. i have taught at the university-level and practiced in various contexts including higher education, community-based nonprofits, faith-based institutions with experience working with individuals, organizations, and in network-building. communities of practice as a model for transformative change have been a focus of my research and practice throughout my work and i continue to believe in the power of bringing people together through intentional cycles of action and reflection.
my most important training has been life and my own healing. i’ve been privileged to have been in personal study and apprenticeship with elders, guides, shamans, healers, and spiritual leaders from various wisdom traditions and lineages including the Margaret Wheatley of systems thinking and emergence along with Jerry Grannelli of the Shambhala Path of the Warrior tradition; Quanita Roberson keeper of ancient indigenous wisdom from the Dagara Tribe of Burkina Faso; Tenneson Woolf of the Circle Way; elders from the Christian Contemplative Mystic and Celtic Christian traditions.
i hold an MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a doctorate in Ecological Counseling. i am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Ohio, experienced in participatory action research and human-centered design and trained in the Art of Hosting.
Kentucky is my home, where i am surrounded by my plants, my beasts (including my three children!), and my books. i sing and dance every chance i get and revel in the delight of mortifying my kiddos when i do. i believe laughter is the best medicine and crack myself up all the time…because what’s the fun in taking ourselves so seriously?
for more on my elders and their lineages/wisdom traditions:
Margaret Wheatley and Jerry Granellli as a senior student in the Warrior for the Human Spirit training
Quanita Roberson and Tenneson Woolf as an apprentice in Fire and Water
Fr. Richard Rohr, Barbara Holmes, James Finley, Brian MacLaren and Mirabai Starr as a student in the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School
wild roots is my vision, my promise.
wild roots is dedicated to creating spaces for deep listening, connecting, and healing. it is born from the knowing that it is through returning to the roots of who we are–as spiritual beings having human experiences–that we experience life, love, and liberation.
the origin story
on October 31, 2020 i fell in love with a place that mysteriously and powerfully gifted me with lessons on love and life and along the way, the vision of wild roots.
together with that land, culminating decades of experience in healing and justice and community-building, the seeds of wild roots were sowed.
wild roots is a promise to live into the lessons offered from the earth and Spirit through the personal and communal practice of listening, connection, and wonder. it is promise to awaken to our interdependence and live from that knowing.