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How My Healing Journey Became an Act of Resilience

In 2017 I was really sick and carrying a lot of trauma from life, my time at Standing Rock and the level I allowed the 2016 election to affect me and I went into a social justice warrior spiral rooted in anger, fear and scarcity. I have come to realize this approach tends to often covertly exploit those we think we are fighting for. I’ve made many mistakes on this journey of growth and expansion but my commitment to being an intentional steward of this earth and a trusted healer is not one of them.


Hank and Kat when N.O.T.G. was just a sparkle in her eye

Photo by the incredibly talented Maria Levitov (@marialevitov)



As an herbalist and alchemist, regenerative farmer and upcycler, I also have wanted to be seen as a liberator and not a colonizer. Turns out, we all have to free ourselves in our minds and bodies first and accept who we are, or commit to changing it.

Healers offer tools to people, it is the people who choose what to do with those tools and it is every person’s own choice to break ancestral blocks.


We all exist in a world overflowing with ancestral pain and atrocities but we do have these choices. We can go to therapy and read books about white privilege, we can spread more platonic love, we can protect the children and show them that some people are breaking these cycles together. We can do all these things AND not forget history, AND who’s land we are on, AND heal ourselves to heal the world. We can listen. We can cry. We can Zoom and stay connected no matter what. Some of us will still march while some of us need to build the new foundation of the world we are being handed brick by brick, even if we are told it cannot be done. This is the end of the old world, not the planet. This is our time to finally upgrade humanity to its utmost potential.