I hear the ancestors in the wind. I breathe in their ancient breath, feeling the sun upon my shoulders and the earth beneath my feet. I honour the spirits of nature around me, singing their soulsong in the twilight hours with the blackbird in the elder tree. I feel the spark of life dancing deep within as I gaze into the fire’s flame, carrying the warmth of the embers within. I drink in the waters of life, holding, sustaining, teaching of flow and release.
I honour the land upon which I live, and live in accordance with the land, honouring the seasons, the ancestors, the spirits of hearth and home. I can hear the pulsing heart of these isles, rich with spirit and history, the tales of the land rising like morning’s mist from a still, silent lake. I honour nature, deepening my connection to this land upon which I live, to the skies above and the universe in its whirling round. I dance in the circle of firelight, humming gently in the twilight, creating, sustaining and nurturing the threads of connection to life around me.
I moved to the UK in 1998, and have fallen in love with this land, its history and beauty. Inspired by nature, I find peace in the twilight hours, where the setting sun and soft stillness create a temple to nature.
I am an author, and have written many books, including the bestselling The Book of Hedge Druidry: A Complete Guide for the Solitary Seeker and The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid. For more details on my published works, please see the Books section.
I have a BA Hons English Language and Literature degree. I am the director and co-founder of Druid College UK.
I am also the Director of Wild Rose Belly Dance. I regularly perform throughout East Anglia at various festivals, events and more. I am also a poet, singer and artist.
You can see my website at www.joannavanderhoeven.com and I also have a Facebook page here:- Joanna van der Hoeven on Facebook
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I would love to do a painting of you in dancing pose into a beautiful tree.
Bless you! x
Greetings! Your site is truly inspirational and is deserving of an award! I am writing to you to say that I have nominated you for a Liebster Award. My hope is that by accepting this award it will illicit conversation amongst all of us. Happy August, and I wish you much luck and happiness on your journey!
Derek J. Healey
Poet, Earth Steward, Reiki Practitioner, Ordained Minister & Spiritual Shaman
Thank you! x
I awarded you the inventive blogger award: http://ashleywillismusings.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/inventive-blog-award/
Thank you very much! Many blessings to you. x
Beautiful “About” page. So happy to have found your blog.
I Love your about page and your blog posts, your words have inspired me to continue my Bardic OBOD course work. Many thanks from a fellow Canadian and herbalist 🙂
Thanks Griffin! Blessings to you. x
I sat with a young deer at night not so long ago. it sat with no fear of either myself or my dog. she let me check her over for injuries . nuzzled my hand .
stayed for a few minutes .got up and walked away. probably the best experience I have ever had during my nightly walks .
peace and love xx
So beautiful, gentle yet the experience was so powerful. There was a message I am sure.
I work with nature ,spend most of my time with nature , I am a river keeper. Will all the joy that brings.
Now I need to learn to interpret the meanings of what I see. I know it is the true rythmn of life.
As followers of an earth-based tradition, we take our inspiration and our learning from nature, first and foremost 🙂
Absolutely. I feel the spirits of nature around me . Visiting this site was my first step towards learning the traditions . And hopefully strengthen my understanding and connection. I shall get reading . Thank you☺
Hi! I am trying to contact you about a blog tour I’m trying to set up for my pagan children’s coloring book? Please let me know if you’d like to work together on this 🙂
Hi Michael – please email me at email@example.com