am so glad you have come and are willing to spend a little bit of your time on my sacred website. I call it sacred because I consider all of life sacred - every bit of it, from the animals that everyone loves to hate like skunks an snakes, to our own creative endeavors whether they be the arts, building new roads or doing finger painting with our children
My intention for this site is to create a nature-oriented website to convey who I am, my love of the land and to share my writings and poetry. I offer my work here to nature lovers, those needing to find solace in nature, those interested in something outside of themselves or people visiting the Verde Valley area of north-central Arizona who might like to do something different in nature. Enjoy the photos, my writing and let me know if something here touches you.
May you be blessed.
Currently I reside in a little village in the rolling hills of Cornville, Arizona south of Sedona. I have lived in four Western states, as well as in Morocco, North Africa. I grew up in Ohio, with an Irish mother and a Palestinian father. I was raised Catholic, but now consider myself a Pantheist, one who see Spirit in everything. I also classify myself as a Native American-Zen-Pagan! This matches my values, as I find my God in my animal brothers and sisters, and my friends of the plant and rock worlds. Years ago, I was given the name, "Beloved Protector of the Animals, She Who is One with the Animals."
I am certified 2nd level Healing Touch, certified in 2nd Degree Reiki, and am a student of shamanism, as well as many other modalities like animal communication, the Emotional Freedom Technique and Native American ceremonies.
I write poetry and articles about nature and animals. I feel so many people are divorced from the natural kingdoms, and it is my hope that my writing can assist people in coming back into balance and harmony with Nature.
Like many people, I have had various careers: I was a teacher here and abroad, I worked in the aerospace industry and worked for The Nature Conservancy for twelve years.
At this time of my life, my focus is on integrating all that I have learned and being of service to people in coming home to themselves. I have a variety of exercises and wonderful doings in nature that are designed to assist people in becoming still, balanced, and aware of the assistance the natural kingdoms have to give us. Come do a Sacred Earth Walk with me and find out how you can co-create a new life with the nature spirits!
Read more specific information about my varied life experiences...
Healing and Restoring with the DrumLet the sound of the drum, Tibetan bells, tuning forks guide you to go deep within to balance, release and integrate your inner world. Experience the power of heart-centered exercises that will allow your joy to surface.
Mystical Realms of ShamanismShift your reality by journeying to the world of plants and animals. Drum, click sticks, rattles will be employed to assist you in entering a multi-verse where you might meet your Power Animal in the Lower World or Spirit Guide in the Upper World!!
Sacred Earth WalkExperience the healing power of Sedona as walk through red rocks and juniper pine woodland. A variety of experiences are in store for you including working with trees, going back in geologic time and learning how the Ancient Ones used the native plants.
Tools for TransformationTechniques from different cultures will be introduced to assist you in transforming your state of being and uncomfortable thought patterns.
Mystical Journey through the LabyrinthLearn how to use the labyrinth to institute changes in your life, health, job, finances. Experience the release that the labyrinth can evoke in your life, and regain stillness and centeredness. We will discuss the history of labyrinths and methods of use. A labyrinth must be experienced so our focus will be on ways to walk the labyrinth. Your experience will be totally your own. We will share our insights, journal and enter into sacred space where we can hear, feel or sense the universal web connecting us.
Qi Gong-Healing with Sound and MovementQi Gong is an ancient Chinese tradition that relieves stress, increases energy and builds stamina and focus. Whereas Tai Chi is a form of slowed-down martial arts and can be challenging to learn, Qi Gong is a system of wellness that can be adapted to your own level of physical ability. Movements designed to open your own healing pathways in your body, and healing sounds that assist organs to find their balance will be taught as well as different meditations. The Five Sacred Elements may be woven into our practice.
Smooth Stones Rock SeeingThis experience involves the ancient technique of seeing into rocks and utilizing the energy of the rock to discern answers to questions. We will also do the 5 Smooth Stones exercise which is a transformational tool to assist us in overcoming fears and difficulties.
Medicine Wheel-Map of Energy ManagementUtilizing a local Medicine Wheel in Sedona, you will gain an understanding of the Medicine Wheel as the Circle of Life. It is a map that orients you to where you are and where you’re headed. It is a tool for personal energy management. The Medicine Wheel is a living entity. By invoking its power and lessons, you invoke Spirit as your Ally. It can be a transformative experience
Allies & Elementals-what are they and how to work with them.If you are feeling unsupported, feeling like you are all alone, feeling anxious or afraid, then you need your Allies! Allies can be one of the sources of support for you. When used well, they make the difference in feeling like you’ve got a team at your back ready to help. We will discuss the various Allies and their roles. You will leave feeling like you know how to invoke them when life gets tough.
Native American Pipe CeremonyThis ceremony will explain the sacred meaning of a Native American Pipe Ceremony. The Pipe represents the joining of the masculine and feminine energies. You do not have to smoke the pipe. We will go through the ceremony, learn the sacred meanings of the bowl and stem, and make prayer requests to the Great Spirit or whatever deity you speak to.
"Eye opening!! There was a lot I did not know. It even heightened what I journalled about this morning."
"The work was so expanding and I am so much more aware of nature."
"You are so brave to do this work! It was wonderful! You are very gifted. Keep doing what you are doing-you are so good at it."
"Excellent tour! I loved the poems and your leadership style."
"You have a depth and bring what a lot of people are craving.You really had an impact on me"
"Rita was very inspiring and we enjoyed her class."
ABOUT MY SKILLS
MY SKILL SET
I called my site Sacred Concierge because of my varied skill set: