Forest Magic Healing Sanctuary
Welcome to the Forest Magic Healing Sanctuary
The land slopes south, trees reaching for the stars, their roots caressing portals and pockets of wonder through an open treescape into the lower depths of the woods. The air flow is magnificent, breathing into the outstretched arms of trees, dancing with the winged friends in the gardens, spreading wisdom over cultivated and wild medicines and beauty. Mountains and hills surround the land, gifting clouds filled with moisture to nourish the trees and plants, spreading carpets of moss along the forest floor. The sun’s brilliance shines rays and rainbows under a dome of light covering the open land and gleaming into hidden places where source water flows from springs in crevices below the Earth. Standing upon the land at the Forest Magic Healing Sanctuary invokes a sensation of awareness into one’s soul and emergence into the shared consciousness that exists among all living beings.
The Forest Magic Healing Sanctuary is located on unceded Abenaki Territory, in Plainfield, Vermont, below the western slopes of Spruce Mountain with land lines connecting to the Groton State Forest. Land stewards, water protectors, and tree medicine space holders, Rae Carter and Mitch Pauley, have been nurturing the land since 2013.
When Rae was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, the land became a sanctuary for healing, remembering, awakening, and nourishment for mind, body, soul, and spirit. The previous years of commitments to heal the land and tend to the Earth were honored with a deep reciprocity and revival of magic in Rae and Mitch’s lives. The land become a healer and a teacher for Rae’s path from pain to empowerment.
The Forest Magic Healing Sanctuary is manifesting as a healing co-creator to help more people reclaim divine feminine energy and power, learn how to deepen intuition by listening to the trees and plants, and build sacred relationship and connection to the Earth.
READ THE STORY of how the healing sanctuary was called into being by the trees; co-creating a relationship of reciprocity and community building.
Rae and Mitch recognize the sanctuary is located on original Abenaki homeland —land that was stolen due to the colonization and genocide by white European ancestry, to which both Rae and Mitch belong. Rae and Mitch also recognize they belong to the land, which is both a privilege and a practice, and one surrounded by much complexity.
A commitment to reparations is offered by engaging in the following practices:
- Regenerating the land from colonized land management practices by healing the soil, protecting the water, and supporting biodiversity by replanting native plants and medicines.
- Harmonizing human energy with the energy of the land and listening carefully to the messages received to guide how to care for and nurture the sanctuary.
- Re-awakening sacred connection with the Earth by building relationships with the spirits of the land, while also healing from oppressor ancestry and honoring European indigenous roots.
- Holding space for people to listen and re-awaken their sacred relationship with the Earth and extending the invitation for people to experience the healing gifts of the land.
- Offering medicine from the plants as gifts to those in need and to support a gift economy.
“I am so grateful I found the EmpowR workshop I attended and the universe led me to the magical forest! Thank you so much for hosting a healing workshop and leading me through a big reconnection with myself in a safe & supportive space.”
~ Kristen, Barre, VT
Invitation to Build Community
The trees are calling people to the sanctuary to receive the medicine of the land and to learn a new way of listening and being in relationship with the Earth. Preparations are being made for the sanctuary to safely receive more people as we build community to include in visioning, offering, receiving, and nurturing the Forest Magic Healing Sanctuary. Workshops, sacred ceremonies, solo meditation and reflection time, camping, and small group gatherings are actively being co-created.
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Healing Sessions at the Sanctuary
For people seeking deep personal healing work, Rae offers Forest Energy Flow sessions on the land. Sessions are three hours each to allow for spaciousness and include a combination of intuitive counsel, Reiki, guided meditation, and solo reflection time in the sanctuary. Sessions are available for people who have already established a relationship with Rae and have had two or more healing navigation or intuitive counsel sessions.