Born and raised in a Navy family, I have lived a childhood across the eastern seaboard of the United States. I have a lifelong background in the arts - namely; sewing, photography, writing and dance. I studied 3D Fibers and Textiles at Massachusetts College of Art & Design and eventually obtained my bachelor's degree from Roger Williams University in Visual Arts, Art History & Historic Preservation. Fueled with inspiration, I have spent time exploring ancient cultures and folk art traditions around the world. With much determination and always working more than one job, I've been fortunate enough to live and travel throughout Europe, Northern Africa, and Australia.
I have more life stories and experiences than I can keep track and luckily most have been funny, a lot have been bittersweet, and some deeply painful and challenging. In 2009 I traveled to Belgium to work as a production intern for VICE Magazine. This was a big experience for me. Not only was I working for a media powerhouse that was at the brink of it's expansion, but I was in Belgium; an obscure country with mixtures of Dutch, French, and German. To be exact, where I was living we spoke Flemish. Belgium is also the headquarters of NATO and The European Union. My experience at VICE has led me to continue exercising my creative writing brain and fuels me with inspiration to continue traveling.
I do not write fiction, there is just so much to work with in real life. When I returned back to the States, I continued my blogging efforts and eventually formulated an independent magazine called Movable. I was able to print two full issues, each about 28 pages and in full color filled with interviews, contemporary art, writing, and music. The magazine did well in my eyes but I didn't make much money from it. Overall, each of the two issues sold 50 copies because that's what I could afford to have printed while keeping the integrity, size, and color of content inside. It was an absolute learning experience and I am proud of it. Who knows what will unfold in the future now that I know how to create and edit an entire independent publication.
While I was in the midst of making Movable, a friend and myself moved to Southern California. I did know (aside from writing and travel) that I wanted to study herbal medicine and found the opportunity to do just that, hands on, in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California at The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education. I've always had a connection to the cycles of nature and the deep listening of my intuition as a child. My ultimate comfort and grounding force is mother earth herself. By studying and practicing plant medicine formally I was re-introduced to the many plant friends I had as a child - notably; Red Clover, Bladderwrack, Pine, and Lavender.
I found synchronicity in learning about plants through creative mediums such as drawing my most beloved allies - learning their geography, history, and tradition whilst empowering people to honor and care for themselves in connection to the earth. My studies have also created great transformation and healing within myself. I created my own small apothecary of simple plant based products for health & wellness under Herbalist Rachel Fae. I continue to make these products with great thought and attention to detail; sourcing and harvesting plants and materials with ethical kindness. Check out the BOUTIQUE page on this site, which will be changing and expanding soon.
I work with herbs every day and continuing my education through studies on ayurvedic principles and materia medica. I gained clinical experience at Groton Wellness Center as their Herbalist & Plant Spirit Educator. It was a great honor working alongside such innovative healers; functional medicine doctors, acupuncturists, and psychotherapists - to name a few. Groton Wellness offers a wide range of healing modalities and is ahead of their time. More focused on writing and independent practice, I no longer practice there. Please see the CONSULTATIONS page on this site for further information.
I find myself writing and blogging more again with a focus on travel, herbalism, product reviews, wellness, etc. It's been such a joy to watch my passions align. I have an old blog that still exists dating back to 2007. It's called IDYLLICLAND of course. Somehow that thread of creativity has remained, at least the name has. The website you're viewing now, I've put together myself. I hope you check out the homepage here frequently to browse new articles and content. Enjoy!