Dec 16, 2014

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Welcome to Nalumana Women’s Wellness.

I feel as though I am embodying the very philosophy of Nalumana Women’s Wellness as I reach deeply into my own courage to bring this offering to my community of women.  Though the launch of this website, this first blog post, is Nalumana’s first foray into the public sphere, I have been cultivating, nurturing and tending to this concept, this way of bringing women together, for years.  

I so sincerely hope that you find something here that resonates with you, that you find valuable, that you want to explore more deeply, or that you want to be a part of.  

To start, head over to this page to find out a little bit more about Nalumana Women’s Wellness, what we have to offer, and how you might continue to engage with the community here.

If you’d like to know more about how Nalumana came to be, click here.

If you’re curious about me, Jessie, the catalyst behind Nalumana Women’s Wellness, click here.

This blog post will be the first of many:  one of the key offerings through Nalumana is an informative and nourishing series of blog posts, 2-3 times per week, on topics such as wellness, birth and motherhood and adventure.  The blog will also feature awesome recipes, guest posts and interviews with wellness goddesses local and beyond, as well as inspiring quotes and photography.  I hope that you will enjoy the opportunity that the Nalumana blog gives you to learn, reflect, and nurture yourself.

To subscribe to Nalumana Women’s Wellness so that you can have blog posts and updates about any upcoming offerings or opportunities delivered directly to your inbox, click here.



The Becoming Podcast has been on a short hiatus while I focus on writing my book, but oh what a comeback episode I have for you!

This month, I spoke to Toko-pa Turner, who many of you may know as the unofficial patron saint of many of my circles and gatherings because of the sheer number of times I’ve quoted from the wisdom of her book, Belonging.

Toko-pa is a Canadian author, teacher, and dreamworker. Blending the mystical teachings of Sufism in which she was raised with a Jungian approach to dreams, she founded The Dream School in 2001, from which thousands of students have graduated. She is the author of the award-winning book, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, which explores the themes of exile and belonging through the lens of dreams, mythology, and nature. This book has resonated for readers worldwide, and has been translated into 10 different languages so far. Her work focuses on the relationship between psyche and nature, and how to follow our inner wisdom to meet with the social, psychological, and ecological challenges of our time.

Here’s some of what Toko-pa and I talk about in this episode:

> The dream that changed Toko-pa’s life, causing her to question her career and, ultimately, her identity

> How we can court our dreams to support us during times of radical transformation – and the reasons so many of us have a hard time remembering and working with what shows up in our dreamscape

> Toko-pa’s perspective on the message of Belonging after the divisiveness our society has experienced in the years since it was published

> What happened for both Toko-pa and I when we fell out of belonging from the ideologies of the “wellness world”

> How to build community when you’re under-resourced

> “The Big Lie” when it comes to belonging, and how we can reclaim a sense of belonging to the greater family of things, as Mary Oliver so famously wrote

Listen to the episode on iTunes


Show Notes

Toko-pa’s Website

Belonging:  Remembering Ourselves Home, Toko-pa’s book

The David Abram video about animism mentioned in the interview

Toko-pa’s self-guided program, Dream Drops

Companion, the program that accompanies Belonging


Also, while you’re at it, if you enjoy The Becoming Podcast, I would be so grateful if you would rate and review, and even subscribe to it on iTunes.  That goes a long way to helping more and more people find and benefit from hearing these interviews!  Thank you so much!