Episode #20: Rites of Passage with Lara Veleda Vesta

Lara Veleda Vesta, storyteller weaving with myth, initiation, ritual practice, folk magic, and ancestral connection, shares the story of a long and debilitating bout of illness that she now views as a rite of passage for many things including her connection with her ancestors. We talk about how experiencing illness or loss can cause relationships to change in your life, the three phases of rites of passage, the power of naming yourself, and some incredible folklore surrounding death, transition, and runes.

“When you take yourself out of normative culture—when you become other—you are entering into the liminal and that is a rite of passage.” -Lara Vesta


More from Lara Veleda Vesta:

What is a Rite of Passage that you have gone through or are going through that you desire to celebrate or ritualize?

Credit for the phrase “be a good ancestor” goes to Arianna of Quw’utsun’ Made

My book Root & Ritual is now available wherever books are sold!

My intention with this book is for it to be your guide to reconnecting with the earth, your ancestors, and your communities as you come home to your whole self. Despite our best efforts, our modern world leaves so many of us feeling isolated, unworthy, and alone. We’re unrooted from the land, untethered from our lineages, disconnected from our communities, and separated from our deepest sense of self. Root & Ritual is meant to be a pathway back to connection and wholeness through rituals, recipes, and ancestral wisdom.

Weekly-ish wisdom to your inbox

Sign up to receive emails about our longing to belong, living with the seasons, and connecting with ancestral ways to enjoy with your favorite beverage.