Episode #80: Of Blood and Belonging with MaryBeth Bonfiglio

MaryBeth Bonfiglio joins me on this episode of the Belonging podcast to talk about the many commonalities we have in our ancestral connection work and lives. MaryBeth is a writer and a practitioner of ancestral folk magic of her ancestors (from Sicily and mainland Italy). She is deeply devoted to knowing and understanding her roots and learning their ancient and not-so-ancient ways of being together, and with the land. She also gathers people on her ancestral land of Sicily to anchor in the earth, village practices, food stories, ancestral arts, dance, music, and celebration—all within community.

Together we talk about feeling (un)belonging where you live and finding a sense of home, how to live in apology and do the repair work when it’s hard to stay on colonized land, connecting to ancestral lands as a relational experience, and coming back to the “why” of ancestral connection.

“In figuring out how our ancestors created, we may be given some information on how to dismantle what’s not necessary anymore.” -MaryBeth Bonfiglio


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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.

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