Hi, I'm Becca
Hi, I’m Becca
This is how I might introduce myself in a women’s circle:
I was born the daughter of Anne, granddaughter of Anne and Virginia, great granddaughter of Philomena, Jennie, Elizabeth, and Sarah.
I come from settler-colonizers from the lands of so-called Europe. I am a woman of known ancestry of British, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, French, German, and eastern European origins, flowing further back to the Celtic, Pict, Norse, and Anglo Saxon peoples (and the nameless ones going even further than that).
With gratitude, I live on the ancestral lands of the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo indigenous people — known today as the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria — near Mount Tamalpais and the Point Reyes seashore.
(Want to know whose people’s land you occupy? Search at https://native-land.ca/)
This is how I might introduce myself on podcasts and at speaking gigs:
I wrote a book called Root & Ritual, I facilitate women’s gatherings both virtually and in person, and am the host of the Belonging podcast. I teach virtually, speak on the nature of belonging, and run retreats to help women reconnect with their rooted sense of self.
I prefer she/her pronouns and live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my partner, child, two cats, and five chickens, where I garden, cook, mother, and gather with the ebb and flow of the seasons.
This is what I know for sure about who I am in the moment as I’m typing this in early spring of 2021:
I am a writer, land steward, women’s coach, and ancestral folk medicine keeper. I am a storyteller, deep and present listener, and gather-er of community.
I have recently become a mother which has felt like a complete obliteration of my identity as I once knew it. And in the gradual becoming of my matrescence, it is showing me the exquisite layers being added on to my heart, my capacity, and my being. I am living my life slower and more present to the timeless experience of a young child than to the linear experience of our society.
I am a straight cis-woman in a long-term, monogamous, heterosexual partnership with a white cis-man of northern Italian, Balkan and eastern European descent. I am able-bodied with “invisible” health burdens related to productivity burnout and autoimmune conditions discovered in a complex journey of conceiving my child.
I am an ENFJ.
Leo Sun, Sagittarius Moon, Virgo Rising.
I’m a Manifesting Generator in Human Design and an Enneagram 3
I also identify with my more-than-human family that inhabits all of this animate earth, including fungi, tree root, stone, waters, bacteria and critters big and small. I feel kinship with the moon and the sun and the dust of the stars, alongside the cells of the dead composting in the earth below me. It has taken me 30 years to just begin to understand the ancestral power and responsibility of the role of “witch”.
I’m also a lover of laughter and jokes. Show me a meme or hilarious TikTok video and I am thrilled. I quite enjoy making fun of myself and the world of spirituality, and feel that irreverence is essential in building our resilience. I like to decompress by watching reality television (and almost always map it back to systems of oppression and our collective need for community) and bothering my cats when they’re sleeping.
I honor the incredibly generous teachers and mentors I’ve had over the years,
whose lineages I am proud to be a part of, and whose works have inspired my own.
I am devoted to being in reciprocity in my life by honoring their good work.
Deep gratitude to Nisha Moodley, for holding me through 2 years of deep unraveling of my old programming and showing and teaching me what it means to be in sacred sisterhood.
To Katina Mercadante, whose guidance, friendship, and continued support in our empowerment work keeps me on the path of my true core virtue and digging even deeper into how that manifests in the world.
To Liz Migliorelli, whose teaching in Folk Medicine and Magic of Old Europe opened up the portal to connecting with my own European earth-based indigenous roots and with the plants from a deeply rooted space that continues to serve my work in the world.
To Rain Crowe, whose teaching in The Burning Times Never Ended supported me through an even deeper integration of our history and how to apply it to my work today.
To Stacey Morganstern and Carey Peters, who taught me the skills to compassionately and effectively support people in the Transformational Coaching Method (NLP).
To Lara Veleda Vesta, whose teaching on ancestral connection has helped me go deeper in my own ancestral journey to achieve a gnosis that could only be mine.
To Lola Pickett, who held and mentored me in the transformation and reclamation of my name and my true work.
To Jean Shinoda Bolen, whose book, The Millionth Circle, has helped guide me in the principles of circle holding.
To Grandmother Sarah McLean Bicknell, whose mentorship in indigenous dreaming, ancestral constellation, and returning to indigenous earth ways has supported me deeply.
To Shelby Leigh, whose work with Creating Safe Space has helped me to be a more trauma-informed facilitator.
To Jerrigrace Lyons, whose work in conscious dying and death midwifery has supported me in grief literacy and knowledge of rituals in death.
To Marysia Miernowska, whose facilitation of the School of the Sacred Wild is supporting me in my lifelong return to the plants, folk herbalism, and plant spirit communication.
To Jessie Harrold, whose facilitation of the MotherSHIFT community is supporting me in navigating the years-long transformation of motherhood.