Art Heals Earth

Dana O’Driscoll on Creative Regeneration 🌱 Homesteader, Druid, Nature Artist, and Writer | 014

November 09, 2020 Megan Reich Season 1 Episode 14
Art Heals Earth
Dana O’Driscoll on Creative Regeneration 🌱 Homesteader, Druid, Nature Artist, and Writer | 014
Show Notes

Dana O’Driscoll is a homesteader, a permaculture practitioner, and dedicated bard, practicing many arts including watercolor painting, leatherworking, eco-printing, writing, and panflute. She is the artist and author of the Tarot of Trees and the Plant Spirit Oracle, and her writings on druidry, nature, and permaculture can be found at the Druid’s Garden Blog. Dana is a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids and is a Druid Adept in the Ancient Order of Druids in America. Dana is also an Associate Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches doctoral courses in writing pedagogy, research methods, learning theory, and writing centers. As a learning researcher, Dana’s scholarly research has long explored how people learn, “transfer” that knowledge to new contexts, and develop long term expertise as writers.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Dana’s journey into earth-based practices began
  • The spiritual path of Druidry: what it means to Dana, and how it shapes her inner and outer life
  • Regeneration as an essential component of an ethic of care
  • Healing the land: where to begin 
  • The Druid’s Anchor Spot: the practice of returning to the same place 
  • Connecting with the oak tree through harvesting and preparing acorns 
  • How Dana’s scholarly research on the learning process has affected the way she approaches her many crafts 
  • Writing as an act of learning
  • Current projects Dana has been working on
  • How art helps heal Dana’s relationship with the Earth
  • A question Dana is asking right now
  • What gives Dana hope right now 

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The Druid’s Garden Blog: https://druidgarden.wordpress.com/
Plant Spirit Oracle: https://www.plantspiritoracle.com/
The Tarot of Trees: http://www.tarotoftrees.com/
Druid’s Garden Art: http://www.druidsgardenart.com/ 

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Podcast Artwork: Alex Reich
Music: Kai Engel, "Scenery" (CC-BY)