August 5, 2018
Day 9, 7-29-18, Plants Enchant Gathering, Day 3
Outside of Salem, OR
If the Plants Enchant Gathering lasted a whole week, I would be happy to stay, but this was the last day—and it was a full and interesting day! In the morning, I had the chance to catch up with Plants Enchant workshop presenters Scott and Kathryn Kloos, husband and wife herbalists, plant medicine healers, and good kind people. Kathryn is also a naturopathic physician, who I first met in Fall 2007, when I began working on staff at the National College of Natural Medicine and she was a third-year medical student. While I conducted their interviews (each about 26 minutes) individually, we all three were sitting together as they took place. Their stories are wide ranging and interesting, and I recommend them.
Shortly after the interview with Scott and Kathryn, I ran into Kathryn again, and while we were talking someone walked up and asked her if she would share a song called “Spirit of Healing”. This was especially interesting because when Kathryn (who is a song carrier of hundreds of sacred songs) had started our interview, she decided to begin with a song. She had thought of singing “Spirit of Healing”, but was forgetting one verse, so she sang instead a song of hers called “Water of Life” (which I had heard sung at several small gatherings and not known was hers). Then as we were walking away from the interview she had remembered the verse, only to have this person ask her to sing it a few minutes later, which I then recorded. It is a song that came to her friend Desiree, and is for people who serve the underserved.
A little after this, I had the good fortune to encounter what will always be one of my most memorable interviews. Those who know me best know that I have a soft spot for puppets, and in this case I got to interview Plants Enchant workshop presenter, Camilla Blossom Bishop, and her unicorn hand puppet, Uni. This was my first opportunity to interview either a puppet or a unicorn, and I so hope it is not the last. What a gift!
This episode closes with a song called “Eel River Chant”, that I sang along with four others in the grass in the Sunday evening darkness. I had learned the song elsewhere, but heard that it was first shared at one of the Singing Alive gatherings, and here I met four people who knew it. My understanding is that this song came to a woman named Meredith Buck, who was participating in some experience where she was to find and cross the Eel River blindfolded by listening to the sound of a drumming on the other Side, and that when she stepped in the river this three-part song came to her. It’s tricky to get the hang of, but I think we got it close enough.
This podcast is 69 minutes long. 52 minutes is Scott and Katherine Kloos, then 3 minutes of song with Katherine, then 13 minutes with Camilla Blossom Bishop and Uni the Unicorn hand puppet, then 1 minute of Eel River Chant. Thanks for visiting!
Matt Burns, Narrator
Scott Kloos, Herbalist, Wildcrafter, Medicine Maker, Founder of School of Forest Medicine, Owner of Cascade Folk Medicine, Author of guidebook Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants.
Kathryn Kloos, Naturopathic Physician (specializing in women’s health), Massage Therapist, Ceremonialist, Astrologer, Song Carrier
Camilla Blossom Bishop, Soul Midwife, Nature Spirit, Flower Essence Alchemist
Uni Tick, Unicorn Hand Puppet, Spirit Guide to Camilla Blossom Bishop
Songs, “Water of Life”, “Spirit of Healing”, “Eel River Chant”