(Woman Making Shea Butter)
In a previous blog post, I told you some new developments were in the air but also said they weren't resolved. Today I want to share some news of upcoming events that are a cause for celebration.
New Book Deal
I am so happy to announce my 6th nonfiction book has found a wonderful publisher to call home.
"Mama Nature’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss: How Earth Rituals, Goddess Invocations, Incantations, Affirmations and Natural Remedies Enhance Any Weight Loss Plan,”
will be published in late 2014 by Punkin House.
Punkin House is an author-centered publishing house that will be moving more into publishing the types of spiritual and metaphysical titles I write. The publisher has a personal business style that includes being approachable while remaining a hands-on business woman. She is also a deeply spiritual Shaman and Yogi. From what I understand, Punkin House picked three authors to work with during this submission season. I am honored to be among them. I am hoping this is only the beginning of a long association with Punkin House.
“Mama Nature’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss” will be the third book that I not only write but also illustrate. I will share some of the illustrations at this Virtual Studio blog. In this guide book, you will find prayers based on Earth-based Spirituality, invocations to helpful goddesses, spells and magical incantations, daily affirmations and numerous natural remedies such as: herbs, natural waters, hydrosols, essential oils, bath soaks, crystals, incense, to assist your weight loss work from the more spiritual side. Even exercise activities, more attuned to earth-based spirituality, like Yoga, Tai Chi and Belly Dancing, will be included.
A Summer Workshop
I am also pleased to announce here that I am offering an herbal healer’s workshop in New York this summer. Here is a description:
African American Healer’s Medicine Kit
When enslaved Africans were brought to the Americas and Caribbean, they transported a rich stock pile of plant wisdom with them. Africans of various tribal groups, who specialized in planting, cultivation, processing and the medicinal applications of specific plants were eagerly sought out. As people of African descent continue to settle in the United States, our understanding and use of a plethora of herbs from the Motherland, and their healing medicines, continues to expand. African American herbalist and author, Stephanie Rose Bird, shares historical through contemporary African healing treasures from the diaspora in this hands-on workshop. Healing balms, brews and elixirs will be created to soothe the body, mind and spirit.
Herbs used include: pine, cocoa butter, shea butter, hibiscus flowers, rooibos, aloe vera, cayenne, mullein, frankincense, myrrh and more.
This workshop will be offered July 19, 2014 at New York Open Center. For more information check the New York Open Center Website for summer course offerings when they are announced. I will also write more about this workshop as the time comes closer here and on my author website. You can call to register here: 212-210-2527 extension 2.
This workshop echoes my previously published books that center around wellness, mind, body, spirit and African American herbalism including: A Healing Grove Four Seasons of Mojo and The Big Book of Soul. I will be signing my books in New York Open Center Bookstore, after the workshop.
I am hoping to see some of you that have shared my journey through this blog at the workshop. It is easy to get to, being just a few blocks away from Grand Central Station in New York.