W E L C O M E

My name is Danielle Sawan. Based in Southern California. Traveler, yogi, writer and experimenting herbalist. Passionate about people and the planet. I am here as a storyteller to weave words and explore ancestral connections.

Poetry

Waxing Moon

we’re all imbued with that dew-like glow dripping seeping in sap it’s the honey that soothes sore throats of misspoken words, of hurt, of anger, of masked sadness it’s skin glistening in coconut oil eyes that shine and sparkle in rainbow prisms as we share we cry as we cry we open as we open we heal as we heal we love and only through ourselves and others we remember. why we came here, why we chose them why we chose ourselves to reflect how capable we are of beauty, of love, of sex, of death, of music orchestrating harmonies

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Herbalism

Visionary Dream Herbs

Dream Blend ::. Mugwort, Blue Lotus, Passionflower “Dream matter offers, in a personally symbolic way, directions for our growth and protection, often presenting the true dynamics of life situations our conscious mind may be unwilling or unable to see and accept.” -Judith Berger, Herbal Rituals Have you ever woken up from a dream and found that the feeling you experienced stayed with you, lingering like stale air in the first moments upon being roused out of bed? Our mind during sleep often replays the events of the our day, breaking down the content in a way that helps our mind digest

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Poetry

Isis – Egyptian Goddess of Magick, Healing and Protection

This poem is an ode to the everlasting love of Egyptian Goddess Isis and her husband Osiris. The legend goes that Set, the brother of Osiris was jealous of him, so he lured him into a golden chest he had intentionally made to trap him in. He sealed it shut and dumped it into the Nile River. Isis was heartbroken. She found his body and hid it in the grass, so Set wouldn’t find it—to perform a ritual to carry him into the Afterlife. Set found the body and was furious, so he severed the body into fourteen pieces, scattering

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Health

A Holistic View of My First 24-Hour Water Fast

I had never actually done a full 24-hour water fast until living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Like many, I love eating — I have an affinity for flavors and textures. Food is grounding and comforting (think roasted potatoes, pumpkin soup, curry with spices and rice.) Eating helps bring me back down to earth when I’ve been in my mind or the ether for too long. The problem is that instead of dealing with my stress and triggers in a healthy way, I would resolve to binge eating. Even if I was eating healthy it wouldn’t always be out of hunger. The underlying

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Herbalism

Medicinal Plants

I stayed there talking in Spanish with the owners for about 30 minutes while they enthusiastically showed me a book by Antonio Vega called Remedios Naturales, the 100 best medicinal plants for your health—telling me how a lot of plants here in Spain are similar to where I’m from in California because of the Mediterranean climate. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) caught my eye as I read the benefits were for stomach inflammation, helping with indigestion and regulating menstruation, as well as quitting smoking. I’m not a tobacco smoker, but the guy I’m seeing told me he wants to quit smoking so I

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Poetry

Midnight Elixir

you’re my new favorite book to read, the smell of your tobacco-soaked pages made from Spanish fir and oak I want to drench myself in every word, every chapter that you smoke until I have it memorized, have you mesmerized when you stare into my multi-colored irises. My ink bleeds thick & red as your aura tonight, dripping in diffracted light, drops diffuse as we lightly trace each other’s life lines in the haze of dream-infused alchemy we both love the metallic taste, as death meets life, shadow meets light I stop listening to spoken words, and open myself up

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Poetry

Mayan Astrology

as i write under the energy of kawoq, a nahual from the mayan calendar – a feminine energy representing abundance, community, cleansing, heart-opening and realizing the dreams we were born for, i feel the strong desire to weave words from my heart and share them with my community. to be able to show up for our community, our family, our tribe, we must first show up for ourselves. to heal and inspire others we must heal ourselves and fuel what ignites our fire. this week has been about shedding – letting what is old die and get recycled back into the earth.

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Poetry

Language

we create barriers through the language we speak and the way we communicate. our basic knowledge evades us. our intuition is pushed aside and forgotten. where if we were only able to express through our other senses – i would lock my eyes into yours peering simultaneously into your soul into mine. with that image imprinted in our minds i’d gently crush lavender, patchouli, pine needles and sage in the palms of my hands, brushing my hand beneath your nose. how would you feel? would you be to think in orgasms and shivers instead of formulating empty words? could you remember

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Travel

DESERT ROSE / JOSHUA TREE: A blissful weekend at the now homestead

Sometimes we all need a getaway for a different perspective whether we are working a 9-5 job or alone traveling the world meeting other nomads, artists and kindred spirits. After a transformative and expansive year in Spain, I felt that I needed grounding + healing with the ones who truly know me deep down to my bones. The ones who see through all my masks and layers. Two of my best friends and I headed to the otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree, painted with Yucca plants and desert sand stretching for miles to feel + inhale + digest a bit

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Travel

Morroco

All I wanted for Christmas was the sun. I craved it’s warmth beating down on my skin, my body absorbing its nutrients. There’s no feeling like the sun slightly kissing your cheeks, it’s rays brushing against your neck, sending electromagnetic waves throughout your entire body. And this time, Santa delivered. I woke up in Marrakesh, at 5am to the call to prayer, (adhān) which echoed through the city walls. It began as a low bellowing, then became a symphony of a wolves howling under a full winter’s moon. It was mesmerizing, to hear the chanting that occurs five or more times

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Travel

Andalusia

Samhain, (also known as All Souls Day or Summer’s end) marks the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter. A time to release all that is no longer serving you, allowing room for change and growth. For me, I am trying to let go of this darkness that I need to meet a certain standard that I set up for myself. I’m letting go of these limiting beliefs, and beginning to transform this energy into one that will aid me in manifesting my dreams. One of the ways I find the balance that I’m seeking is through traveling. Every October, Spain

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