Carol Bridges Herstory
My Catholic childhood was a good beginning for giving me a sense of the possibility of communication with the divine. It planted the seed that God is in all things, everywhere, always.
As an adult, I studied with Sun Bear, Ojibway medicine man, and Dhyani Yahoo, Cherokee medicine woman. They supplied the missing pieces that did not seem to be part of many religious traditions...a living spiritual connection to the Earth. With the help of many teachers, I began to acquire practices that helped me to feel connected to Spirit in Place.
My studies continued, expanding into social psychology, environmental design, art, counseling, women's issues and alternative lifestyles. In 1976, I founded, with three friends, The Clearing School of the Healing Arts in Iowa City, Iowa. In 1979, I founded the Church of the Earth Nation. We moved to Indiana in 1981 with the idea of forming a land-based community.
Community turned out to be a great learning experience, but took other forms than I originally imagined. In the 1990's until 2010, it worked best as the Nine Harmonies School of Feng Shui in which students came to stay for a week at a time in our beautiful homestead we call Wild Grace.
Throughout all of these changes, I packed in a fantastic amount of life experiences: raising three children, going to college while doing so, writing books and learning everything from typesetting to publishing (before computers!), doing art fairs as a traveling artist, dancing whenever I could, learning the basics of homesteading, participating in healing workshops with numerous teachers, assisting at home births, performing marriage ceremonies, dealing with the death of loved ones and so much more.
Perhaps you can see why I feel I can help others through just about anything. I look forward to discovering how you and I are meant to come together and create yet another beautiful thing on this amazing planet.
"A map of the World that does not include utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which humanity is always heading." Oscar Wilde
Nine Harmonies School
is the teaching path of
The Church of the Earth Nation
Our church is the land. Our temples include our bodies, our homes and our planet Earth.
Our roots go back to ancient indigenous spiritual practices. Our branches are the lives we build upon our individual and collective spiritual histories. Our flowering includes the art, ceremonies and celebrations we create wherever we are called.
Our Sacred Earth Celebrants assist people in going through all of life's challenges and major change situations with personal and group sessions.
Carol Bridges is based in Nashville, Indiana, USA. She can be reached at 812-988-0873 Easern Standard Time. Other Earth Nation Sacred Earth Celebrants are located in the cities and states listed below. Carol's offerings are listed here.
Wendy Allen, Springfield, Illinois. Wendy is a Oneness Trainer who also performs ceremonies for weddings and other life events. Wendy is also an artist of mystical works which can be viewed at www.awakenedheartart.com. Wendy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trudy Dunaway-Brown, Bedford, Indiana. Trudy has over 40 years experience in creating sacred ceremonies, teaching yoga, meditation and relaxation and breathing techniques as well as offering spiritual counseling/mentoring. email@example.com
Kate Trnka, Appleton, Wisconsin. Kate creates and leads sacred ceremonies for a variety of special occasions. As an educator and author, Kate enjoys facilitating Mindful Re-Connecting With Nature workshops introducing participants to their 54 natural senses. Learn more about Kate and her work at www.the SacredEarthInstitute.org.
Marsha Hendrickson, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Marsha's focus is performing weddings and tipi ceremonies. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church of the Earth Nation, Inc. is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization, founded in 1979. All donations are tax-deductible.
Take a walk with me on the land we call Wild Grace by clicking the images below. I am now renting out my studio and a campsite dwelling on my land. You can view the details at: www.airbnb.com/rooms/23485910 to see the studio and www.airbnb.com/rooms/20779873 to see the hut dwelling campsite.
This is the road which leads to Wild Grace homestead in the winter. Each season allows earth's beauty to be experienced. The Church of the Earth Nation Sacred Earth Celebrants teach and create ceremonies in harmony with the season and your life change experiences.
Your wedding can take place at the Church of the Earth Nation or your own choice of location. Our Sacred Earth Minister/Celebrants co-create ceremonies which honor the earth and spirit.
There is space for meditation, art, writing and music or just walking in the woods at Wild Grace, the homestead retreat center of The Church of the Earth Nation.
All traditions which honor the earth are respected at The Church of the Earth Nation. Our Sacred Earth Celebrants design your ceremony according to your wishes and needs.
You will feel our support during your times of change when you come for mentoring, workshops or ceremony. Here, even the stones seem to be supporting each other.