Lara Veleda Vesta
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Join the Circle supporting the creation of Sacred Art and the Wild Soul School. If you have benefited from art, writing, classes, myths and rituals, this tier is the seed story of donation support for all my projects. This work is community supported! Patrons keep course prices affordable at the Wild Soul School and support full scholarships for anyone in need. All Circle Round members sustain:
**Seasonal lore downloads and rituals guidance for the holy days
**Handmade, interactive workbook pages for supporting life transitions **Meditations and journeys for ancestral connection
**Ebooks and videos of ancestral practices, including direct translation of ancient texts and unique revisioning of ancient myths
**Opportunities to connect in community for practice
**Invitations to patron only events, classes and rituals
Circle Round members sing the community whole with their contributions and make possible so many of the projects currently in creation. They are a vital part of this web weaving.
Dark Goddess Creativity
The Dark Goddess Creativity Community is the portal for web weavers eager to connect and share. In the Dark Goddess Creativity Community you become the soil, with your donations nourishing the creation of Dark Goddess: The Sacred Art of Death Transitions, alongside the manifestation of your own creative work. This work is community supported! Patrons keep course prices affordable at the Wild Soul School and your contributions allow me to offer full scholarships for anyone in need. In gratitude for patronage all Dark Goddess Creativity members receive all previous rewards PLUS:
Regular prompts and inspiration for engaging the creative process.
early release peeks of Sacred Art and writing projects
Input in the creation of Wild Soul School classes
Ritual information and instruction in alignment with ancestral holy days
acknowledgement in the published Dark Goddess book
Participation in the Dark Goddess seasonal rhythm through folklore, practice information and co-creative sharing
Meditations and songs for ancestral connection
The Dark Goddess Creativity Group is where I share my over twenty years of resource accumulation and connect as a writer, a teacher of writing, an artist, course creator and researcher. If you are looking for inspiration and communion on the creative path, this group will support your journey. By this and every effort may the balance be regained.
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We are the Coven of the Invisible, weavers and healers on a myth path of transformation. In this sacred circle we connect, co-create and make magic. Coven Invisible contributors are the anchor of sustenance for my current writing projects, essays, books and more. The Coven has been instrumental in the process of bringing to birth several published articles and the Wild Soul Runes book (2021). The Coven also supports the creation and facilitation of by-donation classes at the Wild Soul School, all of which are offered with full scholarships thanks to the Coven Community. Accessible, engaged earth based education is possible thanks to the Coven, and in return they receive ALL previous rewards, PLUS:
A private Coven Invisible classroom at the Wild Soul School, where I house all of my current and past patron work for easy access, along with exclusive research, academic resources, video tutorials, live storytelling, seasonal practices and full ebook downloads of my published work.
optional enrollment in all on-demand classes at the Wild Soul School, including archival access to classes no longer available to the public
enrollment in the online Dark Goddess Project
seasonal talks on favorite topics: ancestral connection, ritual practice, creativity, living with disability, folk magic, writing and more
sacred art downloads
opportunities for feedback and participation in the creation and production of the Dark Goddess books
educational materials supporting dís-ability and embodied difference
Your donation to the Coven Invisible crafts community, nourishes connection, and provides administrative support and course access. Together we transform the story, find power in our lineages and change fear into enchantment. The Coven is a true circle, we meet and weave in collaboration. It is a wonderful place to offer your gifts and gain support and inspiration on this mythic path we share. By this and every effort, may the balance be regained.
About Lara Veleda Vesta
Over the past years the work of the Wild Soul School has been primarily online. After the isolations of COVID it has become clear that we need to gather in person, to reconnect with the earth and each other, celebrate rites of passage in sacred community and honor our purpose with living ceremony. It is my family's vision to create a physical space for land-based healing and ancestral animist practice. All of my work--writing, art, education, consulting--is now in the service of this. When you become a patron you are supporting this heart dream of service and reweaving.
I have an MFA in writing and am the author of three books: The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition (2012), The Moon Divas Oracle and Card Deck (2016), and Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine (2021). I was a university professor for five years, and while I am currently on pause from my academic career, research and resourcing underlie everything I do. More recently, I was a PhD student studying Philosophy and Religion.
In 2016 I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and, in 2017, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome related to toxic mold in my home. I lost my job, left school, was housebound and unable to work consistently for years after my diagnosis. In 2019 I made an almost complete recovery due to new treatment at the Stanford Chronic Fatigue Clinic. I spent a year in near perfect health, made (exciting) career plans and applied to return to school.
Then, in 2020, in spite of almost complete isolation, I contracted my first COVID infection. It took me nine months to recover. My lungs were scarred, my heart compromised. I had to withdraw from school, again.
In April of 2021 I had a rare allergic reaction to the COVID vaccine, causing reactive arthritis in my hands. This compromised my health again for much of the year and made my traditional art impossible for many months.
In 2022 I had COVID twice. After treatment for viral reactivation I am, at long last, in recovery.
Even though these infections have compromised my ability to create in the ways I might wish, art and writing have always been part of my healing and I continue to offer classes, resources and community. Over years of illness I made art, completed two books and have two in process, and transitioned course material to an online platform for The Wild Soul School. I was not able to return to school as I had hoped in 2020, but I continue to create in alignment with my purpose of connecting people to the earth and each other. When I can't write or draw, I tell stories, use talk to text applications, give ritual talks and offer ceremonial resources for others on the myth path.
I have come to see chronic illness as an initiatory process, and disability as dís-ability, the activation of ancestral gifts. In my research I have found that pre-Christian cultures often respected those with physical or psychological differences, and cared for them in community.
This reframing of a story that is otherwise loss, invisibility and grief into one of empowerment has been essential to my growth. The work of the Dark Goddess Project--my primary project in 2022-- is one of transforming difficult transitions into enlivened transformations through myth, ritual, practice and community. It is through this Dark Goddess work that the vision for the Wild Soul Sanctuary first came to light.
The Wild Soul Sanctuary and Preserve
We are in the early stages of visioning this land-based healing project. In the months to come patrons will be invited to vision with me, singing invocations to the land spirits, organizing live ceremonial storytelling events as fundraisers, growing our web weaving community so that we can coordinate a funding campaign to purchase the land.
I am promoting my new book:
Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine An interactive journey for building personal relationship with all thirty-three runes as pieces of the web of life, or wyrd, Wild Soul Runes incorporates sacred art, myth and ritual along with original translations of the rune poems and evidence for the origin of the runes in the well of the Norns. I have a class and practice that accompany the book for folks who are interested in deepening their relationship with the runes.
The Dark Goddess Project--Coven Online and Cohort--this year long, nonlinear (may be joined at any time) project includes quarterly curriculum, ceremonial resources, and an online community for sharing. I am also (when I am able) working on the accompanying text Dark Goddess: The Sacred Art of Death Transitions, a handwritten, interactive guide exploring rites of passage, initiation and how to support life transformation during difficult transitions. The book itself is a rite of passage process, walking with the reader through the phases of initiation and new perspectives on loss, grief and empowerment.
I am also working on another book:
Wyrd Woven: A Handbook of Ancestral Animism is a (typewritten) ceremony, a journey in book form sharing my own story of illness as initiation and the discoveries of my personal spiritual path, which I call ancestral animism. This book offers a guide for folks interested in developing their own ancestral animist practice, connecting the ancient process of magical initiation with myth and story and offering integrative healing and empowerment through ritual. Functioning as a guide to embodied ritual, inquiry, writing practice, and sacred art, Wyrd Woven is about unlocking our purpose through the secrets of mythic living.
Patrons have sustained me through all of these transitions, helped my family repair from the devastations of my illness, and supported the creation of accessible, by-donation classes (and scholarships!) at the Wild Soul School.
This circle is a community. We gather and celebrate each other, we share resources and seasonal connections. I give my very best to this community, offering a rich repository of resources, care and compassionate celebration because you tend my healing and my joy, which is creation.
You also make the Wild Soul School classes available and affordable for nearly 2000 people, and are an integral part of this vision's growth.
When you become a patron, your contribution is direct support. Your patron gifts pay for:
Basic living expenses. The fundamentals. Each month patrons make it possible for me to pay for:
- utility bills
- groceries and other essentials for our family
- tax bills from before I crashed in 2016
- insurance, medical and dental bills
Thanks to patron gifts over the past five years we have been able to stabilize substantially. To be able to heal, receive treatment, and feel supported in my creative and educational work is a gift beyond measure.
If I can raise my monthly income beyond subsistence level, this community will enable me to do the following:
- Save money for a downpayment for the Wild Soul Sanctuary Land. We will need a significant down to be competitive in this market. Because I am self-employed my income is variable. Increasing my consistent income will help us purchase the Sanctuary land.
- Publish the Dark Goddess book. This unique book is not one most publishers are willing to entertain, but I have self-published before with success and could do so again here.
- The Wild Soul School administration and program creation. I would love to create a super team and expand the school's offerings to include other people's programs and inspirations.
- Inventory of art prints so that I may begin to find a market for my art.
- A support assistant or paid internship. I would love to hire someone to help with the coordination of volunteers, research and administrative work.
To everyone who has supported me thus far, to those who have taken a risk on my handmade, handwritten books, circles, classes and stories, you are visible in this imagining.
Thanks to the faith and trust of my friends, mentors, readers and former students, all is possible.
I'm so grateful for your contributions, your belief in the sacred creative.
With blessings, to the balance.
Patrons at every level will receive exclusive invitations to participate as contributors. We will have a collaboration session, a delegation making and a release party when complete! This is true community creation, sustenance and empowerment.