The gentlest cup of tea can be a potent remedy for mind, heart and body.
Deborah Littlebird is a certified herbalist, botanical farmer and artist. As an herbalist and field-to-table cook, Deborah shares her passion for growing food forests and edible landscapes at Tano Farm where she wildcrafts medicinal herbs and artfully prepares meals with healing foods. Her Land Art Tea Sanctuaries are a special treat for the soul. Deborah creates forest tea shelters that weave together her faith, art and tea offering sanctuary to sit quietly and listen to the voice in the land. These bespoke earthen thresholds are rooted in her spiritual life at Hamaatsa and herbal medicine work to embolden others in backyard herbalism to create one's own kitchen cupboard apothecary.
Deborah works alongside her husband, Larry Littlebird, a revered Pueblo Indian storyteller, where they are the founders and spiritual directors of Hamaatsa, an indigenous continuum, hermitage retreat and off grid simple living farm south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here, they facilitate story camps and contemplative spiritual retreats on a 320-acre wild land sanctuary, once original homelands to Littlebird's Puebloan people. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Deborah has a Fine Arts degree from Kendall School of Design and was a graphic designer/art director for leading design firms in southern California and the Midwest before migrating west to New Mexico in the early 90's.
As a creative director, Deborah also produces and directs film and storytelling projects including
Slow Story, which perpetuates the orality of tribal American people for future generations by bridging the ancient technology of Native oral tradition culture with today's digital media technologies. Deborah is the blessed mother of Jesse Raine Littlebird, a Native artist/filmmaker, who she co-produced the award winning short film Jackrabbit and Hunter Littlebird, a gifted recording artist and Gotaiya, her wee grandson.