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. Deborah and her husband, Larry Littlebird, a revered Pueblo Indian storyteller, are the founders and spiritual directors of Hamaatsa, a nonprofit indigenous continuum, hermitage retreat and simple living off grid farm south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. On this pristine 320-acre wild land sanctuary, they offer contemplative spiritual retreats for encountering beauty in nature and discovering ways of blessing.
Deborah has been a practicing herbalist since her children were young and is a graduate of Rosemary Gladstar's Science and Art of Herbalism Certification Course. Deborah shares her passion for wildcrafting "small batch" medicinal herbs and emboldening others in backyard herbalism to create one's own kitchen cupboard apothecary. She offers herbalism workshops at Tano Farm at Hamaatsa, where she also addresses food security, nutrition and climate change through regenerative permaculture food gardens. As a field-to-table cook, Deborah artfully prepares meals with healing foods and 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.
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 to New Mexico in the early 90's. As a creative director, she 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.