The gentlest cup of tea can be a potent remedy for mind, body and heart.
Deborah Littlebird is an herbalist, wildcrafter, artist and story carrier. Deborah creates tea sanctuaries that combine her faith, art and passion for plant medicine. She invites us to come to ground in our daily lives for a time out of time by creating sanctuary on the ground right beneath our feet.
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 teaches how to grow plant medicine gardens and wildcraft "small batch" medicinal herbs emboldening others in backyard herbalism and creating one's own kitchen cupboard apothecary. As a farm-to-table cook, Deborah artfully prepares meals with culinary healing foods and her Land Art Tea Sanctuaries are a special treat for the soul. These bespoke earthen thresholds are rooted in her spiritual life and offer a contemplative model for meditative prayer in the shelter of Tea.
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 to walk her spiritual path. For over 32 years, Deborah has mentored alongside her husband Larry Littlebird, a revered elder/storyteller from Laguna/Santo Domingo Pueblos and with Indigenous elders from First Nations tribes.
Together, the Littlebird’s co-founded Hamaatsa, a nonprofit indigenous continuum and have led spiritual land-based retreats on Littlebird’s Puebloan homelands, gathered around lodge fires with people from across the globe and graciously shared talking circles, story camps, sacred council and ceremony. They produced six historic tribal American storytelling conferences called Hama-Ha bringing together elders from First Nations tribes to share cross-cultural story experiences; Listening Circles for healing historical trauma with an emphasis toward acts of restitution for healing land and people. They lived and worked on an off grid hermitage-farm for fifteen years where they offered contemplative retreats, pilgrimages and cultural workshops for sustainable regenerative living.
As a creative director, Deborah produces and directs film and storytelling projects. She lovingly and painstakingly has archived her husbands stories caring for their lineage of authenticity with a mission to perpetuate the oral tradition passed on to Larry Littlebird by his elders. She produced the Slow Story© video series 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. With her husband’s blessing, Deborah continues their story legacy as a custodian of memory, story and song.
Deborah’s present focus is on spiritual pilgrimage to thin places for discovering ways of blessing in sacred space and time. Sharing her beloved plant medicine she coaches others to harvest beauty and to create sanctuary in times of change and shifting landscapes.
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 grandson.