We all know how to return home. No matter how long it’s been, we find our way.
— -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves

This is the song of my soul. These are the stories I was born to tell the way only I can tell them.

River story sessions™

The rivers are my peace. They are where I find my communion with my deepest truths and hear the whispers of forgiveness, strength and divine feminine grace. As spinner of stories and translator of truths, I devoted two years living in an Airstream camper with my family, documenting the unquestionable magic of our rivers, and the relationship between womanly power and primal grace. That's how it all began. And while the first book has been published, I am only just beginning.  

River Story Sessions™ are 90 minute sessions held in the mystical and magical waters of Austin, TX. Women, draped in beautiful white dresses, crowned in gorgeous fresh flower crowns, are photographed while glowing in the light of a day just about to close her eyes.

The women then carry their images as evidence of their strength, courage and fierce warrior hearts. These sessions will also be shared in an online gallery as part of a collective art installation reaching all corners of the globe. (And you never know when a second book will unfold!)

To book a session, click here


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