In describing the ongoing plant-informed, animistic practices of becoming in which I regularly participate, I’ve found myself using the word “accentuate” more and more. I was delighted to find that the etymological root of “accentuate” is the latin “cantus” meaning “song.” This resonates with my experience—the plants literally sing us into existence. Join me in working with the tonality and vibration of plant-song as we more intimately engage with the living Earth and ask ourselves: How will our vegetal kin accentuate our own potential for energetic orientation as we open ourselves to and embody their archetypal teachings and posturing?
Scott Kloos—ceremonialist, author, wildcrafter, plant medicine maker and practitioner, animist, singer of plant songs, and aspiring integral ecologist—guides The School of Forest Medicine and Cascadia Folk Medicine and is author of Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness. Through his writing and his facilitation of co-created spaces of learning and healing, he explores various ways of working with plants and their medicine, relationships with our nonhuman kin, and ecologically integral modes of engaging with and thinking with the community of life.