You’re a spiritual seeker who yearns to connect your spiritual practice with the wisdom, guidance and stories of you ancestors.
How can you deeply explore your roots, revere the resilience of your lineage and honor the stories singing through your blood? You’ve been poking around here and there but most of the modern spiritual resources, teachings and offerings you’ve encountered whitewash or ignore your cultural identity or cultural experience.
That’s been the story of my spiritual path too.
Hi, I'm Darla Antoine.
I’m a mixed-race and mixed-culture (Irish, British, Nez Perce, Okanagan) enrolled member of the Okanagan Indian Band and grew up in my maternal ancestral homelands in Washington State. As a child, my white cultural legacy was celebrated and adored everywhere I looked. My Native side . . . was not. The only images that represented my maternal lineage were racist and one dimensional cartoon characters or sport mascots. There was no evidence, in the media at least, that my people continued to live, thrive and do good works in the world. Token appearances in movies, television shows and even in stand-up comedy relegated my people to a distant past where they were static and un-evolved.
This led me to earn a B.A. in journalism and mass communication which I followed with a decade of working in Native media, reporting and portraying Native and other minority communities in a living and multi-dimensional light.
Craving a deeper understanding of the cultural and spiritual edges, I left journalism to earn a M.A. in intercultural communication. My expertise is in how food intergenerationally creates and sustains cultural identity and legacy-- specifically matrilineally.
I was months away from returning to my ancestral homelands and eager to begin working with my tribe when I unexpectedly fell in love with a redheaded Costa Rican and found myself living 10,000 feet above sea level on a farm and homestead. I quickly became pregnant not once, but twice. Culturally, socially, geographically and linguistically isolated, I turned inwards and began to seriously devote myself to spiritual exploration and development. Soon, I began taking everything I was learning and bending it through the lens of intercultural communication. I began experimenting with spiritual journey work to connect with my ancestors. I started working with the elements to connect with our common ancestor: Mother Earth and to introduce myself to the land spirits of my new homelands.
Over the course of a few years I began to weave together a practice of ancestral healing, cultural recognition and spiritual integration. I know what it’s like to grow up in ancestral lands. I know the deep roots and sense of self that is possible. I also know what it’s like to make a life in a new and foreign land. I know what it’s like to have those old roots right under your feet and I know what it’s like to have to bend and stretch and reach far for those old roots. And as the mother of two young boys, I am learning the importance of not overlooking and excluding the new and tender roots either.
Together we can dissect cultural wounds such as colonialism, racism, internalized oppression, white privilege and cultural appropriation. We can apply a healing salve to ancestral wounds, uplifting your lineage and creating a new world for your descendants.
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Work and Education Experiences That Influence My Perspective:
2004-- Whitworth University, B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication
2005-2007-- General assignment and minority interest reporter for Rock Island Argus newspaper in Rock Island, Illinois (highlight: printed first Spanish language story in paper's history)
2008-- Lived in Madrid, Spain for a year
2009-- Initiated into the Sacred Sisterhood of Divorced Women. Mentored in the intuitive arts by Anna Sayce
2009-2011-- Associate producer for Native America Calling, a nationally syndicated public radio program for Native Americans, by Native Americans
2011-- University of New Mexico, M.A. Intercultural Communication; immediately put M.A. to good use and moved to Costa Rica
2012-- Initiated into Motherhood
2013-2014-- Columnist for Indian Country Today, the largest Native American newspaper/online magazine in the U.S.
2014-- Initiated into Motherhood, again
2016-2017-- Deep private and group mentoring in spiritual work (dreaming, ancestors, the elements, psychopomp) with Mary Shutan
2017-- Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training with Daniel Foor