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Filmed by Don Mitchell at Hilina Pali on the Big Island of Hawai’i during the Winter Solstice.

Losing everything and then returning to life brought me a great gift; an extraordinary experience of joy in the physical world.


Ruth’s poems have won awards from New Millennium Writings, Harpur Palate, Chautauqua, and others. She’s also the recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination. Woman with Crows was a finalist for the A Room of Her Own (AROHO) Foundation’s “To The Lighthouse” Prize.

Readings & Teachings

Past classes have included yoga, body-based meditation, and writing workshops for all levels (sometimes mixing all three and incorporating nature/various spiritual traditions). Check back soon, as sessions and Poetry Readings may return online via Zoom!


Some favorites that provide insight to the writing process and accompanying themes within these poems:

My Writing Process
Letting It Go
New News Now

“The sensual is what brought
me home.”

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I know from my own experience that what you come to through the death of the self is a place where the light pours in.