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Welcome to the website of storyteller, teacher, healer, maker Jamie Wood. Jamie is a free spirit in search of the transcendence from riding the Backside of the Wind.  She writes stories, articles, blogs, and books, teaches classes to inspire, offers healing and makes conscious gifts that encourage and inspire others… just as much as she plays with the swirling of words to understand the mysterious unfolding of life. She offers massage, healing personal coaching, teaching and consciously-made art for home and hearth. Dive in and learn about her books, wanderlust adventures, articles and Goddess Workshops.

 

Storyteller

Jamie is a storyteller at heart. IMG_0158She loves to play with the swirling and words, emotions and experience. She knows how to tell stories that connect people to their passions.

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As a public relations and marketing consultant, Jamie writes on several marketing platforms such as newsletters, press releases,  internal communication, speeches, websites, social media, marketing collateral, video scripts and ad copy. She is a social architect and has executed successful community relations and marketing campaigns that bring the heart of an organization into action for the community to see, feel and experience, such as her work with Anaheim Packing District, Visit Anaheim, Dana Wharf and Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Jamie writes a blog called Backside of the Wind: Gypsy Adventures from behind the Orange Curtain and has written eight books and several articles. Click on book covers to purchase on Amazon. The Wicca Cookbook and The Teen Spell Book are available as e-books!

If you would like a signed copy of one of the books below, email jamie@jamiewood.com

Magickal Nonfiction Books

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587684greenmagickThe Wicca Herbal

Hispanic Nonfiction Books

Latino_Writers_&_JournalistsThe Hispanic Baby Name Book: Como te Llamas, Baby?

Magickal Y/A Novel

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Exploring the world from an ever-widening sense of appreciation for community, culture and nature, Jamie Wood crafts articles of passion, connection and insight.

sky and meOC Family Magazine: On the Road to Oregon: A Costa Mesa mom forges a new connection with her teenage son as they travel the Pacific Coast.
I tossed a canvas bag of fruit from the Costa Mesa farmers market behind the driver’s seat and took off with my oldest son Skyler for our first one-on-one road trip. My car was packed with sleeping bags, a tent, water and clothes; and we headed north for a drive along the California coast to Oregon…read more

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Photo Courtesy of Nature Commission

Daily Pilot Commentary: Banning Ranch Warrants Protection from Development
What is Banning Ranch? Banning Ranch, the last large, open land in private hands on the Southern California coast, is in danger of irrevocable damage. The wild 400 acres sits along the Santa Ana River on the west and Superior Avenue on the East, near Newport Beach city limits…read more

Orange Coast Magazine: A Fading Scent

One of my first sexual experiences was in an Irvine orange grove. I can still remember the intoxicating scent of orange blossoms mixing with the pungent aroma of rotting fruit….read more

Backyard BeesEdible OC: What’s the Buzz with Backyard Buzzers?

The buzz of a bee happily working a copious, vibrantly-colored garden is a wondrous spring and summertime sound. Unfortunately due to the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) the hum of bees isn’t as ubiquitous as it once…read more

Brewing Craft Beer low resEdible OC: Brewing Craft Beer in the OC

Enjoying craft beer at our local breweries has become a viable means of supporting community and the creativity that ensues. The trend for the local breweries in Orange County is growing and each has a unique style and something different to offer…read more

MediaEdible OC: Does Media Inspire or Discourage Healthy Eating

Whether or not traditional or social media influences our eating habits is barely a question. We wouldn’t have an influx of food programs on radio and television, a plethora of foodie bloggers and magazines if the business model wasn’t working…read more

edible ocEdible OC: Pioneers of Health

Meet Seven catalysts who brought health consciousness to Orange County. Does following your passion create a healthy food system? It certainly can if you weave together enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle…read more

Edible OC: GMOS What are they and Why Should We Care?gmos

“All eyes are on California,” says Pam Larry, who initiated the California Right to Know campaign in support of Proposition 37. On the ballot this November, Proposition 37  would require the labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs)…read more

Sage Woman MagSageWoman Magazine: The Healing Cloak of Womanhood

The three of us – my cousin Elise, Aunt Judyth and I – exited HIghway 101 onto a dusty, dirt road. We bumped over a stream that tumbled over rocks and moss, a jack rabbit calming watching us drive by. Sage Woman article

Healer

Jamie received her initial massage training at Mueller College in 1996. Since then, she has worked as a therapist at gyms, spas, chiropractor officers and healing centers, always learning more. Her technique employs Swedish, image1relaxation and nurturing modalities. As a healer she often incorporates her years of visualization training, meditation, Goddess work, re-birthing and alternative therapy to intuit psychosomatic causes to bodily discomfort. Her approach is gentle and firm.

Jamie believes the atmosphere serves as the basic foundation for the healing work to reach deep and sustaining levels, which is why her practiced is centered at Shri Veda Wellness Center in Costa Mesa with her dear friend Pilar Chandler.

“When you come to receive a massage, the environment should be relaxing, calming and above all nurturing. We all need to learn how to be more gentle with our selves while still maintaining the courage to look directly at behaviors, patterns of thoughts and emotions that lead to stuck energy, soreness and tightness. It’s my job to help guide you back to wholeness.”

Jamie’s training has also lead her to offer personal coaching and empowered lifestyles. She conducts Rights of Passage Rituals, Seasonal Ceremonies and Medicine Making classes.

For appointments call 714-654-0792.

Teacher

Jamie teaches Divine Feminine,  Mythology, Herbalism, Wicca and Earth Religions and Creative Writing. She has taught in a variety of settings from university workshops to high school classroom, bookshops, churches, symposiums, festivals, retreats and more.

Most recently she taught two classes at the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium

Womyn Meet Death

We all stumble around death and grief. With the strength, courage and grace of the Goddess, we can awaken to an immense ALIVENESS as stories are shared, healing and forgiveness arises and barriers formed by fear of success or failure or disappointment melt away. In this class we will take a look at ways create your own ritualistic way to pass into the Spirit World including an Earth Blessing Pouch, creative advance directives and four important herbal allies to help during the dying and death process.

Living a Magickful Life

Living a Magick-full life is a matter of choice. It’s training the way you see things. Magick is a combination of interpreting omens, trusting your intuition, tapping into the collective conscious, receiving the gifts, sharing the best of you and remaining connected to All That Is..No Matter What Happens. In this class we will learn which herbs can help us to Move with Energy, Magick on a Desert Island, Give Up the Drama and Go with the Flow.

Below is a sampling of her other teachings:

“Goddess Archetypes Through the Moon” retreat in Kandavu, Fiji at Papageno Resort

“Authentic Women in Power” retreat in Arrowhead, CA

“Magick for Young Womyn” workshop, 7 consecutive years, Northern California Women Herbal Symposium, Laytonville, CA

“Art of the Death Doula” Northern California Women Herbal Symposium, Laytonville, CA

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“Goddess and the Pen” Northern California Women Herbal Symposium, Laytonville, CA

“Wicca 101” Fish Interfaith Center, Chapman University, Orange, CA

“Wicca 101” Universal Unitarian Church, Costa Mesa, CA

“Wicca 101” at Pagan Pride LA & San Diego

“Beltane Celebrations” Goddess Temple of OC, Irvine, CA

“Wicca and Sustainability” Pantheacon, San Jose, CA

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l Remedies” at Huntington Beach Community Center

“Latina Authors on Fire” readings at various bookstores, middle school, high school and university campuses

“Wyld Women Writers” The Road Less Traveled, Santa Ana

Contact Jamie@jamiewood.com if you are interested in her teachings and presentations.

Maker

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I am a maker. I make with my hands and my heart. Typically I make gifts for my loved ones and infuse their personality and my love for them into whatever I am creating.. whetIMG_0197her that is pottery, jewelry, candles, lotions or potions.

I create rituals that result in a potpourri earth blessing, candles, dream catchers, vision boards, God(dess) Eyes, potions (the love potion No 9 has proven to be quite effective) and on it goes. I started by writing spells for The Teen Spell Book which resulted in fun, nurturing recipes like lotions, perfumes, bath salt and soaps. I continued paring recipes with ritual in books like The Enchanted Diary, The Wicca Herbal and The Faerie’s Guide to Green Magick in the Garden. So now its second nature (puIMG_0231n intended).

I am a work of art in progress. I rarely duplicate the art I create – seems to take the magic out. That’s just the nature of the polymorpheus life.  Seasons like spring, summer, fall and winter change us, just as much as the seasons of maiden, enchantress, mother, queen and crone change us. And if you are a boy… lad, hunter, father, sage and elder. My pottery is available at Company of Angels at the Waldorf School of Orange County and various festivals.

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About

Jamie Wood has a gypsy’s spirit, a healer’s touch and a writer’s soul. There is nothing more fun for her than playing with the muse.. preferably on the road, in nature, with the wind in her hair and pencil wrapped in there somewhere. She is most at home when she is either nurturing her soul or taking care of another.

Jamie has authored eight books. She has written The Wicca Cookbook with the help of Tara Seefeldt, Ph.D. in Early Modern European History. Next came The Hispanic Baby Name Book and an active pursuit of promoting literature, participating and speaking at the Latino Book and Family Festival, the Festival of Books elementary schools, and other writers’ events. She hosted a cooking show treatment (The Cauldron, produced y Sci-Fi Channel) and received an international award for Best International Reference Book. Her other books include The Teen Spell Book, The Wicca Herbal, The Enchanted Diary, Latino Writers and Journalists, Rogelia’s House of Magic, and Faerie’s Guide to Green Magick in the Garden, (also available in French). Jamie currently writes a travel blog, Backside of the Wind: Gypsy Wanderings from Behind the Orange Curtain and for Cali Communications. She is now a regular columnist for Witches & Pagan Magazine with her column Herbal Journeys.

Jamie is an avid believer in the Human Potential movement and trained massage therapist, workshop and ritual leader and personal coach. She offers healing touch therapy, rituals and workshops as part of the Return to Self Workshop Series at Shri Veda Wellness Center in Costa Mesa, massage in Crowley Lake and teaches various workshops at the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium in Laytonville, CA. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Depth Psychology.

Contact: jamie@jamiewood.com