Medicine Creek Sanctuary

Laytonville, CA
Sanctuary Stewards: Tonya Whitedeer & ThreeCrows Cargill

We have named our land Medicine Creek, for not only are there wonderful healing plants of the Green Nations everywhere but there is also a sacred feeling of calm and serenity throughout the ten acres. We know that we were shown the way to this wonderful haven to nurture it back to how it once was when our ancestors lived upon this small section of our Mother Earth. There are legends to tell about the ones that walked upon this land ~ the Legend of the Red Tree Spirit that comes from a fallen Redwood Giant that is slowly going back into the Earth is one. This venture is a lifetime dream. Medicine trails have been laid out by listening to the voices of the plants speaking to us, giving direction and guiding this simple two-legged to where each medicine should know a new home. At this time there is wild ginger, spikenard, black cohosh, goldenseal, angelica, and a wild rose garden. Growing in other areas are plants of sacred white sage, tobacco, sweet grass, comfrey and many others.

We are in the process of acquiring a nonprofit status in the name of Medicine Creek Botanical and Spiritual Sanctuary as we give title to our goals and everyday endeavors. Plans for the future include monthly healing ceremonies, herb walks, group tours and speakers on several related topics. With acquiring non-profit status, it is our long-term goal that this land and its buildings be held in trust to continue this work of Walking in Balance upon the Beauty of our Mother Earth.

Medicine Creek Botanical Sanctuary Update

Greetings Fellow Green Nation Brothers and Sisters:
Medicine Creek proved to be a most joyous and memorable place to be this year. We had more gatherings than usual, therefore more people walking and enjoying the Medicine Walk.

After losing most of my Wild Ginger, Spikenard and Ginseng last year, I decided to purchase very large black containers to plant in. These containers are about three foot across and over two feet deep with plenty of drainage and worked well as all of my new plants thrived through this summer’s heat wave. I kept my Bloodroot in gallon containers in the green house this year and extended my Medicine Walk into the little house that was built from a kit by Outside the Box Company. The Bloodroot plants gave new shoots and beautiful flowers for each plant, however they have not produced seeds yet. Each year I add to the walk more endangered species and as I place my little identification posts near their homes, the magic grows.

One day, at a Bear Clan of Medicine Creek Métis gathering, I had several children within my Medicine Walk. They were so fun to guide through the designated places and tell the stories of the land. Soon their parents heard the joyous laughter of the children and they too shared in the Medicine Walk to hear of the medicines of the green nations and of a special story that was revealed to me.

I was given this story through spirit revealing how and by whom this area was used at one time. The Northern California natives from the Mt. Shasta area would travel through here on their way to the ocean to gather fish and shells for which to trade and make their adornments. There was once a huge water source behind the back of our land that Salmon would trek upstream to spawn. As the voice narrated the story to me I realized I was standing upon a fallen Redwood tree that was now dissolving within the floor of the woods. The story sounds like a scary fairy-tale but through speaking to the current day natives of this area, this story has been verified as one of the legends that has been passed down through generations. Now as I guide visitors through this magical Medicine Walk and repeat the story there is a hush through the treetops and everyone knows that this story is truly a saga of what once was.

I invite all to come to Medicine Creek to walk within the Medicine Walk and hear the story that goes with this area and take a piece of that fallen Redwood Tree that continues to hold the Spirit of the Red Tree Woman.

Honey in the Heart, Tonya Whitedeer Cargill