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Interview with
amanda jade fiorino

Conversation #8: "Ancestral Futures of Re-membrance"

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“They’re Wandering the corridors of your finger prints. Nesting in the folds of your vulva. Chirping in the creases of your smile. Massaging the drums of your ears with their midnight whispers. Kissing the wet rock after a fresh rain through the souls of your feet. Lapping at the colors of the valley through the light-fluxing dance of your eyes...” 

- Amanda Jade Fiorino aka Tempist from her poem: Ancestral Futures of Re-membrance

Amanda, known by some as Tempist, is a polyphyletic creature, an embodied convergence of ancestral lines that stretch from the Dawnlands of Turtle Island (Passamaquoddy - eastern US) to the mountains of Macedonia; from the ocean-hugging lands of Greece & Sicily to the seafaring lands of the Celts. Mother to a shapeshifter, *she/they dwells in the mountains of Southern Ute territories with her partner, child, horses, chickens, felines, and canine.

 

As a lover of crossroads, she tends to the intersections of ancestry, mythos, gender, trauma, chthonic & cosmic spiritualities, inter-species relating, and place-based re-membering as pathways for the reimagining of emergent and unknown futures. Futures that humanity might come to inhabit from places of radical transformation. With a particular focus in (eco)mystical experiences and their capacity to in-form deep mycelial change, Amanda believes such experiences connect us to wider narratives of possibility and break down petro-patterns that feed the soil of life’s entangled becoming.

 

She feels that in these times of eco- and paradigmatic- collapse, our somatic intelligence is ancestrally equipped to channel a feral kind of consciousness. An awareness that we are so much more than what we’ve been coerced, forced, or seduced into believing. Amanda allies herself to the dawning of hybridity - a way of moving with the world that invokes our trans-specied and mythopoetic brilliance. A hybridity that is capable of inhabiting and learning to inhabit landscapes of uncertainty.

 

Her work is a confluence of diverse heritages. From pan-cultural traditions and inter-cultural cosmologies to contemplative practices and body-based approaches, Amanda brings particular attention to folx eco- and multi-plicitious natures. With a heightened sensitivity for the dynamic body of experience each person engages the world from, her guiding is a process of listening and tracking with all of her sensual faculties. Through shared curiosity, willingness, and wonder, she and those she works with sense together for the relational pathways one might follow in their entangled evolution and growth.

 

Supported by a lifetime of personal experience and over 18 years of formal training & apprenticing within various traditions and fields of study, Amanda’s work continues to evolve. Her work is deeply informed by her ancestors, the lands she has lived with and currently lives with, the liminal, and the dreamtime. She has trained and mentored with practitioners such as Robin Saltonstall, Bayo Akomolafe, Bill Plotkin, Aditi Devi (a Pujarini of the Kali Kula), Mary Marsden, and many more.

 

You'll find her out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing with her nose to the ground and her ears pricked peripherally, smelling and listening to the voices that bounce off holographic stretches of time. Voices incanting multiplicitous possibilities clambering and crawling from the edges of life's entangled emergence.

In this conversation, Amanda conjures the terrains and ways of the Trickster as she leads us into the multiplicious and rich worlds that she embodies. We wander into the mysterious and muse on the themes of ancestral liminalism, the deification of grief, the dance with uprootedness and belonging, and what it looks like in Amanda's sacred unfolding and evolution to live at the crossroads.

Themes: Ancestral Liminalism ● Living at the Crossroads ● Belonging and Grief ● Multiplicous Embodiment

Amanda's Offering

Amanda is offering a free 75-min personalized Zoom session

 

To be entered into the draw for this offering:

 

Email contact@ahealingbridge.com and express your interest to be placed in the draw.

The draw is valid from 3rd December until 17th December 2021.