Please introduce yourself & give us a glimpse into your world. Where are you located? What are you currently creating?
My name is Chanelle Allesandre Bergeron, I am currently rooted in North Carolina with my partner Minori, our dog Kaisa, our two cats Abalone & Cual, & our garden. We live in a small but long, rectangular house with tall Pine trees in the backyard.
I make & work with flower essences, plant medicines, & Spirit of water, place, & season. I see & listen to people, hold space for them, walk with them on their healing journeys & make medicine for them. I also do a lot of behind the scenes ritual for people, something that I will be offering more distinctly & outwardly in the new year.
I play the Celtic harp, mostly for myself, but sometimes I might improvise with it out in the world or during my Willow Down sessions, which unfortunately have not been able to happen this year. I also make atmospheric sound-collage music that is never the same twice & is very similar to how I create essences, as well. I am a writer & have a love for writing poems & prose, but almost any kind of writing is expressive for me.
What I am currently creating... honestly, I feel very quiet right now & really grateful for this repose. I have almost exhausted myself over- producing, so I have been intentionally stepping back & letting things go at their own pace.
I am an incredibly creative person, so I do have some big creative projects going that I like to break up with smaller projects—everything I do is interwoven, so it makes sense for me to have a few pots going at once—but I am not forcing anything right now. For instance, I haven’t told many people but I have been working on a literary herbal book for the past year, which is a very slow process for me, but in between I am playing music for myself & making plant medicines for people. Oh, & I like to bake things.
Since the Autumn really, I have been enjoying being in the process of reflecting, versus trying to complete or present anything. This feels really relieving to me ~ to not have to present myself, bear myself too much. That has been so true for me being off of social media, too. I officially stepped away from Instagram on Lunastal in August & I am so grateful because I feel more in myself when I am not constantly exuding myself on some little screen.
All of this is to say, I am in a process of deeply listening to myself right now, sometimes I feel creative rushes, which I may act on, but mostly I am really relishing simply being. Walking in the woods. Taking baths in the daytime. Burning Juniper. Doing a Lady Niguma practice once each week. Simmering my tisanes on the stove. Reading & writing letters & making the bed each morning...
I feel like at this time, I am on a boat out in the middle of the ocean, there is much underneath me. There is a lot of depth I am floating on. I am letting it be & gather more depth & darkness. I am not muddling with my own process, which I have always felt the urge to do in the past. I don’t mind this feeling, of resting on top of it all, it is soothing for me right now.
Can you tell us about a childhood experience that was profound or life changing? Or a memory that still resonates with you today?
Okay, the first thing that came to me: When I was little, we lived in England. Over the past few months, I have felt incredibly lucky to have had my feet on some of the same land that my grandmothers had also stepped upon.
My great grandmother, on my father’s side, took a boat from Liverpool to Canada. She did this by herself, as a young girl—a teenager. The story goes that she got on a boat in Liverpool headed for New York City, to Ellis Island. During the trip, there was a storm at sea that changed the course of the ship’s route & she ended up walking off the boat into Canada with immediate citizenship because she was British.
Once, when I was a little girl, & we still lived in England, my parents took my siblings & I to Liverpool. I got to step there, to look out over the water there, to feel the air there. I imagine now that this is the last thing my great grandmother did, before leaving her ancestral home.
This is something that I wish for all people. To step in all of the places where their ancestors have stepped, to breathe in the air there, to see the water there, even if only once in their lives.
What daily rituals or practices if any, connect you with the spiritual realms?
I will almost always begin my day by having a drop or three of whatever flower essence blend I have been working with during that lunar cycle. I like to do this & look out the window towards the gardens, just looking out at the Spirit of the day.
There is an altar that I visit on our hearth in the mornings, where I will light incense for the Spirit of our home, & the Spirits of the land—of those who came before us & who are sharing this space with us. Lately, this has been Alder wood.
I believe in simple acts of offering: essences, my voice, music, water, smoke, tending to the garden, leaving coffee on the mantle place... I have never felt that I need to make grand overtures to Spirit. Of course, I will do ceremonial things once a month &/or once a season, but to me, the daily act of acknowledgment is powerful & allows me to have a consistent conversation with my guides & the Spirit realm that is always, always surrounding us whether or not we want to engage with it.
What parts of the world do your ancestors come from? What inspires you most about your ancestral cultural background?
The ancestry I know of is from Lithuania, Ireland, Scotland, England, & France (by way of Canada). I come from a lineage of orphans on both sides of my family: my father’s father was an orphan & my mother’s mother was also an orphan. Their stories are very different, but they both add complexity & mystery to where my ancestors came from... there is so much I don’t know, especially about my grandmother Jeane. It used to haunt me more, because I am very close with her & I feel that we have had a lot of parallels in our lives. Her story is really strange & devastating, yet she is this incredible intuitive, feisty, strong heart of a person. I love her so.
I do know this: my mother was born & raised in Connecticut—we lived in the house she grew up in when I was younger; my father was born in New Jersey & raised with his six siblings in eastern Pennsylvania.
I suppose the most inspiring thing is that I am here at all. I think about our human history, & am in awe that I am a thread of innumerable people whose names I will never know, but whose life gave way to my own. The ripple effect of existence is overwhelming & I feel humbled to be a living part of that ripple.
How do you stay connected to your Ancestors?
I have begun to realize more & more that to be truly connected to myself, the depths of myself, the bottom of my well, is to be connected to my Ancestors... we have literally come from their depths & so for instance, when I look at my hands, I know they are the hands of someone who came before me, that my hands are part of my Ancestor’s hands.
I find that the more devoted I am to my work with plants, music, poetry; the more I tend to my body, to the earth; the more I listen & practice surrendering into my life ~ the deeper my connection to my Ancestors becomes.
We live in a world that wants to distract us around every corner. Distraction can be good, in doses, & I do love a good distraction. But the more we push away from our centers, the further we get from that inner wellspring that is rich with our Ancestral waters & wisdom.
that shook the walls of the room around me, & was even enough to feel the shake reverberate in my bones. I am never afraid of thunder & actually love storms, but this was a very humbling one.
Where in nature you seek inspiration / healing / refuge? In other word's do you have a "spot" or an activity? Please describe.
In the woods, I like the quiet of the woods more than almost anything besides water. Bodies of moving water, of lakes, of the sea. I was a competitive swimmer for half of my life & so was my mother, so I am part of a line of water-loving creatures. Water in the woods is my absolute sanctuary.
What is the last good book you read?
Gosh this is so hard, I read a lot & as much as I can. I just finished reading Hedylus by H.D. which was absolutely decadent. But now I am deep in reading my friend Yanara Friedland’s book called, Uncountry. She is a wonderful writer & very visual. I will share a bit with you, I just opened up to page 107: “One leaf develops into all plants, a single bone emanates into every animal, a granite crystal is the seed of the earth’s rocks.”
Where can people find you & your work?You can find my website here: https://www.moonbymoonapothecary.com
I am not on social media, but I do have a newsletter & I always welcome emails & snail mail.
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