Book - Gracious Wild

Book – Gracious Wild

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VIDEO: Stacey Couch at Boulder Book Store

This presentation at the Boulder Book Store in Boulder, CO was filmed on April 10th, 2014. In the first clip, I share a bit about the writing and publishing process and share my training as a writer. In this second clip, I read an excerpt of the book that is a perfect example of why I decided to write the book Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks. The excerpt is from the chapter “The Mouthpiece”.

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“Finding a Nest” from Gracious Wild

In this early passage from the book Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks, I share the excitement of finding a nest of a pair of northern harrier hawks. I later confirmed that this discovery was not only novel for me, it was the first ever northern harrier hawk nest found on the island. I joined Jack one evening out above Karana Canyon to help set the live traps. Our hike brought us past the coreopsis forest and stone cross, but the…

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meaning of red-tailed hawk symbolism


Red-tails adapt easily to life with and around humans and, in general, are more in service to humanity than other hawk species. There is a famous red-tailed hawk that has nested on the side of a skyscraper on the edge of New York City’s Central Park for over twenty years. The male hawk, known as “Pale Male”, has an entire film documentary about him, his various mates, and his young. It seems that the spirits prefer to send red-tails as…

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Listen to Gracious Wild on the Radio

Here’s the story… Author Stacey L. L. Couch contacts Ian Mott and Greg Harpel of the radio show “Montezuma Mixtape” about reading excerpts of her book Gracious Wild. She drives two hours to Cortez, CO to meet them for lunch at The Farm Bistro and they all walk a block over to KSJD Dryland Community Radio Station which is located in an old bank. All three of them pack into the recording studio hosted in the vault of the bank. Stacey…

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“Passage” from Gracious Wild

The advanced student of shamanism learns many techniques including extraction, soul retrieval, and what’s called psychopomping. Psychopomping involves assisting souls that have died but not yet crossed over in getting to the other side. In this excerpt from me book, Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks, I share how my hawk companion, Thalia, takes on the task of psychopomping the soul of her prey to the other side. This special glimpse into hawk shamanism shows how nature can be…

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“No Sense of Direction” from Gracious Wild

The following is an excerpt from the book Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks… I went in to see Thalia around noon. I was able to coax her onto the stump near the front door with a piece of chick. Once her appetite was whetted, she was eager to come to me. The first pounce on my gloved hand was pure bliss. I watched her slender, long legs dance as her fierce talons gripped my fingers hard. She bent down to tear at the meat…

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“Humble Island of the Soul” from Gracious Wild

“I opened my eyes, stretched in my sleeping bag, and looked around. After a few moments, I recognized where I was and realized that I still wasn’t. I still wasn’t much of anywhere or much of anyone.” (from Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks) These are the first three lines of a book that I wrote on a crisp fall morning seven years ago. These are the first three lines of a story I lived many mornings of my life what seems not…

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PRESS RELEASE – Gracious Wild

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (PDF VERSION) A quest into the wild and important spirit messages and soulful gifts gathered from animals while there…  Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks Stacey L.L. Couch “A highly recommended, beautifully written story of power and transformation.” ─Kay Kamala, editor for A Journal of Contemporary Shamanism “This exquisitely written book warmly touches hearts and gives flight to the soul, while offering opportunities for healing and cathartic release. Don’t be surprised if Gracious Wild moves you to tears and helps…

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“Letting Go” from Gracious Wild

Gracious Wild is primarily about my relationship to two spectacular hawks, but other animals including one defiant barn owl contributed to the story as well. This excerpt from the book Gracious Wild tells about how “Papa Rhett” taught about letting go. I would also say, behind the scenes, that this owl taught me a lot about not caring what other people think. When you have supernatural hearing and sight like he did the truth is always there with you. Why bother…

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meaning of mouse spirit animal

Spirit Animals: MOUSE the MONK

Mouse Symbolism “There in the dried grass and leaves was a brown field mouse. He was only a couple steps away, nearly under our noses. Poised on the doorstep of his den, he stood twitching his whiskers at the woman and the hawk. He looked like a country mouse lost in the city of towering thistle stalks. The mouse’s brown coat blended in with the ground cover. If it weren’t for my sharp-eyed hawk companion I’d easily have missed the…

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