05 Jan Milla Prince
Milla grew up in the wilds of Finland, just a few hundred miles South of the Arctic Circle. A small town girl, she spent much of her childhood in the woods, learning from a young age the ordinary magic of gathering wild foods and making your own fun. She is proud to be part of a long line of people still in touch with their ancestral bio-regional knowledge, and has a passion for rediscovering Scandinavian, Slavic, and Finno-Ugric folklore, magic, and animism.
Chance, love, and filmmaking brought her to the US seven years ago, and she was lucky enough to land on a small Island in the Salish Sea, off the Coast of Washington; a place where she felt at home from the moment she arrived.
She is a writer, a hedgewitch, a local plant enthusiast, a Tarot reader, a teacher, a filmmaker, an environmentalist, a homesteader, and an all-around busybody in her small island community.
The challenge of transferring her plant knowledge to a new, and different bio-region, has been the inspiration for her current work in bringing together folk herbalism, Earth activism, ancestral knowledge and discovery, rewilding, mythology, and creating local resilience, and culture. Learning the patterns, meanings, and language of a new natural environment has connected her with amazing teachers, fellow herbalists, witches, and nature-lovers. She is excited to meet and share with many more wild women at this summer’s Spirit Weavers Gathering.
You can find her on instagram @thewomanwhomarriedabear and read her blog www.thewomanwhomarriedabear.com to learn more about Milla and the plants she loves.