THE SUNFLOWER CYCLE is an educational resource with seasonal artwork and tools for change.
Hi, I’m Summer! I am a full-spectrum doula, storyteller, children’s minister, and creator of The Sunflower Cycle.
Picture: Houseplants surround Summer, who is lounging on a couch wearing black and white patterned pants, a black Resting Waters Pet Funeral Home t-shirt, and round glasses.
Winter Blessings! If you’d like, invite in a moment of rest and prepare a warm drink for yourself. Nearby is a cup of chamomile tea for me. I would like to extend a personal welcome to my chosen and kindred family, elders, and community members who may be visiting this website. You are the foundation in which I have been challenged, felt care, grown interrelated friendships, and ecosystems of support and love. Thank you for being here.
When we deepen our transitions (our small moments, our big moments, sometimes-easily-brushed-away moments) we make a choice to invest strategically into them. By doing this over time we can build authentic faith and joy. Within this space, I share what I have been taught from living and nonliving ancestors, mentors, research, and experience. I hope to share my love of learning, reading, and whimsical art-making with you through stories about myself, my ideas related to full-spectrum care, intergenerational teaching, and stories of metamorphosis from my life.
Like the Earth in the northern hemisphere, I am in a time of resting and strengthening roots. The blog is closed and I am not accepting new clients at this time. I look forward to sharing my writing and care work with you again in Spring 2022!
The Sunflower Cycle was initially created to be an educational zine about change. Over the past five years, The Sunflower Cycle has shifted to include a variety of offerings including artwork, opportunities for self-soothing and ceremony, as well as tools for support during moments of change, especially puberty, beginning or ending partnerships, pregnancy, and death.
Our namesake is the common flower, recognized by the bold petals dancing around the center. This name was chosen to honor a gift of the earth. Seeing these magical flowers brings warmth to my soul in a way that only the sun can rival. For me, sunflowers invoke feelings of safety, inspiration, and awe.
Sunflowers turn toward the sun as a source of guidance and nutrients. It is my hope that Sunflower Services are turning toward you, beloved community. I am delighted to share this special archive of projects I’ve taken time to reflect, imagine, dream, learn, and grow.
Study Guides are created as resources related to consent, doula care, and change.
The art and writing projects in this blog draw upon my own explorations of religious studies and disability justice literature alongside over a decade of my experiences in consent education, harm reduction, holistic care, and peer-based mental health support.
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I provide full-spectrum doula services, support rites of passage, and facilitate workshops to cultivate a space where each person is empowered in their options, in touch with their bodies, and intuitive about the choices they make.
This page is updated with information about full-spectrum doula services and current covid pandemic restrictions related to public health guidelines. Thank you for understanding that some services are limited and may shift as we respond collectively to the changing factors related to this pandemic.
RETURNING SPRING 2022
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