“Cast from the garden.”

It’s an expression we often hear describing the fall of humanity, when we were cut off from our inherent relationship to Nature as soul kin.

Less familiar is the word “animism,” itself an invention by colonized white men to describe that natural soul connection. It refers to the experience that everything has consciousness, and through that consciousness expresses agency to engage in infinite relationship with All Things.

Regardless of what we call it, our loss of that direct relationship to All Things is the broken path, and we all feel it in our own way.



As most of us walk a broken spiritual path, we don’t know how to have that direct relationship with Nature or our well Ancestors, and it’s inappropriate to claim animistic or shamanic traditions that went before us as our way to do so. We can, however, respond to our own calling and ethically create our own way, authentic to how and where we live and engage, without disparaging ancient paths, the people or practices of traditional shamanism, or indigenous cultures. We can ethically soul tend where we stand. Through The Spirited Path teachings and community, we create direct relationship with Nature, and embody ourselves as community leaders in soul tending. This is walking The Spirited Path.


Join me, Kelley Harrell, in a free, one-time live event, Mending the Broken Path, to learn how we can mend the broken path, embody ourselves amidst unsupportive institutions and systems, and engage our inherent relationship to Nature to rise to the demands of our time. For this hour (and some change), bring your input, your questions, and your readiness to be the change.

7 November 2020

10am EST

You must register in advance for this Zoom event, and if you can’t attend,  a recording will be available shortly after.

Thank you for all that you do.


Elder Well

To bear your unique gift to the world.

Die Well

To leave the planet better than you found it.

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.

Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

I’m an author, lifelong deathwalker and animist, and the founder of Soul Intent Arts in North Carolina. I’m an ordained interfaith minister, and I teach others to ethically build a thriving spiritual path as fit, embodied elders, who upon death become wise, capable Ancestors. My work is Nature-based, and focuses soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral healing, and deathwork. Full bio.

2019 Nautilus Book Award Winner - Runic Book of Days
2019 National Indie Excellence Book Award Winner - Runic Book of Days


Contact Kelley for information on mentorship, private sessions, and self-paced studies.