My name is Lara Veleda Vesta and I am an artist, writer, storyteller and educator living in Portland, Oregon.
My explorations include dís-ability, rites of passage, ancestral mythology, folklore and the sacred creative. I am the author and illustrator of The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition, the Moon Divas Oracle and Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine (forthcoming from Red Wheel/Weiser Books, 2021). I am also the creator/facilitator of many courses at the Wild Soul School, both self-study and live. I live with Myalgic Encephalomeylitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a disease caused by viruses and inflammation with an infectious trigger. Prior to my illness I was a university professor teaching classes in English and writing and a PhD student in Philosophy and Religion.
I am medically limited to a few hours of activity per day, less if I am symptomatic. The unpredictable nature of my illness has made traditional work impossible. To be empowered by chronic illness is to invest in the sacred creative, and trust. I share my studies, classes, creations and path as gifts and am supported in this offering by an incredible Patron community and the generous contributions of other donors. This model of community support enables me to work with the medical limits and myth cycles of my disability
My research interests include the use of non-religious ritual in community creation, the feminine in rune history, and empowered ancestor work. Currently, I am working on two book projects about illness as initiation and navigating death transitions.
I am also a mother of three nearly grown children in a blended family, love tending our urban permaculture gardens, making herbal medicines and spending time in the wild.