ABOUT DR. KATE BROOKS
The beginning of healing in my life started with my ancestors. On my mother’s side, I come from a line of healers and negotiators of the Abenaki people, “the people of the rising sun” (or dawn). On my father’s, there is a tradition of healers and seers of the Celtic, Druidic Welsh traditions. These ancient ones have brought their wisdom and knowledge to me through dreaming since childhood, and through their continuous guidance in my work.
My great grandmother, in my “raising family”, was also a healer and caregiver well into her eighties. Her daughter, my grandmother, also had her doctor’s bag full of herbs, plasters, and salves, which she used for the care of family and neighbors. These women had a profound effect on how I viewed my possible contributions as a female and as one human being to another. I was very proud of their efforts. Where I grew up, in the rural areas of the North-East Kingdom on the Canadian border, the “doc” might make a home visit on occasion, but folks cared for each other in “traditional” manner, ate from the wild and from home gardens, and worked outside everyday. People were generally quite healthy and lived long. Everyone I grew up around was working in saw mills, logging, hunting, chopping wood, gardening and farming into their eighties and nineties. That stayed the norm until the nineteen seventies when modern life intruded. Then I observed that people started aging and getting sick in their fifties, and dying in their sixties.