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Jewelry Inspired by Nature – Meet Takoda Rain!

It is no wonder that the beautiful woman you are looking at is a jewelry maker, hoop dancer, Multidimensional Healer, Reiki Master, body worker, and model.  I would like to introduce you to Takoda Rain.  In her own words she is a “mama bear to a beautiful son, hoop yogini, fire dancer, holistic healer, artist, and free spirit.”

I first met Takoda in nutrition class at the Natural Healing Institute in Encintas, California.  My husband, an amazing photographer, had worked with Takoda on a big photo shoot in the past.  My very good friend, Crystal, raved about Takoda’s hoop dancing and jewelry making abilities.  Then I stumbled upon “Spirit Tribe” – Takoda’s online store that showcases her handmade, one-of-a-kind, nature inspired jewelry and adornments.  I felt like a kid in a candy store!  I bought one of her handmade ear cuffs and chakra earrings to wear at my first festival, Lighting in a Bottle.  Burning Man, Coachella, Bhakti Fest, and any other festival would be perfect for flaunting Spirit Tribe jewelry.  I wear my “chakra” and “purification” earrings all the time as they fit perfectly with my day-to-day style.  I do Reiki energy work for a living and I feel that Takoda’s jewelry represents my lifestyle.

Feathers, leather, amazonite, jasper, and quartz…these are only a handful of the items that she uses in her jewelry creations.

Here are a few pictures of me wearing my ear cuffs and earrings made by Takoda.

What is Spirit Tribe?

“Unique adornments for the goddesses that dance under the stars and howl at the moon.  The free spirits, the barefoot bandits, the fire dancers, the gypsies, the artists, the lovers, the healers, the roots warriors, the wild at heart.  Inspired by the earth, the elements and spirit.  Made with seriously good vibes, high quality material and healing intention.”

What inspires you?

“My inspiration is nature, the elements and spirit.  I get really inspired by nature so I love taking my supplies on camping trips and working in the wild.”

When did you first start making jewelry?

“I started making jewelry when i was in high school, but got really into it after I had my son, River.”

Spirit Tribe was born in 2009.  Takoda’s artistic ideas are brought to life in her adobe home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

My first time at Lightning in a Bottle! 2012

When I think of Lightning in a Bottle the first image that pops into my head is of a guy wearing assless chaps with a Puff the Magic Dragon plushie on the end of his penis.

This was my very first festival.  My husband and I didn’t know how long we would want to be there so we decided to try it out for 1 day.  We chose Sunday because it was my birthday.

Lightning in a Bottle is a celebration of art, music, performance, sustainability and life. It takes place annually on May 24th-28th at the Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, CA.

“In current usage, the word “freak” is commonly used to refer to a person with something strikingly unusual about their  appearance or behavior.”  I pulled this from Wikipedia.

I was in a sea of freaks.  I was one of them.  There were a few people who wore “normal” clothes, but they looked like the real freaks. Normal is boring, but totally accepted.  Everyone was accepted – how you dressed didn’t really matter.  Lightning in a Bottle is about being who you are and expressing it any way you like.  It’s a festival of non-judgement.  You want to let your boobies go bare?  No judgement.  You want to take drugs all week?  No problem.  How about men dressing in drag?  Welcome!  This is a place where you can hula hoop, climb installations, listen to music, get your face painted, do acro yoga, hear different speakers, experience gong therapy, eat vegetarian fare, dance all day and all night, take a nap on the grass, row a boat, and connect with people.

Let me suggest that you wait until after a festival to start any kind of colon cleanse.  I had to learn the hard way.  I took a bunch of herbs before we arrived at the festival and then I bought a large veggie juice from one of the vendors inside.  We were there for over 12 hours that day and I must’ve used the Port A Pottie at least 15 times.  Needless to say, my poor bum was in a lot of pain from all the wiping.  Thank God I brought a package of baby wipes.  There were a few times when all of the Port A Potties ran out of toilet paper and I thanked my lucky stars that the ones I chose always had a little teepee to spare.  I don’t want to get too graphic, but some of the Port A Potties were nasty – poo on the freakin toilet seat.  Someone had totally missed the hole and shat all over the seat.  Just gross.  I ended up holding it in until a “clean” Port A Pottie became available.  The whole colon cleansing incident played a huge part in my overall experience.  I was still able to have a good time – I just couldn’t eat anything unless I wanted to go back in line for the toilet.  You may say I was a “party pooper.”  haha!  I love making myself laugh.

Overall, I’m glad I went.  I wasn’t high on any drugs (although I think this would have been a great place to do it) and I didn’t drink any alcohol.  I felt a bit of ‘sensory overload’ at times when I wanted to just be still and enjoy some quiet.  When I danced, I danced with all my heart and I loved it.  I felt free in my movements and I felt the music inside of me.

Would I go again?  Perhaps, but I want to experience so many other things, too.  I haven’t been to Coachella or Burning Man and both of those are on my list.