Plant Your Staff

A 90-minute workshop experience for women who know (or want to know) that “aging” is code for deepening into your wildest, fiercest, sacredest self, but don’t quite believe it yet.

So you can believe it.

And then do something with it.

If you’ve ever thought

(because this is what’s been

poured into your woman-heart

by ads and billboards and people with

an agenda to keep you contained…)

“It’s too late for me to make a difference.” or

“I’m too old to (fill in the blank) or

“I’m (my idea, my dream, my insight) not relevant anymore.”

I’m here to tell you

… with unshakable gentleness

and raw truth …

that the world has been

lying to you.

Your years make

you more real,

not less.

Your life


make your thoughts

more wise,

not less.

Your wide-open

witnessing heart

makes your presence more

essential, not less.

Your eyes

that have seen

and seen

and seen

make your insights more

needed, not less.

… … …

… …


At this time

when our world



we need

women of

… body wisdom

. intuition

….. experience

…… deep experience

.. witnessing hearts

…. eyes that see

with the hammered

copper courage

that’s only earned by

dropping off the cliffs

of life over and over

and over again

to say what they know

and teach the terms

of endurance to the

incendiary ones

waving sword-words.

To stand solid

… with all the wisdom

of a storm-tested

willow …

making space for

islands of


Do you see yourself, yet?

Do you see how you fit?

How you are

needed for

who you

are …

not for some

palest illusion

of your quietly fierce SELF?

Can you feel it?



If you are still here

reading these

unconventional words

in their

unconventional format

then my crone-wise

heart and eyes say

you do feel it.

Your voice and

presence in this circle

of rising crone-hood

would be water to

the parched …

adding your droplets to

the well from

which we all

can drink


From which

we all can

draw courage to

… occupy space

… plant our staff

… raise our voice

… make our own kind of difference

The next Plant Your Staff Circle is coming in late 2019.

Plant Your Staff is

… part ceremony

…. part wise woman circle,

.. part anti-ageism strategy session

woven into 90 minutes of

being seen and heard

… stop … breathe that in …

being seen and heard

as the

fierce woman you are

so you feel

… in your bones …

what it’s like

to be her

so you feel

… in your bones …

you are her

so you feel

… in your bones …

you are home.

and I am here …

About Tracie Nichols

Tracie Nichols is the name

I regularly fling

into the unknown.

poet. crone. business and career coach. alchemist.

feet firmly planted in islands of sanity.

.. my crone heart has witnessed.

……. my crone eyes have seen.

…. my hammered copper courage

has been forged on the way down

from the top of

so many cliffs.

my staff is planted deep.

I see you.

Welcome home.


Why this? Why now?

We’ve been taught by a culture invested in controlling women to think our value decreases as our experience increases.

We’ve been deliberately manipulated for over 100 years by advertising designed to convince us that we, as women, are not enough – ever – and we become less and less valuable the older we get.

We’ve been taught to fade into the background, becoming invisible with the years. That we are a burden. That we take up space better used by someone younger. That we use resources needed by someone younger.

The opposite is true.

— We’re hitting our creative peak.

— We connect ideas and information in innovative ways because of our life experience.

— Our deeper, longer view helps keep things in perspective.

And our perspective is deeply needed, right now, in these times when our culture is tearing itself apart.

Who should come?

Holistically-minded women who have thought or felt things like:

  • “It’s too late for me to make a difference.” or
  • “I’m too old to (fill in the blank) or
  • “I’m not relevant anymore.” or
  • “My idea, my dream, my insight isn’t relevant anymore.”

and want to disentangle from those myths so they feel they can do the things tugging at their heart, or calling to their sense of justice, or to their inner artist or writer or activist or entrepreneur.

If I’ve already attended a Plant Your Staff Circle, can I attend again?

Absolutely! Your experience will rise from where you are now, in your life, so your insights will likely be deeper or from a different perspective, or something altogether unexpected. If you’re feeling nudged to attend, honor that nudge.

What will we actually be doing?

We will use the power of story and community to begin to shift the patterns and beliefs holding our wise women selves hostage.

Story and the language we use to create them are powerful tools for re-writing deeply held beliefs. Creating and discovering together in community makes the learning more real and the shifts more stick-to-able.

Guided visualization, journaling and storytelling will help us …

  • Disentangle from cultural/social/familial indoctrination.
  • Unlearn what society has taught us.
  • Recover the truth that we have value because we have experience.
Can we really fix this in 90 minutes?

Entirely? No. We’ve been hearing these messages for decades forgoodnesssake. What we can do is put new language, new information, and new insights in place that will give you what you need to permanently reclaim the truth that you are essential because of your age and to rewrite the story you tell about yourself as a wise woman.

So, remember, join the next circle from your own sacred space in late 2019.