Happy October! October is one of the busiest (best) months of the year at Shakti in the Mountains. In addition to launching the new Shakti Badge Program, we have a full schedule with a little something for everyone. We have multiple class series (Shadow Work starts tomorrow), workshops (Fermentation and Pickling is this Saturday), energy healing circles (Reiki Share is Sunday), and always Makerspace Open Hours on Friday afternoons. Please check out the full lineup for October and let me know if you have any questions about what you see.

Land 2 Gather

A wonderful turnout for the Land 2 Gather Initiative. Thank you Josette for inspiring us with a vision of what is possible. The next Land 2 Gather meeting is October 8 from 3-5 pm at The Philosopher’s Tea House.

For today’s newsletter, our intrepid Shakti reporter, Luna McFeisty, is back with an updated report below about the Shakti Badge Program. Luna wanted me to tell you that she loves receiving letters from readers and is happy to track down answers to your questions. If you want to reach out to Luna, then please send her an email.

Shady Oaks Garden Club

Thank you Teri of the Shady Oaks Garden Club for bringing Shakti a beautiful bouquet!

I’d thought I would leave you with a poem that is an oldie but a goodie. I was reminded of this poem last week when a flock of wild geese flew above my head in a cheerfully loud, V-formation. Here is Mary Oliver’s poem, Wild Geese:

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.


Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.


Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting — over and over
announcing your place
in the family of things.


Kim Bushore-Maki

Tea with Luna McFeisty:
Shakti Badge Program UPDATE – Getting Started

The Shakti Badge Program (Shakti Scouts) is now up and running! Luna McFeisty, our Shakti reporter is back to interview Kim about the program launch.

LM – Hello Kim. Congratulations on the launch of the Shakti Badge Program. When exactly did it become official?

KBM – Our Badge Program started on the Fall Equinox with eight badges. Our plan is to add more badges to the program every quarter. We would love everyone’s input into this process. Here’s a survey to let us know what badges might be of interest.

LM – How exciting. What do the first eight badges cover?

KBM – Our eight initial badges are:

  • Book Lover Badge
  • Bread Making Badge
  • Card Making Badge
  • Collage Badge
  • Crochet Badge
  • Digital Detox Badge
  • Local Tourist Badge
  • Slow Fashion Badge

LM – How many badges can a person try to earn each quarter?

KBM – You can work on and earn as many badges as are available. You don’t have to complete the badges you want in that quarter. You can continue working on them in the next quarter and beyond.  

One of the eight badges available to work on this fall.

LM – How does a person get started?

KBM – Go to the Shakti website and click on the link for the Shakti Badge Program. It will take you to the general information page with a registration form at the bottom. There is a quarterly fee of $25 for the program which offsets the cost of making the actual badges.

LM – Once someone has registered, what can they expect?

KBM – When you sign up for the badge program, you will receive an email that provides a link to the badges and an access password. You will then have access to all of the badges and can choose whichever ones you would like to work on. For each badge, there is a list of requirements for you to complete and a place for you to write down the date you completed it. You can download the form from the website. Many badges also have a Badge Support Page with helpful resources and places to record specific progress. Once you have completed all of the requirements, you submit the requirement form to Shakti to receive your badge.

LM – What if someone wants to see what some of the badge requirements involve before they sign up for the program?

KBM – To see examples of the requirements for each of the badges, we have a Shakti Scout Badges Book available in the Makerspace that you can look through prior to signing up.

LM – If someone has additional questions about the Badge Program what should they do?

KBM – Whether you are already enrolled or are considering participating, if you have other questions about the program, please reach out. Knowing that others will have the same or similar questions, we may share your questions (anonymously) along with our answers in the Shakti newsletter.

LM – Thank you for all of this information Kim. Next week, we can talk more about the Badge Buddies concept.

Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where people could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.

Kim is a licensed professional counselor and a yoga teacher. She completed the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy program as well as the Shake Your Soul Yoga Dance program. Kim is very interested in somatic expressive therapy, archetypal psychology, gardening, herbalism, astrology, wisdom traditions, and regenerative economics.

Kim continues to build and to support inclusive, vibrant communities. She spends most of her time mentoring leaders, guiding healing programs, and providing mental health counseling.

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