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User Image umberdove Posted: Jan 18, 2018 9:12 PM (UTC)

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Join us tonight! -BC

#Repost @robin.soyala with @get_repost
death is not just

earthly death

where life force

leaves the body,

but all manner of loss.

the loss of a relationship,

of a time,

of a project,

of a garden.

each breath a tiny micro death.

each loss a chance to practice at grief,

in community,

all echoing together.

and all of this

an enormous invitation

to expand into our living.

tonight at 9pm est. we gather together virtually to sit and breathe, to hold space for our awareness of death, to explore our grieving together, to wonder about life. the time will include some guided practice, an invitation to creative spark, a little story telling, and dialog with others medicine keepers. this is a video or dial in virtual circle. all are welcome to join in. you are not required to speak or share, your presence can be your offering. we are each our own sacred medicine.
registration link in bio to join the live call and/or to receive the recording by email.
feel free to send me a message with any questions.

all love all love, robin

#deathmedicinekeepersproject 📷: @jennymoloney
medicine keeper guests: @candacemorris @sunnyrisingleather @bckinetic & you 💓
User Image umberdove Posted: Dec 25, 2017 8:03 PM (UTC)

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Words of thanks are never enough to truly portray the gratitude felt. You’re an amazing community and beautiful support. All the love to you and yours today! ❤️ [BC]
User Image umberdove Posted: Dec 1, 2017 4:56 PM (UTC)

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Dwelling on her words from 2 years ago. [BC]
#Repost @umberdove
By the hundreds... I am:
Candles blazing in the pre-dawn, heavy heart, arranging her things just so.
The tangled mop of hair twisted and perched high.
The solitary tree, roots exposed, root sunk deep, both bare and alive.
Still climbing from this speckled shell, emerging, expanding.
What would it look like if you weren't afraid?
The scent of fir branches cracked open to the marrow and cold burning just inside the nose and how thick that moss was and I am a wild thing whether I stand on a mountainside or walk over these old pine floors and somedays I want to tell the ever present Should to fuck off.
Fur wrapped tight over animal nature.
The wolf-riding Durga who knows a bow is both a weapon and a harp.
Palo santo rising.
Pomegranate stained fingers and a pile of dishes and lukewarm coffee, already reheated twice.
Self-baptism kneeling on the edge of every river, every shore, that single cold drop rolling down the nose.
Invocations to the wooded devas and that single great horned owl.
A spine of so many golden building blocks, knitting and filling and sliding ever closer to straight.
Gratitude and grief, chaos and peace, earth and fire, the impossible dichotomy that makes absolute sense.
#liberatedlines #liberatedlinestellme #onehundredtruths #instaprose #umberdove
User Image umberdove Posted: Nov 14, 2017 9:52 PM (UTC)

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This morning I got up early to run the dogs before work. Arriving at the park, the sky shown of deep crimson as the sun hadn't crested the mountains yet. It's the kind of beauty Kelly would have been ready for with her DSLR, but I had just an iPhone. She's been heavy on my mind lately. Life has managed to keep me busy. New connections being made, new adventures being had. There in the background though, is her.
Her love.
Her support.
Her death.
I see her before cancer, and I see her in the last weeks of cancer. Looking around nature I feel her influence on my eye. "Look at the things around you. Drink them in. Devote them to memory so you can call upon them for inspiration later."
Come with me, drink in the beauty around you, and let's call upon that for inspiration in this life. Take a moment today to find your inspiration. Devote it to memory. You'll want it later when the heaviness of life befalls you.
On Thursday last week I had 5 different people all reach out to support me; let me know I was in their thoughts. It's always interesting when the Universe does that - brings multiple people to your door.
I feel you. I feel your love. I have felt your support. Thank you. [BC]
User Image umberdove Posted: Oct 26, 2017 8:11 PM (UTC)

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Dearests - Thank you again for your continued and beautiful outpouring of support for Kelly’s work. The three of us are here and wanting to be utterly authentic with you all. Grief is such a complex, real and baffling experience. To undertake a legacy project dedicated to a beloved, as a small group, proves time and again to be a teaching. One that is sometimes breathtakingly beautiful and other times just riddled with unexpected pain.
We are here but we are struggling a bit, each in our own way, to see exactly how to make this project work. We all want to honor Kelly. We all want to honor and be of service to all those who loved her. We all want to see her beloveds supported in every way as they transition to life without her earthly form. We want so much - but we can’t always clearly see the way. This is the truth of the journey right now.

We truly did not know how complex this undertaking was. How much grief and loss would challenge our capacity to hold steady and create. How many different ways there are to work, and be, and love. We didn’t know. And in the now we simply don’t know if or what this project is moving forward. At this moment we are gentling our tender hearts and working out the details of what limited and final offerings we might be able to hold space for in the coming week or so.
We thank you deeply for your presence, your patience, your support and your witness. We are here. We are lost. We are here. We miss her. We love you all.

BC, A.S., & r.e.s.

#umberdovetribe #umberdovecollective #legacy #greif #love
User Image umberdove Posted: Oct 26, 2017 3:10 PM (UTC)

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Legacy work, shop update *today* 9am Pacific Time
a collection of three pendants: Our Lady of Deep Rooted Wisdom,
Our Lady of Internal Expansion, & Saturnian

With love from team UmberDove...
User Image umberdove Posted: Oct 24, 2017 8:55 PM (UTC)

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to bless us with your stories of earthly inspiration. Team UmberDove is over the moon excited to have the opportunity to honor the following three magical women who were nominated in our recent #UmberDoveInspired gift away.
Our Lady of Deep Rooted Wisdom: @numinous_jane
Our Lady of Internal Expansion: @__morganlovesyou__
Saturnian: @theretrohousewife
All pendants will be shipped with another small token of appreciation included as a gift to those who did the nominating.
The UmberDove Legacy shop update, which includes all three pendants, will be live on Etsy on Thursday the 26th at 9am Pacific Time.

We are here, a small team of three dedicated to doing our best in honor of the creative legacy of a woman we love very much. This particular leg of the journey is not without trials, complications, and struggle - but how could it be? We attempt to stay with the many layers of our hearts as we honor our work, her work, and your presence and dedication. Resoundingly, thank you, thank you, thank you. May we all continue to find inspiration, love, and heart beats of lifejoy each day.
r.e.s., BC, and A.S.

#UmberDoveInspired #UmberDoveTribe #OurLadyofWisdom #UmberDoveNecklaces #UmberDoveLegacy #sacredadornment #heartexpansion #rootedwisdom
User Image umberdove Posted: Oct 23, 2017 7:47 PM (UTC)

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recently, i have been sitting with this question; what do i think is magic?
and while i ponder this i have soaked in the inspiration of the nominations of magical beings pouring forth in the #UmberDoveInspired gift away. thank you so much for taking the time to share.
we wanted to remind you that nominations for this gift away close today at 12am PST. we will be announcing the destinations of the three pendants tomorrow.

a legacy work shop update will open this thursday morning, the 26th, offering Our Lady of Inward Expansion, Our Lady of Deep Rooted Wisdom and Saturnian pendants for immediate sale and early december shipping.

for today - my short list of magic:

the way the leaves are displaying a spectrum of color around here

small collections of words that shift me

chicken soup

the bright sliver of the waxing moon


circles of women pulled tight by love

recipes for teas and salves
baths with oils and salts

bird song

hand knit scarves


and you? what is your short list of magic for today? {r.e.s.} @robin.soyala

#umberdove #umberdovetribe #silversmith #pnwmaker #metalsmith
#instasmithy #ladysmith #umberdovenecklaces #saturnian #saturn #saturnreturn #cosmicjewelry #sacredadornment

#umberdovenecklaces #magic
User Image umberdove Posted: Oct 20, 2017 8:01 PM (UTC)

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a team UD collaborative five-ish things friday: {A.S.} @sunnyrisingleather
1. Birthdays are weird and beautiful monsters. This year in particular has been very significant: turning forty and doing it while grieving a significant loss. I have had such a rainbow of emotions and enough solitude to let the support I am experiencing do its fine work. I feel grateful and I am surrendering to this feeling of being a bit unmoored - it's not familiar yet, but I am open to it.
2. Roast a chicken (with all the fixings - lemon, sage, onion and thyme in the cavity) and after it's been a dinner or two, submerge it in water with aromatic veggies and make a lovely bone broth. I eat my brew every day at lunch filled with fresh veggies and quinoa noodles. It feels so rich in self-care. {BC} @bckinetic
3. Stop trying to plan every moment of life. It's not possible. Be in the NOW. Live right now. It can be amazing.

4. Swim in the deep end. It's terrifying at times, but you're a stronger swimmer than you give yourself credit for. Plus, that's where the most amazing people are. They'll help you stay afloat. {r.e.s.} @robin.soyala
5. know your ways. if your body system is one that finds its way home through movement gift yourself the time and space to move. get that book you’re dying to read. make time to paint something. write a short poem. lay down in your garden. it does’t matter what you, or anyone else, think you should be doing - know your ways and trust those.
6. try to share your truths. be it with one person, a small group, or a whole crowd. it does’t matter if you don’t fully understand everything. you don’t have to wait until things are just so. you might not think you make sense yet but still try. there is no sense in disappearing when the call is to be present here now. try to share your truths especially when they are born of your love.

#umberdovetribe #fivethingsfriday #teamUD
User Image umberdove Posted: Oct 19, 2017 11:05 PM (UTC)

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Fall sweeps her long golden skirts through the northern hemisphere rustling sighs of shorter days and setting suns. Small whispers of winter begin to rise up within us, a preparation for the deep spiraling towards solstice. We remember. We honor. We love.

Team UmberDove is delighted to share that on October 26th we will hold a legacy work shop update that will offer three pendants: Our Lady of Inward Expansion, Our Lady of Deep Rooted Wisdom and Saturnian. Items will be listed and sold the 26th and will ship by early December with an aim to reach all before the holiday season. We cannot wait for these pieces to adorn you.
Our #UmberDoveInspired gift away is still open. We have been humbled and honored to read and bask in the many stories of love, respect, guidance and inspiration that have come in. We will be gifting three pendants to one of these inspired nominees - and we gift our deep admiration to all who we have been entered. The gift away nominations are open until Monday, October 23rd 12pm PT and three gifted names will be shared on the 24th.
Thank you all, again and forever, for your presence and light on this particular journey. May the entire UmberDove tribe continue to hold and be held so deeply. {r.e.s} @robin.soyala

#umberdove #umberdovetribe #silversmith #pnwmaker #metalsmith
#instasmithy #ladysmith #umberdovenecklaces #saturnian #saturn #saturnreturn #cosmicjewelry #sacredadornment

User Image umberdove Posted: Oct 12, 2017 6:51 PM (UTC)

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the world is dreamt.

it becomes easier and easier to get weighed down by a sense of collective dissolution. a contamination of the spirit brought about by a series of interactions between what actually is and what we are being told is. we are surrounded and engulfed by stories upon stories upon stories. persistent and ever present. who can scream the loudest.

yet, in the quiet of a dusk or dawn we might be able to recognize a small break in the racket. here we can begin to discern our own vision. our own ways into relation with what is and what will be. not through escape or denial but through eye contact and wild imagination and a series of determinations.
gather the stories that have been dormant, weave the ancient truths with the most galactic truths. more is more. every drop of the future, every bud and flower and being and ripple of sound, every succulent pod awaits your visioning.

rest when you need to rest, but move when you need to move and more than that - dream what we need dreamt. do not fall into despair my sweet ones. your tender heart was made for creation. we need you now more than ever. guide us into our next evolution. {r.e.s} @robin.soyala
rings: ❤️ Kelly Clark ❤️
📷: @jennymoloney
User Image umberdove Posted: Oct 2, 2017 7:32 PM (UTC)

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You know her. She lights up the room as she guides group practices, or she walks quietly through the forest and creates magic in her studio, or she mothers just so. You might catch her with her eyes closed and her head tilted to the skies - she is listening to the echoing whispers of the stars. She loves to dip her feet into the ocean. She knows the ancient ways effortlessly.
You know her, and we want to know her and to honor her. So we remind you, gently, that in memory and love of creatix, magic maker, and life beholder, Kelly Clark we are collecting nominations of amazing beings who currently grace this earth. Three of these beauties will receive pendants in conjunction with the next UmberDove shop update - as a symbol of our appreciation for their inspiration.
Please let us know who you want to nominate, feel free to tell us about more than one person...or be that radical rebel who nominates your self.

We are talking open hearted warriors here - rules don’t apply but love does.
Let us know in comments or create your own post on FaceBook or Instagram using #UmberDoveInspired

We want to soak you in.
Feel free to share and spread the word. {r.e.s}
User Image umberdove Posted: Sep 29, 2017 4:07 PM (UTC)

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A collaborative 5ish things Friday:
1. Yesterday was the last truly hot day we're likely to see around here for quite a while. I reveled in sweating and squinting under the sun: summer in Washington is hard to let go of.
2. Orion made lemonade a few nights ago and became obsessed with the idea of a lemonade stand after I suggested it in passing. Now he's dreaming up sandwiches to sell, too - the entrepreneur gene is strong with this one.
3. Live music. Be it a small bar with a jazz 4some from the local high school (they were really amazing!), the Boston Symphony, or a concert Pianist - go. Quit saying it’d be fun to go and just go.
4. The 2 new chickens refuse to roost in the coop. I have to LITERALLY pick them up from the deck railing and move them every night. This will not work once the rain sets in.
5. i have been thinking a lot about the concept of doing the things you most dream of doing. how much, over the last months especially, i have held the desire to really live, to show up for myself and my life without hesitation, to be done with waiting for and instead to submerge in it all. yes, i want this but there are so many moments when it has started to feel like another "should" i am failing at. like instead of living bravely i am in my kitchen, sad, again. but what if it isn't about trying so hard - it is about trusting? what if it isn't that i have to push myself harder to be authentic, to do braver work, to be more open and true - but instead that i just am, now, already. maybe my intention can soften a little - not so much pushing - but simply relax a little into what is. what if i am already deeply supported by my very self?
6. the best reframe i have gotten lately, and possibly useful if you are like me and having immense trouble sleeping at night. someone in there needs you so they woke you up. no problem, just take care of the baby. you know how to do that.

User Image umberdove Posted: Sep 28, 2017 11:21 PM (UTC)

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We miss her and the ways she lived here, feet on the earth and heart soaring.
UmberDove continues as a collaborative exploration of legacy. One part our desire to to make it possible for you to be adorned by her artistry, one part finding ways to honor the art of living a life that is itself inspirational.

Our next shop update in late October will include both Our Lady’s and the Saturnian pendants. In conjunction with this update we are hosting a gift away in appreciation of the abundant and amazing community that is the UmberDove tribe. We ask that you consider this question: who deeply inspires you simply with they way they live their life? Then submit your nomination.
We are accepting nominations of wild creatives, quiet explorers, those who overcome, those who guide, whisper, dance, light fires, and blow wishes on the wind. You know these women and we want to hear their stories sung. They are the women who listen and lead with a clear wild heart, who explore life guided by entwined deeply rooted wisdoms of self and mother nature, who hold planetary evolution in the palm of their hand, who show us how its done.

Our Ladies of Inward Expansion and Deeply Rooted Wisdom, Our Saturnian Medicine Keepers. Those who live with a vibrant gesture and aligned practices.
We will be gifting three pendants to randomly selected women based on your nominations. Please create a post on Facebook and/or Instagram using #UmberDoveInspired and tell us a little bit about your nominee. Know that if your nominee is selected, there will be a small token of UmberDove appreciation in it for you as well.
We love you all, we want to honor the ways you embrace life. We want to see a whole tribe of inspiring beings acknowledged and brought to light. Please join us. {r.e.s}
User Image umberdove Posted: Sep 14, 2017 6:26 PM (UTC)

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2 months. We feel your presence. Remembering you with all our love.
User Image umberdove Posted: Sep 12, 2017 7:08 PM (UTC)

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Come along all you pretty things! First round of last month's shop update headed to the post. Right. Now!!!
#umberdove #umberdovetribe
User Image umberdove Posted: Sep 1, 2017 8:49 PM (UTC)

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A collaborative Five Things Friday from teamUD. 🌟

1. The universe keeps driving me back to investing in relationship. As things begin to wind down from the chaos after death, I'm finding myself still socially busy and well supported. I've also seen myself step back away from some social involvement, without fear of those friends losing interest in me. Love is not a fleeting feeling.

2. if you write a note about magic on a leaf in your yard one day you will receive the unexpected consequence of seeing said note blowing in the wind in coming days, of walking past it and catching just a single word or two, of seeing the metallic glint of a letter in the sun. and so, you will remember your own inspiration more times than you had imagined. grab your writing instruments and give it a try. mine said “magic continues…brave ones.” 3. brave looks different all the time. i know i know this - but this week seems to be ripe for the relearning. sometimes brave is saying i am scared, or you hurt me, or even just hello. sometimes brave is saying, i will not. sometimes brave is dancing alone in the kitchen at the end of a long day, or walking into a room full of men, or calling yourself coach. sometimes it is brave to be alone. sometimes i am bravest when i am afraid. so i want to keep remembering my way through this. i want to remember the times i told her it was ok be afraid - to tuck into the closet for a minute - to trust the courage innate in her heart. i want to remember the courage of being alive. i want to honor my self every day. i want to be brave without being at battle. i want space to cry.

4. i love my work. holy yes, that makes me feel lucky but it shouldn’t be luck - it should be the way things are. go out there and do what you love sweet ones. you will never ever regret it for a moment. it is the way.

5. Will someone come make me salad? I'm a worse chef than I realized...
User Image umberdove Posted: Aug 29, 2017 8:38 PM (UTC)

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Well hello sweet circles of UmberDove love. We have been quietly finishing and packing up orders from the shop update. Time passing and this life swirling and settling and swirling again. In all this, the small team that gently ferried the first shop update through has connected many times to process.
First of all, our gratitude. Thank you, ever widening circles of support, for your swift and beautiful absorption of the pieces. For your love, for your understanding, for your donations. Thanks to all of this and much more the legacy of our favorite Dove is alive and well. Her financial constraints have softened and her passing is marked by not just loss but also a sense of being held. This gratitude is immense, it brings tears and joy us all.
So here we are, showing up in full authenticity to you all. In our desire to let her work fly to its rightful homes we kept our heads down and quietly did what needed to be done. But, unintentionally this created a thin veil around things - so please, know the team holding the UmberDove legacy work is three people tight: Brad Clark, Robin Sandomirsky, and Allison Sattinger.
In the days to come we will each take a moment to say hello and declare our individual love for this project, but for now we just wanted to say thank you. We are here, we are talking, we are finding our way.
Over many years of friendship, love and collaboration with UmberDove we feel confident that we know the whispers of what her heart desires when it comes to her legacy and we are committed to doing only what is right and best in those ways.
For right now our commitment is to finish what needs to be done to complete this first update and explore the possibility of another shop update later this fall. Explore, feel into, wonder. As we firm up any plans around the future we will most certainly let you know. (continued in comments)
User Image umberdove Posted: Aug 16, 2017 2:55 PM (UTC)

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We are humbled and excited to invite you to adorn yourself with UmberDove’s artistry. A small shop update (link to etsy in bio) will be live in about 30 mins, at 8:30 PST. Thank you for the love, the donations, the stories, the everything. Our hearts are both emptied and filled.
User Image umberdove Posted: Aug 15, 2017 1:30 AM (UTC)

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Dearest UmberDove tribe. We continue to gently prepare for a small shop update on Wednesday morning of Wild pendants and Lunar Effect rings. The Wild pendants will be listed with multiple pricing tiers; from simply the retail cost to a handful of donation options dreamt up as a way to continue to ease the Dove’s family through this transition and into a sustainable and unburdened financial future.

We are so deeply appreciative of all the love, stories, memories, photos and donations. The Dove explored much inner work in her earthly life to come to a place where she began to feel comfortable asking for this kind of support. What she discovered through this was her clear belief that everyone is worthy of love, of asking for what they need and receiving abundantly. This belief then means we can turn the mirror on ourselves - to dare to believe that we also are worthy in the same ways. With this great truth in mind we continue to ask, to trust, to appreciate and to be inspired.

Thank you so much for loving her the way you do and for supporting us as we grieve, grow, and learn our way.

Shop update Wednesday morning: 8:30am Pacific in the Etsy shop.