Amy Dempster teaches about the healing power of the Earth. Her blog, Following Hawks, is a resource for learning how to communicate with nature and share healing gifts with the earth. Together with the Spirits of the Land in the mountains of northwest Montana, she tends seven portals on the land where she lives, along with any grid keeping work she is assigned. She also leads the Earth Tenders Academy, an immersive online journey to help others re-establish their connection with their ancient ancestors, learn to communicate with seen and unseen forces in their environment, and respectfully offer their healing energy to places in need. Amy is also the host of the podcast The Earth Keepers. Find her at


In our conversation, Amy offers her views on:


  • Strategies for tending Earth’s well-being, from portal-keeping to toning.
  • Bringing intuition rather than intellect to working with Earth’s spaces and needs.
  • How to use your own body as an instrument for bringing balance or healing to the natural world.
  • Why swimming pool water, tap water, and creek, river, or spring water are different and feel different to your body.
  • A piece we miss when we focus on the benefits of Earthing or touching natural water is that the benefit is not only for us. When we touch the Earth, we affect her, and we can do so consciously. It’s a healing exchange that goes both ways: “everything feels me and I feel everything else.” Amy offers tips on how to watch and listen for the information being shared with you.
  • How to see our Earth tending less as an exhausting and gigantic task and more as a reciprocal, mutually supportive exchange between you and your home.
  • Accepting the ways things are on planet Earth is a path to a very uncomfortable future, yet daring to imagine the world you desire to live in is the path toward creating a healthier, more joyous world because “our reality is a lot more flexible than we’ve been led to believe.”