About

Auriferum means gold-bearer in Latin, in neuter form. I came across this word many years ago and I immediately fell in love with both its meaning and utterance (ow-rih-fair-um). For me, it evokes the reality of healing— how, with care and commitment, we can connect with and cultivate profound inner resources, our inner wisdom, our proverbial gold.

 
 
A vine perfectly embedded into and rhythmically wrapped around a young Maple tree, evoking the Rod of Asclepius, a symbol of healing since ancient times. There is another story-line here, as well. The aggressive characteristics of this vine, Oriental Bittersweet, are mirrored in the ways it can be used for healing. It has been used in folk traditions to treat invasive growths such as bacteria and cancer, as well as treating inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis (noted in the tense grip and pressure it is putting on the tree).

A vine perfectly embedded into and rhythmically wrapped around a young Maple tree, evoking the Rod of Asclepius, a symbol of healing since ancient times. There is another story-line here, as well. The aggressive characteristics of this vine, Oriental Bittersweet, are mirrored in the ways it can be used for healing. It has been used in folk traditions to treat invasive growths such as bacteria and cancer, as well as treating inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis (noted in the tense grip and pressure it is putting on the tree).

 
 
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Hillary Schofield

In addition to being a bodyworker, astrologer and custom scent-blender, I am a gardener with permaculture inclinations, a forager, student of nature, nutrition geek, dedicated home herbalist, as well as a poet and an artist. I have been seeking-out wisdom that can help us recognize and attune to the magic of living for most of my life; how we can live in conversation with the forces within and around us, how we can live in a remedial and restorative fashion. This seeking has taken various forms, with plenty of twists and turns, ups and downs, and, of course, derailments. Through it all, the magic has only become more real, a bemusing concept replaced with dynamic, inherent actuality.

I work with meditation, ritual, visualization, vocalization, improvised sound, dance/movement, and holistic exercise and I am happy to share my experience with these practices. My inner process towards wellness has been my greatest education; I’ve been fed and supported on this path by a glorious variety of help— important messages and nutrients in one form or another. All of these experiences, interests and orientations feed into what I offer. I thrive on considering the source of issues and corresponding remedial actions with a creative, sympathetic and comprehensive approach.

Bodywork Education:

East-west School of Massage Therapy, Swedish and Shiatsu modalities with a strong emphasis on energy medicine and the mind-body connection, Iowa City, IA, 2018

On-going tutoring with Anita Mischuk, Contemporary Alexander Technique, Iowa City, IA

I have been learning from Janet Wright (energy healer) since 2013, through private and group sessions, as well her abundant online tutorials. The work of Mantak Chia is another primary influence on my understanding of and approach towards the energetic body.

Astrology Education:

My studies have been largely self-guided through books, so many books, and recorded lectures. My focus has been in Modern Psychological (primarily the work of Dane Rudhyar, Liz Greene, and Robert Hand) and, more recently, in Renaissance approaches; I have also spent some time with Evolutionary, Jyotish (Indian), and Hellenistic perspectives and techniques. My more formal training includes attending Shirley Soffer’s weekly Chartwork seminar in NYC in 2014 and 2015, and I am currently completing Christopher Warnock’s Renaissance Astrology Natal Chart Course.

Formal Education:

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA in Performance, 2013
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, BA focuses in Social Theory, Philosophy, Art, Poetics, 2007

A section of my first Iowa garden… pictured here is Echinacea, Joe Pye Weed, Wild Bergamot, Field Strawberry, Liatris, Hyssop Officinalis, Valerian, Borage, Scarlet Lobelia, Coreopsis, Butterfly Weed, Shiso, and Holy Basil.

A section of my first Iowa garden… pictured here is Echinacea, Joe Pye Weed, Wild Bergamot, Field Strawberry, Liatris, Hyssop Officinalis, Valerian, Borage, Scarlet Lobelia, Coreopsis, Butterfly Weed, Shiso, and Holy Basil.