Hello, and welcome to my electronic portfolio! My name is Larisa White. I am the Creator and Headmistress of Quercus Academy, also known as the Coast Range Druid. As a practicing Druid, my time is carefully managed so that I balance (or at least attempt to balance) the emphasis I place on my personal work in the areas of:
- nature study (ovate projects),
- artistic pursuits (bardic arts projects), and
- quiet contemplation (druid projects).
In my role as “Scholar One” at Quercus Academy, I feel it is important to maintain that balance, and to demonstrate and share my own work in these areas, because young scholars need to see adults role-modeling the habits that they are being asked to develop, if they are to believe that those habits are truly important. This page serves as my electronic portfolio, showcasing some of my own works-in-progress.
Musings about my ongoing personal projects and discoveries can be found on the Coast Range Druid Blog.
Nature Studies (Ovate Projects)
My personal nature-study projects involve the in-depth, scientific studies, readings, field-observations, and experiments that allow me to better understand the workings of the natural world, so that I may be a more effective steward of the land, sea, and sky, and a more helpful guardian and ally of the wild flora and fauna, who are my nearest and dearest neighbors. My current, nature-study projects include:
Arts & Culture Studies (Bardic Arts Projects)
For me, the Bardic Arts involve any art or craft that is inspired by Nature, and which expresses my personal devotion to and love of the Living Earth. Recognizing, creating, expressing, and sharing beauty are some of the ways in which I connect with Nature, and return or pay forward the freely given gifts of Nature. It is a form of daily devotion and meditation, filling the gaps between the seasonal celebrations with a daily dose of gratitude. The foci of my bardic arts activities, at present, include: crochet, culinary arts, poetry, song-writing, and storytelling. A sampling of my bardic arts projects include:
Quiet Contemplation (Druid Projects)
My spiritual work focuses on cultivating wisdom through study of and meditation upon the “Book of Nature” — divining the lessons that the natural world has to teach me, and learning to listen for the quiet wisdom of Divinity in Nature. It also involves performing rituals, which express my reverence for and devotion to Nature, and which celebrate the seasons and cycles of Nature, as they happen here, in the Coast Range Mountains of California. Details of my current Druidry projects can be found here: