Name: Kate Daughdrill
Lives in: I am based in Detroit, Michigan in the United States. I live at my urban farm and art space Burnside Farm that I began creating in 2011 when I bought the house for $600. I am excited to begin spending more time in Greece as I fix up my Yia Yia (grandmother)’s childhood home.
From: I grew up in the southern part of the United States…mostly near New Orleans. My grandparents both grew up on the Greek island of Chios. This year, I visited Greece for a month and felt a very deep connection to the land, sea, people, language, and energy of Greece. I can feel in my bones that I am from this glorious place!
Occupation: I am an artist, urban farmer, public speaker, writer, and meditation teacher. As an artist, I bring together sculpture, performative dinners, meditation, writing, architecture, cooking, soulful conversations, and ceremony to create transformative experiences of presence and well-being. Much of my creative practice is based at my urban farm in Detroit, but I also love sharing artistic experiences and workshops at museums, universities, and yoga studios. At its core, my work is about the art of living well.
Tell us your first three jobs (ever!): My first jobs were at an ice cream shop and then an arts council. I was also a summer camp counselor at a leadership camp every year during high school. This inspired my life-long dream of being an “adult summer camp counselor.” 🙂
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio with a lot of planets in Sagittarius
Enneagram Type: Individualist/Type 4
What you love about Greece? I love how passionate and expressive the people are! Most people really seem to be in their bodies and emotions and know how to be open and really receive each other. The overall difference between the energy of the people of Greece and America was startling to me when I visited this year! I am ready for even more attunement to the open-hearted, epic energy I felt in Athens and the islands.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you: I enjoy eating healthy most of the time, but my secret treat is cookie dough!
Where we are most likely to find you in Lynn’s Kundalini Yoga? I practice online sessions with Lynn through Zoom. I’m looking forward to attending her classes in person as I spend more time in Athens.
First time you tried Kundalini Yoga? I was in Pensacola, Florida. The teacher told me that Kundalini yoga was the yoga for artists! That artists love the creative energy surges…
What is your top tip to combat climate change? Cultivate a garden! Growing our own food is one of the most natural, pleasurable ways to reconnect ourselves to the earth. It’s almost impossible to not have your heart opened to sense the aliveness of the land when you’re caring for plants. I believe that *feeling* a sense of re-connection with the earth is one of the most powerful ways to shift our daily habits and to strengthen our conviction to stand for policies that cultivate a reciprocal relationship of nurturing and respect between us and the earth.