About Cliff Seruntine

Cliff Seruntine re Spirits of the HollowThe website for Cliff Seruntine: writer, psychotherapist, naturalist, fiddler and shaman.

Cliff Seruntine is a devoted permaculturist, a practicing shaman, a writer and fiddler, and a psychotherapist with a busy private practice. He was born in New Orleans and grew up in the bayou country on his grandfather’s farm among French speaking Acadians. Cliff was always one to roam the outdoors and spent many hours among the elders of the countryside, absorbing lore of the myths, enchantment and spirits that were so much a part of the Acadian world. Shortly after Cliff began college, he took a hiatus to see Alaska that turned into a decade and a half sojourn in the wilderness. Often dwelling at a remote cabin, Cliff studied the shamanic practices and Inuqun beliefs of the subarctic aboriginal peoples, and found in them many curious parallels to the Acadian and Celtic faerie faith.

Years later Cliff and his wife, Daphne, came to desire a place where they could cultivate their own food, keep horses and develop their dream of a self-sufficient homestead. They relocated to the misty wooded glens of the Nova Scotia highlands, ancestral Canadian home of the Gaels. There they maintain organic gardens, raise dairy goats and keep alive old skills such as horse driving, cheesemaking, brewing and woodscraft. They also teach classes on how to live green while living well.

Cliff is the author of The Wildwood Way (Llewellyn, 2015), Seasons of the Sacred Earth (Llewellyn, 2013), An Ogham Wood (Avalonia Esoterica Press, 2011) and The Lore of the Bard (Llewellyn, 2003). He has contributed to a number books, including The Faery Craft (Llewellyn, 2013) and The Faery Queens Anthology (Avalonia, 2013), and has been invited to write several times for Llewellyn’s bestselling Witches’ Calendar and herb journal.  Cliff has been invited to write for several publishers on bushcrafting, self-sufficient homesteading and balanced living. Cliff has also been published in magazines on Celtic history, paranormal phenomena and written for webzines about ecology, sustainable living and earth-based spirituality.


13 thoughts on “About Cliff Seruntine

  1. starwine

    Not sure I’m ‘liking’ the right page – but it’ll do!
    Sheila Browning

  2. Michael Murphy

    Dear Cliff: I am reading your book Seasons of the Sacred Earth and am spellbound by the connection you and your family have with Mother Earth. There is so much I want to share with what I learned from your book, but it would take days. At almost 48 years old, I am increasingly becoming more connected with our precious planet and want to do all I can to make it a better world for the next generations and so on. I live in a suburban townhouse with a very small yard and over the past seven years I have been composting vegetables (uncooked scraps), but after reading you book I learned how to make the soil more nourishing. There is so much more I want to do in my limited amount of time in the day. I feel that it my part to play in the grander scheme of things to make our Mother whole again not just for me, but for my two year old nephews and their great, great grandchildren. Your book has entered my library at a very poignant period in my life during a time of transition from the materialistic into the whole. Thank you. Just one question, my cactus has gotten way too big for the box in came in when I received it as a gift. And has fallen down, I need to plant it and set up a guard to hold it into place. However, should I plant it in the composted soil or soil that is more conducive to its natural habitat? Best, Michael Murphy

    • Hello, Michael. Thank you writing. I am glad to hear “Seasons” meant so much to you. Many people have written that they were deeply touched by the book and it’s message; it is heartwarming. We can live well with our precious Earth Mother, and the doing is its own reward.

      I wish I could answer your question regarding raising a cactus, but I have very little experience with those plants. Having lived most of my life either in the subtropics or boreal country, I have no real experience cultivating them.


  3. acircleofangels

    Dear Cliff,

    I was so happy to have discovered your book, Seasons of the Sacred Earth. I am re-connecting with our Mother Earth in so many beautiful, quiet ways. I live in Uptown New Orleans, and I find myself observing the neighborhood through a different lens. I’m no longer seeing wide front porches and grand houses, but the wild lawns surrounding them. I’m greeting the day with the golden light of the sun trickling through gnarled oak branches. Between living in urban areas such as Nashville and now “sorcerous” New Orleans, I am realizing that just because I live in the hum of the city, I don’t have to feel “cut-off” from our Mother, and that She is just as alive, well, and relevant today as She was to our ancestors. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experiences with us. Blessings to your and yours, Brother!

    • Thank you, Seth. It has been so long since I’ve lived in New Orleans. Funny, I used to think everyplace had vodun shops, French Quarters and street cars til I moved away, but that was decades ago. Maybe New Orleans doesn’t have such things anymore?

      I am glad you enjoyed “Seasons”. One thing you will doubtless like about the Deep South climate is everything grows there nearly all year long, and if you enjoy wild food foraging, there is so much available in fields and bayous.

  4. Melissa Sander

    This book! My husband was injured in a biking accident and spent twelve scarey days in the hospital. It was a very difficult time for us. The only time I could rid myself of worry was when I was reading your beautiful book! He is home now and on the mend. Thank you for the peace.

  5. Melissa Sander

    This book! The Wildwood Way. This book!
    My husband was injured in a biking accident and spent twelve scarey days in the hospital. It was a very difficult time for us. The only time I could rid myself of worry was when I was reading your beautiful book! He is home now and on the mend. Thank you for the peace.

    • Thank you, Melissa. I am happy to hear you enjoyed The Wildwood Way, and most importantly that your husband is on the mend.


  6. Michael Murphy

    This past weekend I made your soft cheese recipe I made enough to separate into two containers: one was spiced with salt and Herb Provence; and the other with honey and pumpkin spices. The former, I stuffed into a large Basil leaf and served as a appetizer. The sweet cheese I served on top of cantaloupe. Thank you again for sharing with us this quick and easy homemade cheese recipe.

  7. Katherine Garonzik

    Hi cliff, is your father Arthur Clifford Seruntine and your mother Patsy ? If so I am your half sister Katherine (kitty) by your dad’s first marriage if not we’re still probably related since most Seruntine ‘s are

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