The Place of the Springs & Stone Heart Turtle People

The Place of the Springs
& The Stone Heart Turtle People

$50.00 ($30 of each sale will be donated to The Morgan Bay Friends of the Forest Legal Fund)

The Place of the Springs & The Stone Heart Turtle People, Feminist Bear Shaman Scarlet Kinney’s telling of the first part of her long journey into full shamanic consciousness, is now available to you in a special limited first edition three-installment, pdf format!


You will be emailed a link to download the second installment, PART TWO: A Time of Sorrow and Adverse Fate, on Monday, December 11.

You’ll also receive a link by email to download the final installment, PART THREE: The Place of the Springs,  on Monday, December 25, making this book a great Christmas gift for friends and family as well as a special treat for yourself!

And…she will also donate 50% of the sale price on original art and giclee prints of selected illustrations in the book to Friends of the Forest Legal Fund. You can purchase those items through her SHOPIFY STORE!,

Scarlet is offering this special limited first pdf edition of her book in this format at this time for the purpose of helping finance legal expenses accruing as she and others in her community work to appeal the permitting of a gravel pit in a residential neighborhood in the coastal forest around Downeast Maine’s Morgan Bay.

This special edition of the book contains many original artworks by Scarlet that will not be available in the paperback version. As long as the confrontation about the appropriateness of allowing this gravel pit to operate in a residential neighborhood goes on, Scarlet will donate $30 from each sale – and more if necessary – to the Friends of the Forest legal fund, which was created to accept donations for appealing the permit. In addition to purchasing this book, you can make donations to Friends of the Forest in person at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in Blue Hill, Maine, or at any of its branches to ensure that ongoing, competent legal representation is available throughout the entire process of appealing this permit.

Scarlet’s writing style combines fact, fiction, history, imagination, myth and shamanic vision to allow her fictional/alter ego narrator, in the person of eccentric Indigo Shaughnessy, to tell “the whole truth” of her story. Scarlet recently completed the full manuscript for The Place of the Springs & The Stone Heart Turtle People  and was in the process of preparing to submit it to literary agents and publishers. When it became clear that additional monies would be needed to finance legal representation to effectively appeal the gravel pit permit, she put that course of action on hold to reformat the manuscript into this special edition format.

You’ll be able to download the first 125 page installment, PART ONE: In the Beginning,  upon your purchase of the book. PART  ONE is available now!

In this installment Indigo shares stories from her childhood with you . . .  stories that foretell events that will unfold during her teens, a turbulent and unsettling time for her. It’s during this part of her life that she first encounters the magical energies of coastal Maine’s “places of springs.”

ABSTRACT OF PART TWO: A Time of Sorrow and Adverse Fate

In this installment, Indigo confronts  what she perceives as something very nebulous, but very wrong with the world in which she lives. She chronicles much of her effort to understand what’s going on in her world in “The Complaints,” a series of stories she writes in her journal about disturbing  events she must face and somehow deal with. During this part of her life, the brief visionary flashes of the “other world” that she has always experienced begin presenting themselves to her as parts of a sequential, coherent myth. While this shift is initially triggered by terror during a traumatic event, Indigo gradually learns to consciously enter and leave at will the states of consciousness within which the myth is unfolding in a reality that seems to run parallel to that of her life in the physical world.

ABSTRACT OF  PART THREE: The Place of the Springs 

In Ceremony, the first of the two sections comprising the third installment of The Place of the Springs, Indigo begins moving into full acceptance of her visionary gift. Although she does not yet know where they will ultimately lead her, her visions now begin to guide her in dealing with traumatic life situations, such as her very close encounter with a huge bear in one of coastal Maine’s “places of the springs” in company with a high school friend, which propels her into her first initiatory test in shamanic reality. When her father dies, she must use her as-yet undeveloped shamanic abilities to see his soul on its journey beyond the life of the physical body. The fiery death of her beloved cousin Little Deer a year to the day after she herself was severely burned in a fire propels her on a shamanic journey back through time to revisit the day when the two of them pledged to die at the same time and in the same way. In the final chapter she shares the story of her physical world shamanic initiatory challenge, which is induced by the trauma of the fire in which she is almost killed. Acknowledging that she is both Indigo and Scarlet, she reveals that as Indigo, she has become She Who Walks in the Heart of Bear, and that as Scarlet she has become the guardian of The Place of the Springs on the land she lives on, and has always been one of The Stone Heart Turtle People.

In Sacred Soup, the second section of Installment Three, Scarlet/Indigo shares with you eight recipes for soups, all of which were either being prepared during the stories, or like Daddy’s Scallop Stew and Mother and Saints Lobster Stew, are specialty soups of one of the characters in the book. Others, like “Good Earth Cream of Mushroom Soup,” and “Grape Soup for Bully Bill,” were soups the author created to honor the energies of particular stories. For these reasons, and because of the way they are to be prepared, these soups should be considered ceremonial healing soups for the particular kinds of sorrows or needs or memories from which they arose.

“Scarlet’s tale is truly riveting!”

                   . . .and her storytelling technique is so gripping that I could not stop reading once I got started. The writing itself is richly beautiful and evocative, and the shamanic spirit that permeates her entire book gives it more force and power than ordinary memoirs. Reading it is an enriching experience on both the conscious and unconscious levels. I highly recommend it.


In Scarlet’s words:

“The appeal of this gravel pit permit is a very personal fight for me. While I am very concerned about all the issues and dangers posed by allowing a large scale gravel extraction operation in a residential neighborhood, my primary motivation for engaging in my long, drawn-out confrontation with those who are determined to see this pit go forward is my love of the land upon which I have lived for the past twenty-five years. That land is  directly adjacent to the proposed gravel pit, and is part of Morgan Bay’s magical coastal forest, which contains many areas of countless extraordinary springs such as the several acres of incredibly beautiful and very active springs that constitute their very own tiny rain forest-like ecology on my property. In addition to protecting the water table that supplies so many residential wells in our neighborhood, I wish to protect the integrity of those springs and their fragile ecology, which I perceive to be sacred. They all eventually flow into Morgan Bay, thus becoming an integral part of the bay’s ecology. They are also my own personal “Place of the Springs” and have quite literally been the love of my life. They support and inform my shamanic healing work and are the inspiration for this book.

In The Place of the Springs & The Stone Heart Turtle People, I tell the story of what those springs mean to me as a woman, as a feminist who perceives both women and the Earth to be physical manifestations of the Divine Feminine, and as a fully initiated Bear shaman whose shamanic strengths and skills are directly related to the land upon which I live.

“Scarlet’s writing is nonordinary.

Having been thrust into another dimension by a profound shamanic initiation,

she walks in two worlds and her telling of these realities, whether in words or by brush, is always experiential.”

Deborah M.- MAINE


          “I’m a fifth generation Irish-American-Catholic female who was born and raised in a small coastal village in Downeast Maine. I live on that coast today. Although American to the bone, it seems that I nevertheless carry in my blood, or in my genes, two most unusual gifts from my lost ancestors: the ability to remember back through time to certain mythic events belonging to our shared and distant past, and a certain peculiar awareness of events that are simultaneously taking place in realities other than those which are shaping my own personal experience in physical reality at various moments in time. I believe that those ancestral gifts are largely responsible for my having become able to see, hear, and interact with the shamanic energies and archetypes inhabiting the part of Maine’s stone coast on which I walk.
“Let me explain. Sometimes, while the most mundane event is taking place…say, for example, you’re walking to school beneath the towering canopy of giant elms that line the streets of your little town, thinking of the dreaded algebra test you must face as soon as you arrive there, when suddenly you see, as though through a veil, hundreds of ravens flying west, darting in and out of the gracefully whispering leaves, their wings beating like distant drums, and they’re singing the most incredibly beautiful song, calling to you to follow them. Well, what would you do? Take the algebra test or follow those ravens into a marvelous adventure in some distant reality, far removed from the solid earth upon which you reluctantly tread towards certain mathematical disaster?”