Remedy making is a curious process, a way of listening, trusting in the inner voice, and opening up a process that engages the essential intelligence that then comes into a unique physical form. Making the bird remedies was different from all my other remedy-making experiences as I found myself embodying the particular bird I was making the remedy from. I also received specific directions and times in the making of these remedies, as the remedies respond to external factors like the moon cycle, daily rhythms and planetary cycles.
The huia is particularly unique in that it is an extinct bird. This was the first bird remedy I made. I came to understand that something that existed in physical form still exists and can be connected to in the present. The last remedy I made was the pīwakawaka (fantail). So often in my journey with the bird remedies, they show up in unusual and unexpected ways.