The next series of interviews brings us Selena Martin, entrepreneur and wild creative, founder of Wild Sage Bakery, a home bakery that specialises in making healthy, natural bespoke cakes and treats – both sweet and savoury, based in Dublin (Ireland).
Let’s know more about her inspiring journey.
⍙ What does being an Awakened Creatress mean to you?
To me, being an Awakened Creatress means living a life with creativity at its core and being a conduit for true expression. It means acknowledging that to live an authentic and whole life one must open up to the flow of creativity and dedicate time to it. For some this is easy, you have no choice but to create. For others it means carving out time in your daily life to nourish yourself with an act of creation- whether it is singing a song, beating on a drum, cooking a delicious meal for yourself, stretching your body with spontaneous dance or crafting some words. It is opening and allowing creativity to flow through you, no matter what the medium. For me at present, my preferred medium is food. Creating nutritious plant-based meals allows me to give love, to myself and others, and to connect to the beautiful bounty which the earth has to offer. As Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes says in Women Who Run With the Wolves, “[Creativity] is the love of something, having so much love for something – whether a person, a word, an image, an idea, a land, or humanity – that all that can be done with the overflow is to create.”
⍙ How did you get where you are today?
It has been a colourful and vibrant journey! I spent about five years living, working and travelling abroad and learning as much as I possibly could. During this time my love for culinary alchemy grew and I had the opportunity to cook for large numbers of people. I spent time volunteering on different organic farms around the world and experienced what it is like to eat a meal directly from the land you are on. I lived in South Korea for a year where I first encountered ‘temple food’, plant-based Buddhist food, and the concept of cooking as spiritual practice. I also spent a year at a reforestation project and sustainable living community in southern India where I learned how to cook with minimal (but delicious, unrefined and organic) ingredients on rocket stoves and to bake cakes and cinnamon rolls on banana leaves in a pizza oven! Since returning home, I have been trying to practice and share what I have learned and create food that nurtures the soul.
⍙ What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
To trust in your inner knowing and to persevere! To remember that life is full of ups and downs and so even when things seem like a total mess and you feel like you haven’t got a clue what you are doing, that that too shall pass. To trust that there is a lesson in everything, find that lesson, learn from it and grow.
⍙ What’s your favourite thing about doing what you do?
One of the things that I enjoy most about doing what I do is showing people that plant-based food can be equally as exciting, delicious and sustaining (if not more so) than a diet which includes animal products. Whether one is vegan for environmental, ethical or health reasons, there is a common misconception that without these things you are somewhat deprived, but that is not the case! You can still treat yourself while doing good for the planet!
⍙ What is your business about?
My current project is Wild Sage Bakery. It is a is a home bakery that specialises in making healthy, natural bespoke cakes and treats – both sweet and savoury. Everything I make is 100% plant-based and using natural ingredients. Gluten free and refined sugar free options are available. My wish is to create food that is nourishing for ones mind, body, spirit and the earth. I feel that this is best done by mindfully making, creating and baking with love, kindness and following principles of non-violence.
I currently have a monthly menu available for customers to choose from and also take orders for custom cakes. In the coming months you will be able to find Wild Sage Bakery’s produce at some exciting city centre locations also.
⍙ What do you still want to achieve?
At the moment, Wild Sage is a part time endeavour but I hope that, in time, it will grow and become a full time, self sustaining project. In the future, I would love to have a bakery/ cafe space which people could visit with an accompanying community space to facilitate workshops and classes of all sorts.