Guest Posts

Words of Alchemy – Camilla Downs

I am delighted to welcome Camilla Downs to my blog today to tell us all about her book of poetry, Words of Alchemy, and to share one of her poems with us. Thank you so much Camilla for taking the time to talk to us, and for sharing your work.

Words of Alchemy - Pre-Order November 2019 copy

Thank you Mai, for having me as a guest on your lovely blog. I deeply appreciate your time and effort.

My latest book, Words of Alchemy, is a culmination of a six year journey. A journey of turning into my writing, of a solid walking practice, a journey of going within, a journey of travelling to the past, a journey of living, and of healing.

Six years ago I wrote my first free-verse poem. This continued through to the publication of Words of Alchemy. I’m currently taking a break from writing, a break from the intensity of the past thirteen years. I reached the tipping point of my healing journey in the beginning of 2020. On the other side of it now, I can look back and see that it was one hell of a ride. Thirteen years of going within, excavating, confronting, feeling, feeling, feeling, and getting to know myself.

I share this to convey how much writing was a vital component of my healing. All that was written, all that I write, is from my experiences. I openly share with others as I know I am not the only one with these experiences, these feelings, similar journeys. It is my hope that everyone who is inclined, make time to write. I’m not speaking of becoming a published author, simply writing for the benefit of it, getting things out of one’s mind, giving oneself a bit of peace.

I’d like to share a poem from the book.


And out of the darkness

We shall emerge

A darkness that

Has been necessary.


A vital and pivotal point

Of confronting the

Shadows within.


For to have more

Than brief glimpses

Of the light,

This acceptance, forgiveness,

And dissolution of shadows

Must be met.


As what awaits is

The eternity of light and love,

Ever there, ever lovingly

And patiently waiting

To welcome us home

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature and Life through a heartfelt free-verse poetry memoir.

During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations.

Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow. The Alchemy of Love and Healing is what happens.


Photo #1 Words of Alchemy Wilbur May Arboretum Rancho San Rafael Lillian and Camilla 5.2.19 #3 camilla selfieCamilla Downs is a bestselling author, indie publisher, mentor, and mom. Nature and life experiences are a constant source of inspiration for her writing. She enjoys living a minimalist lifestyle, practicing meditation and mindfulness, reading, going for walks, and capturing nature’s essence with photographs. Camilla is the founder of and lives in Northern Nevada, USA with her two kids.




Camilla has kindly agreed to let me share a couple more poems from Words of Alchemy with you and I will also be sharing my thoughts on this book in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for those posts.