About Hummingbirds

The hummingbird spiritually symbolizes the enjoyment of life and lightness of being. The hummingbird invites us to enjoy the sweetness of life, lift up negativity wherever it creeps in, and express love more fully in our daily endeavors. 

About Our Logo

Additional symbolic meanings are:


  • Lightness of being, enjoyment of life


  • Being more present


  • Independence


  • Bringing playfulness and joy into our lives


  • Lifting ourselves up from negativity


  • Swiftness, ability to respond quickly


  • Resiliency, being able to travel great distances tirelessly​

This fascinating bird is capable of the most amazing feats despite its small size, such as traveling great distances and being able to fly backwards. The hummingbird generally symbolizes joy and playfulness, as well as adaptability. 

GIFTs of RECOVERY

Strength, Support, Serenity

As we planned our sixth annual Northwest DA Conference, in 2015, our first year at Bastyr University, we adopted the logo you see here now. We hope that you enjoy its beauty as much as we do and that it helps to attract you to join us in 2017.​​​

We thank Arlene Ness (not a DA member) for allowing us to use her beautiful drawing as the base for our logo! Arlene is a first nations (Gitxsan) artist who lives in Northwestern BC in a little town called Hazelton, on Gitanmaax Reserve.