The Summer Day
Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away. I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
We just got back from celebrating the Summer Solstice and Strawberry Moon with a fire on the beach at Race Point in Provincetown. What a magnificent evening, What a Blessing connecting with the raw elements Ocean, Fire, Sun, Moon, Earth, Wind energies, all present! a playful herd of seals even swam by about 2 feet from the shore. So cleansing. While there we created a healing alter...A large white heart of beach stones to help heal all the broken hearts, rainbow candles, surrounded by mugwort and juniper collected earlier in the day. I am still making sense of the violence of this time. It is important for us all to take regular time to be still and connect our hearts to the universal, communal beating, pulsing heart of the Earth, to recalibrate our heartbeat. To unite in stillness, and prayer, to unite our prayers for a more expansive, inclusive energy on our planet so we can coexist in love and kindness.
I am in the process of putting together a new program "Art of Sacred Plant Ceremony Apprenticeship" where will will explore Spiritual Healing in great depth, not just personal spiritual healing but spiritual healing on a ecological and global level. The "Art of Sacred Plant Ceremony" will begin in September and meet monthly for 10 months.
The program is open to anyone who is ready to take a leadership role in serving your community and beyond, ready to create healing ceremonies and hold sacred safe space for prayer and rest. Space will be limited so please email me with your interest.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” –Buckminster Fuller
Here is a way to start and end the day!
:Heart Protectant Syrup::
1/2 Cup Hawthorne Berries
1/2 Cup Pink Roses
1/2 Cup Hibiscus
1 TBS pinch of raw Cacao and Cinnamon.
Place all above ingredients in a pot and cover with water by an inch or two over the top. Very slowly, on low heat, with the pot covered, bring to a low simmer. Simmer for twenty minutes, turn off the heat and let sit for a couple of hours. Strain. Add strained infusion back into pot and heat as low as possible until you find evaporation point. At that point depending on how much liquid you have add raw organic sugar and stir as it continues to evaporate. (your sugar ratio is 1:4, 1 part sugar to 4 parts infusion) keep stirring and heating gently until you have evaporated your liquid by half. Bottle and refrigerate. Daily dose is 1-2 teaspoons.
I like to start the day with a teaspoon of this syrup and a moment of gratitude with my barefeet on the earth.
And to end the day! A floral bath Bring a gallon of water to simmer with a large handful of red rose and 1/2 cup of raw cacao powder. Add to you bath water. It fills you up with heartfelt gratitude as you prepare to transition into the dream world.
In the meantime there is much going on this summer season at Blazing Star Herbal School:
a couple of fun collaborative projects coming up
A Weekend Plant Immersion w/Devon Whitney
Practices for cultivating heartfelt connection
July 30-July 31, 2016
We will study herbal heart medicines, Tulsi, Rose, Motherwort and Borage. Practices will include Spiritual Cleansing techniques, Sensory Plant mmersions, Making Flower Essences, Cacao Ceremony, Spiritual Bathing and an evening Sauna and Fire Circle by the brook.
at Wilder Hill Gardens w/ Lilian Jackman
Saturday, July 9th 2016, 10am-4pm
There is no better time than now to sign up for our
This all practical DIY program covers: Treatment and Prevention for Cuts and scrapes, Burns (sun and fire), Bug bites, (ticks, mosquitoes and bees, Muscle aches (Sprains/strain), Bleeding and Bruises, Poison Ivy and Poison Oak ID and rash, Dehydration (sun poisoning)
- 4 weeks of Reading, Assignments, and Medicine Making. -
We ALSO have a Special going on through the Month of June!
DIY Creative and Tasty Medicine Making
50% off - Now $125! Get it while you can!
Community Herbalism at it's best!
This course is for you if you are a homesteader or homestead wanna be! It's for urban dwellers and rural farmers a like, crafters and collectors who dream of shelves of bottles & jars filled with herbs and potions, alchemy and magic. It's for the stay at home mom who who wants to nourish her family, It's for the busy professional who wants to get creative in the kitchen, It's for the young couple looking to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle? It's for the life long student curious to try something new... It's for anyone who wants to add a little colour and creativity to your kitchen! Anyone who has secretly wanted to be a kitchen witch! and tend to the needs of their family and friends!
Also, I still have some openings this summer for traditional healings; Spriritual Cleansings (Egg Limpias). The more I immerse in this work the more I am blown away by the results of these treatments.
You can learn more about Egg Healings here
Wishing you all a healing summer-