Yesterday I attended a workshop led by The Medicine Collective, a group of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge-Keepers, at the xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. Such a profound and healing experience. We began with ritual… with ceremony… with sharing... standing in Circle, honouring our ancestors and the unceded land of the Musqueam People,… Continue reading Life is Ceremony
Growing up in a big city, I can't remember having local raw unpasteurized honey at home. I do remember, however, my first taste of honeycomb as a child, at the Agricultural Building at Toronto's summer CNE (Canadian National Exhibition), both surprised and fascinated by the taste and the glorious beauty of the natural honeycomb. In… Continue reading Honey Infusions with Herbs and Florals
A member of our Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle recently asked about working with Clover as a plant ally, and what that meant. I responded on a herbal/medicinal level but also suggested I would post separately about what it means to work with our Plant Allies from a shamanic perspective, not just a medicinal one.… Continue reading Creating a Relationship with your Plant Allies
I love working with the local herbs I find on my plant walk, a daily ritual for me, foraging in the neighbourhood. And some of my favourite medicines are crafted from what some consider weeds, such as the dandelion and the plantain. I collect dandelion roots in both Spring and Autumn — always ethically and… Continue reading The healing power of the humble dandelion
As we move from Summer to Autumn north of the Equator (and from Winter to Spring in the Southern Hemisphere), Mama Earth’s energy is shifting…. as is ours. At the Summer Solstice, Father Sun's Yin energy is at its peak and at the Winter Solstice, it's at its lowest.... Yang energy takes dominance. At the… Continue reading Shifts in your Seasonal Self
Foraging in the urban environment in which I live can be challenging.... but so rewarding! Besides the treats I bring home for use in the kitchen or in herbal earth medicine preparations, foraging activities bring me closer to Mother Earth and her cycles of birth, growth, death and regeneration. It also connects me with my… Continue reading Getting closer to Mother Earth – why I forage
I ended up foraging in an unexpected spot yesterday — my in-laws' front garden! As we approached their front door, I detected a lovely lemon fragrance so asked my father-in-law what he had growing. His reply, "Oh, those are just weeds... I can't get rid of them!" So with my handy secateurs (always in the trunk… Continue reading When life gives you weeds, make tea!