Dying Eggs … Why Bother?

Why Bother Dying Eggs? I mean isn't it just a big stupid hassle?? As you may have read before, I've struggled with Easter in the past, making it feel relevant. For most of my adult life I just ignored it. Once I had kids I kinda had to think a little more deeply about it - so I could explain why I don't care and not hiding chocolate eggs for them to hunt.  Over the last few years, though I've gone a little deeper in understanding Spring and its equinox. [...]


Examples :: why would you want to do Myth Mending anyway?

Why would you want to do Myth Mending anyway??? Stuff Myth Mending can help you with: Moving though relationship conflict Work and career development, change or evolution Personal feeling of well-being Personal and professional commitment preparation (marriage/career) Understanding your purpose and calling in the world Creating and maintaining family rhythm and harmony Finding and maintaining a healthy weight Overcoming depression, anxiety and/or addiction  Following a dream that seems difficult or impossible Here are a couple examples (that I have permission to share): Family: A mother is pulling her hair out [...]


Somatic Wisdom :: you only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves . . .

Somatic Wisdom: you only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves . . . ~ Mary Oliver Most people have heard of the right brain / left brain division. The right brain is the creative, non-linear, emotional side and the left brain is the analytical, linear, rational side (more or less). Those of us who have, for better or for worse, been immersed and/or indoctrinated by dominant culture have learned to prefer the left brain. When we try to access our creativity, we often [...]


Dream-Craft :: blossoming warrior dreaming

Dream-Craft blossoming warrior dreaming . . . *Becoming human is about more than just one’s own material existence from birth to death. As we have seen, it's also about lineage. It’s about accessing resources in seen and unseen realms. Dominant global culture makes it easier for many of us to have good access to the visible world. What we have most trouble with is accessing unseen realms. Even those of us who have an easier time listening into the invisible realms still have to contend with the prevalent bias toward [...]


Lineage Repair ::

Lineage Repair Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands. ~ Linda Hogan We all have ancestors — we are all decendants. When your grandmother dies, she becomes your ancestor. Each of us could/should have a long line of souls standing behind us, supporting us from the other side. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have that. It may be many generations of rupture and entanglement before one [...]


Trauma Resolution :: the ins and outs of living in a traumatic age

Trauma Resolution The ins and outs of living in a traumatic age . . . I don’t care who you are, you have experienced, and carry the effects of, trauma. Trauma is ubiquitous. Being born into modern times itself is a trauma. The world has changed so much in the last 150 years, our evolutionary nature just can't keep up. We were born to move at the pace of walking (and occasionally running) and yet we barrel through space in cars and trains and planes. Our systems hardly know what [...]


Cabinets of Wonder :: move over new age altars

I went to the movies the other night . . . The film was called Wonderstruck and it was loosely related to museums. Anyway, at one point in the film, one of the narrator explained the phenomenon of "Cabinets of Wonder". Wikipedia defines them like this: Cabinets of curiosities (also known in German loanwords as Kunstkabinett, Kunstkammer or Wunderkammer; also Cabinets of Wonder, and wonder-rooms) were encyclopedic collections of objects whose categorical boundaries were, in Renaissance Europe, yet to be defined... "The Kunstkammer was regarded as a microcosm or theater of [...]


Day 5 :: New Moon Equinox Ritual :: with garlicy carrot top recipe

Today is the time to celebrate not only the New Moon, but the Spring Equinox! As part of our Soup & Story series, we are having a simple ritual here at the farm led by Moona Cancino to celebrate the coming of Spring. Moona has been hangin' out here at the farm for a few weeks now helping us as we step into Spring. Scrubbing and painting, dusting and preparing for today's New Moon gathering. Since she's been here we have appreciated her careful use of greens and herbs. Here [...]


Day 4 :: Ducks are the New Chickens

Dear Hettie: I would like to have backyard chickens. Is it really as easy as people say?~ Adrienne Well, Hettie says, "Haven't you heard? Chickens are out. Ducks are in! You should really get yourself some Ducks!" I know what you're thinking, of course Hettie prefers ducks - she IS a duck. How do I know she's not being partial to her species? Well, that's where I, Krista, come in, caretaker and guardian of dear Hettie Quackers. I have learned first hand the benefits of ducks over chickens especially in an [...]


Day 3 :: Zone Zero :: site plan of the psyche

The last couple days we've been focusing on Permaculture Ethics. Another very pervasive idea in Permaulture is the idea of zones. The kitchen garden is zone 1 and the back 40 is zone 5. That's the basic idea. There has been, and still in, a lot of thinking about zones 1-5 and how to use each for maximum efficiency (aka laziness), but I am not here to talk about those (we do cover them in detail in the Lazy-Lady Living program). Instead I am going to talk about what has [...]

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