The Forager

Becoming a forager for wild edible plants is to return to the most natural way of gathering food. It just feels right. And is incomparable to collecting food from a supermarket shelf. Of course we need to be cautious, we need to know the difference between the berries that are delicious and the berries that [...]

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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

We begin Maori Language Week by honouring Maori philosophy, values and traditions as the foundations for holistic health and wellbeing in Aotearoa. From the beginning of time life was created with the word, the breath of life, the vital essence that we all share in common. That essence is Mauri. We live it, breathe it, [...]

Becoming the Sage

The Sage is the wise one within us. The Sage is the quiet, subtle and patient part of us that sits and waits to be seen. We are both the Seer (the see-er) and the Sage.  We seek to understand the world around us and we find our insight and wisdom from the world within. [...]

Vetiver Days

Vetiver days and velvet nights Layers of wool and glowing lights Candle gazing and spicy mulled wine Orange blossom, lemon myrtle and thyme These winter rituals restore our flesh and bones Sustain our spirits and guide us back home ... Vetiver essential oil comes from the fibrous roots of a tall, tufted grass native to [...]

ASHRAM YOGA

Many years ago I was recommended by my yoga teacher to go to Ashram Yoga Retreat to have my own teacher training experience. At the time I was flattered to think that anyone could see the potential in me to become a yoga teacher, even though it seemed like something I would love to do. [...]

Artemisia absinthium

Wormwood Silvery feather-like fingers Soft, inviting and feminine Steadfast, resolute and masculine And essentially sacrosanct Offering purification and strength Both subtle and powerful An enigma.   Ethnobotany  Carol Fisher describes the historical purgatory relationship with Wormwood as a herb that counteracts ... "the effects of poisons including hemlock and toadstools." As far as poisons go, our [...]

Holy Basil

Holy Basil | Ocimum tenuiflorum Sacred Basil | Ocimum sanctum Tulsi | The Incomparable One   Holy Basil is a highly revered Ayurvedic herb, traditionally planted around Indian temples to purify the air and create a sacred space within. It is used within herbal medicine for a similar effect. Holy Basil has a seemingly endless [...]