Green greetings to you all.
And welcome to the last week of November.
We are celebrating a holiday devoted to nourishment and thanksgiving, not to turkeys and Pilgrims, no matter what the ads may say.
We are feeling gratitude for all we are given; and humbleness for all we have taken, in equal measure.
And we are giving praise to all the green herbs, who breathe bliss into our hearts and spirits.
Here’s that report from the naturopathic conference in Toronto, plus some time with thyme, and a fabulous recipe for mullein chai from Justine, my daughter and the mistress of our web wonderfulness.
Everyone’s heart was definitely in the right place at the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors Conference. It did seem a little strange to me to attend a conference on natural healing and be somewhere where there was no nature. But the food was fantastic and the folks warm and friendly.
As the time for my keynote address drew near, I found myself feeling uncharacteristically nervous. Everyone else had a power point presentation that was projected on three large screens behind them. I didn’t. Their slide presentations were reproduced in the proceedings booklet and the presenter basically read the slides to us, with more or less comments, depending on their style. I gave a talk about plants with slides only once, and vowed never to do it again.
To learn about plants, we need to touch them, and smell them, and experience their love. Pictures are not the way to connect with the plants. Anyway, I prefer to entrance my audience, as any proper witch would. I wondered if the “doctors with green coats” would be willing to open their hearts? Would they take the risk of getting out of their heads and into the non-data supported stories of healing with nourishing herbal infusions?
Of course they could, and they did. For a precious hour and a half, detoxification was left behind, the Scientific Tradition was put on hold, and we immersed ourselves in the green blessings of nettle, oatstraw, red clover, and linden. The emcee said it was the best-attended event of the conference. (Ah, gee. Thanx everyone. Blush.) I love nourishing herbal infusions. I love turning people on to them. Don’t you?
Back at home, windy and rainy days give me a chance to play with the herbs I picked this fall and laid up to dry. Today I played with thyme. You will recall I dried the long stalks in a flat basket, lined with tissue paper. What now? Check out this week’s photos of my thyme projects for some ideas.
And Justine has been enjoying a special winter beverage she created, Mullein Chai. Look for her recipe, so you can enjoy it too.
Thanks so much to all of you who answered our survey about our proposed Healing Adventure in Costa Rica. Details are crystallizing and will come to you soon. And, yes, next winter I will be teaching in beautiful Costa Rica. Will you be there too? We are planning incredible adventures at waterfalls, in the ocean, at private beaches, in nature reserves, on Turtle Island (Tortuga), and in the mountains. So much to see and do and learn.
Meanwhile, there is one more work exchange weekend at the Wise Woman Center, the first weekend of December. We are almost done raking and tucking the gardens in for the winter, but there is still plenty to do on our homestead. We hope you will join us.
Green blessings are everywhere.
~ Weed Walk ~