Green greetings and joy to you.
Are you ready for our first weed walk of the year? Yes, indeedy, spring is sprung and the green is gaining ground each day. It’s time to go out and renew your friendships with the plants that live with you.
If you had a specific green ally last year, say hello to that plant first. Breathe with that plant for several minutes. Then let your eyes and feet wander to new faces, familiar faces, the same old faces in different places. This is a special time of the year, for so much that will be hidden by summer’s rampant growth lies revealed to us. In the few weeks between the melting of the snow and the coming of the leaves, the land’s secrets are there to see for those who are looking.
Putting my bare feet on the feet and breathing in the breath of the plants is the best I know to start my day. No matter where I am, the earth is beneath my feet. No matter where I am, the air I breathe is a gift to me from the plants. My life is gift after gift.
The Wise Woman Center begins the 2014 season with our Easter work-exchange weekend
. Who knows what treats the bunny will leave for hard workers? This is also the orientation weekend for a great new group of live-out apprentices. The first of the new live-in apprentices will be here as well. And we’re likely to have new baby goats. You are invited to come and help us get ready for the first workshops of the year.
And do join me for Spring Tonics
on Saturday April 26 and Hands-on Spring Medicines
on Sunday April 27. There is still room and still time to register for these fun workshops. Saturday we’ll take the path to the wild leek patch and learn the story of The Women Who Loved Ramps
. We will bite buds, sniff shoots, and discover all sorts of spring treasures. Sunday we’ll harvest young nettle tops and make the first nettle soup of the year, then gather a multitude of greens for a lush wild salad, and, after lunch, make a spring remedy or two. Reserve your place here
And now for that early spring weed walk I promised you. Let’s go!