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Insights & Blessings: Reflections On My Recent Trip To India

I got home from India four days ago and am grateful for a quiet week in which to recover from my jet lag, slowly unpack my bags, and reflect on my experience. Re-adjusting to my daily life back here in Pemberton feels strange, not only because there is a thirteen hour time difference to reconcile, […]

Dreaming In The Dark: The Healing Potential of Late Autumn

You see, I want a lot.  Perhaps I want everything  the darkness that comes with every infinite fall  and the shivering blaze of every step up. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke I have always loved the dark season. Ever since I was a child. I loved it not only because of the way the leaves crunched […]

Homecoming and the Value of Ritual in Personal Practice

It is mid-September, and outside my window the tall grasses have browned, their golden seed heads waving gently in the late afternoon breeze. I can see the green of the aspen leaves beginning to change their colour, and fall to the ground. The days have been slowly shortening since midsummer, but it is always right […]

Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Self Care For The Autumn Season

One of the very first Ayurvedic practices that I ever learned was the nourishing practice of abhyanga, or anointing the body with oil. This is a practice that can be done at any time of the year, but it is one that I particularly love to indulge in during the autumn season. The Ashtanga Hrdayam, […]

Honouring Lughnasadh: Celebrating Abundance & Impermanence

August breaks my heart every year. Its ripe beauty cracks me open without fail, for it is such an achingly gorgeous month. A time of heat and harvest, earth and fire. The beauty of this month goes beyond the superficial for me. It is not just the blowsy wildflowers and golden light that makes it […]

Soothing Summer Herbs: Recipes for Seasonal Self Care

Summer is a glorious season. Who can deny the joy that long nights and warm days can bring? Who doesn’t love the abundance of bright flowers and riotous gardens? If you live in the Northern Hemisphere summer is a short and welcome season after a cold winter and often long wet spring. Yet summer has […]

Holding a Tender Heart: Summer Solstice Waning Moon Reflections

The summer solstice will occur on June 20th 2017 at around 9:30pm PST (Northern Hemisphere), and marks one of the four major stations on the Earth’s yearly pilgrimage around the sun. The term solstice means “sun standing still”, from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere or sisto (to stand still or to stop). The name refers to the way in […]

Rose Moon: Imbibing Summer

The full moon of June 9th 2017 will occur at around 6am (PST) and you may see her rise in the night sky around 8:30 pm. This moon falls on a Friday, a day which has a long association with the Saxon goddess Frigg, and the Roman goddess Venus, or Aphrodite. Venus is the goddess of […]

Gemini New Moon: Expanding Communication

The new moon of May 2017 will occur on the 25th day of the month in the sign of Gemini. Gemini is a mutable air sign, ruled by the planet Mercury. When the moon is in Gemini practices such as storytelling and writing are enhanced, as is our desire to learn. Because a new moon […]

Stepping Into The Light: Honouring Beltane

What is Beltane? Beltane is the name given to the ancient Celtic fire festival that marked the entry into the summer season, and the bright half of the year. The word itself likely comes from Old Irish roots, and is said to mean “bright fire”. The Celtic wheel of the year is marked off by […]

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