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Subtler Shifts

Subtler Shifts: Steady Awareness In Practice + Life With Elena Brower | Menla Mountain Retreat Catskills | March 27-29, 2020.

 Spring Retreat. For The Love Of Mind Body Spirit. Save The Date. This weekend journey with yogini Elena Brower will offer your body and mind a comprehensive reset. From asana to meditation, active movement to nidra, explore what it means to cultivate the subtler shifts within you to welcome a sweet freedom in your daily life. Set in a secluded valley surrounded by thousands of acres of forest preserve in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, Menla ~the Tibetan name for the Medicine Buddha, is a hidden oasis featuring a conference center, yoga studio, meditation sanctuary, and a state-of-the-art healing arts center grounded in rare and ancient Tibetan therapies in conjunction with other holistic paradigms. An awe-inspiring place that will continue to become a thriving resource for health, healing, and spiritual evolution for many years to come.

Menla Mountain Retreat | Dewa Spa + Healing Center

A project of Tibet House US spearheaded by American Buddhist Author and Academic Robert Thurman ~with a vision to draw from Tibetan wisdom sciences to reinforce the new wave of holistic integrative medicine now emerging in Western societies, Menla offers a rich tapestry of wellness experiences and activities including: individual and group retreats, workshops with renowned teachers, yoga and meditation, healing therapies and bodywork, and various levels of mountain forest hiking and personalized nature immersion experiences. Guests choose from a variety of eco-friendly, causally chic and comfortable accommodations, plus enjoy delicious gourmet vegetarian cuisine ~much of which comes from their own organic garden.

About: Teacher, author, speaker, and Double Diamond leader with doTERRA, Brower has taught yoga and meditation since 1999. Her first book, Art of Attention, has now been translated into six languages, and her second book, Practice You: A Journal, is now a bestseller from Sounds True. She has contributed to Yoga Journal, Yoga International, MindBodyGreen + more. For Truth. Goodness. Beauty. visit Brower’s website + listen to her globally beloved Practice You Podcast.

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Thankful + Grateful

Wishing You Friendship By The Fireside, Peace For The Pathway, Hope For The Journey + Safe Travels This Thanksgiving Season. May it be one of gratitude to see our lives more clearly and thankfulness to brings us back to the present moment, and the fulfillment we find there. Note: Wonder. Wisdom. Words. will be on a social media hiatus for spiritual maintenance through the holidays. To be continued 2020. Until then, enjoy the archives.

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Manifesto Magic

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Is Back From Summer Sabbatical. Visit The New Picturesque Profile | Gravatar Hovercard Here

Slow media production and consumption in the digital age. It advocates for alternative ways of making and using media that are more intentional, more enjoyable, longer lasting, better researched/written/designed, more ethical, and of higher quality overall. ~Wikipedia

Prologue: Wonder. Wisdom. Words. seeks to be a stylish slow media platform for growth and nourishment that sparks sunshine, soulfulness, synergy, sustenance, curiosity, consciousness and change, being brainy, beautiful and beneficial. Welcome. Wander Well.

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. begins each day in forest time listening to the birds, has a mild obsession with trees, beautiful things, and all shades of Green, practices a willing suspension for disbelief, enjoys soulful, sophisticated subtext and existential meaningfulness, ponders paradox, depth psychology, ancient archaeology, elegant, holistic systems and schools of thought, and appreciates the anthropology of beauty and whole-self wellness, the roads less traveled, and the metaphorical, nutritional value of a finely crafted book.

Fall Into Beauty

It’s Autumn in New England which means crisp air and Nature’s palette at her best welcomed into daily living. Think farm fresh apple cider, your favorite cashmere sweater, and leap peeping opportunities abound. It means shifting routines, nourishing beauty rituals, adding richness, layers and texture to interiors, and colorful weekend sojourns. Here, echoes of Autumn leaves and earthy Amber hues from the natural world invite a sense of warmth and comfort to enhance your seasonal outlook. May you Fall Into Beauty love, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. style!

Set an Autumnal tone this season and give your space and wardrobe enlightened energy by embracing an elegant soft Apricot color. For the love of the garden, let’s welcome beauteous Begonias and marvelous Marigolds to inspire the season. Apricot is a peaceful and pleasant color that elevates to create an ethereal mood, and as an almost Orange and not quite Pink, finds its sweet spot along side a natural palette from Cream to Green to Brown. Infused with light, it offers all the welcoming warmth of a Fall leaf or a favorite flower. New England charm style!

Wake to candlelight each morning with a sunshine accent wall and seasonally inspired accessories that cultivate that just right Autumn ambiance. Apricot glows happy and bright alongside white in the bathroom and forecasts a lovely Autumnal hue for the day. Perfect project if you’re feeling positively painterly! Reminiscent of a Fall Sunday morning walk through the forest a Farmhouse Pottery hand poured Vermont Wood Candle with notes of Fir, Cedar and Sandalwood, offers a sophisticated plus transportable celebration of the season. A Himalayan Salt Lamp has a magical and inviting presence with its warming healing glow when lit. A really nice lightweight option for desk, bedside table or office space is one with a wooden base for a natural look, allowing it to match most decor. Carved out of Pink Himalayan salt from Pakistan, it cleans the air in your space, soothes allergies, boosts your mood, helps you sleep and more!

 Let the golden scent of Fall fill your senses and home with this warm, earthy and aromatic body mind spirit Our Neck Of The Woods Essential Oil Diffuser Blend. Diffusing is a stylish and beneficial way to instantly transport the best parts of Autumn to your indoor living space, and create year-round seasonal spa-like magic with essential oils. Best in therapeutic-grade essential oil brands -also offering a nice selection of high-quality diffusers engineered to maintain the therapeutic properties of the oils, recommended by Wonder. Wisdom. Words. when creating your blends and diffusing:  dōTERRAEdens Garden, Floracopeia, Living Libations + Rocky Mountain Oils. Just breathe!

A modern take on an American classic, each decorative white band is hand painted by master potters at Farmhouse Pottery on their Yellowware Collection which includes pitchers that are picture perfect for the Fall table. Effortlessly beautiful, functional and timeless filled with ideal seasonal blooms such as Apricot Courier Chrysanthemums ~the stalwart champions of the Autumn garden. Farmhouse Pottery pieces are household essentials that bring pleasure to everyday utility. Wares tastefully crafted in a neutral palette that appeals to Wonder. Wisdom. Words. aesthetic, so that food and flowers are the center of attention. Handmade in their studio shop which also carries Vermont’s favorite treat. Experience the authentic New England tradition of enjoying real Vermont Maple Syrup on your pancakes this season!

Ladies, to ensure your Fall style is fresh and feminine, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. has gathered together a couple ideas from what’s on our radar this season for some Apricot infused inspiration. Consider an of-the-moment Camelhair Coat from Max Mara destined to bring a touch of sophistication with its sleekly tailored slightly oversized shape plus shawl collar with hood and wraparound closure belt. Perfect to pair with a great pair of jeans. When donning yours, keep your hair out of focus to embrace the casually chic mood. Add a Cartier Orchid Ring, in 18K Rose Gold set with 1 Diamond to demonstrate polished feminine fare with one beloved statement piece. This queen of flowers is meticulously sculpted by skilled craftsmanship, first used by the iconic jeweler in 1925, the Orchid is now a classic motif in Cartier jewelry. Fashionable forever flower power!

As the weather shifts, so do our skin’s needs and we’re navigating the change in season with Kiehl’s tried-and-true gender neutral skincare favorites. If you’re serious about acclimating your skin to the changing weather, it’s going to need a little help, morning and night, so make these two words your mantra “stay hydrated.” Three old-world apothecary since 1851 cult classics make the season’s list for good reason. Start with the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner for a gentle alcohol-free cleanser + toner packed with powerful petals to soothe and protect. Follow with the Ultra Facial Cream for 24-hour hydration, formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and olive-derived Squalane for visibly soft and healthy-looking skin. And lastly, indulge with the elegant Creme de Corps, a rich, non-greasy body lotion with Cocoa Butter and Beta-Carotene to leave skin beautifully moisturized. Tip: pick up Kiehl’s beloved classics in large/liter size so that you and your significant other are set for this season into the next!

Fellas, welcome these sartorial suggestions for feel good style that captures the spirit of the season. Inspired by their bestselling Ludlow suit jackets, J.Crew gave this elevated Bomber Jacket the same interior Bemberg lining and sleek fit. Equipped to work well with dark denim, it’s a bomber for all occasions. Not to mention, they went to Connecticut’s storied American Woolen Co. mill (est. 1899) for its ultra-warm and stylish camel hair fabric. Worn over one of Crew’s Flannel Shirts, it’s a solid choice. Flannel shirts don’t get much more comfortable or classic than this. Made in a premium midweight cotton that’s brushed both inside and out, this shirt is supersoft, comes in a timeless plaid and is just heavyweight enough to keep you warm. Add a must-have manbag for a weekend jaunt ~we’re fond of the Carhartt Work In Progress Small Essentials Bag, so you, and all your stuff get there in rugged refined style!

‘Tis the season to find supernatural Autumn adornments from Hort & Pott ~short for horticulture & pottery, at the wondrous destination garden shop in upstate New York. A hub of vision and creativity nestled in the Catskill Mountains where two artful artisans liven up seasonal style with wild and unexpected botanicals. Offering handcrafted uncommon botanical goods as well as unique workshops and creative garden services. A seasonal palette of cultivated and foraged botanicals crafted into Autumn Wreaths & Bouquets are now available in the shop. These exceedingly long lasting wild arrangements will bring many seasons of joyfully warm color to your home. A great gift for someone special to show Autumnal sentiment shipped from New England with a sweet card. Note: Their stunning storied habitat is featured in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens. A must see and an inspiring read!

Fall-Blooming Native Plants offer food for wildlife and a feast for the eyes; no matter where in the country you live, there are good species to choose from. Let’s maintain habitat this season to this year’s bounty of beneficial beauties and critical creatures that make countless contributions to our everyday world. If you build it they will come!

  • Goldenrod is a mecca for wildlife; bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects drink nectar and take shelter, songbirds eat the seeds, and rabbits and other small mammals browse the leaves. There are many different native species found around the country.
  • IronweedJoe-Pye Weed are butterfly magnets and provide seeds to songbirds; there are several native options in the eastern two-thirds part of the country.
  • There are more than 150 native species of Asters, they attract butterflies, song birds, and native bees as well as host plants for several butterflies.
  • Other blooms to consider for your Autumn Garden: Black-Eyed Susan, Coneflower, Dahlias, Mums, Sunflowers + Marigolds ~just to name a few!

For The Love Of Fire Cider. The change of season is Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite time to make a batch of fire cider for use Autumn into Winter. Fire cider has been used and shared by herbalists for generations as a remedy to ward off illness and promote health. If you don’t have a recipe, not to worry, you can pick up Rosemary Gladstar’s newest book! Here, Gladstar compiles 101 original recipes for fire cider, wonderful illustrations plus stories and songs, in celebration of the health-boosting tonic and the community of herbalists who make it, share it, use it, and love it. The fire cider tradition lives on!

Traditional Fire Cider Recipe ~Excerpted From Fire Cider! 101 Zesty Recipes For Health-Boosting Remedies Made With Apple Cider Vinegar By Rosemary Gladstar, 2019.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup grated fresh horseradish root
  • ½ cup or more chopped onions
  • ¼ cup or more chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup or more grated ginger
  • Cayenne pepper, fresh (chop it up) or dried (flaked or ground), to taste
  • Apple cider vinegar (preferably raw and organic)
  • Honey

Directions

  1.  Place the herbs in a half-gallon mason jar and add enough vinegar to cover them by 3 to 4 inches. Seal the jar with a tight-fitting lid. Place the jar in a warm spot and let sit for 3 to 4 weeks. Shake the jar every day to help in the maceration process.
  2.  After 3 to 4 weeks, strain out the herbs, reserving the liquid. Warm the honey (so that it will mix in well) and add it to the vinegar, to taste. “To taste” means your fire cider should be hot, spicy, and sweet. The honey also helps cool the heat, moistens, and balances all the fiery ingredients.
  3.  Bottle, label, and enjoy! Fire cider will keep for several months unrefrigerated if stored in a cool pantry. Best to keep refrigerated.
  4.  A small shot glass daily serves as an excellent tonic. Or take fire cider by teaspoons throughout the day to help your immune system do battle.

In New England, we are fortunate to have our pick of cosy inns set on sprawling tree-filled estates. The Pitcher Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property in Vermont, is about as country chic as it gets in Fall foliage season. This gem is laid back luxe in the heart of a charming Vermont village surrounded by the Green Mountains and the Mad River Valley. Set in the framing of a magical rustic barn, with classic farm-to-table cuisine and rooms decorated by 14 different designers that feature everything from vintage signs to antique skis, it’s truly enchanting and will motivate any leaf-peeping road less traveled expedition!

We Heart It

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. hasn’t written a We Heart It post in a while. Wish granted! Curated clever companies and creations to contemplate, curios to captivate, covet, conjure curiosity, and cultivate conscious consumption.

Star Animal Sundays talismans are a modern-day expression of style and spirituality that exists at the crossroads of symbolism, nature, and wellness. They offer you a unique way to find and connect with animals while forging a stronger connection with yourself, nature, and loved ones. Choose an animal that reflects the qualities you already possess, or find an animal that exhibits the characteristics you hope to embody. Let the powerful spirit of your animal find and guide you. Handmade in Los Angeles and NYC of repurposed 14K Gold and ethically-sourced Diamonds. Each charm piece is blessed by a shaman. Plus 10% of net income is donated to The Nature Conservancy to help conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Animal Spirit Wisdom.

Eminence Organic Skincare Wildflower Collection,Winner of the Yoga Journal Editor’s Must Haves Award, will restore mind body skin spirit soul. Inspired by Hungarian heritage, the new Wildflower Collection Cleansing Balm and Ultralight Oil are superior multi-functional products that will transform your skin scentsationally. A combination of European wildflowers and conditioning therapeutic botanical oils not only nurture the skin but provide a gentle scent that evokes flowering fields in full bloom. Containing Poppy, Cornflower, Echinacea, Evening Primrose and Linden Flower Extracts. Crafted from flowers harvested from the award-winning Eminence Certified Organic Farm, that since inception in 1958, has been using sustainable farming and green practices to create Biodynamic products. Beneficial Beauty.

Prana Yoga Travel & Adventure Clothing, A versatile lifestyle brand offering sustainable wears|wares for yoga, travel and outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Love their motto. Clothing for people who live fully, play long, and travel well. Founded on a core belief that companies should give much more than they take from the world, sparked by their adventures and rooted in sustainability. Prana’s refined urban-to-adventure style, durability + easy-going comfort has been time-tested and perfected. City streets to mountain peaks, Prana strives to create, inspire and educate with eco-friendly minded products for the conscious consumer. Join The Movement.

Big Picture Farm Goat Milk Caramels, Big Picture Farm is a small hillside Goat dairy and farmstead confectionery and creamery located in southern Vermont. Their award-winning Goat Milk Caramels and farmstead cheeses are made with fresh, raw, creamy Goat’s milk from their herd of 40 healthy and happy, free-ranging companions. An Animal-Welfare-Approved farm, the health and happiness of their animals is the center around which the farm and farm products revolve. Their mission is also to integrate agriculture and narrative in a fresh way that properly evokes the place, animals, and work in order to bring to life the exciting and unpredictable evolution of their products, farm, and lives. Big Picture Life Goals.

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards By Alberto Villoldo & Illustrator Jena DellaGrottaglia, A deluxe-packaged oracle deck based on the wisdom and beauty of the shamanic world from energy medicine teacher Alberto Villoldo -Director of the Four Winds Society. Every card is a dynamic snapshot of sacred symbols belonging to the realm of archetypes and the collective unconscious, the spiritual common ground shared by peoples modern and ancient. When you consult the oracle, you summon power and insight that can help you understand the present, heal the past, and influence the course of your future. We can become our own prophets and visionaries. Each card has three important messages: The Essence. The Invitation. The Medicine.

Coral & Tusk Linens & Decor, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite textiles are inspired by a love of animals, travel and adventure. Magical experiences everywhere from Wyoming to Nepal inform the imagery and humor behind Coral & Tusk designs. The artist owner, an RISD-trained textile designer, first creates her cheeky storyline scenes and irreverent characters as original pencil drawings before she painstakingly redraws them stitch by stitch using special computer software then finishes by hand. Every machine-embroidered pillow, table linen, and artwork retains the story-telling spirit and hand-drawn allure of the original illustration. Smart Design Mix Of Magic + Mischief.

Farmhouse Pottery Studio & Collection, Elevate your dining experience with the truly authentic handmade feel of signature farmhouse pottery design and timeless elegance. Durable American stoneware wheel thrown in Vermont. The owners + makers, a husband and wife team at Farmhouse Pottery are old-world potters with simple tools and strong beliefs in process and authenticity. They believe the farmers, craftsmen, and makers are the core of our communities, and that farm-to-table isn’t a foodie trend, but rather the rediscovery of a more sustainable lifestyle and value system. Studio Events include: Farmhouse Pottery Workshop Tour; Farmhouse Pottery Wheel Throwing Demonstration and Personal Pottery Lesson with their master potters to create your own piece of American stoneware. Old School Style.

The Humane Gardener By Nancy Lawson, In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist + gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden. Principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world. Wildlife Wellbeing.

On Being

Krista Tippet Of On Being In Conversation With Richard Rohr

As a conscious contemplative, Father Richard Rohr gives men of all ages a new way into spiritual depth and religious thought through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: from male formation and what he calls “father hunger” to why contemplation is as magnetic to people now as ever. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan writer, teacher, and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His many books include “Falling Upward,” “Divine Dance,” and most recently, “The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For + Believe.”

On Being has its origins in a public radio show called Speaking of Faith, which was created by Krista Tippett in the early 2000’s. A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Krista saw a black hole in media where intelligent conversation about religion, meaning, and moral imagination might be. Her show evolved into the On Being podcast in pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century: What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other?

Onward Oliver

RIP Beloved Poet Mary Oliver January 17th 2019.

Mary Oliver won many awards for her poems, which often explore the link between nature and the spiritual world; she also won a legion of loyal readers who found both solace and joy in her work. She was someone who is in tune with the deepest mysteries of the universe. In her poem When Death Comes, Oliver wrote this about the inevitable: “When it’s over, I want to say all my life/ I was a bride married to amazement.” Oliver’s Instructions For Living A Life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.