Solstice Time

Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. ~Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

 Solstice Salutations From Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Honoring The Sun Gods.  Find Some Summer Solace In Simple Ways To Savor The Season

Cup Of Sunshine Herbal Tea Recipe:  A calming blend of equal parts Dried Lemon Balm Dried Calendula and Milky Oats ~tops of the Oat plant after it has flowered. Mix the herbs together, then steep in just-boiled water for 10 minutes. Strain + serve. Enjoy! Note:  These are easy to grow plants by seed. Homegrown = truly organic. When crating your tea, experiment with equal proportions to taste. Often less is more.

One of the best things about Summer is fresh peaches! If you are a fan of the fruit, try this Summer Salsa Recipe that pairs perfectly with tortilla chips and fish tacos. Gently incorporate all the ingredients in a bowl and season with sea salt and pepper. Note: For best results use just picked peaches at ripe and juicy peak perfection.

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh peaches, peeled and diced
1 cup red bell pepper, diced small
3 Tbsp red onion, diced small
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeño chili, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced

Menla Mountain

Subtler Shifts: Steady Awareness In Practice + Life With Elena Brower | Menla Mountain Retreat Catskills | March 27-29, 2020. Update: Canceled Due To Menla Closure In Response To COVID-19.

 Spring Retreat. For The Love Of Body Mind 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 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, MindBodyGreen + more. For Truth. Goodness. Beauty. visit Brower’s website and listen to her globally beloved Practice You Podcast.

Honey Connoisseur

Honey Aroma And Tasting Wheel © The Honey Connoisseur 

Every taste of honey is an opportunity to learn something about its floral source, region and even the beekeeper’s practices. Tasting and evaluating honey is a skill learned through formal sensory training along with experience. Join honey connoisseur and beekeeper, Carla Marina Marchese ~founder of The American Honey Tasting Society, to learn the methods of sensory analysis used by sommeliers to taste and evaluate honey like an expert March 7th, 2020 1-4 pm at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Great Barrington. A new concept in the US that started in Italy 40 years ago, the art of honey tasting is as complex as skills used by a wine or olive oil sommelier. If you are looking to improve your knowledge of honey and/or develop tasting skills this workshop is for you. Appropriate for those who appreciate honey and beekeepers alike. Copies of Marchese’s honey bible book The Honey Connoisseur will be available for purchase and signing.

From honey experts C. Marina Marchese, founder of Red Bee Honey and Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine comes this comprehensive introduction to the origin, flavor, and culinary uses of more than 30 varietals of honey, from ubiquitous clover to tangy star thistle to rich, smoky buckwheat. The Honey Connoisseur teaches consumers everything they need to know about how to taste, select, and use a diverse selection of honey. After a brief explanation of how bees produce honey, the authors introduce the concept of terroir, the notion that soil, weather, and other natural phenomena can affect the taste of honey. As with wines, knowing the terroir of a honey varietal helps to inform an understanding of its flavor ~a term she coined honey sommelier.

The book goes on to give a thorough course in the origins of more than 30 different honeys as well as step-by-step instructions, how to taste honey, describe its flavor and determine what other flavors pair best with a particular honey. Also included are simple recipes such as dressings, marinades, and quick desserts and beverages. Beautifully illustrated and designed, The Honey Connoisseur is the perfect book for foodies, beekeepers and locavores alike.

Winter Sense

For The Love Of Winter. When it comes to dressing the part for New England weather and being prepared deep into this season, there’s some element of advance planning that’s required. This minimalist Winter Worthy Style Guide will ensure you are 100% ready with realistic and enjoyable trends to try out. The infusion of traditionally tried-and-true, tasteful textures, cushy comfort, plus beautiful and beneficial protection, is something to take pleasure in.  Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Winter Wellbeing Style.

The Old Farmer’s AlmanacAmerica’s oldest continuously published periodical. Always timely, topical, and distinctively useful, with a pleasant degree of humor, the Almanac has been beloved for centuries by people from all walks of life. As the nation’s iconic calendar, each year’s edition will mark the days, months, and seasons; preview astronomical events; and cover a range of related topics: weather forecasts, cultural and culinary trends, gardening, recipes, home remedies, pets, folklore and more, all in the inimitable way it has done since 1792. Be sure to check out their handsome Anniversary Edition Engagement Calendar available from the General Store too. A daily planner full of useful advice, weather proverbs, folklore, fun facts, quotes, and more. An indispensable tool for managing your life and keeping you organized, with plenty of room for jotting down appointments and notes. Old School Style.

Keep wonderfully warm and stylishly seasonal with these rural landscape classic wares. Best-in-class insulated Original Bean Boots from L.L. Bean, the quintessential American company based in Maine known for its iconic boots and catalog, plus clothes and gear designed with cutting-edge technology for getting out there and staying safe and warm ~whose motto is the outside is inside everything they make. Complete the theme with equal parts rugged and refined Upcountry Waxed-Cotton Down Vest available in Mens/Womens and a Winter woodland essential Canvas Log Carrier with leather handles. Both designed to be sturdy and weatherproof, and gain a nice patina with age in distinctly vintage Bean style. On Many A New Englander’s Winter List.

Alicia Adams Alpaca 100% Baby Alpaca Throw, Oversized Sweater and Hand Warmers are softer than cashmere and just sublime. Alpaca is one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, cherished the world over, not only for its scarcity but also for its natural attributes, its fineness, durability, and hypoallergenic and lightweight qualities. Adams’s accessories are a swoon-worthy collection of hand-spun sweaters, blankets, robes and more, perfect for stepping up your Winter wardrobe. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. finds the throws especially comforting, perfect for evenings by the woodstove. Alicia Adams Alpaca raises and maintains its own herd of over 200 Suri Alpacas at a beautiful family farm in the Hudson Valley. For The Love Of Animals.

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. recipe for Winterland wellbeing. This beauteous blend of Cedarwood, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Eucalyptus and White Fir essential oils will transport you to Winter Wonderland. Place a few drops in your diffuser to envelope your space with a fresh and clean deep woodsy scent that will soothe the spirit and raise the vibration. Diffusing is a stylish and beneficial way to instantly transport the best parts of Winter to your indoor living space, and create 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. May The Forest Be To You.

When the days turn cold and damp a Spruce Warming Bath Essence is an invaluable aid. With resinous Norway Spruce essential oil and jojoba to moisturize and support your circulation while offering intensive, long-lasting warmth for your body, both inside and out. A blissfully beneficial bathing product from iconic Dr. Hauschka holistic skincare line since 1967, focused on preparing botanical extracts based on rhythmical exposure to elemental polarities and homeopathic principles, to activate the skin’s natural healing process to achieve balance. Similarly, Ayurveda teaches that the balancing of mind body spirit will ultimately lead to peace, harmony and lasting beauty. Add this floral citrus Neem Hand Oil from Sundari that delivers on these healing principles to your beauty arsenal this season too. A positively potent portable aromatic botanical treat to quench dry hands and cuticles. Wellness Beauty.

Naturopathica has a simple mission: to educate people on the benefits of holistic health and its connection to beauty. For over two decades they continue to draw from the founder’s knowledge as an herbalist, esthetician and artful aromatherapist to develop an informed and purposeful product line. Naturopathica’s Soothing Balancing Fortified Honey is pure deliciousness. Wildflower Honey, a staple of the 19th century herbal medicine chest is infused with Passionflower, Chamomile, Lavender and Rose Blossoms to calm the nerves and rebalance the mind. Enjoy a spoonful daily right out of the bottle to nurture the body. And the new multi award-winning Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm is the ideal friend to skin must-have cleanser for the season. Made with moisturizing manuka honey from New Zealand, royal-jelly peptides, and probiotics to nourish and reinforce the skin barrier. Golden Honey Goodness.

The Naturopathica Effect By Barbara Close, 2018. In The Naturopathica Effect, Founder Barbara Close cuts through the trends and buzzwords of the beauty world to offer a refreshingly simple, holistic approach to skin health. Not your traditional beauty book, The Naturopathica Effect approaches beauty in the way Barbara does, through the lens of health. Readers will discover how clean skin care, smart food choices, herbal remedies and enjoyable wellness rituals can transform how they look and feel, with time-tested advice for true and lasting results. Chapters Include: 1) The Skin You’re In: A User’s Manual | 2) Customized Beauty Rituals for Your Skin Personality | 3) Pure Ingredients, Pure Results: Skin Care Recipes | 4) The Beauty Kitchen | 5) That Which Adapts Thrives. A Learned Lifestyle Guide.

No season is complete without a visit to Terrain, the nationally renowned garden, home, and lifestyle brand with an entirely fresh approach to living with nature that bridges the gap between home and garden, the indoors and the outdoors. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Winter worthy choices for the season include a Golden Bubble Glass Latern to illuminate the occasional power outage, and a Dyson-Designed Squirrel-Proof Birdfeeder for the love of birds. When there be sure to experience the beautiful Terrain Greenhouse Cafe that offers a seasonally changing menu featuring hand-selected local produce alongside thoughtfully curated beverages, in a gorgeous greenhouse setting ~an environment that aesthetically and gastronomically reflects the cycle of the seasons. Also check out their monthly programs and events schedule and sign up for a seasonal and sustainable cooking class. Bring The Outside In.

This easy 7-ingredient Carrot Ginger Soup is great for warming up on cold nights. It will soothe the soul and settle the spirit. Plus with its luscious creamy texture from blended carrots sans no cream, it’s vegan-friendly. Soul Food.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 3 garlic clovessmashed
  • 2 heaping cups chopped carrots
  •  tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 to 4 cups vegetable broth
  • sea salt and fresh black pepper
  • 1 tsp. maple syrupor to taste (optional)
  • seeds of choice for garnishoptional
  • dollops of pestooptional

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and a generous pinch of salt and pepper and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the smashed garlic cloves (they’ll get blended later) and chopped carrots to the pot and cook about 8 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the ginger, then add the apple cider vinegar, and then add 3 to 4 cups of broth, depending on your desired consistency. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the carrots are soft, about 30 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly and transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings. Garnish with seeds of choice.
  • Serve with a dollop of pesto, if desired. Bon Appétit!

Thankful Journey

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.

Autumn Apricot

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 and helps you sleep!

Just breathe. 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 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.

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 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

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. Truly enchanting and will motivate a road less traveled expedition!

Celebrate Sanctuary

Butterfly Celebration Festival Sharon Audubon Center CT To Shine A Spotlight On These Beautiful Creatures.

The celebration will kick off with “A Guide To Restoring The Little Things That Run The World”, a presentation on creating sustainable habitat in our own backyard by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, Friday, Sept. 13th, 7 pm at the Litchfield Community Center. The festivities continue at the Butterfly Celebration Festival Saturday, Sept. 14th from 10 am-3 pm at the Sharon Audubon Center with tours of the new Butterfly House, Caterpillar Rearing Lab and gardens; presentations on native butterflies, planting for butterflies, native plant sale, music, food and more.

The Sharon Audubon Center encompasses four nature sanctuaries and 3,000 acres in Northwestern Connecticut, an education center, a Wildlife Rehab Clinic, a small history museum and an Audubon Nature Store. The immediate grounds include Raptor Aviaries, the Herb Garden, the Eleanor Loft Bird & Butterfly Garden and a sugarhouse. Whose mission is to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats by creating life-changing experiences that inspire community members to appreciate, understand, and protect the natural world. Support the work here

We Heart It

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. curated companies, creatives and creations to contemplate, curios to captivate, covet, conjure curiosity, and cultivate conscious consumption.

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.

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.

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 fabulous 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. As 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 and positively evokes the place, animals, and work in order to bring to life the evolution of their products, farm, and lives. Big Picture Loving Living Life Goals.

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. 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.

A Musical Companion Piece To The Lost Words: A Spell Book By Robert Macfarlane + Jackie Morris. An incredible collaboration between musicians: Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Kerry Andrew, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter + Jim Molyneux. Robert Macfarlane, father of three, world-walker, Cambridge University fellow, collaborated with artist Jackie Morris, in The Lost Words: A Spell Book, focused on twenty words that had been taken out of a leading children’s dictionary as Anthropocene sprawl separated children from nature. Macfarlane, scholar and bard, wrote a spell, an utterance, to invoke each of these words and the elements of the creation each names. And Morris created paintings bringing the referent of each word to visual life. And the images and spells in turn attracted gifted musicians, who made the spells and images into song. Music Magic.

Heart Of A Dog Film By Laurie Anderson, which marks the first feature film in thirty years by multimedia artist Laurie Anderson is must-see movie magic. A cinematic tone poem that flows from a sustained meditation on death and other forms of absence, the film seamlessly weaves together thoughts on Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation, the modern surveillance state, and the artistic lives of dogs, with an elegy for the filmmaker’s beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, at its heart. Narrated by Anderson with her characteristic wit, and featuring an original score by the filmmaker, the tender and provocative Heart Of A Dog continues Anderson’s four-and-a-half-decade career of imbuing the everyday with a sense of dreamlike wonder. Film available now on DVD and the film soundtrack available through Nonesuch Records. Poetry In Motion.