Seasons Spring

Seasons Spring Salutations. Quote By Pioneering 20th Century Biologist, Conservationist & Natural History Writer Rachel Carson, who is credited with sparking the modern global environmental movement with her groundbreaking and thought-provoking book Silent Spring, and for crafting an equally timeless and timely cultural message, in the posthumously published The Sense of Wonder. Books that endure as magnificent manifestos for the vibrant curiosity with which we are all born, and which we risk losing if we imperceptibly, yet steadily, slip into apathy and resignation. Above all, she extends a reminder that the faculty for wonder is our most precious natural resource and our greatest responsibility to conserve.

Into The Woods

For The Love Of Trees. Wonder. Wisdom. Words Recommends This Digital Goodread: Emergence Magazine Issue No. 7 ~ Trees

Bear witness to wildfire, discover the memories held within the rings of a tree, trace the origin of the apple, experience the aromas of trees, visit the church forests of Ethiopia, honor the difficult histories that trees hold for our communities, and discover a village in India that is reclaiming a vital and ancient relationship between trees and women. Emergence Magazine is a quarterly online publication featuring innovative stories that explore the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality. An editorially independent initiative of the Kalliopeia Foundation ~that responds to the global need to take spiritual as well as physical responsibility for our common home.

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.

Amos Amore

Resistance: A Songwriters Story Of Hope, Change, And Courage | Available May 5th 2020. A Timely + Passionate Call To Action For Engaging With Our Current Political Moment, From The Grammy-Nominated & Multiplatinum Singer-Songwriter + New York Times Bestselling Author Tori Amos

Detail Photograph | Native Invader Album Artwork © Paulina Otylie Surys 2017

Since the release of her first, career-defining solo album Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos has been one of the music industry’s most ingenious artists who has never shied away from merging the personal with the political. Resistance includes three decades of her formidable music career and illuminates how Amos created meaningful, politically resonant work against patriarchal power structures. Filled with compassionate guidance and actionable advice ~and using powerful political songs in Amos’s canon, this book is for anyone determined to steer the world back in the right direction.

About: Tori Amos is a classically trained, Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter, composer, and the New York Times bestselling author of Tori Amos: Piece by Piece. She has released fifteen studio albums, including her latest, Native Invader, in 2017. She is known for reviving the ’70s tradition of singer/songwriter and reestablishing the piano as a rock & roll instrument.

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Will Be In Apparent Retrograde Motion: February 17 ~ March 10 | June 18 ~ July 12 | October 14 ~ November 3 | 2020.

Mercury retrograde means the planet appears to be moving backward instead of following its usual forward trajectory. Retrograde is an optical illusion. Every planet in the solar system travels around the sun, but they each make the full journey at different speeds. Planets closer to the sun, like Mercury, have a shorter orbit than the ones farther away from the sun, like Earth. So, when Mercury laps Earth, it looks as if Mercury is traveling backward, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. To account for the difference between our perception and the reality, astronomers call this illusion apparent retrograde movement.

Mercury is the planet that governs communication and expression, this includes technology and transportation. For those who believe that Mercury influences certain aspects of our lives, when the planet appears to be moving backward, we shouldn’t count on any of these parts of our lives moving forward at a normal pace. A nice reminder to get organized and slow down. Beneficial Mercury Retrograde Practices: 1) Carry an Aquamarine stone in your pocket. 2) Write down a list of things you are grateful for. 3) Back up your computer. 4) Triple check appointment times + schedules. 5) Remain flexible. 6) Practice patience. May The Force Be With You. ☿◯⭐☪☾✩★

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!