I have some pretty big news to share... As many of you know I am the founder of @herbstalk and have been deeply involved with its creation and growth for the past 8 years. It’s my baby. (One of them!) I’ve finally come to the point where the growth of the organization and the scope of the work is too much for me to take on alone. (Well, I am never alone in the Herbstalk community as there are soooo many amazing people who come to support and participate - it’s just that I do 90% of the behind-the-scenes organizing and administrative tasks). I need some help to assure that Herbstalk can continue to flourish and have an impact. ✨ That said, I am currently seeking a “Market Manager and Community Engagement Assistant” to oversee our market event logistics and provide administrative support. The person must be super organized and detail-oriented, live in the Boston area, and have a passion for our mission. I would prefer that it be someone I don’t already have a personal relationship with. Please see Herbstalk.org for the full job description and how to apply. Thank you for spreading the word! It is an exciting time 🌿✨P.S. This is a pic of Witch Hazel, who is flowering now. This cold-weather bloomer reminds us to fully own our unique selves, trust that things will unfold in perfect timing, and to share our unique gifts in community. 💚
Mixing up some herbs today for tea — all grown in my garden or by the hands of @muddyriverherbals . How the herbs continue to teach and guide us with their insights and generosity. How grateful I am to do this work and share it with others. Thinking of my students from last night and all the beauty and wisdom they share: thank you, thank you ✨
This is an old photo of my great-grandfather in Ireland around 1919. It’s one of the few tangible mementos I have from this generation. This season is the time of the ancestors, when the wheel of the year turns towards the dark months, when what is above returns below, when the visible world and the invisible world are closer than they ever are. I’ve been thinking about the ancestors so much lately, especially those that left us with unfinished business and wounds to heal. We all have lineages to acknowledge, heal, bless and set free. We all have lineages filled with suffering and pain, but our ancestors invite us to learn from their mistakes and work on making what was broken whole once again. They ask us to be the light in darkness. 🕯 I just came across this beautiful prayer below and it is so well suited to this time of remembrance and reflection. A Litany of Remembrance - Rabbi Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them. In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them. In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them. In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them. In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them. In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them. When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them. When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them. When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them. So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
It’s hard to believe that the fall session of Herbs for Everyday Living is already complete 🍂 I am so grateful to all my beautiful students for joining me in these seasonal offerings. It is an incredible honor to be able to do what I love AND to keep learning and growing from the people I gather with every week. Thank you all! And a huge, special thank you to the amazing Amy Lou of @craftworksomerville for hosting us in her perfectly cozy space. ✨ Here’s a few pics from out last class on botanical incense 🕯 #herbsforeverydayliving
My full moon tea musings were sent out to the circle yesterday, but you can still read them in my profile link. This month the theme is ✨balance✨ Join us in creating your own moon tea this evening and help amplify the intention for all 🌕🌿 #moonteacircle
I think I’ve been taking a break from all things online and I think I’ll keep taking this break, but here I am to say a little hello. To be honest, I often don’t know how to handle the influx of personal and collective information that I receive when I tune into something like Instagram. As if it is all asking me to react or “like” or post my own response in answer. But the thing is, I don’t want to respond digitally (because it’s often from a tired or obligatory place)— I would rather respond and connect personally and directly. So lately I find myself pulling back from the online spheres and the many realities that they represent, and instead focus on the present moment with the people right around me. Not to say that I don’t want to connect with the world at large or that I don’t care about the people I’m seeing on social media — I do. I’m just not adept enough to handle all the opinions, emotions, and thoughts of dozens and dozens (hundreds, thousands?) of people. It’s a small confession, perhaps brought on by the introspective mood of fall. I’ll continue to post about the full moon tea intentions, but beyond that I hope to connect with you in the real world. ✨