for most of my life I’ve felt like few people truly understand me. the most intimate secret part of my soul that loves this earth more than anything. . . the way my breath catches in my rib cage and my heart swells and weeps little dew drops of tears when I see a sight like this - the miracle of life blooming before my very eyes. the absolute wonder of how exquisitely this world is made and what an overwhelming blessing it is to bear witness to life in all its splendor. . when I first found the well read and worn book of Mary Oliver’s poetry that my mom always had by her bedside, I finally felt like someone truly understood me. reading her words made me feel like I found another human who spoke the language I always heard in my heart, the language I heard whispered everywhere throughout the natural world. . . it has always been a comfort knowing that someone else is ravenously in love with this world and that they can see into each flower petal and blade of grass and find the Creator living, breathing, alive and well. . the past few days has been blowing my heart open seeing her poems everywhere and all of the love & adoration from the many many people who were touched by her words. but what’s really happened is that I’ve realized I’m not alone and maybe I’m not as strange as I’ve always thought I was. . . (maybe you’ve always wanted to shrink down to honeybee size too so you can truly feel what it’s like to live inside a flower and drink the holy nectar within her?) . I’m so comforted by knowing that I’m not alone. and I’m also comforted by the fact that one woman with her words could move the heart of this world with such magnitude in such a small and simple way. . . “And there it is again - beauty the brave, the exemplary, blazing open.” - Mary Oliver 💐 . . . . 🧡 Whitney
lots of this lately 🐑 my first spinning class this weekend + starting my first flock of sheepies this spring 🐏 learning the old ways 🖤
You’ve probably got all sorts of goals for this next year. But do you have a plan for how you’re going to really follow through with those dreams? . . I don’t know about all the goals you have, but if getting to a deeper level of herbal mastery is big for you - I can help with that one. . . It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the info out there in herbalism, so I put together a video class + pdf guide for you that’ll help you get ahead this year in your herbal studies. . . Head to the link in our bio to watch the video that’ll set up your next year for herbal mastery 🌿🙌🏽🌿 . . - Sajah (making Spagyric tinctures in our @organic_unity apothecary)
this winter has been all about nesting. spending a lot of time here cozy by the hearth with the fire. . we’ve been quiet over here while we’ve been settling into our new home. it’s been a huge transition, but it feels like the best thing ever being back in my homeland where I come from amongst the islands & mountains of NW Washington. . we’re feeling hopeful and excited about all of the blessings of this place and how our lives will change through stewarding this land & creating home here. . Sajah & I will be sharing more with you this year on our journey of homesteading, gardening, fixing up this old farmhouse and as always, sharing our love of growing, making and teaching about herbal medicine (and all of the healing that happens along the way.) . . 🧡 Whitney . . . hearth broom made by hand with love from our friend @ladyursus 🔥
been living by candlelight all week after a storm took the grid out in our area ✨🕯🔥✨ . . Mother Nature has her ways of reminding us we of the simple things that make up life. Water, fire, food, shelter, and good company to share it with. . . I hope you’re warm & cozy with a belly full of good food, surrounded by people you love ♥️
The Lightbringers ✨ Herbs to Brighten Dark Winter Days 🕯✨ . . As we’re celebrating the darkest day & the longest night, we felt inspired to share with you the plants we work with to bring in the light during times of darkness. . . Though we believe in the need to slow down, rest, rejuvenate and hibernate during this season, for some folks the darkness of deep winter can be overbearing to their spirits. . . This week’s blog post is all about the plants who can help with seasonal depression, lethargy, brain fog and the overall heaviness & stagnation you might be feeling this time of year. Head to the link in our profile to read the full blog post ✨🕯✨ Happy Solstice!