Every decade has an essence. The 1920s were about modernity, technology and consumerism. 100 yrs later, we are seeing the impacts of this movement. 2020 has come in like a lion — my hope is that we go out like a lamb in 2029 — let's make good choices and set the tone! Read the February Edition.
A magical night and day with amazing writers/artists from Toronto Bloggers Collective. We played, explored, learned and, shared. Than you for a delicious vegan meal from Copper Branch Bowmanville and Twenty 1 Desserts. Big thanks Central Counties Tourism, York Durham Headwaters & Durham Tourism and everyone who made it happen! View the video.
Sometimes special people come along and give you what you didn't know you needed. What an incredible gift from Shayne Traviss and Timm - a Holi Celebration at the Timm David Shampoo Company. It was a feast for the senses - kundalini movement, meditative music, indian cuisine, flower confetti and a community of people to celebrate with. So much gratitude. View the video.
Soon edible wild plants will be everywhere. It is the perfect time to take advantage of the power of plants to strengthen our immune systems with a high dosage of nutrients. Did you know that every part of the dandelion is edible and full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants? And there are many others plants that can help too... It's easy to make a tea, salad or pesto with wild food. Learn more about plants that heal: www.thehivecentre.ca/
It feels like the world is on pause... nature and our true nature is calling. We can live in fear and let this amplify our disconnection with each other or we can go inward, focus on the things that matter, get healthy and cultivate compassion. Read the March edition of Elsii E-News.
Did you know that every part of the dandelion is edible and full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants? Dried ground roots can be used as a substitute for coffee. Use leaves in a salad and flowers in your favourite cookie recipe. Learn more about plants that heal.
In March, I made it part of my routine to gather maple water from the trees and boil it throughout the day. I also drank the maple water frequently. Full of electrolytes, the fresh maple water kept me alert, hydrated and connected to the earth. The whole process lead to one pitcher of maple syrup!
I am adding more nutrient dense wild plants to my diet. These are some of the foraged greens collected in my yard. I have been sautéing day lilies (smooth green stalks) with wild garlic mustard, stinging nettle and lemon balm. I also enjoy daily teas with chaga, mullein, cedar, olive leaves and other wild plants.
In our culture, we often avoid, repress, deny or minimize experiences and emotions that are perceived and judged as negative. Yet it is precisely when circumstances are beyond our control (such as now), that darkness and difficult emotions can come to the surface. Be kind to yourself and bring light to the dark - feel what is arising with curiosity, non-judgement, compassion and understanding. Read The Light Side of Dark.
I am always in awe of the natural environment, particularly in Spring when everything begins to bloom. Plants and trees amaze me for their ability to endure and grow despite challenges. Thankfully, I was able to forage for fiddle heads before they became ferns (avant le petite snowstorm). Blink and you miss them – you have to move quickly if you want to enjoy this delicacy (make sure to cook them thoroughly).
Like many of you, I am shifting – gently figuring out my place in this new world while attempting to stay healthy and support and sustain the needs of my family. If we let our instincts and interests guide us, I think we will forge new and innovative paths that are in alignment with ourselves, the earth and all beings. Read the newsletter.
As we grow, we learn that we are constantly being judged and even persecuted because of our appearances or preferences. In essence, we learn that we are not valued for who we are. To get to our trueself can be the journey of a lifetime. Safe spaces can help - so can #nature. Read Essential You.
It is very heartening to see so many people deepening their connection and appreciation for nature and the local community. I feel deeply that this trend will continue and that we will all grow where we're planted. Read the July edition of Elsii E-News.