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The nectarine and plum trees outside my kitchen window are just starting to show the brilliant white and fuchsia blooms, harbingers of spring here in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We have lived here on this homestead for over 10 years now, and I still find myself anxiously awaiting the flowers of spring, which signal the beginning of days of tending the plants in the greenhouse, tilling fertile garden beds and singing awake the soil for the season of planting ahead.  Read more

by Stephanie McCann

As winter begins shifting towards spring and the days grow longer, the natural world slowly awakens to a lively buzz of excitement. Similarly, we find ourselves emerging from the quietude and slumber of wintertime to greet the invigorating spirit of spring. The cold, damp heaviness of winter can leave us feeling sluggish and melancholy, so it is important to surround ourselves with bright and uplifting energies this time of year.… Read more

By Sara Crow L.Ac

Coconut is a surprisingly talented traditional oil that has been used as both food and medicine for thousands of years in tropical cultures. Coconut oil is derived from what is commonly called the ‘Tree of Life’, the coconut palm, known for its ability to meet a great number of basic human needs: food, fuel, and shelter.… Read more

with David Crow
This presentation will examine the local and global influences affecting sustainability and long-term availability of various aromatic crops and essential oils, including climate change, over-harvesting, increasing demand and loss of biodiversity. We will learn about developments in genetic modifications of essential oil crops and the role these new oils may play in the future.
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Using a body-based contemplative approach, students will be shown how to perceive the inner dimensions and deeper meanings of these fundamental medical and spiritual principles as understood by ayurvedic, Tibetan, and Chinese medicine, including prana and chi (life force), ojas and jing (nutritional essence), shen (spirit), and agni and soma (essence of sun and moon).Read more

by Sara Crow, L.Ac.

For many people, feelings of loneliness and disconnection cause great emotional pain and discomfort. These feelings can be the manifestation of a deeper internal state that, over time, can be shifted and healed with flower essences. First, let us look at the definition of loneliness and then the definition of disconnection or ‘feeling alone.’

Defining Loneliness:

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Sacred Smoke by David CrowAn excerpt from Sacred Smoke:

“‘Here in Ecuador,’ Dante explains, ‘Palo Santo is sacred, holy, mysterious, and powerful. It is the healer that the people go to when all doctors and medicines have failed. They go directly to the tree. They pray to it. It cures them.’”

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Join us in celebrating the Earth, her abundance of blessings, and the way we can help the Earth, plants, and people through conscious commerce.… Read more