We are excited to start 2020 with a free New Moon meditation circle offering! All are welcome to join us on-site in our Healing Room (or outside in the garden, once the Spring unfolds). We will hold space simply -- each time we meet, we will lead a 20-minute silent meditation followed by a brief optional sharing of intentions for the month ahead. We will incorporate at least one plant ally (flower essence, tincture, etc.) into each session. Bring your own meditation cushion if you have one. No need to register in advance - just drop by when you can 😊 ✨ We begin tomorrow, Friday the 24th, from 8:00-8:30 a.m. Please see our website (avenabotanicals.com) for all 2020 dates and our address. We look forward to being in circle with you 💜
Freshly ground turmeric tincture is filling our kitchen with a vibrant orange glow 🧡Our Turmeric Plus, made with fresh turmeric rhizomes, fresh ginger glycerite, and a touch of black pepper adds warmth to the digestive system and delight to the spirit.
Listening is not transaction . But a tending to our relations. . When I am present to the beech leaves . Brushing against each other on a wind . The entire forest can hear me breathing. . Bound together in this place, within a moment . Forever. . - Doug DeCandia
Snowy morning at Avena ❄️☃️ Our garden is blanketed in beauty this morning... the witch hazel and Willow trees grace the garden with their snow-covered limbs and majesty. ✨
As we have crossed the threshold into 2020, I find myself contemplating the beauty and wisdom that Echinacea flowers embody. For over 33 years, they have been growing in Avena’s biodynamic gardens. Every August, the hum of bees and Echinacea’s magnificent magenta color beckon me to spend time amidst these vibrant flowers being pollinated by bees and butterflies. Tall and upright, they invite me to stand as they do, while also lowering my eyes to observe the spiral shape within each flower’s cone-shaped head. . Near my meditation cushion at home is a wooden wall where each year several of artist Lisa Estabrook's Soulflower cards are posted with re-useable sticky putty, chosen during the time between the winter solstice and January 6th. The card for Echinacea will remain for 2020, as her message -- Consciousness -- still resonates. Lisa writes, Echinacea stimulates and awakens your consciousness, helping break up and release outdated personal stories, emotions and attachments that are holding you back from positive growth and self-realization, and awakening awareness of your true self when you have forgotten or lost connection.” . May Echinacea’s beauty and message be part of your garden and consciousness as we proceed into this New Year. A few drops of an Echinacea flower essence or tincture made with fresh flowers can be called upon to support your journey of becoming a more consciously aware human being. We hope many of you will visit Avena’s garden and apothecary in 2020. Wishing you an inwardly peaceful New Year. . ~Deb Soule . 🎨 Soulflower card art by Lisa Estabrook, @my_soulflower #plantspiritart #soulflowerplantspiritoracle . https://www.avenabotanicals.com/products/soulflower-pack-of-cards
We are precious and we are abundant; . One but none the same. . Take good care with you, Sweet Friend, . For we are each much more than just ourselves. ✨ - Doug DeCandia ✨
Winter Solstice 2019 ✨ Snow lingers in the evergreen trees and Avena’s gardens are now resting. Images of hummingbirds, monarchs, and bees come to me as I slowly walk through the garden. Author bell hooks' words... 🌿 I place feet on steady ground letting earth hold me in praise of air” 🌿 ...enter my mind as I remember the fragrances of the summer garden, the sounds of singing birds and bees busy at work, blessing flowers as they drink nectar and spread pollen -- ensuring the formation of seeds. With this memory, I bow in Gratitude for the many Beings who participate in these life-giving processes. ✨ Plants are so generous. May we humans in turn align our hearts, hands, and minds with Earth’s wisdom and beauty, making daily choices that will contribute to the harmony, peace, and well-being of all living beings. ✨ ~ Deb Soule