when a tree falls, what comes
I often grapple with what's important to write to all of you here, editing and erasing, trying to find the distillation of what is human and beautiful and inspiring to offer. Today, I'm thinking about the eucalyptus tree that fell down near my home. I walked along the trunk that had never known a footstep, touched the leaves that used to tower 100 feet up, and found the roots that held fast until they just didn't anymore. Such shallow roots. Barely a hole in the ground, and yet they held a double trunked tree that was as long and spindly as a teenage boy, for decades. Amazing what can come to grow and thrive with such shallow roots, and exciting what new life comes from surrendering to the wind. That one surrender changed the whole garden--pruned fig and huckleberry trees, propped up limbs, opened sky to the south, and offered a new perspective to us ground dwellers. Maybe it's the aquarian in me, but I relish in deep change, and am so humbled--somehow comforted--by the constancy of change that the earth is always undergoing. It reflects the changeability of the body, and how possible healing and transformation is at any given moment.
garden love day is back! march 13TH, 10-1pm the chickens have had their way with it for awhile and it's time to weed, mulch, and rebuild. Come whisper to the lady's mantle, skullcap, arnica and raspberries, and enjoy gardening with other plant geeks! Children are encouraged, rain will cancel. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. This has been a very sweet time to meet other mamas and plant women and tend to the earth together.
You can now buy taproot medicine at Farmacopia, an amazing apothecary and integrative clinic, and Thrive Birth Center. You can also read a little interview I did with Kelly Gray at Thrive. I'm super excited to be supporting these amazing, women-run offerings. Give them a visit, and tell your Santa Rosa friends.
The Homestead Apothecary Low-Cost Clinic will be the 3rd Friday of the month, beginning March 20th, 11-2pm. Priority goes to current clients, but if you are a new client (or tried to see me in the fall and weren't able to) please be in touch with me soon. Spots fill fast, and I will be scheduling 3 months in advance to accommodate all who are looking for care. Check out the website to read more about what I can offer. It is such a privilege to be able to offer deep herbal support to my community!
eucalyptus. poplar. cleavers. fiddlehead. dandelion. nettle. rosehip. bleeding heart.
May the earth's aliveness draw you to your knees~