"Can you lead the way on a path you've never travelled?"
That was the questions asked of me before diving head-on into teaching the Botanical Alchemy course for the first time. Despite many hesitations, fears and doubts, I went on with the plan.
Since returning to my village, I've been called time and time again into the world of healing plants. It has become apparent to me that I must answer this call and go deep into learning from what the First Nations of North America consider to be "The Teachers". I am learning their language, even though I have always known it existed, and heard them whisper in my ears since my early childhood. The flowers speak to me in geometrical shapes, numbers and colours. The aromatic plants speak the language of perfume. And now that I am intentionally listening, not just intuitively but also with purpose and commitment, I hear so much more and become gradually fluent in it.
Plant speak a language of many dialects - sound, colour, scent, taste and even tactile and kinetic. The plants are in tune with Mother Earth and all her cycles, the moon and the stars. I knew I wanted to spend a year listening to these plants in all the phases and all the season, and watch them go from seed to seedling, to sapling, and all the way to flowering fruity and spreading their seeds again. And I wanted companions. So I am fortunate to have found four curious souls to take this journey with me, one season at a time. Together we will spend two days a month truly listening to the plant, listening to each other and sharing what we've learned about the local plants, and the elements. Starting with: Earth in the Winter.