Vernal Equinox: Renewal of Earth & Soul

As I observe the tightly held buds that have emerged on the beech tree that anchors our front perennial gardens, I feel my heart filled with gratitude for the new life that is springing forth this Vernal Equinox day.  The beautiful signs of spring – the soft drippings...

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Choosing to Dance with Fear

I woke up at five o’clock this morning drenched in a cool sweat, heart pounding in my chest, desperately drawing deeper breaths into my lungs. My nightmare included bombings and frighten children and hiding from “the bad guys” and isolation. It was a nightmare that...

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Rekindling Your Wild Roots

As a small child growing up in America’s suburban sprawl on the outskirts of Washington DC, I found comfort and refuge in the creek beds and woods surrounding my neighborhood. It wasn’t uncommon for me to adorn my face with smudges of mud, form tribes in the trees and...

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Permaculture – Awakening my Primal Creative Soul

When I was a little girl, you would be hard pressed to find me not carrying around a stack of coloring books and a box of crayons. I enjoyed the freedom of exploring a picture through color and if inspired to do so, adding on a few new elements to the image and...

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Permaculture – Building Community through Deep Connections

When I moved to New Hampshire in 2000, I remember hearing the word “community” used in many circles. The words “town”, “municipality” and “city”, which I was accustomed to hearing as a land use planner, were just not as prevalent as the word “community.” I even moved...

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Permaculture – Our Path Forward

As a permaculture designer, planner and teacher, the question I get the most is “what is permaculture,” as if I can answer it in one neatly defined sentence or even in an elevator speech. Permaculture is a movement, a lifestyle, a feeling and to define it in simple...

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The 21-Day Project – Transitions, Day 18: Uprooted

A year ago this past January, I spent countless hours painting the walls of my studio and new office space, hanging curtains and shelving and preparing to open up my business in a beautiful old mill building that stands tall above the Ammonoosuc River; the yoga studio...

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The 21-Day Project – Transitions, Day 17: Slow Ride

I’ve come to appreciate some of the catchy phrases and quotes we use to remind ourselves to take a breath and slow down the pace of life. Slow and steady wins the race. There is more to life than simply increasing its speed. Slow simple solutions. Slow ride, take it...

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The 21-Day Project – Day 10: My Lunar Life

Through yoga and my shamanic reiki work, I’ve often been asked or contemplated how my own mind and body syncs with the rhythms and phases of our natural world. Some people are really affected by the seasons while others are affected by the Equinoxes and Solstices....

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