Saturday, October 30, 2010

dreads - 1 week old

today i spent a few minutes teasing up the ends. this is a before and after picture...

they are forming nicely. for only being a week old, and truly only about 5 days old since they were in braids the first 3 days, they are staying together and starting to shrink up a bit. the aloe vera gel helps a lot i think.

i haven't washed them yet. i generally only wash my hair every 1-2 weeks anyway and with newly forming dreads, washing them can cause them to fall out.

Friday, October 29, 2010

new herb energetics course

john gallagher of and kiva rose have put together a course that looks amazing! i'm looking forward to it launching. it's titled the herb energetics course and it teaches all about using herbs according to their energetics. want to learn more, go the the herb energetics website.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

dreads - take 2

i spent monday and tuesday removing the braids and back combing, added aloe vera gel to the mix and palm rolled them several times. they are looking MUCH better now! 

Friday, October 22, 2010

dreads - day 1

finally did it! today a friend put a bunch of braidy-back comby dreads in my hair.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

traditions in western herbalism conference

it's been a whirlwind since i last posted!

back in mid september i attended the traditions in western herbalism conference and i have to say, it was the most amazing experience i've had in my life. it was like a family reunion, but the only difference is, everyone genuinely liked each other and was happy to see each other! although we were a bunch of herbal geeks and shy as all get out, everyone was very friendly and welcoming. i met more people that i've 'known' through the internet in one weekend than i have my entire computer life!

the speakers were amazing and i learned so much from their off the cuff presentations. they were not allowed powerpoint presentations and most of the classes were held outside with the most breathtaking scenic views. i must have photographed the same mountain at least 10 times, lol.

it was such a blessing meeting so many amazing herbalists and friends....paul bergner, kiva rose, jim mcdonald, rosalee de la foret, john gallagher and his family, matthew wood, darcey blue french, sean donahue, molly gray, jesse wolf hardin, margi flint, 7song, howie brounstein, charles garcia, christine tolf, kristen davenport and more plus a few i've met in the past (rosemary gladstar and phyllis light).

hanging out with molly was a pleasure, she was easy to get a long with and she tolerated my gift of gab....i'm shy at first but once i get comfortable with you, look out! i felt really comfortable around her right away. i'm glad to have gotten to meet her and spend some time chatting on the drive to/from albuquerque and other times during the weekend.

we got to hear rising appalachia sing on several occasions as well as paul bergner, tina collins and her pony and a lovely flamenco couple sing and perform.

since i had to fly (last minute change of plans), i slept in my rental car which was uncomfortable but worked out fine. didn't really need much sleep (or food apparently as it, well, sucked) as i was high on herbally goodness the entire time.

next year, i'll be packing meat, hoops (can you believe there was not ONE single hoop there?!...), sea salt and traveling by vehicle so i can pack a tent and not deal with stuffy heads and clogged ears the entire trip or arrive at the airport and have to wait an hour before my family decided to get around to picking me up when my flight landed. feeling the love there....NOT.

also next year, i'll be presenting 2 classes! i've very excited about this. i'll be teaching 1 class TO kids about herbs (i'm writing a special edition of herbal roots just for the conference attendees....) and i'll be teaching a class on how to teach herbs to kids for parents and teachers. i have so many ideas bursting in my head on this topic, i've jotted them down so i won't forget anything....

i'm already counting down the days until i head back there. loved the dry heat, endless blue skies, red rocks and open spaces. i've been to new mexico many times and this was my first positive felt similar to being in sedona, arizona. hoping this will be an annual pilgrimage...i told greg when we are free to travel, i'd like to just travel conference to conference year round. :D sounds like a great way to explore the country to me! of course, i'd also like to head down to south america for a year or so and just study the flora there and perhaps write some issues of herbal roots based on the plants i learn! wouldn't that be neat?

Friday, October 1, 2010

solstice ideas

that time of the year is right around the corner and so i'm putting together ideas for the kids. the girls are always so much easier to create for than the boys, why is that?

i purchased a couple of bows w/ arrows and wooden swords from a re-enactment booth at a festival. there's a hodge podge that should please 5 of them.

other ideas include:

*making blank art journals for the girls to decorate. actually, this one might work for everyone although sage isn't really in to doing anything more than scribbling at the moment. i'll see how much time i have to make them.

*felted elf style slippers for 3 of the kids made by a friend.

*custom designed fused glass earrings for the girls from another friend.

friends and family will be receiving hand knitted wash cloths, hand made soap and honey from our bees. i'm hoping to compile some pictures of the kids to give to grandparents.

more ideas will come up as we get closer i'm sure.

what ideas do you have for the holidays?
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