Cultivating "Earth care, People care, Fair share" Relationship and Reverence through Wild Foods and Foraging
I have worked, lived, and "worshipped" in the woods for the past 15 years - perhaps a trifle in comparison to some of the herbalists and mountain sages I have met or studied with - but in those years I have passionately lived the life of a rare plant botanist, a wetland scientist, a wildlife biologist, a restorationist, a horticulturalist and professional gardener, a trail-builder, a hiker, a native plant nut, and throughout it all as a designer seeing and then seeking that the wisest of patterns and systems in nature be brought back into the human experience, into design and function of the urban landscape and our daily lives. For what purpose?
At some point along my path, a switch turned on, I realized something, and I WOKE UP to an undeniable knowing. My work and time in nature and gardens went from leisure to passionate necessity to divine intuition and understanding of my purpose(s). The earth and its plant beings have something very important to say, the question is are we listening, do we hear? I've realized my soul and system is highly tuned to this frequency. I see reminders everywhere of sacred geometry, sacred beauty, sacred design. Wild plants and their phytonutrient content are some of the most nutritious and digestible preventative medicines available to us - and I've always been drawn in by these plants, they're delicious, and I feel so good experiencing them. I can take a walk in the forest or a meadow and be completely emotionally and mentally transformed - energetically cleansed and lifted as if having climbed to the top of a peak in victory! I now home-grow or make outings to collect, craft seasonal dishes like nettle pesto, dry blue elderberries for cold season teas and syrup, or tincture herbs and other wild leaves, roots, barks, flowers, and fruits for supplemental nutrition or medicinal use. I see also that it has been these 15 years of relationship-building, time spent digging, touching, harvesting, smelling, tasting, seeing, communing and listening, both DOING AND REFLECTING on the outer and inner landscape that has created this bridge in my soul to the realm of Spirit, an incredible ascendent experience which I know will continue to grow and evolve with me along my path. It is my truest hope and desire to see as many people as possible cultivate awareness and relationship with this earth, particularly within themselves and each other, and particularly at this time on the planet when there is immense struggle and conflict, when there are so many things that stop us in our path, that get in our way of knowing who we are and why we are here. During a recent trip to Scotland, I acquired a Permaculture Design Certificate at the Findhorn Foundation and was reminded of the core ethics and principles of permaculture and new paradigm frameworks for how we truly move forward and to a higher frequency in our lives and on the planet. From David Holmgren's Permaculture Ethics, "Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share", I am reminded of the words RELATIONSHIP and ALIGNMENT. I am reminded to constantly cultivate relationship: a) within myself, b) with other humans, c) with the animals, plants, and all beings of this realm, and d) to learn how to live in compassionate alignment with all my relations...and I don't have to be perfect; I don't need to know how to do it all now...start somewhere that feels right in your heart and move forward!
This aligned relationship can start easy. A nose to the rose ;)...that fresh you-picked fruit from the vine...a moonlit walk in the wild, any unexpected event or experience in the outdoors that gets us trying something new, exploring the unknown, and opening doors to possibility. "Gardening the edge" (another Permaculture principle) can be the beginning of lifelong relationship to ourselves - our inner landscape - which reflects all around us and is the foundation or building blocks that shape our experiences and in varying degrees actually shapes our physical world. I advocate and share my process of "Sacred Cultivation" through seasonal Foraging Classes and workshops in and around Seattle, guided group meditations, and one-on-one client work. Urban permaculture design short-courses to come in 2017, stay tuned! More information on our Foraging classes can be found on my website and the Facebook event page:
Whatever you do to cultivate sacredness in your life, I hope it's fun, passion-filled, and shared with as many people as possible. Abundant Green Blessings! -Rosemary Baker, Sacred Sense Healing Gardens and Olallie Landscapes LLC