Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tree Orienting: Bridging the Human and Botanical Worlds

I had met Jen Frey of Brigid's Way at this year's Mid-Atlantic Women's Herbal Conference in Kempton, PA that was held at the beginning of October.  She spoke about Tree Orienting, and it just completely resonated with me.  So, today I traveled all the way out to Lancaster, PA to participate in a Tree Orienting workshop that she was hosting. Tree Orienting originated as a collaboration between Damanhur, Italy and the Wisdom University in 2011.  From Damanhur's website:

Tree orientation is an initiative that Damanhur has proposed since 2011. The community participates in this project along with many friends worldwide, most of whom are part of the Popolo Spirituale, as part of the Global Tree Network. The purpose of Tree Orientation is to bring the human and plant worlds closer together, as they once were. 

Damanhur's Spiritual Vision gives great importance to communing with the physical and subtle forces of nature that are represented by plants and nature spirits. The trees are large, living antennas of our planet. On the Summer Solstice, the trees launch a signal into the cosmos about the health of our planet, and at the Winter Solstice, they receive a return signal. For many years, their message has been a cry of despair because humans are destroying nature. The community of Damanhur and the many supporters of this initiative around the globe have made a commitment to transform the cries of the trees into songs of joy.


Tree orientation is a huge endeavor, but a tremendously fun adventure. It is a project that anyone can join in by using a simple technique, which involves getting close to a tree while carrying a Selfic pendulum, and walking around the tree as if you were embracing it.


People all around the world are participating in this practice and together, we can help strengthen the tree network while bridging the human and botanical worlds together again. 

More information can be found at :  http://www.globaltreenetwork.com/

It was crisp, cold, windy with a high of about 23 degrees.  Long Park in Lancaster is a beautiful place to work with the trees, and it wasn't long before we had completed orienting the trees in one entire section of the park.  I oriented 283 trees myself - pretty good for a novice!  I purchased the device used to orient them, and intend to return with friends for another workshop in the spring.  If you are interested, please join me in the Spring!

Green Blessings!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Four Benefits of Getting Back to Nature

Source:  http://www.riseearth.com/2014/11/4-benefits-of-getting-back-to-nature.html

From this informative article:

"Author Richard Lou, who published the bestseller “Last Child in the Woods,” wrote about what he called a “nature deficit disorder” in relation to children, but he ultimately became overwhelmed by adults with stories about their own disconnect.
He’s not the only one to come upon this realization. More and more people have noticed a disconnect, which is largely credited to a world that’s constantly surrounded by technology. While communication is easier than ever, the quality of that communication is rapidly decreasing, which is why many are looking to take a step back from technology and reconnect with nature. It’s a good idea for everyone, with numerous benefits, including the following." 


Read the whole article here.