by Dave Meesters. On our trip to Florida last week, Janet and I had the privilege of seeing two eminent scientists speak. One of these speeches was an event that we’d been anticipating for months; the other took us completely by surprise. These two scientists shared strikingly different visions for how we can act to protect life in our apocalyptic age.
By Janet Kent We tell ourselves stories to make sense of the world. We do this alone, as individuals, and together as a society. The stories we tell as a society, and in turn, those we tell as individuals, reflect the values of our culture. We recognize these frameworks as stories when they take the … Continue reading Think Like a Forest
by Janet Kent Consciousness of the growing stressors wild plant communities face can inform our herbal practice in many ways. There is currently a debate over whether ethical wildcrafting is even possible within the context of environmental catastrophe. I plan to write more on this topic soon, but for now, I will assume that people … Continue reading Herbalism in an Age of Mass Extinction, Part Two: Ecologically Minded Practice
by Janet Kent. In February of 2016, we, the inhabitants of Earth, reached a milestone. Around the world, the average temperature was 2˚C higher than any year on record. This is the number scientists have cited as the tipping point for the global climate. After a 2˚C temperature increase, catastrophic change is unavoidable. While global … Continue reading Herbalism in an Age of Mass Extinction, Part One: Context, Concepts and Strategy
by Dave Meesters. Summer solstice, when the sun's powers are at their height, is a good occasion to recognize and give thanks for the gifts bestowed by the sun and the light that it brings into our lives, as well as to be thankful for the night, and the dark that gives us reprieve from … Continue reading Sun Medicine / Moon Medicine: An Alchemical Approach to Balance
by Janet Kent. We talk a lot on this blog about reconnection, the potential for healing of individual, society and environment when we reconnect to the more-than –human world. Here, I want to talk about a kind of reconnection possible wherever we are, the medicine of presence. In this culture of over-stimulation and information overload, … Continue reading Earthwork Part Two: Herbs for Grounding
by Janet Kent. Our world has become increasingly chaotic. Uncertainty is the rule. For many who live subject to the whims of the current administration, fear and powerlessness have become the dominant emotions. Arbitrary and cruel executive orders come down from the oligarchs daily, sending shock waves through an already stunned public. News of the … Continue reading Earthwork, Part One: Staying Grounded in Tumultuous Times