28 August

The Wild August Garden

It’s late August and my garden is a chaotic, wild, and beautiful “mess”. The pumpkin vines have twined up the apple tree with pumpkins resting on branches or in mid-air.  The runner beans are preferring the support of tomatoes to the trellis, so beans appear to be growing out of the tomato plants.  The cosmos,… (Read More)

2 April

Practicing Deep Magic

Having grown up reading Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and other fantasy books I’ve been  immersed in the concept of deep magic.  Most everyone knows the stories…the ring to rule them all was forged by deep magic, the stone table on which Aslan was sacrificed was built with deep magic. The magic that created these things always… (Read More)

20 February

Winter Mandalas

This moment and this moment and this next moment….that’s what we have. These moments make up our lives, and yet we seem to be wired to be anywhere but in this present moment. Certainly more than at any time in our history, the information on meditation and mindfulness is readily available and yet people struggle… (Read More)

27 January

Creating a Pattern Language of Wellness and Sustainability

What do forest gardens and peer run recovery centers have in common? • Both are innovative ideas • Both are phrases that help us envision new patterns and possibilities On forest gardens 1 Recently, while in Helena, Montana I visited the future home of the city’s Forest Garden.2 This will be a public park planted… (Read More)

28 October

On language and mindfulness

Label a plant a medicinal herb or label it a weed and very different images appear in our minds. Label a person as someone in recovery or a person who is mentally ill and again, different images appear that open or shut doors to our understanding. It is not simply the images that are different…. (Read More)

29 September

Harvest

As I write this post I am watching the chickadees hanging upside down on sunflower heads picking out the last seeds. The pumpkin vines and most of the rest of the garden plants are dying back; although the sunchokes, zinnias and cosmos are putting on a last enthusiastic show. The angle of the sun is… (Read More)

27 July

Garden Mandalas

The plant designs in the photos were created as part of a mindfulness garden games workshop I led on July 12th  at the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium here in Denver (It was sponsored by the American Horticultural Society.)   The designs are a type of mandala,  a centering device used in  traditional meditation. There is… (Read More)

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