My 100 Day Juice Fast

This was me last summer. I weighed over sixteen stones and felt encumbered by all the excess weight I was carrying. This year, on March 19, at the age of 62, I began a 100 day Juice Fast…for a great many reasons. Today I am over half way through my 100 day journey, Day 63 […]

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The Great Awakening

With each day that passes, more aspects of the Awakening come to pass. Yesterday morning, as I walked in the early light in the Lughnasadh Garden, imagining how it would look and feel in the next Summer, something I yearned deeply for came to pass…and just as I had imagined it! A Flight of Swans […]

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Benediction

I arise today Through the strength of heaven: Light of sun, Radiance of moon, Splendour of fire. Speed of lightning, Swiftness of wind, Depth of sea, Stability of earth, Firmness of rock.  ~Saint Patrick  Waking up this morning, I smile, Twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each […]

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The Need To Be

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage:
There is a growing consciousness of need in humanity today. There is an urgent need to be close to the Earth. Many of you feel this most powerfully. Many of you are seeing the world for the first time…with eyes wide open, almost startled by the immense beauty of it…

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World Vision

Midsummer has arrived in her usual blaze of triumphant colour. The longest day is here! I have celebrated eleven Midsummers at Bealtaine Cottage and watched as the vibrancy of life has taken hold, year after year multiplying in abundance and vitality. Not even I knew how it was to be! This morning, as the sun […]

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The Great Force

“One of the most important things about permaculture is that it is founded on a series of principles that can be applied to any circumstance—agriculture,urban design, or the art of living. The core of the principles is the working relationships and connections between all things.” ― Juliana Birnbaum Fox, Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban […]

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Time to Redefine Beauty

An old perfume bottle sits atop a stone, moss growing around it, soon enveloping and covering it…such is the growth in a wet climate like Ireland! The beauty of such a small thing never ceases to amaze me! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…maybe some people see this as only waste or junk…but […]

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The Power of Ritual

Ritual, everyday ritual, is incredibly powerful! Examine the ritual of power, be that in the opening of parliament, royal celebrations, religious ceremony…and you begin to see the importance and power of ritual! So where does this fit into a sustainable life or a permaculture smallholding? It is simple to understand in the context of power… […]

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