Mind, Body and Spirit Wellness


Yesterday I spent much of the day in a workshop group learning all about needle felting. It was a day well spent, for I was with others and being creative.

I made this…


We often forget how it feels to simply be.

IMG_6885To be oneself.

IMG_6900To be with others.

IMG_6893To be happy.

IMG_6904To be quiet and still.

IMG_6910To simply be!

IMG_6891We have forgotten…be kind, be kinder.

IMG_6911We are oft times unkind to ourselves.

IMG_6912We can never fully know or understand what others are struggling with, yet we all know the value of a kind word, a caring call or a shared coffee.

IMG_6914Being kind opens the door to personal happiness.

IMG_6918Body wellness is centred around being kind to oneself…something many of us never really think about…especially if we have others to care for.

IMG_6922In the past I have often posed the question, “who cares for the carers?”

IMG_6923Kindness changes everything.

IMG_6924This was the abiding message in the famous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” and yes, Rime is the correct spelling!

IMG_6925Being kind and casting a blessing on ‘slimy’ creatures, allowed the mariner to be freed from the corpse of the Albatross.

IMG_6930It is an epic poem and one worth reading, for it is a marvellous story and lesson.

Within the shadow of the ship
I watched their rich attire:
Blue, glossy green, and velvet black,
They coiled and swam; and every track
Was a flash of golden fire.
O happy living things! no tongue
Their beauty might declare:
A spring of love gushed from my heart,
And I blessed them unaware:
Sure my kind saint took pity on me,
And I blessed them unaware.
The self-same moment I could pray;
And from my neck so free
The Albatross fell off, and sank
Like lead into the sea.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98 and published in 1798 in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads.
Blessings to you all XXX Colette

Creating a Sanctuary for Yourself!

“Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit

He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing”
Marcus Tullius Cicero 

DSC07990This is very apt today as I have been in and out of the garden, working and reading…Dictator by Robert Harris, the third and last book in the Cicero trilogy.

DSC09029Many of you are aware that I do not have a TV, nor want one, come to that!

I spend my time between the garden and reading mostly.

www.bealtainecottage.com 018Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul, and constitutionalist.

Cicero lived through the fall of the Republic and the installation of Caesar as dictator.

Barn at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture GardensIt was a time when Roman fought Roman and the fabric of society was torn apart.

Cleopatra was on the throne of Egypt and Mark Anthony was waiting in the wings, (…most of you know of the tempestuous love affair between them both!)

10 July 2014 005But, to return to the quote above…Cicero had life sorted in my opinion.

There is much anguish and depression in society today, and, in my opinion,  exacerbated by the lack of connection we have to Mother Earth and each other, but particularly by noise!

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureThere is a background noise that seems to permeate home life, emanating from TVs, computers and screens linked to the internet.

Gaming seems to be the order of the day for many young people.

In short, home, for many people, is no longer a sanctuary! 

Autumn permaculture at bealtainecottage.com 018Creating a private space where you can go to read, write, pursue a craft, or simply unwind is a positive step towards establishing good mental health and physical relaxation, in other words, a body and mind space!

If you are lucky enough to have a garden, then that can be a wonderful environment to create “space”…or, as I did when I lived in London, a garden shed on my rented allotment was my personal retreat!

Feverfew and stained glassThe words of Cicero are particularly relevant today as society seems to struggle to keep a grip on sanity and calm.

It was difficult enough for Cicero over two thousand years ago…and you know what they say about history and it’s apparent repetitive nature… 


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Earthing is a way of connecting with Mother Earth, going barefoot, without shoes whenever possible.

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There’s just something about the feel of the ground under my feet that is magical and energizing.

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The energy of the Earth was part of everyday life for our ancestors.

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They walked the Ley Lines, they felt the energy of the Mother beneath their feet.

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When was the last time you walked barefoot upon the Earth?

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Ley lines connect ancient monuments and sacred sites with Earth energies.

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To walk barefoot upon the Earth is good for mental health well-being.


We are a civilization without connection to the very world we inhabit.


We fear the dark.

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We fear ridicule.


We have entrapped our bodies from making progress on our spiritual journeys, for without our connection to Mother Earth we are wandering souls, alone and bereft of comfort and joy.


Earthing is a part of Natural Healing.


Walking barefoot invokes a calming energy and helps us to get to know who we are.


When I feel in any way distressed, I walk to a special place in the gardens, remove my shoes and stand, stretched out on the Earth.


It is comforting and empowering.

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Stopping by the Silt-pond

Try it…get earthed!

The Only Guaranteed Hedge Fund with 100% Return

Bealtaine Cottage willow hedgeAs the world banks teeter on the brink of disaster and pension funds across the globe are held hostage to fortune, hedge fund managers duck and dive between commodities that promise the best return.

Bealtaine Cottage vegetablesFood is one of the biggest commodities.

Billions of dollars are gambled and hedged from one shipment of food to another.

Bealtaine Cottage home made breadThe media keeps financial reporting at the top of their somewhat twisted agenda and most of the time we, the audience, have not got a clue what they are talking about!

Funny, isn’t it?

Am I the first to openly admit this farcical nonsense?

So, what, exactly is a Hedge Fund?

Blackcurrant and redcurrant hegebealtaine cottage 008A hedge should be a multifunctional windbreak with lots of food varieties growing in it!

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture hedgeA permaculture hedge.

The only real Hedge Fund!

Bealtaine Cottage willow, beech and dogwoodsPermaculture is the reality of maximum biodiversity without the dysfunctional obsession to control…just facilitate.

Bealtaine cottage Permaculture hedgeA permaculture hedge facilitates.

It facilitates the need to slow down the wind and create a barrier.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture hedgesIt facilitates the needs of birds and wildlife in creating shelter, habitat and food.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture garden mar 2011 001A permaculture hedge has as many different plant and tree varieties and species in it as can be supported within that environment.

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture ireland march 2011 001This Hedge Fund will provide food in as many varieties as imagination and environment will allow.

Bealtaine Cottage Ballyfermoyle 044The perfect Hedge Fund that keeps on growing and returning 100% every year to you, your family, friends, wildlife, food pantry, spiritual and mental health well-being.

Bealtaine Cottage 11 Dec 10 022To look out on a winter morning and see the colourful stems of Ash, Plum, Apple, Dogwood, Willow, Spiraea, Blackcurrant and more is a midwinter feast for the soul.