Category: flowers

March has arrived!

It is hard to believe we have already landed into the month of March! There are have been many shifts and transitions this month for us, as we ease away from winter and towards spring.

I recently had the honour of being a student of Deva Tree School of Yoga , where I graduated in the Restorative Yoga Teacher Training. It seemed to end on a very auspicious time with the New Moon and Solar Eclipse happening on graduation day.

What I did not anticipate, was the unfurling of years and years of holding; whether it was stress, trauma or old patterns. Given the space to ease into the postures, for long periods of time, gave me the time and space I needed to reflect, and let go. I truly felt as though I had cocooned for 6 days, and came out a butterfly, ready to spread my wings from the discomfort of my shell, to re-new and begin again.

As you may know, I have been busy teaching many weekly yoga classes, creating new content for workshops and hosting events, along with of course, raising my young family. My heart goes out to all of my students, and I hold space for them all as they open their hearts and bodies in my studio. Giving myself the time to be a student, and sink into the restorative practices was exactly the self care I needed, filling my cup in order to pour it out to others. Practicing what I preach!

I look forward to sharing my new teachings with you all soon, in our next restorative yoga class!

It seemed very fitting on the return of my training, that my children and I found one of the first snow drops had arrived. New Moon, new beginnings!

Spring is all about new beginnings, the beginning of a new season, a new cycle, a time of re-birth and awakening. What a way to start a new beginning than to call in the element of FIRE to burn away the old, to create space for anew. This is a perfect example of the healing and transformational power of FIRE.

We have been busy working alongside Kettle Creek Conservation Authority over the past 6 months, and on Easter Sunday, the first stage of our new wildflower meadow, began. KCCA have been incredibly supportive in our dream to turn our hay field into a vibrant wildflower meadow (we are after all called Wildflowers Farm!), by awarding us funding through their Clean Water Stewardship program. Click here for more information

A wildflower meadow is a complete ecosystem all on its own providing food for a wide range of wildlife, including one of our faves, the HONEYBEE ! As you know, bees are vital to mankind, yet these beautiful insects are under considerable pressure from habitat loss and disease. So, we want to do what we kind to give back to our sweet pollinators, along with a whole host of wildlife, birds and insects.

Why BURN? Common practice these days is to use ROUND UP, to kill off the grasses, weeds and many woody plants to be able to start the restoration project, but if you know us at all, you will know that R.U. is kind of a bad word around here! We want to restore our land, whilst maintaining our rich organic soil. So, with much discussion, we came to the agreement that the safest way to protect our soil ecology whilst ridding of those pesky invasive grasses is to do a PRESCRIBED BURN, which was done by a wildfire specialist.

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For thousands of years, tall grass prairies and open meadows were kept free of trees by the occasional wildfires that cleared the landscape every 2-50 years. These fires were caused by lightening, or set intentionally by Native Americans. They had discovered that fire killed woody plants, but encouraged fruit bearing shrubs and forage producing grasslands. IMG_0029

Prescribed burns today are used most frequently to maintain and restore native grasslands. Prescribed burning can recycle nutrients tied up in old plant growth, improve poor quality forage, increase plant growth and improve certain wildlife habitat.

Check out our time lapse video of the prescribed burn here!

We are incredibly grateful to be able to follow our dreams with the support of KCCA, helping us to create the world we wish to see- full of flowers and bees!

Next up: the planting!

Flower Power

The Daisy. What a beautiful, fun, innocent flower. Simply stunning.  This flower brings me to my childhood, sitting underneath a patch, gazing up at this beauty, with total presence. As a child, you only know this presence, this safety to be who you are. It isn’t until later on, that we decide we are not utterly perfect, just the way we are; imperfect.

So by keeping busy, taking on various roles through my life, I have come to a point, where I need to bring this innocence back. This means to me, freedom. Allowing myself to make mistakes, allowing myself to jump in and take risks, and allowing myself to be loved. Giving myself time to just be. No roles, no deadlines, no excuses and no guilt. Why is it we feel guilt when we give ourselves a few precious moments of silence?

So, I sat with my old friend daisy. Imagining what my 3 year old would have thought doing this exact thing. I invited my inner child to come and play. So, I lay there, in the grass, feeling the earth and watching the clouds float by. Bliss.

When I look through my studies of the daisy, I find that the essence is for feeling empty and a lack of joy and laughter in life; time to let go of the mourning and start living. Never underestimate the power of these flowers!