January of 2009 – I was 29 and finally figuring out what I wanted to be when I grow up.
Which is to say, I was figuring out who I was, who I wanted to be, what I wanted from life. And the word that continually came to mind was “integrity.” I became tired of living a divided, compartmentalized life, where the person I was at work was different than the person I was at home, or with my friends, or in my garden, or visiting family. I didn’t want to be divided anymore.
What did I want? To get dirt under my fingernails every day. To work hard, to experience the seasons naturally as they occurred, to help my community, to build a life in which all aspects thereof support and strengthen one another.
I began studying herbalism at home in the spring, using Christopher Hobbs’ Foundations of Herbalism course; and this past September I began studying with Sacred Plant Traditions, an herbalism class in Charlottesville, VA.
The purpose of this blog is educational – to challenge me to apply myself, explore ideas, continue learning and questioning: herb research, philosophy, stories, recipes, lore, meditations and materia medica – my goal is to post something at least once a week. Keep my feet on the path.
And I invite you to contribute as well, whether you are a fellow student, an herbalist, a health professional, a gardener, a cook, a generally inquiring mind – feel free to share your stories, insights, thoughts, and lessons.