in the weeds

in the weeds

Do you have a garden? If you do, how do you feel about weeding? We have several gardens on our property and weeding is just part of my summer routine. I don’t really mind it at all actually – I love getting my hands in the soil and actually find it quite meditative.

Recently I have become more interested in learning about the plants that flourish so abundantly in my garden beds. It is actually quite amazing how fast and prolific some species can be and I’ve been curious to know more about how these plants are ecologically valuable, edible, medicinal or sacred in some way. 

Here is a little of what I’ve learned:

  • Chickweed ~ Stellaria media: This plant is native to Europe that has widely naturalized in North America. Chickweed indicates tilled, fertile, nitrogen-rich soil and is excellent raw (in place or sprouts or salad) and is also delicious cooked. However it should only be eaten in limited amounts since it can cause an upset stomach for some.
  • Common Horsetail ~ Equisetum arvense: Prefers acidic soils. Externally it was traditionally used for chilblains and wounds. It was also once used to polish pewter and wood (I’m definitely planning to try this!) and to strengthen fingernails (because of it’s high silica content).
  • Common Plantain ~ Plantago major: Loves disturbed areas – I seem to be constantly pulling them out of my gravel driveway. If you can leave them to mature, the ripe seed heads can be used for bird food. Common Plantain is often referred to as the ‘soldier’s herb’ because it has been used over the centuries to treat wounds on the battlefields. Roman legions also used it in footwear to prevent blisters and the leaves can be chewed and the juices mixed with saliva to be spread on abrasions, burns or bee stings.

Kind of amazing right? Knowing more about all the plants in my environment makes me feel so much more connected with nature.

So over to you. Can you learn about at least one weed you see in your garden and share what you find out with us? Head over to my Facebook page, post a picture and what you’ve discovered.

Some Wisdom From the Rabbit and Skin Horse

Some Wisdom From the Rabbit and Skin Horse

What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
~ excerpted from the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams published in 1922
love & pranams,
carla

Work With Me – I'm Hiring!!

Work With Me – I'm Hiring!!

I have a growing yoga arts and retreat business (carlawainwright.com) and I’m looking for a talented assistant who is enthusiastic, creative, independent, driven and a visionary. This is a work at home (virtual) position for someone who is the perfect fit to help with marketing, course creation, organization, dreaming, implementing and joyfully getting things done!  It is also a great opportunity to be mentored by a successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience!

Your work would entail:

  • Overseeing retreat and teacher training planning and organization
  • Connecting/interacting with clients
  • Brand development
  • Communication management and scheduling including newsletters and social media
  • Developing and implementing a marketing plan for offerings and events
  • Website optimizing (content)
  • Helping to build business operating systems (summaries of tasks and services provided to have clear systems in place)
  • Working together virtually on upcoming courses, projects and other on-line offerings

The perfect candidate will excel at these tasks and our collaboration will allow each of us to focus on our zones of excellence and genius. I am looking for a long term relationship that will flourish and be mutually beneficial. An interest/aptitude and experience in yoga, health and wellness a bonus. This part-time position (starting at 4-8 hours per week and increasing gradually over time – possibly up to 15-20 hours a week) opens in March, and it offers flexible working hours, a competitive hourly rate, training bonuses, and unpaid leave and vacation (as requested). I will be fully supportive of your schedule and projects so that we can both be successful doing the things we love.

The ideal candidate will have/be …

  • Previous experience with online business 
  • Familiarity with my work and a strong understanding of my mission and goals
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work independently and make decisions on my behalf, when required
  • An eye for design — you don’t need to be a graphic designer, but you’re able to see the format, design and layout of my branding and use it as needed
  • Creative in nature, good with details – including research, taking photographs, finding images, overseeing project set-ups
  • Ability to think objectively and summarize important takeaways from calls or project, create key notes, and list and prioritize action items
  • Ability to communicate clearly and directly
  • Reliable and dedicated

Applications:

I will be accepting applications until the New Moon on February 15th, 2018. If you would like to be considered, please fill out this application form: https://form.jotform.com/80156565556261. NOTE: I will only consider applications that are submitted via this form.

I’ll contact you with more details and a request to interview (via email) if I think we’d be a good match!

Thank you!!