Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Healing Our Losses... A Workshop With Dr. Jack Miller.

Our farm community is sponsoring bringing Dr. Miller to Lake County.  This is a complimentary workshop (and potluck) open to the public.

3 to 9 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church
3810 Main Street, Kelseyville

This is  a complimentary workshop for those seeking to find their footing after trauma, reclaim life after loss,  and prepare for the journey ahead.    

Dr. Jack Miller, a former Roman Catholic priest, is founder of The Phoenix Project, an orchestrated rite of passage and deep healing process that has been helping people around the world for almost three decades. Dr. Miller has helped hundreds of people “rise from the ashes of catastrophe.” 

Organizers and co-facilitators, Loretta McCarthy and Denise Rushing, are members of the Dancing TreePeople Farm community in Upper Lake.   Each are authors on the topics of spirituality, earth wisdom and transformation.  Both have participated in Dr. Miller’s Phoenix Project.

For more contact: lorettamccarthy@earthlink.net   (707) 245-9076 or visit: www.reclaiminglifeafterloss.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/860050510769794/ to RSVP

Potluck meal.  If you are able, please bring a food dish to share.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Just one of many losses this day -- UPDATED

I've always been fascinated by how places transform over time... and today, I am sad at the near instantaneous transformation of a place nearby --one that I intended to visit someday but never did: Harbin Hot Springs.

Here is the before:

Here is what happened:

Dancing TreePeople Farm members are busy reaching out to friends impacted by the #ValleyFire, and are dreaming about the Phoenix rising from the ashes of all that has happened to our beautiful places.

This is just one of many losses in our humble county this day.

For the dreamers....
let's not end this post on the destruction.  Spring will return.
Let's instead recreate the beauty of this place:


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A ray of hope!

This is one of the best short summaries of the carbon cycle we've seen--and how we can turn around climate change (really!).  Starting here and now.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Time to Fall

Fall here at the orchard brings a number of changes both in routines and rhythms.

Cooler days mean more leisurely mornings. No need to rush out to do farm chores before the sun heats the temperature to baking degrees. Dogs get to go outside and play "frisbee" in the afternoon instead of waiting until early evening. Patience is not easy for them or for us!

Pears and apples replace plums and peaches as the fruit of choice. All organic and delicious in their own time.

And then there is the switch from cold cereal to oatmeal - with chia seeds, flax, cinnamon, raisins and our very own walnuts. Truly "fall-ing" can be relaxing and scrumptious.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Farm Cats and Life Lessons

This is Sheeba, our ferrel farm cat, and her new kitten, Catkin. Sheeba still doesn't let us pet her, but she has learned the alluring technique of rubbing up against our legs in a very seductive manner that has persuaded us to willingly feed her twice a day since last March. We thought when she had her kitten, she'd teach her offspring the same technique. Not so. Catkin somehow inherited the ferrel-ness of her (his?) father, which causes her to stand a distance away from me, the giant two-legger, licking her paws in feigned disinterest while her mother enjoys a tasty meal.

Watch Catkin, though. Even though she is terrified out of her wits, she trusts her mother. Overcoming her innate fear a bit at a time, she eventually joins her mom at the food bowl. Good for her. I am always worried she would go away hungry, especially as her mother is weaning her.

Catkin's beliefs about me and what I represented were nearly insurmountable. However, she had a trusted figure that showed her I was safe and able to be tamed into submission. Catkin then gradually inched her way toward the food bowl in manageable chunks – pushing the edge of her comfort zone time and time again until she obtained her goal.

I face "giant two-leggers" continually. I notice the feelings of terror they invoke, which cause me to go off and lick my paws – to journey down the Google rabbit hole or answer non-critical emails. However, by refocusing my eyes on the prize and taking small steps each moment of the day, I eventually notice my journey along the path gets easier and I discover I can accomplish my goal.

I learn many life lessons like this from my pets. Is this true for you, too?