Nights of wood breeze singing into the twinkle of goodbye… not long after this shot I left my home in the Hurricane Creek Wilderness Preserve after 10 years of near solitude. But I was never alone. The forest held me and taught me how to listen and learn.
After working several years as an instructor for Ozark Tracker Society, along with naturalist Kent Bonar, I founded Ozark Herbs. We spend weekends with students deciphering the hidden talents of plants and the role they play in nurturing all of life. I’m also a seed saver and an avid reader. Interdependence is the name of the game…along with that — personal responsiblity –to become increasingly self-reliant and a contributor to the welfare of all. We’re surfing the “Waves of Change” together my friends, unknown territory, a wilderness beyond our ken. We must tune in to a higher intelligence to find our way.
I adore meaningful interaction with others, and I continue to adore solitude. Finding a balance seems attractive, but maybe we need to allow for extremes sometimes in order to find that balance? Otherwise, “balance” may just be a cover for mediocrity.
Now I’ve teamed up with a Native American curandera, Aguila, at Rancho Arco Iris, which is very similar to my former wilderness home. Its in the Buffalo River National Forest area and off-grid. Designed by a certified permaculturalist, it blends in gracefully with the landscape. Years ago, Aguila started the Arco Iris Earth Care Project, a non-profit corporation that holds 400 acres of Ozark wilderness in trust. I’m helping this project now and Aguila and I are offering Wild Kitchen workshops at Rancho Arco Iris.
A couple of years ago the Arco Iris Earth Care Project and I collaborated to start a school of Herbalism called The Herbal Coaching Community School of Herbalism. It offers quality herbal education at a low cost. It also offers an alternative economy to help folks manage financially.