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After 3 years delay, due to so many visitors and other things going on, I am finally able to let everyone know my learnings and experiences with making and living in Geodesic Domes :D
View The Dome Story
Jörg, Kira, Ema and Lilu have found a little piece of paradise close by to Ravenwood and plan to live here in Val Sacra as soon as possible. They have been searching for three years for home, and found us recently...all our lives shall be enriched by having these magnificent beings as part of our tribe....
Jörg made Lilu her very own hammock swing, as the play area is more for older children, with tree house and high swings.
Our last full moon celebration was quite a happening - Music, Poetry and a Liberation Ceremony for myself and Annie. At our Handfasting in 2006, our hands were Ceremonially tied together with a ribbon. We started this ceremony bound in the same way, until Claire and Djesael as our Priestess and Priest released us to find new love - though as I said to Annie at the time, The end of Mariage is not the end of Love. We continue to honor the connection that has always been between us, but now as Brother and Sister.
Love and Blessings,
This was a very exiting day for me when I discovered arnica here in the Valchuisella. It grows a little higher than Ravenwood at about 1000 meters above sea level. We are 800 meters above sea level.
I harvested a few flower heads and infused them in olive oil for a few months, then strained the oil and heated it slightly to add a little beeswax to make an ointment. It is great for bumps and bruises.
Self heal grows wild in our meadows. It is a good remedy when you are at a loss as to which plant to use. The name tells all. I make olive oil infusion for massage with it and brandy tincture.
Sally's Introduction to Herbal Medicine
My past education in medicine is a little shaky...having trained as a nurse and midwife in a hospital in the 70's .When we came to Ravenwood I was keen to learn Herbal Medicine, and friends visiting helped me to identify edible and medicinal herbs that are natural to this area,
Slowly one plant at a time I have began to understand and resonate with the nature spirits here.
Some species we have added, like comfrey, rosemary, lavender, yet there is such a profusion of wild plants here that the meadows have been my oyster!
Our library has an abundance of herb books to which I have referenced, yet still I reckon my main teacher is Mother Nature herself!
It is such a joy choosing the right time according to the moon, season, weather, and ritualistically
preparing these medicines.
It is really very easy to do, add beeswax to oil infusion for ointment, chop up herbs fresh and add to men-strum for tinctures.
I keep all potions in progress under my bed so I can keep an eye on them, give them a shake, taste the tinctures; and decide when to strain them.
Saint John's Wort ( Hypericum)
Hypericum grows wild here at Ravenwood in our sunny meadows. I harvest it at midday on a sunny day, only taking a few sprigs from each clump. Hypericum heals body and soul inside and out. It inhibits the growth of unwanted viruses, bacteria and fungi. It increases immunity,
helps SADS, depression, liver congestion, shingles, nervous exhaustion, menopausal moods, and jet lag.
Infusion in organic olive oil for use in cooking or massage
Brandy tincture or you can use wine or vinegar, brandy tincture is more long lasting
Smudge sticks are for protection
Dry herb for tea
A few years ago I discovered watercress next to a river nearby, so I transplanted a few small plants to our spring river.
Now we have two big carpets of watercress.
It grows profusely in summer yet even in winter we find some.
Very yummy and full of minerals and vitamin C
Making our own planks
The first step is to fell the tree
Winter solstice 21.12.2013
Nothing can be more magical than making ceremony at sunrise, followed by a cosy breakfast in Annie`s dome.
In the afternoon we were invited to the local druids ceremony. Pictured here The Priestess and The Shaman's companion, Irene and Tara. It was fantastic, they made a magical sacred circle, a big central bonfire, we chanted and danced, offered our own prayers...we were smudged, chilled, sweat ed elated. When the ceremony was over we had a bring and share meal and everybody sang happy birthday to our Solstice baby, Kelly!
The druids will join us for the January full moon drumming and at Imbolc next year the venue of the Ritual shall be here at Ravenwood.