I’ve been wanting to re-connect with my knowledge of growing plants either as nutritious food or abundant flower arrangements to brighten my home, for a few years now.
Building my practice The Relaxation Room has kept me busy, so it's been with enthusiasm, after a chance conversation with a colleague, that i'm taking on an allotment, perfectly timed for the biodynamic gardening course I am now attending for the next few months.
Vivian, from the Biodynamic group at Brantwood Coniston, Ruskin s home overlooking Coniston Water, is a mind of information and gave us an illuminating day learning about soil, compost and the Biodynamic preparations. I found out about the course from the Biodynamic Association newsletter and signed up straight away.
Perfect timing for taking on an allotment although the gathering of material to start my own compost heap will have to wait, i can at least start the biodynamic process as the gardener.
My initial reflections around the differences between the similar organisations such as the Soil Association, RHS - Royal Horticultural Society and Permaculture Association which base their knowledge and practical activities of gardening on environmental factors, the Biodynamic approach brings in the wider aspects of the planetary influences, more aligned with traditional farming techniques. It also highlights the involvement of the gardener themselves, their temperament, their inner qualities. And if we think of ourselves and how our moods can be as changeable as the weather this essential difference is key to the process and is where I can start at least. Looking at my attitude to my piece of the land I have been given the guardianship of.
There is scientific process behind the knowledge although not recognised by regulatory organisations. And why? Mumby jumbo? Totally woo? More because it s like asking a fish to climb a tree or me to ride a unicycle, although given time and encouragement I’m sure I’d succeed where the fish would fail. My point is just because Biodynamic farming doesn’t adhere to some strict codes of gardening practice, the wine industry is a shining example of its essential role in bringing our soil back to life.
And that is what I took from today. How Biodynamic practice is enlivening the Earth, the soil and enriching the plants grown in it.
As a Weleda Wellbeing Advisor I know that’s why our products seem to have a dramatic impact on my clients health and wellbeing. Their goodness has been grown not manufactured.
So as my friends in India say, shanti shanti slowly slowly, my garden will be grown, and it will grow biodynamically
Today I was talking to a colleague and thought, I know what I want when I think of having a relaxing weekend away, time to just chill, a spa, a treatment. And then it struck me.
For too long now I've been drilled down into explaining what I do from what I do not what I offer. Do clients really book me for being an Holistic Practitioner qualified in Body Massage, or do they rebook when they feel the difference 23 years experience brings?
As a friend of mine keeps telling me in terms of marketing; 'sell the sizzle, not the sausage'
So, as a way of answering my own question I thought, who do I want to see, what do they want to receive and when?
Couples...for an Ultimate Full Body (2 hour tailored treatments) on Thurs or a Friday or a Saturday...and that's just the start
Daytime sessions for parents between school drop off and pick up - come and relax for the time in between at the spa, have a treatment, lunch then off home with the kids
Evening after work on the way home, dip in the pool, grab a session to ease away the work day, sure way of a great night's sleep
Saturday morning come and have a run, a row (only on the machine, it's not an olympic pool). deep tissue repair session then a chill in the jacuzzi, sauna then off to conquer the shops
The list is endless and each session is as unique as we all are. So, what would you choose and when are you visiting?
The untamed beauty with harmony as its strength
Queen of flowers, ambassador of love, symbol of beauty and purity – no other flower fascinates us as eternally as the rose.
It’s no wonder that the rose enjoys almost legendary status among flowers - even the ancient Babylonians cultivated rose blooms to produce scented ointments from their petals. In early China roses were specifically grown in terraced plots, as they knew about their regenerating effect. At the time of the great Emperor Charlemagne, people used rose petals for gargling and for healing baths, while distillation of precious rose oil was probably invented in Persia. The essential oil was considered extremely valuable as its recovery was – and is – enormously costly. It takes three million flowers to produce one litre of rose oil. Today there are countless varieties and scents, with approximately 150 species of wild rose, almost two-thirds of them from Asia.
Balanced between beauty and strength
The inner values of rose plants are just as significant – and they are particularly strong in their wild forms. The wild rose easily keeps its balance between smoothness and robustness, demand and adaptability. When cultivated, roses externalise their vitality and image of harmony through their singular beauty and bewitching scent. Wild roses, on the other hand, internalise their life forces and develop the inner essences which create valuable rosa mosqueta seed oil.
With its many thorns, the wild rose reins itself in, restraining the impulses that urge growth outward. In this way an inner balance is formed. The demonstration of this harmony lies in the fruit of the wild rose – the rosehip is in particular ‘wrapped up’ in its seeds.
Our skin’s health also benefits from the roses’ balancing skills. The core rosa mosqueta oil soothes and smoothes the skin, while the scent of damask rose harmonises the mood. We use the wild rose variety rosa mosqueta and her red rosehip fruit in our skin care line for Wild Rose Face and Body. The seed oil of rosa mosqueta is one of the most effective oils to smooth the skin. Especially after the age of 30, when the skin is becoming gradually more demanding and dry, the strength of our Wild Rose Skin Care range takes effect.