News and blog
Found this on youtube, I hope you enjoy it. https://youtu.be/ktL9dazr9lg
It is a video recorded last year about how the farm began, what goes on now, and some future plans. It also includes some pictures inside and out of the farm.
I'm not a very bright woman. I'm stubborn and rebellious, and it takes me a long time to learn lessons and process things.
However, I am humble. I will take a lesson wherever it presents itself.
I have finally realized this is why I do farm work. For three hours yesterday at Healing Spirits Herb Farm, collecting burdock seeds, getting covered in the prickly seed heads of that tenacious plant; burdock and I had a conversation. We talked about my father, Mr. Tenacious Himself, the blood from which my anger, my stubborness, and my inability to give up, comes from. My father is the reason I am so strong, and also stubborn. He is the reason I rage sometimes, but also where my creative fire comes from. Scot-Irish and German is a strong mix; races of people who literally survived by their courage and fire they held inside, alone. Ask me about my history and I can tell you a hundred times that my ancestors , against all odds, survived.
This is what we carry in our blood. But there is a price to pay for all that strength. The other side of such strength is anger, and stubborn pride. My father's family, farmers since agriculture began, is famous for it.
I was angry for two days before speaking with the burdock. I couldn't put my finger on where my anger was originating from, only that I was feeling a sort of passionate rage, the type you feel in every cell of your body. I had been processing some long forgotten traumatic experiences, but the rage seemed to be coming from deeper then that. Even during yoga class, I nearly burned with the anger I felt inside. The deep relaxation was anything but for me. I lay on the floor, seething with anger.
The burdock plant bit into me sharply with its' barbs. They grab at you, like rude children. The burdock is a detox plant, a liver renewer. It draws out poisons and toxins of all kinds, including toxic emotions. The burdock is also a survivor; it can grow in all kinds of environments, with lots of water or little water, in terrible soil or rich soil. It puts down deep deep roots to make up for less then tolerable conditions.
I felt the burdock pulling my anger out of me. The burdock detoxed my mind and my spirit, as I struggled with it. At one point, I felt compelled to say out loud to the burdock "thank you, I will help you any way I can." I felt that the burdock said back "f*** you! I didn't ask for any help! I live and thrive all on my own.." I realized this is the type of attitude I have; I have it deeply embedded in me to be strong and never ask for any type of help.
Plants are excellent teachers because they don't interrupt the internal work being done. They never give us any guru bulls**t or any advice at all, actually. They let us work on our own stuff, rage, yell, cry, laugh, whatever needs to be done, and yet, they are a conscious presence, holding space with us.
I think the work I did with burdock may have saved me from future cancer. It may have saved me from an autoimmune disorder. When we let anger build up in our bodies, it literally destroys us. Anger keeps fluid from flowing well through our bodies, nourishing our cells. I don't think it is too far fetched to say that plants heal us from the outside in. The time we spend processing in the woods and fields, with the plants and trees, will save us painful hospital stays in the future. This is truly what I believe.
The earth is a part of us, we walk on her every day. It provides us with each breath we take, every ounce of nourish needed. Come learn the essentials to take care of her and yourself. Experience rituals you can do to recognize, realize and honor your connection to Mother Earth and its importance.
The plant spirits are our connection to the earth, they share with us how we can heal ourselves and our community. What knowledge can we gain from working with essential oils and there origins. We will share this and much more as we journey into the relationship we share with the earth.This information is timeless, it comes from our ancestors and it is our responsibility to share it with our family, community and society.
Cost: $495 per weekend Class size is limited, payment in full before first class.
$200.00 refund or credit towards product at end of the four classes.
Study kits $50.00 extra for each class includes 5 essential oils and 5 herbs.
Each class will include experiential hands on learning, plant walks and ID, salve making, tincture making, tea blending, aromatherapy blending, distillation of hydrosols
Summer June 26-27 2015 Plant ID, growing and planting, labyrinth walk, distillation, flower essence, blending teas, sweat lodge, pray bundles.
Fall October 31 &Nov. 1, 2015 Plant ID, Harvesting and Drying, Essentials oils for Healing, Roots, Syrups,fire cider vinegar Dream Pillows (which herbs and oils are best for dreaming and sleeping) prayer arrows
Winter January 16 & 17, 2016 Wassling, herbal cosmetics, lip balm, body scrubs, essential oils for winter health, pipe ceremony.
Spring April 23 & 24 2016 Tree medicine, essential oils and herbs from the standing people. Self -Care Therapies, De-Barking of trees, distillation and Sweat lodge
The Gift of Healing Herbs, is a gift to all of us from Robin Rose Bennett. An herbalist with decades of experiences, working with the plants on all levels, listening to their stories and sharing the stories, and healing ways with all of us two legged. The herbal remedies contained within the pages of this book have been time tested with excellent results. Her book is thoughtfully laid out for easy reference, her recipes are easy to follow and some are downright fun. The book is a joy to read and use, we are all grateful to Robin for sharing her years of experience with all of us. We are so pleased to have this book on our bookshelf.
Healing Spirits Herb Farm and Education Center
Summer Wild Mushroom and Herb Woods Walk Seminar
Meeting at Healing Spirits Herb Farm & Education Center in Wallace, NY
Tuesday July 1st, 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM (Meet at 5:00 PM) 61247 NY 415, Avoca, NY 14809
Cost: $35 if you reserve a spot ahead of time, $40 at the door
Hosts: Matthias & Andrea Reisen from Healing Spirits Herb Farm, and Steve Galbreth from Willow Harvest Organics.
As part of our “Woods Walk” Seminar Series, this year’s summer edition will focus on teaching participants the techniques to accurately identify the edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms that grow in our area during the summer months. Matthias and Andrea Reisen from Healing Spirits will be focusing on the plants, while Steve Galbreth from Willow Harvest Organics will be your mushroom guide. We will meet at Healing Spirits Herb Farm in Wallace, NY, and carpool from there to a nearby area of woods along the beautiful FingerLakes Trail for our hike. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera and small notepad to document our finds and key identifying characteristics. We also recommend that you bring water and maybe a snack for the hike, as we will likely be in the woods for a couple of hours. Even though we will hope for a cool breezy afternoon, please dress appropriately as it will likely be warm, and there may be a few hungry mosquitoes around. After the hike, we will return to Healing Spirits for refreshments and a final question and answer session.
Learn to Identify Edible and Medicinal Wild Mushrooms and Herbs Common During the Summer Months
March 20th 10-6pm
Cost is $150/person
Come to the farm and learn how Healing Spirits does it.
Planting, harvesting and even drying medicinal herbs the Healing Spirits way!
Hosts: Matthias and Andrea Reisen
Guest Host: Steve Galbreth
You will be leaving from here and returning here after
Ever look at some plants and wonder if it would be edible or not? Here is your chance to find out. This walk will allow you to ask questions about several plants and mushrooms. By the end of the hike you will likely know which mushrooms you can eat. Many other plants are edible as well such as the dandelion and the highly loved fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. It is harder to tell which plants are edible without significant identifying features like a well known berry. Remember to dress for the occasion and remember that in New York the weather seems to change every five minutes. After the hike you will return to warm mushroom soup and cookies.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10-4pm
The theme this year will be "Herbal Celebrations: Parties, Picnics, and Fetes in the Herb Garden"
Yvonne Allen, Owner and Innkeeper
Halcyon Place Bed and Breakfast
11 Maple Lane, Campbell, NY 14821