Current Fun and Responsibilities
Our land is now the home of two miniature donkeys, five goats, and three cats. In the tradition of Permaculture there are vegetable and fruit gardens, an old orchard and a forest garden. I love the sacred ritual of tapping the maple trees every spring and boiling down the sap “old school” on an open fire in the forest until it is sweet rich maple syrup. Each year I learn more about the edible wild plants all around us and those that are especially good for tea.
In January 2022, I began my Forest Therapy Guide certification (complete with Wilderness First Aid Certification). The training confirmed what I knew. The forest is the therapist and the guide opens the doors. When we try to live in a good relationship with the land and forest, when we listen to them, when we observe their rhythms and frankly when we become better acquainted with them, they will help us to become better acquainted with ourselves. When we renew our relationship with the forest and land, they will do what they have always done – heal, sustain and support us so that we together with the land and forest may thrive.
written by Marilyn Zehr summer 2022