Matariki today

Matariki today

As I've been walking the shoreline, clearing dead tomato stems from my garden, and gathering firewood in the bush, I've been pondering on this question:     Why is Matariki is the first Maori festival to be celebrated with enthusiasm by Pakeha and Maori...

Preparing for winter

Preparing for winter

    Does the idea of preparing for winter seem an odd concept to you? If it does, let me remind you that you may know more about this than you think. People have always prepared for winter through the acts of harvest, storage and containment.  ...

Two faces of autumn

  Are you ready to enter the nurturing dark of winter? We have just passed southern hemisphere Samhain, Last Light, the threshold to Winter.   This year it's only recently that autumn has beguiled us with its golden time, that gift of a second summer. Before...

Nature pilgrimage

Nature pilgrimage

  How do you know when your soul is thirsty?    I'm talking about that deeper level of thirst, that you may not even recognise until it is satisfied. At the end of February I received an invitation to meet with friends and stay in a simple tramper's lodge on...

Ripening and Assimilating

Ripening and Assimilating

    Has summer made you tired? Have you had 'too much of a good thing'? Maybe you are all too ready to kick summer out the door? But don't be too hasty! Because there's an important seasonal task to be completed. And a good time to do it is in...

Return to wonder

Return to wonder

Does this picture make you smile?   Well I certainly smiled when I came across this scene on the small beach near my home. Someone had been playing with shells and stones, finding different ways to place them all over the pohutukawa tree that sprawled down to the...

Be sustained

Be sustained

  Have you drawn closer to nature over summer?   I certainly have, and I'm aware of what a beneficial effect this has had on my health and wellbeing in these troubled times. During January I've been posting a series called 'Wonder in Nature' on my Facebook...

Fresh perspectives 2017

Fresh perspectives 2017

    How was your holiday? Has it relaxed and opened you up to new levels of wellbeing? Have you returned with fresh perspectives? It’s a big transition, taking a holiday. And also returning from one. You may be finding some of this challenging.   I’ve...

A ritual for new year 2017

A ritual for new year 2017

  As New Year's day approaches, I feel inspired to send you a bonus. Here is my offering of a ritual which you might like to do at new year, either with your family, community, friends, or in the quietness of your own company. It may be done whether you are in...

Be refreshed (2)

Be refreshed (2)

  Do you find that summer draws you closer to water?  For many of you it will be the sea, but it could also be a stream, waterfall or lake. Being close to water brings about a special kind of renewal.   The waters of childhood   As a child I spent my...

Time for Trees (2)

Time for Trees (2)

    Have you ever sat in silence in a forest?     If so, you may have noticed how full of change it is. The moment to come is different from the moment just passed. Wind stirs the air and shakes the leaves, creating sounds that shift and change....

Planting Time (2)

Planting Time (2)

    What have you been planting this spring?    I spent a long weekend on my block of land recently, with my hands in the soil. After pulling out armfuls of onion weed, I began to wake the garden up with a thorough digging. My spade unearthed one fat...

Celebrating spring

Celebrating spring

  Here we are in the full leafiness of spring, the season that brings an infusion of new life, regeneration and joy.     Can you feel it? Does it make you want to sing, dance, make love, run, walk, or laugh? Or do you feel tired, maybe nursing the...

Bright patches

Bright patches

  At last the weather looked fair enough for a weekend at the bach.     As I wandered down the aisles of the Fruit Barn, selecting lettuces, carrots, avocados and capsicum for a salad, the weather man's voice chattered out from the speakers. 'The good...

balance

balance

  Today is spring equinox. Night and day, dark and light are in balance. Southern and northern hemispheres are also in balance.     In the north the balance is about to tip towards the dark, and here in the south the balance is about to tip towards the...

Season of surprise

Season of surprise

  Which season is most full of surprise for you?     For me, spring wins every time. Last week, as I walked along the leafy streets, suddenly I was engulfed in sweet fragrance. It felt as if a shimmering diaphanous stole had been flung over my head and...

Wild Retreat

Wild Retreat

  Have you ever given yourself a retreat — time out from obligations, time to be nurtured and to reconnect with yourself?   If so, you may imagine or hope that the retreat will be peaceful, with no disruptions. But this may not be the case.   I began...

First Light/Imbolc/Brigid

First Light/Imbolc/Brigid

  On a wild ironsand beach I prepare to welcome First Light, which in the southern hemisphere falls on August 2 .   This festival falls half-way between winter solstice and spring equinox. It was known to my Celtic ancestors as the festival of Imbolc or...

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