Balancing extremes at First Fruits

Balancing extremes at First Fruits

  As the season changes and shifts on February 2, how do you balance extreme realities —   such as the inert face of the parched earth with the juiciness of ripe stone fruits and berries? If you are in the northern hemisphere, read on, because extremes can...
Can it be summer without sunshine?

Can it be summer without sunshine?

    How do you lean into the gifts of summer when it is rainy or cloudy and not very summery?   This is what a reader from Tauranga at the end of last summer. Sarah wrote to me, wondering, ‘Many of the summer blessings you describe in Dancing with...
Make way for Beltane — again!

Make way for Beltane — again!

    I was surprised. She didn’t want to be Persephone in the school play. I thought all the girls would have lusted after the part of the maiden, dancing with her friends amidst the spring flowers, her head crowned with a ring of blossoms. But not...
Art in Nature blog: Introduction

Art in Nature blog: Introduction

INTRODUCTION TO THE ART IN NATURE BLOG   Working with nature: elemental artworks by Juliet Batten     I am creating this thread in order to document and honour the artworks I created in nature from the late 1970s onward. At the time, much of this work...
Opening to First Light

Opening to First Light

    Are you noticing a shift? — subtle but unmistakeable?   It happens every year around six weeks after winter solstice. Yes! The returning light (despite kickbacks of chill) begins to bring warmth with it. It can feel like a long wait for this relief....