Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Last Appointments for Tarot Readings with Beth Next Tuesday!

Beth, who does tarot readings at Radiance during the winter, is an organic farmer, and has her days filled with growing food when the warm weather arrives.  Her last day for taking appointments until probably November is this coming Tuesday, April 24.  So don't delay, call today to schedule a reading!  

Using the imagery of the Tarot, Beth helps you explore the issues of your life, looking for synchronicities and seeking clarity for how to make strong choices for your future.  Rather than looking at the Tarot as deterministic of a future set in stone, Beth sees the images as pointing to patterns that can be changed and rewoven.  Unpacking the meaning of a reading helps you to focus on the potential choices that you can make to change unhelpful patterns of behaving and thinking or to affirm positive patterns.

Beth has been studying and practicing various forms of divination for the past sixteen years, from Tarot to Runes, and African Bones to the I Ching.  She enjoys using divination as a tool for personal transformation and spiritual development, and as a way to become attuned to the cycles of the natural world.  Along with Sarah, she also teaches occasional courses in the Reclaiming Tradition: The Elements of Magic and Rites of Passage.

The cost for a 45-50-minute reading is $45.  Call 717-290-1517 to schedule an appointment.

Readings will be held at Radiance through the winter on the following Tuesdays and Saturdays:

                    November 9, 2011
                    December 10 and 20, 2011
                    January 14 and 24, 2012
                    February 11 and 21, 2012
                    March 10 and 20, 2012
                    April 14 and 24, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Herbal Fermentations: a Class with Ben Weiss

Herbal Fermentations
A workshop at Radiance with local home-brewer,
Benjamin Weiss.
Saturday, April 28th, 1-5PM

Only within the last few centuries did hops become the main herbal ingredient in beer. From very ancient times until nearly the present, cultures around the world have been making fermented beverages with an incredible variety of herbs, fruits, sugar sources and other ingredients. Fermented beverages can serve as much more than just an enjoyment. These drinks can preserve the nutritional and medicinal properties of their ingredients for up to several years, and can play a key role in ritual and spiritual practice.

Benjamin Weiss, a local organic farmer, permaculture teacher, and poet has been experimenting with herbal fermentations for the past 7 years. Inspired by Stephen Buhner’s book Sacred & Herbal Healing Beers, Ben has learned to craft medicinal fermentations of many kinds using mostly local, organic, and wild ingredients.

This class will be useful for those who have little or no experience with brewing, and as a source of new knowledge for experienced brewers. Students will participate in the creation of an herbal beer as well as a mead (honey wine), and will see fermentations in all of the different stages of the brewing process. Basic techniques and equipment will be explained, as well as medicinal, nutritive, and ritual functions of brews, choosing, harvesting and obtaining ingredients, and pairing appropriate flavors. And an array of Ben’s finished beverages will be available for sampling!

To register, call Radiance, 717-290-1517, or stop in to 9 W Grant St, Lancaster.
Cost of the class: sliding scale of $40-$20.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Blessed Union Tea

Our newest herbal tea, Blessed Union, originally a special request for a wedding tea, I formulated this to bless loving unions.  Here is the prayer that accompanies it...

May this union be blessed by love, happiness, passion, understanding, trust, courage, abundance, creativity and joy!  May the wisdom of Aphrodite touch this coupling.

Contains:  Lemon balm, Nettles, Rose petals, Elder flowers, Hibiscus, Passionflower, Holy basil, Borage and Lotus flower in 1-1/2 oz bag

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cold Frame!

Sometimes I can hardly believe how many wonderful and talented people I am surrounded by...  Wilson Alvarez is one of them.  Wil designs and makes his own line of tools for human-powered farming (his broad fork is astonishing), and teaches Radical Urban Sustainability.  For starters...

Anyway, he delivered my new cold frame today, which he made from some old wooden windows I had, and some pieces wood that he had on hand.  He designed it so that I can open one side, or both with one hand - the center board makes moves to make it seem like one window or two.  Genius! 

Can't wait to paint it and plant some seeds!  And, I'm going to be able to grow greens all winter long!