A Working of Love Bliss Art!

This past week has brought many surprises and wonderful moments, and not all of them were happening in the Woods. One of the original followers of my little blog space is a wonderful artist in Australia, named Arna Baartz. At first, I thought she was only a poet, as I would see these beautiful poems come into my feed with amazing pictures. It took me awhile to figure out she is the artist of these amazing works of art.

Lo and behold, Arna Baartz sent me a gift in the mail, a beautiful painting. A painting that sums up this next years adventures in Love and the Forest for me. This piece of art has a story. It came in a wet plastic bag, with a note from the postal service that it had been damaged in transit.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I open the bag up, and the cardboard inside is soaking wet. I slowly remove the cardboard from the painting, careful to not let anything smear around. Other then a miniscule amount of bleeding in one corner, this original artwork was fine. I carefully dried it for a minutes in my herb dehydrator, then removed it to finish air drying. Then, when it was dried, my Husband pressed it under a heavy jewelry making tool used in metalcraft.

Basically, this painting should NOT have survived this journey, and this process, but it is fine, as if nothing has ever touched it. Beautiful, beautiful. The painting had a journey of its own before reaching me, and the glee in my heart was that of a little child to receive it!

What sort of LOVE allows for that to happen? What a protection, what an amazing force field of LOVE around and in the painting! What are the chances a painting can get soaked and layered between mushy cardboard, in an sealed, wet plastic bag, and STILL make it to its new home?

This painting came to me with a beautiful teaching about Love, and I’ve been wanting to share it with all of you, because I dedicate this beautiful painting to all my Family, which includes my Friends and Students, to having a wonderful year in 2014, and despite what adversity pops up, we’ll remember the teaching of a painting full of Love, how it can weather all conditions while crossing oceans.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Did I do anything to deserve the painting? No. It came upon Wings of Blessing. Do I feel loved? I do, friends everywhere. AMAZING friends everywhere.

To look at Arna Baartz’s artwork, check out her website!



(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Photo protected under international copyright laws, rights belong to Artist Arna Baartz.

Serendipity Plant Lore’s February Azure, Herb and Salt Announcement!

As the Valentine Light grows nearer, so does our next Azure order! Azure Ordering Cut-off is this Friday, January 31st at 4 PM with pickup the following Wednesday, February 4th from 2-6 PM.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Thank you to our member Beth S. this last Azure Day for gifting all that luscious organic dill to everyone! Thank you Beth!!!We also have assorted green teas from Pat W. waiting to be packaged up and distributed to everyone this next Azure pickup day! ūüôā Thank you Pat!!!
Salt Split is ON again! We’ve been waiting, and its back in stock. Salt is $1.60 a bagged lb…let me know ASAP if you would like to get in on this order!¬†

¬†Serendipity Plant Lore’s Workshops and Apprenticeship Listing!¬†If you feel moved to, please share with friends and family…word of mouth IS my main way of getting these offerings to the outer community as I spend my time either out in the field, garden, or working with people. That is ALWAYS where my heart may be found.Thank you for looking!

February Fermentation Workshop¬†to be announced soon (thinking mid-February for some cozy Valentine Ferments! We’re hammering out a date now, if interested, send an email! Olde Fashioned Fermentation at its easiest and finest. ūüôā
We have lovely herb and spice blends and other herbal things from our member Pat Wilson of Koya Designs. We also have knitted and crocheted items and fun bits that Koya Designs has packaged for Christine of Christine’s Creations. I love these little blessings that are hand made with much love and care.
~MONTHLY (often weekly) SHARE SHELTER DONATION currently in progress! Donate here on Azure Day or on the doorstep, and I will collect and bring to the Share Orchards Shelter! Or donate to SHARE directly yourself! This month, Erin H. had a marvelous idea to share. She suggested that we each order an extra, quality whole foods item from Azure for the donation pile!!! This is great from another perspective…many of the food items donated to SHARE are often low quality processed foods. This is a way to share healthy abundance! ūüôā So let’s make our own Azure Challenge! To participate, add an extra item on your Azure order for SHARE donation!!!
Serendipity Plant Lore’s Tea Listing!¬†

These teas and herbs are highly medicinal, and are extras from my own organic garden and wild forages. All ethically harvested, the exceptions to the herbs that I’ve grown or foraged myself are those like Cinnamon, All Spice, and Red, Black and Green, and Olive Tea Leaves. These are ethically obtained from other Herbalists who have the same great care and ethic. These Tea Herb extras help to support the consultation work for those¬†those in need of receiving free services. I thank you for your support, and hope, in return, you are tantalized with amazing Earth Medicine for your own health care and lovely, compost-able gifts! Some NEW offerings too! Limited Quantities. ūüôā

Serendipity Plant Lore¬†has beautiful hand grown, hand sourced, sustainable and ethically¬†wild-crafted¬†herbal teas for $7 a box/sack. Each of the tea offerings has been used by this herbalist for many decades to aid health, enjoyment and vitality, recovery from many health problems. They have ‚Äúlived‚ÄĚ with me for so long, they have become part of me, and I am excited to have these offerings which truly support our family and the work as I continue my ongoing education and offering sliding scale consultations for those in need.Choose from:

~Lovin’ Liver Tea (your liver will be happy!)
~Summer Time Afternoon Tea (relaxing and sweet)
~Great Grandmother Gertrude’s Memory Lovin’ Tea (brain cell oxygenating crew!)
~Green Tonic Tune (tuning cells and soul together!)
~Vanilla Coffee Substitute (nourishing and coffee like)
~Cinnamon Coffee Substitute (nourishing and coffee like)
~Great Gert’s Cold Hand and Foot Tea (circulatory warming tea for the cold)
~Galloping Gertrude’s Tea (relaxing and locally nutritious)
~Flu Flummox Tea (just befuddle your flu bugs in style!)
~Arabian Summer Tea (a tea to remind you of the smells of an Arabian Love Garden, with plants that touch our center, build up the immune system, and sweep away what needs to be swept away.)
~Shepherd‚Äôs Tea! When you want to corral those¬†irksome¬†viral beings and nondescript¬†inflammatory triggers, what you need is a Shepherd to round ‚Äėem up and over the bluff!
~Olive Leaf Tea, an anti-viral, anti-oxidant tea to ward off the minions of Mordor!
~Delicious Radheish Chai!
~Spicy Radheish Chai (inspired by my great friend, Radhe G.)
~Comfrey Leaf
~Elder Flowers
~Pineapple Sage
~Garden Sage
~Rue (only to practitioners)
~Shitake Mushrooms
~Chanterelle Mushrooms
~Lobster Mushrooms (seasonal offering)
~More offerings, please inquire and I will check the Apothecary.
(c) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH
Much love and Gulyas Blessings to ALL!!!! May the light grow upon us now!
Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH
Gulyas Blessings!
Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”
Chinese Proverb.

Hungarian and Cherokee Native Dances With Herbs

Dances with Herbs. The Herbalist’s Path. Eyes are opened up to beauty, in such a way, that the world instructs in a way of natural service. I believe, it is a service to Love.

This last summer, I was sharing an herbal remedy that my family has used, and passed down for generations. I was asked by some Herbalists, and some of my Teachers, if this was Hungarian Tradition or Cherokee Medicine Tradition. Aye, ya eye! Which, and where did it come from?

I scratched my head. I started picking mushrooms at age 3, and that did not come from either one, that came from both medicine streams in my family…for, it is the medicine stream of life, living, survival, healing, health and consciousness. The idea of pure medicine, when plants and animals, and those in inbetween and betwixt, intermixed over mountain ranges, starts swirling and spiraling in my head. The Medicine Drum beats with the Medicine that we find at our doorstep, in our hands, the Medicine that we work with. Each Medicine Tradition has its own way of working with the Medicine that arrives on the doorstep, the Medicine that we work with.

Those who read my musings, know the drumbeat of my own voice as I joke that Peppers are controlling us humans, using us so they can move around and experience different thrills of working with different cultures, in an ethnic thrill to their etheric bodies. A dash of each human, of each culture has made Thai peppers what they are, and Hungarian Paprika what it is…each Pepper of a wholly distinct difference in the same bloodline. The Peppers delight in this. So do the Mushrooms, the Chickweed, and Oak.DSC_0565

In fact, in such journeys of wholeness, I do wonder if the plants, the animals, and those inbetween and betwixt think it is fun when we get sick, so as to play with us to make us well, show us the Medicine that exists and grows with us every day. Well in body, as well as well in soul. Harmony, change, resistance, difference, unity, personality, all notes to each plant, to each life form. Well in love, and well in death. Well, in the centerpoint of depth. They, the plant world and other worlds, love us so! Giving and giving so much to us, and YET, they play with us to get something for themselves. Movement, Planting, Successive Generations, Spicy Trips and Happy Laden Smacking Lips. They love us and need us as much as we love and need them IN OUR LIVES.

So the questions I was receiving about which side of what Healing Tradition a certain Medicine originated from, and my short answer, was both healing streams. Plants playing across cultures for thousands of years. Watermelons rolling around Carpathian Mountains and Plains, and eventually, Appalachian Alpines and my Grandfather’s Pacific Northwest Farm.

Without the question from my Plant Teachers, I would have never made the journey to understand how the two tribal cultures of my Family worked with a specific plant, and how they are joined. Just something passed down, there IS no such thing. The Oral Tradition contains relationship to the other and within, that has a story that teaches the way of working with the plant, where working with Medicine, we receive Medicine. Working with Healing, we receive Healing. Medicine, to cure, live through, and prevent illness. With plants, illness is not separate from the medicine. The very ways of a couple generations back may be brought back to life, and honored, with an ongoing adventure. I’m walking that road of bringing forth the Wisdom of my Grandparents through the haze of commercial forgetting and blandness that exists, that thwarts the carrying on of the deepest of humanity’s continuation, the erasure of the interdependent relationship between beings that leads to dependence instead of Belonging and Blessing.

Harvesting plants with care, with Prayer and Blessing, we tend to the Stewardship of the World in a way in which we are part of the beautiful painting, working directly with life, so that the coming generations of all the Beings, come into Blessing. That is a work, a responsibility, that IS bringing Love and Abundance to the world. It puts us into the position of joy, of learning from other beings directly, what they have to teach and to share in a dance of mutuality (community). The ethnicity of each Herb, is like the ethnicity of each Human, distinct, personal and variable, and where we, in the art of life, discover the possibility. This is both a Carpathian Basin Teaching and a B.R. Cherokee Teaching, a Uniting of Medicine Ways.

(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Carpathian Basin Teachings of Plunging Into New Life

Things have been a little quiet for me in the blog world, as I have been taking a much needed rest. It happens, often in this time of January, where closing up the celebration of the previous year, and the wintry season of community sickness, leaves me a little tired, and ready for a a little home time.Signs of Spring! 019

I tend to dive deep into myself every year, where so many things live. Going in always precedes with me coming back out with lots of energy. As a care giver to so many in my community, I have long since learned the valuable wisdom that my rest is equally as important! As a Teacher, I’ve learned to guide myself into certain spaces, so as I assimilate my own learning’s, they have time to take root.

This time of year is perfect and beautiful for such work. As with all Healing Traditions, no tradition exists outside of the people, the plants, animals and land that the tradition has sprung up in. There are similarities between many healing systems, but something that students must ¬†be careful and wary of, is to grow a root deeply in a tradition so that the understanding can really grow, and then relate it outwards. Without connection and relationship, there is no way to work with the symbols of any system. Without the relationship with the world of many Beings, one is simply another consumer of life, for one’s limited purposes. Our goal, is always to work deeply with life, in all the givings and all the take-a-ways. There is NO medicine when the plant world is disrespected, animal world and other worlds. There is NO medicine when we abdicate our very stewardship of this Earth, as Healers. We always think of the coming generations. On a practical level, this means we do not over-harvest species to extinction.

In the very paradigm of buying and consuming, if there is not tending of the plant, animal and mineral worlds that this comes from, what medicine have we left for others who are sick, ailing, the future generations? Slick ads sell medicine based on impression. Slick mind medicines often do the same. The Traditional Healer always works with the relationships between plants, people, and other Beings. Two herbs together have a relationship, the person or animal makes three. All continues on in such a way. One would be very surprised at the inter-being of all Healing Traditions.

One of the Carpathian Basin Teachings of the Farkas Takacs Family is the teaching of Earth Being. The Earth, She wakes in the Winter. This is when She is awake. While Echinacea is sleeping, and other plants are taking their rest, She is alive! She is actively working and thinking about the coming year, what abundance to bring forth, what needs to die and release, what needs invigorating, what needs a new dream.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Winter is a very active time for Earth Being. For come summer season, She will go to sleep and dream her new vision upwards. We will see it in the plants, the animals, the people, and the changes with the sun. The coming out, the going in. The sending forth, the bringing back in. Winter, such an active time, so much work, the time for of the Mountain Peoples to bring in the Tapestry, to work, to mend, to make anew.

(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

A Hand Made Hungarian American Christmas Tree

I’ve been cozy up at home with my family, having amazing interviews with this years new apprentices, making herbal medicine preparations and nursing the sick for those in Vancouvertown falling ill, making Hungarian noodles with good friends. All in all, extremely busy in a very quiet home life way.

Our Family celebrates Christmas twice, to honor the Traditions I grew up with and my Husband grew up with. Our children were ecstatic to receive shoes and stockings filled with walnuts and mandarin oranges!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

While I’ve been gone, I’ve been nominated for BLOG of 2013 The Year Award http://belsbror.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/boty-1star.jpg¬†in the Invisible Sage Realm by my friend Belsbror. His blog is one of my favorites and always gets me thinking in amazing ways. I always enjoy checking in on his Cloud Farm, and if you know me, I LOVE farms!


I’ve been taking down the Christmas Tree with my Family, and cherishing the beautiful decorations as they come down, to be packed away for another year to surprise us all anew and afresh with where a year has taken us. We did not add much to the tree this year, as our Hungarian Hound Elwood ate our decorated Traditional Hungarian Ornaments made of Gingerbread. We have decided to make our Family Gingerbread again for Valentines Day. In a way, the absence of freshly made ornaments this year is its own ornament.

Long ago, my Husband and I decided not to trim the tree with commercial stuff and plastic, the exception being ornaments that are gifted to us. Some of our tree ornaments are from his childhood toys, other ornaments are made from the retired childhood toys of our own children. Saving scraps, or simply putting a ribbon on a most cherished thing has been an adventure. Each year, the children and I have made ornaments, and so our decorations grow. The memories and joy contained in each saved thing, each thing marking a year of the children making something, has meant more to me than anything one could purchase, with the exception of purchasing special ornaments at small craft bazaars where others put as much love and care into the making of loving memories and decorations with roots.

Here are some of our precious things, on our beautiful tree, in our wonderful family in an amazing world.








Origami from our friend and babysitter JenaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA







Wool Felted Hungarian PoppyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA






Glass Beaded Angel from my son Ben Love OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA











Knitted Fox from when Ben was a BabyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA











Hand made glass from my friend StaceyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA







Hunter’s Hand Made Baby BlocksOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA













































Hunter’s Elephant
















Sweet Bear given to Ben when he was born by a pair of December born twins who were struggling for life. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now the tree has been taken down, trimmings lovingly put away, the branches harvested for compost and the trunk saved for a garden trellis. Yes, I feel Spring right around the corner!!! I hope everyone’s holiday was full of joy and preciousness.

(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH