7th Year Red Salmon Fish Bliss Order starts NOW!!!

Our 7th Year Warm Hello to the Beautiful Red Salmon Bliss Fish Group and Fellow Wild Foragers, Hunters and Wild Eaters!
It’s our 7th year Salmon Bliss Order! It’s time we gather together in anticipation of an amazing harvest from our favorite local Fisherman and Fisherwoman Couple, who head back up to Alaska to fish in their Families Fisher Peoples Co-op!
Still, one of the world’s cleanest and most monitored watersheds, we are blessed with this nutritious and delicious food, in this beautiful world, with the helping hands of all, supporting each other from catch to delivery.
The shipping and processing costs have stayed the same from last year. Our price has been consistent year to year because we participate with our Fisher Family, to make sure they are supported.
If you wish to order, please get back to me ASAP so I can start compiling information….we MUST have our order gathered and paid by May, 25th, 2016. Please help to keep this organized for the group…..think hard, think fast, and get back to me ASAP! I will follow up your order with payment details!
A Deposit of $105 per each 20 lb Share Box is due in my hands by the order cut-off date (May 25th), the second fish payment prior to Salmon Fish Bliss Delivery!!! 🙂 Feel free to spread this around in your groups, with your families, friends and neighbors!
Please note the change from 2015, we are unable to divide fish orders into smaller amounts for people this year as in years previous, but friends and family can buddy up to make their own fish splits!
To Order, simply email your order to lemonlotus@gmail.com. I will respond verifying your order, the amount due, and my address. Upon receiving your fish deposit, I will notify you that your order is placed. Our second half of fish payment will depend on how large our group order is!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Any questions? Send an email! Please be aware, I spend much time foraging and teaching in the field, so please be patient with me as I answer questions and get information out to everyone! Thank you for supporting local and regional wild foods!
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Accepting Applications for 2016!

Accepting Applications for Apprenticeship Programs with Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies for 2016!

Serendipity Plant Lore is accepting applications for 2016 Planting Love, Red Cedar Love, and Black Poplar Love Programs!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Interviews will be scheduled from September until December, 2015. Serendipity Plant Lore’s Programs start in February and March, 2016!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our first year program “Planting Love” and our second year program “Red Cedar Love” cover the fundamentals of Wild Foraging, Plant Healing, Biological Systems, Botany, and Anatomy, for the Home Herbalist and for the Professional Community Herbalist. These programs are geared towards healers learning and having first hand experiences of Plant/Human Relationship, Stewardship, Biology, Wild Foraging and Plant Identification, Ecosystem Awareness, Field Training, Healing Autism and Other Neurological Diseases, Intestinal Health, Emergency Medicine, Immunity, Degenerative Diseases, Spirituality, Working with the Psycho Spiritual Aspects of Plants, Midwifery Herbs and Deathwifery Herbs, Nutrition and the Olde Ways of Unlocking Plant Knowledge handed down through my families own Healing Tradition. There are further clinical apprenticeships available for Community Herbalists, such as Black Poplar Love and Community Herbalist Love Programs, please send an email for details!DSC_0364

These programs will FUN from March through November 2016.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Email lemonlotus@gmail.com to receive details, dates, and registration information!

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The Story of the Stones

In the practice of Traditional Herbal Medicine, there is an understanding of Stones. My Grandfather Iván would sit me by the River to have me watch and listen, to teach me about our family’s healing technique. Grandfather Ferenc taught me the traditional pond stories. In these stories were the wisdoms to grow the crops, raise the animals, find medicines, heal people, and open conversing with God. Grandfathers and Grandmothers in the traditional healing ways spent much time teaching the traditions to their children and grandchildren. Not so long ago, even the common family had great strength in healing every day concerns, and called on the healers when things went beyond this everyday know-how. The Story of Stones could be quite physical, and with careful physical medicines we can break them down, but larger than that, is a story of Stones, mental and emotional Stones. Spiritual Stones too. Calcium Stones.

How do they get there and lodge in a person, place, or soul being? Where do they come from? What hard thinking placed them there, and what of lack of curiosity of the deeper waters, the deepening behind and beyond the stones?

One day, there was a beautifully flowing River. The River flowed with Swimming Fishes, Delicate Mosquitoes, and Dazzling Dragonflies. This was in the time when Dragonflies were the size of medieval dragons, and were a force of harmony among and between the stones.

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The large stones started to fill the swimming holes with more and more stones, lodging between them everywhere. The River flowed unceasingly, ever harder to get around the stones. Then one day, the River could not move anymore Stones, could not dislodge certain Stones and move them to the River Spaces where they were so needed, waited upon, depended upon. Now, the stones became stuck. Now the water looped, not so much through and between them, but around them. One day even the water ceased flowing around the hard stones. What is hard needs fluidity around it, and what is fluid needs some hardness to make the perfect Riverbank Sands.

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The Dragonflies, no longer able to direct the flows around the stones became diminished until they were very small Winged Beings. And the stones, resisting the change of all the wet washes, become drier. And such is the shame for them, for they had a future of being sparkling treasure. And the Dragon Flies? They ever remain, waiting for the chance to move the flows around the stones again, bringing the River washes of fluids back into gushing harmony.

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This story reminds me of the stuckness that can happen with a person, a society, a way of thinking, and even physically with certain types of Stones. More than anything, the Stones forgot their place holding hands with the water, the Stones forgot the Dragonflies. The Stones forgot and became stuck, making places hard.

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(c) 2015, Summer Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH

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More Musings on Walking the Path of Ethical Herbalism

Walking among wild things, we come to find we have aspects of all the wild beings, and we bring this all in service to the help of healing ourselves and others. While the ancient healing system seems to be out of the conscious sphere of so many caught in the cycle of living in modern society, traditional healing itself, never went anywhere. Nor is it in conflict with any other healing system or service, as in Traditional Healing, all modes of healing are considered sacred medicines…including, but not limited to animals, plants, tools, techniques, science, with a large focus on spiritual healing intertwined in all medicines that are brought forth, and carried, in the Heart.

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At times, underground, but still here. Our Western Herbalism, often a mix of European and Native American, and in which I am very blessed in the continuance of from both my Magyar and Cherokee Family, has always been an intact tradition of healing and connection with a variety of beings, plant, animal and human. With the newly found popularity again of this ancient tradition (I am so happy for the new-found love of herbal healing from so much of the public), it is also important to remind enthusiasts that this is a very in-depth tradition with a very real science of matching relationships between Beings. That is, what we do as Herbalists…we are catalysts in the relationships which we spend a lifetime to understand. This is a lifetime work. This is not fast food.

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In our instant internet age, a lifetime can seem to some, ten minutes. For those who come from families with no healing traditions, they *believe* they are reinventing the wheel and Western Healing Tradition is brand new, created by themselves. For those of us who are, at most, two generations ago from the Healer Peoples who healed with hands and all the blessings and gifts of Creation, such pronouncements can seem like an industrialized slapped in the face.

While many Herbalists make a living on practicing these arts, it is ever a life path, and a path of service for all life. It is not a business perse, and never was or is supposed to be “a business”. It is a way of living and helping and being. A way of protecting life around us. A way of understanding, and being in tune with what surrounds us. It is a way to spread love, especially to those who have lost hope. It is a way of breathing and talking, loving and reaching out to the life around us. Out of respect, and in order to sustain ourselves, we make a “living”. That is the sacred life being lived in full view.

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It takes a lifetime to learn even one plant fully, and still, we will lie on our deathbeds learning more of one plant. This is definitely, not a reductionist view of life, of living, of creation. Ethical Herbalism is a deep calling to relationship with the world, of connection, of love, of God.

I can understand how immensely frightening that is to some, who didn’t grow up with the peoples who worked with their hands, prayed with their hands, healed with their hands, and knew their communities of peoples and non-peoples in-depthly. Modern society has been here but for a blip, and has not canceled out the sum total of knowledge existing in the world. It has often fought against Spirit, or Love, but nevertheless, life is fully present as always, even in these strange times.

The person, with hands full of fire, laid over a person, is still a happening phenomenon. Not a “new” thing. A very old thing. A very old way, of living and loving with hands, with heart, with mind and a Spirit whirling large with love.

And as we walk this way, it unfolds into a deeper walking and a deeper love. And there is no happier or joyful life than that if you’re willing to put the real work in!

(c) 2015, Summer Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH

This Pacific Northwest Herbstead!

This is our Life, our Herbstead. Serendipity Plant Lore is our name for our way of life, our teaching, our consultation and healing work, our business, our personal life, and our love. We are of the land, sprouting, growing, speaking. Here are some pictures of our life, on our Herbstead!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASourdough bubbling.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADairy kefir makin’ it’s cheese from raw goat milk!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThumb’s up at Neighbor’s Market!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPickin’ Organic Blueberries at the goat farm.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASalvia elegans, Pineapple Sage, a dream to smell!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Perfect Purple Thistle (Cirsium vulgare). What a Bees LOVE!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATaking a break from picking Hood Strawberries!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) of gigantic proportions! This Mullein is larger than when I shared HER before…

https://serendipityherbals.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/an-ode-to-a-sentient-mullein/

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHand grown, hand harvested herbs from my garden and a close friend’s garden, ready for bio-regional medicines and nutritious teas!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATomatoes from summer before last still pickling in an olde fashioned crock, dare I gasp, before the advent of modern, denatured food processing. This is the way of food preparation that has kept my family alive for generations. The average lifespan of my family is 80-100 + years, on ones feet too! 🙂

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASmall flowers, so easily overlooked, yet so wonderful! Here is a Nepeta cataria (Catnip). Important to bees and breaking hot fevers!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA beautiful birdcage planted with succulents from our AMAZING, local, Hungarian Florist Zsuzsana D. of ZuDun’s Event Flowers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlpine sempervirens from an AMAZING gardening friend!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAForest Blessings! Little Forest Blessings are important and soul nourishing! Here we have Oxalis oregana, Redwood Sorrel.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHungarian Red LOVE, Pelargonium x hortorum.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIndian Cress (Tropaeolum). As usual, reflecting gorgeous light!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFuchsia sp. lifting up her skirts like a lady.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASkullcap Kisses! (Scutellaria suffrutescens)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeautiful Butterfly Bush Being, Home of Bees that Bumble and Bees that Hum. (Buddleja davidii)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOh, what heart you have Borage! WITH Borago officinalis!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFeverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) growing like there is no tomorrow. You apocalyptic Being of abundance!!! heehee

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMedicine worth her weight in gold, worth more than any weight in gold. Those gold traders on Wall Street are pretty funny with their inedible hordes. Blessings come in innumerable forms. She is an Elder in our community, Sambucus nigra LOVE! Those who attend some of my classes, know my funny saying about HER. 🙂

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA teensy flower of Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis). So teensy, and so important! So unassuming, yet fabulously beautiful to one who takes the time to get to know her!!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello Lucifer! (Crocosmia aurea)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Legend of the Tree Dwellers. These are the people, they live in the trees, if you please!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Yin and the Yang. The Forest is of the Light and the Dark, together, combined, in beauty.

BEAUTIFUL BLESSINGS! Growing love, it’s all about growing stuff. Nourishing living beings, beautiful community. Communities take all sizes, shape and forms, and many exist together, side by side…even invisibly! Until we meet and greet, that is!!!!

Making love the weeds, the flowers, and all. May we all be thankful for this beauty we are given, may we all be able to touch and see this delight, this healing, this food, our HOME. Thanks for walking with me through a part of my Herbstead. The Michaelson Herbstead. 🙂

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

Walkin’ Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk!

Walkin’ Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk is Serendipity Plant Lore’s next plant walk, this coming Saturday, June 15th, 2013. It’s the day before Father’s Day, and what a beautiful walk to include a Nature lovin’ Dad in!

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What will we see? Whatever is in bloom, things to make brooms from, foods to eat and medicinal-s to treat. Plants to say hi to, or perhaps, even good-bye to! We’ll learn together, share, and dig deeply into our Pacific Northwest land.

We’ll discover many plants of our bio-region, and drink deeply of their strengths, as well as learn the Care Taking Ways, the Old Ways of Being with Plants. We will tune into the Rhythms of Place, the Place Being. We’ll also learn identification techniques, and the ethics of participation. How do we learn when an eco-system is healthy, and where to harvest? Do we just grab up what we see without consciousness or knowing? We will investigate and discover some of these inter-relationships as we go about introductions, and learn positive identification techniques to use in the field.

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Look,

Look and See,

Look Closely,

BE!

This class is being held Saturday, June 15th 2013 at 11 AM. Details of meeting place sent upon full registration. Cost is $40 for class. Please bring your own water, a snack if you need one, and dress for the weather/hiking boots. Additional items, an inquisitive mind and an open heart! To register,OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlease send an email. 

We will have fun learning directly from the Plants!

We will learn to love, respect and honor each other as BE-INGS!

https://serendipityherbals.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/loving-the-forest-we-find-ourselves/

The warning: Please remember, do not eat or use wild plants unless you are 100% sure of their identification. Please, no eating trail side without permission!  

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

Please do not use photographs without permission and please include acknowledgement to Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH for pictures…THANK YOU!

Hungarian Plant Teachings of Love…Szerelem, Szerelem!

Plants are the greatest of teachers. Growing up, my family always loved RED GERANIUMS. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA My family, a very old family, preserved her traditions through song, dance, poetry, flowers, weavings and herbs. Cloth tells of stories, people stories. My last name (now my middle name) is Takacs (pronounced Taakacshhh). We were/are farmers, herbalists, midwives, weavers and storytellers. Another one of my names is Farkas. Wolf. Wolf Tribe, Wolf Being.  We, the People are our ancestors, a beautiful weaving, a tapestry, ongoing. Plants teach us connection, they teach us humility, and they teach us love. My Grandmother always had hundreds of Red Geraniums planted in and around her house. This plant of blood, ancestry, of LOVE, SPIRIT, of bold nobleness that pumps through our veins, our hearts, the green of life, the white of purity. So we have teachings of ages that come to us, not through books, but blood. I asked Pelargonium many questions, and she answered me with my own history, with my own Hungarian Family historical botanical uses, and with my own Hungarian Heritage…for I didn’t understand you precious, Red Geranium! My family prided themselves and grew, protecting and loving you. I know my family LOVE her, and I had some simple answers that come from books, but not the answers of depth that were waiting. Red Geranium is my kin, to greet in merry ways back and forth over my doorstep. Her many levels of working…red for the flow, green for the hormonal system, and white for the cleansing and tonify-ing is such a simple, migratory wonder!

We will discover more together later this year in a workshop working with HER!

Love, Love! Letting our Elders pass on to us LIVING HERITAGES! Love, Love!!!

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs Michaelson, CH

 

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk Friday, May 24th, 2013!

Mark your calendars for another GREAT Plant Walk! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We’ll discover many plants of our bio-region, and drink deeply of their strengths, as well as learn the Care Taking Ways, the Old Ways of Being with Plants. We will tune into the Rhythms of Place, the Place Being. We’ll also learn identification techniques, and the ethics of participation. How do we learn when an eco-system is healthy, and where to harvest? Do we just grab up what we see without consciousness or knowing? We will investigate and discover some of these inter-relationships as we go about introductions, and learn positive identification techniques to use in the field.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Look,

Look and See,

Look Closely,

BE!

This class is being held Friday, May 24th 2013 at 11 AM. Details of meeting place sent upon full registration. Cost is $40 at class, or $35 if payment is received before class. Please bring your own water, a snack if you need one, and dress for the weather/hiking boots. Additional items, an inquisitive mind and an open heart! To register, please send an email.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe will have fun learning directly from the Plants!

We will learn to love, respect and honor each other as BE-INGS!

https://serendipityherbals.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/loving-the-forest-we-find-ourselves/

The warning: Please remember, do not eat or use wild plants unless you are 100% sure of their identification. Please, no eating trail side without permission! 

 

(c) 2013, Summer Michaelson, CH