THIS WEEK’S READ:
Snow is a nuisance if you plan to celebrate the New Year in high heels and a little black dress…
… but for those of us who are staying home by the fire to dream in the New Year, the snow lends a certain surreal softness.
With the edges blurred, it’s a easier to envision possible futures. Are you ready?
For those of you who have been following along with the Guide to the Darkest Nights series (Finding Joy and Burn Your Past), you’ve been sorting and sifting for the past few weeks. Hopefully you’ve been asking yourself the important questions like what is the song of my heart? And what makes each breath taste like fairy dust and chocolate stars?
Or maybe you’ve stuck with less flowery prose and asked How do I want to live this one beautiful life?
Maybe you’re beginning to see the shape of your desires and have a word or phrase, a color, or a feeling that you want to guide you as you move into the new year.
It’s early spring, still cold enough for gloves. I’m trotting figure eights on a hot headed ex-racehorse. Eights are lulling, soothing even, and soon my breath is synced with his and time is slipping a bit sideways. Slowly, breath by breath, the separation between horse and human dissolves. This is my first experience of transcendence.
Herbiary: Shop & Book
I spent my 34th year in Ireland apprenticed to a traditional healer. We crafted medicine from roots & bark, leaves & petals… and also from words, stringing them into stories to mend the spirit.
When I returned to the States I opened a small apothecary which has grown into Herbiary.com, with stores in Philadelphia, PA and Asheville, NC.
This blog is where I share my stories. In August, 2018 it will be joined by my first book, An Illustrated Herbiary. This book is whimsical, gorgeous, and OMG yummy; I can’t wait to share it with you. Stay tuned!
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Linda Siversten, TEDWomen speaker
“Maia took what was already sneaking in the door and helped me to put them at the center.”
Debora Geary, Author
“Maia is earthy, soulful and ‘real’. Her work is a true expression of her divine calling.”
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"The Illustrated Herbiary is the closest thing to magic in book form that I have ever seen."
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Author of The Invitation
"Filled with magic and myth, and tantalizing bits of wisdom, The Illustrated Herbiary may just be one of the most delightful and original herbals written."
Rosemary Gladstar, Herbal Educator & Author