the kid goats just adore a challenge. they’re thrilled with us taking them for a run up and down through the orchard, we’re all tuckered out after a few races. you can see them learning the language of commands and signs. run! up! walk on! stand nicely. it’s very pleasing to have such eager companions. also, while they may still drag on the lead, it is to get blackberry, dandelion, wild rose. thank you very much.
our hen robin the easter egger does a far better job than we ever could at incubating, hatching, and brooding her chicks. she teaches them to forage, dustbathe, sunbathe, watch for predators, and takes them home to cuddle up in the early evening. partnering with animals is good for us too. our hen does the work she wants to do, she goes back to laying seven weeks after hatch, she’s reduced our feed costs in favour of mostly wild foods, and she cleans up the orchard’s fallen fruit. the chicks are wildly happy. we listen out for trouble, but aside from providing a safe house, fencing, water and some feed, we don’t need to do so much.
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#Repost @reefrepairel ・・・Did you know that there are around 620,000km of coastline in the world? One third of the total human population lives within 100km of an oceanic coast!! 🤔🌊
An elephant cruising to the waterhole for a late night drink.
I just returned from @Zakouma_National_Park in Chad, @africanparksnetwork, one of the most amazing ecosystems on the planet – the abundance of life found here is off the charts. Zakouma is just one of 15 parks managed by conservation NGO African Parks (@africanparksnetwork). If you want to see wild plains teeming with lions, leopards, herds of elephants, giraffe, and now rhinos (they reintroduced black rhinos after a 50-year absence) and no tourists - go to Zakouma - check out the lodges there and in the other parks the manage in 8 other countries via their website. Tourism revenue goes back to the parks they manage and important community projects like education, healthcare and improved livelihoods.
What is happening in Zakouma is one of the most hopeful stories in conservation. The park was once ravaged by poaching and insecurity. More than 4,000 elephants, which was 95% of the population, were slaughtered between 2002 to 2010 for the sale of their ivory – and poachers wreaked havoc on both the wildlife and people who lived there. By 2010, only 450 elephants remained. That same year, @africanparksnetwork signed a long-term agreement with the government of Chad to fully manage Zakouma and change the trajectory of the park. They built a ranger team and implemented effective law enforcement measures and community networks, and today poaching has been practically eliminated. The elephant population is finally on the rise for the first time in a decade. Elephants have surpassed 550 individuals, and not one has been lost to poaching since January 2016. Last year @africanparksnetwork counted 81 elephant calves under the age of three years old; in 2011 they counted one. Without the support of local communities this would not work. The park is the largest employer in the region; thousands of people are getting an education and healthcare, and decency and civility, along with life, have found their back to this once forgotten place. To learn more about Zakouma and other truly hopeful conservation efforts happening across Africa, please follow
in the duckhouse, our broody chicken robin is setting ten eggs. the ducks lay blue eggs too, so she likes it there. we are grateful to her, and gave her orpington eggs, one from our beloved lucy hen who died yesterday. her sister pepper stands on the ramp, and the wyandottes lucy raised are all around. family farm.
・・・Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // If you like remote islands with mangrove forests, tropical jungles, white sand beaches and turquoise waters then the Andaman Islands should be added to your travel bucket list. Comprising of 572 islands located 1370 kms from the Indian mainland in the Bay of Bengal, this remote getaway has a friendly mix of Indian and Southeast Asian settlers. An elephant named Rajan brought me to these islands years ago and I have longed to go back since. In this photo Rajan swims in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. Brought to the islands for logging in the 1950’s, he along with a small group of 10 elephants were forcefully trained to swim in saltwater. He was the last surviving member until his recent death in 2016. He eventually learned to love swimming in the ocean and spent his retirement days foraging in the jungle and snorkeling in the sea. I have such fond memories of him and these magical islands. Follow me @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more photos from my travels around the world.
Each piece of the Pastel Dreams collection fits like a second skin. We’re convinced looking good has never felt this great!
Featured: The Limitless Athletic Tank and Esteem Hip Hugger in Girl Gang print
Limitless Athletic Tank + Esteem Hip Hugger = Distraction-free gear 👌🏽 It’s only been a week since we’ve launched and this pair is selling out fast. Tap the link in bio to shop the ‘Pastel Dreams’ collection 💕
Feel secure when you wear the Limitless Athletic Tank as a sports bra or as a bikini top. The racer-back straps won’t slide off your shoulders plus it won’t add strain to your neck like a bikini strap does. #AchieveActive
@cheskadiaz wears the Limitless Athletic Tank in ‘Girl Gang’ print.
We're starting off #EnvironmentWeek with some new additions to our pollinator garden. Originally planted in 2017, we're adding 20 new trees and 20 new shrubs each year to give pollinators a safe and friendly home.
Special thanks to Communities in Bloom and the Leduc Wildlife Conservation Society for lending a hand. #polliNation#PartneringWithNature
Stretch yourself to do more than what you have to and put in a little better than your best. #AchieveActive
@cheskadiaz making her weekends count in the Optimistic Sporty Bralette and Serene Cheeky Lowrider Bottom.
Today I went on an epic hike. I had the trail to myself.🐾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The trees and the birds and the buzzing butterflies, crickets and creatures hopping to and fro along the trail with me, we’re speaking to me. There were times throughout my walk about where I was overcome with joy and gratefulness that I am blessed to live on this land that I’ve spent many lifetimes living on.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These mountains, this land, these plants, these people, take my breath away. Sometimes all there is to do is to get on my knees and say thank you… 🙏🏼Just to transmute all the joy that I can barely contain in my body… Into the earth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Boulder occurs to me like Avalon, a magical place with magical people where the colors are brighter and life is more vivid.🌟
Keep your mind and body in the same place — that is where the work lies. #AchieveActive
We designed the Esteem Hip Hugger without front and back rise (waist - crotch) seams to prevent that unwanted cleavage (you know what we’re talking about, girls 😉) so you’ll always feel free to move.
・・・Mile-long drift gillnets snare, injure and kill large migratory ocean animals, including bottlenose dolphins, endangered fin whales and leatherback sea turtles. Buoy gear is proven to reduce bycatch while still effectively targeting swordfish off the West Coast. We must act fast to take advantage of this opportunity to phase out #California swordfish drift gillnets once and for all. Follow the link in our bio to tell your senator to support S. 2773 to end the use of drift gillnets in waters off California and protect at-risk species from being killed.
📸: David Litman #ocean#whale#takeaction
It's so great to see Green Business Member @beeswrap partnering with @patagoniaprovisions! Visit your local @Patagonia store to pick one up for your home!! #repost#GBN#GreenBusiness . ・・・
Time to ditch the Plastic Wrap and Baggies. Introducing Bees Sandwich Wraps. Handmade by a Green America-certified team of women in Vermont, these convenient, versatile wraps can cover your bowls, protect your produce, and swaddle your snacks and sandwiches. 100% compostable and biodegradable. #PartneringWithNature#JoinOurMission Photo: @amykulmer #GreenAmerican ( #📷 @iamagreenamerican )
Cactus with its beauty and its strong boundaries. Boundaries are beautiful. Many of us learn them as adults....and I believe that kids should learn about emotional intelligence and "adulting" in school, much like sex education. Because boundaries are a basic skill for being an emotionally intelligent and healthy person. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tag your sistar 🌟 with the baddest boundaries... also known as a badass boundary bitch 💃🏻
Recently I heard someone say, praying is speaking to the divine. Meditating is listening. 🌈This picture is from my last trip to the big island. 📸 @cadencia I remember sitting on the beach for hours watching the whales 🐳 play in the ocean as I made prayer ties for my time on the mountain.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So many women I work with resist a practice, whether it’s meditation or prayer. I always recommend it as a first step to connecting with the intuition and the divine. Prayer feeds my soul and I prefer walking meditation to sitting meditation. I notice that meditation helps me welcome myself and what is so in the moment. It also makes so much room in the brain for new capacities like intuition, clarity, compassion, patience to name a few. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🙏🏼Meditation: love it or hate it?
🌟Creating the same consistent sacred space and ceremony each cycle helps the sacred to connect with us, and helps us be rooted in the sacred. Ask for the ceremony to come through. Start small. 🦋⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌈This cycle I have committed along with a sistar to experiment with following my creative spark unwaveringly in service to the Goddess.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Will you tell me in the comments what seeds you’re planting this new moon? I’d love to know!🌙⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#Repost @worldpressphoto ・・・'Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them’ by Ami Vitale (@amivitale) was awarded First Prize in the Nature, Stories category of the 2018 Photo Contest.
September 29, 2016
A rescued baby elephant is tended at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, in northern Kenya.
Orphaned and abandoned elephant calves are rehabilitated and returned to the wild, at the community-owned Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in northern Kenya. The Reteti sanctuary is part of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, located in the ancestral homeland of the Samburu people. The elephant orphanage was established in 2016 by local Samburus, and all the men working there are, or were at some time, Samburu warriors. In the past, local people weren’t much interested in saving elephants, which can be a threat to humans and their property, but now they are beginning to relate to the animals in a new way. Elephants feed on low brush and knock down small trees, promoting the growth of grasses—of advantage to the pastoralist Samburu.
The 2018 Photo Contest (#WPPh2018 ) drew entries from around the world: 4,548 photographers from 125 countries submitted 73,044 images. The independent jury selected 312 photographs by 42 photographers from 22 countries, over an intensive anonymous judging process.
WPPh2018 award-winning visual journalists will speak about their work at the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam from 13–14 April. The Festival will have a varied program of presentations, workshops, and meetups featuring special guests, including the renowned Sem Presser Lecture, supported by DuPho, this year presented by Stephanie Sinclair.
Follow our Instagram stories for highlights of the Awards Show and the Festival!
🌈Happy Beltane 🦋This cross quarter holiday is celebrated across the world in different forms. It’s halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice...wow summer is on its way!
We’re celebrating the earth’s fertility. In modern times it appears in daily life that we don’t “need” to celebrate the earth or her fertility and abundance because we have grocery stores! Fewer of us farm and depend on the earth... or so it appears.
Our society is removed for the earth and we’ve created The illusion that we are in control. 🌱🌺We still depend on her every day and it’s our duty to honor Her in reciprocity. 💫
The Hollow Bone is a metaphor from the wisdom traditions. When you look at a hollow bone in nature there’s nothing left on it. There is only bone and nothing can stick to it or feed off of it anymore. It is just available for spirit to come through as medicine.
The hollow bone is the idea of being clean in the energetic sense. When we are free of projections and judgements and all of the thoughts that cloud our perspectives we are in a position to allow spirit, love, and magic to come through us.
Being like the hollow bone means having a beginners mind, being OK with uncertainty, the mystery, with not knowing. Worrying doesn’t help us. It creates anxiety. This is a skill to cultivate.
How can we embrace what is happening right now, in the present moment, whether it’s an experience of anxiety, or an experience of joy?
Recently the angelic realms have my attention. I’ve been looking for a piece for our back yard and this angel caught my eye.
In the past I haven’t much connected with angels and saints because I grew up catholic and it’s a whole rebellion, childhood memories thing.
In the past few years I have cultivated a relationship with Mother Mary, very slowly rediscovering relationship with Jesus, and some of the saints like Joseph and Anthony have been my friends for a while. Most recently the angelic realms have my attention through the gift of working with my friend and client @the_shama_mama who is an energy worker with a profound connection and working relationship with the Angelic Realms and specifically Saint Germain. Last week Karen unexpectedly channeled a message for me that had a big impact.
The synchronicity and trust I have in him and the Angels in the past two weeks feels like a significant shift in my life. I’ll keep my process for myself for now.
What I want to share is, I’m following the signs, the messages, whether they come from my sense of sight or sound, my sixth sense, from my collaborators and comrades, books, cards, nature...they’re abundant. And I’m listening. I invite you to notice and listen...what’s coming through for you?
Wow, did you feel something intense yesterday? I was in an energetic funk all day with so much negative self talk, and lots of potent realizations coming through. Later in the day I received a gift; someone close to me said I am “inappropriate” on social media. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⚡️Newsflash: I am not here to be “appropriate.” Or fit into anyone’s box. I’m also not here to entertain people who are secretly and silently lurking on social media. I am here to have a conversation. I’m here to talk to women about their experiences, to make it safe, and normalized. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I write about women’s health and the earth. If that’s inappropriate, that’s part of the problem in the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I truly believe that when we judge others, there is something within ourselves that we are disowning. As @lorenapalazzo_co teaches, ask “what more can I own here?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yesterday I leaned more into being “inappropriate” to push my edge. My programs and messaging are tweaked to specifically call out the uncomfortable. The inappropriate. The parts that we might be disowning. It’s in service of the practice of *truthtelling*, authenticity, wholeness and empowerment. I stand for that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Happy full moon and Passover. Shabbat shalom, May this Sabbath bring you peace 💜 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Giving thanks to our ancestors for all they endured, created, envisioned, enjoyed for us to be here today. 🕯 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Double tap if you’re creating a full moon ritual this eve. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Thank You 🙏🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A mandala is a way to make an offering to mama earth in gratitude for her generosity. Start in the East, and work your way sunwise around the circle to honor the directions. It’s a prayer, a way to walk the beauty way, spreading beauty where ever we go. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I usually try to make a mandala by looking for what is already shed to the ground rather than harvesting more plant material.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s a creative and prayerful process that brings me into flow. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
How do you say thank you? Tell me in the comments💜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This little lady bug showed up to remind me of my nanny. Ladybugs 🐞 are one of my grandmother’s messengers to me and I always stop for a moment to take in what’s happening and to say hello and remember her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Who are your ancestors’ animal or insect messengers? 🐬🐭🐷🐻🐱🐶🦊🦆🦋🐛🐜🦎🐠🐢🦉🦅🐸
This picture is from last year in Thailand. There are these cool little kiosks where you put in 10 cents and it fills your water bottle with filtered water. Then you zoom off to where you’re going on the back of your mans motor bike.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A year and a half ago a guy I was dating for a couple months (my future husband) asked me to go to Thailand and Bali with him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I said yes and ran off into the sunset with him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sometimes yes is the only answer even if you don’t know *how* in the world it will work out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What’s a big risk you’re considering? I’d love to cheer you on. Tell me in the comments 👇🏼
I’ve been posting a lot of videos to my YouTube channel 💁🏻recently (every Thursday to be exact) and the most recent one is about the shamanic lifestyle in these modern times. I’m talking about being in right relationship. With self, Earth, and the spirit world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And I have some free downloads for you there too! 🌀 #earthwisdom
Water is the driving force of all nature.
-Leonardo Da Vinci-
Water = Life 💦
Aún hay 700 millones de personas que no tienen acceso a agua potable. Cada vez que pides una botella de AUARA, contribuyes a llevar agua potable a quienes todavía no la tienen. Únete tú también al proyecto Auara.
- Auara Empresa Social dedica el 100% de sus dividendos a proyectos para llevar agua potable a quienes no la tienen.
- Auara es la primera marca de agua mineral en Europa que fabrica sus botellas con un 100% de plástico reciclado (R-PET)
- Sus botellas tienen un diseño que facilita el transporte y el almacenamiento. Por lo tanto, menos contaminación.
- Botellas con sistema braile de lectura para personas invidentes.
- El agua AUARA está muy buena.
The spring equinox is a major holy day for Witches. 🌈On this day of balanced light and dark, we celebrate the waking bear, the waking Mother Earth, and her pregnancy and fertility before the birth of the growing season.
🌷The sleeping seeds awaken to the sunshine and warmth.
Our energy is revving and it’s important to be extra careful of our health in transitional seasons.
Happy equinox, loved ones! Balance and blessings. Blessings and balance. For from balance comes all blessings💕
With each exhale
Allow the wind
To carry your fears
Into the light
Of the sun
Freeing your roots
From a safety net
Obscuring your growth
With each exhale
Allow natures wind
All the misconceptions
Over the years
All the stories you've been told
Of what should
And what could
With each exhale
Allow the wind
All the labels
All the stories
Breathe from the heart
Eyes // Awake
Heart // Open
To explore the wilderness
Of the path unknown
To bring light to your shadows
Trust to your doubts
Movement and Breath
To your controlled comfort
Movement and Breath
To the path unknown
Movement and Breath
To the wilderness
That your soul
So wishes to explore
Surrender to the unknown
Like the rivers current
Happy Vernal Equinox! 🦋🌸⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today a group of us braved the cold (it definitely felt like winter!) and climbed up Sugarloaf Mountain to make ceremony and prayers in gratitude. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It was such a beautiful way to start this season. This grandmother tree is the gatekeeper to the portal on top of the mountain in the hike up. each Equinox I am struck by the magic of this sacred spot. From the top of Sugarloaf to the direction of the east, spring on the wheel of the year, we can see Valmont Butte which is made of the same volcanic basalt as Sugarloaf and just beyond that, our lodge. Beyond that, the sun rises. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These places have been revered by 40 tribes from the area who would come from far and wide to meet here. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So thankful for this community, land, beauty, abundance, and for starting a new season together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀