Tender times at Ceratonia through the changing colours of Summer.
Family and friends visiting.
Spending time with wonderful healing herbs and harvesting delicious delights!
Gorgeous Pear blossom and a couple months later we have Pears!
Delicious Apricots. Finally got a dehydrator... Thus dried apricots!
Spending the afternoon with wonderful Centaurium erythraea
Skullcap above and Evening primrose below and some made into a tincture. Deep Peace and gratitude to these wonderful herbs!
Enjoying the Mrytle!
The mighty Verbascum!
Fruity smoothies and delightful herbal teas!
More abundance from the Orchard
Baby Clary Sage above, below harvesting from beauty plants in their second year and making into tinctures.
Best thing ever is a herbal foot bath! Everyone can enjoy this!
Spending the afternoon with wonderful Artemisia vulgaris.
The purple flower is Verbena bonariensis.
Gorgeous Carob earlier in the Summer and now almost ready for harvest.
Sowing seeds, Planting trees, making medicines and
welcoming lovely visitors.
Continuing to learn more about the amazing medicine growing all around.
We have not had much rain over the winter months, but still we are having a wonderful lush green going on that brings Joy to the heart. With an abundance of gorgeous flowers both Wild and planted.
This is just a few of our beauties growing at Ceratonia Gardens.
This beautiful Sage is the Salvia hispanica.
The seed is a favourite super food, more commonly known as Chia seeds.
This Pieris rapae also enjoying the plant.
Planting has begun in the different herb gardens, mainly from seeds sown at Samhain
Many seeds have been sown recently. Have had a little problem with snails eating the tiny shoots! Including the Chia seedlings that germinated after a couple of days,
but didn't last long!
We love our Roses here at Ceratonia and this beauty is fabulous. Will take the hottest Sun and the coldest day with very little water needs and blooms all year!!
We are now starting our 6th year here at Ceratonia.
Taking time to Reflect, Celebrate and find Space.
Gentle times, yet exciting and spacious.
Abundant with learning, shifts and manifestation.
A wonderful gift- Gratitude to Amber who painted us this fabulous Hoopoe. One of the many birds abundant around here!
Next Herbal course 8th December - Click below for more information.
Huge Gratitude to Rocio for her Love, Healing and Wisdom
A magical retreat with very lovely people
A Wonderful Sacral Celebration at Ceratonia
Corey preparing delicious food day after day
Meeting the Plants
Making Beauty Oils to Nurture our Souls.
A delicious cake made with amazing Cacao from the plants growing in Rocio and Rogelio's Iamoe Center in Ecuador. Massive Gratitude!
Learning more techniques to realign and heal our Sacral energy.
Roses and Rosemary collected and prepared for our wonderful Healing Bathe. Wow what an amazing good feeling it is to wash in Rose water.
Rocio will return to Ceratonia Autumn 2019 for more great Wisdom and Love.
Biskops Arno a herbal school from Sweden came to Ceratonia this Springtime to learn more about herbal medicine.
We had a great time with plenty of sharing and exploring the wonderful world of Plants. Seeing differences and similarities in our European herbs growing in very different climates and conditions.
Taking time to meet the plants, tea sensing, making medicines, spending contemplative time in Nature with an extra 2 days with the Olive tree. Learning more about our relationship with plants and how much they can teach us as we open up, connect with all our senses, our intuition and trust.
It is amazing how much grows with little to no water. This rainy season we have had very little rain. The abundance of Nature is inspiring and gives Hope and Courage. Wow to the following blossoms and plants that have sprung up over the last few weeks.
The bees have been enjoying these Rosemary bushes over the last weeks. The sound and activity has been immense. Day after day collecting and NON stop harvesting and just buzzing around this wonderful herb.
We are so grateful for the abundant evergreen all around that gives such a contrast to the dry red rocky earth.
No photos or audio yet, but the birds and their song have been fabulous. They really love it here at Ceratonia and observing them is a Joy. I have really noticed how the different varieties of small birds, full of colour and beautiful patterns work and live together amongst the trees. They are cheeky too, as they enjoy the seeds I've sown... Of course there are birds that keep to themselves like the Hawk, the Owls, the eagle and the woodpeckers have been non stop recently!
Changes have been going on in the gardens: A new vegetable garden has been dug, de stoned and onions, cabbages, kale, carrots, beetroot, coriander have all been planted. This wonderful new garden is very close to the house!! The old veg plot has become the Enchanted Garden. I am very excited by this, basically the plants guided these changes! Already recently planted Valerian, Rue, Stachys, Yarrow, Chamomille, Saffron and many more, also sown loads of seeds. Watch this space! Calendula's garden ever more finds its place as an Aromatic garden and the Chakra system is still very present within it.
Making mulch from the cuttings of Olive and many other trees and plants from the land.
As this post is being created the RAINS have come!!!! Celebrations!!!! It may be that we have Rain for some days, then the Sun will come. Then we shall see what beauties burst forth. Photos will be taken and a new blog will be made.
Winter time at Ceratonia.
Leaves are turning and some rain has come.
A greening has begun and inspiration is abundant!
Gratitude to this beautiful land.
Winter blessings and all the very best for 2018
We had our annual Astrology course with Paul Beyerl and it was great!
Here are some quotes from some of the attendants:
“The astrology workshop felt like it opened my senses to magic and belief in Oneness”
“I feel prepared and excited to embrace all that is to come “
”I look forward to attending the workshops in 2018! I would not like to miss it for the world and highly recommend it to anyone”
"I found such inspiration at Ceratonia! The beautiful Prana-filled premises with all the amazing people I had the opportunity to meet and learn with, as well as the insight into astrological chart reading's have motivated me tremendously to accept myself and my spiritual journey."
The Carob harvest has been completed and as the beans have all been picked the trees are already abundant with flowers. Gorgeous oils have been made and Ceratonia's Carob balm for aches and pains is nearly ready. Fig Jams and Quince chutneys already in the making.
Herb of the Month Rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis, Alecrim in Portuguese of the Laminaceae Family.
A herb to help heal the heart in times of grief. For clarity of mind and memory. Improves circulation, strengthens emotional health and supports digestion. A herb of the Sun.
Up coming Events 2017
8th October THE HEALING ROSE with Gazalla Zabek
11th November First class in learning about Herbal Medicine with Daisy Mae in the beautiful gardens at Ceratonia. Note change of date.
1-2nd December Aromatherapy with Daisy Mae and Fernanda Botelho.
One of our great Inspirations in Herbal Medicine has past on.
Christopher Hedley was my mentor, herbalist and most brilliant wise teacher.
With gratitude and Love.
Daisy Mae and Corey Smith at Ceratonia