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.
Celebrations for our four year anniversary in the Algarve, Portugal.
Ceratonia is about growing plants to nourish and regenerate the earth and people. Protecting an eco system and enhancing a place that is beautiful. Creating a setting to learn about plants in a botanical, horticultural, medicinal and spiritual way.
Reflections after four years at Ceratonia are of achieving a dream and hard work!
In the last 4 years we have built a Centre where people can learn, rest and eat delicious food.
We have worked on the 8 acres of land providing a medicinal garden which includes the abundance of wild flowers, bushes and beautiful old Olive, Almond and Carob trees.
We have planted herb and vegetable areas and 100’s of trees, creating fruit and nut orchards and trees from around the world with low water needs.
We would like to take this opportunity to give Gratitude
to all those who have helped us to build Ceratonia over the last four years, Gratitude to all those that have visited and given support from afar. Gratitude to all of the Plants and Trees that are growing and thriving on the land.
Herb of the Month
Ceratonia siliqua the Latin for Carob and Alfarrobeira in Portuguese. A medicine tree rich in magnesium and healing anti-inflammatory actions. The essence of this mighty tree helps us to disentangle from ancestral repeated patterns and symbolises Strength and Protection.
Up coming Events 2017
12-18th Sep. Astrology with Paul Beyerl
22nd-30th Sep. True Nature Retreat
1-5th October Yoga retreat with Sarah Fox
6th-10th October The Healing Rose with Gazalla Zabek
1-2nd December Aromatherapy with Daisy Mae and Fernanda Botelho.
It is Lammas.
Celebrate and reflect on all that you have manifested this year.
Have time outside in Nature and enjoy the abundance.
Ceratonia's website has been updated throughout.
We now have a Facebook page Facebook.com\ceratoniaherbalgardens and
we finally have a Newsletter (Do check your spam and promotion sections on your emails for our newsletters). Email email@example.com to get on our mailing list.
Summers days and Ceratonia continues to grow.
A Newsletter first of its kind for Ceratonia will be ready very soon and the next phase begins.
Check out the changes throughout the Website including an ever increasing Gallery.
This months blog has photos of the Orchard and Herb gardens to Celebrate the students, volunteers, healing rest and other visitors we have had over the past few months.
Thank you for a wonderful sharing Restrorative time at Ceratonia Gardens.
Blessed by Rocio and her wisdom and a lovely group of people.
Taking time in the gardens and finding some allies.
Exciting to learn more and more about the amazing Agave americana of the Asparagus family. Rocio and Rogelio shared about the immense medicine and traditional ways of this plant.
We will be learning more about ways to harvest this plant with Rocio next year 2018.
Learning the traditional practice of La Limpia
Rocio will be returning for Restoratives at Ceratonia
24th-31st May 2018
Two separate Courses on:
Sacral Healing and Children’s Journey
With extra teaching guests.
Last call for those that are interested in joining us for the 2017 Restoratives.
Discounts available for the 5 day residential, please email me for more information.
For those that would like to come for the days Rocio is teaching:
these are Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
Cost per day is €55 with lunch.
5 day Restoratives at Ceratonia 26th-30th May 2017
Inclusive board, delicious vegetarian food. Time spent with the plants, herbal walks, tea tastings, dance and beach visit and plenty restorative time. A talk on Bee medicine magic and 3 glorious teaching days with Rocio Alcaron.
Ceratonia is very happy to welcome Rocio Alarcon for our 2017 Restoratives.
Rocio is a herbalist and shaman from Ecuador. The work we will learn from Rocio will help us to restore and develop as practitioners.
A few examples of what we will learn with Rocio include: Learning techniques such as Limpia, to energetically cleanse and clear space for ourselves and others to heal. We will learn about ´Landscape diagnosis´ A method that enables us to create balance by discharging and transforming energies by working with plants and other elements.
The gardens create a tranquil, contemplative space to teach and inspire people.
5 days per person Inclusive of course, accommodation and food.
Full Price with sharing room in centre or tepitent €390\£350
Full Price with camping bring your own tent €350\£310
5 days per person inclusive of course and lunch
Full Price with course and lunch €275\£250
Travel Collection there and back: Faro airport €40. Local train stations €5. Price can be divided when sharing.
To book your place
on this event
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Keziah Gibbons for sharing your wisdom and healing retreat here at Ceratonia. Nurturing teachings, Healing journeys and Inspiring times.
With plenty of support from the Plants.
This Pink beauty known as Centaurium erythraea- Centaury- Fel-da-terra
Made an impact at this retreat, a powerful ally and this year is growing in glorious abundance!
Daisy Mae and Corey Smith at Ceratonia