Prickly Pear Mead [Recipe]

Probably one of the most delicious fermented brews that I’ve enjoyed is Prickly Pear mead. Okay, maybe technically its called a “melomel” because it is fermented honey and fruit. But, technicalities aside, with prickly pear fruit in season now, its a great time to make use of this delicious abundant native fruit here in SouthernContinue reading “Prickly Pear Mead [Recipe]”

That time I spent alone in Colorado…

Apparently traveling solo is a natural thing to do after a major life change. One study determined that at least 43% of solo travelers are doing so because they are newly divorced or widowed. I get that. It allows for an opportunity to get to know yourself again. It gives you that much needed spaceContinue reading “That time I spent alone in Colorado…”

Wild Medicine: Plant Walk on May 13th

          Date: May 13, 2017 Time: 9:00am Location: Wildwood Regional Park, 928 W. Avenida de Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, California   Join local clinical herbalist Jess Starwood on an easy paced hike to identify and explore the native and non-native medicinal plants at Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks that areContinue reading “Wild Medicine: Plant Walk on May 13th”

Herbal Medicine Making Workshop

Join me, Jess Starwood, in February to learn how to make your own herbal medicine! Making Medicine: Herbal Workshop with Jess Starwood of Sunraven Apothecary February 18th, 1:00pm-3:30pm Bodysattva Center 1414 East Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 211 Thousand Oaks CA, 91362 Crafting your own herbal medicines at home saves money and helps you directly connectContinue reading “Herbal Medicine Making Workshop”

On the nature of seeing… & the Arroyo Conejo Trail

I’ve been hiking almost daily since the first of June. And with that, a significant amount of time to spend quality time by myself which means more than enough time to listen to my own thoughts. Today I explored the Arroyo Conejo trail which is part of the Wildwood Regional Park trail system in ThousandContinue reading “On the nature of seeing… & the Arroyo Conejo Trail”

Exploring the wildflowers along the Mishe Mowka trail

I was planning to hike to the top of Sandstone Peak this weekend as part of my five day stint of time alone. It has been on my to-hike list for a few years now but it wasn’t always convenient to get over to that area of the Santa Monica Mountains. I decided today wasContinue reading “Exploring the wildflowers along the Mishe Mowka trail”

“Within nature lies the cure for humanity..”

In the midst of a great life transition, I have found myself immersed deep in the embrace of nature, of the wildness that surrounds us and lies at the very core of our souls. I have witnessed greater truths and deeper knowledge out there, whether its from an awe-inspiring mountaintop view or a single blossomContinue reading ““Within nature lies the cure for humanity..””