Gently We January

January is a month that embodies the true starkness of winter on the coast. While it may be sunny, much native foliage, has tucked its juiciness under the soil. This natural inclination towards vegetative slumber when the sun draws a low arc across the sky is a sign...

Tis the Season

The damp coastal weather invites an incredible variety of fungal flowers (otherwise known as mushrooms) to pop up everywhere. Though mushrooms grow in soil and were originally believed to be an offshoot of the plant kingdom, recent studies have shown that most fungi...

Take a Breath

Spring is here! What could be better than birdsong, longer daylight hours and fresh air to lift our spirits? If you’ve felt cooped up all winter, the urge to be outside and inhaling the spring air might be stronger than your list of “to-dos”. If so,...

Relief for Your Respiratory System

Winter brings us longer nights and shorter days. More time to rest and more time spend indoors as the weather becomes cold and wet. The spaces we inhabit at work, school or home are often closed to proper ventilation, yet filled with the vestiges of whatever...

The Yoga Of Gardening

I have temporarily stopped teaching my vinyassa-style yoga classes for the summer, and in answer to my student’s questions “but what do we do?” I have written this article on a form of outdoor yoga that also serves as ‘practice’. Summer...

Getting to the Root of Things

This time of year in the western hemisphere, most of our favorite herbs have all but disappeared from view and are hiding out underground. A few of us have disappeared too, even if just socially, enjoying a little ‘down time’ as the cool, dark, rainy...