Rituals and Traditions: Southeast Wise Women's Herbal Conference

Rituals and traditions... the rolling tide of coming back to familiarity and purpose. We all have places, things, and people that we keep coming back to for one reason or another. Here is one of those places.

This year marks the third year in a row that Stella and I will attend the Southeast Wise Women's Herbal Conference in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The conference is a celebration of women and plants that inspires and teaches earth-based healing and women’s health. The event hosts over 60 workshops and classes with headliner herbalists! From Rosemary Gladstar in 2015 to Dr. Aviva Romm this year, it's really such a treat to be in a beautiful environment with like-minded women and inspirational teachers from all over. I'd go just to indulge in the good vibes alone. The energy this event brings is indescribable. Literally. You have to attend to understand what I'm talking about.

One of the aspects I really love about this conference is the support of mothers. We are able to bring our children! Whether they're in your lap or at the seedlings camp, they are welcomed! I believe that if we want to change the world, it starts with our children. Being able to include them in this magic and wonder of learning to work with nature's gifts is such a pleasure! The first year Stella spent most of her time asleep in my lap or wrapped up in blanket. My mother came with us and it was really special to spend that time as 3 generations all together. The second year Stella and I went, she enjoyed her time wading in the water at the lake and sunbathing at the beach in-between classes, sipping on chamomile tea while picking out crystals at the vendor tents, dancing to the beats fireside at the drum circle and playing with other kids who were there with their mothers as well. This year, we'll be in attendance and camping out with a very good friend of mine, and her daughter, who Stella is smitten with!

The location is another big draw to the conference. Set on serene Lake Eden with Autumn's colors splashed across the Appalachian mountains in a colorful palette. Large tents, canopies, a marketplace, food trucks, tents for camping and various booths scatter the property. In addition to the classes, you can partake in a plant walk through the fields and forests led by seasoned herbalists, canoe on the lake, do sun salutations in a yoga class, sit in the red tent and participate in a song circle. Also - the food! With multiple food vendors serving up local and organic dishes with loads of vegan and vegetarian options, I definitely indulge while I'm there! The only thing you will wish for is more time because there are so many fun things to get involved in!

Are you nodding your head in agreement thinking that you'd like to be there too? There's still time to get your ticket! Click here to get registered and get ready for an amazing weekend!

Love and Gratitude,

Beryl

 

We're looking for some homestead help!

Four years ago we dreamed a big dream. We left our (short-lived) life in Los Angeles in search of a slower place; "The Simple Life" (what a delusion!). After a series of events, misfortunes and magic, we found our little slice of sunshine in the Appalachian Mountains. Upon moving in, we had no idea what kind of mess we we're getting ourselves into. A house that needed major remodeling and repairs, a property that had been neglected and unkept, but also some really special things hiding under figurative layers of dust that had been overlooked. We made several lists "To Build", "To Buy", "To Repair" and so on with projected start and finish dates. What we didn't take into account was the reality of building a home based business from scratch, raising children without any help from family, and how much time and money these things actually would take (it's ALWAYS more than anticipated).

We've come a long way these past four years, but we still have so much left to do. With our active + engaged social media accounts, we are often asked if we have visitors or helpers and we often decline. But after chatting with some friends that were once overwhelmed like us, but decided to start accepting "interns" on their farm, and hearing how much that had drastically improved their situation at no cost to them, we started to think about options that would work for us.

So here we are. Hello! We are looking for a special person for a unique situation. It will be a challenge to find you, but we know out of the 322 million people in this country, you are out there. Interested? Keep reading...

Who we are: We are Beryl, Kenny, Everett and Stella. You can read a bit about us here and see more of what we're up to here .

Our homestead:  Is under 2 mostly flat, gently sloped acres with a 360 degree mountain view. One side faces a historic farm with grazing cattle and the Pisgah National Forest, another faces the French Broad River and Hay Pastures. We have neighbors on either side of us that keep to themselves with one particular set of neighbors that we are very friendly with. We have an established 6,000 square foot garden space, a large hoophouse greenhouse that is under construction, a small flock of chickens, two ducks, two goats, a dog and cat. We have a brick ranch home that we are renovating. We have a separate art studio/tiny home that we built that is almost complete that Kenny uses for his business. There is a decent sized front pasture that is currently not being used. We are 2 minutes away from downtown Hot Springs, the Appalachian Trail, the hot mineral springs, loads of hiking and outdoor activities. 

Who you are: Honest, dependable, hard working, with a positive attitude. You have carpentry skills and years of experience using tools. You have high standards and a possess a well-rounded skillset. You enjoy gardening and the outdoors. You are not a smoker. You are not a heavy drinker. You do not do drugs. Good with children or at least politely tolerates them :). You do not have a dog (we love dogs, but our goats and chickens do not).

The deal: In exchange for only 10-15 hours of labor per week, you may park your tiny home, RV or camper on our property. You will have access to utilities like Electricity, WiFi and some Water. No Septic. You will provide your own food but we will happily share our plant-based meals on occasion. You will get fresh veggies and herbs from the garden and eggs from our hens. Since we are new to this, we'd like to go month-to-month and see where it takes us. This is a temporary situation, we are not looking for someone to live here long term. Very ideal for someone that is interested in moving to the area but wanting to test the waters first. These are an example projects we have in mind: Fencing, gardening (using biodynamic, permaculture and organic practices), tree trimming, painting, mowing, some animal tending, etc.

The area: "Hot Springs, NC, a resort destination for almost 200 years, has long been renowned for its healing hot mineral springs, scenic mountain setting, and abundance of natural resources. Recently voted the Best Small Mountain Town from Georgia to West Virginia by readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine you will find we have a welcoming small town feeling. Hot Springs, NC Is just 40 minutes north of Asheville. We are located at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River in a valley surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest. Hot Springs is the North Carolina only town where the Appalachian Trail runs directly down the main street." taken from HotSpringsNC.org (find more information there)

 

If this sounds like something you'd like to get involved with, please send us an email or leave a comment below. If you think this gig may interest your friends, please share this post!

With gratitude,

Beryl and Kenny Frohriep

 

Everett + his John Deere

Our son Everett (5) has had his heart set on a real tractor since he could first talk. One day while looking over garden tools in the shed, he came across this old cultivator that was no longer working. It was his idea to remove the cultivating tines and apply them to his toy battery powered tractor. With the help of Kenny and an hour of modification, he now has a completely unique, legit cultivator attachment! Watch below :)