I wonder if life thus far has been preparing us for this. Doug and I love bed and breakfasts. We travel when we can and see as many as we can. We even considered opening our own. We lived through the coldest winter of our lives and came out stronger and loving the sun even more. We have been practicing and perfecting every homestead skill we can think of in order to be more self reliant and to encourage others to do the same by teaching these skills. We have amazed even ourselves by being able to grow food in the harshest of situations, on gravel driveways, and in discarded buckets. We can split wood, take care of animals, make and grow our own food, preserve, and have learned that we really want to live very simply.
My herbal business has changed and morphed over the years as has my knowledge and what I want to do with it. I was able to sell my business and grow my herbal school. The women in the course this semester have brought out so much in me that I was afraid to teach before for fear of scaring folks off! I am teaching herbs to not only heal physical ailments but also mental, emotional, and spiritual as well in order to achieve a more balanced life and a new level of health and inner peace. Teaching folks how to tap into their intuition and personal strengths has made teaching all the more valuable to me. I changed the name of my school this year to the Homesteader’s Pharmacy School at Pumpkin Hollow Farm because there is a school in Boulder with a very similar name to my previous name, North American School of Clinical Herbalism. But this, just as this final practice farm, was just a transitional name. The new name of my Herbalist School is going to be Sacred Owl School of Original Medicine and will teach students how to not only know how to handle physical ailments, but how to use intuition and other means of holistic knowledge to really help themselves and their loved ones.
I sometimes forget in the midst of intense heartache and changes that worrying is really quite useless, that the universe works in amazing ways and the Creator always helps guide. Someone called me the other day and signed himself and his wife up for the fall Herbalist Course. He didn’t care where we were moving, they would drive there to take the class. When I asked how he heard of me he said that a woman in a grocery store gave them my information. So many things are coming together without my knowledge or help that I cannot help but be astounded and amazed at how this life works when one is able to step back and look in from a new perspective.
I will always be a farmgirl. Doug and I will always have a homestead, whether it be in the middle of Denver, or in the beautiful mountain town of Cascade. We love this lifestyle too much to attract any other kind of lifestyle. Our life will reflect our greatest desires. We will always teach. That is my greatest gift and passion. The possibility on the horizon pertains to a possible purchase of a three story Victorian bed and breakfast by friends that would be turned into a holistic bed and breakfast, meeting center, retreat center, and working homestead with classes. The four of us have the right skill sets to be a power house team. Goats would still be milked, chickens fed, organic gardens would fill the property. Yoga, spiritual retreats, delicious food, tea on the large southern style porch, a cabin in back for us to live in complete with artist’s loft. A dream come true? We will see! Our fingers are crossed and breath held. But we must exhale and inhale the wisdom that all things work together to bring us what we most desire and to help us to help as many people as possible. We have each other and no matter where we end up it will be just right!
Farmgirlschool is alive and well.
The overwhelming number of responses and emails and phone calls have been very heartening for us. Thank you for your support, prayers, and encouragement. We are excited about what is on the horizon!