Culinary Lavender and Wine Pairings: A Holiday Menu

Culinary Lavender and Wine Pairings: A Holiday Menu by Cristin McDonnell The holidays are a chance to take your regular menu and enhance it by cooking with a variety of herbs that you may not regularly use.  This year I am taking our usual holiday menu and adding a taste of Provence by cooking with… Read more »

Abundant Life: A Christmas Story

Abundant Life: A Christmas Story This is another reprint of my favorite personal Christmas stories, those stories that remain in my heart this season. My departure from organized religion began when I realized “eternal life” was “abundant life”— spiritually abundant. At the moment of epiphany I was sitting on the stage near the altar of our… Read more »

Lavender Essential Oil and Goat Puncture Wounds

Lavender Essential Oil and Goat Puncture Wounds Our Biodynamic organic lavender essential oil is being put to the test! In October Gaviota sustained a puncture wound that we did not discover until early November. By then, the four-inch puncture wound had festered. The vet put her on a course of penicillin, but the infection returned…. Read more »

Butternut Squash Soup with Lavender and Sage

Butternut Squash Soup with Lavender and Sage By Cristin McDonnell This is a healthy fall/ winter dish.  Part of what makes this recipe healthy are the benefit that comes from cooking with high quality culinary grade lavender. Ingredients: 1 tbsp dried lavender 6 sage leaves (or 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked) 3 lb butternut… Read more »

The Mystery of the Present and Play

The Mystery of the Present and Play With the increasing darkness of the season, I reprint an older blog on Mystery. “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein If it is important even for our survival on the planet to relearn re-entering the Mystery of the Present, what serves this end? This question… Read more »

Portal of Boredom and Consciousness

Portal of Boredom and Consciousness One of the lingering images from The C. G. Jung Institute’s December 5 event (celebrating the upcoming multimedia performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Etoiles), was Deborah O’Grady’s full moon rising over a ridge to one movement of Messiaen’s symphonic piece. As we watched the white orb slip from… Read more »

Benefits of using Essential Oils in Clay Diffusers

Benefits of Using Essential Oils in Clay Diffusers by Cristin McDonnell Using a soapstone or clay diffuser has many health benefits over using an electrical diffuser.  Chemical air fresheners that plug-in to electrical circuits or that are sprayed are reported to have these four basic ingredients: formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, aerosol propellants, and p-dichlorobenzene.   All four can… Read more »

Music, Liminality, and Hope

Music, Liminality, and Hope On Saturday, December 5, 2015, the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco will hold an event in Berkeley, Inscape and Landscape: From the Canyons to the Stars, to celebrate the upcoming January performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Etoiles, Cal Performances, Zellerbach Auditorium.    I will be speaking about the Alchemy of Catastrophe: Climate Change, Spirit,… Read more »

New: Essential Oil Diffuser Package

New: Essential Oil Diffuser Package Your can never anticipate the circuitous paths that take you where you are going! I first met Debra Manfree at one of our Open Houses here at the ranch. I remember the incident (and it was an incident!). Each Open House we do a number of tours in which we… Read more »

Preparing for Seasonal Change: Essential Oils and Ayurveda

Preparing for Seasonal Change: Essential Oils and Ayurveda By: Cristin McDonnell Colds, allergies, and seasonal influences seem to present themselves predominantly around December 21st , the winter solstice, and  March 21st, during the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere.  How often have you look forward to spending the holidays with family or finally having time off from work… Read more »