Issue 15- April 2023
Many traditions around the world celebrate this splendid time of new life and rebirth in many forms- Easter, Passover, Ramadan, and the Japanese sakura festival, to name a few. Some of these spring festivals come after a time of cleansing, fasting, and self-sacrifice, when we give-up something in order to make space for something new. In the natural world, this austerity is reflected in the winter season itself, when life quiets and stills, moving deep into the earth where it lies sleeping until now. This cycle of time is also how the earth regenerates itself. Life needs to die, at least in part, in order to be renewed once more.
In this edition, we bring you several features that explore this theme. Sara Norris offers a thoughtful article on discomfort as an approach to creating health and building resilience. Steven Johnson brings us on a nourishing video tour of an evergreen pine grove in early spring, allowing us to experience the special sounds and light qualities created by the grove, and teaching us about the tremendous vitality and regenerative properties of these medicinal trees. We also feature a special approach to elder care at the Fellowship Community in New York state, where elders, youth, and adults live, work and care for each other in ways that embrace the full range of life’s ages and abilities in creative and fulfilling ways. And finally we end with an invitation to explore nature’s artistic gifts in your own backyard and kitchen! Amanda Jacobs shares her family tradition of easter egg decorating with natural dyes and botanical prints. You can apply these tricks on paper and fabrics too!
We hope you enjoy this time of growth and new beginnings and find time to connect with nature, the season, yourselves and loved ones.
With warm spring greetings,
The FHC Team
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