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New Moon brings New Dwellings

yurt teamToday the New Moon brought several new structures to Starseed. A 20-foot yurt arrived from Two Girls Farm in NH and we set it up in about four hours. The round space made from local saplings and hand-sewn fabric will be where we offer yoga, meditation, council meetings, and celebrations.

laticespaceshipthe roofalmost doneBlake led us in a much needed yoga class and Satyena facilitated a smudging ceremony to welcome the yurt to the land. As she played the Tibetan singing bowl, a big black bear appeared on the site, probably feeding on the ripening wild blueberries.

team effortAfter a rich breakfast of biscuits (leftover from strawberry shortcake), gravy, eggs, and strawberry smoothies, we headed over to our newly acquired beehive. Jo and Blake opened the hive to remove excess wax so it doesn’t seal up completely. Now, I have some beeswax to make a comfrey, calendula, plantain salve. A few feet from the hive, I have never been so close to so many bees. None of us were stung and we spent the rest of the day humming to honor the honeybees.

hive checkMid-day Jo and Aravinda met with lawyers to close on the house they are purchasing across the street from Starseed. A beautifully constructed home filled with love… another new structure at Starseed. We’re growing, rather quickly, and I’m confident everything will work out because each of us is living from our hearts with good intentions.

chamomile heartWe raised our glasses of champagne toasting in honor of all we’ve learned in the past, gratitude for the present, and excitement for a bright future! Cheers to new growth and opportunity by saying YES!

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Busy as the Bees

home sweet homeAnother rainy day forces me to stay inside, make soup, bake cookies, and slow down. The month of June is flying by as we are busy as the bees out here at Starseed. Change is happening so fast these days. Old structures and habits are breaking down making room for new positive change in the world. Starseed is one of many places all across the globe that is transforming. I am really hopeful to be part of such a special project underway.

swarm10,000 new beings have made Starseed their home- Honeybees! We welcomed them last weekend and they are already making their rounds to the flower gardens. Their hive is nestled into the tree line beside our newly planted high-bush blueberries.

bee sugar

First, we added sugar water (or  you can use honey) to the hive to give the bees something to start with and draw them into their new home.

queen beeThen we took out the queen who was in her own compartment. The worker bees will eventually chew their way into her compartment and hopefully accept her as their queen.

welcome beesAll the other bees joined her in the hive by swarming and within a few hours, they all settled down. Home sweet home! I can hardly wait for honey this fall.

bees and bluesHoneybees  travel up to a few miles pollinating our flowers and food sources as they go. About 40% of our food supply relies on bees for pollination such as fruits, nuts, and some vegetables. Non-organic pesticides are killing off our bees causing “colony collapse.” Watch the film, “Queen of the Sun” for more information about the importance of honeybees for our survival. Not to mention, the divinely sweet, nutritious, medicinal, anti-microbial substance they create- Honey!

Well, now that the rain has stopped, it’s time to head back outside being busy as the bees…

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