Leaves: by Rhonda D. Whetham
the morning light came through the Maple tree I started to ponder falling
leaves again, this has been on my mind the last few days. The cycle of leaves. So
I went around taking pictures of different stages of leaf growth. Looking at the leaves I noticed green,
vibrant, beautiful energetic leaves, some beginning to turn to the rich orange
and yellows of Autumn. I also saw some
starting to shrivel as their life matures.
I wondered, what stage of growth am I in today within my own life cycle. I
chose to be the leaf that is green, vibrant able to do its job collecting the suns
energy and transferring it to the plant cells, who it is part of and supports. As
I think about it I understand that I chose to be that leaf, with my thinking I
could also have chosen to be the leaf that is retiring. What does this tell me
about myself? It says I am full of life force energy and ready and willing to
take responsibility for who and what I am; enjoying life to my fullest ability.
We can only be what we think we are.
my friends and students overseas, here in Australia it is Autumn now with the
leaves on the trees at Cuppacumbalong Homestead turning yellow and beginning to
fall from their Mother. Each stage is important. As they decompose under her,
they provide protection and insulation for the roots as mulch for the upcoming
cold winter. Through the process of decomposing, those same leaves will provide
valuable soil health and nutrients in the spring for the trees to draw upon.
and join us so you can bond with the falling leaf and discover where you are at,
where you want to be, in this season and life cycle of personal growth. This is
the beginning of a year program Called “Gardening the Soul” journeying through
the seasons. Its aim is to support personal development by attuning to the
rhythms of our own nature and those of our environment. We provide the space in
your busy life to focus and nourish your inner self.
will be gathering at Om Shanti College, Griffith Shops, Canberra on May 2nd
from 7pm to 10pm Cost $30
monthly gatherings near the new moon at Om Shanti College will focus on the
season and months. For the development/bonding exercises we will be using the tools
a Guided Visualization Meditation
to gather in the gardens at Cuppacumbalong Homestead, Tharwa where we will
connect with the gardens and the Earth, hands on exercises in the garden,
planting seeds, caring for the plants, harvesting, connecting with the cycles
of plants. We will also do some Art therapy, and always a Guided Visualization
will also celebrate the honouring of the seasons with Equinox and Solstice
ceremonies at Cuppacumbalong, Tharwa
D. Whetham facilitator has 25 years of training in the Natural Healing
Industry. She is an Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Shamanic Healer/Trainer,
Mentor/Life Coach, Retreat Facilitator and Master Gardener with Oregon State
www.aromajourney.com or call Rhonda 0428 942 947
Harvey facilitator is a Bowen Therapist, Holistic Coach, Spiritual Artist and
keen Gardener who has been inspired in her own life to connect and seek her
life lessons through the wisdom of nature.
0468 944 424
plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can
hear them.” Arapaho proverb