Monday, January 18, 2016

Sharing My Love of Plants


Saturday was a big day here on my little homestead, it was the first adult workshop for Life at Nature's Pace. A few lovely ladies gathered in my kitchen, and while we drank tea, I had the honour of sharing my love of plants, and plant medicine with them. Together we talked about herbs, some of their benefits, and how to use them to keep our families healthy, and then we got to work creating a few herbal potions.

We put elderberries on to simmer for an elderberry syrup, we combined a few skin loving herbal infused oils to make an herbal salve, and we mixed a variety of herbs together to create a mineral and vitamin rich tea that the entire family can enjoy. Working together, chatting and sharing as we did, always makes the workshops I lead feel less like work, and more like time with friends.

I realized something on Saturday, it has been a long time since I have taught a workshop, at least three, maybe four years, and I miss it. I love sharing things I am passionate about with others, I love knowing that I have inspired someone to try something new, and I love that I always finish leading a workshop feeling inspired myself.

Next up at Life at Nature's Pace is a Morning on the Homestead for kids, and then another adult workshop, this time soap making. I am excited about both, and can't wait to share more with those who are attending.

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  1. I wish you lived near me Kim so I could attend your workshops. They sound like so much fun. xo

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    1. I would love that Julie. Maybe one day....

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  2. I bet your workshops are wonderful Kim, I wish I lived closer..........I can feel your enthusiasm oozing from this post. It is so wonderful to hear you are so positive about the future after the year you had last year.

    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Aw, thank you, I truly love sharing things I am passionate about, and Saturday was a really great reminder.

      I am feeling really hopeful and inspired about my future, and I am glad that is coming through :)

      You too, my friend. xo

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  3. I think you are finding yourself more and more through this life change (abrupt!!) I love how you are seeking and finding and filling your happiness bucket!!

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    1. I am Karen, and it feels wonderful! Thank you!!!!!

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  4. It sounds wonderful Kim and I can just imagine how much fun everyone had!
    Enjoy a great Monday.

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    1. Thank you Tracey, Monday has been good to me, and I hope it was good to you.

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  5. Your workshops sound like so much fun Kim. And I'm sure that the fact that you are so passionate about what you are teaching and that you enjoy sharing your knowledge so much makes all the difference for those who attend too.
    I would love to attend one of your workshops (especially the one on soap making!), I wish I lived closer to you (I'm in southern Quebec), but maybe someday... :)

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    1. Thanks Marcela, I like to think they are fun, and I sure hope those who attend think so :)

      I wished you lived closer too, it would be wonderful to connect in person. Maybe one day, you aren't that far away :)

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  6. So glad you're able to get back into something your passionate about! It feels really good, doesn't it?

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    1. Thanks Darcel, it feels amazing!!!

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  7. Sounds fantastic Kim. Glad you enjoy do this so much!

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  8. Oh, I'm so happy that your workshop went well. I would have loved to be there. I hope you get many more opportunities to pursue your love of teaching. You are such a passionate person.

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    1. Thanks Yanic, you are so sweet. xo

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  9. Oh how I wish I could be there for your soap-making session! One of these days! (Preferably when my littles are not so little and mostly underfoot...) :) Wishing all the best in your series of workshops!

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    1. I would love that. Maybe next time I offer it :)

      Thank you Alexa!

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  10. Sounds amazing, glad it went well!

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  11. How Fun! I'm glad it all went so well. :) Happy Monday.

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    1. Thanks KC! Happy Monday to you too!

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  12. Wow! Awesome! I wish I could join you! Love the lip balm you sent me before. I use it all the time!

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    1. Thanks Tiffany! So happy to hear you are enjoying the lip balm, we love it here too :)

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  13. Oh how wonderful! I would love to join you. I might do some investigating and see if I can find similar workshops around this area. I'd lobe to know more.

    I love the way you write about your passions.

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    1. I would have loved to have you join us Leisa. Yes, take a look around, I bet there it someone who offers something similar.

      Thank you. xo

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  14. That's wonderful! I'm glad it went so well! Wish I could come. :)

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  15. The workshops you have all sound great. So glad you are enjoying hosting them.

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  16. I'm so happy it went well for you. Such good news. I'm waiting for the day when you will have e-courses. Sign me up. Not for the first time I wish we lived closer. Shine on my friend.

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    1. Thank you my friend. E-courses, maybe one day....you will be the first to know :)

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  17. Your workshops sound wonderful, Kim. I know just what you mean about teaching something you're passionate about. It's a fantastic feeling, especially when you see others get excited about the same things and you know there's a deep connection between you.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. It is a fantastic feeling, and I am still riding the high of it. Can't wait til the next one :)

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  18. Dear Kim...you are such an inspiration. As you move forward into a new life, it will be better than before, because you are finding out who you are inside. New strengths are been discovered, and what an example to your little man. I pray that this new year will be filled to the brim with new adventures, lots of laughter, and delicious teas :0) lots of love from here in the mountains... I wish I lived closer, your workshops will be perfect. Have you thought of doing them online also? just a thought ;D mari

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    1. Thank you Mari. You know, it is already better than it was before, in so many ways, and I am finding happiness again.

      Thank you for your prayers, thoughts and good wishes, I appreciate them all.

      Online, not something I had considered, but someone else mentioned it too, so I might have to think about that :)

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  19. While it may have been a while since you taught a workshop, you teach and inspire through your blog on an ongoing basis!

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    1. Aw, thank you my friend. You are so sweet.

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  20. What a great adventure you are on!!! Wish I was close enough to take one in! Have a wonderful week Kim

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    1. It is feeling pretty awesome Erica. I am loving life right now, even with the challenges, and I feel positive and hopeful about the future.

      Hope you have a wonderful week to my friend. xo

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  21. Kim is wonderful! There are joy in what you describe ... for you as well as for the participants.
    I myself trained in holistic herbalist ... As usual, I find myself a little in your words my friend ! I wish you prosperity and so much Love !

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    1. Thank you1 Oh, I had no idea. I am trained at a holistic nutritionist, with a lot of studies in herbal medicine. I love plants :)

      Thank you, I wish the same for you. xo

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  22. Your salve caught my eye! I bought some of the tins from the place you recommended and I love them. I have bought many other things too!

    Your workshop sounds so wonderful! I only wish we lived closer! I have a new batch of echinacea tincture in the window just today - finally! :) I still have to make some elderberry dummies but then I think I am finished. It is inspiring to see others who use plants to heal as well. It’s such a wonderful community and I am so happy to read that you are finding fulfillment in what you are creating! ❤

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    1. Oh so happy you are liking the company I recommended, I love them too!

      I wish you lived closer too, we could co-host a workshop :) Sounds like you are right into the plant medicine too.

      Thank you, finding so much joy and fulfillment in many parts of my life right now. xo

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    2. I am so happy to read that things are so good for you. ❤ Perhaps on one of our visits to Niagara we shall take a drive up!

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    3. Hmmmm...yes!!! Most definitely you need to take a drive up. Tea on the back deck, maybe a fire, and lots of great conversation. I can't wait!

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  23. How I wished you lived closer! You are so inspiring. Thanks for always sharing the wonderful ways you contribute to this beautiful life :) xo

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    1. I wish that too Carrie. How lovely it would be to drink tea and share some of the things I am passionate about with you.

      Thank you, my friend, for your sweet and kind words. xo

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  24. I'm so glad it went well, and it sounds like such a win, win, win situation. Sometimes we don't realise we've missed something until we dive into it again.

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    1. So true, my friend, so true. And I am so happy I dived back in again :)

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  25. how exciting!! i wish i could attend one of your lovely workshops!

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    1. I wish you could too, how fun would that be :)

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  26. That sounds amazing - like a perfect day. Tea and plants.

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