61VmQIR6H7L._SS500_ Our discussion of "The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature" by Stephen Harrod Buhner has been rescheduled for March as there is a lot of excitement around this book but people had difficulty making the February meeting. I love this book and have found this book helpful in deepening my relationship with my plant friends. For this meeting we will ask people to try at least one of the exercises described in the book and share their experience. If You are interested in this book but have not had the chance to read it, please join us anyway and you will have the opportunity to learn how to open your heart to a more direct perception of Nature. Here is an excerpt from a review. " All ancient and indigenous people's insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings--the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed in its information gathering capacities if, as indigenous and ancient people's asserted, the heart's ability as an organ of perception is developed. Author Stephen Harrod Buhner explores this second mode of perception in great detail through the work of numerous remarkable people,including Luther Burbank and Goethe Buhner explores the commonalities among these individuals in their approach to learning from the plant world and outlines the specific steps involved. Readers will gain the tools necessary to gather information directly from the heart of Nature, to directly learn the medicinal uses of plants, to engage in diagnosis of disease, and to understand the soul-making process that such deep connection with the world engenders."

Our next group discussion is in Mid-March and our location and date to be determined soon. Please contact eco book group leader Edwina Goodhue at edwinagoodhue@hotmail.com or myself (Erin) at erin@newharmonyfarm.com to let us know about your interest in attending and we will put on our eco book email list and will keep you in the loop for when and where we are meeting for each session.