Forest gardens are the core of human life, sustaining and nourishing us with organic, healthy fruits, berries, nuts and vegetables and protecting the diversity of all wildlife. I believe humans are happiest and healthiest when gardening is part of our lives. A garden is a place to cultivate stillness.
Creating a Microclimate
A microclimate is any climatic condition in a relatively small area, specific place within an area as contrasted with the climate of the entire area. You feel the temperature, climate and the elements being gentler. In a northern temperate climate we are usually creating microclimate that is warmer and is sheltered by the harshness of the elements. This is the place where plants and wildlife can grow and thrive better. This is where you feel protected, held and nourished. Creating a safe and nourishing microclimate is a way of achieving a space that holds tranquility. The elements are nourishing and kinder.
Do you have a microclimate of peace in your life? Do you have places where seeing, hearing and feeling that sense of peace and tranquility is just so much easier than other places? There is a Celtic tradition that refers to these microclimates as “thin places”. I believe the Celts specifically were referring to locations, like a certain natural healthy ecosystem, this may near a flowing stream or a grove of trees. These locations can also be created in your own backyard to support life.
We have quite a few locations where I seem to just walk into tranquility and a sense of peacefulness presence. My outdoor ‘sit spots’, which I also call my ‘tree time’ a place that can serve as my very own sanctuary, where I can go and get recharged and re-‐inspired. A climate though is a set of conditions that come together. A microclimate of peace may be rooted in a place. Some people find themselves close to source when they garden, or when they are in a creative state. What are your microclimates of peace?
I believe we can create and manage and even control our “microclimates” more when we go out into our forest garden and have an amazing feeling of peace, tranquility and fulfillment.
~Shantree Kacera, Forest Gardener
Shantree is a Nutritionist, Therapeutic, and Visionary Herbalist, Permaculture Teacher, Regenerative Designer, Deep Ecologist and Forest Garden Educator with 35 years experience in the Natural Healing Arts. He is the founder and co-director of The Living Centre (1983), and Living Arts Institute.
Shantree received his doctorate in Nutritional Medicine and Herbalism in the 70′s. Since then his passion and study has
lead him to explore the benefits of a high-energy bioregional approach to organic nutrition. He has had the honor to teach, counsel and empower thousands of individuals on their health and educational journey. A past Vice-President of the Ontario Herbalists’ Association, Shantree served on the OHA board for 10 years and a member for over 25 years. Shantree’s deep connection to the Earth has drawn him into the teachings of shamanic and earth wisdom practices as well as Carolinian Canada native plant preservation and studies. He is a passionate edible forest gardener, permaculture teacher and well known for his unique circular medicinal-wheel garden. Shantree is the author of numerous books and courses, which are offered through The Living Centre and are used through various schools and institutes in North America. Shantree is an internationally celebrated visionary, author, educator, nutritional researcher and world peace worker. firstname.lastname@example.org www.thelivingcentre.com http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/forest-gardening-quebec
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