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In the wheel of the year, Beltane stands as a highlight, embracing the arrival of summer and celebrating fertility and abundance. This ancient Gaelic festival, observed on May 1st, is a joyous occasion where communities come together, honoring the earth's awakening beauty. Whether you're in the countryside or the heart of a bustling city, there are practices you can engage in to honor Beltane and connect with the spirit of renewal. Let's explore the significance of this special holiday and discover accessible ways to celebrate it from anywhere.


The Significance of Beltane

Beltane represents the shifting of seasons from spring to summer, a time of tremendous agricultural importance and the blossoming of new life. It is the time when the land becomes fertile, and nature seems to burst forth in vibrant abundance. Traditionally, Beltane was believed to be a liminal time when the veil between the human and spiritual realms was thinnest, making it a profound occasion for mystical experiences and rituals.


Practices to Honor Beltane Anywhere

Create a Maypole Dance: The Maypole dance is synonymous with Beltane and is a fun and lively way to celebrate the festival's spirit. Whether you have access to a traditional Maypole or not, you can still recreate the experience. Find a sturdy pole or tree branch and decorate it with ribbons. Invite friends or family to join in a dance around the pole, interweaving the ribbons as a symbol of unity and connection.


Kindle the Fires of Transformation: Beltane is often associated with bonfires, symbolizing purification and renewal. If you can safely have a fire in your backyard or have access to a fire pit, gather friends or loved ones to kindle a bonfire. Make heartfelt wishes and release the old, negative energies into the flames. You can also write down what you want to manifest in the coming months and cast them into the fire as offerings.





Plant Seeds of Intention: Beltane is an ideal time to connect with the earth's fertility by planting seeds. Even if you don't have a garden, you can sow seeds in small pots or containers. Choose seeds that align with your intentions for the future, and as you plant them, infuse them with your hopes and aspirations. Nurture these seeds as a symbol of new beginnings and watch as they grow and manifest along with your desires.




Craft Flower Crowns or Wreaths: Beltane is closely associated with flowers and blossoms, symbolizing beauty and the abundance of nature. Embrace this symbolism by crafting flower crowns or wreaths. Collect flowers or greenery from your surroundings, and with each stem you weave, imbue it with the energy of gratitude and appreciation for the earth's bountiful gifts.


Meditate in Nature: Find a natural setting, such as a park or garden, and spend time connecting with the environment. Sit in stillness, close your eyes, and allow yourself to be fully present in the moment. Tune in to the vital energy surrounding you, feeling the warmth of the sun, the softness of the earth beneath you, and the gentle caress of the breeze. Offer your gratitude to the earth and invite her energy to rejuvenate your spirit.



Beltane serves as a beautiful reminder of the cycles of life and the interconnectedness of humanity and nature. Whether you participate in traditional rituals or create your own unique ceremonies, the intention behind these practices is to honor the earth's fertility and embrace the spirit of renewal. By observing Beltane from anywhere, you can tap into the profound energy of this festival and invite the abundance and growth of the coming season into your life. Embrace the celebration, express gratitude, and let the joy of Beltane fill your heart.


If you are living in Costa Rica we love for you to

🌱Join us May 25th at the Tinamastes Feria for the 8th annual Seed Festival 9am-3pm




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Herbal Oil Making


You may have an "inner-standing" of the tremendous power of intention. Perhaps you’ve learned about its effect on water in your own personal experience and or with 

 Dr. Masaru Emoto’s experiments.   Now let’s apply what we know about water to making herbal infused oils. Oils are actually seen as another way of “hydrating” the body.


We can take in oils both internally and externally through our skin. Sometimes we forget that the skin is a vital organ that we absorb and release; nutrients, toxins and water from. 

Herbal oils are a gentle way to receive the healing power of plants. It also can be a more direct way as the medicine doesn’t need to be digested. It travels through the dermis layers and the tiny molecules are then absorbed into your bloodstream, pretty cool right?


Let's dive into the process of making herbal oil infusions and discover how to infuse love and intention into each step. However, before embarking on this journey, it's important to align your energy, emotions, and intentions.


Centered Energy: A Key Ingredient


Just like any creative process, making herbal medicine requires an alignment of energies. Take a moment to check your emotional state. If stress or negative emotions loom over you, it might not be the right time to embark on this journey. Find a moment of calm, center yourself, and let love and inspiration guide your steps.


Intention: Weaving a Purposeful Tapestry


Every creation thrives with intention, and herbal oil infusions are no exception. Get clear on your "why." What is the purpose behind your herbal oil infusion? Perhaps it's to promote healthy skin for yourself and your community. By setting a clear intention, you infuse each drop with purpose, making your creation even more potent.


Connecting with Herbs: A Sacred Bond


Ideally, you want to connect with the herbs you already have an established connection. The stronger the relationship you have with the herb the more healing it will be for you. If you have the means, consider growing them yourself. Introduce yourself and share your intentions with the plants, seeking their permission. Offering gratitude is a beautiful gesture, acknowledging the reciprocal relationship between humans and nature. If you don't have access to growing your own herbs, opt for organic, fair trade options that ethically source their plant materials.


The beloved Gotu Kola

Harvesting with Cosmic Guidance


Timing is everything, even in the herbal world. Consider checking the astrological calendar before harvesting your herbs. For instance, if you are making a massage oil for connection with your partner, you might choose to harvest when the moon is in Virgo. Exploring the influence of cosmic energy on your herbal creations can open up a fascinating dimension of herbal medicine making.

Great Resource for Astrology Forecast:


The Perfect Oil: Choosing Your Base


Selecting the right oil is crucial to create an optimal herbal oil infusion. Different oils have different qualities, and the choice depends on your intended purpose. Jojoba and almond oils penetrate deeply into the skin, while coconut oil provides protective properties. Delve into the unique characteristics of various oils and choose the one that aligns best with your objectives.


Setting the Stage for Success: Preparing Your Space


A well-prepared space sets the foundation for successful herbal medicine making. Gather all the necessary materials, ensuring your herbs are clean and dry. Clear your workspace, allowing uninterrupted focus and energy flow. When everything is organized and in place, the journey of creating herbal oil infusions becomes even more enjoyable.


Unveiling the Infusion Techniques


There are various methods to infuse herbs into oil, each with its own nuances. Heat infusions involve cooking the herbs and then straining the material off. For a more gentle approach, blending or macerating the material and leaving it in oil to extract the medicinal qualities over time is an option. This is best to do with already dry herbs. Be mindful to avoid plants with high water content, such as aloe, which are more prone to mold. Alternatively, you can infuse herbs without blending, simply allowing them to steep in oil. Whichever method you choose, ensuring clean glass jars and storing them in a cool, dry, dark place are vital for preserving the potency of your creations.


The Power of Documentation: Keeping Herbal Journals


As you embark on this herbal medicine making journey, keeping a detailed herbal medicine journal is invaluable. Take careful notes of the proportions of herbs you use, the dates, and any observations you make throughout the process. If you find scales helpful, incorporate them into your practice to maintain consistency and precision. Your journal becomes a treasure trove of wisdom and guidance for future creations.



Use a journal I mean it

Labels and Time: Tracking the Journey


To avoid confusion and maintain organization, label your jars with clear descriptions, including the date of creation, and note when to check the infusion's progress (typically around the two-week mark). Your oils will be ready between the 4th-6th week mark. The longer the time the stronger the infusion. Also consider where you live warmer climate will speed up the process, colder will slow things down. Identifying the anticipated ready-to-use date ensures you capture the optimal potency of your herbal oil infusion.





Embrace the Magic: Herbal Medicine Making Unleashed


With love, intention, and a dash of magic, you are now equipped to embark on the enchanting journey of making your own herbal oil infusions. Embrace the wisdom of nature, connect to the healing powers of plants, and nurture your well-being and that of your community. 

Let's embark together on this journey of herbal medicine making magic!


Remember, each drop of your herbal oil infusion is infused with intention, love, and the remarkable healing essence of nature. Enjoy the process, embrace the artistry, and witness the transformative power of your very own herbal creations.


Happy herbal medicine making, fellow seekers of wellness and heartfelt connection!




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Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting rhythms of life as we explore the wonders of seasonal living in Costa Rica. In this tropical paradise, time seems to slow down, the locals embrace you with warm hospitality, and the seasons reveal their subtle and counterintuitive beauty. But what sets Costa Rica apart is its fascinating dance with the traditional concepts of winter and summer, where the patterns of life and death intertwine in perfect harmony.


Verano: A Different Kind of "Summer"


Costa Rica challenges our expectations as the "verano," or summer in this part of the world, begins during what is traditionally known as winter. It's an interesting time with the hot and dry, many plants start to go dormant or die back and others thrive. Leaves gracefully fall, imbuing the landscape with a gentle letting go. This natural transition contrasts with the bustling energy of tourism, which peaks during this time. For those accustomed to the four seasons, it may feel like a call to slow down, questioning whether the economic peak season aligns with the cycles nature expresses.


Passionflower flowering in February at Ecomaste!


Summer Solstice: Welcomes Solace


As the sun reaches its peak, a transformation occurs in Costa Rica. The rhythm slows down, the rains return, and tourists gradually bid farewell, creating a sense of tranquil deceleration. But amidst this serenity, something magical happens - new life awakens. April-May ushers in the planting season, as dormant seeds and plants burst forth, showcasing vibrant colors and abundant growth. Simultaneously, other plant species gracefully fade away, creating a poignant dance of life and death. It's a symphony of nature that inspires us to reflect on the delicate balance of existence.


Jaboticaba Fruit Harvested in April at EcoMaste


Life and Death: A Dynamic Dance


In Costa Rica, life and death intertwine harmoniously, challenging our conventional understanding. With a background in four-season climates, we're accustomed to viewing life and death as distinct and separate. Yet, Costa Rica invites us to see them as integral parts of a grand design. Witnessing the vibrant plants and fruits flourishing during the planting season, born from (April & May), deepens our appreciation for the cyclical order of life. It's a dance of interconnectedness that empowers us to see beauty in every phase.


Our greenhouse this month (February)!




Celebrating the Beauty of Nature's Symphony


Costa Rica's climatic cycles offer a fresh perspective on life's seasons, pushing our preconceived notions aside. Here, boundaries blur, and birth and growth seamlessly merge with decline and death. It's a revelation that transforms our understanding of life itself. By embracing Costa Rica's rhythms, we become part of nature's ever-changing symphony, celebrating the interconnectedness and wisdom that abound. Costa Rica's vibrant spirit inspires you to embrace the beauty of this dynamic dance, where life and death unite in perfect harmony.


So, are you ready to immerse yourself in the captivating wonders of seasonal living in Costa Rica? Get ready to experience a different spin of the seasons. Grab your passport, embrace the unexpected, and embark on a journey that will forever change your perspective. Bienvenidos a Costa Rica!


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