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Kathleen B Haerr    ;D



Elgin’s Food Week Celebration

Food Day Video



A Note from SB’s Community Garden….

A Note from SB’s Community Garden….

We had fun in fall sun this morning preparing our vegetable patch for the winter.
I was, as usual, touched by the welcoming presence of the trees and the fragrant plants growing there.  There is an organic mixture of peace, calm, magic, and playfulness in the air there.
We dug up the herbs to winter over indoors and even harvested a few carrots, beets, eggplant, and tomatoes that have been hanging on.  Look for our recent bounty in our sharing basket at SB.
We are looking forward to expanding the garden even more next spring. But for now we are concentrating on putting it to bed for the winter.  Please contact me if you are interested in lending a hand.  I promise you will enjoy just “being” there.

In 2 weeks …Elgin Green Drinks & Food is presenting Elgin’s Food Week October 21st- October 27th.   Simple Balance Holistic Center and the Downtown Neighborhood Association are both sponsors.    Please read about all the events that are planned. at Elgin’s Food Day website.

Enjoy Kathy :D



Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

Awakening the  Dreamer Symposium of the Pachamama Alliance

The Awakening The Dreamer Symposium inspires and educates participants around the world to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling world.  To see more about upcoming event in Elgin please visit

http://www.pachamama.org/workshops/search/profile/?ec_id=367




Wisdom of Trees

Trees calm us down from distress, listen when no one else is there, nurture us when we need it, give us shelter in the rain, and blow wealth of knowledge in our ears… Listen with your heart.

Wisdom of Trees



Elgin residents to see major savings with new energy supplier

Elgin’s contract with Direct Energy also calls for 100 percent renewable energy. The price per kilowatt hour could have been slightly less without the commitment, but Elgin officials decided it was worth paying tenths of a cent more.

Read More at this lnk….      http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120612/news/706129787/



Ready for Planting!!!!!!

YEAH!!!  After our work today we have 6 rows (80′)  of garden readied for planting.

We’ll be planting as much as we can tomorrow since it’s expected to be cooler around 65-70.



Our Community Garden is Alive with Phlox

The waist high phlox are in full bloom and its looks simply heavenly in our Community Healing Garden.  Heaven is all around us and it’s showing up with the many miraculous wonders that are happening in between the noise of our world right now.  This time of year is the time to take a deep breathe and inhale the beautiful earth moments full of  intoxicating  sunshine, aromas, breezes, and pure enjoyment we are gifted as we surround ourselves with friends and families in our gardens.

When it’s hot like last weekend garden work must be done early mornings or late evening so we won’t melt. Wonderful Sandy is mowing the weeds down to make it easier for us to get the carpets pulled over for planting.  We have many plants ready to go.  This Friday and Saturday Dale and I will be in garden form 8-11 am.  Please let us know if you’ll be there.

Besides every ones gifts of garden labor I also want to thank you all so much for your awesome donations!!!  Looking forward to pure abundance in and out of the garden.

-Cindy Cabreja–organic seeds /-Kathy Haerr– all organic–heirloom tomato and pepper seedlings, rosemary, Cuban oregano, sage, potato seeders, bean and carrot seeds. /-Kleins nursery–9 organic basil plants–sweet, cinnamon, and lemon variety/ -Laurie Peters– organic lettuce seedlings /-Tania Pearce–$20 donation

Love, K

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The Art of Thriving Retreat

I am overflowing with love, joy and most of all gratitude for the heavenly powers that Dr. Jaena and I put our faith in knowing that the event would unfold miraculously just as it needs to for highest good of everyone.

Many thanks to all of you who came trusting us and preparing for a magical time with open hearts, universes of love, and crystal clear inspiration as we co-created this phenomenal experience together.
I am also grateful for Cindy’s plentiful gourmet delacies always served up with cosmic mega watt love.  And for Karen, Nadine, Mary Beth,Yolanda, & Vivian whose gifts brought great peace and happiness to all.

I am so inspired by all the magical, loving intentions that were set, honored, shared and experienced by everyone.  I’m continually amazed how we create even deeper connections with our selves, each other and our glorious earth each and every time we come together.  It reinforces the true ability we have to co-create a new world vision outwardly from our collective hearts with a thriving energy that flows into every aspect of our lives infinitely evolving for the good of the entire universe.



Green Heart Angel Garden is Underway!!

Many thanks to all of the wonderful Green Heart Angels who came out on Sunday ..We had a great turn out..It was like a big family gathering in the fields and it reminded me of a deep connection to each other and the earth that I know is returning for us all.

In the slide show above you can see the amazing amount of work we got done in the garden just in time before the rain poured down to thank us.  The birds were singing , the worms were wiggling and the caterpillars were unwinding , just so happy to see us all there. We already harvested some mint, nettles and thistle for teas.

Now we are looking towards one- two more days for clean-up.  We are also looking for any organic  seedlings or plants that you may have.  So let us know if you do.  We will be gone on our 3-day retreat “The Art of Thriving” this weekend.  We’ll be relaxing and having fun out in Nature exploring and deepening all of our wondrous gifts and possibilities.  Returning ready to get more work done in the garden.  We’ll let you know our next work date soon.

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Dayna Baumeister

With a background in biology, a devotion to applied natural history, and a passion for sharing the wonders of nature with others, Dayna Baumeister has worked in the field of biomimicry with Janine Benyus since 1998 as a business catalyst, educator, researcher, and design consultant. Together they founded the Biomimicry Guild, The Biomimicry Institute, and Biomimicry3.8, collectively fertilizing the movement of biomimicry as an innovative practice and philosophy to meet the world’s sustainability challenges. Dayna designed and teaches the world’s first Biomimicry Professional Certification Program and compiled over a decade of experience in biomimicry into the Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Knowledge and Best Practices (2011).

http://www.biomimicryinstitute.org/



Gratitude



Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD

I was on a conference all with Joanna Macy as part of the webinar series “Spring of Sustainability” and she moved me so much that I wanted to share her with all of you.

;D  K

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.

Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science.

Her new book:  Active Hope: How to Face the Mess we’re in without Going Crazy,

http://www.joannamacy.net/



EPA and Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest

“In a reasonable world men would have treated these islands as precious possessions, as natural museums filled with beautiful and curious works of creation, valuable beyond price because nowhere in the world are they duplicated.”  Rachel Carson

http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/thesenseofwonder/index.htm

The U.S. EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, Rachel Carson Council, Inc., and the National Center for Creative Aging announce a poetry, essay, photo and dance contest. Entries must be from a team of two or more persons—a young person and an older person



Green Metropolis Fair

http://www.greenmetropolisfair.com/

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Green Metropolis Fair at the Green Exchange tomorrow.



Please sign this petition

Please sign this petition to stop GMO salmon

http://www.JustLabelIt.org/take-action?track=taf



Elgin’s Sustainability Master Plan

I have been working on the City of Elgin’s Sustainability Master Plan Committee for almost 3 years now and I want to make sure you all read this information and become a part of it to.

-Funds have been allocated for sustainability projects in 2012.  The commission needs your help in deciding what to pursue! Click here to see all the ideas and add your vote:  www.cityofelgin.org

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Hoffman Estates Earth Month Celebration

Many thanks to all who came out to Vogelei Park today for our Earth Month kick off. It was so nice to meet so many new people

and get together with good friends.  Special thanks to all exhibitors who invested your time to come out and create such a memorable experience for everyone.

We had a beautiful day at Vogelei Park today.  What a wonderful day to celebrate our earth.

Fly a kite….learn how to identify trees… be mesmerized by a beautiful bard  owl…see how much energy it takes to light up a bulb with a bike….recycle your old clothing and shpoes…learn how to tie a lure and  fly fish..learn a greener way to eat…clean…create your own power with solar energy…see what green inventions the boy scouts and girl scouts come up with.. and even a greener way to do your taxes..if that wasn’t enough just relaxing in the sun at the beautiful Vogelei Park made my day,

Today reminded me of being a child just enjoying the sunshine , the wind in my kite and the freedom of the Park.

K



Food Day Coming October 24TH

Illinois Food Day meeting  today in Chicago.  In Planning..planning….planning



Lyme Disease Support Group

It was my absolute pleasure to present “The Art of Sustainable Living”
To Lauren and the rest of the wonderful people of the Lyme Disease Support Group at Sherman Hospital last night.
The biggest interests last night were in eating organic and living toxin free in our homes, schools and places of business.
Please support Lyme disease awareness and care.
Annual 5k run/ walk on April 15
Www.midwestlymefundraising.com



Art of Thriving Retreat

I hope you can all join Dr. Jaena and I May 4-6 for..

“The Art of Thriving”

This 3 day retreat will be different than any of our reboot camps, workshops, and women’s retreat. This is the weekend when we consciously put our attention on remembering and co-creating heaven on earth within and without. This weekend will be our playground to be and become.

It’s time to feel deeply what that is like for you. As you remember even more, the more you will be able to bring it forth into your self, life and relationships. Healing, living and thriving will occur dynamically and together.

We will have the whole facility to ourselves. We will have time to enjoy nature, be ourselves and create, create, create with a wonderful community of heart based beings.

“Take care of yourself as a service to those you love including yourself.”

contact us if your interested in hearing more