Connections and Communication

Part of living on the wheel and having a healthy circle requires  ‘links’. and the strength of those links is measured by acknowledgement, awareness, attention, communication, and intent the strength of the fabric that a thing that is ‘good’ lasts.

Sitting on several community boards and running a business, I see the prime loss of the ability to communicate with care and integrity to each other

These strong links, give a sense of belonging and value bio dynamic like a living system. What you put in to the circle of your life in turn nourishes and feeds you. The result being an increased sense of  happiness that stimulates motivation and creativity.

Aldo Leopold an early 20th century conservationist and Forester wrote “A thing is right when it preserves the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community”

It gives us a good measure of weather or not the result of our actions are of benefit to the circle of life.

Patient centered health care, principles can be applied in all life..from the soil, to your food to the people you interact with and to the planet

A great book that supports living well and participating with manners  is 52 rules by Sara Hacala Saving Civility


Forest House Gardens

Sharon has been a herbalist since 1985…..starting a herb farm in the Upper Clearwater Valley  near Wells Gray Park named Mullein Stone….it now grows more than 200 types of herbs from Sweet Cicely, to Good King Henry ( a pot herb)  the Apothecary rose (the oldest cultivated rose) and Perfume de l’Hay (grown for its very aromatic petals) as well as the usual parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme etc….In this zone 2 mountain climate there is now a 20 year old lavender (of the munstead descent) that thrives multiplies and is left alone by the deer. Forest House Gardens has more than 10,000 sq feet of food production but also a large circle herb garden is planted as a teaching and demo garden with plans to expand to include a labyrinth and pergola . This zone 5 zone gives more opportunity to grow interesting varieties…like ashwaghanda, gotu kola, Grosso Lavender and pineapple sage. The herb classes offered this year marks the 18th year and  include 6 courses that take the initiate through the stages of creating, gathering and making a herb and spice chest for  home medicine and culinary uses.. This year 2014 all 6 courses will be offered in one intensive weekend in July for those who wish to fit it in to their busy schedules…this is July 18, 19, and 20th for $150.00 The courses can be taken individually and over and over again….so book soon as the space fills up as the class size is limited to 10 (excepting the wildcrafting in June). each one is only $30 for a 4-6 hour program..give us a call or email

Herb Classes 2014



This one day intro course will cover the basics of designing and planting a medicinal and culinary herb garden.

Included are sources for plants and information (some plants will be for sale)

-preparing soil

-choosing your plants

-planting and maintenance

WILDCRAFTING $30 June 14th

Come on a day hike and wander in the North Thompson with long time local herbalist and learn about the medicinal and useful local wild plants. learn some basic identification and ethical and sustainable gathering practices. and take home a compound made from your gatherings.


Gathering from the medicine gardens at Mullein Stone Herbs in Upper Clearwater near Wells Gray Park Learn how to make safe ‘simples’ to aid in minor ailments.

Infusions, tinctures, decoctions for flus, colds, sprains and strains.

Preparing herbal Oils and Cremes – $30 – Aug 2nd

A day in the apothecary preparing and using herbal oils and ointments from the herbs and flowers that we gather. Includes materials.

Harvesting and Storage – Aug 23rd – $30

Learn specific harvesting and drying storage procedures for herbal roots, leaves and flowers.

Crafting with Herbs – Sep 13th – $30

This fun day will take us into the gardens to pick items to create gifts and goods. Herbal blends for cooking and teas. Herbal vinegars. Dream pillows. Soap. Materials included.

School garden program with Raft River Elementary and the PAC

School Garden Program

Raft River Elementary School Garden Program

Wellness What Does It Mean?

People often ask me what makes me so happy. How do you have so much energy? they think I tapped into something mystical..Well I am. It is called FLOW.

Flow is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of full involvement and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In the 70’s and earlier Mihaly Csikzntmihalyi, and his fellow researchers interviewed thousands of people over a broad socio economic range around the world to discover this is a concept of positive psychology

although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions. I have termed it ‘FAMA’ Focused Intention and Motivated Action. It is good guideline to use when attempting to achieve a goal. It is how to create your reality.

The interesting to see results show that it isnt money or beautify or owning stuff that makes us happy or engaged.  One must be engaged in a process that requires our attention and skill . there are people with several very specific personality traits that help them  achieve the state of flow more often than the average person. These personality traits include curiosity, persistence, low self-centeredness, and a high rate of performing activities for intrinsic reasons only. People with most of these personality traits are said to have an autotelic personality.

Flow is an innately positive experience; it is known to “produce intense feelings of enjoyment”.[6] An experience that is so enjoyable should lead to positive affect and happinessin the long run. Also, Csikszentmihalyi stated that happiness is derived from personal development and growth – and flow situations permit the experience of personal development.[37]

Several studies found that flow experiences and positive affect go hand in hand,[18][39] and that challenges and skills above the individual’s average foster positive affect.[40][41][42

Flow theory postulates three conditions that have to be met to achieve a flow state:

  1. One must be involved in an activity with a clear set of goals. This adds direction and structure to the task.[11]
  2. The task at hand must have clear and immediate feedback. This helps the person negotiate any changing demands and allows him or her to adjust his or her performance to maintain the flow state.[11]
  3. One must have a good balance between the perceived challenges of the task at hand and his or her ownperceived skills. One must have confidence that he or she is capable to do the task at hand.[11

He also applied the Flow principles to spriitual experiances as he saw many correlations to peak states of prayer and meditaion experienced by monks, and nuns and serious devotees. He states ‘entropy’; a thermodaynamic prinicple, is when energy is unavailable for doing work and relates this to the evil in the world and in our disorder and lack of motivation.

Buzz terms for this or similar mental states include: to be in the momentpresentin the zoneon a rollwired inin the grooveon fire,in tunecentered, or singularly focused.