Monday, April 7, 2014

The Herb Walk, Bee Canyon, California

Wm. Broen (FYH), Xochitl, Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly
Herbalist Broen distributes Follow Your Heart water and trail mix (Wisdom Quarterly)

Beware of toxic fires! (WQ)
For the Japanese Mahayana version of the Buddha's birthday -- which we traditionally celebrate as the three-times-blessed day of VESAK on the full moon day in May (5/14/14) -- we went out on the Follow Your Heart HERB WALK with Herb Pharm herbalist William Broen into Bee Canyon in the Santa Susana Mountains.

The turn out was overwhelming, and it slowed the walk with repeated safety warnings. All we wanted to do was touch everything, nibble, and find artesian springs bubbling up after the recent rains on the drought tolerant chaparral. 

The crowd was large as we set off (WQ)
The lore was fascinating, the Sun was spectacular, the breeze was unexpected, and there was even a Native flute interlude under a coastal live oak as one participant took out elderberry branch instruments and entertained us. A kind garter snake dashed by, we were told never to touch Moon flower (datura, Jimson weed), and we planned our hike for the following day.
City denizens enter the wild (WQ)
Know Your GMO interactive board (

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