As a young girl, I was engulfed in an ocean of insecurity. I grew into my womanly figure early, and developed poor posture as a way to hide. During this time of significantly low confidence I was diagnosed with scoliosis, or an abnormal curvature of the spine. This disclosure seemed like a contract toward permanent disability.
Since the single digit years, I have been swimming in a sea of scheduling and distraction. Even my yoga practice up to perhaps last year had been part of the never ending “to-do” list which pervaded my inner landscape. Throughout the times when I’d been working the most, even if it was work I absolutely loved, I burned out.
The thing that fascinates me so much about the illusion of aloneness (anava mala in yogic terminology) is that all around us, there is support. As the air sweeps up against my skin, as I feel the ground beneath my feet, I know I am held. I look into the green grass fields, and there grows an abundance of food and medicine.
All of these live foods, whether it be water kefir soda, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut, sourdough bread: They all have a mind of their own, and I am working alongside that organic process and supporting it to flourish. I must create a dialogue with the food, listening and responding to how it wants to grow.
A little over a month has passed since Fermenterie, the fermentation collective I am apart of with my dear friends Chrisso Babcock and Doug Cullen, ran our first day long event. “A Day of Fermentation and Slow Living” was an incredible day of workshops run by myself and my wizard accomplices.
People from around the world who eat traditional diets have always known healthy fats are crucial for health, and therefore prepare fats with the utmost care so food support our bodies rather than harm. One of the most meditative and sacred practices of processing fat is making ghee, which comes to us from India.
Along the Shawangunk Ridge live a hub of incredible folk who live honestly. We tap our maples, we make our mead, we ferment our kraut. I hope to depict within these entries a glimpse into the reality of life as it is. Perhaps it will encourage others to live in honor of the land, or at least to learn a little more about sustainable living without the green wash.