• Ten Year Anniversary of the Bodhi Garden

    Happy 10th Birthday, Bodhi Tree! In the summer of 2007, the board of the Florida School of Holistic Living gathered to consider how we could contribute in a more meaningful way to the Thornton Avenue neighborhood to which we had just moved our school. Staring at an eroded patch of sand on the property, and desiring for more green space with which to teach our students about plants, we began to create plans for a garden installation. We had recently come into stewardship of a Bodhi Tree that was a direct descendant of the original Bodhgaya grove in Northern India, where the historical Buddha was said to have sat under…

  • Herbal Support for Insomia

    Written by Lisa Ray. — It is an interesting coincidence that I am writing this on Sunday night since typically this was the night of the week where sleep used to elude me.  Typically on Sunday night, I would get 2-4 hours of sleep, sometimes none at all.  It was frustrating, staring at the ceiling desperately needing sleep, endlessly tossing/turning…exhausted.  What a horrible way to start out a busy work week!  The cycle of sleep deprivation would continue through the rest of the week where only massive intakes of caffeine and sugar would allow me to “make it through the day”.  This self-medicating process would begin a Catch 22 cycle…

  • An Introduction to Permaculture

    Written by our friends at Orlando Permaculture — The term permaculture comes from the words “permanent” and “culture. “ However, many people have different definitions for permaculture and rightly so. The reason for this is that permaculture can be a mix of things. It is a way to design creative strategies as well as long-term solutions. It involves processes based upon the observations and patterns of nature. Permaculture can even be an approach to navigate your everyday inner world. Just as diverse and varied our natural systems around the world, so are the applications of permaculture. It is a way of thinking that’s ahead of its time, but also connects…

  • Relaxing Summertime Herbal Tea Blend Recipe

    Now that summer is coming to an end, the kids are getting ready to go back to school and the family is beginning  to settle into their new routines for the upcoming school year, now is a good time to carve out some “me time” in your new routine. A delicious hot cup of a relaxing herbal tea blend while soaking in a warm scented herbal bath sounds just divine to me, don’t you agree? Heres a recipe for one of my favorite relaxing herbal tea blends.   Relaxing Herbal Tea Blend Recipe   Step 1: Place equal parts of the following herbs in a jar with a tight fitting…

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