One day in 2019 I discovered nature. I had always known it was there, but as I dug my hands into the soil for the first time to pluck out a carrot with my bare hand, feeling the satisfying crunch and twist as I tugged it upwards, I was filled with an awe that brought … More Welcome to Awen and Oak!
I grew up with the salty air of east coast Canada. My mother comes from Cape Breton, where many folk say that when you’re born on the coast your blood runs with salt water in it. Nothing feels like home more than the fresh, salty, usually cool air that comes ashore to greet us. Coming … More The Humble Charm of Rugged Nova Scotia
Today marks the beginning of major shift in my life’s direction, as I have just enrolled in an online herbalism certificate program! Last night felt like Christmas eve, knowing that I was going to wake up and formally start studying something that has grown from a mild interest to a deep passion. I am interested … More Beginning my Herbalist Journey
Around six weeks ago my partner came home with a bunch of milkweed plants and announced that we now had babies. He grew up raising caterpillars, so when he was talking to someone who was preparing to rip up their milkweed plants, he jumped at the opportunity to save the little eggs nesting on top. … More The Magic of Monarchs
Unlike most species, the bison walk directly into storms rather than take shelter until it passes. Watching a video of their determination and strength in great winds, blowing snow, freezing cold and harsh winter landscapes was awe-inspiring but also carried an important message: how many times in life do we try to avoid life rather … More Be like a Bison, Walk Into the Storm
Like many people during Covid, I became a plant mom. I moved into a new apartment filled with big windows and light on both south and north sides. Inspired by the indoor jungles that were taking over Instagram I believed that there could be no limit to how many houseplants one could own! If I … More The Personalities of Plants
I threw open the windows to a scene straight out of a film. Cinematic music was playing, at least in my mind, as I took in a scene that left me feeling so at peace it took my breath away. It was something so simple; I had just opened the porch window at my partner’s … More How Laundry Led to this Blog