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Present Amber: Ponderosa Journey

Present Amber

We are lying on our backs with our eyes closed in a mandala of human forms, cushioned by a carpet of dun-colored pine needles, sunlight dappling our faces and bodies as a gentle breeze plays in the boughs of the three gentle giants, the Ponderosa elders standing guard around us.  We each receive a misting of PINEal hydrosol, a drop of Ponderosa cone essential oil on the forehead, a light brushing down arms and legs with a Pine frond, and a weighty cone placed in our hands.  The gurgle of the creek nearby and the soft, repetitive rhythm of an elk-hide frame drum coax our capable intellects into relaxation, and we open to our impressions.  We simply are for a space in time.  Our heartbeats find a steady groove held within the pulse of Life in everything around us. 

When we return to sitting, each one of us is invited to share from our experience  with the Ponderosa Pine.  The points of similarity become threads of themes in this circle, and from group to group we have brought to this place.  We are amazed and delighted at how our stories weave us together and into the fabric of the natural world.  The palpable sense of connection to these wise beings evokes awe, that rare emotion that flashes through us like a wisp of feathered lightning, and gratitude flows easily into the opening it leaves in its wake.  It is subtle, but it’s powerful. 

The distillation workshops we held this year brought together vibrant and varied groups of people from Arizona, Califonia, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, and Utah.  Each person brought something to the group that no-one else could – as we worked together, talked together, listened together, ate together, thought, dreamed and laughed together, and shared in the collaborative creative process with the Plants, the Stones, the Fire, the Water, the Earth, the Air, and our human heads, hands and hearts. 

What a joy it always is to see the smiling faces of wonderful people, who want to learn about where essential oils come from, arriving at our driveway.  What a gift it is for us to share and learn together with each of you!  And what a blessing to watch each unique group of precious individuals drive away knowing that our lives are changed forever by each other’s presence. 
Thank you!
<3 Amber  

NAHA Conference 2016

We had the pleasure of attending The World of Aromatherapy VIII Conference put on by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy last weekend in Salt Lake City.  Wow!  It’s good to be home after three long business travel weekends in a row, but there’s also a bit of sadness to leave the company of such a warm-hearted family of wonderful people.  Such fun.  

Says Eric, “One of this year’s many highlights! What a blast it was to walk into the conference lobby the first evening and say ‘WOW! It smells like this must be an aromatherapy conference or something!’

And so much fun to spend four days with so many great people gathered for the same purpose: sharing knowledge and dialoguing about experience. New friends and colleagues, heartfelt connection and support on many levels.” 

Eric gave a distillation demo and talk on Thursday evening in a city park near the University campus where the conference was held.  It took a Herculean effort on the part of organizers and Eric to pull it off: thanks to all!  

Eric at the Beyond Aromatherapy Conference/The World of Aromatherapy VIII: Ancient Wisdom to Modern Science

It was a very well-organized event with a welcoming feel.  We attended some of the talks and learned a lot.  The dinner and dance overlooking the city lights was a nice touch.  It’s a different way of bonding to move together and get silly to old music.  We would definitely recommend this conference to anyone wishing to learn about aromatherapy and how to better care for the health of self and community.  


The two weekends before last were both Gem & Mineral Shows, in Moab, Utah and Sedona, Arizona.  Very different crowds, both fun and interesting.  Pretty rocks and pretty smells!  We’ve been having a blast, but it’s definitely good to be home for a stretch.  In a couple weeks we’ll be off again, enjoying it all.  


Our hearts are forever shaped by the people we met these last few weeks.  It’s been an incredible journey.  

Disclaimer! None of the statements would be or are approved by the FDA. Not meant to diagnose or treat anything! Educate yourself by studying ethno-botany, seek out herbalists, plant a garden, learn about wild plants. Do not use internally. Keep away from heat and direct light. Keep safe from young ones. Use with Wisdom & Intention.

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