One of the biggest/ most rewarding feelings I have felt in my rewilding journey is learning how to read the flow of life (the Dao, some would call it) and then how to “ride the wave”. Nothing feels better than going with the flow of what is. To be just a part of the natural rhythm is something that is deeply calming and satisfying.
In nature the Dao flows in cycles. Annually, monthly, weekly, daily. In these beautiful cycles, Fall can be seen as the celebration of the harvest, the going away of the summer sun party. During this time of year, the plants and animals celebrate another passing of the summer sun, the richness that rained on them all summer can now be harvested for the next generation. This last outward explosion of energy comes after the summer sunlight, yet before the dark, hardships of winter. Every plant and animal is bursting with the shape-shifted energy of the summer sun.
In this explosion plants like, wild rice, hazelnuts, acorns, hickory nuts, pecans, and walnuts are literal mana falling from the heavens. All of them are dense with energy rich oils and medicines. They give away their their hard earned energy for the next generation and know that animals (including us humans) will take the lion’s share of their output. But they also know that one or two of them will sneak past and will start the next generation.
Animals reflect that same sentiment. After living the good life all summer, fattening up on greens and berries, and sleeping the mid-day shade, they are energized too all in order to help start the next generation. Mating season begins and in the deer world, bucks sharpen their antlers and begin chasing females for courtship and fight other males for their chance to give their life-force for the next generation.
Both plants and animals are ripe for the harvest. This too is our time as humans to gather and store the fruits of the season so that we may make it through the long, cold winter. Harvesting and processing this energy is one way to read and ride the flow of energy from the fall.
Harvesting and processing Autumns gift’s can look like many different things:
Making acorn flour
Hickory Nut Milk
Processing hunted (or roadkill) animals
Canning to preserve food
Processing wild rice - it grows wild in America!
Proper storage of foods to avoid rot and mold
Cutting and storing firewood for winter wood stoves
Before fall falls away and winter creeps into your bones, get outside and see if you can
All of these and more will be covered in our Autumn Harvest Class happening November 2nd and 3rd. Check out the info here: