healing for broken places and broken people

We are all, to some extent, broken by our life experiences; and at the same time through our 21st century lifestyles we contribute to the broken-ness of our world.  These are two halves of the same wound.  And because of this repairing this wound can help both broken people and broken places to heal.  There may well be plenty of other ways to do this, but this understanding and experience came to me as an integral part of learning about how to care for my forest garden. 

Wherein lies the healing?

in pausing and in letting go

in watching and waiting

in doing only the minimum

in planting polyfloral polycultures everywhere

in lifecycle gardening

in supporting nature’s transformational magic

in harvesting only enough

in demonstrating appreciation

in welcoming the wild

These are the principles that underpin forest gardening and this is about starting the journey on the polyculture path to the heart of the garden.  On this journey you learn first to do no harm, to walk with reverence and to allow nature to get on with the work of healing herself.  In many places, where she is permitted the freedom nature still has sufficient capacity and intact-ness to begin and carry through her own healing. 

And as the forest gardener as co-operator rather than controller gently and sensitively supports this healing they find that the experience also engenders a personal process of healing.  A process by which nature begins to unravel the person you once were and to re-create you with a greatly heightened sensitivity to the natural world and a transformed understanding of your own – much more humble – place within it.

How I came upon these invaluable insights, and how they can be applied in practical situations is explained in my book the garden of equal delightsIt is for anyone who is serious about learning how to help to heal the world around them.

About Anni Kelsey

I love forest gardens and forest gardening, nature, reading and everything good about being alive. I have written two books - the garden of equal delights (2020) - about the principles and practice of forest gardening; and Edible Perennial Gardening (2014) - about growing perennial vegetables in polycultures, which is basically forest gardening concentrating on the lower layers.
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