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Compassionate Care Retreat in Foix

How does a four-day retreat in the French Pyrenees sound? I would love nothing more than to share a few days with you this coming February. We will be guests at La Ciboulette, a tranquil inn with lovely en-suite double bedrooms, a welcoming dining room with an open fireplace and a gorgeous meditation room. We…

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Playing with Fears

I am just back from my morning swim, and I have to tell you what happened. I was presented with a writing prompt too perfect to pass over. That topic would be fear. What makes it even more interesting is that the topic of fear has come up several times in different ways this week.…

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Introducing the Restoring Immunity Podcast

Today I am so excited to announce my latest project. With the help and inspiration of one of my new interns and Gemmo Moms, Megan Ethridge, I have created the Restoring Immunity podcast!   This first series with Megan is geared particularly to moms. Each 20-30 minute episode covers a common acute issue and how to…

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Everyday Lessons

From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we settle in at the end of the day, we are afforded so many authentic places to practice. Every experience of hardship provides fertile ground in which we can root our practice. — Justin von Bujdoss, “Ask a Teacher” This beautiful, everyday life…

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Where Does Gemmotherapy Fit in the World of Herbal Medicine?

It isn’t often that my schedule permits me to offer a live class in the U.S., but I cleared the weekend of Nov. 9 when an invitation to teach at AOMA Graduate School for Integrative Medicine arrived. If you are looking for an opportunity to study with me directly, here is your personal invitation! (Register…

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Swimming Upstream

Every morning, between 7:30 and 8 a.m., I sit on the steps that lead into the San Marcos River, put on my fins and goggles, and head upstream. Returning downstream, I’m often asked how far I made it, and my answer is always this: “As far as the river and I could agree on today.”…

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Are You a Gemmo Mom?

“The odd thing about these deep and personal connections of women is that they often ignore barriers of age, economics, worldly experience, race, culture — all the barriers that, in male or mixed society, had seemed so difficult to cross.”  — Gloria Steinem In a recent conversation with my dear friend Christine, I shared a…

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This Journey’s Growth

“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.” – Paulo Coelho We are all on a journey, and each day presents unique opportunities for growth. Some journeys move you physically to distant lands. Some move you mentally through ideas, thoughts…

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Life as an Experiment

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain This has served as my motto for at least the last two decades. It continues to serve me in the face of my own fears, lines from old stories,…

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Invitations

“Destiny’s interventions can sometimes be read as an invitation for us to address and even surmount our biggest fears.” – Elizabeth Gilbert   Sometimes, invitations can challenge our fears. Right now, I have received an invitation that has been developing over nine months in bits and pieces. For some time, I did my best to politely…

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