Ancestral Wisdom

Ancestral lifeways wisdom explores our desire to reclaim our roots and our “Ancestral Mind”, an essential aspect to re-rooting ourselves and falling in love with the Earth again, to revere Earth’s natural elements, manifestations, and creatures as sacred, and to return to peaceful co-existence and respect for all life. 

Our ancestors lived in plant-based cultures and had many healing traditions. Plants and herbal medicines were woven into their daily lives. These traditions were a source of joy and sustenance as well as allies in healing.

Improve your relationship with Mother Earth by learning healing lore from times when plants spoke and we listened, and to learn to walk again in balance with the Earth. Understand how connecting to the Land is a portal to connecting to our Ancestors, and Ancestors of the Land we may live within, and the responsibility that comes with this.

Here you will find ideas, inspiration, and guides to help you to get in alignment with the earth’s seasons, cultivate the magical, healing potential of plants and herbs, honored your own intuitive abilities, and lived in synchronicity with the cycles of the moon and the life force. 

Ancestral Wisdom is knowledge, heuristics (guidelines, principles), and ways of being that make our lives better, more meaningful, purposeful, prosperous, and joyful—hidden in culture, traditions, stories, art, songs, and prayers.   

Ancestral Wisdom transmits support and advice from ancestors who, even though they passed on long ago, are still helping us today in subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, ways.

root cellar
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

Root Cellar: Preserving a Bountiful Harvest

Using a root cellar is a great way to preserve your garden’s bounties. A root cellar makes it easy to keep your food on hand for as long as possible, making it possible to preserve home-grown goodness long term, even through the winter.

season of autumn
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

Sacred Celebrations: Honoring the Seasons

Deepen your connection to yourself and nature by taking part in sacred celebrations which honor the passing of time and the seasons. By doing so, we solidify our place in this universe. These observances allow us to slow down and savor each season, each magical moment.

walnuts
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

Harvesting Black Walnuts (The Best Way to Gather, Clean, And Cure Them)

Black Walnuts are a delicious treat, but unfortunately, harvesting them can be a labor-intensive process. This guide will walk you through the steps of harvesting black walnuts and give you some tips that I’ve learned along the way that will hopefully help you out in the process.

crabapple recipe
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

A Delicious Crabapple Recipe: Hand Pies For Our Ancestors

This crabapple recipe was created as an offering and a way to honor the wisdom and traditions of our ancestors. Enjoy this delicious pastry that captures the essence of crabapple’s beautiful fall fruitiness.

herb boneset
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

Learning the Herb Boneset: A Useful Native Medicinal Plant

While you might have never heard of the herb boneset, it has been used for centuries for its medicinal uses. It is best known as a fever reducer, digestive aid, pain reliever and to stop coughs. On this page, you will learn all about the herb boneset and its traditional and medicinal uses.

wild blueberries
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

How To Identify, Harvest, and Pick Wild Blueberries: The Ultimate Guide

Learn how to find, identify and pick wild blueberries! I will teach you the basics of foraging these sweet summer fruits and explain some of the best places to look as well as how to tell them apart from other berries. We will also discuss safety concerns, harvesting, and storage practices.

Earth Hour
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

Lughnasadh and Lammas: Celebrating The First Harvest

Celebrate Lugnasadh and the first harvest as a way of honoring nature’s incredible fertile energy at this time of year, and as a way to connect with our natural world on a deeper, more meaningful level.

herbalism
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

Bioregional Herbalism and 8 Effective Ways To Practice

Bioregional herbalism focuses on knowing where your herbs come from, understanding how they interact with each other and with their environment, and using them in ways that align with those relationships.

litha
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

10 Beautiful Rituals for Summer Solstice

Celebrate the first day of summer on June 21st with these rituals for summer solstice. May they bring you joy, love, and light in your life.

The Outdoor Apothecary

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