Health & Wellness

Leave Room in your Garden

This is a repost from 2011

My mother called this week from NH to tell David that the carrots he’d grown were the best she’d ever tasted. She said that all the time she was eating them, she was thinking about how good they tasted and that most carrots don’t taste like a carrot should.


She said that all the time she was eating them, she was thinking about how good they tasted and that most carrots don’t taste like a carrot should.

What’s the underlying the difference between the vegetables you’ve grown yourself versus those you’ve bought? Energy and Spirit. According to my dowsing, the carrots from our garden have an energy of 42,000. The average energy of a store bought carrot is 5,000. The average energy of an organic carrot bought in the store is still only 10,000.

Every living thing has it’s own particular spirit. Carrot Spirit may not be present at all in supermarket orange tubers labeled as carrots. When I ask and dowse on “What percent spirit is present in supermarket produce, overall?”, the answer is just 15%.

What does this mean for you, the consumer? It takes more energy to digest and assimilate poor quality food than it gives you. This puts a strain on your body. Nourishment is not just a matter of vitamins and minerals from fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It’s far more. You can begin to learn about plant spirits and energy by reading Machaella Small Wright’s, Behaving as if the God in Everything Matters, one of my all-time favorite books.

What does any of this have to do with Light Heart Retreat? David and I feel strongly that how we eat as a society, has an impact on every facet of our lives. It’s the subject of much conversation when we get together with friends. David and I have decided to take what we know about this subject out of the bounds of our garden, kitchen and dining room and extend it to our guests at Light Heart Retreat.

Next year during the summer into early fall, we’re going to expand our offerings to include a small, self-service store for our guests where we’ll offer up fresh vegetables in season, home-baked goods, cultured vegetables such as kimchi, pickles and perhaps some jams, jellies and more.

During the slower months we may have a small pre-order menu for guests to choose from.  A special order dinner package (with the best foods we can grow and find locally) is in the works for this year. We hope the difference in taste and quality will inspire some folks to start a small garden and/or buy locally and to do more cooking from scratch.

Next summer I’ll be offering classes on the principles of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats,  by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig.  For the most part these classes will be hands on, held in our kitchen.  There’ll be a focus on the importance of cultured vegetables and fermented foods in our diet and how to prepare grains, nuts and seeds for optimum assimilation. Whenever possible we’ll use vegetables grown here at the retreat or from local farmers. I’ll also be writing about this topic for the LHR blog and The Dowsing Deva Blog.

David has always been happy to give garden tours and share his gardening techniques with our guests and will continue to do so. I may help him develop a workshop of his own to teach his dowsing technique for soil amendments.

We’re still in the early planning stages of this mission to gather converts to home gardening and nourishing traditions. We appreciate your suggestions and input about what you’d like to be able to have available to you as a guest of Light Heart Retreat, along these lines. You can email myself or David using the contact form below.

What do you need to leave room for in your garden?

One possible answer is in this photo.

I hope you’ll put your head lamp on after supper, go on out and start turning over the soil for your little (or big) kitchen garden–great exercise, less lawn to mow next year and you’ll give the neighbors something to talk about when you’re out there

Shining your Light!

Blessings for your perfect nourishment,


P.S. I’m letting David have the last word–a very rare flower.

Seeds & Soil

Gardening is not complicated.

It’s a simple thing that God created.

A few things you need to know,

A garden only wants to grow.

The soil’s nature is to give,

Supplying food for us to live.

Does a plant respond to love?

You bet! Bigger plants is what you’ll get.

When you put a seed into the ground,

Then Paradise you will have found.

By David S. Buell

Small Wonders

This is a repost from 2017~

David and I have been away at the American Society of Dowsers Convention in Lyndonville, Vermont. We brought back some good information that we can put to work in our gardening and in the daily clearing work we do here for ourselves and others. The trade off was the many hours we spent in the car coming and going, two days spent indoors sitting, listening to lectures, and three nights spent in hotel rooms where quiet was non-existent except for between 3 AM and 4 AM. Dorothy said it best in The Wizard of Oz. There’s no place like home. This especially true when your home happens to be Light Heart Retreat.

This morning I really relished my walk out to Bragdon Quarry. It was overcast and cool and I didn’t mind it a bit. I paused to pick a few wild strawberries. They’re early and larger this year due to the recent rain. I noticed that despite the big down pour we had a week ago that all but one puddle on the Bragdon road had dried up.

My next wonderful little find was a dark feather, downy on one end. It didn’t belong to a crow or a raven–not black enough. It may have come from an osprey, hawk or an eagle. We find eagle feathers often. I tucked it in my sweatshirt pocket.

It would have been hard to miss the pieces of blue egg shell that were on the road, too small to be a robin’s egg. I’ve been hearing baby birds call for a couple of weeks here, as well as a pair of crows and blue jays go at it behind our house. Sometimes it’s not so quiet here!

I spent about twenty minutes at the quarry in contemplation. There’s a screened hut there for that purpose. I prefer to sit on the ledge. There’s a piece of granite that’s just the right angle and height to support me in a comfortable crouch position. Either the bugs are very much less this year, or my telling the insects, “This is a bug free zone and remember I’m the Quarry Queen, your steward,” is working out, quite well.

Climbing tower hill, returning home, I found a beige feather with wide brown stripes on it. Here’s a hint for you. You hear this bird at dusk and at night and it asks, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you now?”  This feather I could identify, as it belonged to a Barred Owl. We’ve been hearing them nightly, sometimes right outside our skylight over our bed.

While at the dowser’s convention, I heard stories of trips to Atlantis, lifetimes as dolphins, past lives as Egyptian queens and many other wild and wonderful tales from attendees. I could tell a few tales along those lines myself…What brings me great delight and what I most want to share with others though, is the small wonders of nature that one may encounter here at Light Heart Retreat.

No matter what your age is, there’s a child inside of you who longs to be surprised and delighted by nature’s gifts, large and small. If you’re a parent, one of the greatest gifts you can give your children is an appreciation of and experience in nature. David and I are looking forward to sharing the many small wonders of Light Heart Retreat with you and your family*. Bring your berry bucket or basket. The woods are full of blueberries. I picked three ripe ones on the causeway yesterday.

Blessings for the upcoming Summer Solstice, may it bring you plenty of sunshine, berries and cool breezes!


*Since the removal of the Quarry House in 2014, Light Heart Retreat is primarily for adults. I do make some exceptions based upon ages, number of children and if it’s possible to accommodate your small family in one of the two cottages.