How to Tend the Earth To Mend Your Soul


Hedgewitch Permaculture is a holistic approach to tending the Earth as we mend our own souls. It is about rooting and reconnecting with Earth energy. The philosophy is not about planting food for ourselves, but planting for ALL life. If we don’t feed the life around us from soil microbes to the birds and mammals to the plants and trees, we won’t have a life ourselves.

Humans have this urge to control things, even Mother Earth. At some point, we’ll have to face the fact that we cannot improve on her systems, so we need to work with them.

Look at the world around you. There are 7.5 billion people in this world. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people, or one in nine is suffering from “chronic undernourishment.” We are depleted in body, mind, and spirit, because our culture rewards those who overachieve. This leads to burnout, dissatisfaction, and depression. And Mother Earth is a reflection of this. It is my belief that we come into this world with a store of energy, yet we were never taught how to hold onto our personal energy reserves for things like tending ourselves and those immediately in our care. Nature holds the key to tap into the flow of Universal energy, instead of using our stores. When we use and deplete our personal energy reserves, we get sick in mind, body, heart, and spirit. It is only when we re-connect with Mother Earth energy that we begin to restore our Selves.

Indigenous cultures around the world have been living with the land for milleniums. They know how to make sense of the landscape, read the signals of nature, live with the rhythms of nature, and understand the connection between things. Indigenous people have a knowledge that goes beyond practicality. Each person knows that he or she is part of a bigger picture and a caretaker of the ancient wisdom.