Your Inner Ecology

This health and wellness article issue for August 2010 is brought to you by Amador Chiropractic Wellness Center

In April 2010 the BP Deep Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in a catastrophic offshore oil spill. Millions of barrels of oil have spilled into the Gulf since the explosion, representing an unprecedented environmental disaster.

The Deep Horizon explosion has focused public attention on ocean, gulf, and wetlands ecologies. The grave threats posed to these environmental ecosystems can also focus attention on our own internal ecosystems….

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Aug 12 farmers market newsletter

Hi, Please enjoy this issue of the Farmers’ Market newsletter, published by Linda Hagye. See you at the markets!

Michelle Grondin

Market manager


Registration Open for 2011 CW Circle Priestess Program

Greetings and Bright Blessings!

Registration is now open for the 2011 Chrysalis Woman Circle Priestess Program, a nine month long journey reconnecting with the Sacred Feminine.

I’d love to have you join us this next turn of the wheel in the remembering of Woman-Craft Wisdom. Only four spaces are made available each year, so here’s your opportunity to connect with a sisterhood of women and drink deeply of this healing and empowering work! Simply click the link below to be taken to the information page that provides more details about the program, why it was created and Woman-Craft Wisdom you can expect to reclaim ~

Circle Priestess Program

For those traveling a distance, overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodations are available ~

Please feel free to forward to women you feel would be interested…

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me ~




High Priestess, Herbalist, WomanCraft Practitioner


Chrysalis Woman

Farm ~ Goddess Sanctuary ~ School of WomanCraft

(209) 772-0511

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Sun Day gets warm reception at the Jackson Farmers Market

Sun Day gets warm reception at the Jackson market

On Sunday, August 8, the Jackson farmers’ market debuted a new event, called Sun Day, which highlighted different applications of solar energy. SunnyCal Solar, a regular market vendor, expanded its exhibits to provide lots of information about the possible home and business uses of solar energy, and how they can save consumers money as well as helping the environment. They also talked about the solar charging stations they are installing for the new Nissan Leaf, an all-electric car that can charge at one of those stations in as little as 15 minutes. Irene Perbal, of Jackson Rotary, was on hand with demonstrations of a solar cooker, a low-tech but very effective method of cooking, baking, and even “hard-boiling” eggs without water, using the sun. Fascinated customers were able to see photos of the Rotary’s project bringing the solar cookers to Brazil, and to try samples of food that was cooking during the market. Irene’s sunny brownies were a big hit. Customers also indulged in ice cream sundaes, which were made of Munnerlyn’s ice cream, strawberry sauce from Lee’s Berries, homemade chocolate sauce, and local walnuts. The market had its largest attendance of the season so far on that day, with over 300 people enjoying the market and the event.

Bring the kids to the Sutter Creek Farmers’ Market, Saturday, August 14

First 5 Amador will be hosting an event this Saturday that includes introducing children to the Farmers’ Market. The event is called “Dad & Me”, and is a morning of fun activities for children 0-5 years old and a male member of their family. Participating children will be able to take home the book “Eating the Alphabet,” enjoy taste-testing healthy snacks, and shop at the market with the “Amador Bucks” they will receive. The families will then move on to the park across the creek for kite-flying. “Dad & Me” activities run from 10 am to noon, but children are welcome throughout the whole market time of 8 to11 am to receive shopping dollars and interact with the vendors. The First 5 event is free, but space is limited; anyone wanting to participate should call 257-1092.

Jackson Farmers’ Market, Sunday, August 15, Guest Chef, Susan Komure, 10:30 a.m. Creative Cooking Demonstration

This Sunday’s featured salad chef at the Jackson Farmers’ Market is Susan Komure. Susan lives in Mokelumne Hill with her husband (and winner of the Creative Zucchini category in the Great Zucchini Contest) Rod Hanchett. In addition to being a therapist, mother and grandmother, Susan is a wonderful supporter of the market. She understands the meaning of a community sharing food and fun together. She has honed her culinary arts skills through membership in a local food and travel club. The vendors of the Jackson Farmers’ Market thank Susan for her support and culinary talents.


When asked about the recipe she will be preparing, Susan said, “ I love watermelon, but wondered what other things can you do with this BIG melon without wasting it. A meal with a close friend introduced me to this thirst quenching salad. I searched for the recipe and found it on Nigella’s [Lawson] website. I love eating watermelon on its own, but this is the perfect way to experience a new method of food preparation and taste. I hope you all enjoy it.”

Upcoming Events at the Farmers’ Markets

The markets’ monthly fruit bakeoffs will be taking place in Pine Grove on Wednesday, August 18, at 4:00 pm, and in Sutter Creek on Saturday, August 21, at 9:00 am. This month, the bakers will be using succulent peaches in their entries. Anyone interested in participating in the bakeoffs should contact the market manager at 419-2503, and have their entry at the market before the judging time. Winners of the bakeoffs receive “Amador Bucks” to spend at the markets, and are invited to compete in the bakeoff finals in October.

Other events coming soon:

Sunday, August 22 in Jackson– Salsa Day

Saturday, August 28 in Sutter Creek– Tomato Tasting with the Master Gardeners

Sunday, August 29 in Jackson– Scone Bakeoff

Music at the Markets

The Farmers’ Market is grateful to the musicians who share their talents at the markets.

Saturday, August 14 in Sutter Creek– James May

Sunday, August 15 in Jackson– Harry Jordan

Wednesday, August 18 in Pine Grove– Jack Magee

Thursday, August 19 in Plymouth– Harry Jordan

Announcing a Speical Event

Hi All,

David Crow of Floracopeia is coming to Calaveras this Aug. 27-28th and I thought you might want to know about this event.

I am hoping the inspiring information he presents will, among other things, seed activity towards a local grassroots healthcare network – much like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

Below are more details about what is being offered, beyond what is on the attached flier. Please be in touch if you have questions or want more information and if you want to register do so asap at This is a rare opportunity to learn about and experience in a lot of depth what natural medicine is and how we can benefit.

Meet David Crow of Floracopeia and learn and experience the depth of the global to local relationship between humans and plants, and their healing powers, for the individual, community, and the biosphere.

David Crow’s overview of the function and role of plants, from photosynthesis to the nutritional foundation of life as well as carriers of energy to consciousness provides a grounded understanding of his uplifting statement “Life is evolution of light into consciousness”.

Your journey will encompass and integrate all levels of the plant’s story into an experience of the wholeness and importance of the medicinal compounds derived from nature.

You will learn specific healing powers and benefits of certain plants, experience a relationship with these plants through meditating with sustainably grown and distilled therapeutic essential oils, and explore the hopeful promise of what grassroots healthcare could be in our communities Find out about “community immunity” and the use of plants on a larger scale for environmental cleaning and protection from viruses as well as everyday personal use. This is a special and rare opportunity, not to be missed by anyone interested in the healing gifts of plants for us and our entirely interdependent relationship.

To find out more about the global work of Floracopeia got to and also check out the just launched Grassroots Healthcare Network website, Medicine Crow at

Johanna Atman, Ph.D. CMT.

(209) 728-3569


150 Big Trees Rd.

Murphys, CA. 95247

Mailing Address:

16249 Armstrong Rd.

Sheep Ranch, CA. 95246


News from Sophia’s Well of Wisdom

The summer is flying by and we will be coming into a new season soon. Laurie’s Family Fun Camp in July was relaxing and fun-filled. It was good to meet new spiritual friends as well as new challenges like following Laurie on a hike to the cascading waterfall pools.

New ventures are coming up in the Fall so stay tuned.  I am seeking a qualified Course in Miracles teacher to lead a study group. Several people have requested it. I’ll send an announcement as soon as all is arranged.

Keep Saturday October 16 open for our all day Holistic Meditation Workshop with Eugene Alliende, Marilyn Nutter, Shari Anderson and yours truly. Each one of us will be sharing our favorite meditation practice.  You will learn and practice meditations to strengthen mind, heart, body, and soul.

I have also applied to the the Seminary to become a Sophia School of Wisdom. When approved, SWOW will be able to offer several classes for credit as well as participate in new learning opportunities. After certification is granted sometime in the Fall, we will begin classes at the center.

Take a peak below for the Sophia’s Well of Wisdom events this month and join us as often as you can. You can download the calendar by going to

Wisdom Circle
Meets Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

M. NutterThe theme for August is The Spiritual Journey.
On August 1st we discussed The Road Less Traveled as our own ” Path of the Soul.”
On August 8th we begin an introductory exploration of The Hero’s Journey using the insights borrowed by Joseph Campbell’s famous work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Marilyn Nutter, M.A.

Patterned after this work, we will study the spiritual drama of the journey in three acts:
8/15 – Leaving Home
8/22 – Into the Unknown
8/29 – Returning Home

Marilyn Nutter, MA will officiate the Wisdom Circle on August 29th where she will lead us back home from our divine adventure to a life of loving service. Bill and I will be taking a short vacation that week, a little journey of our own. Marilyn is well equipped to lead the class with insights from the many journeys she has studied and experienced.

Spiritual Practice Circles
Thursday morning from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
heart worldSpiritual practice is an important part of the the seekers life.  There are many types of spiritual practice. At SWOW we seek practices that support a holistic spiritual life of body, heart, mind, and soul.  We begin the month on the first Thursday with a meditation that supports development of the Soul-infused Personalityfollowed by a World Healing Meditation.
Rev. Patsy Walker Fine

On the second Thursday we participate in Body-based meditationtechniques that inspire “embodied spirituality.”

On the third Thursday we practice compassionate speaking and listening from the heart in a Sophia Circle.

The fourth Thursday we practice different methods of psycho-spiritual meditations. Currently we are using a chakra balancing meditation using Anodea Judith’s Eastern Bodies Western Minds: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self.  This month we study expressions of the fifth chakra.

On months where there are five Thursdays, we endeavor to follow the old dictum, Know Thyself, by exploring different methods of spiritual assessment.

Reiki Healing CircleMonday August 9 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

The Circle will be held at SWOW/Motherlode Holistic Connection, 8 Court Street, Jackson.
Reiki is a spiritual energy healing method  that affects every level of the human experience: physical, emotional, and mental.

We currently gather on the second Monday of the month from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Starting with energy-active meditations to activate our healing hands, we then move to the massage table to begin sharing Reiki with each other one at a time.  After each person is complete, we return to the group to extend the healing to the world. Personal Reiki healing work is from 6- 8 p.m. and World Healing Meditation is from 8 – 8:30 p.m.  You may come to one or both sessions.
(The Reiki Healing Circle is a community service; as such there is no fee. However, one may make a donation that will go in full to a local Amador County charity. Past recipients are Interfaith Food Bank, Hospice, Operation CARE, A-PAL, STARS, Christmas to Remember.  Sometimes donations go directly to a local family in need when such a need is known.)

Inner Light Circle
Monday August 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The Inner Light Circle is offered to challenge our minds to expand in new ways. As such, it is for serious-minded spiritual students on the transcendent path. Various formats are used to present stimulating information that challenges the intellect.  Ageless wisdom teachings are brought to life in new ways to take us beyond our current stage of human development and remind us that we are “spiritual beings having a human experience” and not the other way around.

We gather Monday the 16th promptly at 6:30 p.m. and close the door at 6:40 p.m. to hear a CD by Artur called: The Circulation of Energy. At the close of the meeting we will pause for a brief silent meditation and then dismiss to ponder on what we heard.

There is no fee; however, donations are appreciated to support the work of SWOW.

Trust What You Hear!
Saturday August 21, 2:30 – 5 p.m.

Join Laurie Story Vela and Jeremiah for a fun-filled time with children of all ages, “where you’re never to young to pray and never to old to play.”
Activities include music, singing, stories, prayer, games, crafts, dancing, and so much more.  This is an intergenerational interfaith event, so come prepared to join the sacred place where we are all young at heart.

Contact Laurie Story Vela:  email namaste@newthought; call 267-8084 or 217-7467. Playshops are provided in partnership with New Thought Families.

This is a community event to support families; as such, there is no pre-set fee.  However, donations are needed to support the event, so love offerings are appreciated.

Thanks for supporting the work of Sophia’s Well of Wisdom.  Your participation, contributions, and/or prayerful support are much appreciated to extend the work of preparing humanity for the shifting energies of the ending of one age and the beginning of another.


Rev. Patsy Walker Fine
Minister, Sophia’s Well of Wisdom

Reiki Healing Circle

The Reiki Healing Circle location has changed from Refresh at Sutter Creek to Sophia’s Well of Wisdom at the Motherlode Holistic Connection, #8 Court Street in Jackson.

The RHC will meet at 6 p.m. in my office. Contact me if you have any questions.

An Interfaith Spiritual Center for Wellness for Body and Soul
# 8 Court Street, Jackson
Rev. Patsy Walker Fine