Noel Patterson invites you to turn on your senses, open your heart, and participate in the creation of something new at Miraval. You may have seen or heard the buzz around the grounds about the newest workers — honey bees.
Noel is chief steward of the Apiary at Miraval, a blooming field of brittlebush that hosts 20 hives of thriving, toiling honey bees. Before becoming a beekeeper, Noel spent years working as a certified sommelier, representing distributors of wines from all over the world. “There’s something about honey and wine,” Noel muses, “that gets people excited to learn about them. It’s about language, history, soil — it’s our culture.”
By Anne Parker, Wellness Counselor
The holiday season is known to be the most wonderful time of the year. You get to enjoy delicious food and create lasting memories with friends and loved ones you may have not seen in a while. But, the holidays may also bring on stress and depression from all of the party planning, shopping, cooking, and entertaining. With some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that the holiday season brings and enjoy the time with your friends and loved ones.
By: Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer
Finally, Election Day is nearly here! On November 1st, the sun now in Scorpio is in harmony with Neptune in the water sign Pisces. The themes of creativity and sensitivity blend with the urge for self-expression. An increased interest in spiritual or ethical values is possible. Cultural and community activities such as music, art or charity work can benefit during this time. Time spent out in nature also can help many to relax and feel inspired.
Late on the 2nd and early on the 3rd Mercury, the planet of communication, is in passionate Scorpio speaking to Pluto, the planet of power in Capricorn. This is a good time to overcome negativity or self-defeating attitudes. Conversations are penetrating and negotiating skills are enhanced now. This is an excellent time for research and psychological insight, as well as for those whose work depends on communications.
By: Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer
This is a relatively quiet and even month despite the last month of the election cycle. We begin October on Saturday the 1st with beautiful Venus in harmony with visionary Neptune. Sensitivity in love and good taste in art and decor are in the air. Venus is in Scorpio now and Neptune in Pisces. Both are water signs highlighting intuition and compassion.
On Sunday October 2nd the sun is irritated somewhat by Neptune. During this period some may be dissatisfied with themselves or with what they have accomplished thus far in life. This can be an idealistic time, and when standards can be set too high. A fear of rejection or of social obligations can keep you from seizing opportunities. Also the air sign planets Mercury and Uranus could add more confusion in travel and communications primarily for those born in the signs Aries, Virgo and Scorpio.
The sun blends well with Saturn on Tuesday the 4th bringing stability and security through organizational skills and effective planning. Those born in the signs Libra and Sagittarius can experience stable business growth and increased security.
Venus and Pluto become passionately involved intensifying relationships on Wednesday the 5th. Financial gains are possible as the assessment of the value of stocks or goods is right on target. Scorpios and Capricorns especially have ability to attract others and increase charisma. Some can cultivate latent talents. The warrior Mars squares off with excessive Jupiter. Litigation and taking unnecessary risks should be avoided. Overdoing or overspending may affect Capricorns and Librans the most.
By: Jes Gale, Yoga & Meditation Specialist
The Yamas, or “observances”, are one of the 8 limbs of yoga. There are 5 Yamas. I like think of them as: good guidelines for life. They’re good guidelines because they lead us out of darkness and into the light, or we might say: out of ignorance and into knowing. Aparigraha (uh-par-E-grah-ha) is the 5th of these guideline. It translates loosely to “non-greed”, “non-clinging”, “non-attachment” or “non-hoarding”. Aparigraha challenges our belief that something outside of ourselves will make us happy.