During this season of thanks-giving there are so many people we are grateful for in our lives and we would like to acknowledge and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for all they have done to support us during this past year. Our crew here at Sweetwater Sanctuary is the best and we really couldn’t do it without you. Thanks to cook extraordinaire, Brittany Wood Nickerson. You continue to amaze me with the love and light that you infuse in all the food you prepare. Theresa Hoffman for the third year in a row has helped our gardens stay beautiful and abundant and when Theresa needed to move on Sarah Colletti stepped in when we REALLY needed help after the break of my wrist. Sarah you saved the day – thank you so much. Words don’t really do justice to the enormous gift of Katy Locke, the teaching assistant this year. Katy your calm heart-felt and oh-so-diplomatic way came to the rescue more than once not to mention your help with folks’ personal needs and your insightful contributions in class. Thank you, thank you a thousand times. Our work exchange helpers, Judy and Barb kept so much in order and helped keep us together too, Barb your massages were divine and Judy your constant attention to our needs was a blessing. Your dedication is deeply appreciated. In California, our hosts at Mountain Home Ranch continue to provide a home away from home that supports the work we do in so many ways. Thank you, Suzanne and John, for your gracious caretaking and your delicious food. Tracy Jones was the teaching assistant in California this year and her joyful exuberance always was a boost after a long day of travel. Your attention to detail and can-do attitude made overwhelming tasks seem easy. Thank you, Tracy, for all that you are and all of your unwavering support. We also want to thank Dona Friedman who brings you this newsletter and our beautiful website. Dona, your artistic eye and sage advice are more than anyone could ask for. Thank you for your belief in the work we do and helping to bring our message to the world. And last but certainly not least, we want to thank all of our students both past and present who continue to grace us with their presence in Vermont, California and elsewhere.
With Gratitude and Full Hearts,
Pam and Mark
ANNOUNCING 2013 SCHEDULE
We are so thrilled to bring you our freshly updated website with our 2013 schedule. We have some new and exciting workshops that we are sure you will want to attend. Please be aware of a time sensitive class that is coming up December 1st – Communing with Trees. This class is taught by apprentice and associate teacher, April Thanhauser on Martha’s Vineyard, Ma. Even though it is winter the trees still have much to share with us. Another time sensitive class you don’t want to miss begins January 16. This on-line course, Anatomy & Physiology for Herbalists, is taught by former apprentice, Tammi Sweet. Tammi taught this class at Partner Earth several years ago and it was the best anatomy class ever. She brings, what can be, a very dry subject totally alive. With Tammi as your teacher it is a thrill to learn about the body. Sign up on line now for this sure to be outstanding course.
INTERVIEWING NOW FOR PLANT SPIRIT HEALING APPRENTICESHIP
Pam is setting up interviews now for those interested in the 2013 Apprenticeship. You can call 802-293-5996 or email email@example.com to set up a date. There has been much request from folks to become apprentices who live a distance from Vermont. This winter we will be looking at how to structure a program that may accommodate those who live far away. In the meantime, you can get to us via Cape Air that flies to Rutland, Vermont from Boston and an Amtrak train that comes from NYC. For those who live out west Pam will be teaching her highly acclaimed Plant Communication; Reclaiming Our Birthrite both in California and Minnesota.
We want to thank all of you who have given donations to Partner Earth Education Center’s on-going work. We continue to be on the leading edge of research, education and experience within the matrix of plant/people communications and relations. It is with your help that we will delve even deeper into this realm.
We also want to thank all of you who have contributed to the “Be Love” Scholarship Fund making it possible for students of varying means to participate in classes. Please consider giving the gift of heart and earth centered education to a deserving student this holiday season.
A Thanskgiving Prayer by the Haudenosaunee People (Lest we forget)
Let us greet the world in Thanksgiving as if we were sharing one mind, one heart, and one body. Today we have gathered and come from many different places. We have arrived safely at this place to share with each other our gifts from the Creator.
So we bring our minds together as one in Thanksgiving and Greetings to one another. We now turn our thoughts to Earth Mother. She continues to care for us and has not forgotten her instructions from the beginning of time. Now we bring our minds together in Thanksgiving for the Earth.
Now as one mind we turn our thoughts to the Waters of the Earth for they too have not forgotten their instructions from the Creator of Life. The Waters continue to flow beneath the ground, in little streams and in rivers, in lakes and in wetlands, and in the great seas. They quench our thirst and help keep us clean so we can fulfill our duty to Creation. We now bring our minds together in Thanksgiving to all the Waters of the Earth.We now address all the Beings both seen and unseen that dwell in the Water for they too have not forgotten their original instructions from the Creator of Life to provide for us in many ways. With one mind we send our Thanksgiving and Greetings to all the Nations who dwell in the Waters.
Now we direct our thoughts to the many kinds of plants that live upon the Earth- for they too have not forgotten their original instructions. Many members of this Nation sustain those who walk upon this Earth, and many others who continue to fulfill their duties to take away the sickness of the human family and elevate human consciousness. With one mind we send our thoughts and Thanksgiving to the Plant Nations. With one mind we now think of our relations in the many Insect Nations. Like the other members of the natural world, they too have not forgotten their original instructions to fulfill their obligation to Continued Creation.
With one mind we send our thoughts and Thanksgiving to all the members of the Insect Nations. We now gather our minds together and send Greetings and Thanksgiving to all the Animal Life in the world, for they continue to instruct and teach us even today. It is said that the Creator knew that Humans would take too much for granted if they were given all the wisdom, so instead the Creator gave a little piece of wisdom of how to live on the Earth to the different animals. We are happy that many still walk with us on our continuing journey. With one mind we send Thanksgiving to all the Animal Life in the world.
With one mind we now think of the Trees. According to their original instructions the Trees still give us shelter, warmth, food, and make the environment a suitable place to dwell. The trees remind us of the beauty and power in the natural world. With one mind we send our Thanksgiving to all the members of the Tree Nation.
We now bring our minds together and send our Greetings of Thanksgiving to the Birds. At the beginning of time the Birds were given a special duty to perform. The Creator gave the Birds instructions to each find a special place to live in the world and they should learn the song of that place. During the day, our minds are lifted by the songs of the Bird Nations. With one mind we send our Thanksgiving to the Birds of the world.
We are thankful to the Four Winds who continue to blow and cleanse the air according to their original instructions. As we listen to the Winds it is as if we are hearing the Creator's breath, clearing our minds as it blows through the trees. With one mind we send our Thanksgiving to the Four Winds. We now turn our attention to the Thunderbeings. For they too have not forgotten their original instructions and welcome the Spring with their loud voice. Along with the lightning, they carry the waters of the spring on their backs. It is also said that the Thunderbeings were given the job to hold down the beings beneath the Earth which would prevent life from continuing. With one mind we send our Thanksgiving and Greetings to the Thunderbeings.
Our minds are as one as we send our thoughts to our oldest brother the Sun. Each day the Sun continues his instructions from the Creator of Life, bringing the light of day, the energy source of all life on Earth. With one mind we send our Thanksgiving to our oldest brother the Sun.
We now gather our minds together and give thanks to our oldest Grandmother the Moon. She holds hands with all the women of the world and binds all of the female cycles and rhythms of the Waters so we may continue to carry out our obligation to Creation. With one mind we send our Thanksgiving and Greetings to Grandmother Moon.
With one mind we send our thoughts to the Star Nation who continue to light our way during times of darkness to guide us home, and hold the secrets of many forgotten stories. Even though many of the stories are no longer in our minds, it is said it is enough to be thankful to the Stars and perhaps one day we would learn these stories again. With one mind we send our Thanksgiving and Greetings to the Star Nation.
With our minds as one we think of the Four Spirit Beings who live in the Four Directions. At the beginning of time when the Creator first made the Human Family, it was seen that they very quickly got themselves into trouble. The Creator knew that they needed extra help and so created the Four Spirit Beings to remove the obstacles from our paths and guide us with our feelings. And now we gather our minds together as one and send our special Thanksgiving to the Four Spirit Beings. Now we have arrived in a very special place where dwells the Great Spirit, the Creator of the Universe. As one mind we turn our thoughts to the Creator, for without the Creator we would not be able to walk on the Earth fulfilling our original instructions.
Everything we need is provided for us and all we have to remember is to give thanks. With one mind we send our Thanksgiving and Greetings to the Creator. We have now become like one being. We send our Prayers and special Thanksgiving Greetings to all the unborn children of the future generations.
We send our thoughts to the Elders and the Children for they give us guidance and purpose to live in a good way. We are thankful to all the Enlightened Teachers who have come to help us throughout the ages. We send our thoughts to the many different beings we may have missed during our Thanksgiving. With one mind we send Thanksgiving and Greetings to all of the Nations of the World.
Now Our Minds Are One.