New Zealand

Weleda Garden, Havelock North 25.-29. March 2018

The Havelock North garden is located at the foot of Te Mata Peak. A wealth of medicinal plants thrives here in the temperate, maritime climate with long, warm summer months. Much of the gardening work is done by hand, as heavy agricultural machinery would overly compact the soil.

New things. New Zealand.

This week I jumped over the side fence to hang out with the Weleda team in New Zealand. Whilst Aussies and Kiwi’s are neighbours, the Weleda experiences couldn’t have been more different. My week in Havelock North, Napier saw me getting my hands dirty in the Weleda biodynamic gardens. The same gardens where 80% of the active ingredients in their anthroposophical medicines are sourced. I also got hands-on in the lab seeing how the vitality of the garden produce gets potentized into tinctures then into the Weleda products themselves. Since I have started on the Global Garden journey my head hasn’t stopped spinning – so many exciting things are happening and I don’t want to miss a moment. After this week I’m feeling much more grounded, maybe having my hands in the soil has helped bring me back to earth. Here’s some of the ways I got my hands dirty The Global Garden sisterhood reunion has started. Simone Anderson, New Zealand’s inspirational finalist came to visit me in Hawke’s Bay. We had the honour of …

‘Horn Manure’ – Is it a load of bull?

Hear me out then feel 100% free to make up your own mind. Stuffing cow horns with manure and burying in a pit for 6 months may sound little woo-woo to some. But the rich compost that comes from it is the foundation for biodynamic farming. When did Biodynamic farming come about?  Steiner developed the Biodynamic farming principles in 1924 in response to farmers requests for his thinking about the declining quality of their produce and yield of crops. His biodynamic philosophy was his way of improving the stability and richness of the soil by enhancing its organic matter, by avoiding synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides – to give the produce back its vitality. Ok, we are all keeping up with that. Where we may lose a few people is that he also claimed that “cosmic vital forces” have a large impact on plants and animals. He recommended processes of using cow horns as vessels to vitalize the soil. The process goes a little like this. Cow horns are filled with manure (this is called …

Nature’s pharmacy

Weleda are pioneers in natural anthroposophical care, laying down their biodynamic roots in Havelock North, New Zealand. The first week of the Global Garden journey was amazing. There’s was so many thought provoking experiences that I didn’t wasn’t to miss a moment. So much to see, so much to share. I couldn’t sleep I was so excited. But I learnt a very valuable lesson from Rudolf Steiner – we must keep things in balance. It was the perfect moment to begin the next chapter of the Global Garden journey in Havelock. It’s no wonder Weleda chose to plant their gardens in Havelock North, in the Hawke’s Bay region. But it wasn’t just the view that made it the perfect choice, the numerous orchards and vineyards also call it home because of the fertile soils. The resident pharmacist quickly sorted me out with the Anthroposophical medicine for my ‘busy brain’ – Sleep and Relax Drops. Just one of over 2000 natural medicines in the Weleda pharmacy – the first Anthroposophical Pharmacy in New Zealand. The first …

A toast to the sisterhood – with Simone Anderson

Reuniting with Simone, New Zealand’s Global Garden finalist in Havelock North, New Zealand. I said the moment I was announced that I was the winner that I would love to pack all the other 15 finalists in my bag and bring them with me. Turns out I can. Along the journey you’ll be meeting a lot of the other sisters but for now it’s reunion time with Simone, my BFF in Germany. It only seems fitting to catch up with the first of my Global Garden sisters in New Zealand’s famous wine region Havelock North, Napier. Cheers to that! It just feels like a few weeks ago that we met each other for the first time in Schwäbisch Gmünd with the other 14 national finalists. Here’s a glimpse into the inspirational finalists and the amazing 4 days we had at Schwäbisch Gmünd You’re probably asking, what’s this sisterhood? And why were you guys in Germany? For those that haven’t been on the Weleda Global Garden path from the start I’ll explain a bit more about …

‘Meaningful Coincidences’ and finding your own path.

Unexpected visitors have walked up the Global Garden path. It’s the first weekend of Global Garden journey and I’m in Waiheke Island in New Zealand. There are no planned activities. No Weleda staff members are with me. I’m free to do as I please. I wasn’t even going to write on this weekend but something synchronistic happened, a ‘meaningful coincidence’ that I couldn’t help myself. Before I tell you about it I feel it’s important for you to know… The Global Garden journey is my path. What happened wasn’t an organised experience. Yes, generally I am being shown a range of experiences related to Weleda and Steiner ideologies however it is my job to question everything. I am not being told what to do. I am not told what to say. I’m not being edited in any way. I have the freedom to make my own judgments. And create my own beliefs. ‘I am just like you, an everyday person on a path of self-education.’ So now that that’s out of the way. I’m go-go-go …