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On the edge of the wild. The alchemy of plants

Succulents and black cat ♥ via ohnorachio in The Alchemy of Plants - awakening sacred flow

Succulents and black cat ♥ via ohnorachio

Hello beautiful ones,

To balance my intense work in architecture these days and hence my more infrequent writings, I live now on the edge of the wild–where I find myself recharging, recalibrating, regenerating in a space of stillness and subtle flow. I moved to a beautiful place in Marin, surrounded by plants and animals bringing magic into my life. My home is on a street that becomes a trail in the Marin Headlands. In between two worlds, I am at home in this place that welcomes me into the wild terrain of this land.

What is so compelling about living so close to the wild? Placing ourselves in this realm becomes essential for our well being in our increasingly digitized world. Being exposed to the wild can awaken our very own and reveal the parts of us that become numb and aren’t so alive. Our connection to nature can awaken the repressed fiber, dimension, essence of the feminine in all of us.

If you are a nature lover, you don’t have to wait to go to wild places to come in contact with the spiritually embodied power of nature. You can invite the presence of the plant world, consciousness, and frequency into your home space and bask in its energy and glow. Just being in the presence of something so alive enlivens us, if we open our hearts and let its subtle flow and radiance touch our being and reawaken our own.

As much as we earthtlings pride ourselves for being more ‘evolved’ beings;  plants and other creatures have an instinctual understanding that often escapes our so called ‘evolved’ selves. Plants don’t fight their natural impulse to:

  • Grow roots and ground. Plants grow roots to absorb water and nutrients. They ground their being in order to expand as they connect to earth and sky.
  • Seek the light and glow in the dark. Is not that darkness is bad, it’s just that light feeds life. Plants seek light and orient themselves towards it, magically turning it into nourishment.
  • Find and produce nourishment. Not only do they transform sunlight into food, plants also transform carbon dioxide (with the help of water) into oxygen for all life to thrive. They let in and let go. They breathe.
  • Connect in subtle ways. Just because you can’t sense does not mean it is not there. Plants sense in ways we don’t. We can get quiet to hear the soft whisper of spirit land on our being like the soft touch of a butterfly on our skin, the withering of a serpent on the earth, or the smooth glide of an eagle in the sky.
cacti plants via seasage

Surreal cacti via seasage


an outdoor garden with cacti from Katie‘s travels.

light filled space with plant

General store light-filled space with a gorgeous plant via sfgirlbybay / awakening sacred flow

plant corner

Bright plant corner via apartment therapy


Lovely cacti and words of wisdom. Some things take time via kerouacandcoke

Gardening shop via analogidentity

Marina Burini –  the selby - awakening sacred flow

Marina Burini–Stylist & Co-Owner of Beautiful Dreamers at her Home & Store in Brooklyn « the selby


Paradise is here. Plant inspiration via skinnylaminx

Andrew Trotter & Mari Luz Vidal's 'open house' with plants

Andrew Trotter & Mari Luz Vidal’s ‘open house’ in Barcelona comes alive with plants. Via freundevonfreunden

festive plant corner via sfgirlbybay | awakening sacred flow

Festive, light filled with plants corner. Home of nicole valentine don, photographed by by lauren bamford. Photo via sfgirlbybay

modern macabre via modernmacrame | awakening sacred flow

Lovely tiny plants in modern macabre

cactus corner in stillness.

Love the stillness in this gorgeous space. The light, the sensuous forms, the cactus. Via the brickhouse

wild plant via talesofendearment |awakening sacred flow

Gorgeous plant in the home of alix brown. Via talesofendearment


when in drought via sfgirlbybay

Plants are ancient beings, alchemists that help us align with the flow of the universe. They kindly offer themselves as sacred food and medicine when taken whole and not stripped of their spirit. Being in touch with plants can help us remember our own power to ground, expand, breathe, sustain life and feel alive.

There is an intense drought in California. I have been meditating on how this environmental condition reflects the unbalanced state of our souls, creations and structures thirsty for nourishment. Dear ones, where are the dry places in your soul craving moisture and fluidity?

May we remember to not take more than we need and to give back so much more in return. And may we restore, heal and celebrate our connection to the sacred waters and rhythms of life, within and around us.

With love,

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Oct 12, 2014
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You are a flow system in the landscape. Flow, nature & space design

Ayahuasca dreaming in the amazon of peru

The fabulous book Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization written by Adrian Bejan and J.Peder Zane, presents a unifying principle of design, a celebration of the interconnectedness and oneness found in nature, which of course includes us humans and our creations. But this principle just doesn’t concern architects, designers, planners, energy explorers; it concerns all.

Oct 29, 2012 | continue reading →

The Neglected Space of the Other

star leaves mandala for bathroom

Life brims on the fringes, with a different kind of order, which we call the OTHER. This Other is nature, woman, the feminine. An order we don’t yet understand and therefore neglect, ignore, demonize and suppress. The result is neglected people, neglected spaces, and neglected ideas. Life on the edge is not always glamorous when…

Sep 9, 2012 | continue reading →

A rainbow of Amazon inspiration


  The lodge that welcomed us home The sounds of the forest echo in my heart The magical skies La luna illuminated our path! The sacred flow of the rivers C’est moi on the boat! The lush and wild landscapes Such iridescent green! In the Amazonas jungle, nature shines in all her splendor in the…

Jun 28, 2012 | continue reading →

Epiphanies. Space Revelations along our path

Photo Marjory Mejia

“An epiphany: when the veil is pulled back.” ~ John O’Donohue

I love epiphanies. Sensory bursts of revelation, inspiration, and realization. Epiphanies are manifestations of one’s truest self, aha moments that fill you with wonder, realizations that sink their teeth deep into the substance of our lives…

May 19, 2012 | continue reading →

Come with me into the field of sunflowers


I can see a flower so beautiful that tears overflow, its beauty touching a space so deep within. Beauty enrapts me. We are a microcosm interacting with this vast cosmos. Take a moment to truly see these flowers. If we could hear these flowers unfurling. If we could understand the language of their movement, we would realize the secret dance of flowers.

Feb 21, 2012 | continue reading →

Art Basel and the Soul of a Woman


What inspires you and where do you find beauty? I am fascinated by the encounters with the natural and art filled world. I present to you my journey through Art Basel Miami, Dec. 2011. Art Basel is an art show originally from Basel in Switzerland, with art from around the world.

Jan 31, 2012 | continue reading →