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The Medicine Wheel Garden: Creating Sacred Space for Healing, Celebration, and Tranquillity

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The acclaimed author of "American Indian Healing Arts" presents an authentic, beautifully illustrated guide to transforming gardens--and lives--with medicinal plants and healing rituals. Booklist (06/01/2002): \deflang1033\pard\plain\f3\fs24 In the wake of September 11, there seems to be a natural tendency to seek solace in comforting, "cocooning" activities. Fortuitously, the idea of...

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The acclaimed author of "American Indian Healing Arts" presents an authentic, beautifully illustrated guide to transforming gardens--and lives--with medicinal plants and healing rituals.
Booklist (06/01/2002):
\deflang1033\pard\plain\f3\fs24 In the wake of September 11, there seems to be a natural tendency to seek solace in comforting, "cocooning" activities. Fortuitously, the idea of "garden as sanctuary" is one whose time has come full circle, literally and figuratively. For Kavasch, this means harkening back to ancient times when Native American cultures revered "medicine wheel gardens," stone circles interplanted with healing herbs and other indigenous plants, creating sacred spaces whose mystical and mythical powers soothed the soul and calmed the spirit. An herbalist and ethnobotanist, Kavasch presents a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to how primitive traditions can have modern applications. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2002, American Library Association.)

Library Journal (07/15/2002):
The transcendental nature of gardening is the focus of this pair of books. Both discuss humans' innate need to cultivate and nurture the earth. Ethnobotanist and herbalist Kavasch (American Indian Healing Arts) delves into Native American mystical symbolism to describe how to put together a garden that heals body and soul. He clearly explains the basic layout of a "medicine wheel" garden a circular arrangement built along axes running north/south, east/west, and even into the air and into the ground and how to adapt it to every zone. Also covered are traditional plants and why certain colored plants belong in the different quadrants of the circle. He also offers an illustrated encyclopedia of 50 healing herbs, as well as recipes that incorporate those herbs. Norfolk, a retired English osteopath, uses a much less structured approach in his lovely meditation on the importance of gardening in today's hustle-and-bustle society. During his 40 years of practice, he observed that his happiest and healthiest patients were green thumbs. Here, he introduces his concept of the "soul garden." He draws from literature and scientific studies, among other sources, to back up his claim that, like Voltaire's Candide, people would be happier and less stressed out if they would just sit back and watch their gardens grow. Kavasch's book is recommended for public libraries whose patrons appreciate Native American mysticism and gardening; Norfolk's is recommended for all public libraries. Pam Matthews, M.L.S., Olmsted Falls, OH Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information.

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The American Indian medicine wheel was an ancient way of creating sacred space and calling forth the healing energies of nature. Now, drawing on a lifetime of study with native healers, herbalist and ethnobotanist E. Barrie Kavasch offers a step-by-step guide to bringing this beautiful tradition into your own life--from vibrantly colorful outdoor circle designs to miniature dish, windowsill, or home altar adaptations. Inside you'll find:
- Planting guides for medicine wheel gardens in every zone, from desert Southwest to northern woodlands
- A beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of 50 key healing herbs, including propagation needs, traditional and modern uses, and cautions
- Easy-to-follow herbal recipes, from teas and tonics to skin creams and soaps--plus delicious healing foods
- Ideas for herbal crafts and ceremonial objects, including smudge sticks, wind horses, prayer ties, and spirit shields
- Seasonal rituals, offerings, and meditations to bless and empower your garden and your friends, and much more
Practical, beautiful, and inspiring, The Medicine Wheel Garden leads us on a powerful journey to rediscovering the sacred in everyday life as we cultivate our gardens . . . and our souls.

Review Quotes:
"There is food for the body and food for the spirit. Barrie Kavasch offers both."
--Kenneth Little Hawk, Micmac-Mohawk storyteller and musician

Marc Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-341) and index.
The acclaimed author of American Indian Healing Arts presents an authentic, beautifully illustrated guide to transforming gardens--and lives--with medicinal plants and healing rituals.

Review Citations:
Booklist 06/01/2002 pg. 1661 (EAN 9780553380897, Paperback)
Library Journal 07/01/2002 pg. 104 (EAN 9780553380897, Paperback)
Library Journal 07/15/2002 (EAN 9780553380897, Paperback)
Contributor Bio: Kavasch, E Barrie
E. BARRIE KAVASCH is a research associate at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT.

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