Broody

By Ayal Hurst | May 9, 2017

We are trying to get our hens, or at least one of them, to go “broody”.  This means that she will sit on the eggs we are leaving in the nest for her, in the hopes that she will hatch them into little chicks – her “brood”. They have learned to fly low over our…

Holding a Space of Light

By Ayal Hurst | May 8, 2017

In this era of TV shows that model relating to other people with scorn and contempt as a viable means of relating….in this era of Trump behavior that does the same thing – saying that it’s ok to treat people with derision, to insult and humiliate and belittle others, to, in effect try to “trump”…

How We Interpret Events and Others in Our Life

By Ayal Hurst | May 4, 2017

It is very interesting to me how people interpret what comes into their lives through their own filters.  One of the great spiritual directives is not to take things personally, but so many people take whatever happens as some kind of personal affront, or threat, or judgment against them, when, in actuality, it has nothing…

Facing the Truth and Overcoming Fear

By Ayal Hurst | May 1, 2017

I think that it was Moshe Feldenkrais who said:   You can’t get to where you want to go unless you see where you’ve been.”   I fully agree. In my healing work with people, I always tell them ahead of time that if they want to work with me, we will be facing deep,…

Deep Stillness

By Ayal Hurst | April 30, 2017

Today, working in the garden, weeding between the baby pea plants, I once again felt that deep, deep stillness that seems to be at the very Heart of Nature.  Even though the birds were chirping, and the water bubbling its way in the creeks; even though the wind was moving the branches of the trees…

When Kali Speaks

By Ayal Hurst | April 21, 2017

As those who live in the country know, we live side by side with many critters.  Occasionally, some of those critters find their way into one’s house, and though they usually don’t want to be there, as it isn’t their natural domain, ( maybe mice like it – lots of crumbs  ) and it can…

3 Egg Day

By Ayal Hurst | April 20, 2017

Today was a three-egg day.  Each day, it feels like a treasure hunt.  I have grown very fond of these new chickens.  They are very cooperative – I feed them corn, and they roam about our meadow, and they give us eggs.  A fair trade.  And I love the deep cooing, low chuckling sounds they…

Chicken Patrol

By Ayal Hurst | April 17, 2017

For the next 5 days, I am on chicken patrol and watering the garden maintenance until Hawk returns from a program. We now have 3 little Rhode Island Red hens and 2 big Rhode Island hens ( Henny and Penny ), and one tall Rhode Island Red rooster.  We are waiting to name the three…

The Council of Women

By Ayal Hurst | April 15, 2017

At Homestead Retreat, my friend Chrys Franks and I offer healing and ceremonial programs for women, called The Council of Women. The Council of Women programs was birthed 25 years ago when a midwife in Augusta Georgia named Whapio had an unexpected vision and visit from the Goddess Kali.  The Goddess Kali told her that it…

The Partner Mirror

By Ayal Hurst | April 12, 2017

As a healer and shamanic practitioner, whenever I find myself going through something intense in life regarding my own spiritual and healing journey, it invariably happens that as soon as I have found my way through it, I get an urgent request for help from someone else who is also going through the same thing,…

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