i'm planting seeds today under the sun and new moon in aries, and i hope you are too, in some way or form. my tiny container garden on the back porch holds prayers for nasturtiums, radishes carrots, onions, okra, and the renewal of a raspberry bush. soon, we'll add peppers and herbs too. getting ready for some delicious spring and summer kitchen witching. aries calls us to action, to life and to spirit. i am reminded of a quote by writer arundhati roy, "another world is not only possible, she is on her way. on a quiet day, i can hear her breathing...”

seeking natural support for your immune system? here are some simple recipes to try, using plant friends and tools that can be commonly found in the kitchen.

<3 thyme facial/respiratory steam <3:

great for respiratory issues and stress relief. 1 tsp of dried herb (or 2-3 sprigs fresh) in a pot of water, boiled; use a towel to hold steam in and be careful placing face over hot liquids! can be combined with equal parts rosemary, mint, sage, or any preferred herb. place a towel over your head to hold the steam in, and breathe it in - careful of the heat!

garlic honey:

chop garlic, submerge in honey and let sit; enjoy sweet garlic

elderberry (or blueberry if more accessible!) elixir:

fill a jar with elderberries; pour brandy/vodka to fill 3/4 of the jar; fill the rest with honey and wait 3-6 weeks! (you could also use earlier if needed as well); store in the fridge or a cool dark place.

elderberry syrup:

basically same as above, except replace alcohol with filtered water and can use immediately :] ; store in fridge.

text resources to explore:

the gift of healing herbs by robin rose bennett

braiding sweetgrass by robin wall kimmerer

much love,


Greetings reflections. I hope you're all hanging in there.

All classes mentioned in my previous blog post have been canceled until further notice due to the pandemic. My 9:30am yoga class at Centered Studios is still on pending the availability of a substitute teacher. I look forward to sharing with you at a later date.

Real talk: I am one of many freelance creatives currently experiencing all workshops, classes, gigs CANCELED! Today my sweetie was laid off from their job in food service and filed for unemployment. All rehearsals and programming around our show Mauser have also been postponed, with one of our performers quarantined in Berlin. Damn. All this said, thanks to the generosity of our loved ones (and gotta send love to our own damn-resourceful practices) we are safe and well and home with the cats, and in the extra time what I'm noticing is this:

Between the widespread fear, the travel bans, the lockdowns and separation from loved ones much of the world is now navigating circumstances oppressed communities across the globe experience regularly. We see now that the government can put a stop on evictions, that there is money (aggressively moved to address shifts in the economy). I am here for the swell in mutual aid efforts, connecting to pods from afar and care practices centering folks most vulnerable during this time; and I feel the worlds we have been dreaming take shape. These times are scary, but we have the skills and collective resources to get through to the other side more resilient and conscious of our interconnectedness. Check in virtually or by phone, share food and funds if possible, and wash your hands.

One way to strengthen our immune systems and stop panic and hoarding is by getting grounded with the tools we have available. To this cause and for your pleasure I will be sharing some brief meditations and movement practice via email newsletter, and if you'd like to stay connected and go in on some free goodies, please subscribe!

Much love and peace to you dear reader,


Greetings reflections ~ Here are some FREE and FUN art workshops I'll be facilitating soon! I am so excited. Please rsvp in advance of the basket-making workshop so that we have enough supplies!!


Monday, April 13, 4-5 pm

Join resident artist Peregrine Bermas in a unique basket making workshop. In this meditative hour, participants will learn how to reuse materials found at home and in nature to create a small basket or bowl. Peregrine will also share about their own artistic practice and introduce a community basket project for the spring.

This program is for adults. Materials will be provided.


Saturday, April 18 at 9:30 am

Northtown Branch

In this interactive program, we’ll read stories and sing songs celebrating nature. After the stories, resident artist Peregrine Bermas will be leading us in a fun art project. All ages are welcome.

I also want to share the beautiful This American Life episode on libraries, it's one of my favorites. I love libraries.

All content created by Peregrine Bermas, 2020


Chicago, IL

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