From growing a full acre of certified organic lavender, constructing a home built from recycled tires, cans, and dirt, and teaching ancient natural healing methods, Peaceful Acres is known for being unique. None of these things may be quite as unique, however, as the addition of GONGS to the Peaceful Acres Wellness Studio.
Gongs are one of man’s oldest therapeutic instruments, used for meditation purposes in the practice of sound immersion, or sound therapy. The sound and vibration of the gong creates a deep relaxation, excellent for reducing stress, depression and anxiety in the mind and body. In a gong meditation session, allow the deep healing bronze to help you through denial and emotional blocks to achieve a greater and higher resonance with your spiritual self. ? Wellness Studio by Peaceful Acres will feature two Subsonic gongs (36” & 40”, pictured below) to be used for meditation sessions.
Wellness Studio by Peaceful Acres will be hosting their Grand Opening/Open House Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6! Come visit us at our brand new location in Wilmington, OH. The open house will last from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. both Saturday & Sunday.
The open house will be an opportunity to meet the many talented wellness practitioners who will be joining us on this new venture. Mini-sessions will be offered for Reiki, Reflexology, Massage Therapy, Intuitive Readings, and other services. Our gift shop will also be open in the studio and is stocked full with our many wonderful lavender creations!
Visit www.peacefulacreslavenderfarm.com for directions to the studio.
Peaceful Acres is excited to announce they will soon assume a presence in downtown Wilmington. “Wellness Studios by Peaceful Acres” will be a full-scale holistic care source and wellness center located at 14 N South Street (formerly the Next to New Consignment store). The projected opening date is March 1st.
Opening a wellness studio has long been a vision of owner Kym Prell. Kym is a certified Reflexologist and Reiki master and has held regular workshops at Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm since 2009.
The center will feature several experienced healers and wellness practitioners from around the area, providing such services as Reflexology, Reiki, Massage Therapy (licensed), Tai Chi, Yoga, Self-empowerment workshops, Intuitive Readings, and Astrology readings. The new space will also feature a gift shop with Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm handmade creations as well as many other wellness products.
Adult and youth classes will be offered for the majority of services, with individual and group classes available. Designated days for “Walk-ins” will also be offered. To learn more information about Wellness Studios services and to get updates on class schedules, visit the “Wellness Studio” page at www.peacefulacreslavenderfarm.com.
Here we all are.. we have stepped into another new year.. we have been through another full cycle of another beautiful year. This however, is a year so different than any year any of us here on earth now have ever experienced.
I know this, and I can feel this with all of my being. Things are changing, everything is always changing, but it is different this time. The universe, the earth, the entire energy is crying out for healing, and crying out to be re-noticed.
Like I have said so many times before, our ancestors before us were so much more connected, to each-other and to everything around them. They knew the plants, the animals, they knew on a personal level everything around them that could be of use, and so importantly they knew and valued the exchange of energy. Giving and receiving on so many levels.
I was taking my daily walk out to the fields today, It
was a little cooler today than it has been. The sky pretty overcast, letting us
know that at any moment it could pour down and delay some of this planting we
had set on for today. I love to close my eyes as I am walking and just listen.
The birds here are amazing. There are so many sweet songs that go on further
than my hearing will allow me to take in. We have quite a collection of so many
kinds of birds, and the melody change walking from the woods to out in the
fields is like changing the channel on the radio. The fields are so full of
killdeers and red-winged blackbirds right now. The song of these two alone
would satisfy me fully. The red-winged black bird males love our nature field,
all of the nice tall slender left over stalks from last years wildflowers make
excellent standing grounds for them to perch their amazing bodies and blast out
their impressive song to all of the ladies around.
The killdeer have become quite fond of our mounded
lavender rows. Their little legs seem to get much more running and exercise
than most birds. If you have never seen a mother bird put on the most
extravagant display of distraction, you have not been close to a killdeer nest!
Last year was the first time I experienced this. It was early spring and I was
checking out the winter ice damage in the rows.After hearing several displays of a racket coming from a nearby bird, I
was so alarmed to see that this one seemed to be severely injured. It flapped
around horribly on the ground, one wing spread out and curved. “Aw! poor bird”
I was already thinking of placed I could call that surely would know how to
save this birds wing. I turned towards it, changed my direction and up up and
away it went. Good as new. That mamma sure did distract me from the direction I
was heading.. straight towards its nest it had decided to make in the middle of
a half dead lavender plant. That is a smart bird! Also one of my favorite to
listen to may I add. Their tweeting repetitive sound, their white ringed necks,
and there little slender legs make you feel like you are on the sandy ocean
shore listening to a bird that would be nested in a rocky outcrop by the edge
of the ocean water.
As I walked down the driveway this year I saw the same
marvelous display, although I was not being tricked this time. The Earthship
has now become a wonderful nesting community for them, and I am very happy to
open up an apartment community for these beautiful creatures anytime.
The barn swallows have not yet returned this year. I
reluctantly decided removing the mud packed nests in the barn from last year
was the only direction I could go with them. Not much further in the season in
2007 they had chased out all of the red-winged black birds, killdeer, mourning
doves, and any other flying creature around. Although I have a childlike
passion for birds, these mean little bullies are no longer welcome on this
harmonious farm. Even if they do return I believe our killdeer population has
definitely outnumbered what they used to be and maybe they could work something
My next objective here is to help the little traveling
hummingbirds find the acre of lavender yummyness. They have returned like they
do every year to the trusty feeders we have in the woods. Although lavender is
said to be a favorite of hummingbirds, I have come to the conclusion that since
we have no blooms early season when the scouts are around, they are missing
what is there for them the rest of the year. I had wanted to get the feeders
closer to the field for them, but may have missed my early season opportunity
for that. Hopefully with the helpful watch of visitors to our farm this year we
will see that they have discovered it on their own! I’m excited to see if we
gain these tiny marvels to the fields as well.
The simplicity of the birds, and the way they bring so
much joy into every day field work is such a simple blessing that could easily
be overlooked if there was not so much work to do out there! No matter how much
rush, or business, or list of things I am not sure how to accomplish before the
next day is in my head, soaking in the sweet songs of the birds instantly melts
it all away. So with the bucketful of nightcrawlers in the kitchen and the
luminous moon peaking through the cloudy sky, Its time to get some rest, and
look forward to what will come as the season moves on.
Peaceful Acres loves to share and enjoy the beauty of lavender .
Choose your favorite variety and help us decide next years 4 acre
planting. The farm currently grows 8 variety's of lavender. If you have a New cold weather lavender angustifolia variety
and would like to share it, please do so I would love hearing from
LAVANDULA STOECHAS ('Spanish lavender')
the Mediterranean coast France is a group of islands once called the
Stoechades by the Greeks, and from which this group of lavender derives
its name. The flower heads are characterized by what look like extra
petals on top of the flower head. Sometimes called rabbit ears or
wings, their correct name is sterile bracts. These plants bloom
throughout the summer. The foliage of L. stoechas has camphor scent.
LAVANDULA x INTERMEDIA (Sometimes called 'lavandins')
species is a natural hybrid of L. angustifolia and L. latifolia,
unfortunately all are sterile. Colors are primarily shades of violets
and purples although there are a few white varieties. Lavandula x
Intermedia hybrids have several members which are winter hardy to zone
5. Their essential oil can be five times that of L. angustifolia. They
tend to bloom several weeks later than L. angustifolia and often bloom
twice in the season. Many of these varieties are bred so the dried buds
fall easily from the stems. This makes collecting dried buds simple.
LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (L. vera, L. officinalis, true lavender, L. spica, Dutch lavender, English lavender)
are known as English lavenders. One of the largest lavender species, it
contains the most winter-hardy and colorful varieties. Some are small
enough for the rock garden, others large enough to make a statement!
The earliest lavenders to bloom in the garden, most will bloom in June
or July and again in August and September.
Lavandula x Intermedia 'GROSSO'
Plant height: 28"
Flowering height: 40"
Bud 'Grosso' was discovered in France in 1972. At the time, L x intermedia
'Abrialii' was commonly grown for oil, and being affected by disease.
Someone noticed how healthy the 'Grosso' plants were, and gradually it
became the popular commercial variety.
Lavandula angustifolia 'ENGLISH' (L. vera, L. officinalis, true lavender, L. spica, Dutch lavender, English lavender)
Plant height: 16-20" Flowering height: 20-24' Bud 'Munstead,' they
bred the plants until they produced lavender that would grow true to
type from seed and bloom in the first year. This is quite an
achievement, as most lavenders, whether started as cuttings or from
seed, bloom in the second year. To achieve bloom in the first year, you
need to start the seed indoors in January or February. It benefits from
pruning to keep its size and shape.
Plant height: 12-16" Flowering height: 16-20" Bud 'Munstead'
is the most winter hardy of all the lavenders. Although shown here as
winter hardy to zone 5. Grown since the early 1900's. Flowers tend to
appear bunched in a group about 1" long at the top of the flower spike.
All about "Growing Lavender" purchase on our website or our Lavender Gift Shop.
The farm has over 1200 plants ready for the fields beginning of May!
CERTIFIED ORGANIC produce this year includes Tomatoes of many kinds, tomatillos, peppers, squash, watermelon, orange sherbert melon, lavender, sweet marjoram, mint, onions, potatoes, lettuce, chives, basil, broccoli, green beans, snap peas, & spinach.
For the 2010 season red & black raspberry's, strawberry's, & blueberry's will be available for HANDPICK.
Our goal here as a Lavender farm is to increase our Lavender production from 1 full acres to a total of 5 ACRES next season!! Yes 5 acres of LAVENDER, we will be the largest lavender farm in the whole MIDWEST and most of the US. Production for the next three years will also include some produce but transforming into a full FRUIT FARM by 2011!!
Help support BUY LOCAL and join our farm share program to guarantee produce weekly!
See you in JUNE for our Lavender Field Day, lot's of workshops, food, live music, and a day among the fully bloomed Lavender! Everyone must see this so come on out you will be happy!!
Season is here and the great spring rain has past for the next several days leaving us with warm temperatures and an abundance of MORREL mushrooms waiting to be harvested.
Hunt on the Eastern and Northern facing slopes. They can be found under honey suckle bushes, leaves, trail edges and near any old fire burn pile. Definitely check around your back yard fire pit. There here so be vigilant and have a great hunting season this weekend. I know we will in between the field preparations.
Come back and post your harvest for all of us to see. We will also be posting some Morrel recipes after this weekend.
Calling for all LOCAL WOMEN to come enjoy a FULL MOON GATHERING with me here among the shooting Lavender fields.
Friday May 8, 6pmPotluck (bring a dish or drink to share), bring a chair or blanket, any smudging herbs and in site to the phase of the moon.
THIS FULL MOON in Scorpio!
Moons are the right time for bringing in the new. Full Moons are the right time
for celebrating and reveling in successes. Each month the New and
Full Moons fall in opposing astrological signs, which rule different qualities
and aspects of life. You can use these times to work on specific issues, hopes,
desires and goals that correspond to the astrological energies of the Moon phase. Connecting
with the monthly rhythms of our own internal biological and emotional/intuitive
clocks can greatly increase our ability to fulfill dreams and goals.
a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, lavender, thyme, rosemary, and
olive oil; rub mixture onto the pork chops. Cover the chops with
plastic wrap and let sit 1 to 2 hours at room temperature.
barbecue grill. Place pork chops onto hot grill. Cover barbecue with
lid, open any vents, and grill 4 to 5 minutes; turn and grill an
additional 3 to 4 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches
155°F on a meat thermometer. Remove from barbecue and serve.
Well it's coming along. The Earthship has a roof.....almost! The two
smaller rooms have beams and deck boards installed. I
have found it is a bit harder to work with ruff cut lumber rather than
traditional pine. Heavier, crooked, twisted and as heavy as you can
imagine. I'm thankful for good friends helping bring this to reality.
Another chapter of my life fulfilling at the blink of an eye. I think
somehow I need to dedicate this building to these friends that helped
with trash to construction. Keep your heads right because it's not over
yet. We still need everyone's help.
NEW EARTHSHIP QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS Will you see my beer cans I bring over inside the Earthship? No!
All cans, bottles and tires will be sealed from outside to inside. No
Recycled trash will seen except the creative art light designs in the
walls. Visit http://www.earthship.net here you will see how beautiful
these Earthships really are. I think their just glad you're not living in it! A
comment from a friend that must have been discussed some where around
town. I know it meant no harm but the thought of citizens in the
community worried about what doesn't have anything to do with them is
oblivious! This structure is more reliable, stronger, sound, self
sustainable than any conventional home built today. My Comments:WELL,
this Earthship project is aimed for storing our lavender products with
out wasting materials for such a place. This is the original idea
bringing people to our farm for agricultural/recreational use and still
our plans for the future. But considering our economy and the down ward
spiral we are still in, if some how, some time bad comes of it all then
Yes we will have to move into the Earthship. Rules would be followed
and I'm sure inspection of some kind would be needed. Seriously come
on, no utility bills, no heating necessary. A place to live on our land
with no house payment. Who wouldn't want to live in something they
built that's a self efficient, self sustainable dream? It would look
the same weather we lived in it our not. The only difference is our
Earthship will be here for many of my family generations!
It is important to know
that perfume oils also known as fragrance oils or "fragrances" are not
the same as essential oils. Perfume oils and fragrances contain
unnatural chemicals and do not provide the therapeutic benefits of
essential oils. Unfortunately, many companies improperly use the term
aromatherapy on products that contain unnatural and perfume oils, so
it's important to look at the ingredient label when seeking true aromatherapy product.
No harmful synthetic chemicals used in any of our products. We
never use solvent extracted oil (even though it's much
cheaper), harmful synthetic chemicals, preservatives, petroleum
products, artificial dyes, or synthetic fragrance oils.
Why? Because natural matters! With so many companies falsely claiming
to be "all natural", we're proud to say that our commitment to natural
is real. We even went the extra step and use Organic Oils in all our
We have made it through all the complicated paperwork for our ORGANIC
certification. All our Lavender, Produce, Woodlot, Soaps & Lotion
will be certified by summer! The 20 farm acres fit all requirements.
The years of documentation & no cigarette butts paid off.
I just can't believe how involved certification is. It felt like we were buying another house.
I'll make a deal, the first person to find a cigarette butt on the property gets a $50 gift card to our gift shop!!