Turn To Nature
Kate: [00:00:00] This is the place of community connection, where we honor and celebrate each individual's unique gifts and passions,
Jeanette: share rituals for all the seasons and
cycles of life
Kate: and bring light to both ancient and modern practices that transform communities
Jeanette: to the new
earth paradigm. One that is more loving,
and life affirming
this is the Nourish collective. And we're your hosts I'm Jeanette Sealy
Kate: and I'm Kate Strakosch. And we're so grateful that you're here with us to take this journey, to grow, to explore and weave together magic and wisdom.
Jeanette: We are so excited to welcome our first official guest to the Nourish collective podcast, Georgia Louise. So happy to have you here. Thank you. So I'm going to [00:01:00] do a little introduction and just share, you know, some of the beauty that you're creating. You've completed two years at the Gaia school of healing with Sage more.
And you graduated with certificate and herbalism. She learned not only how to make medicine, but how to be an advocate for the earth through reciprocal practices and ceremony. Georgia was taught to connect with plants through guided tea meditations, building a relationship with each plant spirit, one by one.
Georgia continues. Her journey, like getting outdoors in her local habitat and communing the plants. That's around her connecting with local herbalists and wisdom seekers from all over. She's created turn to nature, which is a way for her to share her journey with plant medicine. She finds herbalism to have healing qualities that can support one's processing, coming back to themselves, allowing each [00:02:00] person to be their own guide.
She believes that individuals have the ability to heal themselves through earth-based education and internal listening. And Georgia loves to lead plant meditation's as a way to let the heart guide you to the wisdom that is available to us. All allowing Gaia, the earth mother, to guide us back home. So beautiful Georgia.
Georgia: Thank you. Even just hearing you relay that back. I'm like. Wow. That's nice. That feels good. So thank you for reading that and introducing me
Jeanette: so happy I haven't here and you and Kate have a very special relationship for a long time now, right? Yes, yes. Yeah. About incredible. Yeah. It's been special on so many levels to meet you as a person and to get to know you and to watch you really find your passion with what you've been creating and your devotion to it.
Kate: [00:03:00] Just a beautiful reminder and letting your heart for you to totally. We met through, we joke, but through chatting about a Yoni egg, and then talking more about Yoni health and women's health, and then getting to learn more about your own personal health. And then as the universe weaves prayers together, I prayed to find someone to come on board and help and Senator gates.
And you had emailed that morning looking for a job. And that was just such a, a nice way to work together in that way. It also, I feel like for both of us, we said a beautiful space for you to grow and explore, focusing on detoxification nervous system, the curiosity of just blending different herbs, you weren't, at that point, you had a garden set up in
Georgia: ocean port.
It was at my partner Taylor's grandmother's house. That was the first garden that I really tended to aside from when I was [00:04:00] younger with my grandma. So. So it was your grandmother, first person to teach you about connected to that though. She definitely was. She was known for her garden and flowers and I just love thinking about that.
And she, I remember would try to have all the kids over to help her in the garden. And she started a food garden and she had watermelons and tomatoes. And at that time I was not for it. I was like, I don't have time for that, you know, but looking back, yeah. I just think of her every time I'm in the garden, every time I'm planting a flower, it's like, you know, I kind of roll my eyes at myself.
Like how could you not rhythm more, but also can, you know, find the joy in those memories of like it's in my ancestry, my grandmother was gardening and you know, you know, so many people before her, too, their stories of, , people in my family. You know, growing roses and award [00:05:00] winning roses actually.
Yeah, I think my great, great grandmother. I could be wrong there. And then my mom's side, like growing potatoes and cabbages. So just always thinking back that like our, all of our ancestors have had their hands in the dirt and working with plants, but yes. My grandmother was definitely a big influence in my life.
Yeah. And then from there then you started, yeah. Yeah. I kind of got pulled back into gardening with my partner Taylor. He he had went through his whole, his own health journey and, you know, created this beautiful garden behind his grandmother's house, Myrtle and, you know, Has been hooked ever since.
And he kind of does the food and I do the herbs and it's this great balance where we can kind of meet each other and, you know, enjoy just gardening together and connecting with the earth is [00:06:00] it's. It's really lovely. Yeah. And then really. True in the creations now that you've developed with your whole brand turned to nature and coming back into the wisdom of plants and the guidance and the cycles of what has transpired to current day.
Absolutely. I feel like you know, Starting on this journey. And there's so many starting points, I feel like, but just thinking about how I learned through Gaia school of healing with Sage was very much so connecting with the spirit of the plant and connecting with the energy of the plant and welcoming it into your body and your energetic frequency, and really communing there first.
And witnessing how your body responds to that plant and gaining, you know, not only knowledge of what w what's true for you, [00:07:00] but also how this plant can show up for you. And it's different for everyone because plants have so many different layers on, in how they, they work on you and work with you that, you know, learning in that way.
Blew my mind. And it was just so different from what I thought healing was or what I thought health was. It was this new kind of door that opened for me, for sure.
Jeanette (2): Yeah. I love that. When we talked about. Kind of this connection with the wisdom of plants, how would someone begin to foster that, you know, do you, I love your tea meditations and maybe you can share one with us and share what kind of steps would you tell someone who hasn't kind of walked out journey before?
Georgia: Absolutely. And it can be so simple as, you know, plants in your home or weeds [00:08:00] outside that are growing near you because something that I learned. Through my teacher was the plants that are calling to you are growing closest to you. And like, and it's as simple as that. It's like there's dandelions and chickweed and cleavers.
And it's funny because when, once you start tuning in and to your environment and seeing what is growing closest to you, it's pretty incredible to then learn about that plant and see how it actually is. Working with you and showing up for you. So for example, dandelions and I'm sure we all have a connection and a story with dandelions.
But that was really one of the first herbal allies for me. And it's this, you know, you think of, it's a bright plan. It's yellow. So you think of the solar plexus and you can use the leaves, the flowers and the roots. And it's really good for stimulant stimulating [00:09:00] digestion, supportive to the liver. It's a dire Reddick.
But just sitting with dandelion, if you just sat outside with dandelion, kind of asked for the spirit of dandelion to come sit with you and come join you and ask for its wisdom. And just kind of being open to what shows up and staying curious. And even if you're thinking, am I doing this right? Or is this working?
And, you know, those thoughts are definitely going to come through. And when you're starting this simple practice, it's about It's about building that relationship and keep showing up. And it is a slow, slow process, but that's also part of the medicine is like slowing down and tuning in with yourself and tuning in with this plant and arrival.
And I think that takes us a little bit, you know, it takes a little while to just sit and arrive [00:10:00] and the more that you do it, the more starts to come through. And that's when the juicy part of the practice starts to like, you know, happen. So it's just hanging in there for the awkward moments of like, I'm sitting with the dandelion plant, is this working dandelion spirit, please come through or, you know, and you're like, oh yeah.
But yeah, that's beautiful. And again, it makes me wonder in VR, living, slowing down to experience and have plants and light and full bloom all year long, but honoring the stillness to watch. Totally. And then you think of like the cyclical kind of lessons that you start to learn with first year getting to know your surroundings and then it's like feeding into the.
The the cycles of the seasons and it just builds and the practice builds, and then you're starting to really tune in with the Earth's rhythms and then how your body responds to those rhythms and [00:11:00] like sinking into it all. Yeah.
Jeanette: We need so much more of that. And I know Kate, how you said, like the art of living, it's a big part of it. It's necessary for us to begin to slow down, pay more attention. Yeah.
Kate: And even to, we are here together in April. Yeah, just visualizing your garden for what it is right now and your new project that you're working on with the farm.
what it will look like. And, and the energy that is part of it in mid-summer and then coming through into the harvest season and celebrating, and then extracting all those lessons.
Kate: Can you share more about your new endeavor, for sure.
Georgia: So I was blessed with land on, I used to work at Oasis with a [00:12:00] coworker of mine, Rob, and him and his brother.
They would do the CSA for Oasis and we've always stayed in contact and, you know, just being in the growing world in the herb world, I always would put it out there. Like I just want to grow herbs. I just want to grow. Or it's like, that's a dream. And there were some other opportunities that like came by and I, it didn't feel completely right.
But anyway, he has this he has farmland on family land in farmingdale, and he offered me a little piece of it, which for me was a big piece, you know, I've never grown this much and yeah. So I kind of kept it very quiet. And to myself, it was like, kind of like when spring happens, it's like that fresh newborn baby where you're like not ready for the world yet.
And I only had just put little seeds in and I was like, is this really happening? And then I started digging the dirt and putting the beds together and I got the compost. And after [00:13:00] that of putting my time and energy into the land, I was like, okay, here we are. This is happening. And it was one of those things where I've never felt so much.
Support things are just unfolding and things are unfolding that are just lining up. And there's a, there's a sense of ease and it feels really good. Yeah. I'm so excited.
Jeanette: It makes me think of, a few years ago, maybe close to a decade or at the United nations that that would have the best things we can do for humanity is each have our own gardens. It's really a powerful statement by them, but kind of this idea of food sovereignty and reconnecting with nature and tending to the land and listening to the wisdom of plants, it really brings us home to what's true.
And what's important. [00:14:00] So I'm just thrilled for you and for the community. You're going to be sharing this with
Georgia: I know., I know it'll
be a lot more herbs than I'll need for, so I'm hoping that's my kind of next step is getting some hands to help me, which that it seems like there's plenty of people that want to come help and then seeing how to bring it to the community.
So, yeah, I'm excited. But I also speaking to like, Everyone should have be growing, you know, even just a little bit of their food herbs. Zach Bush, I remember him saying, you know, when he starts working with someone, he would always recommend like start growing your food. And that just like, I remember hearing that and being like, wow, a doctor's telling a patient to grow their own food.
And I was like, that's a revolutionary, like, wow. Like I've never heard that. And I just got really excited about that, but yeah, I think everyone should grow. Something. Yeah. Yeah. What are you most excited about for the [00:15:00] next, the season of spring and summer upon us? I think, Ooh, warm weather. I know we're all like the I think just growing more and being out on the land more and in a way that I've never done before and having this kind of.
New potential and new. I think just the newness of this, like, I'm really excited that I can plant a bunch of Rosa GOSO plants, and I really just want to plant a lot of roses and yeah, and just see how this unfolds and really excited about it.
Kate: It's such a lesson in letting go and surrender. As a part of working with the earth, right?
So we can tend in the best way and try to control as much as we can, but really this higher forest have seeds of planted who blooms and who blossoms. The [00:16:00] ones that don't sprout. And to look at that as a lesson in the big spectrum of life and the journey, and easy to sit and have a conversation. Someone had never gotten their hands in dirt before and really inspiring this year to come back, even if it's a pot and they're the patio, what would the first step in guidance and offering some support people,
Georgia: I think starting small and knowing that you can always build off of that
because there's so much potential in what you can do, that you can get overwhelmed and defeated by what you're not doing. So. And an herb that I think brings me a lot, like lots of joys calendula. And I think it's like a family herbs that like everyone can, first of all, I think it's super easy to grow and it's really versatile.
So you can [00:17:00] dry it and make an oil with it. You can use it as a tea and it's edible too. So you can like sprinkle some of the pedals on like salad. So. That one I love and it's super good. You know, the L you know, the lymphatic system and, you know, antifungal antibacterial good for digestion. So I think, you know, finding herbs that call to you, but also starting small and even resistant to say this, but like oregano, you know, because that sounds so boring, but like oregano is such a powerful plant and it's delicious, even if you cook with it But yeah, time is another one, especially with all the like respiratory stuff, like having fresh time and doing like herbal steam pots for your lungs is super good.
Or just having it for food again, but starting small it be and being okay with that, you know, and, you know, every year being, and just knowing that the next there's going to be another spring and another summer, and that always [00:18:00] getting excited to build on top of where you just were, you know?
It feels very inviting and approachable. Yeah. It can get overwhelming. Yeah.
How would you feel about leading us into a little bit of a team meditation? We have this beautiful new here it's yeah, for sure. Was to move water. Yeah. So this blend I created I created. So I'm taking this seven month blue Lotus course with this woman, Adrian, and it's beautiful. My friend, Laurie actually is the one who showed it to me and I, I signed up, but this was created Kind of as an ode to that, it was during a sacral shocker month.
And so it's blue Lotus butterfly BluePay, which is another super, like it's like a sister ally GotU, Kola, [00:19:00] passion, flower, rose, Juju bees Tulsi. And I think that might be it, but it's super relaxing and super good for the nervous system. But yes, I would love to lead you through a. I take meditation. So I'll pour us some
and T meditations can be done with, you know, just how I learned was with just one herb. And I love it to do it that way, because then you can kind of focus your, your attention on one specific energy.
Having tea blends are great too.
A little more,
a beautiful color. Yeah. That's the blue paint. She's incredible. She's actually I think [00:20:00] I'm going to come, going to get the same family has red Clover and I'm totally spacing, but she's a nourishing earth, which is kind of cool.
I, you know, when I went to Thailand, she was growing all over something like Asia. Yeah, the tropics, but she also grows in she was growing in Florida when I visited Lori. And that's when we really like communed with her. We brought her to this. We went to the Springs in Florida and yeah, I feel like our third eyes just kind of opened and we were just in this dreamy kind of water, watery world.
So I always ask everyone to hold the tea right in front of their heart space and just settling in and taking a few deep breaths.[00:21:00]
Just opening up to your senses,
feeling your body in this moment,
hearing any noises around you,
bringing the nose up to your cup, just to smell. And awaken your senses,
inviting the plans of this blend to come commune with us,
inviting them into our [00:22:00] sacred circle.
Maybe anointing your third eye, dipping a finger into your tea,
anointed your throat, or your heart. If you feel called to
breathing into your heart center.
Awakening your heart perception,
asking the herbs to meet you here,
meeting you here in your sacred center.[00:23:00]
And when you're ready taking a sip of tea,
allowing the team to awaken the sense senses of taste.
Following the T from your mouth down your throat, past your heart, into your ballet,
inviting the plant spirits of butterfly blue page. Lotus Tulsi, go to [00:24:00] Cola, rose and Juju being to join us,
taking a sip whenever you feel called.
Maybe one of these plants is calling out to you and focusing in on that particular one,
invading the medicine of the spirit to come into your body.
When you receive it at a cellular level,
breathing into the wisdom that this plant is [00:25:00] offering you.
Asking it to share messages with you.
Maybe it's a color or word that comes through.
Maybe it's a sensation in your body
taking another sip of tea,
asking the plant spirit to show up in your body where it's needed most.[00:26:00]
Just placing a hand there,
breathing into this space,
into the energy that's being stored here,
allowing it to rise. To be seen and felt
asking for any last messages to come through.[00:27:00]
Thinking the plant spirit for showing up
per communing with us.
Thank you for it's medicine.
And slowly returning opening your eyes when you feel ready.
Thank you. [00:28:00] Felt like such a soft invitation to just really move in to the body and to just experience all the medicine, each of the plants. Totally. Yeah. Thank you. We'd be listening. And you had the opportunity to just imagine, or have your own cup of tea and connect with those herbs and how they're moving through your body in that beautiful way.
That's just such an invitation to have every cup of tea be ceremony. I love it. Yeah. It's different than the fast paced. You know, pills and I've got to get my supplements in and which I do, but it is an invitation to slow down and the feel of the medicine that's being offered to us. Yeah. Can you offer live in prison to meditate [00:29:00] in New Jersey?
Yes. Where can people find out about what you offer? Definitely. My Instagram is probably the where I'm the most active and we'll update and share dates and times. So turn to nature on Instagram and. And we'll make sure to put everything in the show notes so people can connected, connected you and even purchase from you online.
Right? So people who are not local are absolutely has, this is your work and the oils and tea blends that you've created that I've had the privilege of experiencing are also magnificent. Thank you really, really, really special. Thank you so much. I love making. And you do a lot of work with personalizing customizing.
Absolutely. Indigenous people can share. Yeah. I have a lot of people reach out through my [00:30:00] website. Well, have my email address on there or through social media and I can definitely work with customizing blends. Yeah. I'd love to do that. Thank you for sharing all these gifts, being part of this, of course, such a joy to be with you to spend time together and to experience your gifts, which are so profound.
Thank you so much. Thank you, Georgia. Thank you doing that in Kate. I really appreciate it. We'll share more of your magic. Absolutely. Thank you.