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* LunaBella Labyrinth
My husband and I have the privilege to live on acres of prairie fields in the heartland of Lawrence, Kansas.
Our goal has been to create a sacred space with our home and land; a sanctuary for our hearts and those that visit;
a place where we can live in harmony with nature.
We are in the process of creating sacred land altars for ceremonial gatherings that also hold positive intention for our community and the
planet. We are growing our own herbs, flowers and vegetables that support us living in harmony with the land we live on. These are taking the form of the
key botanical ingredients for aromatic products and plant spirit medicines of my own creation
as well as delicious and nutritious food of our own ingestion!.
Our goal at Luna Bella is to be responsible caretakers for all that is alive on the land and to grow in oneness with it. All of our
creativity is housed here and it is where our spirits feel connected to the whole.
We are dreaming lavender fields, labyrinth walks, ceremonial fires, and so much more.
Check here often for fun, aromatic products, recipes, a planned LunaBella cookbook, gatherings, herb walks, workshops, etc
all at Luna
Bella - Home of the Moon Goddess.
Note: (June 22, 2014) Q: What's going on with the labyrinth? A: Our Johnny-on-the-spot electric utility, Kaw Valley Electric, needed to do something with trenching/boring new lines along the fence line across the front of the property. That part was expected. Three separate conversations were had about them not hurting the labyrinth or needing to be that far onto the property. This all proceeded according to plan until, just as the work was basically complete and absolutely no one needed to be that far onto the property, some unconscious, disrespectful cowboy on their crew decided it would be a great idea to go off-roading on our land. And he laid tracks through the labyrinth.
I have taken time and effort to rake the offended spots back into as good of shape as possible, and the labyrinth is on its way back to health, but it will just take some time for new growth to cover over certain bits. The labyrinth got violated and needs your love. Please come walk it. From within the vortex of the labyrinth that outside stuff doesn't have to bother anyone. If you have received peace from within your walks here, please consider coming, including thoughts of restoration and sending some love back to the labyrinth. It wants and needs to be walked. Sacred sites have been desecrated-- consciously or unconsciously-- throughout history. More deeply anchoring the intention behind this site is how we bring it back.
Call it a prayer walk, meditation, think time or just a walk on sacred, stewarded land-- you will feel burdens ease and fears quiet as you spiral in, then back out of the labyrinth. At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are. To walk the labyrinth is a metaphor in the physical, of taking an act of power:
1. Stating your intention to, or making your request of, the Universe as you spiral inward. What do you wish to let go of, receive, pray for, become more of, etc.?
2. Listening for, and receiving your wisdom, information, illumination, answer or blessing from within the center. Stay here as long as you wish.
3. Acknowledging that all is now unfolding in divine timing, and offering up heartfelt gratitude as you wind your way back out into the "real world". In other words-- here you may take time to find "that still small voice within". Here all are welcome. Contemplation is a vital part of every tradition on the planet, and we honor the wisdom of all traditions.
There are many ways to walk and many ways to pray. Allow yourself your way. There is no right way. If you want to cry, allow yourself the tears; if you want to laugh, allow that as well; each person reacts to the labyrinth differently. It may not be a feel good or moving experience for everyone every time, but as you stick with it-- returning over time-- it will change you, and you will come to find your peace.
Fall/Winter hours: Mon-Fri: sun-up till sunset, Sat-Sun: sun-up till 4pm. No need to call first, unless you have special group considerations. Admission-- free.
There has been a slight problem recently with people not respecting the privacy of the house and residents. To that effect:
- Please park at the bottom of the driveway as directed by the sign.
- Walk along the fence line to where the message board is, then follow the path as directed by that sign.
- And please do not disturb residents. This thing stays doable for us, and will remain available to you, only so long as we can maintain our schedule and commitments.
- If you notice anyone nosing around or acting suspiciously please help us, and notify the police. If we catch anyone nosing around the house we will issue a criminal trespass warning and call the police as well.
For more information call (785/887-1030) or email Joan or David to schedule.
Click here to download Full-Color Flyer in pdf format (~540kb). Includes map, directions, rules/guidelines, the story of LunaBella labyrinth, etc.
Can't get here to walk LunaBella Labyrinth? Then Click here to download a LunaBella Finger Labyrinth (pdf, 1.3mb)! Print it off, trace the path with your finger and achieve the same effect from wherever you are!
If you got here by way of a search for LunaBella Labyrinth and wish to know more about us, this is the website of Joan Clark. We hope you will look around and learn of all-natural Perfumery and Aromatherapy by way of the Goddess Aromaetica, Pet Alchemist all-natural petcare and other lines; empowering classes and retreats for women; sacred travel; Joan of Art; intuitive, holistic healing treatments and more. For the work of David please visit www.dbhealer.com, www.oneworldflag.org, and www.hyphenate.org.
LunaBella Labyrinth in the press:
Gardeners Pain Relief Blend. A perfect gardening companion that will help soothe and comfort sore muscles that may accompany enthusiastic gardners. An
invigorating blend of peppermint, birch, tarragon, marjoram infused in a base oil of arnica, st. john's wort, jojoba and fractionated coconut oil. Use: Massage
into muscles before gardening and again After your bath/shower. 4 oz. Blend - $14.95
This item can be found in the seasonal product line area of my aromatherapy page.
More products to be unveiled soon!
Aromatic Lifestyle Recipes (from the upcoming LunaBella Cookbook):
Summer is the time we begin to create wonderful products from our garden. Try a few of these ideas.
Out the Back Door Pesto Sauce
My sister Tina came to visit me, and one night as I was preparing our dinner I kept going outside and bringing in fresh herbs. As she sat there and watched me create a pesto from the back garden she was amazed at
how everything in the pesto sauce came directly from the garden outside my back door. She laughed and said, "This pesto sauce should be called 'Out the back door pesto sauce'". So in memory of this great time
together and also in seeing how this encouraged her to start her own herb garden, I have named this pesto sauce for her, the amazing gift of sisterhood, and the sharing of our lives, our hearts and our woman wisdom.
Basil (3 types)
Organic Olive Oil
Organic balsamic vinegar
Strawberry Spinach and Organic Green Salad
My favorite things to make in the summer are delicious salads that not only taste good but can also be beautiful to look at.I love using hydrosols to wash the greens and mist them with, as well as soaking some
fresh fruit in them.
This particular salad is made with fresh strawberries soaked in rose hydrosol and combined with greens that have been cleaned and tossed in a strawberry rose hydrosol dressing. I hope you will enjoy creating
this for yourself, and your loved ones.
First prepare Strawberry Balsamic Vinegrette dressing:
Fresh Strawberries soaked in rose water, then mashed with
a teaspoon of organic honey
balsamic vinegar and organic olive oil to your taste
a pinch of sea salt
a dash of dry mustard
1 teaspoon of horseradish and
15 ml of rose hydrosol
Mix together and allow to marinate.
Fresh Spinach and organic greens misted with rosewater
Fresh Strawberries cleaned with rose water, cut and diced
Organic green onions
Gorgonzola Cheese Crumbles
Toss together lightly.
Jasmine Goddess Sun Tea with Jasmine Honey
1 tablespoon Jasmine Moon summer Thyme Seasonal Tea (purchased from the season's Goddess Aromaetica)
1 gallon of spring water
1 oz Rose Hydrosol
1 tablespoon Jasmine Moon Honey (also from the seasonal line)
Mix together tea, water and hydrosol. Let sit in sun in covered container for 4 or more hours.
Drain off tea, add honey and stir. Place over ice and add fresh strawberry _s or lemon wedge to the glass.
Roma-matic Salad with Garlic and Feta
Fresh tomatoes combined with garlic, basil and feta make a wonderful salad that goes great with fish, pasta or just buy itself.
6 Roma Tomatoes or any tomatoes cut lengthwise
1-3 Cloves of Garlic peeled and sliced
1 cup Fresh Basil cut into strips
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Organic Honey
1 1/2 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
2 ounces of Feta Cheese crumbled
In large bowl toss together tomatoes, garlic, basil olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and cheese. Toss and put in refrigerator for 10 minutes before serving.
Gorgonzola Spinach Salad
In a large bowl place the above ingridients and then toss with Luna Bella Blue Berry Dressing.
Luna Bella Blueberry Dressing
1/2 cup of Olive Oil
1 cup of Blueberries
1/3 cup of Balsamic Vinegar
a dash of Sea Salt
2 tablespoons of Lavender Honey
Mash blueberries to liquid consistency. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and, lastly, a dash of salt to taste.
Rosewater Lemonade Tonic
16 oz of pink organic lemonade
2 oz of rosewater hydrosol
1 jigger of vodka (for those who imbibe), or 4-6 oz. sparkling white grape juice
shake well-- refrigerate
Serve over crushed ice with fresh cut lemons. Sip as you enjoy the Spring sunsets or while you are entertaining guests on the veranda.
Please come back for more seasonal recipes, to be posted as the mood hits me.