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~ Warm Welcome ~
This web-site serves as a gathering place for information on the variety of arts and services offered at this little homestead on Freedom Pond.
As much of this began with Mothers' Moon at the heart of everything, you will find the most sub-categories (signified by the hyphen mark - ) beneath it. Any commercial pages on the site will by marked by an asterisk (*) and I hope these symbols will help with navagation. Here also are short cuts to The Sugar Tree and Storyteller Moon pages, lest they get lost in the scrolling.
Please accept this invite to pour yourself a cup of herbal tea and have a look around.
The attraction to these moon names somewhat explained: The moon, in many cultures, is thought to be a feminine force, with it’s twenty-eight day cycle around the earth controlling the tides of the ocean and women’s menstrual flow. Women have long gathered to celebrate themselves and their connection to the phases of the moon, often beneath a full moon….which is said to represent fertility. In my own experience, time spent beneath the full moon by myself or with others is always very centering, peaceful, renewing & inspiring…. especially as it reflects over the water here at Freedom Pond. So the art that I was doing at the time we moved here in 1996, the herbal blends I made, the beeswax candles I dipped, the women’s gatherings, and all that sprang forth from me, I half jokingly called “Freedom Pond Moon-works“... long before I had any ideas of having a business. Here I wanted the women’s full moon gatherings to be like food for the soul, with each month being another celebration of the small or grand changes of the seasons and of our lives. There are names to each month’s particular moon, and though you've probably heard of the “Harvest Moon”, there are others, and we try to observe them each in our own ways. We honored a very special full May moon one year, called the “Mothers Moon” And I thought that was just so beautiful, it became the phrase I took for my doula support, and labeled my related products as such. When the publishing company I sold books for, Barefoot Books, released a new title in 2003 I Took The Moon for a Walk I created an event around it, and Barefoot On the Moon was the theme for the day...but it came back to me through another reference later, and is now the main focus of "The Storytellers' Books", my traveling book business. Storyteller Moon evolved out of so many wonderous ideas and creations, and it just seems to make sense. These three 'moons'... all part of who I am.