Fall has definitely arrived, with sunny cool days, and cold nights, we've already had a frost and our mountains landscape has turned to a beautiful golden color. The outside gardens have been hit by frost, so just beets and carrots, the hardy vegetables remain. Donna is working diligently to convert the dome to winter hardy crops such as lettuce, arugula, chard and many types of kale.
As summer winds down here at the Mothership we already feel the shift in the weather patterns that are a harbinger of Fall. Hail last week pummeled our outside gardens, and there were actually plows out in the mountains.
If we were to pick anyone who exemplifies the type of person Acutonics embodies (or attracts, or “produces”), we’d have to put Dr. Alicia Villamarin at the top of the list.
Erin Taylor grew up around music. Her mother played the piano. Her sister grew up to compose classical music. And Taylor played music by ear and sang. Though she didn’t just sing—a friend of the family was a music producer, and he’d sometimes record Taylor and her brother and sister. She’s been immersed in sound, then, for as far back as she can remember. So of course Acutonics would find her.
Eeka King, who practices Acutonics down in Brunswick Heads, Australia, came to Acutonics through chanting. “Several years ago, I’d started to experience benefits in my life from chanting certain sounds,” explains King, who’d just completed another week of teacher training with Ellen Franklin and Donna Carey.
The vision for Acutonics has always been that we would create an in-depth applied methodology that facilitates people's healing and the innate wisdom of the body to heal. We are not "healers", we assist others in their journey and their re-discovery of the inborn wisdom of the body to shift and repair. We provide tools that aid in this process (tuning forks, chimes, and gongs) and use them in combination with a 5000-year-old medicine.
Karen Saura has been a public school teacher in the San Francisco Bay area since 2001. She is currently teaching middle school science. Karen also tutors and works as a substitute teacher from kindergarten to twelfth grade, including students in Juvenile Hall. She has been integrating tuning forks into the classroom since 2012, with amazing results.
Many of you who have visited the Mothership have seen first hand that we are engaged year round in sustainable farming and small-scale wine production. These efforts are under the direction of Donna Carey, our chief alchemist, who in this blog post, shares some of her approaches for incorporating the use of tuning forks into the different stages of fermentation resulting in an exceptional tasting wine.
My life this season has been about shoveling. Snow, snow, and more snow; as we shovel paths, roofs, cars, and entrances to buildings. We are fortunate to have a tractor outfitted with plow and chains, although that does not help with the paths to the growing dome, root cellar, and between our many buildings. It is challenging to keep the property plowed, sanded, and de-iced.
In this month’s Acutonics newsletter senior faculty members Paul and Jude Ponton share their perspective on summer, the Fire Element, and the heart as a gateway to our authentic spirit or Shen. Their contribution prompted me to think about Pluto and the recent New Horizons discovery of a frozen plain in the heart of Pluto’s heart.