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 28-01-2010 07:33:16 AM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

Recently, I met with four friends, to see if I could help them to progress a business venture they had in mind. When the meeting finished, I was the fifth member of a new partnership. We will be growing herbs for medicinal purposes, using the principles of Nature Intelligence, in order to promote well-being and fun. In so many ways, it seems completely bonkers - I love it! Ian x

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 28-01-2010 10:08:44 AM
Kim
Kim
From: United Kingdom

Sounds like a great venture! I used to have a huge garden with a lot of herbs and used quite a lot medicinally. Good luck!! I'm interested to know how you get on

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 29-01-2010 07:25:06 AM
Jon
Jon
From: New Zealand

Excellent Ian, great idea. Herbs are our first medicine.

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 30-01-2010 06:46:59 AM
Helen
Helen
From: United Kingdom

Herbs may well be our first medicine, but try convincing the pharma companies about that! Considering the current legislation about 'alternative medicine', Ian, I wonder if you know what you're getting yourself into?? Or what vast quantities you will have to grow to make it viable?

I take my hat off to you though - crazy is good!!! :)

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 1-02-2010 01:43:56 PM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

Thanks for your support and encouragement!
We have a strategic plan, fully costed business and marketing plans, and a detailed SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats - if you have managed to avoid the concept up until now!). We already have orders for tinctures, the value of which more than covers our entire first year`s third party costs. And the help and support we are receiving from other herb growers, nationally and internationally, is fantastic.
We, and some of our friends, have blessed the land, and each other, and planted a gingko tree (two of my partners having consulted with it, as to where it wants to grow, and what it needs from us!). The turf-cutter, poly-tunnel and herb press are on order, and we and our considerable band of volunteer helpers are now waiting for the land to dry out a bit, so that we may start planting the herbs. Meanwhile, one of my partners is on a week-long course, learning how to build using straw bales etc, so that we may continue the work on the lodge, that will become the learning resource centre.
We have also started to think about the next phase, which is likely to involve bee hives!
Ian x

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 2-02-2010 05:18:37 AM
Jon
Jon
From: New Zealand

Go for it Ian, sounds great

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 2-02-2010 11:19:58 AM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

Thank you, Jon. I`m particularly keen to learn about, and experience, Nature Intelligence - and in a practical way, working with people to whom it is habitual!

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 3-02-2010 01:25:38 AM
Helen
Helen
From: United Kingdom

It all sounds great stuff, Ian! :) Wonderful enterprise; herbs were my first love. Keep us updated.

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 9-02-2010 12:09:52 PM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

I asked my partners for some information on Nature Intelligence, and they have given me a copy of a very interesting and informative paper. If you feel so inclined, you may read it at
www.perelandra-ltd.com/PDF/PP11_What_is_Nature_Intelligence.pdf
It seems to me that it is a close relative of Shamanism (but it could be a case of "when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail"!).
Ian x

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 9-02-2010 11:50:04 PM
Helen
Helen
From: United Kingdom

At the end of that Perelandra PDF, it says

Translated July 1996 by Machaelle Small Wright.
Translated from the nature intelligences
plus the rest of the MSW Foundation Coning.

What exactly are we meant to understand by that, Ian? Translated?

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 10-02-2010 02:06:50 PM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

My interpretation of it, is that MSW has posed the questions and nature intelligence has given the documented replies (hence my comparison with Shamanism). I`ll check with my partners, and let you know what they say (and what they say nature intelligence says!).

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 17-03-2010 07:46:03 AM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

My nature intelligent partners have confirmed that they agree with my interpretation of the word "translated", as used in the Perelandra paper; I feel that "channeled" would be more appropriate.
On Tuesday of last week, at our monthly Mindfulness Development session at work, we drew, constructed (with mustard and cress seeds), and undertook a guided meditation into, a labyrinth (posing a question at its entrance, and receiving the answer at the centre). Last weekend, the ground had dried out sufficiently for us to start cutting the turf and preparing the beds, to plant the herbs. My partners had devised a centrepiece design for the field of herbs, but wanted a planned theme for the beds around it; we have now marked out the beds which will form a labyrinth!
If the energy we gave to the soil, and received from it, is anything to go by, the tinctures we prepare will be sublime...then again, if my old and aching body (the result of wholly unaccustomed manual labour) is the guide, they`ll be knackered!
Ian x
PS Our partnership is called Broad Oak Herbs, and one of my partners came across this: Today`s mighty oak is yesterday`s nut, that held its ground.

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 19-04-2010 07:22:38 AM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

When we completed the labyrinth, it was as though we had connected to the terminals of a cosmic battery - awesome!
The polytunnel has been a bit troublesome (some of the parts were missing from the original delivery, and the assembly instructions needed considerable refinement!), but we`re now nearing its completion.
Seeds and plants are on order, so we shall very soon be getting on with the serious stuff of growing!
Ian xx

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 21-04-2010 04:13:49 AM
Helen
Helen
From: United Kingdom
Today`s mighty oak is yesterday`s nut, that held its ground.
Nut...or nutter? :)That should probably be 'acorn'!

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 21-04-2010 06:36:21 AM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

Terra Herba is frequently strewn with all three! x

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 21-06-2010 06:57:02 AM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

We have started to produce our first tinctures and flower essences. And we now have a blog - http://broadoakherbs.blogspot.com.

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 22-07-2010 12:30:28 PM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

Yesterday, we bottled the first of our tinctures - market value, about 120! Within three years, we hope to be producing around 10,000 litres of assorted health-enhancing jollop - and my plans for world domination can begin to be implemented in earnest!

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 28-07-2010 03:26:26 PM
Sue
Sue
From: United Kingdom

Sounds amazing, Ian. I grow herbs but, apart from cooking and herbal tea, haven't used them for anything else. My bay tree is going wild - could sell bags of bay leaves at the front gate!
Good luck with the tinctures!

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 29-07-2010 12:46:16 PM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

Thanks Sue. My experience of herbs was limited to cooking and teas, until I sought alternatives to the pharmaceuticals my GP was prescribing for me!
If we need to sub-contract bay leaf production, I`ll let you know - I see that you`re just up the road in Ipswich!!

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 15-09-2010 07:54:50 AM
Ian
Ian
From: United Kingdom

We have made our first sale - four litres of Cretaegus!
I think I`ll suggest that our first hive is named "Morbidlio" - then its occupants will be The Morbidlio Bees...

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