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Halloween, food and rituals

Halloween, food and rituals

Looking at the holiday of Halloween through the nature relatedness lens, we learn it is an ancient celebration of connection. A time when past and present merge, as spirits who have passed again roam the earth. Bidding summer a final goodbye and preparing for the long...
Beginner’s Mind and Halloween

Beginner’s Mind and Halloween

What kind of magic are you cooking up for Halloween? As you get your ghoul on, lend a thought to the origins of Halloween. When the holiday began thousands of years ago, what do you think made people seem fearful at this time of year? How do you think they understood...
The Ritual of Bobbing for Apples

The Ritual of Bobbing for Apples

Boo! The spooky ritual of Halloween (that for many of us no doubt brings back beloved childhood memories) has roots deeply embedded in how humans relate to nature. I can hear some cynics now. For sure, many of the delights of Halloween have been commercialised by the...
Beer and its role in our community

Beer and its role in our community

From Octoberfest to Thanksgiving, beer is an essential part of our autumn celebrations. Beer has played an important role in shaping our civilisation and world as we know it today. Beer has been crafted and drunk by mankind for thousands of years – mentioned in...
Have a think about beer

Have a think about beer

To widen your perspective on beer beyond the horizon of your local watering hole, chew on this Beginner’s Mind question: What value does beer add to your life, beyond being a source of pleasure and relaxation? What social meaning do you associate with a cold...