This Fall and Winter brought a deluge of mushrooms to Eaglenest Sanctuary.
Both the edible and the just beautiful, mushrooms were abundant this year. Above, we can see a Lobster Mushroom, both beautiful and one of the best tasting you can find. Every year I get my annual supply of Lobster Mushroom in the middle of the fall.
But to my taste, the Morel mushrooms are the greatest delicacy.
Every Spring they come to at least two places in the Sanctuary and sometimes three. Though it is not as abundant as the Lobster Mushroom, the yearly harvest is enough for a few delicious meals.
The Morels are excellent, both fresh and dry. I usually prepare a chicken/morel dish when fresh and then dry the rest and use them in soups, meat dishes and with asparagus.
Other delicacies are Oyster Mushrooms…
Why not come to Eaglenest Sanctuary this spring, to watch or pick Mushrooms, walk in the Rainforest, dip in the Hot Tub, take a sauna, practice Yoga or meditation or bring the family to enjoy the many amenities of Eaglenest Sanctuary.
We wait for you with open arms,
“Mi Casa Es Su Casa”!
Love and light,
And what a summer it was, both in occupancy and variety and quality of guests and type of events.
There was one wedding, three bachelorette parties, one bachelor party, five family vacation, four meditation workshops, one painting workshop, one Sacred Pregnancy workshop, three friends get together, a music festival and other assorted functions.
Though the ‘Yew Tree Hot Tub’ was only operational in the middle of the summer, it became a favourite feature of Eaglenest Sanctuary crowd.
The weather was outstanding, which made the Koksilah river a treat for cooling down.
The berry rised beds provided blackberry, raspberrys, black and red currants, thimbleberrys and many other berrys for breakfast and jam. The medicinal garden at the Sanctuary was bountiful, with peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, sage, oregano and other culinary herbs providing a great harvest. Also, many medicinal herbs for tincture as well as a bumper crop of grapes. Unfortunately, two thirds of the crop was to go to an seasonally early gaze of racoons.
Now, fall is in the air. The rain has begun to refresh the rainforest, the mushroom season is in full bloom and the birds are stuffing themselves in rediness for the winter. And the Sanctuary is now host to many workshops. Time to introspect, to harvest the summer bounty.
More slowly, the rental space is filling.
Come stay with us and soak in the Yew Tree Hot Tub, do some yoga in the yoga rom, take a sauna and a cold shower, go for a small walk through the Sanctuary’s paths or be more active and go for a longer walk to the Kinsole Tressle and it’s many rainforest paths. Our rates are lower in this season. Time to come with your family and enjoy a weekend or extended weekend. We are waiting for you…
Take advantage of the winter special promotion: Stay three days, pay 2! Just mention this article when you make your reservation.
Spring is nearly over, Summer is near…
…and Eaglenest Sanctuary evolves, instructs, creates and entertains.
Winter was rich in possibilities and several project took off. A necessary security modification took place and thanks to Brian Edagar, from BE Home Service and his never-ending creativity, the steps from the berry garden to the stage were redone. You can see the results bellow:
Continuing with the work done in the Sanctuary, a welcome addition is a fully functioning hot tub! The problem was acute. We had to install a pump, a filter and heater that would transform the cold plunge already in existence in the beautiful deck overlooking the Koksilah river. We would have to also furnish 220 volt power, lighting and a warm, freeze proof shower.
Again with the help of BE Home Services and other electrical and plumbing services, we managed to succesfully complete the technical steps necessary for this, but do it in an artful way that blends and compliments the natural surroundings and style of Eaglenest Sanctuary.
First, the shower. It is made with a naturally fallen yew tree as the stand for the shower, with natural drainage and hot water actuated by a solenoid gizmo. Again Brian Edgar used his unlimited creativity as shown in the following pictures:
Last, but not least, we added a cover for the Hot Tub and connected the necessary plumbing, so that the hot tub will be hot, the water filtered and clean.
Now, imagine yourself in the fall and winter, drizzle is falling on you while you soak in hot water, listening to the Koksilah river and watching it flow down to the sea.
Though the rest of Spring and most of the Summer weekends are reserved, there is still unreserved space on a few weekdays and many weekends in September and thereafter.
The Sanctuary has had many varied activities, from Sacred Pregnancy to fun-filled Bachelorette parties to Meditation Retreats to Vacation Getaways with family and friends.
If you have not visited the Sanctuary, isn’t it time you did? and if you have, we are waiting for you again, to sample the new and exciting adventures that await you in the great Vancouver Island rainforest.
Love and light,
Activity at Eaglenest Sanctuary has been very lively this summer.
As more people are introduced to the loveliness of the Sanctuary, more activities have taken place. We have had different groups staying with us. Several families and extended families have taken their summer vacation. Not only have they enjoyed the gardens, decks and walks around the 15 acres of pristine rainforest, but they have also availed themselves the short walk to the magnificent Kinsol trestle, one of the most visited tourist attraction in the Cowichan Valley. Our guests have had time to visit the many enjoyable attractions such as vineyards, beaches, parks and of course, Shawnigan lake.
Some came on weekends, some on extended weekends and others for a week or more. Family life was the most mentioned reason for staying with us. But we also had a bachelorette gathering and a work crew. They all took advantage of the fully stacked kitchen, the three social rooms, the beautiful dinning room, the two swimming holes on the Koksilah river and even the beautiful outdoor stage.
But the crown in the head of this summer activities was a lovely “Initiation Into Oneness”
Initiation into Oneness
http://www.darshanphotography.com/wedding-photos/2014/09/kira-edward-shawnigan-lake-wedding-photography/ (address of incredible photographers who documented the Initiation)
Shortly after the party, we had a unique event:” Initiation Into Oneness, The Sacred Marriage”.
An extended family gathered to witness the coming together of two beautiful souls. More than thirty people stayed at the Sanctuary and more than eighty people participated in the to Initiation.
It was a festive event in which a Midsummer Nights Dream met Lord of the Rings. The event consisted of a beautiful ceremony in which the couple exchanged vows, then we all toasted to their happiness and wellbeing, followed by a superb BBQ salmon dinner, live music and well wishing and finally, all night dancing!
The many options Eaglenest Sanctuary offers make it one of the best vacation and workshop venues in the the Cowichan Valley and Vancouver Island.
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Love and light to all,
Like every year, Eaglenest Sanctuary micro climate brings blooming flowers a few weeks later than Victoria or Shawnigan Lake.
But bloom they must and the beauty of the season is in full swing right now.
This cherry tree (five varieties) was planted 5 years ago. The Sanctuary has a history of not being conducive to growing fruit trees. So I chose a special area, for it to grow. After waiting for five years, the tree bloomed profusely in early May and is now full of young cherry’s for late June consumption, maybe a homemade jam?
There has been some controversy regarding the guardian of the medicinal garden. Originally we thought it was Shiva, but some people who know have told us it is a Balines guardian. The chives flowers adorn the guardian and have provided much herb spices for the kitchen of the Sanctuary’s guests.
A wider view of the medicinal garden gives us a better understanding of the many (more than 50) varieties of medicinal plants. I harvest the plants to make medicinal tinctures for me, my family and friends.
Here we can see the Green Godess with three new pink poppies, the first year they have grown here.
Come stay with us and enjoy the many gardens and flowers, both local and cultivated that the Eaglenest Sanctruary provides for your enjoyment.
Love and light,
After a lovely snow storm in March (see previous post), and a few rainy days, the rainforest is basking on sunlight.
As is normal in spring, we have had rain, sleet, cold, wind, sunshine and warmth,usually in the same day!
We are now We are preparing for the hight season. Spots are filling out and the gardens are starting to bloom. The two cherry trees, as is customary in the Sanctuary’s micro climate are blooming quite late. If the insects are as plentiful as usual, we expect a very nice cherry harvest.
We finished redoing the cold tub deck. It overlooks the Koksilah river and is the perfect place for tea time on sunset.
Come stay with us this summer. You won’t regret it.
Like so many things in life, a snow storm can be a mixed blessing.
Coming originally from Mexico, I am always astounded by the quite power of a snow storm.
And I am even more surprised of the beauty of snow covered nature. This past weekend, the snow came in with slow, full force. Fortunately, since last summer, BC Hydro has been busy cutting trees so they don’t fall on the electricity cables. And thanks to this, there was only one short electricity cut in the middle of Saturday night.
We were having a dinner party and in the middle of the storm, around midnight, we decided to visit Eaglenest Sanctuary and see and feel nature close by. It was a superb night spectacle. As usual, the white brilliance of the snow makes even a moonless night quite visible. We visited the sanctuary and the construction site for the new deck around a hot tub that will be the latest amenity added to the Sanctuary.
Next day, once our guests had departed, we went for another visit and a long walk on the plentiful paths around the sanctuary. We ended the walk with a visit to the Sanctuary’s shrines, including paying our respects to the medicine wheel.
We capped a vigorous day of exercise with a hot sauna at the Sanctuary, with the traditional cold shower in the middle of the North garden, totally surrounded by snow.
This year’s weather, especially Summer and Fall, have been spectacular at Eaglenest Sanctuary.
My partner and I have been taking long walks almost every weekend. The light, the brisk, fresh air and the temperature have made these walks the best experience I’ve had since I moved here almost 12 years ago. For me, these walks not only bring the nurture and healing that nature provides, but it also means I am enhancing my health and preparing for my older age.
Though the amount of rain that has fallen on the forest is less than usual, it has been just the right amount to keep the rainforest healthy and vibrant and at the same time provide the most beautiful fall in my memory.
The picture above, of the Koksilah river looking west, was taken this December, from the middle of the Kinsol tressle. The evening before, the almost full moon was rising while the light from the sun was waning. What a spectacle! Good for the soul, this direct contact with nature.
Eaglenest Sanctuary is located kitty corner with the Kinsol Tressle. I have been visiting the tressle almost every week since 2002. When I first saw it, the crossing had been closed, as it had been burned in the middle a few years before.
I saw it deteriorate substantially in the following years . You can see a picture of the tressle in 2002, a few years before the renovation. It was difficult to understand how the CVRD had completely abandoned such an important part of Vancouver Island’s History. The Kinsol Tressle is the largest one of its kind in the Commonwealth. One feature that is usually overlooked when experts talk about it is the fact that it is built in a curve, an unusual feature for most tressles.
Fortunately, the authorities saw the light and decided to restore it to its pristine condition – as when it was first built in the beginning of the 20th century. You can see how it looks now, after the two year renovation project. The CVRD should be commended in their effort to preserve the engineering history of Vancouver Island. To show for their efforts, the tressle is now considered one of the main attractions the Cowichan Valley has to offer. Let’s hope the authorities continue to develop this very important tourist and historic attraction.
Have a perfect Solstice and season holidays and may 2014 finally bring in “The Golden Age Of Gaia”.