Opening words


Elders from all parts of the world foresaw a shift; in visions and prophecies, they received signs that pointed to this time, when a new cosmic program was to be infused as an invitation to expand into a planetary consciousness that serves life and unites our global cultures.


This cosmic program is now available, being woven and co-created in real-time. It holds a rhythm, awakening, a field of potential, and togetherness. New ways of living are dreamed, initiatives emerge, inventions are made, and even if not everything is visible yet, the seeds will soon sprout and blossom. 

The Earth School is anchored in Berlin, Germany. We tend to the land and its stories, myths, rituals and seasonal rhythms to remember our place. We wonder, question, and open to receive ancestral and universal guidance on how to experience a sense of flow, grounding, belonging, and divine connection.


Weaving medicine is intended as a living library and apothecary. I dedicate this journey to the medicine people throughout time and space and share our findings in the eight chapters of our medicine weaving journey through a universal medicine wheel. – Serap Kara, Founder Earth School

This is our journey through the Medicine Wheel. A remembrance of a life in tune with nature’s rhythm. Counting the time not in days and weeks but in moons and equinoxes and solstices. Feeling into the earth’s rhythm to understand and remember our own rhythm and timing.


Finding new, ancient ways to live and celebrate all life force and thus living and celebrating our own force and purpose. We invite ourselves to honour each period of time throughout this cycle, to feel into the energy and space, and to contemplate about our feelings to each slice of time.

We welcome you to journey with us through the year, remembering your own roots, your own story, and your own rhythm. Getting inspired by ancient and modern rituals, by different voices and experiences, myths and stories, and most of all getting inspired by yourself and your own experiences.


The medicine wheel we work with consists of 8 festivities throughout the year, a nature’s cycle. I give thanks to our ancestors and guides who have lived before us and give us the opportunity to learn from their ancient ways and wisdom. – Nina Weid, Director of Program & Host



from the Cambridge Dictionary:


a) a serious magazine or newspaper that is published regularly about a particular subject b) a record of what you have done, or of descriptions or thoughts, written each day or frequently over a long period c) a magazine, newspaper, or website containing news and information about a particular industry or profession​​





the medicine wheel


The medicine wheel or the Circle of Life can be found in the medicine wheel of the Native Indians, in the Celtic wheel, in stone circles, and also in the Buddhist mandala. The circle holds and concentrates the forces that hold the world together. Four cardinal directions represent the four seasons, the four elements, or four phases of life. Adding the above and the below, a center forms, turning the circle into a sphere. The Earth School follows the Celtic medicine wheel that, today, holds both the lunar as solar celebrations. 


31 October - 1 November

darkness. letting go. mystery.


30 April - 1 May

fertility. sensuality. creativity. joy.


20 - 23 December

birth.renewal.return of the light.


20 - 23 June

sun power. abundance. turning point.


1 - 2 February

vision. new beginning. initiations.


1 - 2 August

beginning of the harvest.


20 - 23 March

balance. rebirth. growth.


20 - 23 September

balance. sharing. giving thanks.

Image by Daiga Ellaby




A journey through the medicine wheel


The celebration of Beltane marks the start of the second part of Spring. Days become longer and longer until we reach Summer Solstice at the end of June. It is the time when things actually want to grow, the time of the symphony of colours, with every plant, flower, and tree perfectly in time. Seeds sown and forgotten suddenly surface, the colours return, and we remember the abundance and beauty of nature. We are in the middle of the planting season which is accompanied by a desire for beauty, joy, and pleasure in the process.

Lena Brandt · The Portal of Beltane

At the end of April, we are reaching the seasonal cross-quarter between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice to celebrate Beltane here in the northern hemisphere.


Beltane is one of the most important festivals of the Celtic wheel of the year and marks the beginning of the ‚‘summer half of the year’, the unfolding of life (while Samhain, which lies opposite Beltane, marks the winter half and thus the beginning of darkness and retreat).


This celebration is primarily dedicated to fertility, the boundless growth and free unfolding of nature, sensuality, passion, and the pure joy for life.


The word Beltane means ‘bright fire’ or ‘lucky fire’ and traditionally bonfires were lit to honour the Sun. Earth energies are at their strongest and most active. All of life is bursting with potent richness and potential turns into conception. We gather to celebrate the union of the divine masculine and feminine that creates fertility and abundance.  · Read more

~ a Beltane myth ~

source unknown

In the merry month of May, the God of the Sun sheds his bear skin and shines in radiant youth as the Celtic God Belenos. The Plant Goddess Dana, the daughter of the old earth mother, puts on her most beautiful, colorful flower robe. On the night of the May full moon, the young couple of gods is married. All of nature celebrates with them. The cuckoo is their herald and invites everyone to the joyful celebration with its call.

source: Wolf Dieter Storl

~ a Beltane poem ~

Now, Love, at last I come

In fullness rising over you.


Let there be new trembling under the cold-hardened earth

at the light play of my fingers

And sighing in the valleys.


Let there be the song of unfolding within your hidden petals

At the caress of my warm breath

And undulations in the warming estuaries.


Let the winged ones return to sing

among your greening branches.


Let there be heard swirling

Up to the joyous stars

and over the newborn land

Your aching, fiery song of


source: Jaime Meyer

~ a Beltane ritual ~

source: Petra Haas/ORF

On the night of Beltane, the maypole is set up on the town square.

It consists of a peeled spruce or birch trunk, whose crown, left green, pierces a large wreath of flowers entwined with colorful ribbons. A sign of the intimate union of the beautiful god with his bride. The whole community now dances around the maypole and drinks beer and wine spiked with henbane or woodruff.

source: Wolf Dieter Storl


by Simone Meentzen


Fairy Rings

The appearance of first flowers and fresh greens makes us long to take strolls in green meadows, take hikes in lush forests. We now know that summer is truly on its way. On Beltane, beginning of May we celebrate the start of the fertile season, a magical time when the sap is rising in the trees and everything is blooming!


Fairy rings are magical entries to the Otherworld where fairies and witches meet.

We enter the forest surrounded by fresh green and bird songs… and sometimes we find magical fairy rings in the woods, also called witches rings. The names go back to a popular belief, as one saw meeting places of witches or fairies in those round shapes, whose entry was magical or forbidden, and fairies or witches dance in the circles...


Fairy rings are mushrooms growing in a circular or semicircular pattern. The mushrooms are the visible fruiting bodies at the end of mycelia threads, connected together in the soil. Such rings can literally form overnight and are considered a single organism. No wonder they appear magical! 

You might find fairy rings of the beautiful Cantharellus cibarus, also called Chanterelle (in German Pfifferling). It is one of the most popular edible wild mushrooms, with a delicate aroma and wonderful golden yellow color.


Chanterelle is not only delicious but also a medicinal food, with a high source of iron and vitamin D, as well as antiviral, antioxidant, and antibiotic properties. Often Chanterelles are found among moss and near wild blueberries, indicators of an acidic soil environment. Mushrooms love moisture, it is a good time to collect Chanterelles some time after it has been raining. The first mushrooms are sighted end of May, by mid-June they can grow abundantly in mixed woods.

Remember to leave the first found mushroom for the fairies, as a sign of respect and not to disturb them too much… in return the fairies perhaps guide you with your mushroom hunting! Look out for the yellow cap and light yellow gills, with a faint smell of apricots. A poisonous lookalike in southern and central Europe is Omphalotus Olearius - this mushroom generally grows on olive trees or old tree stumps and should be left alone.

Remember to leave the first mushroom for the fairies. They might guide you in return.

Recipe ~ Vegan Chanterelle Toast

adapted from the classic Italian dish of wild mushroom crostini:


(serves 2)

200g Chanterelles

1 garlic glove

4 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp chopped parsley

1/2 tbsp marjoram leaves

2 large pieces of white bread

salt, pepper, chili oil

The best way to clean them is to add flour into a bowl and shake briefly, then rinse very shortly with cold water. Cut in thin stripes and place on kitchen paper to dry. Chop the cleaned mushrooms into small cubes. Chop 1/2 garlic glove and fry with 3tbsp olive oil, add mushrooms before the garlic turns brown. Stir-fry for a few minutes, add parsley, marjoram, salt, and pepper. Toast the bread so it is crispy

on both sides, rub with 1/2 garlic glove, brush with remaining olive oil, and top with mushrooms. Optional you can add a little chili oil and fresh chopped parsley on top for extra flavor.

Simone Meentzen aka Simi Ninati is an artist and herbalist from Germany. She founded Fiber&Heart in 2015 with nature studies, creating and teaching independent workshops and setting up her online shop. Follow her on Instagram to explore her handmade craft and herbal magick.


Rhythm & Calendar

1 may
pagan calendar


9 may

mother's day

global event since 1912

20 may

world bee day

global event since 2014

20 may

sun in gemini

astrological calendar

26 may

total lunar eclipse

astrological calendar

05 june

world environment day

global event since 1972

08 june

world oceans day

global event since 1992

10 june

solar eclipse

solar calendar


From around the world

Image by Alexandr Popadin




A journey through the medicine wheel


Spring is the time of the year when the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is complete, and we celebrate the rebirth of the soil and the land. It is a time of fertility and abundance, a season to welcome life after the cold, dark winter. As new life returns and plants start to bloom, the theme of resurrection is ever-present. It’s the season for that which has gone dormant to become revitalized, alive, and reborn.

It is a season of balance when the light is equal to the darkness. Spring Equinox arrives, bringing a warming renewal of all energies that have grown stagnant and cold. This energy shift is an incredible opportunity to set manifestations for the growth cycle ahead.

Lena Brandt · The Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox is a sun-based event which falls around March 21st every year. The word Equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night”- aequus (equal) and nox (night). On the Equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world. It happens at the same moment worldwide, though our clock times reflect a different time zone. 

On March 20th we celebrate Spring Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere. The festival of the sun, when day and night are of equal length. A sacred moment of balance between light and dark, where both exist simultaneously.

The Spring Equinox is an invitation to become aware of light and shadow. It brings us into harmony and opens the point of stillness and trust. It brings clarity and vision into life and offers us an energetic opportunity to find balance within our deeper selves.

Just as the sun and nature continue to grow in strength, light, and power, our vision and inner treasures that were allowed to ripen during the darker months are now invited to slowly make their way into life. To be born.

We bring renewed passion to our projects, and spend more time outside as we embrace the transition. 

We cultivate nourishing practices and rituals, connecting to wonder, joy, and delight. We’re slowly getting ready to step outside, into the light, with all our abilities and gifts, bringing our own medicine forth.

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."

Rachel Carson, Biologist & Author


by Simone Meentzen


Birch Beauty

With its white-gray-black, paper-like bark, the birch tree is a symbol of spring in northern Europe. With newly awakened vitality, it gives us the first-ever so delicate green leaves. Her name means „shiny“, and if you take a closer look, you can see the silky sheen on the bark of young birch trees.
Astrologically, the birch is assigned to the Moon and Venus. When her delicate, shiny prancing leaves move in the wind and moonlight, you can recognize the signature of the element air.


The birch tree was revered all over Europe and parts of Asia by our ancestors as a symbol of fertility: its early buds are taken from the forest to decorate the house, girls and women sang and danced under the birch tree. 

In past times it was the symbol of the young Goddess: in Ireland, the birch tree was a symbol of Goddess Brigid, in Norse mythology, birch was consecrated to Goddess Freya. In Siberian shamanism, the birch plays a major role as the „world tree“. 

Birchwood can be used for making magic wands.

German folklore tells of witches flying on brooms made of birch twigs on Walpurgis Night!


Some of the Pre-Christian customs have survived to this day. Also known as the „rod of life“, birch twigs are still used in some rural areas in Europe for fertility rituals: livestock and home are ritually protected with them. Home and yard are swept clean with brooms made of birch twigs. 

At Beltane, the May Day tree is often a beautiful decorated young birch tree, under which folks celebrate spring and the awakening of nature!


As true survivors, birch trees have been indigenous to Europe since the Ice Age. The Silver birch (Betula pendula) is extensive throughout Europe, while the Swamp birch (Betula pubescens) can be found in North and Central Europe.

For thousands of years, it has not only been a supplier for wood and a healing ingredient in folk medicine, such as hydrosols from birch leaves which refreshes skin and hair, or as a detox tea but also as a cult tree, birch is closely linked to people’s lives.
Although birch trees love moisture, they are very adaptable and can be found in dry and sandy locations, too. 
Perhaps you will come across a birch on your next walk? Or perhaps you even see a tree maiden fairy?

20 march
spring equinox
solar calendar


20 march

sun in aries

astrological calendar

21 march

world forestry day

global event since 1971

22 march

world water day

global event since 1993

19 april

sun in taurus

astrological calendar

22 april

international mother earth day

global event since 1972


From around the world



Rhythm & Calendar

Image by Anthony Ievlev




A journey through the medicine wheel



This second part of winter, from Imbolc to Spring Equinox, has traditionally been a time of lack of life-sustaining resources and nourishment. It was and is a time our ancestors knew to keep faith, to allow for regenerative death, and when the moment is ripe, to show up to turn the wheel once again towards beauty and abundance for all. After the deep winter regeneration we might feel the energy coming back into our bodies, minds, and spirits, growing the first buds of inspiration and visions, we have had during hibernation. Everything in and around us awakens and opens to the light. The Crone months of winter are departing and the promise of the Spring Maiden is around the corner.

At Imbolc, we celebrate the evidence that winter soon shall cease and fresh flower buds soon shall sprout.

Imbolc is a traditional Celtic-Irish seasonal celebration. This year's portal of Imbolc (meaning 'in the belly') opens on the 3rd of February with the Sun at 15 degrees Aquarius. Until the new moon on the 11th of February 2021, we may consciously align with the energy of Imbolc.

Imbolc traditionally marked the time of year when the first new sheep were born. After a long cold winter with less variety available in the diet of our ancestors, the availability of fresh milk and cheese was a major reason for celebration! In modern times, it can be a time where our faith in what we are doing may be tested. It can be a time of discomfort and also a time where hardships are relieved and new hope begins to grow.

Serap Kara · Why we no longer give heavy energies to Mother Earth

Pachamama is the master of ceremony. She is ever-present. She is sacred space. Where ever you go, she's right there and always with you. You cannot be without her. By honouring this very moment, you offer your presence to Pachamama and confirm your sacred bond of union. 

In the Andean tradition the cosmic law of AYNI, meaning sacred reciprocity, says that energy never goes one way. It would come back. Especially when sent consciously. Letting go in spiritual practice is often associated with releasing heavy energies into the Earth.

With being present and conscious with Pachamama, we don't give heavy energies to her any longer. We give it neither in meditations, yoga classes nor in any other practice.  It's not that Pachamama cannot handle it. She can, as she is the master of presence, the master of ceremony.  ·  Read more


What we want to give to Pachamama is only love, gratitude, flowers, blessings, best wishes and prayers, knowing what we seed consciously will

come back to us. 


by Simone Meentzen


The Crocus Sisters

When the snow melts and most of the plants are still waiting underground, the delicate crocuses are already stretching out towards the first warm rays of spring sunshine. Wildly romantic, fragile yet robust, they defy the cold temperatures and are harbingers of spring and the certainty that nature will soon blossom again in all its glory.

The crocus loves the sun, her blossoms remain closed in rain and cloudy weather. Woodland crocus (in German language Elfen-Krokus) often blooms in from February with its six-pointed star wide open- important food for wild bumblebees, early bees, and flies.

Crocuses set wonderful accents in the landscape, they reproduce many seeds and often cover the ground in large areas. In the garden, you find crocus often under shrubs, in the perennial bed, and in meadows. The mother bulbs also reproduce forming „daughter bulbs“.


In Germany, there are some well-known places where people make pilgrimages to magnificent crocus meadows to enjoy the sea of pastel-colored heralds of spring. You can find them in the park of Husum Castle, in the area of Drebach in the Ore Mountain (Erzgebirge), near Zavelstein in the northern Black Forest, or under the trees of the Friendship island in Potsdam near Berlin.

A famous southern crocus sister is saffron (Crocus sativus). Saffron is a type of crocus that originates in the Middle East. Unlike our spring bloomers in Europe, Saffron blooms in autumn with large, blue-violet blossoms and yellow-orange pistils, from which the precious saffron spice is extracted. The mood-enhancing effect of saffron has been known since ancient times: the plant was dedicated to the Greek goddess Eos, the „crocus-clad goddess of the dawn“.

In ancient times, saffron was also used to dye splendid robes yellow-red. Saffron has many qualities as a precious spice and a healing plant of the sun. Known as a natural anti-depressant and aphrodisiac, it makes us more resistant to stress and environmental influences. 


Medicine Recipe

Saffron tea is a tried and tested herbal medicine remedy. Use this recipe to combat anxiety and depressive mood swings as well as to ease the menstrual cycle: In the morning, pour 100 ml hot water over 4-5 saffron threads, let it steep for about 5 min, then drink the golden tea with the saffron threads. Think of the warm rays and the powerful healing qualities of the sun while you drink the tea and give thanks to saffron for being such a healing herb of the sun. (Recommended as a cure for a few weeks. Do not use while pregnant.)

Simone Meentzen aka Simi Ninati is an artist and herbalist from Germany. She founded Fiber&Heart in 2015 with nature studies, creating and teaching independent workshops and setting up her online shop. Follow her on Instagram to explore her handmade craft and herbal magick.

1 -  2 february
imbolc, pagan holiday
lunar calendar


11 february

new moon in aquarius

astrological calendar

12 february

year of the metal ox

chinese lunar calendar

14 february

valentine's day

global event since 496

20 february

sun in pisces

astrological calendar

20 february


global event since 2019

27 february

snow moon | full moon in virgo

astrological calendar

3 march

world wildlife day

global event since 2013

8 march

international women's day

global event since 1911


From around the world

valentin-salja-qPNoFZ8VNzo-unsplash (1).


Rhythm & Calendar

Image by Em M.




A journey through the medicine wheel


Winter is a time where our creative energy is called home to be placed in service of body, soul, and land regeneration. It is also a time for deep listening and dreaming, where we receive messages about the coming growing seasons. On our journey, we are crossing Imbolc in February, a time when our spirits begin to stretch and reawaken slowly after the winter's rest.


Serap Kara · Turning North

Preparing to turn North, towards Winter. Here, I feel the energy of the Elders.

Leaning into my winter. The energy is dark and cold, and deeply yin. Traditional Chinese medicine is based on five elements that dance with each other: metal, fire, air, water, and earth. In this tradition, winter is water, which has the same vibration as north, water, or black. Two animal spirits symbolise this direction: the snake and the turtle - one for each kidney. North is also regarded as the place of the past, the mystery, and the ancestors. Within the Chinese system, the king stands in the center, in the earth element, and faces south, his back held by the north. What wisdom holds north for me, when I dare to turn around and face it?

Nina Weid · The Cailleach

Looking at our medicine wheel as a cosmic calendar to locate our creative activities within and the season we are in, we are in the energy of the Crone.

Dark and cold winter days and nights are inviting us to rest, stay at home close to the fire or heating, and to sleep and to dream. It is a good time to regenerate, to collect new energy for the spring to come, the Maiden season with all its energy and joy.

In Irish mythology, it is said that at Samhain, the Cailleach comes to life from being a stone, strikes the ground with her stick, and freezes the ground.

She is responsible for bringing winter and with it, the important work of winter that enables regeneration and resetting. She is said to rule the months between Samhain (the first day of winter marked on November 1st) and Beltaine (the 1st of May and the first day of summer), while the Goddess Brigid rules over the summer months.


Read more

Did you know...

...that in baltic mythology, the Goddess of the sun Saule was said to fly across the heavens during the night of winter solstice in a slay pulled by horned reindeer throwing pebbles of amber that were symbolizing the sun, into the chimneys below?

Helena Nelson-Reed

“If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere” – Seamus Heaney, Irish poet

21 december
winter solstice
solar calendar

21 december
great conjunction 2020
astrological calendar

21 or 24 december
the twelve sacred nights
pagan calendar

22 december

sun in capricorn

astrological calendar

1 - 7 january
7 days of rest
global event since 2018

21 january

sun in aquarius

astrological calendar


From around the world

olivier-mary-aS2qG7sJAYc-unsplash (1).jp


Rhythm & Calendar

mason-unrau-bUeu2QRLK6Y-unsplash s.jpg




A journey through the medicine wheel


The autumn season is deeply mystical. Nature breathes out, changes color, and leans into the darkness. The invitation is to breathe out with nature, to rest, and reflect on the lessons, we’ve been generously offered during seeding, growth, and harvest.

Serap Kara · Father Time

For thousands of years people created systems for timekeeping to align with the seasons and structure time. The Gregorian calendar was developed in 1582 and is an evolution of the  Julian calendar, which was created in the Roman Empire as early as 45 BC. The Gregorian calendar is the most widely used calendar in the world. 

November  was the ninth month of the Roman calendar. In former times the year began in March. January and February were simply winter months, and the names were added later. The Gregorian calendar has been changed and adapted and today it doesn't reflect the natural rhythm of the season necessarily.

The Mayan calendar is far older and dates back to 3114 BC. Around this time, the astrological calendar was created to interpret both seasonal changes as celestial cycles. Written language was developed in a similar time period and dates back to ancient Mesopotamia (between 3400 and 3100 BC).

Today, one can be informed by timekeeping systems from many different cultures simultaneously. Planetary and astrological calendars weave into old nature-based calendars and blend into the Gregorian calendar.

The keepers of time have woven the threads in a way that we can find the ends within our own time to follow a path back. Here, in northern Europe, the seasonal celebrations of the old Celtic calendar still resonate with today's rhythm.

The calendars may have come from different times. But they hold a blueprint for us to weave within the natural cycles. A universal understanding of Father Time may guide humanity to be in right relationship with the land, people and cultures to celebrate what we have in common. 


“I feel a thousand capacities spring up in me. I am arch, gay, languid, melancholy by turns. I am rooted, but I flow”

– Virginia Woolf, British novelist

Samhain is the traditional Celtic holiday of death, endings, beginnings, and magic and marks the start of the 'darker half of the year'. Nowadays, we celebrate Samhain from sundown on October 31st until sundown on November 1st. During this special night, the boundaries between the worlds dissolve and the unseen energies of the earth are more visible.

Nina Weid · The European Medicine Wheel


By watching the rhythm of our planet, we discover the cyclic being and development of all that is.

The Celts and Germanics are our European ancestors who maintained a close connection to nature and its cycles. Both cultures used the Wheel of Life as sanctuaries for healing ceremonies, prayer time, and as a tool to live close to Mother Earth’s cyclic rhythm. As nature’s cycles are reflected in the Wheel of Life, so is our personal cycle from birth to death. In a way, we ARE the Medicine Wheel, following the seasons and nature’s cycles. While we might need time for restoration and sleep in winter, we love to enjoy the first sun rays in spring, getting ready to bloom in summer.

The European Medicine Wheel reflects infinity, with no beginning or end. The cross represents our visible world with its four directions, four elements, four moon phases, and the four seasons - the axis mundi. From the center of the circle, the force of creation radiates its power into our world.

The Medicine Wheel provides a possibility to reconnect with our ancient wisdom and to follow the path of our ancestors. By connecting with it, we can feel into the roots of our own heritage and home.

Read more

21 - 23 september

autumn equinox

solar calendar

october or november
national holiday since 1620

31 - 1 november

samhain · pagan holidaylunar calendar

23 november

sun in sagittariusastrological calendar

1 december
giving tuesday​
global event since 2012

10 december
human rights day
global event since 1948

01 SerapKara.png
sarahcreates-Q1Nu8M2SEts-unsplash (1).jp


Rhythm & Calendar