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Spring Workshop
on the LTOE

There are a few spaces still available for the week-long seminar which I will be teaching here at Achamore House, which will start on March 31st. No more than 11 people may attend, as we like to maintain a high quality of sharing in the seminars. If you have any questions, either email or give us a call on 01 583 505 385.

Price Increase in February
It has been over two and a half years since we raised the prices of the Living Tree Orchid Essences, and yet despite the recession our various costs from suppliers have crept up. Now the UK government has raised the VAT rate this month to 20%, and so we are compelled to introduce higher prices across the range. In simple terms, all of the LTOE retail prices will be going up by £1 on February 22nd.

The full kit of the Living Tree Orchid Essences will have a more radical change, as we now have 93 essences in the range, and are shortly to receive new wooden boxes which will hold 50 bottles. Therefore the full Kit of the LTOE from the 22nd of February will consist of two of these new boxes, one with 50 essences, and the 2nd box with 43 essences. The new price for therapists of the full kit will be £598. It will be possible to buy just Box #1 or Box #2 separately (i.e. at different times, to spread the cost), with no cost penalty apart from having to pay two carriage charges compared with the full kit being sent (within the UK) carriage free.

We are also expecting to migrate over to Miron glass bottles for the entire range of the essences by the end of February, whereas for the past 2 years we have simply been making use of the Miron very dark violet glass for certain essences. In the end we have felt that the extra degree of protection the Miron glass bottles provide to the essences for their longer-term storage makes this a sensible move. But it is a decision not taken lightly, as it does have consequences!

The Miron bottles are about 2mm wider than the cobalt blue bottles we have been using for so many years, and this means that the essences will not fit into the wooden kit boxes which our therapist customers currently have. Therefore if anyone has bought a full kit from us, at any time in the past, and wishes to upgrade to the new kit boxes, we will let them do so with a 50% discount off the retail price. In other words, buy one, get one free. These boxes are larger of course, both to allow for the greater number of bottles, as well as the slightly wider bottles, so they are more expensive for us to buy. This is by way of explaining that the new retail price per box is going to be £48 incl. VAT. This 2-for-1 offer is the best offer we can make, as this is just pennies over our cost. But we also hope that people will take up the offer, as the new kit boxes will present the full range in the best way.

The new boxes are not yet with us, we are expecting to receive them in the first week in February. A new photo-grid will then be made for the inside of the lids, and the new kits will be available then by the 22nd of Feb. Prior to that time, the full kit price is still the same as it has been (£429 incl. VAT), but there are also nine new essences which stand outside of the current kit boxes.

So if you wish to beat the price increases, then simply place your order before the 22nd of February.
Love's Secret - New Essence

It is always a surprise and a joy for me when we have a new orchid essence. The surprise is because we do not anticipate new essences, but rather wait for them to call out to be made. Given that there were already 65 single orchid essences in the range, we might think the orchids were quite satisfied and ready to rest on their laurels...  But not a bit! A fascinating orchid which I bought 18 months ago called Neomoorea irrorata called out to be made this month. This orchid is the only member of its genus, which is found in Panama and Colombia.

Such genera are generally reckoned to be remnants of a larger genus which was (nearly) killed off via various geological & meteorological events. As such this is likely to be a very ancient ‘being’, which is indeed what I heard about this orchid in the night after the essence was made. It is from the lowland forests of Panama and Colombia. The orchid has a pungent smell akin to a female in sexual ‘heat’.

The essence connects with the root of the generative system in both men and women, helping to both clarify (and invigorate) the sexual impulses, bringing about the healthy expression of one’s sexual energies. The pelvic area is energised, and the throat chakra is also activated. One prover had a very clear vision in her meditation of being in a forest and seeing the goddess Venus bathing in a pool of crystal-clear water which was infused with many colours of light. The pool changed into a funnel which then merged into the prover’s pelvic area. She felt a tingling in the ovaries and a strong sense of activity, of energy just above the pubis. There was an overall sense of expansion, of moving beyond self-imposed restrictions.

Another prover had a profound experience when taking this new essence, which she very beautifully:
It slowly dawns on me that love is still, love isn't frightening, love isn't a force of will; love cannot have a direction put on it. It just is what it is and will only guide me to the people and the places best for me. Love isn't selfish, love isn't scared, love isn't controlling. Deep down, I knew love was none of these things which is why I always felt so awful in relationships, sex etc.  This is why I felt so lonely because I couldn't find this particular love within - the capacity for genuine romantic love between two people. Now I feel as though I'm starting to get a genuine sense of what it is - slightly - I'm not there yet. I feel very quiet, very unsure as to what is happening to me.  Going within, mind almost blank. "Stand up, show yourself, present your true loving beauty, be beautiful internally and externally. Be beautiful and graceful" This is a very powerful yet quiet essence/sensation, not what I was expecting.  I expected fireworks and to have the rug pulled from under me. I feel quietly saddened by the fact that I have never experienced these feelings before, never experienced romantic love.  But I don't feel grief-stricken, mourning the past that should have been. I'm starting to see that the vicious destructive never-ending cycle is finally at an end.  I feel relieved to finally feel/be like this.  I'm getting an indication of something wonderful!

This essence is unlike any other orchid essence we have ever explored. This once again shows the merit of having a greenhouse with a substantial variety of orchids within it. Within the orchid-growing community this specie is regarded as somewhat tricky to grow, but I seem to have been given the right advice by my supplier in Bristol. Also, once again I must express my deepest thanks to Dr. Adrian Brito-Babapulle for his role in the process of the creation of this essence. Upon seeing a photo I sent to him of this orchid, he let me know that this was an important essence, and that it needed to be made between dawn and dusk. Once agin, he was spot on, and once again we have an exciting new essence to explore further!

Love's Secret is available now, and is listed on our website on the Single Essences page of the Living Tree Orchid Essences section.

With my best wishes,

                                 Jan. 26th 2011      Achamore House, Isle of Gigha


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