If you enjoyed that clip, the whole film can be watched here, on the filmmaker’s page. I watched it last night, and was moved by this portrait of the remarkable, utterly individual Juliette de Bairacli Levy, a majorly original and influential British herbalist.
Her life attests to living with passion, love, curiosity, a sense of being free.
This film spends gentle time with Juliette, and places her in the context of the history of herbalism, including modern herbalism with the great teachers Rosemary Gladstar (of Fire Cider fame for one) and Susun Weed whose book Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way I’ve already bought as a helpful guide when this part of life begins for me.
And you’ll hear Helen Nearing speaking about the conscious death of her husband Scott; I really would like to read her later books about aging and dying.
Many of you will really want to watch this film. I tingle when Juliette speaks about gratitude to plants and how to forage, what to take and what to leave, and how bees are treated and what must change. Her great compassion and desire for the wildness and freedom of animals is truly moving. And watching her swim is just astonishingly lovely.
If you like dogs, there’s loads for you as well.
I’m grateful for this loving portrait, and am happy to be posting it among all the recent filmic links to films about exemplary, inspiring people, including Ruth Stout, Patrice Fortier and Frank Cook, and Ed and Cindi John.