“Sweetgrass is best planted not by seed, but by putting roots directly into the ground,” writes Robin Wall Kimmerer. “Thus the plant is passed from hand to earth to hand across years and generations. Its favored habitat is sunny, well-watered meadows. it thrives along disturbed edges.”
Like sweetgrass, wisdom is best passed on person to person, rooted in place and time, so that the memory can access the learning easily and put it into practice.
And at this point in human history, there is an urgent need for practical wisdom – wisdom with an eye on both past and future – and where better to receive it than in a sunny, well-watered meadow – a traditional English festival field?