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Spotlight: Yardley Friends Meeting

The Quakers of Yardley Friends Meeting will be getting their hands dirty this spring, creating both a labyrinth and a set of raised garden beds.

The community is committed to creating a space for meditation and providing a growing site for medicinal herbs to be shared with the BIPOC community of Chester, PA who experience symptoms of poor immunity because of their proximity to a toxic waste dump.

The meditation space will consist of a six-ring Chartres-style labyrinth.

Labyrinths are simple walking paths leading into the center and back out again and are used to center oneself, focusing on the steps of the path inward to the center and then returning thoughtfully to the entrance.

They are often used as a tool for self-exploration and healing.

An infinite number of labyrinth designs have been created around the world. Yardley Friends will open their labyrinth to the community and hope to have it completed by June.

Another team of volunteers is springing into action building the raised beds for growing medicinal herbs.

Last November, Pamela Boyce-Simms from the African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition gave a presentation to the Quakers of Bucks County, inspiring Yardley Friends to find a way to contribute.

As a result, they have made a two-year commitment to supply root crops for the African Diaspora Plant Medicine Project, whose purpose is to help distressed communities of color with their own health and well-being by sharing knowledge and information about the potential efficacy of natural medicine made from plants such as burdock, dandelion and echinacea.

As the plants grow, Yardley Friends will take part in classes to learn about herbs and meet with others in the project to compare knowledge and explore questions.

It is also their intention to reach out into the greater community to share their experiences and discuss the healing effects of plant medicine and their uses.

By working together to help people achieve a healthier life, Yardley Quakers are working to make the world a better place, one step at a time.

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