What you'll do
We begin with education about butterflies in the SW Florida region. I'll talk about life cycle, breeding and feeding environments, as well as challenges they face. Next each guest will be equipped with their own color butterfly reference chart and water to have while we take a tour of the gardens. For those of you who are interested in drinking water that has real energy I'll also be offering crystal cocktails which is water infused with the energy of crystals. So off we'll go to look for different butterfly eggs, caterpillars chrysalis formations, and plants that different species use as host plants, and those they use for food. Each time you come you'll see different things depending on time of year, weather conditions, and new plant beds that have been added or changed. This way you're guaranteed of a new experiential adventure each time you visit! Just so you know, if while on your own exploring you choose to be silent (for any length of time) you're actually experiencing a powerful form of active meditation that I call "Nature Bathing". It has the same emotional and physical health benefits of sitting meditations, but you'll just feel like you're getting lost in the garden, moving around, fully experiencing life through all of your senses.
- Responsible interactions
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
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- Diverse animals
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I've spent the past 10 years creating different forms of experiential courses for people who want to take a break from everything, clear the mind and relax while also learning a bit about fascinating subjects like crystals, butterflies, sacred geometry and succulents. As self taught Master Gardener I'm passionate these days about creating Monarch way stations that are specifically designed to be a feast from Nature for our physical senses. Actively engaging our sense of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch is food for the Soul, and oftentimes spontaneously helps us to feel brighter and more inspired about life. 2018 - Property designated as a colossal sized Monarch way station by Monarch Watch 2017 - Interned with the the largest butterfly breeder in the country
I will provide bottled water to quench thirsts - it can be quite hot during certain times of the year
A waterproof guide on butterflies, their host plants and what they look like at different stages of life.
Navigation section for review pages
Where you'll be
A Monarch Waystation on my property designated as colossal in size by Monarch Watch a non profit organization dedicated to research of this amazing creature. Overall design and plantings of this garden are geared toward their complete life cycle and encourages healthy growth patterns. Guests will also enjoy a 6000 gallon Koi pond full of fish and turtles, and an amazing Faerie & Gnome garden for strolling and contemplation as well.
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Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend. This workshop demands the utmost care and consideration for everything contained in these natural surroundings. Nothing should be taken or touched in the gardens without permission or understanding that this is…
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
This course will be held outside so if the weather predicts heavy downpours or temperature below 60 degrees (when butterflies can't fly) - assume the class will be cancelled
Butterfly Way Station Experiential