The Lavender Way

by Andrea Butje on September 11, 2011

The Lavender WayWhile we were on Crete, we had the extraordinary opportunity to visit Gill and Derek Pearce at their organic lavender and olive farm, The Lavender Way.

The Lavender Way is the only organic lavender farm in Crete. They produce and sell essential oils, sachets, gels, spritzers, tea and hand-made wands, and they ship worldwide.

Lavender plants and olive trees clearly love each other! To show you pictures of these two growing in harmony together, I created a slideshow on Flickr (including all my pictures from Greece and Crete).

Within moments of meeting Gill and Derek, I felt as if I was meeting old friends. Their philosophy, approach to the plants, and love of beauty and essential oils left me feeling right at home. Gill showed us her remarkable journal tracking all the lavender plants and species, where they are planted and their progress. These lavender plants are well loved!

In the drying room were tables covered with lavender! Infusions of St Johns Wort and Carrot Seed were tucked away. Gill showed us the different species of lavender flowers and explained the different oils and products produced.

As we wandered through the lavender fields, we were greeted by mounds of vibrant healthy lavender, olive trees, wild herbs and bamboo . . . Oh and did I mention the view of the Aegean sea from their house? Beauty everywhere I looked!

The picture here was taken at the lunch we shared together at a local restaurant. We never even opened the menu–they just asked the chef what was fresh and platters of food arrived!

If you’re tempted to treat yourself to some wonderful lavender oils, wands or tea from Crete, this is the place!

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suzette October 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

just lovely to see Fukuoka teachings in practice, you can feel the joy and connections that happens when plants, earth… are loved, we can all do this. thanks


rachel October 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Thats my Uncle and Auntie … so proud of what they have achieved over the years…. will try to visit them again in 2013…xx


Bernadette September 13, 2011 at 9:47 am

Wow Andrea, you sure have manifested a life for yourself !!! 🙂 Was just talking about Greece with a friend last evening and then there were all your beautiful photos!
Thanks for the trip.


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