I am convinced that role models can help us achieve our own wishes and goals. That’s why I launched the series “conscious creatives telling their stories”. Here I would like to introduce you again and again to people who are consciously and creatively shaping their lives.
Rosi Mangger from “kraedu” is available to me today as an interview partner. I got to know her when I was traveling to St. Leonhard in the beautiful Passeiertal last fall for on-site research. And right from the beginning I was very enthusiastic about her and her work. How much she burns for her work, I could feel directly. Rosi shows us in the “Back to the wool” retreat the manufacturing process of some natural cosmetics products and shares her rich knowledge with us.
Dear Rosmarie, …
… you run an organic herb farm in the Passeiertal in South Tyrol and apply your plant knowledge in many ways. Was it always clear to you that you wanted to do this professionally?
The herbal farm I run since about 6 to 7 years. At the beginning I did not want to grow herbs, but my mentor Heinrich Abraham and my family, especially my husband Markus, encouraged and actively supported me. I certainly did not want to become a farmer’s wife.
At the age of 14 I started my education as a florist and gardener and started my own business with a flower shop at the age of 19.
When my children (now 13 and 10 years old) were born I realized that I did not want to work so much anymore, so I decided to garden at home to make something for ourselves.
It came quite differently. The small garden became a herbal kingdom, which now houses more than 500 varieties.
… have your parents been very open and conscious about life? Which aspect of your education had the most lasting effect on you?
My mother comes from a mountain farm and even as a toddler, I spent my holidays on the farm of my grandparents. Since my mother was mostly a single parent, my grandmother took over part of our education. She taught me a lot about nature and, above all, she was the one who awoke and fostered interest in plants in me.
But even at home in St. Leonhard, I grew up like a little tomboy. My mother set limits but not too many and we could develop as we wanted. I am grateful to her to this day and the 5 siblings of us still have a good relationship with her.
It was not easy for her and to be honest, we lacked nothing. She took care of that.
“For me, creativity is a constant evolution of my consciousness and healing – or the expression – of my soul.”
… you also make different products from your herbs. Do you orient yourself in compiling these recipes, or do you let your intuition guide you?
My herbal recipes are partly ancient traditions of my family and on the other hand, I have many of them intuitively changed and adapted to the time. But I have also developed many myself and tested on my family and friends. Always with great results!
Most of my intuition decides whether a new recipe comes on the market. In addition, the harvest is not always the same and that’s why I’m always tinkering.
… at some point, every person who deliberately deals with life will come to the question of how one can serve the world and the people with ones actions. Have you ever asked yourself this question?
Of course I have already dealt with this topic. I think that I should help those who seek and need my help. But even I can not work miracles. I have noticed that for many people it is enough to listen to them and maybe to give some advice.
… in which form do like-minded people play a role? Are you well off talking about the topics that move you deeply, or do you prefer to spend your time silently doing it?
It always depends on the person who is facing me. If she is open and honest, then I will reveal something about myself. Otherwise, my husband is the most important exchange partner in my life, because he deals with the same topic and we complement each other very well.
… what does it mean for you to live a creative life?
Creativity for me means a constant development of my consciousness and the healing – or the expression – of my soul. I am currently writing a book about my family’s herbal knowledge (coming out in the fall of 2020), but my passion is writing fairy tales. I’m still looking for a publisher. But also working in my garden and working as a florist are inspiration for me and there I can let free rein to my creativity.
Copyright Pictures: Rosmarie Mangger