Written by Javay Frye-Nekrasova
Harvest Edition, 2024.
Create the Space
Before you can tune into the hum of nature, you have to prep your space. So head on out to your shed or the nearest hardware store and get yourself a rake––unless you are into the manual labor of picking up each leaf individually. You are going to rake together a leaf pile as big as your heart desires, or as large as you have enough leaves, preferably on dry days when it is easiest to rake.
Though the goal is to smoke some greenery while enjoying the scenery. With that you have to be mindful that autumn leaves, especially when dry, can – and do – burn. To minimize chances of starting an unwanted fire, you are going to want to consider the mode of consumption. I would recommend avoiding pre-rolls, blunts, or spliffs. If you accidentally ash into the leaves, or suddenly experience a fallen “cherry,” the leaves may catch on fire. Bongs, pipes or edibles are probably the best way to go.
Hanging in a leaf pile probably hasn’t interested you since you were young, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be an amazing experience now. You can add some warmth to your leaf pile with a blanket. If the thought of climbing up and down from the ground has you weary, try building your leaf pile around an outdoor chair like a camping or an Adirondack chair. Grab a warm seasonal beverage like an apple cider or a pumpkin flavored drink to add to the fall feels. If you’re rich in leaf litter, you have the privilege of getting creative with your sculpture by creating a conversation pit, even if you’re talking with the crows.
Savor the Experience
Now that you have a luscious leaf pile and are in the headspace to commune with nature, enjoy it. Take in the colors of the changing leaves, let the wind whisper in your ear and listen to the crinkle of the leaves under your body. Fall is a time of change and death before rebirth; contemplate the things that you want to part with as we turn our own new leaf and prepare to hibernate.