actress Marsha Mason's biodynamic, certified organic New Mexico farm
And at Resting in the River, actress Marsha Mason's organically certified farm in Abiquiu, New Mexico (Georgia O'Keeffe country), preparations are being made for reaping the new spring crop - a crop of herbs and flowers that are the healing ingredients for the potions and lotions that have launched this four-time Oscar-nominated actress on a new and fulfilling career.
"I needed a new perspective... a new point of view," says Mason. She found that on the lush and fertile river-bottom acres of her New Mexico farm. A lifelong devotee of herbal remedies, Marsha Mason wanted to "create something healthy, that people would want and use." Putting her depth of knowledge, and her devotion to research, to good use, she worked from the soil up to create a farm that is a model for biodynamic methods, producing medicinal herbs that are renowned for their vitality and efficacy, earning for Resting in the River a major reputation among practicing herbalists and herbal laboratories.
Marsha Mason employs a Bolivian agronomist, Emigdio Ballon, to oversee the bio-
Making the leap from award-winning actress to working farmer was an experience Marsha Mason recounted memorably in her bestselling book, "Journey: a Personal Odyssey" (Simon & Schuster, 2000), a moving memoir of how, and why, she renounced a lucrative film and stage career, chucked her posh Malibu lifestyle and moved, lock, stock and station wagon, to a remote spot in rural New Mexico.
As Mason describes it, her life has been a series of journeys (seemingly without a boring moment in any of them). As to why she took this particular journey, "I hoped I'd find a completely new existence, a different life that would bring sustained peace and enjoyment". She did.
Today, Marsha Mason lives in a rambling ranch house inspired by an Argentine estancia, overlooking New Mexico's spectacular red-rock country and the Cerro Pedernal, that flat-topped mountain that inspired many of artist Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings. You can't get more peaceful than that!
Opting for peace and quiet in the serene New Mexico countryside didn't mean Marsha Mason would forsake the footlights. Not for an instant! This dual Golden Globe winner, four-time Oscar nominee and once-and-always "Goodbye Girl" (the role written for her by former husband Neil Simon) simply donned a different hat (one of many she changes with regularity) and continues to perform in theater, television and film while pursuing her full-time farming career.
Mason recently starred in the Santa Fe Stages production of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" and was featured in the 2001 television mini-series, "Me and My Shadows". Her most current television role: opposite long-time film mate, Richard Dreyfuss, in his series "The Education of Max Bickford", which aired April 21.
Marsha Mason Resting in the River Products
also are available at Sombria, in Santa Fe.
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Autumn in Abiquiu - a festive mix of bright orange coreopsis flowers, purple bee balm and red rosehip buds with orange, cinnamon, spruce, patchouli and clove essences.
Evergreen - cobalt blue bachelor's buttons and green leaves mixed with orange calendula flowers and the essence of pine and spruce needles.
Lavender - lavender blossoms, bachelor's buttons, purple larkspur and accents of red cockscomb, scented with lavender essence.
Sunshine - a sunny combination of orange calendula and red straw flowers, with orange, mandarin, pine needle, benzoin and spikenard essence.
Each potpourri is packaged in a recyclable calendula paper box (Just plant the box and next season reap the calendulas!) with its own 1 ml. refresher oil. Potpourri also is available in a colorful gauze sachet bag, perfect for tucking into lingerie drawer or closet.
Essential Oils, 1/3 ounce bottle, $12.49.
Who better to dispense beauty advice than a bona fide stage, film and television star... especially when she's made a life's study of curative, beautifying potions. So watch for a new collection of Marsha Mason's Resting in the River Bath & Body Products, coming in the summer of 2002. And expect to find products such as Bath Soaps, Bath Salts and Salt Scrubs, formulated in exciting new herbal combinations with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and skin-nourishing properties.
And after that... watch for a brand-new collection of dietary supplements, still in development. We'll keep you informed!
All photos by Mark Nohl except for Santa Fe Stages photo, by Paul Slaughter.
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