About Patricia and Donald
Our ranch is our life’s project. It adds richness to our lives, is an avenue for sharing the things we care about and for enacting what we find important in the world. We have come to the vision of an ecologically-minded, spiritually infused, tended world from different backgrounds—Jungian psychology and architecture—but have created our ranch in a way which encompasses it all. We find meditation on the land, whether that be Donald chopping wood, designing and building structures, and hand distilling the lavender, or Patricia browsing our goats and discovering the nuances of the land in wild strawberries hiding, in the progression of wild flowers beginning in January, or coyotes passing through.
Patricia Damery is an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and is in private practice in Napa, California.
She grew up on small farm in the Midwest in a culture that no longer exists. Early on she experienced the pull of spirit of place, or the genius loci, often depicted as a serpent. Most of her writing concerns the lively experience of spirit of place. Learning to work with the earth through the practices of Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamics was a natural progression.
As the result of a shocking experience during her candidacy to become a Jungian analyst, and concurrently, a crisis with the ripening of a grape crop, she was forced to seek help from alternative traditions, including a spiritual teacher and a biodynamic consultant. The account of this is chronicled in Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation. She has written numerous articles, two novels, Snakes and Goatsong, and co-edited Marked by Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way. She also maintains two blogs: www.harms-ecolog.com and www.patriciadamery.com.
Donald Harms is a retired architect who also grew up on a small farm in the Midwest. In 1981 he purchased the Napa Valley land which has become Harms Vineyards and Lavender Fields.
During his student years he had the privilege with Mies van der Rohe (Illinois Institute of Technology) before transferring to the College of Design in Raleigh, North Carolina. There he studied with Horacio Caminos, Eduardo Catalano, and George Matsumoto. For years he worked designing homes, was Assistant Chief of Planning for the East Bay Regional Park District, and later formed his own firm designing hospitals. From the beginning he used a proportioning system that uses the golden mean. Every building he has designed resonates with this geometric proportion.
Besides distilling all our aromatics and managing our farming operation with Patricia, Donald now is writing several books on geometry and its relationship to the philosophical-psychological self. His manuscript Geometry of the Self is nearing completion.
He is also working with his son Lutrell Harms to make ready for production a modern chair that Donald designed 40 years ago.
What people are saying about Harms Vineyards & Lavender Fields
A glimpse of our Open House:
Napa Valley Register – Purple Haze
A feature on how we farm:
Vineyard and lavender farm branches out into ‘biodynamics’
A bit about our winegrowing:
Chardonnay – Organic Wine Match of the Day
Our region is ideal for lavender, and we are featured as Napa lavender growers:
Not Just the Wine Is Purple: Lavender Wafts Across Sonoma
These are some of our friends. They are great resources, and we have learned from them throughout the years. They are busy doing incredible work which inspires us.
The Biodynamic Association (BDA) is an association of individuals and organizations who are committed to the transformation of the whole food system, from farm to table, and who draw inspiration from the spiritual-scientific insights of Rudolf Steiner. They have been a resource and a source of community and education for us as we continue to study Biodynamics.
The writings of C.G. Jung have inspired our lives and practices. Ponder the collective unconscious or the geometric proportions in Jung’s mandalas while relaxing with a lavender tea infusion.
With vast knowledge of the history of this region, The Suscol Intertribal Council has invaluable wisdom. The Council works to preserve Native American Traditions and serves as a cultural center for Native. We have been fortunate to have them share their wisdom at our Annual Open House.
Pure skincare products crafted in Sonoma County which use our hydrosols and oils.
- We pledge to grow, harvest, and create our products in a way which respects the ecological and energetic needs of the land and its inhabitants.
- We strive to enhance the fertility and balance of the land and create pure products with consciously sourced packaging.
- We support living wages for our workers and safe work environments.