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Class Descriptions Session 2 • May 27-30, 2011

Class descriptions: Session 1Session 2 Session 3

Ana Stayton & Randi Seidner

1. INTENSIVE: How to Make and Integrate Super-Foods into your Daily Living
We will discuss, sample and create with some of nature’s most powerful foods. We will look at ways to incorporate them rhythmically; daily, weekly, seasonally. These foods can quickly increase the health value of our daily diet, boost and re-build the various systems of our body-mind, promote optimum health and wellness, and bring more clarity, harmony and calm. How does food as medicine empower us and our families? We will explore the benefits of change of season broths, soaking and sprouting seeds, nuts and grains, incorporating herbal sprinkles, green weed drinks, kraut-making, and other super food favs. Come join as we transform food to medicine, share food rhythms and strategies, discover new ingredients, techniques, and taste and create together.

Andrea Shafir, L.Ac.

1. INTENSIVE: Chinese Energetics of Local Western Herbs
This class will first present the framework of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and then give women the opportunity to place local Western herbs within that context. Ideas about effective herbal combinations that address common conditions as they relate to Chinese energetics will be explored.

2. Chinese Tonics for Recovery and Revitalization
This class will familiarize participants with the appropriate use of a handful of stellar, tonic formulae from the Chinese herbal master, Zhang ZhongJing.  These herbal prescriptions for recovery and revitalization from childbirth, surgery and serious illness have stood the test of time, and have been used successfully for nearly 2000 years! 

April Faith Hirschman

1. Belly Dance all levels
Come explore the mystery of this ancient and sacred female Dance. Through slow movements, percussive movements and lively steps we dance one of the oldest dances. We will also have time appreciating the inherent beauty of our bodies.

Bridget Owen, MH, CLC

1. Flower Essences, Simple, Safe & Effective Healing Modality, part 1 beginning/intermediate
The vibrational healing force of flower essences address illness and various ailments & common imbalances on a subtle level. They gently stimulate the body's ability for balance and sense of physical and emotional well-being by affecting the individual not the dis-ease. Each flower remedy contains the vibrational pattern of a particular flower that resonates in harmony with a particular human vibration and personality pattern. They are safe for people of all ages and there are no harmful side effects. They are easy to make, easy to administer and can bring calm to just about any situation in life.

2. Flower Essences, part 2   beginning/intermediate
We will continue. See part 1 for full description.

3. Herb Walk    beginning/intermediate
Learn to identify and use many edible and medicinal plants that grow wild in the local area. We will discuss wild-crafting, plant lore, pharmacology, and recipes for tea and wild foods.

4. Honoring Our Cycles, Honoring Ourselves: Choosing Health and Vitality, Hormonal Balance and Ease intermediate
Enhance your vitality, and celebrate your natural cycles this spring with women’s wisdom, herbs and nutrition to restore, replenish and balance your system as well as prevent and alleviate PMS and other reproductive imbalances. You’ll also learn yoga sequences to tone and stimulate your endocrine and reproductive systems. Dress in comfortable layers. Bring a notebook and a pen. Hand-outs included. Open to women in all cycles of life.

Cara Saunders

1. Herbs for Healthy Skin, Hair, and Nails   beginning
We will explore herbs that can be used topically and internally to promote beautiful and healthy skin, hair, and nails. We will discuss, taste, and feel herbal tinctures, massage oils, hair oil, face scrub, face toner, and salves.

2. Herbal Medicine for First Aid, part 1   beginning
Explore California native plants and locally abundant weeds that can be used as first aid remedies to heal cuts, bruises, sprains, burns, stings, colds, flu, infections, headaches, insomnia, and many more common illnesses and injuries. You will learn how to identify seven different plants that can be used in first aid situations. You will learn how you can use these herbs prepared as organic tinctures and salves or fresh from your garden or in the wild. We will read first aid scenarios and practice using the herbs that we learned about.

3. Herbal Medicine for First Aid, part 2   beginning
We will continue. See part 1 for full descriptions.

4. Herbs for Prevention and Staying Healthy beginning
We will look at our personal constitution and family medical history to guide us in choosing herbs that best suit our needs for preventing disease and best support our bodies for staying strong and healthy.

Christa Sinadinos

1. The Adrenals and Adaptogen Herbs, part 1  advanced
Have you ever wondered how the adrenals function? Or how stress causes you to feel burnt out? Crispy fried adrenals aren't just a popular item on the menu at a dive bar. Attend this two part class to gain an understanding of how these amazing endocrine glands have such a profound influence on many bodily functions and learn about some adaptogen herbs that remedy imbalances of the adrenals. The first portion of the two part class provides a physiologic overview of the adrenals glands. The second part of the class covers a materia medica repertoire of adaptogen herbs that help to remedy adrenal depletion.

2. The Adrenals and Adaptogen Herbs, part 2   advanced
We will continue. This second part covers a materia medica repertoire of adaptogen herbs that help to remedy adrenal depletion. See part 1 for full description.

3. Aromatherapy for the Nervous System   advanced
We will discuss essential oils that alleviate stress and anxiety, reduce tension, elevate your mood, as well as energizing essential oils. Lots of oils will be passed around, so come ready to inhale your way to bliss.

4. Aromatherapy for the Respiratory System   advanced
Have you ever wondered how you can use essential oils to treat a cold, sore throat, sinus or lung infection? You will learn about essential oils that support your immune, lymphatic, and respiratory systems in this class. The first portion of class will be spent reviewing methods of application of essential oils and terminology; please arrive on time. Numerous oils will be passed around for remainder of the class.

Debra Riordan, C.A.S.

1. INTENSIVE:  Ayurvedic Psychology   all levels
Psychology is one of the eight primary subjects discussed in the ancient Vedic texts and can be practically applied with clients today. Personality types, stress response differences and even specific thought processes can be viewed through the Ayurvedic lens and consequently, treatment strategy can be developed utilizing personalized lifestyle practices, herbs, nutrition, aromatherapy and other ayurvedic tools. Ayurvedic psychology can be applied to support healthy changes as well as meeting concerns such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, addictions, lack of focus, stress reactivity, etc. Strategy for those on medication will also be discussed.

2. Peri-Menopause, Menopause and Post-Menopause
Ayurveda offers support for achieving healthy balance during these three honorable & celebratory phases of a woman's life.  Herbal therapy, nutrition, lifestyle recommendations, bodywork and many other ayurvedic modalities can reduce specific symptoms and support healthy transition at each phase of this process. Case studies and herbal samples will be included in this class.

3. Working With Serious Digestive Disorders Such As Chronic Constipation, IBS, GERD, Systemic Candida, Etc.
Ayurveda views the digestive system as the key to health and well-being and therefore this modality excels at the treatment of mild as well as more serious digestive issues.  Specific herbal, nutritional and lifestyle strategies will be discussed for chronic and complicated digestive issues. Specific case studies will illustrate one Ayurvedic practitioner's approach.

Jamie Capranos

1. INTENSIVE: Homeopathy for Midwifery  intermediate/advanced
Designed for the lay person, mother, doula, midwife, herbalist or homeopath, this class will cover a comprehensive introduction to homeopathy and how it works. The focus of the class will be materia medica and will cover remedies for: Shock, trauma, anxiety, excessive fear during labour; posterior babies / mal-position, back labor,  pre-mature labor, stalled labor, homeopathic “induction”, extreme labor pain, irregular labor, retained placenta, hemmorrhage, and healing after birth.

2. The Spirit of Practical Homeopathy, part 1   all levels
Designed for the lay person or health practitioner unfamiliar with this system of healing, this comprehensive class serves as a solid introduction to homeopathy: What is it, how does it work, and how is it different or similar to herbal medicine. We will discuss how to use herbs and homeopathy together, and when would one choose herbs over homeopathy and vice versa. Materia medica will be the heart of the class. Twelve to 20 remedies will be discussed at length with case examples. Potency and dose will be covered. We will learn remedies that address: Shock, anxiety, pain, inflammation, influenza, colds, insomnia, menstrual cramps, peri-menopausal flooding, anxiety, grief, stage-fright, emotional overwhelm & exhaustion, headaches, indigestion and more.

3. The Spirit of Practical Homeopathy, part 2   all levels 
We will continue. See part 1 for full description.

Jennipher Lommen

1. Soak It In - The Magic of the Skin and the Healing Power of Herbal Soaking   beginning/intermediate
How can we make use of the amazing receptivity of this wonderful sense organ that we call the skin?  The medicinal qualities of many herbs and essential oils can be used in topical formulas to treat a variety of common complaints, from wounds and rashes to deeper troubles like aches, sprains and even broken bones.  Sometimes we can even treat troubles like bellyaches and coughs with external treatments. We will discuss ways to prepare herbs for external use such as herbal baths, foot or hand soaks, compresses, poultices, infused oils and salves. Special tips on how to work with babies, children and even pets who often reject internal herbal remedies, but happily comply with warm herbal skin treatments.  

2. Herbal Allies for the Senses - Working With Herbs and Nature to Promote Healthy Development and Nourish the Senses beginning, a class for parents, teachers and caregivers of young children
In this class we will discuss the five senses we all know and also discuss the 12 senses that are an integral part of Waldorf education as well as how they all relate to healthy child development. In Jennipher’s years as a parent and a home school teacher she has found ways to integrate herbal remedies and work with sensory nourishment. One easy example is the use of warm lavender scented face cloths used each morning to nurture the senses of touch and the sense of life. Another example is a game of foot fishing, filling a large pot with either warm scented water or with dry smooth beans and "hiding" several natural objects inside the pot. A child who is out of sorts or "ungrounded" often finds this game of searching with the toes for the hidden treasures to be very soothing and we would say that they address the senses of touch and well-being.

Julie Drucker

1. Dances of the Plants, 1   all levels
Every creature on this earth is endowed with a spirit—rocks, water, plants, people—in that spirit is the energy of its ancestors; the energy of its essence. It is this spirit that transmits its dance to us. This experiential class will show women how to find each plant's dance in their own bodies. We will share the dances as a whole group and finish with a "closing tree dance."

2. Dances of the Plants, 2   all levels
Every creature on this earth is endowed with a spirit - rocks, water, plants, people - in that spirit is the energy of its ancestors; the energy of its essence. It is this spirit that transmits its dance to us. This experiential class will build on the first 'Dances of the Plants' class but is open to all levels. It will focus on specific ailments and how plants' dances can heal us.

Kami McBride

1. Women’s Blood Mysteries    all levels
How do we experience our female cycles of menarche, menstruation, fertility, and menopause? More than 600,000 American women have hysterectomies annually in the U.S. and the use of harmful pharmaceutical drugs are commonplace for every phase of a Women’s cycle. Author of 105 Ways to Celebrate Menstruation, Kami helps you to work with the physiology of your cycle. Embrace the power of your bleeding time and re-weave a cultural context for honoring the female womb cycles as sacred.

2. The Herbal Kitchen    all levels
Do you enjoy eating garlic bread? Does oregano always find its way into your spaghetti sauce? Then you are participating in the ancient tradition of using herbs to enhance the health benefits and digestibility of your food. Inspired by Kami’s new book, The Herbal Kitchen we will explore the extraordinary pharmacy that exists in your own kitchen and learn how to put more herbs into your meals than you thought possible.

Karen Aguiar and Terri Jensen

A Beginner’s Orientation: The Insiders Guide to Fun, Frolic and Wisdom at NCWHS    new comers
First time here? Been here before but still not too sure? Come hang out with us, and we’ll give you the NCWHS low-down. We’ll let you in on the inside scoop so you’ll know your way around and have a direct line to the fun, frolic, and the wisdom that we’ve been blessed with for 21 years!

Katrina Sky Weaver

1. Basket Weaving, part 1   all levels
Come join us in the ancient art of BASKET WEAVING. We will make a traditional Appalachian style basket. Also know as an egg basket, a melon basket or a butt basket….We will use locally harvested materials, as well as sea grass and hemp twine. We will discuss their origin, and harvesting practices, and preparation for weaving.

We will discuss native & non-native plants used for weaving as well as harvesting times and preparation. We will discuss what you can plant in your own garden to cultivate and harvest for your own weaving adventure.

Please bring clippers or scissors, if you have some. All weaving materials provided (donation of materials welcome!)

2. Basket Weaving, part 2   all levels
We will continue. See part 1 for full description.

Kym Trippsmith

1.  Singing in the Key of Trees
If you go outside and close your eyes, you can hear the symphony of the earth. Being able to hear this amazing symphony depends on each person’s state of attention. We will do a few exercises that help each person to listen and separate out different elements of the natural world’s symphony. Learning how to join your voice with this ongoing symphony is the focus of this workshop. Each participant will be coached on translating what they hear into a melody line of notes, words and rhythms. We will then each share our spirit songs with the rest of the participants.

2. How to Finally Write That Book

Meryl Juniper

1. INTENSIVE: Paper Making: Ancient Craft ~ Contemporary Wisdom ~ Playful Medium all levels, children welcome, ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult

In this exploration of creative craftswomynship we will delight in the many aspects of this ancient craft. We will cook and beat fibers from scratch, use cambium fibers form Asia and explore combinations of recycled fibers, ancient and contemporary sheet formations techniques, wet collage and express our creativity within this extensive very tactile medium, plan to get wet and swim in the fibers of this experience.

2. What To Do With All Those Handmade Sheets Of Beautiful Paper  all levels

3. Salve Making for the New Commer   beginning
In this sweet short session we will take a look at how to select your personal recipe, explore sources and qualities of herbs. We will discover potential growing, harvesting and drying techniques. We will learn about oil infusion potentials and the use of essential oils and combinations of additional healing oils such as shea butter, coconut butter and oil and Vitamin E. You will go home with salve infusing and the skills to strain it and thicken it after it has completed its infusion process.


1. Aquae Vitae    all levels
The waters of life...well, we women know a thing or two about THAT!  The waters in our wombs are sources of life, healing, growth, emotion, and change. Adding sacred herbs in a ritual fashion helps create powerful potions to bring forth justice, heal energetic and emotional wounds, banish the blues, and open to a greater joie de vivre. We'll go over several recipes for magical baths and washes, including Aqua Nigredo, the black water that washes away harm and creates protection, Aqua Lacteus, a white bath that helps purify and nurture a wounded body/spirit, and Aqua Sanguineus, a red bath to support life, fertility, and happiness. This class is about herbs, waters, Incantations muttered in Latin, phases of the moon, and real, deep, old-fashioned women's witchery.

2. Herbs of the Ancestors    all levels
In this workshop, Rabbit will share historical and magical lore regarding funereal herbs, herbs used for preparing bodies for burial, herbs used to help create communication with those on the other side of the Veil, and herbal charms you might make to honor your own Ancestors.  There will be a guided meditation and charm working as part of this workshop, so that each woman may connect with an ancestor or spirit guide for the purpose of creating healing in her own life.  If you feel burdened by family history of addiction, genetic diseases, limitations on prosperity, legacies of suffering around slavery/witch burnings/Holocaust/war, religious persecution, or other painful karmas/attachments/anguish, this is a shamanic workshop designed to help you begin to heal those stories and build a more positive hope for the future.  The plant allies have witnessed many pains and challenges of the human race, and they help us to transform our suffering so that we may be more joyful, responsible, forward-thinking stewards of the Earth.

3. Priestess of the Plants, part 1   all levels
In part 1 of this class, we will collaboratively envision a ritual around women healing the Earth through their innate natural connection to the plants. Topics covered in this session will include: how to build a good ritual outline that makes use of your herbal knowledge of potions, guided journeys/meditations, ritual washing, smudging and blessing with sacred oils, and collaborative storytelling from the perspective of the plants. In part 2, we will put it all together and collaboratively perform the ritual we have designed, where each woman in attendance has the opportunity to be both Priestess and participant. These workshops are designed to help women who love plants feel more comfortable and confident leading circles and rituals, with a goal being that you return to your homes and communities embodying your sacred role as Priestess of the Plants. There is no size limit to this class, and all participants will be offered important jobs in the culminating ritual.

4. Priestess of the Plants, part 2   all levels
We will continue. See part 1 for full description.

Rev. Taica Patience

1. Keeping Sex Sacred and Alive, a Women’s Wisdom Circle About Sex   all levels
In this workshop we will share wisdom (plant and otherwise) and stories about living a balanced, rich and healthy sex life whether with a partner, partners or single. This workshop will be lesbian and bi sensitive, aiming to be inclusive of all women and their differing sexualities. We will bring the sometimes taboo subject of sex into sacred conversation and sacred space in order to support each other in de-shaming and reclaiming our divine sexual natures, and seeing the sacred in our sexual desire, while also looking lovingly at places where we can fall out of integrity with ourselves in our expressions of sex. We will bring in such topics as sex magic, sex prayer, devotional sex, sex as a spiritual practice, better sex through open communication, and keeping sex alive in long term relationships and through and after menopause. 1.

2. Plant Guide Journey with Our Beautiful Bodies,  part 1  all levels
After creating sacred space, we will use meditation, walking meditation and guided meditation with a drum to connect with a particular plant guide. We will then have a wisdom council to share about our journeys and our plants. In the second part of the workshop we will form small groups and use ancient women’s tradition of sacred body adornment to each other in whatever the way that our plant has show or guided us in the meditation – We'll use the sacred and ancient art of henna and the newer one of body paints, along with hair art (hair wraps and braids). We will be doing this in sacred space, and creating ritual art, infusing the images and our bodies with the spiritual qualities that our plant guide supports us in calling in.

3. Plant Guide Journey with Our Beautiful Bodies,  part 2  all levels
We will continue. See part 1 for full description.

4. The Plants and the People, We Give Each Other Breath; A Transformational Breath Journey  all levels
We make the air that the plants breathe. They make the air that we breathe. We are in a symbiotic relationship. The plants need us just as we need them. This workshop will take each woman on a mystical journey to discover the true magic in the breath that Spirit gives us through plants. This workshop will include a full session of Transformational Breath.


High Crone Jill 

1. Loving Life After Menopause
Crones, come share lunch with other Wise Crones. We will discuss loving life after menopause, finding joy, appreciation, and health in our Crone years. We will also discuss our part in the Maiden’s Rites of Passage Ceremony and our own Crone’s Honoring Ritual.

2. The Spirit Side of Being a Crone, part 1
This is time to reflect and share our experiences of Cronehood and our love for our Wise Crone ways and bodies. Past menopause and into memorypause, we will tell our stories. A time to make a ritual Crone Broom will follow.

3. The Spirit Side of Being A Crone, part 2
Crones, come share another lunch with other Wise Crones. We will continue our plans for the Maiden's Rites of Passage and our own Crone's Honoring Ritual.

4. Honoring the Loss of an Unborn Child
Join us for a quiet honoring of the loss of an unborn child through miscarriage or abortion.

Young Women

Terri Jensen

1. Dragontime newly menstruating young women

Welcome maidens, to the Circle of Women! Join us in celebrating the beauty and strength of this phase of your life, the time of your bloods. We will explore ideas and feelings, hear stories, make things to care for ourselves and prepare for the Maiden' s Rites of Passage Ceremony to be held Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. Any young woman who would like to go through the Maiden Ceremony must attend this class.

Mid-Kid Classes

Mid-Kid Classes

April Faith Hirschman

1. Belly Dance for Mid kids mid-kids, ages 7-11
Come explore the mystery of this ancient Dance. Through slow movements, fast movements and lively steps we dance one of the oldest dances. We will also have time appreciating the beauty of our bodies

Jennipher Lommen

1. Forest Children: Forest Felt-Crown Making for Mid-Kids   limited to 25 mid-kids
We will make lovely handmade forest felt-crowns, decorating them with felt flowers, felt leafs, felt acorns, felt stars, and other felt forest treasures. We will be doing some simple sewing with felt.  Younger children may join if there is room, but non-sewing little ones will need extra grown up hands to help out! 

Katrina Weaver

1.Rattle Weaving with Katrina   ages 7-11

We will weave JOY rattles with materials Katrina has gathered, including Watsonia grass, philodendron leaf, & New Zealand Flax, as well as Hemp twine, sea grass & reed.  We will discuss the wonderful world of weaving, and all our plant friends that want to be made into something magical. Class is limited to 13 mid kids.

Rebecca Rusoff Armstrong

1. Puppet Making And Puppet Play mid-kids, ages 8 and up, younger age welcome with adult assistance
Create puppets from the sea! Listen to a story of magic which will help us create our own sea puppets made out of unique materials- the most unique of all being sea weed!! After the puppets are made, we will have fun creating their personalities and (time permitting) put on a show for the childcare!

2. Fairy Houses and Nature Altars mid-kids, ages 5 and up
How well do we know the beautiful sacred land around our camp? Come walk, sing, and look for magical sacred places where we will take what nature has given us and create homes for our local fairy folk. We will explore as a group, find a secret snacking place, and create altars for our nature allies to feel nurtured by us. Walk, sing, and create!!

3. Drama Games And Nature Skits mid-kids, ages 5 and up, teenagers alos welcome for more in depth work!!
Warm up our creativity with some fun drama games where we will get to know each other better. Learn to use our whole bodies, and strong voices to express ourselves. The younger children will create poetry and skits to perform at the children's talent show. The teenagers will either create (with my help and ideas if needed) their own skits, or add body movement to already written poetry.

4. Nature Mandala Journeys mid-kids, ages 8 and up, ages 5-7 welcome with adult assistance
Come join us and we explore the different colors and feelings that reside within ourselves. We will each have a beautiful mandala to color using natural materials. Each layer of the mandala will coincide with a different place within ourselves. Create our own mandala which is sacred to ourselves.

Morning Movement Classes

Other Classes

Stargazer Li

1. Stargazing With Li, 1 (all levels)
Come gaze at the stars sparkling in the night sky. Learn to find your way around the sky and identify the spring constellations and brightest stars, and hear the stories associated with them. Li uses a greenlaser pointer to trace the constellations that makes it easy for everyone to see exactly which stars we’re looking at. Bring a blanket or sleeping bag for warmth and comfort.

2. Stargazing With Li, 2(all levels)
The class repeats.


How to Make and Integrate Super-Foods into your Daily Living Ana Stayton & Randi Seidner

Chinese Energetics of Local Western Herbs Andrea Shafir, L. AC.

Ayurvedic Psychology Debra Riordan

Homeopathy for Midwifery Jamie Capranos

Paper Making Meryl Juniper