1. Building Vitality According to Chinese Medicine: Beyond Cleansing Rebuilding Vitality! Tonic Herbs and Lifestyle for Rejuvenation - all levels
So many people are worn out, tired, depressed and sick. So often in the healing circles we hear about cleansing, cleaning out and fasting with no regard for the rebuilding that so many people need. Our bodies are like self cleaning ovens and will take care of the cleansing if we give it the food and herbs that help with the vital force. In this class we will go over various traditions that help with the rebuilding.
2. Traditional Formulation from Chinese and Western Herbal Traditions, part 1 - intermediate/advanced
People learning about herbs sometimes forget all the different ways to utilize the healing plants for friends family and clients. Many people only give tinctures and forgot all the others ways to administer herbs. With over 25 years practice in clinical herbal medicine Candis will go over the principles of herbal preparations and formulation used for hundreds of years in Chinese, Indian, Persian and European herbal traditions. There will be samples of herbs, powders, pastes and more in this class.
3. Traditional Formulation from Chinese and Western Herbal Traditions, part 2 - intermediate/advanced
We will continue. See part 1 for full description.
1. INTENSIVE: Secrets of Happiness from the Golden Cabinet - intermediate/advanced
The Golden Cabinet is a classical Chinese medical Text written over 2,000 years ago. This is where you find the real gold of Chinese Herbal Medicine specifically written addressing Women’s health concerns. Formulas and modifications to diet will be discussed that treats depression, anxiety, stress, fertility PMS and menopause. These are the classical formulas that are as relevant today as they were 2,000 years ago. The class will assume that you have some herbal background in Western or Chinese Herbology.Basic pulse and tongue diagnosis techniques will be explored in the intensive.
2. Asian Plant Stories, Wisdom and Folklore - all levels
Naomi is a professional storyteller and Acupuncturist and herbalist. From her travels to Taiwan, Korea, and Japan she has collected many plant stories, and she will share her favorite traditional Asian legends of plant wisdom and medical applications. You will have the opportunity to be part of the traditional method of imparting herbal knowledge through storytelling. This is an educational and entertaining class for everyone!
1. Odissi - Indian Temple Dance
Odissi is a form of Tantric yoga-dance originating in the temples of ancient India. This class will introduce the fundamental principles of Odissi Dance, including the basic positions, Chouka and Tribhangi, which represent the male and female principles. Instruction in traditional hand mudras, rhythmic foot work, and the unique quality of devotional expression weave together to create an exciting practice that slims your waist, tones your abs, bottom, and thighs, and gets you glowing like a Goddess! The moves are playful, elegant, graceful, and sensual, and will make you look and feel amazing.
1. INTENSIVE: Growing Six Herbs from Seed to Harvest - all levels
We will cover the following list of plants, from seed to harvest:
We will discuss in depth the propagation, growing requirements and harvest technique as well as the timing for each herb. This class will be oriented to folks already actively gardening as well as those just getting started on their Medicinal gardens.
2. So You Think You Want to Grow Herbs? Opportunities in the Herbal Marketplace: Bringing the Direct Plant Connection Back to Herbal Medicine - all levels
Come explore numerous possibilities for small businesses to sprout, serving the plant growing side of Herbal Medicine. We will explore the numerous forms a small plant based business can take, along with the rising demand for high quality, locally grown herbs.
2. So You Think You Want to Grow Herbs? Opportunities in the Herbal Marketplace - all levels
We will explore opportunities for plant lovers and growers to enhance the local medicinal plant presence in the herbal marketplace.
1. Magical and Medicinal Qualities of Mugwort, part 1 - all levels
Mugwort is a common herb that grows under many conditions across a large portion of the globe. However, unless you are an acupuncturinst who uses it for moxabustion, you may be unaware of its tremendous healing powers. Before being used in acunpuncture, mugwort was burned by shaman-healers to connect with source and elicit healing change in their patients. This plant is a shape-shifter and a potent catalyst for supporting change within us on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.
In the first half of this class we will cover many of the ways mugwort has been used across time, as food, medicine, and magical ally. Students will have the opportunity to see, smell, feel, taste, and sketch the plant in preparation for embarking on an inner journey to meet the guiding spirit or essence of mugwort. As a way of further deepening our connection to mugwort we will exchange stories about our experience with the plant spirit. If time permits, students may sew a simple dream pillow stuffed with dried mugwort and lavender.
2. Magical and Medicinal Qualities of Mugwort, part 2 - all levels
In the second half of the class students will learn many first-aid and personal energy balancing skills that they can employ to bring healing to themsleves and others, drawing on their initiated relationship with mugwort. Some of these skills include accelerating wound healing, releasing muscle spasms and correcting spinal misallignment, and balancing one's chakras (or energy centers) to increase emotional ease, access to energy, and psycho-spiritual development.
1. Indigo Workshop, part 1 - all levels
The secrets of the ancient blue dye plant indigofera tinctoria are explored in this workshop. Indigo is a different process than the other natural dyes. Vat indigo is an alkaline solution with the oxygen removed. The cloth is dipped in the vat and emerges a yellow-green. As the fabric is exposed to oxygen, it turns a lovely blue right before your eyes! Students will help prepare the indigo vat for dyeing. We will be dyeing rayon scarves and cotton fabrics. We will fold and tie the cloths in various ways to produce beautiful shibori (Japanese tie-dye) designs, then take home the pieces we have dyed, as well as two indigo recipes.
2. Indigo Workshop, part 2 - all levels
We will continue. See Indigo workshop, part 1, for full description.
3. Handspinning Hemp Fiber - all levels
Learn about the history, the uses and the lore of hemp. We will learn all about hemp fiber and try our hands at spinning it into yarn with the use of a supported spindle. Limited to 20 participants.
1. INTENSIVE: Using the Percolation Method to Make Potent Herbal Medicine - advanced
It is possible to make a potent tincture in 24-48 hours using the Percolation method. In this Intensive each sturdent will gather all the tools needed, and do a percolation, ending with a finished tincture in about 24 hours. We will cut perc cones, grind and sift herbs, pack our cones, percolate the herbs, and end up with a potent medicine that we each will take home. This class is for experienced herbal medicine makers. Limited to 15 students.
2. Herbal Medicine Making - beginning/intermediate
It is simple and empowering to make your own herbal medicine. We will cover how to make medicinal teas, tinctures, glycerites, infused oils, salves, and more.
1. Solar Electric Systems - beginnning
Want to "go solar"? Kelly's three step program for making your home and business energy independent.
2. Putting Entropy To Work For Your Thrival - beginnning
We live in world where many things we have come to count on are becoming more and more disordered. Entropy is the natural process of this breaking down, and the theory tells us that every time something falls apart there is energy released. For our thrival during this time, we must learn to catch and use this energy. We can position ourselves to live abundant lives while consuming less resources and using what is available, (and to show others how). Opportunity abounds for us to help ourselves, and form businesses to serve the new economy.
3. "Watts-Aware" Parties and Other Woman's Gatherings That Share Skills and Strategies - all levels
This is a brainstorming/sharing session about developing women's gatherings, (like or in conjunction with Tupperware-type parties), that teach and share practical skills, (in contrast to simply consuming more), to help today's women live more satisfying lives. Focus is on basic needs, right livelihood, volunteerism, energy efficiency, building/rebuilding local infrastructure, thrift, food, rational use of resources, etc.
1. INTENSIVE: Bringing Funerals Back Home with Grace and Compassion:
What are Home Funerals, Natural Death Care, Green Burials and Why should you care? - all levels
In this workshop you will learn about in-home services, wakes, family-directed home funerals and green burial options. This graceful approach opens the door for more family involvement and can secure profound closure during the sensitive time of a final passage. These personalized end-of-life celebrations help reduce fears about death and allow for more healing through creative expression and community support. Families are able to choose funeral options to fit their special needs while saving unwanted expense.
We will explore:
- Personal concerns/fears when facing a death and planning a final passage
- Social, economic, ecological and spiritual benefits of caring for our own
- Natural Death Care and other arrangements
- Ecological Green Burial; shroud-only or eco-caskets
- Bereavement benefits for family and community
2. A Slide Presentation: Creating Beauty and Grace in our Passages: Reclaiming the Beauty and Grace of Family-Directed Home Funerals -
3. A Death Salon - all levels
Most people have little opportunity to air their questions and feelings regarding the end-of life, stories about their beloveds who have died or personal near-death experiences. During our time together we will explore the taboo subject of death, share personal death stories and listen with compassionate hearts. Please bring any death chants, prayers or poetry that speak to your soul.
1. Growing Sprouts for Health, With and Without Soil - beginning
Come to sprout class to talk about how to grow food in the form of sprouts and baby greens. It is easy and fun, and it is not all about alfalfa sprouts. The class will cover:
- Growing sprouts, both with and without soil.
- How to sprout small seeds and large seeds.
- How to grow sunflower greens, buckwheat greens, and wheatgrass.
- How to set up an on-going sprout garden at your home.
Sprouts are super nutritious, and probably the easiest gardening ever. Growing a sprout garden takes very little space, and very little time. In addition, after buying the basic supplies, the cost is minimal. Bring your cup and a plate or bowl, as we will be sampling a few sprouts, and a probiotic drink made from sprouted grain. This is as local and as fresh as food gets!
1. Kitchen Witches Herbal Vinegars - beginning
Get crafty in your kitchen with some common herbs from your garden or local herb store! Learn the healing properties of Apple Cider vinegar and a large array of herbs that can be infused to make a power pack medicine that you can incorporate into your everyday life. We will discuss some herbal blends that will help aid in digestion, treat fungal issues, stimulate immune response and more. All participants will enjoy tasting herbal vinegars we have infused, and create their own to take home!
2. Kitchen Witches Herbal Syrups - beginning
This class will start with a syrup tasting and discussion on herbal syrups that we reach for. Learn about many herbs that can easily be made into an inexpensive and accessible home remedy. A great traditional herbal medicine for children,elders and those who need a spoonful of sweetness to help the medicinals go down. As a class we will make a syrup together that everyone can take home!- beginning
3. Teas To Reach For, part 1 - beginning
In Gillian and Jacqueline's shop, they blend twenty different teas for support in healing many different common ailments. Come taste some of these blends, learn about the individual qualities of the herbs they use and create your own special blend! This class will be an introduction to supporting our body systems in chronic and acute dis-ease. We will discuss the immune, respiratory, digestive and nervous systems. Bring your mug!- beginning
4. Teas To Reach For, part 2 - beginning
We will continue, see part 1 for full description.
1. Makin’ Awesome Music with Anny - all levels
We are all musicians: dancers, drummers, and singers. With a friendly personality and forgiving style, Andrea charms the muse in her students. She skillfully facilitates creative expression through movement, body percussion, singing, and improvising on beautiful sounding marimbas. These handmade instruments are beautifully and specifically designed to foster the creativity that is within everyone: removable tone bars create pentatonic scales that enable blooper-free improvising for all ages! This effectively levels the playing field, ensuring that all players feel heard and celebrated. It is a pure fun format that inspires even those with prior skills to add to the beauty and simplicity of structured mixed-group composition. Indeed, playing spontaneous music is the most fun, and often sounds the best, when it is fresh and free from preconceptions. This workshop will amuse you, by freeing your muse.
1. Raising Dairy Goats/ Cheesemaking, part 1 - beginning
Jen has been working with dairy goats for many years. This class will explore all things dairy goat related, and we will make a simple cheese.
2. Raising Dairy Goats/ Cheesemaking, part 2 - beginning
We will continue. See part 1 for full description.
1. Tribal Belly Dance
1. INTENSIVE: Living in Harmony with Nuclear Radiation all levels
Recent world events have brought the world as we have known it into a spiraling whirlwind of transformational change. We are now faced with rising worldwide radiation levels from the nuclear disasters in Japan and Nebraska. As the consciousness of our dear planet Gaia Earth expands to meet this new energy, we too can focus on expanding our own consciousness and embrace the new vibrations circling our planet with love. Melissa will help you dispel your fears by sharing practical, affordable, tips and solutions to protect your and your family's health and instill inner confidence in your body's natural and miraculous ability to heal and thrive in any circumstance given the right outlook, environment and by creating your own nutritional, emotional, spiritual support systems.
We will discuss:
- Documented stories of how certain people and villages thrived during and after the Chernobyl disaster.
- Specific and delicious whole foods that have been shown to protect the body from toxins, metals and radiation (and what foods to avoid).
- Algae, mushrooms, herbs, superfoods, zeolite and baths which help remove heavy metals and radioactive isotopes while at the same time strengthening the immune and nervous systems.
- Gratitude and Inner Light Meditation.
- Chi Gung practices and ancient Taoist inner sound breathing exercises which help dispel toxins, transform negative emotions, strengthen our inner organs and help us live in the ever present “now.”
- Emergency preparedness tips and prudent avoidance of toxic substances.
- Drinking water and indoor air safety measures.
- We will end our class with a mini Laughter Yoga session - laughter is the universal healer and dispels all kinds of intensity and seriousness!
2. New Understanding and Hope For Children or Adults With Learning and Behavioral Challenges all levels
The rise in the numbers of children (and adults) diagnosed with autism, learning and behavioral "disorders" has turned epidemic in the last several years. We will spend a short amount of time discussing the modern environmental insults and Big Pharma immunizations and medications that contribute to, create and perpetrate most of these modern challenges. But the majority of this class will focus on how to mitigate the insults and will offer practical solutions which will help most children (and parents) improve, heal and oftentimes fully recover and wake up from a long-lasting, living nightmare. We will discuss lifestyle, living and school environments, animal/horse/play/nature therapy, specific whole food nutrition, herbs, superfoods and safe chelation agents that help repair and rebuild the neurological, immune and digestive systems which in turn will support the brain and improve focus, memory, coordination and mental/emotional balance.
1. Feng Shui: Holistic Clutter Clearing, all levels
Everything is connected. Clutter in our homes represents clutter in our minds, bodies, emotions, and life situation.
Letting go can set us free and an open the space for wonderful things to flow into our lives! And letting go can begin from any angle. Holistic clutter clearing is becoming conscious of all the ways we can let go of the old to make room for the new. From clearing out your closet to forgiving past hurts to letting go of limiting beliefs to detoxifying your physical body, this workshop has got you covered! It's just the inspiration you need to kick the clutter habit and to infuse your life with the positive, effervescent, abundant, and sparkly-fresh energy you crave!
2. Feng Shui: Herbal Space Clearing and Energetic Fine-Tuning, beginning/intermediate
For the majority of the time that humans have been alive on this planet, our interior spaces have been connected to the earth and open to the elements. Now, while our buildings are warmer and more secure, the energy inside of them needs to be cleared and refreshed on a regular basis to counterbalance its tendency to stagnate. The good news? By drawing on herbs, crystals, scents, visualizations, mantras, and more, we can embody Mother Nature's energy to clear and fine-tune our spaces like nobody's business - and it's fun!! In this experiential workshop, you'll learn a number of different ways to clear and fine-tune the space in your home and/or workspace in order to call in good energy and positive conditions and generally create the vibe you want.
3. Feng Shui: Essential Magical Hygiene, beginning/intermediate
As magical practitioners, we are highly sensitive, exquisitely intuitive, and uncommonly aware of the subtle orchestra of fluctuating energy that surrounds us. As we walk between the worlds of form and spirit, we must be conscious of our personal energy fields and the energy of the spaces in which we live so that we can clear, fine-tune, and shield. This way, we can successfully walk between the worlds of form and spirit and manifest the desires of our hearts while staying confident, grounded, and 100% spiritually safe and sound.
In this experiential workshop, you'll learn and practice essential meditations, energetic first aid, herbal fine-tuners, and creative visualizations that will allow you to be the master of your personal energy field and the reigning queen of your domain.
1. The Day My Wand Broke: A Witch's Eco-Conscious Lesson - all levels
Join author Jamie Wood on a journey to understand the palpable and effective relationship between a mystical understanding of nature and the practical work of creating true sustainability. This empowering workshop will consider and discuss how we can shed levels of hubris and ego to develop the humility needed to be sincere earth activiststhose who aren’t afraid to recognize their life as equal to that of an ant, lichen or giraffe. What does it take? How will we get there? And how can we influence change beyond our home to our local and global communities? The time has come when reverence isn’t enough. We will explore nature essays, scientific findings and personal journeys to bridge the magick we create when hugging a tree with the concrete work that can, will and must deepen our ethical relationship with the land and all life on earth.
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.
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.
1. Raising Dairy Goats/ Cheesemaking, part 1
Jen has been working with dairy goats for many years. This class will explore all things dairy goat related, and we will make a simple cheese.
2. Raising Dairy Goats/ Cheesemaking, part 2
We will continue. See part 1 for full description.
1. Magickal Intention and Wisdom For Teens
This class will show how to use herbs and intention to help create a life of your choosing specifically for teen needs. We'll address topics such as apathy, release the trickster, or find peace. This class will be a fun way to explore the relationship between the seasons, herbs, directions, colors, desire, totem animals, elemental energy and symbols. You'll learn how to work with the magick to make our dreams come true. Copperwoman will sing songs of empowerment while we meet the fae energy of the herbs and deepen our relationship with all things, particularly Mother Earth. In earth spirituality, nature is our teacher and our guide. Come play!!
1. Making Your Personal Herbal Lip Balm and Wearable Carrier Case - mid-kids ages 6-12
In this fun class we will create our own yummy lip balm made from special common herbs steeped in healthy oils. We will see and learn about all the herbs that went into our balms, melt wax into the oil, color and flavor it, plus sew, crochet, and finger-knit our own lip balm necklace holder. Some experience with sewing and/or crocheting is helpful. Limited to 20 mid-kids.
1. Natural Mobile Workshop
Make your own memento of the Herbal Symposium with sticks, leaves, pinecones, feathers, or whatever else you find! Bring the woods into your home and create a visual reminder of the Symposium by making your own mobile. Starting with a framework of sticks and waxed linen, we'll explore visual and practical balance as we adorn our mobiles with the treasures we discover around us.
2. Make-Your-Own Kaleidoscope
Learn how to make a kaleidoscope with ordinary items; no special tools required! Turn small stones, acorns, and beads into beautiful geometric designs. Once you’ve learned the basics, take the skills you’ve learned home and your imagination’s the limit as to the beauty you can create.
3. “Pounded Leaf” Flags
Declare your love of nature and work out your frustrations at the same time by pounding leaves on fabric! We’ll add embellishments and attach the fabric to sticks we’ve collected to make our personal flags. Then you can wave your flag to display your dedication to the Earth.
4. Handmade Pinwheels
Catch the wind with a handmade pinwheel. First we iron leaves between sheets of waxed paper to create a “stained glass” effect. Then, by a simple process, we cut and pin the waxed paper to sticks to create this beautiful and classic toy.
Awesome Music for Mid-Kids
This workshop is pure fun:
move and groove, say and play, sing and.... cha-ching!....you are making great music! It is easy to make up your own melodies and rhythm parts, question/answer style guided by this enthusiastic K-8 music teacher whose specialty is mid-kids! All you need for this workshop is the desire to make great sounds, and ears for listening and hearing what everyone else is playing. Together we will jam and lose track of time as the music in our souls is set free. Also, bring suggestions of songs you already know too and we will work them into our repertoire-of-the-day.
Singing With The Children
Bring the little ones and enjoy a morning of music and movement in nature! We'll sing songs, play finger games and move our bodies! We will sing songs about food, nature, moving, and animals. Please come prepared to dance! The class will very slightly each morning, but have many similar songs that the children will remember. This class is intended for children under 6 to enjoy WITH an adult companion. This is not a drop off class for children under 6. Snack will be served at the end.
1. Honoring the Loss of an Unborn Child, all welcome
Join us for a quiet honoring of the loss of an unborn child through miscarriage or abortion.
Star Gazing with Li, 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 green laser pointer to trace the constellations, making it easy for everyone to see exactly which stars we’re looking at. Bring a blanket or sleeping bag for warmth and comfort.
Early Morning Yoga
1. Secrets of Happiness from the Golden Cabinet Naomi Caspe L.Ac. M.S.
2. Growing Six Herbs from Seed to Harvest Tina Goat
3. Making Potent Herbal Medicine: The Percolation Method Terri Jensen
4. Bringing Funerals Back Home with Grace and Compassion: What are Home Funerals, Natural Death Care, Green Burials and Why Should You Care? Jerrigrace Lyons
5. Living in Harmony with Nuclear Radiation Melissa Weaver