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Adaptogens are some of my most favorite herbs. They are powerhouses for the human body by helping us reduce our cellular stress load. Adaptogens are touted in many Eastern cultures as "longevity herbs" or "tonics." In this class we will explore 8 of my favorite adaptogens that you will be able to taste, feel, and enjoy yourself. Adaptogens are a great way to support one's system during and after a stressful period of life (i.e. illness, new child, insomnia, new job, too much travel, swing shifts, etc.).
This class is for the female entrepreneur that is looking to create a successful business, whether she has already started her company or someone just starting out that is interested in building a business to scale!
In this class we will go over:
- Branding - Who are you and why are you special?
- Marketing - Who cares?
- Legalities - What can you make at home? What certifications are needed?
- Profit - It's not how much money you bring in, it's how it's used.
- Dreams and Scale - How big do you want to get? How are you going to get there?
- Leadership - Hiring the right support, with love.
Honoring our heritage is not only appropriate for our own wellbeing and healing, but it is also an act of courage and resistance. There is so much healing we can do in this world by connecting to our own ancestors, their traditions, herbal remedies, holidays, foods and ceremonies. Yet, sometimes we want to grab a hold of another's sacred ancestry, why? We have biological DNA and spiritual DNA, how do we hold both of them in our hearts in this modern day? In this workshop, we will dive into why we are connected to certain traditional spiritual ways, and how we can connect deeper to our own ancestral ways. This class is uniquely taught for white European-descendent folks, yet all are welcome to join.
The lymphatic system is called Rasa in Sanskrit, meaning the river of life. Keeping this river flowing allows our tissues to receive nourishment, which is the secret to being and looking healthy. Our lymph fluids allow hormones to get from one endocrine gland to another and play an important role in our reproductive health. The lymphatic system is also called the Immune system, which we all know is important for fighting foreign invaders and staying healthy. There will be demonstrations on how to map the lymphatic system in your body with an emphasis on breast health. There will be time for Q &A about our breasts and immunity, massage assessments for experiential learning & what tools can support change and prevent diseases. Students will leave having a clear understanding of the lymph system and how to keep it and their breasts healthy.
*Breast Checks will be continued throughout the entire weekend.
There is strength in a river that is flowing
Trusting the communications of our bodies and the elemental approach to health
We will cover
Seasonal health- Cold, Dry Hot Wet Symptomology
Self Care Remedies for balance
Inanna is known as the Queen of heaven, Goddess of Love and War and through her descent to the underworld she gives up earthy possessions and ultimately her life before she is offered a new beginning. Inanna has much to teach us about sacrifice, grief and justice.
What must you sacrifice to start anew? How do you take care of your body while fighting for justice? Calling on the wisdom of Inanna, we will use writing, herbs and trance as we gather to explore our own relationships to the underworld and reclaim a sense of justice in our own physical and emotional bodies.
As wildfires become more frequent (and catastrophic), we can turn to plant medicine to support exposure to the hazardous toxins we inhale during fire season. In this workshop, we’ll talk about respiratory support in the form of demulcents, tonics, essential oils and detoxifying herbs to keep our systems strong during and after smoke exposure.
This 3 hour workshop is to help activists, social workers, educators, healers, etc learn tools to help with physical and emotional self-care while working in stressful and unpredictable times. The workshop will include grounding a yoga practice, journaling/writing, and herbal and emotional self-care tips to help restore balance and to stay grounded.
We live in a time when racism is at the forefront of the news every day. Many of us live our lives with strength or walk in fear. There has been much talk about inclusion, diversity, racism and White Privilege on Facebook by attendees and organizers of the Women’s Herbal Symposium. Many are striving to understand why Women of Color do not attend. Is there a bridge that can be built? As Women of Color, we will share personal and family stories of what it is to live in a world where one’s land has been stolen, one’s people have been colonized, one’s family members have been ripped apart and one’s life is always at risk anytime and anywhere. Join Holly Calica and her sisters to hear stories of how we live as People of Color and begin the journey of walking in someone else’s shoes.
We all love bodywork, but we don’t always have someone else to work our body… and then, we have ourselves (and our families)! This is time for us to remember our relationship with nature, how to care for each other and remembering ourselves as the Goddesses we are! We will learn how to use tools to stimulate, agitate tissue, muscle, bone and our internal organs and how to move the fluids of our body, with a focus on releasing, recalibrating, and rejuvenating oneself. This session will introduce participants to some of the teachings of my Maori teachers, Atarangi Muru and Manu Koreha (Rest In Power).
This class will address how dance brings balance to ourselves, our communities and to Mother Earth. Starting with the story of “Danza Ye’Ja,” the dream and vision of my friend and teacher, Dr. Darryl “Babe” Wilson (Pit River Indian-REST with POWER), we will cross cultures to explore how dance and song are the universal ways to communicate with each other and nature around us. Finally, we will learn a few movements from the Philippines and African Diaspora that honor nature and the elements.
Are you a Clinical Herbalist or do you work with clients in your private practice? Clinical applications of herbal medicine require research, experience and resources. Many of us work in isolation, but sometimes need advice in how to help clients overcome health issues. This class is designed for sharing case studies, protocols for specific pathologies and practitioner’s notes. Please come with your case studies and practitioner’s notes to share with others.
A visual exploration of women healers, seers, spirit travelers, ancient and modern, from cultures around the world. Ceremonies of the babaylan in Philippines, the machi in Chile, izangoma in South Africa; doctoring songs in the Kashia Roundhouse on the Sonoma coast. We’ll see ecstatic dance and chant, healing touch, limpias / clearing auras / smudging, ritual cutting-away, rattling, washing, rubbing with healing stones, sucking out illness and blowing in power. We’ll also go into authentic European ancestral roots, and how they connect with beliefs and practices in other continents. Lybbestre, for example, is an Anglo-Saxon word that can be literally translated as “medicine woman.”
Creator goddesses and spinners of fate around the world: Neith, Egyptian “Mother of the Gods," and the Seventh Nummo of the Dogon. In China, Xi Wangmu as weaving goddess with cosmic dimensions. The Moirae of Greece and the Roman Parcae. Grandmother Spider in Mississippian, Pueblo and Navajo cultures. Maya Chak Chel; Aztec Tocí / Tlazolteotl; Takutsi Nakawé of the Huichol. Weaver in the Moon in Iroquois and other North American sacred story. The Wyrd Sisters in Britain, Scandinavian Norns, Fatas and Laimas. And more from the Andaman Islands, Iraq, Bali, Aotearoa, and Peru.
Body oiling is wonderful for the skin and can be calming for the nervous system. In this workshop, I will share some tips that I’ve gained in my 10+ years of making herbal medicine and oils. Each plant requires a slightly different process to make the most potent oil. Many people struggle with their herbal oils going bad, so we will also cover ways to make longer lasting oils. We will dive into the medicine of some of my favorite herbs and different purposes for their oils. By tuning into the plants, we can infuse their energy and life into our medicine.
Food is medicine. Bone broth has many healing powers -- it is full of easy-to-assimilate minerals and amino acids, and is especially supportive for those who are chi-depleted. Incorporating herbs into your broth can add another layer of healing and is a tasty way to get more herbs into your diet. In this class, I will cover the basics of making bone broth, then move on to some of my favorite herbs and medicinal mushrooms that can be added, so that you can tailor your broth to your own health needs. Come sip some broth with me and leave with a new understanding of this ancient form of nourishment.
In this hour and a half class, birth worker and educator Kelly Gray will work with women to drop into their birthing bodies to explore the hormones of labor and the impacts on the spirit and body of the birthing woman. We'll discuss how to build trust in birth, and practice a guided mediation to call in the spirit of birth into our lives.
In part two, we will dive into how to provide physical support to women during birth. We'll explore releasing our hips, voices and our fears. We’ll speak to our ancestral trauma and what happens to our power when we birth in rape culture. The circle will end with a radical calling in of a new world that values body autonomy, trust, and women centered birth practices.
A journey beginning in the mouth.
An Introduction to the work of "medical medium" Anthony William.
In this class we will cover the basics of herbal medicine making. We will discuss varying uses of plant medicine including: Tisane, Tincture, Glycerite, Acetum, Melita & Vinum. You will have the opportunity to experience each of these varieties of Herbal Medicine as well as learn the why and how of varying modes of extraction. We will discuss formulation mathematics as well as formulation ratios and compounding. The second part of this workshop will include a lab portion where we together will formulate & infuse an herbal oil of collective choosing.
You will leave this intensive with a thorough understanding of herbal medicine basics and the ability to use and build upon your understanding of this ancient form of healing in your own home
What you need to know about labeling legalities if you are starting/running an herbal products business.
Wood carving is an amazing way to become more present in your body and hands, and to learn to approach life in a crafting way. Come learn about the tools and techniques used in various kinds of wood carving (spoons and bowls, sculptural/decorative, and chip carving). This class will give a basic overview and demonstration of knife sharpening and safety, knife grips and cuts, the use of other carving tools (saws, axes, gouges, and mallets), decorative carving, carving with the grain in green and dry woods, and finishing with sandpaper and oil.
Class size limited to 25. Bring a Mora 120 Wood Carving knife.
Do you find that there are times in your moon cycle when your dreams are more vivid, prophetic, or strange? Are you experiencing more mystical dreams as part of menopause? In this one-hour class for Beginners, we will plumb our dream journals to note our dreams and their relationship to the menstrual cycle, learn about herbal teas and tonics that can support our dreaming during our cycles, and unpack some of the dreams of participants using discussion, improvisation, and divination to find the hidden meanings. Please do bring along any dreams you have had that you'd like to share and discuss.
Healers worldwide use a variety of different herbs to detox the body, the aura or energy field, the home, and personal objects. There is a rich history of cleansing practices, but how often do you just burn some sage and call it done? We are capable of so much deeper healing with the help of plant and ancestral allies when we cultivate a greater awareness about the context of purification practices. During the first part of this class, we will explore cultural history and uses of cleansing herbs for purification of the body and home, to drive out demons and unwanted spirit visitors, and to cleanse sacred tools of outside influences. Then, in the second part of the class, we will perform a cleansing ceremony for our bodies and sacred objects. Please bring crystals, ceremonial tools, and a towel to use. There will be optional nudity during this ceremony. If you are more comfortable keeping your clothing on, no problem- please just wear something that can get wet.
In the Buryat shamanic tradition, a Peace Tree Ceremony consecrates a sacred tree to bridge the worlds of the living and the dead, the visible realms and the invisible realms. Thus empowered, the tree becomes a road for the negative, trapped, or suffering spirits to leave the world and for the energies of this realm to be rebalanced, refreshed, and renewed. This ceremony has been shared with the world, and all are welcomed to partake in it. This ceremony is one way we acknowledge that our well-being is intimately connected to the well-being of each other, and Mother Earth. Please feel free to bring a drum or rattle and/or a few coins to give as offerings during the ceremony. Yeshe learned this ceremony from a student of Sarangerel, a western woman who returned to her roots and became a Buryat shaman, and who ultimately helped to rebuild shamanism in Russia after the ban on it was lifted in the 1990s.
Internationally known Maori Healer, Atarangi Muru, will share traditional healing practices passed on to her since sitting at the knees of the elders in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Learn about self-care for healing during this session and take time during the symposium for individual healing sessions! Joined by Michelle Clarken, also of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Luna Nueva Wellness Collective Practitioners, Luanda Wesley and Holly Calica, this is time for us to remember our relationship with nature, how to care for each other and to remember ourselves as the Goddesses we are! We will learn how to use tools to stimulate, agitate tissue, muscle, bone and our internal organs and how to move the fluids of our body, with a focus on releasing, recalibrating, and rejuvenating oneself. Please bring a yoga mat or towel, and be dressed in a sarong or appropriate clothing. Learn more about the Maori Healers at: https://www.maorihealers.com/
People have been effectively treating each other with healing plant medicines for first aid situations since there have been injuries to treat. This will be a practical, highly-informative class that will introduce you to the use of herbal medicines to address common, non-life threatening first-aid situations for groups. The skills and knowledge you acquire will be of value to communities we serve. Class will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the the symposium’s own herbal first aid and wellness tent. Participants are not required to have previous experience in herbal medicine to participate in this workshop.
In this class we will work on finding more confidence drumming in drum circles. We will practice listening and how to find space in the rhythm to play our part. I hope that everyone will leave feeling like they can comfortably join a drum circle and have fun! All skill levels welcome. Please bring any drums/shakers/ and other noisemakers you might have. Also, if you can, get your drum checked out and tightened if needed before you come, tight heads sound way better!!
In this class, we will come together to make a gallon of fire Cider for the MASHH clinic, as well as some for each womxn to take home. Following in Rosemary Gladstars tradition, we’ll craft our own batches of this amazing immune tonic, filled with Symposium magick! Ingredients (OG garlic, horseradish, thyme, golden cayenne’s, citrus, ginger, and a large assortment of herbs to choose from!! All organic or ethically wildharvested, and fresh of everything available!) and jars will be provided, with each womxn encouraged to add their own spin on their cider!! Tradition not Trademark!!
Participants will learn the medicinal and clinical uses of numerous native and cultivated herbs that grow throughout the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, they will learn the plants’ Latin and common names, parts used, preparations and dosages, and contraindications. Christa Sinadinos has cultivated, harvested, prepared medicines, formulated, and administered herbs from the Pacific Northwest in clinical practice for more than 20 years.
Based on more than 20 years of clinical experience, Christa will share highly effective herbal compounds and tea combinations for treating common health concerns. Variations of these formulas have been used in her clinic with thousands of patients and students.
Although it is important to create formulas according to a patient’s constitution and condition, these foundational formulas can be modified to suit individual patients. Participants will review numerous compounds and therapeutic approaches for treating: anxiety and depression; adrenal dysfunction; pain and muscle spasms; menstrual cramping; pre-menstrual syndrome; sinus infections; allergies; lower respiratory infections; lymphatic stagnation; and digestive disorders. Participants will review the actions, properties, and proportions of each herbal formula, and discuss strategies to modify them according to the patient’s constitution.
A synthesis of dance movements deriving form Africa, The Caribbean, the Americas, and the Pacific. We will learn how to move to different sounds and movements from various cultures in a non-traditional dance class. Tap into your natural inner rhythm and move your body with enhanced coordination and flexibility. Bring a towel and water bottle; wrap skirts (lappa) with leggings or biker shorts underneath and a t-shirt or tank top are typically worn. Comfortable work out clothes are okay. Bare feet/supportive foot wear is fine.
The nuts of the California Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica) can be roasted into a delicious treat that is much like an espresso bean in its flavor and stimulating qualities, yet more like a course chocolate in its texture. These delicious nuggets can be carried around as is and used as a stimulating snack or they can be ground up to form a melted "truffle" which resembles fine chocolate. These "truffles" can be enhanced with other delicious flavors such as salt, maple sugar, honey, manzanita berry flour, dried huckleberries & candycap mushroom powder, etc... which make most people say "I can't believe it's not chocolate!" As a group we will crack, sort & prepare these nuts into a variety of confections.
Our names are Astarte (Patria Brown) and Black Cat (Kathryn Old). It is our honor to serve as your ritual crones for the fall session. We will be teaching the crone classes and facilitating the Crone Honoring ritual. We respect and appreciate the work that has been done with crones over the years at the California Women’s Herbal Symposium. This fall, we will retain the overall format of the classes and ceremony, adding a number of touches of our own. We intend to provide an environment that enables crones to focus on their strength and wisdom more than on frailties often emphasized in a phase of life that can last as long as fifty years. We intend to help women discover what it is to be a crone, what is her relationship to the forces of nature, what unique gifts she has to offer, and how she can manifest the power within.
In this class, as in every crone class offered at Fall Symposium, we will create sacred space, calling in and sitting with one another next to altars to the four directions. We will help build our Ancestor altar honoring those crones who have preceded us. We will learn what constitutes the designation of crone and what have been traditional, historical and current associations with the term. We will discuss our individual experiences of what it means to be a crone in these challenging days in twenty-first century America. We will make our own Crone Soul Collage cards to consult with and make contact with our wise Inner Crones.
In this class, we will explore the relationship of the crone to the elementals: air, fire, water, and air and their associated directions: east, south, west, and north. We will discuss the significance of the crone’s immersion in the forces of nature and their cycles. We will continue working deeply with the elemental that attracts us. We will become acquainted with many of the correspondences of each elemental, including rules, time, seasons, colors, tools, spirits, angels, smells, jewels, incenses, plants and herbs, trees, animals, goddesses.We will choose an element that we are attracted and study in more detail what it means to us as crones. We will practice calling in the directions, casting the circle, and opening the circle. This will be an important responsibility in the rituals we will be participating in on the Sunday evening of the Symposium. We will make a Soul Collage card that shows your crone relationship to the elemental of your choice.
In this intensive, we will manifest the crone’s power within by studying, creating, and consecrating wands. We will explore the ways in which these magical tools may be used by crones in general. Specifically, we will prepare for and practice the ways we will use them before, during, and after the Maiden and Crone Honoring rituals that occur on Sunday evening during Symposium. We will have the opportunity to look deeply into the stick or branch we choose and articulate the metaphorical meaning of this creature of nature. We will then determine how you make your wand — adorning the wand to amplify your intentions and deciding how you want it to appear. We will consecrate our wands using meditation and invocation. Finally if time permits, we will learn how to store our wands in order to protect them and to radiate benefit to all sentient beings.
In this class, we will delve into the gifts of the crone, particularly as they are embodied in the deep wisdom of lunar and solar cycles. We will also explore archetypes of the crone expressed in four crone goddesses: Cailleach, Spider Woman, Hecate, and Woman of the Mist. Some of the gifts of the crone may include but not be limited to: perspective, connection to the ancestors and the descendants, surrender, patience, trust, energy conservation, rest, meditation, reflection, soul guidance, truth telling, acceptance, forgiveness, healing, spiritual connection, and contact with celestial energies. We will amplify our own gifts using herbal charms and commit to sharing them during these daunting times.
Maidens of the First Moon – is a series of classes in preparation for the Maiden of the First Moon Ceremony🌙 on Sunday.
Opening: Welcome, create sacred space, group rules/boundaries, introductions and rapport building, intentions, and sharing about first moon experience.
Read the myth, Sir Gawain and Lady Ragnell, to introduce the concept of sovereignty in one's life, one's body. Body image, how to hold boundaries, hold center, grounding, (chant from Starhawk). Cycles of the moon and our sacred blood mysteries, with cross cultural references. Ancestors and our legacy. Beauty and our gifts, predators, sisterhood.
Read, Vasalisa the Wise, to introduce intuition, guides, mentors. Create an intuition doll, imbued with power, protection, inspiration.
Self care, mindfulness. Introduction to ceremony.
Ceremony structure, practice, and preparation. Henna to adorn the body, mudras, chakra meditation, with Art response.
Simple or grand, sacred space can be created anywhere. In this class we will talk about different elements that can be used to create one's own sacred spaces. Letting the beautiful Symposium altars be our inspirations, we will explore for found treasures and create our own personal altars to take home.
Corn Husk dolls have been part of peoples' homes and hearths for centuries. Come make your own corn husk doll, which you can place on your altar or nature table or even play with. While we craft, we'll talk about the legends and stories that go with these dolls. Basic construction is with simple knots, younger children may attend with adult helper.
adult helper recommended
for younger children
Using soapstone (a soft but durable stone) and ghost pine nuts (Pinus sabiniana), we will drill holes in soapstone using a drill made of willow & bamboo, shape that stone in to a bead using abrasive stones, polish the bead with "horsetail" sticks, and oil the finished bead with fat. We will then create a necklace by hanging our beads on a piece of string that we will create by twisting plant fibers together into cordage.
In this class, we will discuss a list of powerful words that offer a 'vocabulary of life.' We'll make a personalized deck of cards using these words, which you can use at any time, to look for guidance, support, ideas or inspiration. We'll talk about all of the ways you can use your deck for insight into life and we'll have a special time creating, and decorating our cards!
Come to this class if you're ready for delicious, sticky fingers! We'll be combining ingredients to make yummy goo-balls, made of a variety of nut butters, nutritional/medicinal herbal powders and other chewy, crunchy delicious things! We'll talk in-depth about the herbal powders we'll use, discussing their nutritional and medicinal effects, and we'll go over all the variety of ways you can use these powdered herbs in all kinds of food!
Song, Dance and Yoga
All classes begin with meditation, gentle movement, progress to accessible standing poses, culminate with restorative, integrative practices including pranayama and healing sound- Tibetan bowls, tuning forks, and more. Om Namo, all levels welcome.
Wear loose clothing and a blanket or mat.
This yoga class is slow, assessable to all levels and along the “yin” nourishing side of movement with a focus on breath awareness, gently supporting spinal flexibility, and feeling deep connection to spirit through positive and mindful movement.