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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
Stress, anxiety and panic can have a debilitating and disempowering effect on the body and soul. This class will explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual reasons that we experience these feelings, as well as the deeper meaning behind them. We will learn about herbal allies, daily practices, and ways to work with the experiences of stress, anxiety and panic to bring about a greater awareness of our bodymind. We will focus on nourishing the body's systems and will have remedies to taste and experience while learning to move through the discomfort into ease and peace.
Ever wonder what you can do as a woman to not only support yourself emotionally but physically as well? As our bodies change with time, it is important we have the tools to keep our selves optimally healthy by looking at our eating, lifestyle, exercise, and emotional balance. So many of us take on too much, but if we look at the wisdom of traditional cultures, we will find simplicity is what keeps us healthy and happy.
Experience matchless fire starting and become a member of the fire devas. Establish an intimate relationship with this powerful elemental. Holding the central fire is an act of service, a source of healing and a teacher of awareness.
Explore the spiritual parsimony of the heart through ritual, sacred silence and tea. Why not reach for one's highest divine potential? Bring a tea cup and carving.
An irreverent look at hawthorn and her place in the hedge! Learn how she tricked an innocent bystander, into becoming a dancing fool...If you’ve had it up to here with perfection and are willing to take a look over the edge at other options, let hawthorn be your guide! Beware! She is a tricky wicket!
From healing herbal infusions of the flowers and leaves to Ponce, a traditional Mexican winter punch; from Chinese haw flakes to hawthorn syrup, tincture, elixirs and oxymels you can make in your own kitchen, this session explores several species of hawthorn from the Snoqualmie Valley in Western Washington to uses of the ubiquitous haw around the globe. Lots of sensual experience here!
What magic lies in hedges and edges? What life lingers in soils undisturbed for eons of time tended by simple, everyday shrubs, bushes and trees and cared for by ordinary folk? What becomes of us when we open to the mysteries of traditional wisdom and the way of the wood? Let us journey together and see what unfurls...
Keeping whole, or returning to wholeness after ground-shaking experience, is the goal. How might we ask nature, spirit, friends and self to bring us back to balance after we've tumbled into the unknown? Kat will share tales and techniques based on decades of fieldwork in healing traditions, sometimes featuring psychedelic plants and mushrooms. Shamanic species are becoming globalized, yet knowledge of how to dive into them and return from the journey whole, able to help others, is elusive. Daily life too can cause upheaval, so we need techniques of grounding and self-care to keep our balance. Kat will explore this challenge and offer insights and tools.
For over twenty years, Kat has worked with an indigenous Mazatec curandero and his extended family, in rural Southern Mexico. His tradition and shamanic skills invoke various psilocybin mushroom species, Salvia divinorum, home-grown tobacco saints, and other powerful spirits. Kat has participated in these ceremonies while chronicling the evolution of this clan. The healer's descendants are three generations of single mothers and grandmothers, who are like seeds that have been scattered widely onto unfamiliar ground, as they seek a way to meet changing conditions while shepherding their offspring. With her characteristic stories, Kat will share some insights she has gathered into healing, adapting to that which seems beyond our control, and respecting traditions as they evolve.
Breaking Down Boundaries of Self Expression (in front of each other?)
If you have self chatter that says phrases like: “I can’t dance, I am a bad singer, or I don’t play an instrument because my sister does, I hate my voice, or I wish I could draw, paint, sculpt, write, express without hearing the opinions of others of the past, present, and future go through my head,” then this class is for you.
Experience auricular acupuncture in a safe setting. NADA was originally developed as a 5 point needle protocol for aiding in addiction and recovery. Each participant can receive needles and feel the effects of the treatment used not only for addiction but for PTSD. Jennifer trained and was certified as an Acu Detox Specialist at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY with crack addicts in 1999. She also worked in Oakland and SF with Heroin and Methodone detox. Since then her patients have experienced profound transformations with the protocol with food addictions, co-dependency, extreme stress, arrythmias and trauma. A nervine tea will also be provided and an explanation of the herbs discussed.
This workshop is intended for intermediate/advanced herbalists who wish to develop some diagnostic training to evaluate treatment strategies when working with clients. Throughout this workshop, there will be plenty of hands-on practice. You can expect to taste many different (alcohol-based) herbal extractions and gain experience feeling how our herbal allies can immediately affect/change our pulses.
During the first half of this workshop we will cover the basics of TCM Pulse Diagnosis. We will dive into the proper etiquette of taking a client's pulse, how to find the correct positions, and learn the organs affiliated with each pulse. Throughout the second half of the workshop you will gain a grounded understanding of three basic descriptors when feeling the pulse and learn western herbs that are indicated for these descriptors.
Integrating pulse diagnosis has completely transformed my herbal practice. My intention is that you will leave this workshop with enough confidence to start using the basics of pulse diagnosis in clinical sessions and (hopefully) elevate your herbal practice!
Studying bees is a deeply meditative and inspiring process, we have much to learn from these simple, yet complex creatures. This class will cover the cultural significance of our sister beings, Apis Mellifera and study the relationship between womyn, bees, and plants. We will dive into studying the social structure of the beehive, pay homage to ancient Honeybee Gods and Goddess, and create/taste supreme immune-boosting support from different parts of the beehive as well as some of our plant allies!
Note - This class is not intended for "how to become a beekeeper" - it is for studying the sacred relationship between womyn, bees, and plants. This class is intended for all who feel called!
Odilia is a Mayan Comadrona (midwife) from Guatemala. Her workshops will focus on how uterine health determines whole body health and the creativity of a woman’s soul. Odilia uses temescal, the steam bathhouse, in her daily practice to address feminine ailments through deep abdominal massage, vaginal steams called bajos by Mayans, powerful herbal remedies and rituals. Wildcrafting herbs for her steams, she tailors to each woman’s individual needs, treating issues such as infertility, repeat miscarriage, tilted or prolapsed uterus, and painful menstruation.
It is always important to be prepared for circumstances that arise especially with children around. Having first aid supplies readily available helps with situations at home or traveling around the world. Michele will share her first aid kit that has traveled the world with her as well as stories in which she needed to use it. She will also guide you through putting together your own first aid kit.
A strong immune system in necessary for healthy life. Daily care will allow your body to avoid colds and other ailments more easily. Learn some tips and recipes to strengthen your immune system through herbs and diet
The respiratory system can get overwhelmed easily. It is important to address an issue before it turns into something more serious. There are many wonderful herbs that are beneficial for the respiratory system. Get familiar with some of these herbs and learn to make a respiratory rub, herbal steams and healing teas that will help to keep you breathing clearly.
Tonic herbs are wonderful tools since they can be used regularly to nourish the functioning of a muscle, organ or system. They invigorate and strengthen all activity in the body and therefore can be widely used for a variety of reasons. Herbs for different systems of the body and recipes to incorporate tonic herbs into your daily life will be covered in class.
Join Trish in this Hawaiian Dance workshop: LeMu Hula. This is offered as a basic, introductory class for beginners to enjoy...simply dancing & swaying! In the spirit of aloha ‘shared breath,’ it is sure to bring a warm smile on your face and open your mind, hearts, and bodies to the beauty within us and to nature herself! Trish will teach some basic hula steps in the tradition of kahiko, the ancient, sacred hula combined with the elegant & graceful movements of auana (modern hula). Dancing as the living goddesses of earth, in communion and celebration, LeMu Hula!
This class will be offered 2 times
Using herbs and plants as our subject matter, we will explore simple printmaking techniques to create original pieces of art. Leaves, stems, flowers, roots, seed pods, tubers, shoots, branches ... there are so many lovely shapes to choose from to make beautiful art prints!
Go a little deeper and retreat into your artistic selves. Let’s use simple drawing techniques and light guidance to explore 5 aromatic medicinals. Suspend what you already know, and come with inspired imaginations, to gather new and personal information about your energetic & creative connections to these beloved plant allies. Using our artist senses and without expectation, we’ll map the images and messages as they arise. This is a very grounding and reflective class amid a busy extroverted conference weekend. *This class is intended for adults and older teens- please be ready to maintain silence and guided structure. Everyone’s an artist! All levels welcome, beginner to the advanced artist will benefit.
all levels & young women
Come meet the local plants who so willingly share their world with us. We'll discuss ways to meet and greet and identify these amazing beings, as well as the many ways they care for us, both physically and spiritually.
In this class we will go in depth into the framework of elemental herbalism, looking at plant and people through the lens of the five elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether. We will start with the cosmology of the elements and a general description and work our way into the elemental correspondences in people; physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Then we will discuss how to determine the elemental correspondences of a plant through its habitat, morphology, parts used, seasons harvested, energetics, organ affinities and taste. We will then go through some of the more traditional perspectives on the elements, from greek medicine to the four qualities, to the medicine wheel, and end with a simple materia medica of plants that are a good representation of each element.
In this class we will define alchemy and discus the core doctrines of alchemical thought. We will look at the three alchemical principals how they relate to the five elements, the seven planets and the framework of Ayurveda. We will break down the different steps of making an herbal spagyric tincture and an herbal spagyric essence, including the distillation of essential oils, alcohol distillation, calcination, dissolution and cohobation. We will also go into materials and equipment needed to make our own spagyrics as well as some good resources and books. There will be lots of diagrams, charts and handouts to make this accessible to all levels of herbalists!
Essences are infused vibrational waters that can create subtle, but very distinct, shifts in consciousness, enabling us to meet the moment in new ways. Come learn some of the less-often-heard aspects of making essences~ of plants, trees, rocks, planets, journeys, and more! We'll also experience and explore the ways that taking essences can support our bodies and beings in adjusting to and engaging with the shifting energies of these times. Prepare to be dosed!
With beginner's mind we come together in circle.... open, respectful and humble. We will explore drum rhythms from different cultures of the African Diaspora, in a welcoming, non-comparing, connected experience. All levels of drumming are integrated, and through music, dance, story and song we can celebrate the elemental rhythms of life.
This workshop will dive in in the magnificent world of allowing, creating, nurturing and birthing ourselves and Life.
In our contemporary culture the mystery of women's creation is overlooked and attention is focused on wellness of newborns, however, who is the chicken and who is the egg?
We will turn the attention on the secret feminine root of life, on the meaning of life and death within one birthing experience, as well as the tools and ways to keep the magical twelve months pf pregnancy to be a healing, nurturing and lifefeeding experience not only for the new life but also for the Mother.
Vaginal Herbal Steam will be offered as one of the most used tools in the midwifery of the wise tradition as well as other forgotten practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A hands on class using specific essential oils on acupuncture points for supporting young women. We will talk about the brain chemistry of teens and what sets it apart from other life stages and how to support the nervous and immune system. In partners we will each give and receive an essential oil treatment and each participant will create and take home an essential oil blend for self care.
Hey mid-kids, join Copperwoman for your very own singing circle. You will have an opportunity to illustrate a songbook during the class. Songbooks with words and a space to draw, as well as crayons, and colored pencils will be passed out for your creative pleasure. We will also bind the books with needle and thread. We will sing and draw and color and you will have a songbook to take home. Feel free to bring your own art tools and a recorder if you want to record the songs. Let’s have some fun!
In this class we will hand-felt small wool balls, glue into acorn tops and string them with beads to create a beautiful necklace!
Limited to 20 mid-kids
Ready to use an electric drill? Great! We will make and decorate a plant and flower press. Moms and Aunties are encouraged to help for the first part of this class.
Limited to 15 mid-kids
Early Morning Classes
Join Trish for her morning yoga asana class that is for all levels. She will therapeutically help you open joints and long muscles of the body, bring in balancing and alignment of body structures, and move you to strengthen w/ specific modifications for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. With careful guidance to help you synchronize breath and movement as one, the mind and heart are able to arrive at an awakened presence that will usher in the day.
1. Gut Based Nutrition all levels ~ Sheila Walsh
2. Lymphatic Breast Care all levels ~ De Anna Batdorff
3. Songs of the Moondance all levels ~ Theano Alexopoulou
4. Women’s Wisdom & Self Care Workshop ~ Samantha Corsiglia