Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference

Classes

Schedule Capture 5.1.17The conference weekend includes over 60 inspiring and informative classes with a wide range of topics for every woman interested in celebrating women and plants--from beginning herbalists to advanced practitioners.

Whether you are focused on medicinal plants, vibrant physical health or powerful emotional healing, or you are looking to dig into women's wisdom, sex, or psyche, or you prefer movement or walks, you will be able to find classes that inspire you!  Below are a few featured areas of focus. And if you scroll down, you can see all of the class descriptions organized by time.  Which classes will be at the top of your list?

Note schedule, class titles, times, and teachers are subject to change. Click here for the Class Schedule.


For Budding Herbalists

  • Beginning Herbalism: The Language of Plants
  • Making Plant Medicines 101
  • Herb Gardening
  • Three Herb Medicine Kit
  • Weeds Not to Weed: Mugwort,Violet, and Yarrow
  • Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Root Medicine of the World

Advanced Approaches

  • To D or Not to D
  • Protocols for Hormonal Balance 
  • Energy Anatomy
  • The Art of Herbal Formulation
  • Breaking the Addiction Cycle: Herbs for Pain
  • Herbal Protocols for Lyme's Disease & Co-infections
  • Herbs for Vascular Health

Vibrant Health

  • Approaches to Healthy Gut Flora
  • The Blood Sugar Roller Coaster
  • Multidimensional Vaginal Healing
  • Epigenetics & Methylation The influence of our Ancestors
  • Overcoming Overwhelm: The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution
  • Herbs for the Mother, Maiden, and Crone
  • Herbal Allies for Babies & Kids
  • Enough is Enough: Survival Overdrive Syndrome

Women's Wisdom

  • Loving Ourselves the Wise Woman Way
  • I am My Sister
  • Wise Woman Healing
  • Moon Magic & Women's Wisdom
  • Heal the Inner Maiden

Sex & Psyche

  • Infinite Orgasm
  • Herbal Aphrodisiacs
  • Peak Experiences
  • Activating Your Psychic Center
  • 7 Herbs for Soul Purpose
  • Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves
  • Earth, Star, and Stone
  • Energy Secrets of Southern Appalachia

Healing Historical Trauma & Oppression

  • Herbs Slavery & the South
  • Cherokee Life Ways
  • Ancestral Alchemy
  • Healing Historical Trauma
  • Health Impacts of Racism
  • Plant Allies for Trauma & Grief
  • Freedom From Abuse

Movement & Herb Walks

  • West African Dance
  • Afro-Brazillian /Cuban Dance 
  • Roots of Bellydance
  • Sacred Womb Dancing
  • Wildcrafters Walk
  • Traditional Southern Plant Walk
  • Native American Herb Walk
  • Plant Spirit Medicine

 

Class Descriptions

Click here for the Class Schedule.

Thursday 8:00 Evening Workshop with Mother Turtle

Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves~ Mother Turtle
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (pre-registration required) 8:00 - 10:00pm
Begin your conference weekend with a unique opportunity to uncover and clear away your limiting beliefs, “stories” that stop you in your tracks and stand in the way of your happiness. What we believe about ourselves, others and the world, is not always based in truth. We form beliefs around the events and circumstances that take place in our lives. Some of these experiences have left us with negative feelings. These heavy and toxic tales are stored in our bodies and can cause imbalance, opening the door to dis-ease. Free yourself from what is keeping you from fulfilling your dreams and deepest desires. Join us as we use song, meditation, game, and symbols to enter deep into our hearts and embark upon a journey of discovery, liberation, and new intentions

Friday 9:30 Morning Intensives

Earth, Star, and Stone ~ Sarah Thomas
PRE-CONFERENCE INTENSIVE (pre-registration required) 9:30am - 12:30pm
As women who love this beautiful planet, let us merge with her creative force to manifest heaven on earth. The secret is to claim our relationship with Gaia Sophia as our direct teacher. In this class, we will explore how our ancestors discovered our planet’s natural energy systems and how vital secrets are embedded in the stones of ancient sites and temples. How do these ancient technologies work in today’s higher-frequency environment? What kind of power can we generate when we really understand our connection to our awakening planet? How can you use these energy techniques to enhance your own land, gardens, ceremony space, and more? Do not miss this chance to explore stone medicine and Earth technology for a new age of women.

Epigenetics & Methylation: The Influence of our Ancestors
~ Phyllis Light
PRE-CONFERENCE INTENSIVE (pre-registration required) 9:30am - 12:30pm
Let’s wrap our brains around this concept for a moment: Epigenetic tags on our DNA do not change our underlying genes, but can be inherited. Wow! That means the traumas experienced by our parents and grandparents, their nutritional level, any environmental toxic exposures, and any lifestyle issues that created tags on their DNA were potentially inherited by us and our offspring. Methylation and the release of neurotransmitters affects which tags we lay down and pass on. Research has found that methylation and its effect on epigenetics plays a role in autoimmune diseases, cancer, and mental health issues. Join Phyllis to learn about epigenetics and ways that herbs, foods, and lifestyle choices can affect methylation, release tags, and change, not only our lives, but those of our children and grandchildren.

Friday 2:30 Afternoon Classes

Overcoming Overwhelm: The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution ~ Aviva Romm
INTENSIVE (pre-registration required) 2:30 - 6:30pm
Join me to learn how to assess for the root causes of common chronic symptoms and disease, from sleep and mood to hormonal problems to metabolic conditions. Let’s investigate how and why it’s important to reset the adrenals, circadian rhythm, and cortisol cycles, and what role the thyroid plays in women's health - both as a larger symptom of imbalance and the problems thyroid challenges can lead to. In this revolutionary intensive, we will look at what foods, supplements, and herbs can help women take back their health in the 24/7 world we live in.

To D or not to D?  (Advanced) ~ Rebecca Word
What’s the deal with this almost ubiquitous modern deficiency? Research continues to reveal its role in immune function, cancer, hormone signaling and of course skeletal health. And is there a deeper truth to be told about our estrangment from nature?

Plant Allies for Trauma & Grief
~ Emily Ruff
Explore how plant medicine offers us tools to tend to spiritual health and emotional wellness during these turbulent times in the world. We will discuss a variety of botanical modalities and complementary strategies to address this oft overlooked area of healthcare. Our discussion will include self-care strategies for caregivers, first responders, and health professionals.

Beginning Herbalism: Learning the Language of Plants ~ Kathleen Wildwood
Herbal medicine is different than conventional medicine, with its own wisdom, language and power. This workshop will give you an understanding of herbal medicine from the roots up, including discussion of herbal preparations (teas, tinctures and more), how herbal remedies are different than drugs, and how to use herbs safely.

Activating Your Psychic Center ~ Gina Spriggs
During this session, we will walk through the intuitive gifts associated with each chakra, identify your intuitive type and create a “psychic center” for more accurate readings.

Heirloom Seeds: Sow, Savor, Save ~ Ira Wallace
The popularity of heirlooms has increased enormously over the last decade. Learn the basics of how to save seed from common vegetables, flowers, and native plants. Discuss why seed saving matters. Leave ready to join the increasing number of farmers and gardeners saving and selecting their own seeds every year.

Cherokee Life Ways ~ Amy Walker
Join a Cherokee elder, as she shares her passion for Cherokee culture and spirit. The Cherokee live with an understanding of who they are within their environment, and their spiritual connection to the Earth shows up in ceremony and informs every aspect of their way of life. See what Amy means when she says, "my garden is my church."

Wildcrafters Walk ~ Abby Artemisia
Walk in the woods and open spaces with us! We'll talk about how to identify wild plants, which ones can be worked with therapeutically, how to prepare them, and how to wildcraft safely and ethically. We'll focus on that plants grow in your backyard and the woods close to you. We’ll talk about which plants grow when and what their favorite habitats are. Resources will be provided for more information. Bring your questions and field guides that you'd like to learn how to use.

Croning Ceremony ~ Byron Ballard
When we step out of our active mothering and queening years, we wrap ourselves in the deep cloak of cronehood. Sisters of appropriate age may participate in this ceremony, which honors them as they step forward into this powerful time and all ages welcome to witness.

Friday 4:30 Late Afternoon Classes

Overcoming Overwhelm: The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution ~ Aviva Romm
INTENSIVE (pre-registration required) 2:30 - 6:30pm
Join me to learn how to assess for the root causes of common chronic symptoms and disease, from sleep and mood to hormonal problems to metabolic conditions. Let’s investigate how and why it’s important to reset the adrenals, circadian rhythm, and cortisol cycles, and what role the thyroid plays in women's health - both as a larger symptom of imbalance and the problems thyroid challenges can lead to. In this revolutionary intensive, we will look at what foods, supplements, and herbs can help women take back their health in the 24/7 world we live in.

Making Plant Medicines 101 ~ Ceara Foley
WORKSHOP (pre-registration required)
Making one’s own medicines from the healing gifts of nature is our birthright! Learn this inexpensive, empowering art and ensure the quality of your herbal remedies. In this medicine-making workshop, you will experience processes that are vital to the home apothecary. We build self-sufficiency by learning to brew extracts using a variety of menstruums such as alcohol, vinegar, glycerin, and oil. We will also cover syrups, salves, and poultices. Each student will bring home an herbal creation and a new passion!

Infinite Orgasm ~ Whapio
Discover the power of multiple and infinite orgasms--viscerally, not metaphorically--and how this promotes healing, wisdom, abundant joy, and satisfaction. Understand the gender roles in Infinite Orgasm and the potential of creating a Soul Orgasm with our partners. Learn about hormones and brain waves states that enhance the sexual state and bring our sexual responses through the physical into the Divine.

Wise Woman Healing ~ Robin Rose Bennett
The Wise Woman Tradition offers an ancient, relevant framework for healing. It is centered in respect for women's bodies, compassionate self-care, and healing through nourishment rather than constant cleansing and detoxification. Listening to the body's wisdom and using common plants, we heal ourselves with profound love and kindness.

Herbs, Slavery, and the South ~ Sobande Moss-Greer
Although they were stripped of everything, including their names, Africans newly pressed into slavery carried fragmented memories of their culture, music, folklore, social structure, religious and spiritual beliefs to the mines and plantations of America. On the plantations of the American South slaves multiplied and passed their African roots to their descendants in a rich and lasting oral tradition that survives to this day. Experience an unbridled opportunity to journey back to the ancient art of healing through the eyes of Sobande's foremothers.

Energy Anatomy (Advanced) ~ Daisy Marquis
The lesser known aspects of human energy anatomy hold the key to fulfillment and the realization of our path of service. In this class we will access and activate them to strengthen the connection with the soul and our ancestral support system, and to invite resolution of self limiting patterns.

Herbs for the Maiden, Mother and Crone Plant Walk ~ Suki Roth
North Carolina offers us a large bouquet of green allies supporting a vital and balanced journey through the passages we encounter as women. Come walk with me and meet the many medicinal herbs that offer themselves so abundantly supporting and nourishing a smooth and graceful life experience.

Herbs for Stress and Mental Health ~ Holli Richey
Nature has provided hundreds of plants for humans to use to increase our resiliency to stress and improve mental health. Learn the nuances of matching plants to people for mental-emotional wellness and stress reduction from a practicing psychotherapist and herbalist.

Weaving the Web ~ Cindi Quay
This ceremony, based on the teachings of the 13th Clan Mothers, and held near a Full or New Moon, is about creativity, wellness, and manifestation.  Access your spiritual potential, nurture your inner path of truth, honor your body, and attend to your emotional needs to make space for your dreams to materialize.

Saturday 9:00 Morning Classes

African Mystical Magical Herbs: Ozain Herbalism System ~ Sobande Moss-Greer
INTENSIVE (pre-registration required) 9:00am -1 2:30pm
Ozain herbalism is a spiritual and philosophical science born from the idea that oneness with the Creative Essence brings about a wholeness in the human spirit. Seekers or aspirants of the system of Ozain seek to bring themselves into alignment with their relationship to the divine cause of life. As with all ancient systems of medicine, this system of herbology teaches students to condition the body in it's entirety so that disease will not attack it. The word Ozain means "Divine Orisha of Plants." Students will get a small glimpse into the beautiful world of African Plant Herbology and how it connects to our physical and spiritual world. *Fee Waiver may be available. See intensive page for details.

Alchemy with Plants & Stones ~ Asia Suler
WORKSHOP (pre-registration required)
Co-creators of landscape, ecology, and the very evolution of our planet itself– herbs and minerals have been allies since the beginning. When used together in making medicine, plants and stones can go deeper, higher, and wider than when used alone. In this class we we’ll look at the deeply synergistic relationship between plant and stone medicine. As a group, we’ll explore the philosophy behind formulation and investigate different methods of combining these allies to make potent medicinal elixirs. Taste, mix, stir, concoct— this hands on class will give you a practical foundation in creating a truly alchemical medicine-making practice.

Root Medicine of the World ~ Mimi Hernandez
Using the lenses of intuition, science and tradition we delve into the realms of culturally exalted root medicine from around the world. Examine the medicinal and ethnobotanical uses of roots like shatavari, eleuthero, maca, ashwaganda, solomon’s seal and many more.

Moon Magic and Women's Wisdom ~ Robin Rose Bennett
The moon is our grandmother, our guiding light and magic mirror. She teaches us to wax and wane, step forward and back, spiral outward and inward. She reveals the fertile nature of darkness. Our grandmother guides us to honor our bodies, hone our visions, sing and howl our songs, and to practice our wild, wise woman magic for the benefit of all beings.

Healing Historical Trauma ~ Patty Grant -Edgemon
Learn how historical events continue to impact the lives of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation generational. Experience how acknowledging these traumas affects each person individually and the courage it will take to move beyond the trauma into forgiveness.

Heal the Inner Maiden ~ Kim Duckett
Come learn the seven things we should have been told by the Elders of our female lineage at our entrance into Maidenhood. As adult women, we will be invited to go back in time to make right our experiences in/under patriarchy about these important rites of passage so that we can heal our inner Maidens.

Protocols for Hormonal Balance (Advanced) ~ Brittany Nickerson
Drawing on experience from clinical practice, we will outline a basic protocol to support hormonal balance that includes herbal, lifestyle and dietary support. This class will offer guidance for those seeking personal support as well as those looking to support others privately and professionally.

Traditional Southern Plant Walk ~ Phyllis Light
Join Phyllis for a walk around the camp as she discusses traditional uses for Appalachian herbs. She’ll also discuss case studies from her practice pertaining to the plants. Story-telling galore!

West African Dance Class ~ Christan Carter
This dance class is an active, dance experience that incorporates rhythmic energetic dance, and traditions of the people of West Africa. It is designed for anyone who wishes to dance. All levels welcomed.

Saturday 11:00 Late Morning Classes

African Mystical Magical Herbs: Ozain Herbalism System ~ Sobande Moss-Greer
INTENSIVE (pre-registration required) 9:00am - 12:30pm
Ozain herbalism is a spiritual and philosophical science born from the idea that oneness with the Creative Essence brings about a wholeness in the human spirit. Seekers or aspirants of the system of Ozain seek to bring themselves into alignment with their relationship to the divine cause of life. As with all ancient systems of medicine, this system of herbology teaches students to condition the body in it's entirety so that disease will not attack it. The word Ozain means "Divine Orisha of Plants." Students will get a small glimpse into the beautiful world of African Plant Herbology and how it connects to our physical and spiritual world.*Fee Waiver may be available. See intensive page for details.

Peak Experiences
~ Whapio
We cherish Peak Experiences...a fabulous sexual encounter, a blissful birth, a spontaneous healing...and we want more of them. What is wired into our neuronal gateways and endocrine pathways that allows us to connect at the highest level of consciousness? Let’s explore practices, in the realms of body and soul, that refurbish our connection to the Divine.

Herbal Allies for Kids ~ Amanda David
Caring for children is one of the most sacred responsibilities we hold. Plant medicine helps us to raise the next generation in a way that promotes personal and planetary health. This class will explore herbal allies to safely and effectively nourish health and ease the discomforts of childhood. Appropriate kid-centric preparations, dosages, contraindications and recipes will be shared!

Weeds Not to Weed: Mugwort, Violet, and Yarrow ~ Ceara Foley
Discover the multitude of uses for the plants popping up between your veggies. Find out how these three common weeds can benefit your mind, body, spirit, home, family, pets, and garden. Be amazed by how much you can heal with just 3 potent plants.

The Art of Herbal Formulation (Advanced) ~ Maia Toll
Having a repertoire of herbs is a great beginning but if you want to take your healing work to the next level you'll need to master formulating. In this class you’ll learn how to blend for symptoms (like a cough or a bladder infections) as well as how to create personalized blends and protocols. We’ll dive into traditional philosophies on formulating and learn how to blend with a variety of herbal preparations. Plus you’ll learn a few common (and easily avoided!) mistakes to take your blends from blah to brilliant.

Loving Ourselves the Wise Woman Way ~ Corinna Wood
Learn to embody self-love the Wise Woman Way, strengthening your connection with earth and your own body wisdom. Based in our bodies’ energy centers and the cycles of earth and moon, this system reveals how our strong female feelings guide us toward our underlying needs. And as we embrace our needs, we support our thriving.

7 Herbs for Soul Purpose ~ Daisy Marquis
Join us for an exploration of seven very special herbs, each of which activate awareness in their own specific way and support our alignment with our Soul Purpose. This class will include an overview of the concept of purpose, obstacles to clarity, and how herbal medicine supports us in living according to our design.

Native American Plant Walk ~ Cindi Quay
Join us as we connect to the plant kingdom hands-on. Learn to identify native plants and and honor the spirit plant that is calling to you for your personal use.

Roots of Bellydance ~ Michelle Dionne
In this ancient tradition, women belly dance together in sisterhood to promote deep healing and transformation, cultivate self-love and body-love, and connect to their intuition and divine guidance. This class will cover fundamental movements as well as basic information on how belly dance holistically heals.

Saturday 3:00 Afternoon Classes

Women's Wholeness Medicine ~ Lucretia VanDyke
WORKSHOP (pre-registration required)
Since ancient times, medicine women, herbalists, and shamans have added other elements to help invoke the energy of the sacred plants. We will journey together to understand how to use some of these sacred tools to lift the vibrations of the power of the plants for medicinal and food preparations. Join us as we explore women’s wholistic health and the mind-body-spirit connection. And as we learn how to to enhance our herbal medicine making and self healing, we will use indigenous recipes to craft an herbal skin or body product to take home.

Herbs for Vascular Health (Advanced) ~ Mimi Hernandez
Weakened blood vessels and increased capillary permeability contribute to swollen limbs, varicosities, hemorrhoids, and other venous insufficiencies. Congestion through the heart and the liver can manifest issues of hepatic portal stagnation, which may also affect the efficiency of blood movement from the veins. Explore ways to enhance healthy blood flow throughout the body using herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle.

Health Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms ~ Gina Contla
General education course designed to introduce fundamental concepts to the fungal uninitiated or novice practitioner. This broad spectrum course explores the lifecycle of mushrooms, how mushrooms impact aspects of immune function, dispels common mycophobias, reviews the basics of mushroom cultivation and medicine making, and illuminates several key species and their affinities of activity for specific body systems.

Health Impacts of Racism ~ Lucia Daugherty
Let us examine how racism and other forms of discrimination block patients from equitable access to information and services- the gateway to prevention or treatment of disease and illness. We will examine the impact of racism on health and wellness, and learn ways that healers and medical providers can create more equitable care for their patient population.

Ancestral Alchemy
~ Ombassa Sophera
Join us as we seek to bridge ancient herbal medicine with trends in mindfulness to invoke self-healing through cellular memory. This class will present the steps necessary to reawaken deep within us what the human body innately knows: how to be a catalyst for its own healing.

The Three Herb Medicine Kit ~ Kathleen Wildwood
Kathleen will explore the medicinal and energetic uses of three herbal remedies she always packs when traveling and demonstrate their use. These simple preparations can treat a surprisingly large number of health conditions, eliminating the need for more exotic, endangered and expensive remedies.

Plant Spirit Meditation ~ Suki Roth
Join me for a experiential journey using our six senses, going into a deep meditative state. In this quiet meditative state we are more receptive to the plant's subtle energies. This can open a line of communication that allows us to understand their many medicinal, emotional and spiritual gifts.

Afro-Brazillian/Cuban Dance ~ Shea-Ra Nichi
This class is built around Afro –Brazilian and Afro –Cuban dance which is based on the earth connection to who we are, such as the River Osun, the wind Oya, and the thunder Shango. We learn how to bring these elements into our lives so they can serve us on a daily basis.

Saturday 5:00 Sunset Sessions

Enough is Enough: Survival Overdrive Syndrome ~ Aviva Romm
Are You In S.O.S.? We are facing new epidemics in women’s health, from diabetes to fertility challenges to autoimmune disease. How does being stuck in survival mode contribute to these? And how can we say enough is enough and take back our health so we can live our one precious life to the fullest? Let’s look at why being a health rebel is more important now than ever.

Energy Secrets of Southern Appalachia ~ Sarah Thomas
Known for unity consciousness and healing, Asheville and the surrounding mountains remain one of the strongest energy fields in the United States. However, the secret technologies of this unique part of our planet have remained barely revealed. Join us for a cutting-edge exploration of the ley lines, power places, sacred geographies, energetic portals, and crystal and mineral fields that make this place pure magic. You will leave this class in awe of the true hidden power of this land.

West African Drumming Class ~ Jessie Lehmann & Tatiana Rolles
Inspire Joy! Ignite Hope! Create Community! This class will focus on traditional drumming from Guinea and Ivory Coast, West Africa. The aim is to have fun, build community and make music using traditional West African rhythms as our foundation. Whether you are a first time drummer, a drum circle guru, or a serious percussion student, there is something for everyone. It will be a fun, dynamic and high energy community experience. Some extra drums will be available for use.

Sunday 9:00 Morning Classes

Sound Medicine: How Your Voice Can Heal You ~ gina Breedlove
INTENSIVE (pre-registration required) 9:00am - 12:30pm
The ancient practice of sound healing is potent, powerful medicine. In this intensive, using gina’s Vibration of Grace™, you will learn how to use the sound of your voice to move stuck energies like fear, anger, grief, etc. through your body, creating opportunity for ease, wellness, embodiment, and so much more. With intentional sound, we have the capacity to harmonize our cells, focus our thoughts, and root in the present moment. We will work with Bija (seed) Sounds for the chakras, and learn tones, chants, songs to lift your mind, body, and spirit. Come deepen your knowing of the extraordinary power of your voice.

Herbal Aphrodisiacs for our Pleasure ~ Robin Rose Bennett
Herbal aphrodisiacs such as roses, jasmine, vanilla beans, hawthorn blossoms and chocolate can stimulate our erotic, sensual and sexual natures. Robin Rose will share recipes for sexy teas, passion honeys, sensual baths, infused oils, and her famous honeymoon wine! All are welcome! The Goddess says, “All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.”

Approaches to Healthy Gut Flora ~ Brittany Nickerson
The health of our gut flora may be the single most important aspect of our holistic wellness, affecting immunity, inflammation, emotions and hormonal health. Learn how herbs, foods and lifestyle approaches can help support a healthy gut and a balanced life.

The Addiction Cycle: Herbs for Pain (Advanced) ~ Phyllis Light
It’s estimated that 8 million Americans are addicted to prescription opiates for the relief of pain. Natural approaches to pain management can offer alternatives to conventional medications. Learn about opiate addiction, addressing the underlying cause of the pain, herbs and natural approaches for pain and inflammation reduction, and the use of herbs in the recovery process.

The Power of Bathing ~ Michelle Neubel
There is something to be said about the submersion of ourselves in healing waters. The preference of ritual bathing overshadows daily sprinkling or shower bathing. Learn how excessive showering can alter your body’s pH, and daily exposure to heavily chlorinated waters can increase your body’s susceptibility to illness. Discover how the submersion of the body in water is therapeutic for our muscles, stimulates the immune system, and revitalizes our body and skin.

Multidimensional Vaginal Healing ~ Asia Suler
Yeast infections, UTIs, and vulvodynia are conditions that affect millions of women. They are frustrating, painful, debilitating, and they are all also portals into profound healing. Learn how to engage with these conditions as sacred sources of empowerment and explore the herbs, stones and practices that can help us to heal on a multidimensional level.

Poor Peoples Pharmacy: How to Create a Low Cost Home Apothecary using Foraging and Food Stamps ~ Amanda David
Herbal medicine is the peoples medicine. However it remains cost prohibitive for many. One way to bring herbal medicine back to the people is to find creative ways to make it affordable. In this class we will explore how folks who receive SNAP/Food Stamps can utilize these benefits along with some simple foraging to create an abundance of free herbal medicines for common home use.

Forage Your First Aid Kit ~ Abby Artemisia
Our best medicine surrounds us. We’ll learn how to recognize 10 common wild herbs, and talk about how to make them into herbal formulas for ailments you might encounter at home or on adventures in the woods and beyond. We'll take a walk to see some of these herbs in their natural habitat.

Sacred Womb Dancing ~ Shea-Ra Nichi
This class is built around the womb, it doesn’t matter if you can still bare children or not. The focus of this class is to revitalize and recharge your natural energy source as a woman. The use sound, music, and movement to create a circle of complete power. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket.

Sunday 11:00 Late Morning Classes

Sound Medicine: How Your Voice Can Heal You ~ gina Breedlove
INTENSIVE (pre-registration required) 9:00am - 12:30pm
The ancient practice of sound healing is potent, powerful medicine. In this intensive, using gina’s Vibration of Grace™, you will learn how to use the sound of your voice to move stuck energies like fear, anger, grief, etc. through your body, creating opportunity for ease, wellness, embodiment, and so much more. With intentional sound, we have the capacity to harmonize our cells, focus our thoughts, and root in the present moment. We will work with Bija (seed) Sounds for the chakras, and learn tones, chants, songs to lift your mind, body, and spirit. Come deepen your knowing of the extraordinary power of your voice.

Badass Broths ~Kathleen Fleming
WORKSHOP (pre-registration required)
For the curious novice, or well- seasoned kitchen witch who desires bone broth wisdom, this workshop is an opportunity to taste, smell, listen, ask questions and gather techniques associated with Kathleen’s style of rustic bone broth preparation. During this workshop, you’ll learn why bone broths are badass: a dash of history, a sprinkle of theory, a heaping spoonful of instruction, and all the tasting your little heart can handle. Channel your inner badass, you’ll be glad you did. Please bring a vessel for broth sampling.

Energy Secrets of Southern Appalachia ~ Sarah Thomas
Known for unity consciousness and healing, Asheville and the surrounding mountains remain one of the strongest energy fields in the United States. However, the secret technologies of this unique part of our planet have remained barely revealed. Join us for a cutting-edge exploration of the ley lines, power places, sacred geographies, energetic portals, and crystal and mineral fields that make this place pure magic. You will leave this class in awe of the true hidden power of this land.

Lyme's Disease & Co-infections (Advanced) ~ Emily Ruff
Explore the latest understanding of Lyme's Disease and its coinfections, and how we use herbs in different stages of the infection to bring the body and mind back to peace and wellness.

Herb Gardening ~ Ira Wallace
An introduction to growing your own herbs indoors or out. Whether you are working with pots in a window or a large outdoor space growing your own herbs can be fun and rewarding. The class will cover the basics of determining sun, preparing soil and providing for water needs for your plants as well as the easiest way to get started with propagating most commonly grown annual, biennial and perennial herbs for the home gardener.

I Am My Sister ~ Lucretia VanDyke
Let us come together in sisterhood to address the need for weaving small "villages" and tools to support each other. Join us as we learn to craft sacred space, listen to our bodies, look at indigenous grief rituals and techniques to heal from trauma, and understand the importance of ancestral healing.

Unpacking Our Biases Together ~ Lucia Daugherty
We will create a safe space to examine together the brain science behind implicit bias, and the ways that bias shows up in our daily interactions. We will then discuss effective approaches to recognizing our own bias in our daily lives, advocating for ourselves and each other, and helping to ensure equity and inclusion within our communities.

Blood Sugar Roller Coaster ~ Rebecca Word
Too high, too low…both? Our culture is in a state of metabolic rebellion dictated by hormonal flip flops affecting every body system. Diabetes, insulin resistance, hypoglycemia and cortisol dysregulation are all rising at an alarming rate; time to stabilize women!

Forest Bathing: A Mindful Experience with Nature ~ Holli Richey
Forest Bathing, also called Shinrin-yoku, is a Japanese concept of immersing oneself in the rich sensory experience of the forest with open awareness and no expectations. Studies show that intentional forest walking elevates the mood, reduces stress hormones such as cortisol, boosts the immune system, and reduces the heart rate.





 

 

 

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