Intensives & Workshops
Intensives & Workshops offer the opportunity to study more deeply with a featured teacher on a specific subject. They are the only classes not included in your registration fee.
- Intensives are longer than the regular classes (3 to 3 1/2 hours) to allow for more in-depth study on a topic. The cost per intensive is $40.
- Workshops are smaller than the regular classes (60 participants max) and provide an opportunity for hands-on experiential learning. The cost per workshop is $20.
Overcoming Overwhelm: the Adrenal Thyroid Revolution ~ Aviva Romm
Friday 2:30 - 6:00pm
Join me in this workshop 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.
Earth, Star, and Stone ~ Sarah Thomas
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
Friday 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.
African Mystical Magical Herbs: Ozain Herbalism System ~ Sobande Moss-Greer
Saturday 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.
Due to our sensitivity to cultural appropriation and our respect for the ancestry from which this information has traveled, we are offering a fee waiver for women of African descent.
If you qualify for the fee waiver, complete the registration process without adding this intensive to your cart. Then contact us (through our Contact Form, send a reply to the email Registration Receipt, or give us a call at 828-669-0012) and let us know you would like to take advantage of the fee waiver for this intensive. We will then add the intensive, at no cost, to your existing registration.
Sound Medicine: How Your Voice Can Heal You ~ gina Breedlove
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.
Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves ~ Mother Turtle
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.
Making Plant Medicines 101 ~ Ceara Foley
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!
Alchemy with Plants & Stones ~ Asia Suler
Saturday 9:00 - 10:30am
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.
Women's Wholeness Medicine ~ Lucretia VanDyke
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.
Badass Broths ~ Kathleen Fleming
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.