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2018 Classes

class schedule 2018The conference weekend includes over 50 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!  Which classes will be at the top of your list?

*schedule, class titles, times, and teachers are subject to change. Click here for 2018 Class Schedule.

Class List by Category

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  • For Budding Herbalists

    Basic Botany for Women • DIY Herbal Remedies • Art and Craft of Herbal Formulation • The Magic of Botanical Distilling • Making Medicine from Your Yard • Understanding Ayurveda • Three Herbs of Latin America
  • Advanced Approaches

    Nootropics and the Neuroendocrine • The Dark Side of the Pill • Medical Intuition for Personal Healing • Your Empowered Pelvis • Antiviral Herbs • Health Freedom for Herbalists • Philosophy and Energetics of Formulation • Trauma and Herbalism • Gut Brain Connection
  • Vibrant Health

    Herbal Adaptogens for Longevity and Well-Being • Compassionate End of Life Care • What is CBD? • Nettle Medicine • Digestive Bitters • Sleep as Medicine • Healing Power of Seaweed • Soul Deep Kitchen • Herbal Allies for Kids • Great Tonics of the Stone Realm • Trouble in Mind: Herbs for Anxiety and Depression • Tame the Flame: Foods for Fighting Inflammation
  • Women's Wisdom

    Loving Yourself the Wise Woman Way • Ripening Fruit: Women at Mid-Life • Zen Esthetics • Food and Body Liberation • Menopause: A Second Spring
  • Psyche and Sexuality

    Sensational Sexual Self Care • Body Acceptance Ceremony • Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves • Nurturing the Sacred Self • Partnering with the Elements
  • Healing Historical Trauma and Oppression

    Herbs, Slavery, and the South • Ancestral Alchemy • Freedom From Oppression Ceremony • Know Better, Be Better • Tea for Self Care and Resiliency • Racial Equity: A Groundwater Approach • Transcending Historical Trauma and Grief
  • Movement and Drumming

    Drum Song: Art and Spirit of Drumming • West African Dance • Rhythms that Move You • Roots of Bellydance • Field Botany Walk • Embodying Astrology • Qoya: Wise, Wild, and Free
  • Herb Walks

    Wonder Wander • Plant Spirit Medicine • Native American Plant Walk • Tree and Plant Walking Meditation • Roots of Bellydance • Field Botany Walk • Wild Edible & Herbal Appalachian Walk

 

Class Descriptions by Time

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  • Friday 5:00 - 6:30

    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.

    Herbs, Slavery, and the South ~ Sobande 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.

    Sensational Sexual Self-Care ~ Ruth Elliot
    Learn the art, skill, and joy of massaging your body both inside and out! Massaging the tissues found in each chakra can increase sensation and help to identify dysfunctional muscular and energetic patterns. Learn how the first, second, and third chakras each are directly affected by self-touch, which emotions are held in each chakra, and how specific techniques for self massage can improve balance in these lower chakras. Conditions like urinary incontinence, poor or inconsistent digestion, loss of sexual desire or sexual comfort, pelvic and or hip pain, and menstrual or menopausal symptoms can all be improved with self-massage.

    Hand Dance: Art and Spirit of Drumming ~ Ubaka Hill
    Explore the foundation of the universal language of drumming, rhythm, pulse, time, and tone. Learn rhythm patterns and complete drum songs of world music, contemporary rhythms, sacred rhythms and drum songs rooted in women's traditions. We will also explore topics such as community drum etiquette, intersectional facilitation, drum circle facilitation, acquiring a drum, care of hands/body, drum maintenance and tuning. All skill levels welcomed. Participants will need a drum, rattle, bell, shakers, or a percussion instrument.

    Workshop* with Ceara Foley ~ DIY Herbal Remedies
    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. Bring home an herbal creation and a new passion!

    Nootropics and the Neuroendocrine (Advanced) ~ Jody Noe
    Let’s look at some of the higher cranium herbs that affect neurotransmitters. We will travel from the hippocampus to the pineal, and then to the pituitary, where we will spend time discussing how nootropic herbs work on the adrenal, thyroid, and reproductive systems. Learn how herbs like gingko, lavender, griffonia, and others support the neuroendocrine (nerve + endocrine) system.

    Art & Craft of Herbal Formulation ~ 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 the components of a strong formula, how to set-up your home apothecary for formulating, when to mix menstrums, and how to blend for symptoms (like a cough or a bladder infections). This course is for the home herbalist who’s ready to dive a little deeper!

    Basic Botany for Women ~ Abby Artemisia
    Though women have been closely connected to the plants throughout the history, it is men who have dominated the professional field. Sadly, the science of botany has practically become inaccessible to women. Let’s bring it back! Learn the terminology to make wild plant identification easier and even fun, while looking at pictures and live specimens of herbs and their parts. Every herbalist should know some basic botany to strengthen your connection to the plants and ensure you’re working with the species you think you are.

    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.

    *Workshops and Intensives require advance sign-up and extra fee

  • Saturday 9:00 - 10:30

    The Dark Side of the Pill: Hidden Dangers of Synthetic Hormones (Advanced) ~ Jessica Godino
    The Birth Control Pill provides modern women with an alluring convenience and freedom in the realm of birth control. But, at what price to our long-term health? Synthetic hormones have many serious side effects. Women deserve full informed consent! We will also cover ways to support women who DO choose to stay on synthetic hormones, as well as non-toxic birth control alternatives.

    Nurturing the Sacred Self ~ Lucretia VanDyke
    Learn rituals of self healing through honoring the mind, body,and spirit. Explore meditation,reiki,and herbs for self love, grief, ancestor work, mojo, and more. Understand how passion and pleasure play an important role charging yin. "We create ceremony to call on our own sacred power, talk to our ancestors, and rebuild ourselves." Come find the rhythm of your own soul!

    Medical Intuition for Personal Healing (Advanced) ~ Gina Spriggs
    It is believed that many of our health challenges are linked to unexpressed emotions that remain stuck in our energy system. In this informative session, you will learn energy body fundamentals, chakra/illness association, and how to read energy fields for intuitive diagnosis. More importantly, you’ll leave with practical tools and techniques to support personal growth.

    Body Acceptance Ceremony ~ Sobande Greer
    This ritual is designed for women who require a safe space vessel for transformation, self-acceptance, and intentional self love. This is a hands-on activity and participants are asked to bring a journal, a pen, a special sacred item to be blessed, an open mind, and a loving heart.

    The Magic of Botanical Distilling ~ Ash Sierra
    This class will introduce you to the wonderful world of botanical distilling and the sustainable medicine it creates. We'll go on a journey exploring the history, uses, and various procedures of this ancient craft before we set-up a glass still and create a bit of sensual botanical magic. As the still reveals the plant’s essence and aroma to the class, we’ll touch on application of hydrosols, the essential water, a plant medicine gaining popularity.

    Intensive* with Rosemary Gladstar ~ Herbal Adaptogens for Longevity & Well-Being
    Saturday 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Experience well-being and celebrate every stage of life! Using herbal adaptogens and simple common sense practices you can restore and maintain vitality, whatever your age. Join Rosemary as she discusses herbs used around the world that have earned a reputation for improving and maintaining energy and health. The adaptogens,, also known as tonic herbs, are the foundation of many health protocols for both acute and chronic disorders. Special considerations concerning those in their ‘sageing years’ will be addressed, including herbs for improving eyesight, digestion, bone health, and sexual health. Prepare to be inspired as Rosemary shares her favorite herbs and recipes for longevity and well-being.

    Poor People’s Pharmacy: How to Create a Low Cost Home Apothecary ~ Amanda David
    Herbal medicine is the people's 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.

    Compassionate End of Life Care ~ Emily Ruff
    Our culture's glorification of youth discourages healthy discourse around death, and often leaves us ill-equipped to address the complexities of end of life, when our own family faces loss or when it touches our herbal practice. This class will explore how we, as herbalists, can better support our loved ones during the end of life process.

    Wonder Wander: A Ramble on the Wild Side ~ Eaglesong- Gardener
    What happens if you, like Alice, fall down the rabbit hole and travel to Wonderland? Can you remember how easy it once was to imagine, create, enjoy the playful spirit of life? Join me for a walk on the wild side, let’s see what we find. I’m sure whatever is out there will surprise us! Yes, the herbs are invited! Will you join me?

    *Workshops and Intensives require advance sign-up and extra fee

  • Saturday 11:00 - 12:30

    Making Medicine From Your Yard ~ Ceara Foley
    Discover a multitude of uses for the plants already present in your yard or nearby greenway. Make potent medicines from all the plants you would normally weed to make room for your garden.From first aid to healing chronic ailments, the most common plants in your area are asking to be used most commonly! Once you realize how helpful these abundant herbs are, you may just skip the cultivating and opt for a wild “yarden” instead!

    Freedom from Oppression Ceremony ~ Ombassa Sophera
    Are you ready to allow yourself to re-connect to your fun, lovable, inner child again? This powerful ceremony will provide the platform to release trauma, abuse, grief, and toxic relationships. Turn fear, paranoia and anguish into self-awareness; Anger, rage and depression into openness, compassion and balance; Grief, sadness and shame into courage, positivity, and love.

    Understanding Ayurveda ~ Tesia Love
    Ayurveda is the 5,000+ year-old traditional healing system of India that addresses all aspects of health — mind, body and spirit. This sister science of yoga and cousin of Chinese medicine was developed and documented in India, yet its wisdom applies to all and is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. Come explore a deeper understanding of this art and science, which you can use for your own self-healing or in clinical practice.

    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.

    Transcending Historical Trauma and Grief ~ 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.

    Intensive* with Rosemary Gladstar ~ Herbal Adaptogens for Longevity & Well-Being
    Saturday 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Experience well-being and celebrate every stage of life! Using herbal adaptogens and simple common sense practices you can restore and maintain vitality, whatever your age. Join Rosemary as she discusses herbs used around the world that have earned a reputation for improving and maintaining energy and health. The adaptogens,, also known as tonic herbs, are the foundation of many health protocols for both acute and chronic disorders. Special considerations concerning those in their ‘sageing years’ will be addressed, including herbs for improving eyesight, digestion, bone health, and sexual health. Prepare to be inspired as Rosemary shares her favorite herbs and recipes for longevity and well-being.

    Your Empowered Pelvis (Advanced) ~ Ruth Elliot
    Building on the understanding of the potential for creation in the pelvis and awareness of the blocks to wellness, we will now explore sexual and reproductive health from an empowered perspective. By blending knowledge from spiritual herbalism, ancient women’s teachings, meditations, Holistic Pelvic Care™, and modern women’s health physical therapy, participants will receive personal and collective healing alchemy through embodied spiritual practices to create a surge of pelvic health and vitality!

    Loving Yourself the Wise Woman Way ~ Corinna Wood
    Learn to embody self-love the Wise Woman Way. As we honor and embrace our needs, we support our thriving! We will explore a powerful earth-based healing methodology rooted in compassionate communication (NVC) and feminist spiritual psychology. Developing your language of your own needs for self-understanding and self-expression, becomes an invaluable roadmap home to yourself.

    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.

    *Workshops and Intensives require advance sign-up and extra fee

  • Saturday 3:00 - 4:30

    What is CBD? ~ Jody Noe
    Cannabinoid oil is quickly gaining popularity and acclaim. We will cover its many uses and applications, the difference between commercial hemp and cannabis, a comparison of brands, dosing schedules, and also spend some time with questions and answers. Join us for an overview and walk away feeling confident and comfortable using and/or recommending CBD.

    Healing The Stories We Tell Ourselves ~ Mother Turtle
    Uncover your limiting beliefs 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. Free yourself from what is keeping you from fulfilling your deepest desires. Join us as we enter deep into our hearts and embark upon a journey of discovery, liberation, and new intentions.

    Tame the Flame: Foods for Fighting Inflammation ~ Rebecca Word
    Lifestyle is the largest determinant of chronic inflammation in the body, and food is arguably the most influential piece of lifestyle. Let’s look at dietary strategies, as well as a few herbs, to tame the fires that can consume our vitality and wellness.

    Intensive* with Ubaka Hill ~ Rhythms That Move You
    Saturday 3:00 - 6:30pm
    Open and clear your inner pathways to enliven your spirit with this unique opportunity to study with Master Drum Teacher Ubaka Hill. Drumming stimulates the mind, body, and spirit, activates creative expression, and supports well-being. Learn transformational sounding and drumming based on ancient universal knowledge and contemporary understanding of the positive and restorative effects of rhythmic music and harmonic resonance. Experience a variety of world rhythm patterns of the Djembe, Conga, Ashiko, Dundun, bells, and rattles. Build your collection of rhythms for community drum circles, personal enjoyment, educational purposes, healing practices, and performance. A personal hand drum is required to participate, so bring your own (or drums may be available to rent from vendors on site). Rattles, hand percussion, bells, and singing bowls are also suggested but not required. ALL SKILL LEVELS are welcome.

    Know Better, Be Better ~ Jacquelyn Hallum
    What if we knew better, so we would do better, and BE better? Let us reflect on our journey through our multi-ethnic society and look at microaggressions and implicit biases that impact people based on “isms” while functioning on the premise that we are doing our best.

    Antiviral Herbs (Advanced) ~ Mimi Hernandez
    Learn to tend to common viral infections by using herbal remedies. Uncover some of the complexities of viral organisms and discover ten important antiviral herbs including elder, self heal, lemon balm, St. John’s wort, and more. Advanced attention will be focused on the herbal mode of interaction with the virus.

    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.

    Nettle Medicine ~ Christina Bertelli
    Let’s have a close look at this powerhouse plant that grows in abundance in our region. There are numerous ways to use this herb from drinking tea of its leaves to flogging yourself with an herb bundle! Learn the awesome nature of this herb from root to leaf to seed and you will see why one herbalist famously said, “When in doubt, just give nettles.”

    Tree and Plant Walking Meditation ~ Suki Roth
    Journeying into the space held by our Plant Elders, the medicinal trees and plants, when done with intention, can offer much insight into their many healing gifts. Join Suki for a walk around Camp Kanuga and spend some time in silence discovering what messages or signs the trees and plants offer while walking with intention.

    *Workshops and Intensives require advance sign-up and extra fee

  • Saturday 5:00 - 6:30

    Digestive Bitters ~ Janet Kent
    If I were to pick one formula that could improve the health of most people, it would be some form of digestive bitters. Most of us suffer from digestive issues of one kind or another and the regular use of bitters before meals can help. Bitters are delicious and incredibly easy to make. Learn how bitters support overall health, how to make your own digestive bitters from fresh and dry herbs, and leave with classic bitter formulas from European traditions.

    Health Freedom for Herbalists ~ Diane Miller & Rosanne Lindsay
    Attorney Diane Miller drafted and supported the passage of laws in many states that protect the right of herbalists to practice without being in jeopardy of practicing medicine without a license. Diane and Rosanne work to protect the right of all people to access all health care information, services, treatments and products that the people deem beneficial for their own health and survival. They will teach about current laws and progress in safe harbor efforts in various states.

    Philosophy & Energetics of Formulation (Advanced) ~ Maia Toll
    Herbal energetics are the key to successful formulation for both individual constitutions and complex conditions. In this class we’ll talk energetics, geek-out on the history of formulating from various traditions, and then dive into how to create personalized blends and protocols. In addition you’ll learn a few common (and easily avoided!) mistakes to take your blends from blah to brilliant.

    Intensive* with Ubaka Hill ~ Rhythms That Move You
    Saturday 3:00 - 6:30pm
    Open and clear your inner pathways to enliven your spirit with this unique opportunity to study with Master Drum Teacher Ubaka Hill. Drumming stimulates the mind, body, and spirit, activates creative expression, and supports well-being. Learn transformational sounding and drumming based on ancient universal knowledge and contemporary understanding of the positive and restorative effects of rhythmic music and harmonic resonance. Experience a variety of world rhythm patterns of the Djembe, Conga, Ashiko, Dundun, bells, and rattles. Build your collection of rhythms for community drum circles, personal enjoyment, educational purposes, healing practices, and performance. A personal hand drum is required to participate, so bring your own (or drums may be available to rent from vendors on site). Rattles, hand percussion, bells, and singing bowls are also suggested but not required. ALL SKILL LEVELS are welcome.

    Workshop* with Amanda David ~ Tea for Self Care & Resiliency
    Water-based preparations are the foundation of herbalism and caring for ourselves is the foundation of resiliency. Discover how the simple act of making tea can be critical in our work towards liberation. We will learn a variety of internal and external applications of 'tea', demonstrate proper preparation techniques, and practice synergistic formulation strategies. We will meet plants to partner with for self care and create individualized tea blends to take home that will give comfort while nourishing our strength and vitality in the face of ongoing trauma and oppression. Join us as we co-create a simple, accessible tea ritual for self care and resiliency!

    Sleep as Medicine ~ Jessica Godino
    Sleep is a precious time that our bodies use to heal and repair as well as to detoxify. But how many of us really honor this sacred time and fully experience the benefits of optimal sleep? We will delve into the biochemistry of sleep, exploring all of the factors that go into a good night's sleep. We will also explore the soul science of yoga nidra (sacred sleep) as practiced by ancient yoginis to understand how important sleep is in the life and development of our soul’s capacities.

    Embodying Astrology (Movement class) ~ Virginia Rosenberg
    You already know astrology. It’s in your bones. Throughout time, our ancestors have used astrology for guidance and understanding. Rather than try to learn about this ancient language through the mind, let’s embody the archetypes and see what wisdom is revealed.

    Ripening Fruit: Women at Mid-Life ~ Kim Duckett
    Kim’s psychology of the Wheel of the Year and its holydays is a unique and welcomed perspective on women’s emotional and developmental processes over the course of a lifetime. This year she offers us a lively overview of women’s challenges and expanding horizons at mid-life and ways to navigate deep changes based on the Wheel of the Year as an earth-based spiritual psychology for women.

    Field Botany Walk ~ Abby Artemisia
    Sadly, the science of botany has practically become inaccessible to women. Let’s bring it back! Let’s go on a walk and learn the terminology to make wild plant identification easier and even fun. Every herbalist should know some basic botany to strengthen your connection to the plants and ensure you’re working with the species you think you are.

    *Workshops and Intensives require advance sign-up and extra fee

  • Sunday 9:00 - 10:30

    Three Herbs of Latin America ~ Mimi Hernandez
    Lemon balm, lemongrass and lemon verbena are three sacred herbs used in Latin American cleansing practices. While not all three plants are native to Latin America we can learn about how they have been woven into the traditional material medica. Learn about the traditional uses along with some scientific insights into their actions.

    Healing Power of Seaweed ~ Christina Bertelli
    The nutritional content of seaweed includes a broad array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fats, and protein. Find out why this class of plants may be a major factor in the exceptional longevity of people in the “blue zones” of Japan who have eaten seaweeds for 10,000 years. Seaweed can be a remedy for various syndromes and deficiency diseases. We will get specific about safety, different types of seaweeds and what they offer, as well as cover a handful of creative recipes to help you integrate this healing food into your repertoire.

    Soul Deep Kitchen ~ Tesia Love
    Explore ways to bring sacred awareness into cooking and food choices for self-healing. More than just providing nutrients, food nourishes the mind and spirit as well as the body. In this class we'll discuss the energetics of food and herbal teas based on the six tastes and three gunas of Ayurveda, as well as ritual and mindful awareness practices for the cook and the partaker.

    Qoya: Wise, Wild, and Free ~ Virgina Rosenberg
    Movement is medicine. Throughout history, humans have used dance as a form of natural healing. Qoya combines dance, yoga, and sensual movement to facilitate a return to your body. It’s not about how it looks, it’s about how it feels. You can trust that your body is inherently wise, and that it knows how to move.

    Workshop* with Lucretia VanDyke ~ Zen Esthetics: The Divine Art of Beauty Rituals
    Let’s travel the globe to find beauty secrets from Asia to right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We will learn how to use what is in the kitchen and in nature to craft skin and body care using raw, organic, herbal allies and superfoods that are literally good enough to eat! We will explore recipes, as well as study the link between beauty rituals and self-healing, and look deeper into what our skin is trying to tell us about our bodies. Join me in creating sacred space for making medicines and leave with your very own hand crafted product!

    Intensive* with Deena Hayes-Greene ~ Racial Equity: A Groundwater Approach
    Sunday 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Join us as we personally and collectively participate in our own transformation. In this lively and participatory intensive, Racial Equity Institute director Deena Hayes-Greene will use stories and research data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature and is so normalized as to be almost invisible. It is hard to address a problem that we cannot see clearly or understand well. Yet, as a cross-system problem, we are all connected to these issues. Participants will gain an understanding of the nature of structural racism, and how diagnosis determines treatment. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, the presentation introduces an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant.

    Trauma and Herbalism (Advanced) ~ Emily Ruff
    Explore the gifts that plants share 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 inspire resilience, including an overview of trauma-informed herbalism. Through stories of front line healthcare collaborations around the country, we will look at plant allies, holistic tools, and self-care techniques for addressing trauma, grief, and chronic stress.

    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!

    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.

    *Workshops and Intensives require advance sign-up and extra fee

  • Sunday 11:00 - 12:30

    Great Tonics of the Stone Realm ~ Sarah Thomas
    In this information-rich class, we will explore powerhouse stone tonics. You will learn their spiritual properties, their practical and physical applications, and how to weave them into your herbal medicine. And, because stones reach the deepest layers of Self, we will explore how to incorporate these stones at the level of the Soul to rebuild and revitalize, after decades, centuries, and even lifetimes, of challenging evolution.

    Partnering with the Elements ~ Gina Spriggs
    Do you work with the elements? How would you like to increase the value of your elemental support? Gina reaches beyond the four elements most practitioners work with, petitioning the spirit of Stone, Metal, Wood, Light, Star, and Ether. Learn more about these elements and easily identify which element supports your grounding. Select three supportive elements for insight and renewed gifts.

    Gut Brain Connection (Advanced) ~ Rebecca Word
    Let’s take a geeky dive down the rabbit hole of gut microbe influence in the body. Research just keeps digging deeper and deeper into the myriad influences of our gut microbes have on all functions in the body. We will take a closer look at the impact on the nervous system and how the microbiota determine our mood, personality, cognition, memory, and behaviors for good or ill.

    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.

    Body Liberation ~ Jacquelyn Dobrinska
    How many women spend time in judgement of their body? Join me for a deep look at how our culture imprisons women in our own bodies and see how accepting our bodies can actually help us reclaim power, time, vitality and joy. Together, we will collectively unwind the internalized corset of the "beauty myth" and in liberating ourselves, as Marianne Williamson says, “we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.”

    Intensive* with Deena Hayes-Greene ~ Racial Equity: A Groundwater Approach
    Sunday 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Join us as we personally and collectively participate in our own transformation. In this lively and participatory intensive, Racial Equity Institute director Deena Hayes-Greene will use stories and research data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature and is so normalized as to be almost invisible. It is hard to address a problem that we cannot see clearly or understand well. Yet, as a cross-system problem, we are all connected to these issues. Participants will gain an understanding of the nature of structural racism, and how diagnosis determines treatment. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, the presentation introduces an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant.

    Trouble in Mind: Herbs for Anxiety and Depression ~ Janet Kent
    While many physical conditions can take time to heal when using herbal medicine, one can often feel immediate, noticeable effects when using herbs to support mental health. In this class we will discuss the use of herbs to manage both anxiety and depression. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which merely suppress symptoms, herbs help us work through our emotions and handle stress in healthier ways. We will cover specific indications for nine herbs, along with wild-crafting, cultivation and medicine making tips for each remedy.

    Menopause: A Second Spring ~ EagleSong- Gardener
    A woman’s life is one continuous change, deepening her connection with herself and her unique life. Understanding the different demands and tasks of each stage and calling and engaging allies, green and otherwise, is at the heart of this class. Just as a butterfly emerges from a cocoon, this extraordinary rite of passage, the metamorphosis of menopause, becomes your second spring.

    Wild Edible & Herbal Appalachian Walk ~ Abby Artemisia
    This is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, with so much to offer in the way of food, medicine, and, of course, beauty. Abby, a botanist, herbalist, and forager, will take you on an adventure into the forest and open spaces to see what free foods and herbs surround us, how we safely and ethically harvest them, and how to preserve them. We'll get to use all our senses, to identify, smell, touch, taste, and learn more about these plants.

    *Workshops and Intensives require advance sign-up and extra fee

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