2 Exciting Opportunities: Medicine Woman Tradition and Herbal Energetics Intensives!
Posted Jul 13 2009 10:12pm
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This year I am so excited to be offering two very special Medicine Woman Herbal Intensives! Each one is appr. one week in length and highly recommended to those of you who have been waiting for an in-depth opportunity to study herbal medicine and the Medicine Woman Tradition with me in person. For those of you who have been considering a Student Internship at Animá, we are now instead offering these shorter, but just as intense series of workshops geared towards women who learn best through hands-on experience and personal interaction! New topics and longer intensives may be available in the future based on demand and interest.
The first, offered August 7th-13th, is the Medicine Woman Tradition Intensive, focused on the core principles of healing as wholeness, herbal energetics, the wounded healer archetype, wild medicine, totems, constitutional herbalism and more. A celebratory learning experience for all those who feel called to follow the path of the Medicine Woman!
Then, from September 9th-15th we’re offering the new Walking the Medicine Wheel Intensive, an in-depth and detailed look at learning, integrating and utilizing herbal energetics in practical, sensory and hands-on way. I’ve had many requests for this series of workshops and I’m extremely pleased to finally be able to offer them this year!
Please register as soon as you can for these intensives, as space is limited in order to keep the workshops focused and intimate. Both intensives are available on a per donation basis. Please contact me with any questions you might have, or if you have trouble downloading the registration forms.
Full descriptions and lists of workshop topics are included below, as well as registration form downloads.
The Medicine Woman Tradition Intensive August 7th-13th
You are invited for an exquisite week long intensive at the Animá Botanical Sanctuary in beautiful southwestern New Mexico. This powerful series of workshops and classes lass for one magical week and are specifically designed to encourage, inspire and inform both aspiring and practicing Medicine Women. We will be focusing on both foundational and advanced aspects of the Medicine Woman Tradition, including herbal energetics, the wounded healer archetype, medicine making, defining and recognizing constitutional types in the human body, animal totems, plant allies and so much more! Core principles of healing and herbalism are covered in depth and experiential workshops are emphasized. Wonderful, nourishing feasts including many wild and local foods will take place twice daily. Each day will be themed around a specific wild Canyon herb and the lessons they hold for us. A joyful immersion in wild plants, authentic being and earthen wisdom!
Appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
Schedule and Workshop Topics
Arrival Day Opening Circle and Practices for Presence
Day 1 (Alder) AM Workshop: The Medicine Woman’s Approach: Healing as Wholeness PM Workshop: Talking With Plants: Learning a Forgotten Language
Day 2 (Yarrow) AM: Canyon Plant Walk and Wild Food Harvesting PM The Wounded Healer: Illness and Wounds as Allies
Day 3 (Evening Primrose) AM A Primer to Herbal Energetics and Actions PM Totem: Plant & Animal Allies of the Medicine Woman
Day 4 (Moonwort) AM - Herbs on the Animá Medicine Wheel PM - Humans on the Animá Medicine Wheel
Day 5 (Juniper) AM - Medicine Making: Traditional Methods and New Approaches PM - The Creed: A Medicine Woman’s Code of Honor Evening Celebration: The Medicine Woman’s Flower Festival
Departure Day Closing Circle, Commitments and Giftings
Join us in learning to speak with the plants through the primal language of sensory awareness! For herbalists whose work is primarily based in Western (of the Americas, Europe etc) traditions of botanical-based healing, a bone-deep understanding and integration of herbal actions and energetics is essential for an effective and holistic practice. Recognition of patterns of imbalance or constitutional tendencies in the body can provide the practitioner with incredible insight that allows for deeper healing of the whole person. Open the book of leaves and immerse yourself in the infinitely complex yet profoundly common-sense world of energetic herbalism.
The Walking the Medicine Wheel Intensive is a comprehensive series of workshops taught over the span of a week and designed to provide an organoleptic understanding of herbal and human energetics. The participant will learn to discern the basic nature and action of an herb simply through sensory input, bodily wisdom and recognition of natural patterns. Additionally, we will explore the energetic nature of the human body and use our senses to understand which herbs would be most appropriate to each unique situation. Emphasis is placed on providing each individual with the necessary tools to practice energetic herbalism independent of charts or reference texts. Walk the spiral way of the medicine wheel and remember what our bodies have known all alone: the plants are speaking to us!
Appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
Schedule and Workshop Topics:
Arrival Day Opening Circle and a Celebration of the Senses
Day 1: Original Speech AM Workshop - Engaging the Anima: Working with the Animating Spirit/Vital Force in a Healing Practice PM Workshop - The Primal Language: Practicing Sensory Awareness & Focus
Day 2: Learning to Listen AM Talking with Plants: Communicating with and Learning from Herbs through Sensory Language PM At the Root: Core Nature and Tendencies of Medicinal Plants
Day 3: Speaking in the Green Tongue AM A Book of Leaves: Herbal Actions and the Healing Intelligence of the Plants PM: Reading the Body: Tissue States & Other Sensory Diagnostic Tools
Day 4: The Medicine Wheels: Elemental Guides to Energetic Patterns AM Walking the Medicine Wheel I: An Herbal Cartography PM Walking Medicine Wheel II: A Human Cartography
Day 5: Increasing Fluency: Application and Integration AM Earthen Alchemy: Energetic Formulation and Medicine Making PM In the Tradition: Creating a Cohesive, Common Sense Practice