Applicants accepted to the program will recieve a welcome package that contains preparatory practices and reading material to begin harmonizing and aligning around our shared intention of exploring the many different time honored pathways of the plant medicine person.
Activation! We will begin by introducing a specific protocol of herbs, dream yoga, and divination designed to open us more deeply to spirit guidance and the ability to trust our intuition. We will work with these tools for the duration of our program.
For our first in person training weekend, land steward Carrie Lou Arnold will facilitate our meeting and connecting with the Spirit of Elder Farm, helping us to engage the land in a way that is mindful of the plant, animal, mineral, fungi, and human ally's who call Elder Farm home . We will create a set of shared agreements that will support us as we move through new and subtle emotional and spiritual landscapes on our journey together through the wheel of the year. Our agreements include mindfulness, vulnerability, self responsibility and direct, non violent communication practices. Apprentices will gain a clear sense of how to maintain healthy boundaries in a group environment and reliable practices that enable us to transform and deepen our relationships through any misunderstanding that may arise. Paola Garcia will be joining us all the way from Mexico to share her wisdom and profound relationship to Cacao medicine, as well as her path with mindfulness meditation and how it facilitates embodiment of unconditional love and other lessons revealed by Cacao. With the support of Cacao Medicine Ceremonies facilitated by Paola, we will share a direct personal experience of integrating our emotional/physical/spiritual self in the multidimensional sacred space of our own heart.
Damiana Calvario and Team weave seasonal, local, and medicinal elixirs, teas, and meals throughout that fortify and enhance our experience on every level. Music and Movement with Golden Love, Centehua Sage, and Kerem Brule ensure that we are able to stay grounded in our physical bodies, keeping the energies we engage moving through us in such a way that is in alignment with our highest potential and intentions for our time together.
We continue working with ceremonial Cacao individually in meditation as an ally in enrolling in the mystery school of the heart, our gateway into the spiral path of the Wise Woman. We then begin our introduction or refresher course in The Wise Woman Tradition of Herbal Medicine, where we will ask each apprentice to step into specific protocols of nourishing and toning herbs that calibrate the body to receive, integrate, and create with increasingly subtle frequencies. We encourage personal responsibility and believe that mothering the mother and radical self care for the caregiver are necessary prerequisites for sharing energy and magic at a professional level in a sustainable way.
We will be joined by our mushroom medicine mentor Shonagh Home to introduce the esoteric and practical concepts behind the nutrient dense ancestral foods protocols that we will be inviting our apprentices to work with for the remainder of the program. Click here to learn about the importance of intestinal integrity in creating emotional, physical, and psychological wellbeing.
Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman will be leading us in a Kava Council designed to connect our heart and womb spaces for greater understanding of the unique invitation that being in stewardship of a female vessel represents. From there we will weave with honored guest teachers Eve Bradford, and Golden Love to explore various means of deepening our own relationship to the sentient energies of the natural world, as well as the importance of authentically expressing what we experience inside. With a focus on the connection between our heart, womb, and throat chakras, the intention of this weekend's explorations is to illuminate the relationship between self expression, authenticity, ecstasy, and our overall embodied experience of health and wholeness..
Damiana Calvario and team continue to weave seasonal, local, and medicinal elixirs, teas, and meals throughout that fortify and enhance our experience on every level. Music and Movement with Golden, Centehua, and Kerem ensure that we are able to stay grounded in our physical bodies, keeping the energies we engage moving through us in such a way that is in alignment with our highest potential and intentions for our time together.
Our bodies are becoming increasingly well tuned instruments and we are now picking up so very much more of what spirit is putting down. Things are getting juicy, the plant world and the earth are alive in a whole new way and we are feeling ourselves to be at one with that beauty and perfection. We are unlearning and remembering, regaining our capacities as wild natural phenomenon. The stage has been set. We will be engaging yoga for the vagina skills designed to help us bring more pleasure, energy and awareness (chi/life force/health) to our creative center. We will then begin through intention and study, to call in different Goddess energies by journeying together through several foundational Hindu & Tantric Texts which will begin to provide cultural context, vocabulary, and recognition of different Goddess energies that surround us and are capable of educating us as to how to live more sutstainably, in greater harmony with the energies of the natural world and other beings that surround us.
Keli Garza of Steamy Chick joins us to share her broad overview of the global roots of Vaginal Steaming, inspiring us to do our own research and revive our own ancestral connection to this effective universal women's health care practice.
We will explore various applications of Yoni Steaming as an ally in softening into embodied presence. For this rich weekend of teaching we will be joined by expert guest facilitator Laura Amazzone who will share about nature spirits of the Tantric Traditions. Our time together promises a rare and authentic experience of classical Tantra teachings from the Shakta, Kaula, and Sri Vidya lineages of Tantra into which Laura has been initiated that she has been studying, practicing and teaching for over 20 years.*
We will then be joined by Amara Dreamer for Rattle Making and Medicine Song. Together we will make our own ritual tools from hides prepared by hand by Amara and her partner Dreamer, enjoy being inspired by Amara's medicine songs, and learn simple techniques for beginning to catch your own healing melodies to use in your personal practice and with your clients.
We will work with specific herbs capable of revealing to us us how to stalk/track the healing process, leading to more thorough, effective, and long lasting results in our healing work. We will also continue to work with our rattles and new skills for engaging music as prayer.
We will engage a shared Reishi Sadhana that will serve as our entry into the subterranean realm of the Earth Goddess and the healing, integrating wonders of the Fungi Kingdom. This module will begin to map a psychological framework for those who feel called to work with plant medicines to accompany others through journeys into the deeper realms of the psyche for healing of trauma, and will also provide tools for those looking to practice as healers of couples, families, communities, and other groups.
After a year of exploring our own unique relationship to our green family and human ancestral allies, and uncovering our unique needs and offerings, we create our Medicine Mandala, artfully weaving together each sisters final project into our graduation/ initiation ritual and Lugnasadh celebration. We will ground our time together by working with ceramicist Caitlin Dean to create sacred earth offerings directly from the local earth that has held us.
*This program is designed as an incubator- a safer space for women who feel called to deepen their understanding of the subtle mysteries of female embodiment. We recognize that the path of service through devotion to Goddess/Nature is available to all regardless of gender, while also acknowledging that our personal experience, expertise, study, and mastery lies in the specific experience of how energy moves in a female body and the women's initiatory process. We understand that gender identification can sometimes be a complex issue. If you for any reason feel called to participate, but have questions about whether or not this particular container is right for you at this time, please don't hesitate to reach out so that we can have a conversation about your interest in the program and see if it is a good fit!