The Way of the Cauldron

 
 
 

A JOURNEY OF Kitchen EMPOWERMENT

We started out really wanting folks on there healing journey’s to know what it feels like to be nourished and provided for, and so we set out to feed apprentices as they have never been fed before. It was delicious. It was healing. And, what we found is that those who received the most from our medicinal kitchen where the ones cooking the food, and sharing with their sisters about the farms and relationships and stories behind the process. Throughout these first few years we have heard the message again and again that kitchen empowerment is one of the greatest skills we can commit to if we wish to be of service to community, to women, to children and to others on their healing journeys. We have turned out kitchen structure inside out again and again in attempt to listen more closely to the feedback and spirit guidance and align with what is being asked of us, and are excited to introduce the new direction we have been moving in.

Medicine Mandala Collaborative Kitchen

 

In Person Trainings Include:

 

• 3 Meals per day of gluten free locally sourced, seasonal traditional nutrition

• Nourishing herbal infusions, ferments, and medicinal broths provided at every meal

Together we will take a journey towards kitchen empowerment that begins with being provided with a seasonal, medicinal ritual feast at our first gathering and ends with apprentices providing an educational healing feast for their sisters at Graduation weekend.

 

 

 

 Traditional Nutrition

 

Many mystics and seekers ask themselves after years of wild experiences, "Yeah, but what's the point?" We have found meaning, purpose and happiness in the pursuit of serving Goddess by embodying Her. We have found that in many shamanic traditions the practitioners die young, the energies they work with exact a great toll on the body. Inspired by Director Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman's personal healing journey, our Food Sadhana (daily support practice) aims to enculture an evolutionary approach to the role of Healer/Priestess/Practitioner, and we will have no martyrs for the Goddess on our team. Goddess desires that we be well and serve in joy, and on the level we desire to play on, radical self care and commitment to nourishing yourself and providing for your own very unique and specific needs as a Healer/Priestess/Practitioner is of primary importance. Being in right relationship to our food then becomes our primary practice. More than just providing apprentices with nourishing meals, we are passionate about sharing our best practices in the kitchen that create the solid foundation on which our local mystical community rests. In addition to enjoying 3 meals a day of locally sourced nutrient dense foods, we will have daily mini lessons on the medicinal properties of meals and how they relate to the seasons, Goddesses, themes, and other energies of each in person training module.

Some may simply enjoy the exquisite amount of care, creativity and love woven into our meals. Others through our time together may find their path in the kitchen, discovering the ways that growing, preparing, and sharing medicinal foods can serve as a pathway to Liberation complete unto itself. In all cases, we promise a special opportunity to look deeply at and evolve our relationship to nourishment over the course of our time together.

Sample Menu

Our seasonal and local menu is subject to change based on availability of ingredients and the intuitive, creative whims of our team of dedicated kitchen witches.

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Saturday Breakfast

  • Good morning infusion

  • Deer Bone broth

  • Papaya Kefir probiotic

  • Seasonal greens scramble with eggs from chickens raised on site

  • Grilled nopalitos with goat cheese handmade from goats raised on site by land steward Carrie Lou Arnold.

  • Lactofermented red salsa

Saturday mid morning nourishing herbal infusion:

Restorative, nervine and nutritious Oatstraw


Saturday Lunch

  • Seasonal Botanical Water

  • Squash soup

  • Almond flour Muffins

  • Cheese butter floral spread

  • Medicinal honey

  • Chopped raw veggies as garnish

  • Probiotic juice

  • Herbal ice cream


Saturday Dinner

  • Chicken Bone Broth

  • Afternoon warm horchata

  • Chicken tinga

  • Local greens salad

  • Probiotic vinaigrette

  • Salted herbal pepitas

  • Pumpkin pie with almond flour crust

Late night sleepy time infusion:

Valerian, passion flower, lemon balm 


 
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