Plant Spirit GatheringSeptember 14-16, 2018, Augusta Wisconson
Learning herbalism hands-on while playing with herbs, living in the magical woods for three days drinking herbal tea, communing with plants, and building community with other plant lovers.
Hosted by Full Circle Herbals, River Prairie Apothecary, and Wise Water Botanicals
Early bird registration deadline
Whether you are new to learning herbalism or practicing a long time, this gathering is for you.
Topics and activities planned for the Plant Spirit Gathering
Herbal remedy making: lots of hands-on experience with workshops and make-and-take stations
Plant identification: plant walks in the wooded area around Stargazen Retreat Center and in their herbal gardens
Materia medica: plenty of time available to new herbal materia medica profiles or gathering information to add to existing ones
Skill sharing time: We’ll set aside time for participants to share skills with each other (examples: yoga, weaving, dancing, and others)
Campfire time: Bring your drums, flutes, fun witchy/hippy clothes, songs, stories for time around the campfire
Altar making: We’ll make a communal altar on the first day of the Gathering with items brought by participants
Green Blessing Ceremony: Declare your commitment for the plants and medicinal herbs through a Green Blessing Ceremony.
Lodging options include: Stargazen Women’s Retreat is the location of the Gathering. It’s in Augusta, Wisconsin with options for a solo dwelling (think tiny house, so cute!), shared dwelling, and camping area. Dwellings have beds, sofas, futon, and one has a hammock! Check out Stargazen website and Facebook page for more pictures.
Accommodations are semi-rustic: electricity, purified drinking water, portable wash water, green bathing solar showers~herbal birdie baths, porta-potty compost toilets. Stargazen Retreat has beautiful gardens.
Food: One meal is provided each day. Friday and Saturday is the evening meal and lunch on Sunday. Participants are responsible for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Some of the dwellings have mini refrigerators and food preparation areas.
Descriptions of Workshops, Presentations, Ceremonies, and Other Activities
(A work in progress! More will be added.)
Many of the activities will be repeated two times to ensure everyone has a chance to participate. We will have sign-up sheets to keep group sizes small allowing for more interaction from presenters and participants.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Lisa)
The opening ceremony will set the space for the Gathering. We want to create a community of people working in a calm, supportive, and sacred space as we reconnect to Plant Spirit Medicine and explore other energy healing modalities.
The closing ceremony will help ground the energy we created and help us adjust to merging back into daily life.
Creating Herbal Blends for Energy Clearing and Creating Sacred Space (Amy Shea)
This workshop will be a hands on make n’ take that looks alternatives to white sage and palo santo for energy clearing and creating sacred spaces for ritual. We will talk a bit about the physical medicinal benefits of smudges and burning blends. Each student will have the chance to blend their own sacred space blend using a combination of resins, along with local and not so local herbs which they can later use in a variety of ways to clear negative energy, stir stagnant energy and create sacred space.
An Earthing Invitation (Amy Shea)
Please join me as we spend some time in the forest. We will have a light discussion about connecting with the spirits of the plants before spending sometime connecting in whatever way we feel most inline with. Bring your journal, sketchpad, prayers, chants, mantras and songs as we branch off and find the plant that calls to us. As we come back together to conclude, you will have an open invitation to share anything regarding your experience with the plant you connected with that you choose, if you choose.
Herbal Facials (Amy Shea)
We’ll talk about herbs great for the skin and then we will give ourselves a facial, potentially including the creation of an herbal steam, herbal scrub, and mud mask. We’ll smear ourselves in honey and throw ourselves to the bees! (kidding).
Medicinal Trees and Shrubs Walk (Erin LaFaive)
Learn about the medicinal properties and folklore of trees and shrubs. Take time to connect with trees and shrubs during this plant walk as Erin LaFaive teaches how to identify trees for all seasons. She’ll also discuss ways to “read” tree health and how that relates to harvesting activities.
Plant Priestess Path (Erin LaFaive)
What is a Plant Priestess? Join Erin as she describes the core message of a Plant Priestess – advocate for plants, connect with them, learn their uses, and be an intermediary for them to the human world.
– Learn how to use and create a healing oil with wild and cultivated medicinal plants in both dry and fresh forms. Each participant will leave class with an oil infusion and first aid herbal powder.
– Salve making isn’t just for first aid, it’s also for deeper healing and self-care. Herbs lend not only their physical qualities and medicinal constituents to us; they also support and nurture emotions, feelings of well-being and create deeper spiritual connections. Join us to learn more about how Rose, Elder and Sweet-grass can encourage self-care as an enjoyable and meaningful way to nurture yourself.
DIY Tincture Blending (Kerri Kiernan)
– Learn the art of tincture blending; What types of herbs go well together? What are some traditional herbal formulas used as supportive tinctures? We will specifically focus on seasonally appropriate herbs for fall/early winter so that you will be equipped to stay healthy through the changing seasons. All participants will create their own personalized tincture.
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June 30, 2018 is the deadline for early registration discount.
After that prices go up at least $50.
Various overnight options are available from camping, shared dwellings, to solo dwellings. View the accommodations options (click here).
Please contact Erin LaFaive for information about 1 day passes and 3 day passes for those that live within driving distance of the Plant Spirit Gathering. We highly encourage people to stay on site. The intent of this event is to create a sacred space and community for 3 days. This is best done with the whole group staying together. Some exceptions will be made. Thank you. firstname.lastname@example.org