2019 Teachers & Workshops
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2018 Teachers & Workshops
Lorene Wapotich is the Founder and Director of Feet on the Earth Programs, a non-profit organization in Boulder, CO creating regenerative culture and community by mentoring children into healthy young adults through deep nature connection and community-based rites of passage. Lorene is a dynamic teacher, passionate speaker, and national lecturer and workshop leader on girls coming of age ceremonies and rites of passage. Her first book, a memoir, has just been released, and she is currently working on her next book: Her Feet on the Earth, Her Place in the Circle: Creating Nature-Based Rites of Passage for Girls and Women, which guides parents and community members in how to create powerful coming of age ceremonies for girls and adulthood initiations for women. Lorene has 25 years experience as an herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition, an outdoor educator, and a wilderness guide. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Wilderness Leadership and Natural History Education and a Masters in Education. Her thesis focused on female development, nature-based mentoring, and rites of passage.
Creating Sacred Spaces: Women’s community and Rites of Passage
The revitalization of rites of passages in our world requires earth based and heart connected communities. To initiate girls into womanhood we need a sacred container of initiated women. Many of us were not gifted these ceremonies as we went through our transitions. The opportunity to reclaim them and carry them forward for future generations is available to us in every moment. Join Lorene Wapotich to find out how we can create this here at Red Earth Herbal Gathering and in our greater community.
Dr. Adhi Moonien Two Owls is a trained Shaman and healer. Her formal background is in fine art. Her area of study was painting, sculpture and eventually moving into Mixed Media. Dr. Adhi studied at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City Missouri.
Adhi received her Doctorate in Philosophy & Therapeutic Counseling From the Open University of Alternative Healing Sri Lanka in 2013 through their affiliate campus in Montreal Canada.
Other areas of study include the earth and natural sciences, Physics and Astronomy. Esoteric studies include: Tibetan Buddhism and its related meditation practices, Western Spiritual practices and the causes of Magick and Alchemy, Qi Gong and meditation and Chinese medicine, Plant Spirit medicine, Sacred Geometry, Egyptian Biogeometry, Radiesthesia (vibrational dowsing), Medical Radiesthesia, and Map Dowsing for water and minerals. Dr. Adhi has spent the last 25 years studying the design, function and uses of Sacred objects as they are found all over the world. She uses these ancient sciences and designs to develop contemporary objects that meet the needs of today’s community and energy challenges.
New Neurology for Shamanism and Plant Medicine
3 Hours Intensive
This is a 2-class continuum. It is strongly encouraged to plan to attend both sessions of the workshop.
For the first time in human history we are unlocking the processes and chemistry of the brain. As a practicing shaman this research has opened the door to a deeper way of understanding how the mind works with plant Medicines, Trance, Flow and perhaps our next evolutionary leap. In this workshop Dr. Adhi will discuss the newest science and developments in neuroscience that can be applied to Plant spirit medicine and shamanic ecstatic states of awareness. She will offer techniques for going into these states for accessing knowledge and healing the body. You will learn affective plant spirit medicine techniques that can enhance your herbal practice and support a greener planet.
This workshop will have 2 shamanic journeys - bring a ground cloth to lay on and something to cover your eyes, and a note book.
Jessica Baker, LAc, RH (AHG) is an author, acupuncturist, herbalist, aromatherapist and educator. Her passion for all plants is reflected in her formulations, private practice and classes on aromatherapy, herbalism, and Chinese medicine. As a continuing education provider, she teaches at several herbal symposia and acupuncture conferences throughout the United States. Jessica is on the faculty of the Holistic Cannabis Academy and The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. Having many years experience as a clinician, Jessica is a master formulator, understanding the importance of plant synergy and energetics. This expertise has given her the opportunity to assist in the formulation of herbal products for large and small businesses.
Jessica has completed her first book, Plant Songs: Reflections on Herbal Medicine, through Balboa Press, where she won the contract through a Hay House Writer's Workshop. Her essential oil blends under Baker Botanica launch in 2018.
Rooted in Integrity: Working with Essential Oils
Essential oil use has dramatically increased with the popularity of Multi Level Marketing companies. While it is positive that more people discover aromatherapy and the healing properties of plants, the irreverent, overuse of concentrated plant medicine is doing harm to both people and planet. This class explores how to use essential oils in a more conservative and economical way and introduces the myriad of other ways to utilize aromatic plants as medicine. We will briefly discuss how to formulate using Vitalist and Chinese medicine pattern diagnosis. Participants will learn how to blend aromatic teas, incense, and essential oils for various conditions. An emphasis of the class is on responsible consumerism when it comes to making buying and selling essential oils and other herbal products. Participants will learn the importance of conservation when being a consumer of essential oil and other herbal products.
Participants will learn how to recognize patterns by a Vitalist and Chinese medicine perspective.
Participants will learn aromatic plant recipes for specific conditions.
Brigitte Mars is an herbalist and nutritional consultant of Natural Health with almost fifty years of experience. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, and The School of Health Mastery in Iceland. She has taught at Omega Institute, Esalen, Kripalu, Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Arise, Envision and Unify Festivals, and The Mayo Clinic. She blogs for the Huffington Post and Care2. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild.
Brigitte is the author of many books and DVDs, including The Natural First Aid Handbook, The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Beauty by Nature, Addiction Free Naturally, The Sexual Herbal, Healing Herbal Teas, Rawsome! and co-author of The HempNut Cookbook. DVDs include Sacred Psychoactive, Herbal Wizardry for Kids of all Ages, Natural Remedies for Childhood Ailments, Overcoming Addictions, and Natural Remedies for Emotional Health. Her latest project is a phone app called IPlant.
Learn to identify local plants for their edible and therapeutic properties. Join us for an easy walk to discover plant allies you will never look upon as “just weeds” again.
Addiction Free Naturally
Learn to use food, herbs, and lifestyle techniques to let go of habitual use to alcohol, tobacco, sugar, caffeine and prescription drugs.
Sara Stewart Martinelli is a certified herbalist and professional tea blender. She has a degree from the University of Colorado in Anthropology and she completed a program in medical herbalism at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies. She owns a number of restaurants in the Boulder area, including the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, The Chautauqua Dining Hall, and Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant. Sara and her husband also own a small farm in Lafayette where they grow organic produce, flowers and herbs and have a small horse boarding facility. Sara has been a practicing clinical herbalist for both humans and animals since 2002. In her herbal practice, Sara uses both energetic and magical uses of herbs to deepen the therapeutic advantages of these botanical allies.
Herbal Spirit Guides: Personal Transformation with Plant Allies
In this class, students would be introduced to a number of plants and through a guided meditation, learn which of these plants offers to act as a spirit guide to lead the student through this portion of their life journey. After a period of meditation and communing with the plants, students would then have the opportunity to craft a small, personal herbal charm using the plant. The charm could be in the form of a medicine pouch, sachet, or poppet. After the charms are crafted, students will be led in a non-denominational ritual to charge the charms through the powers of the four directions and elements.
Ann Drucker has taught shamanic and herbal healing traditions for over twenty five years. She is well known for her joyful, dynamic and experiential teaching style. Ann has a thriving private practice in Boulder Colorado. She offers earth-centered healing sessions which include Maya womb massage, herbal steams, plant brushings, soul retrieval ceremonies and shamanic bodywork. Ann deeply honors the lineage of Miss Beatrice Waight, Maya healer of Santa Familia Belize.
An Introduction to Maya Spiritual Healing with Plants
Come join us for Maya teachings and hands-on experience with plant brushings, spiritual bathing, prayers with plants and more. Learn how the Maya tradition incorporates plants into everyday healing.
*Please bring a bucket, towel and/or sarong (if you can).
Arwen Ek is an herbalist, homeopath, Wilderness EMT, and founder of The Holistic Homestead, a Colorado Nonprofit. She combines her passion for Emergency Medicine with intuitive healing paradigms that encourage improvisation and self-sufficiency. Follow her blog at: http://theholistichomestead.org.
Homemade, DIY, Natural First-Aid
In Homemade, DIY, Natural First-Aid, we will create our own first aid kits using all natural ingredients for use in home emergencies from burns, cuts, scrapes, bruises, bee stings, allergic rashes, blisters and even toothaches! All materials and ingredients are provided. This is a hands-on, kid-friendly activity that teaches First Aid basics (including when to call 911 vs. when you can safely treat at home) and all the science behind how these natural remedies actually work. All levels of experience and herbal know how are most welcome!
Hands-On Health Literacy for Kids!
In this workshop, kids will sing and dance to the guitar and tambourine, meet Skully the Skeleton, and use freshly wildcrafted herbs for first aid! Healthy lifestyle choices, physical activity, healthy eating, basic anatomy and caregiving skills are emphasized with the added element of identifying and harvesting their own healing plants like plantain, mullein, goldenrod, dandelion and more! Kids keep what they harvest.
Laura Clemmons is a clinical herbalist who specializes in women's health. A graduate of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, she furthered her education through apprenticeships in traditional North American indigenous healing practices and intensive studies, most influentially with Miss Beatrice Waight of Belize in Mayan traditional medicine, and Ann Drucker in Wise Woman Traditions. Her goal is to assist women in their journey to find the medicine within.
If Your Breasts Could Talk What Would They Say? Grow into Loving Ourselves by Listening to Our Bodies
Breasts are the extension of our hearts. When we hug one another we touch everyone with our breasts. We are physically loving with them. Our breast health typically mirrors that nature of loving ourselves and others in giving and receiving. We can keep our breasts healthy by remembering to love ourselves enough and take time to care for our bodies, minds, and spirits. In this class we will discuss the nature of what our breasts are saying to us through their health. I will speak to and we will discuss nursing and what happens before, during, and after, how we feel about sharing our breasts with our partners and children. We will discuss our relations with our breasts. I will teach visualizations for sharing our love without giving it all away. We will go over herbs for the health of breasts and what to do for mastitis, cysts, lumps, and breast tenderness, bra vs. no bra and the herbs to take internally and apply externally. We will talk about breast massage and its benefits and we will make a breast oil together.
Bloom into Keeping the Moon Time Sacred
This is a beginner/intermediate class focused on changing the typical perception of women’s health with an emphasis on the moon time being a time for personal ceremony. We will be sitting in sacred space with one another starting with grounding and song. Sitting in circle we will share our names and just a word about ourselves. I will teach participants how to cultivate the mindset and create the internal and external space necessary to honor the sacredness of menstruation, even in our busy society. The importance of intention, clarity, and integrity will create the boundaries to keeping our moon time sacred. I will give examples of a simple ceremony and what to do to honor our internal time once a month. We will discuss Herbs who support our sacred rhythms, PMS, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, cramps, and premenstrual headaches. We will go over formulas and topical applications. I will discuss herbs to prevent pregnancy and discuss abortifacient herbs. We will also explore the process of collecting a moon stone as a record keeper of our sacred rituals.
Leslie Stager has been involved with women’s health since 1978 when her friends got speculums and they gathered together to look at each other’s cervix. In those days they created moon lodges, womb rooms, and broke through loud silence about femininity, sexuality, and women’s rites. Personal challenges with moontime cramps, fibroids, and a back injury inspired her studies with master herbalists like Rosemary Gladstar, Susun Weed, and set her on a path of healing. After living alone in the woods for years, tracking animals, wildcrafting plants, listening to earth-rhythms, and training as a rites of passage guide, she became a labor & delivery nurse and massage therapist specialized with prenatal and postnatal clients. Leslie now has a private practice focused on women’s life-cycles from menstruation to menopause. She has studied pelvic bodywork with Rosita Arivigo, Tami Kent, and other pelvic gurus, and teaches bodywork for women’s health around the country, focused on pregnancy, bellies, womb, breasts, and the amazing internal pelvic Yoniverse! www.lesliestager.com
Wombcare: Tending the Belly Womb Root
3 Hour Intensive- Part 1
This is a 2-class continuum. It is strongly encouraged to plan to attend both sessions of the workshop.
Have you actually felt your own or another woman’s ovaries and womb residing deep in the pelvic bowl? Meet your womb temple with hands-on assessment and caring touch. You’ll assess position, condition, energy, and presence of your own and another’s womb and ovaries as well as the abdominal vortex of intestines, kidneys, organs and muscles that communicate and affect one another. Sharing healing touch together, we’ll explore the guarded and unguarded belly, the root of intuition, the soft nest of our deep feminine.
The belly is a center of ingestion, digestion, and release of the external world circumstances. If you have no womb or are moon-paused, the creative energy of the womb and belly remains--Please join.
This is prerequisite to the subsequent session “Exploring the Yoniverse” which should follow right after this ---the first course is a warm up for the second.
Entering the Temple: Exploring The Yoniverse
3 Hours Intensive- Part 2
This is a 2-class continuum. It is strongly encouraged to plan to attend both sessions of the workshop.
Following the Tending the BellyWomb Root session, those who wish to dive deeper can stay for the next session to explore our inner sanctum using internal pelvic floor massage. Most women have experienced this zone in relation to sex, birth, and clinical exams; it has not always been pleasurable and unfortunately has too commonly been traumatic. Few have had opportunity to explore it without pressure or expectation as a root source of creativity and empowerment.
With permission for entry from your yoni ‘guardians’, we’ll explore together this inner world with curiosity and compassion. Using gloves and coconut oil or other natural lubricant and gentle, non-sexual myofascial massage, we’ll feel each others (or your own) pelvic floor muscles and cervix and listen to what is present. You may discover muscle tension that refers pain to your hips or sacrum or has affected your menstrual cycle. You may re-ignite a mind-pelvis connection and discover how quickly muscle tension and release responds to thoughts and imagery. Discover the Yoniverse, a potent source of intuition and deep feminine rooting.
PREREQUISITE: If you wish to attend this session, please attend Tending the BellyWomb Root first. We will be cultivating connections there that nurture safety, privacy, and deep listening that’s important for this session of Entering the Yoniverse temple.
Briana Wiles is an herbalist and wild plants expert. She teaches classes on foraging and medicinal plants. Wiles also runs Rooted Apothecary, in Crested Butte, CO, which offers bulk herbs, herbal remedies, and her own line of body-care products made with foraged botanicals. Visit her online at rooted-apothecary.com. She is the author of Mountain States Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 100 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness, newly released in March of 2018, and Mountain States Foraging: 115 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Alpine Sorrel to Wild Hops
Bioregional Plant Journalism
In this class explore how important the herbs are that grow nearest to you. Many times the plants we need are at an arms reach, other times they are far off in another part of the country. Developing relationships with each ecosystem you visit can be a beneficial way to have a library of wild plants. The places you visit, whether they be in your area or another region, can be tracked and traced through you keeping a journal or photo log. Learn the importance of logging the plants you come into contact with, with a date, description, quantity, place of habitat, surrounding plants, and more. Become acquainted with sitting in the woods, paying attention, and tapping into your naturalist self.
A Wild Medicinal Meander and Make
On this meandering walk, discover how many herbs are growing right at your feet, along trails through woods, and into mountain meadows. Learn to identify medicinal plants, and ways to utilize them in remedies. Learn to extract wild plants for their medicinal benefits in three different menstruums, alcohol, vinegar, and honey. Each has their own unique ability to extract and preserve plants. (There is an art and science to medicine making, you'll learn how to do it hands on, take home samples that you can try out at home.)
Phylleri Ball’s love of herbs began in 1979, studying with Rosemary Gladstar at the California School of Herbal Studies. She is a Fiber Artist, gardener, musician, cheese maker and raises Nubian goats. For 17 years she sustainably managed 100 head of Angora Goats and Border Leicester sheep, processed and dyed their fleeces at Steam Valley Fiber Farm in Pennsylvania. At her Fiber Arts Studio in Nederland, her focus is weaving and dyeing, with natural dyes being her favorite way to create color.
Create a sacred cloth using plant dyes to adorn yourself or your altar. Learn about mordants which fix the dyes, plants that create the colors and have fun exploring natural dyeing.
Additional Materials Fee: $8 Limited Space Available
Foy girls and women 12 yrs & older
Braid A Cord With Plant Dyed Yarn
Ages 6 and older
Aiyanah Katie Gerhard is a woman, a mother and a channel for the healing love of Divine to come through to this beautiful Mother Earth. Her path has led her to become a Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor, a massage therapist, a birth and postpartum care provider and Earth medicine advocate. She believes that the Universe gifts us tools for healing that we can use to create embodied health and clear connection to our intuition, which guides us to our highest evolution.
Do the Chakra Spin!
Class Intention: To introduce children to their energy bodies and their chakras in a fun accessible way. This class would be a children's version of my Chakra Connection class. I would talk very simply about our energy bodies and the spinning wheels of rainbow light that go up and down the body. We would talk about each chakra, its color, sound and plant/flower allies. Then we would each draw a picture of how our body feels in colors. Then we stand in circle together and do the Chakra Spin! This is a fun and silly dance where we "spin" our chakras together. Afterwards, we draw another picture of what our rainbow body feels like and compare.
Avani G. Dilger, MEd, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CAC III, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Addiction Counselor, a Somatic Psychotherapist, and a Motivational Interviewing Trainer (MINT), who specializes in substance abuse prevention and treatment with adults, teens and their families. She is the founder and director of the “Natural Highs – Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol” nonprofit program, an innovative, grassroots substance abuse prevention and intervention program that teaches teens to become leaders around healthier lifestyles and positive peer culture. In addition to teaching the Natural Highs program at several high schools in Boulder and at Naropa University, Avani works as a therapist with teens, families and adults with the most severe issues around substance abuse, addiction and trauma using cutting-edge approaches such as Somatic Psychotherapy, Brainspotting and Systemic Constellationwork. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and trains Motivational Interviewing for criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse professionals.
Natural Highs - Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol –
Creating grassroots Culture & Rituals with Herbs for Teens & Adults
What if we would all learn ways to get empowered to experience altered states, healthy social rituals, spiritual experiences, and healthy connection without the use of drugs & alcohol in high school?The Natural Highs Program in Boulder is a movement co-created by teens that empowers young people and their communities to take their emotional well-being into their own hands and create the culture they want to live in.Natural Highs provides healthy alternatives to drugs and alcohol through offering workshops, sober events and entrepreneurial and leadership opportunities for teens. Natural Highs helps people understand their craving for a substance or an addictive behavior and teaches how get to the real desire underneath.
In Natural Highs we work with brain chemistry, healthy rituals, herbs that are truly good for you, trance dancing, acupuncture, philosophy - elements you might not have seen be part of a typical substance abuse prevention program. We are learning together what inspires people to live life pure without the use of drugs & alcohol and how to cultivate the adventure that life is in a more sustainable connection with ourselves, our friends and our community.
In this workshop we will bring and share some of our favorite Natural Highs rituals and we will discuss how we work with herbs. We will share and invite dialogue around how to create conscious rituals vs. unconscious addictions and how herbs can be powerful allies in working with emotional, mental health and addiction issues. We will share our experiences of how teens and adults can quit addictions successfully by developing relationships with herbs and daily nurturing practices.
Honoring plant spirit medicine as founder of Ganjasana: Cannabis Yoga Ceremonies and School, Rachael is a curandera healer, teacher, and activist farmer based in Colorado. She is a conduit for awakening messages from the natural world, a “steward of the medicine,” and roots her practices in the ethics of permaculture - earth care, people care, fair share. She believes in holding space for practitioners to cultivate and deepen safe, harmonious plant medicine relationships for transformation and healing. She aims to raise awareness of indigenous wisdom to unite holistically and regenerate soil, body and mind. Rachael embodies her work in the mountains where she mindfully grows regenerative living organic cannabis, dogs, worms, and soil; and offers healing retreats, courses, and yoga teacher trainings.
Join Rachael for morning yoga Saturday & Sunday mornings at the retreat.
Ixeeya Lin is dedicated to restoring the feminine back to her full embodied glory to support sacred union on our glorious planet! Through rite of passage coaching, bodywork and rituals she helps you awaken deep meaning, awaken confidence and authenticity and value your feminine genius. Ixeeya has been on a wild adventure, trained and certified by a variety of wild wise women around the globe in restorative movement, ceremonial arts, womens yoga, Maya abdominal womb centering, shamanism and folk herbalism, somatic healing, sotai, holistic pelvic care, reiki, tantra, south indian temple dance and a variety of global dance forms. She creates sacred spaces and teachings to help you discover and empower yourself and your sacred mission at potent moments of transition when its time to shed shame and rewrite your story. When there is a match for mentorship she loves to help you step into leadership with womens culture and healing when you hear the call to create your circles and red tents. She is here for you when you are ready to make change in your life and you need a coach, cheerleader or transformational catalyst!
Ixeeya founded W.O.M.B. Dance, Womens Tent, and SpandaRupa Ceremonial Dance Theater, Embodied Woman and Gypsy Home Spa programming to help weave the ancient medicine of the earth centered temple dancing feminine with the modern needs of women. It is her joy to circle and dance with you home to your womb centered genius to help you thrive!
More about Ixeeya, womens coaching and mentorship, online programs, and retreat schedule go to WomensTent.com
SunSet WOMB Dance and Fire Activation
Friday Night Fire Ceremony
We Will WOMB Dance our First Sunset at Red Earth together to unite the power of sisterhood and our wombs with the earth and sun.This will be a circle dance and vocal experience. I will teach you some simple WOMB Dance principles of pelvic moment, grounding the nervous system and aspects linking up a ceremonial dance. This is ancient and this is new! We will collectively create a prayer dance together from the power of our root! This is a powerful unifying ceremonial experience. Once our dance is in motion and grounded we make our way to the fire in ritual formation to ignite the sacred fire for the night with herbal offerings and song to pass onto our sisters of the song circle. All women and girls are welcome to this celebratory ritual of body and spirit!
Exhaustion to Thrive! 10 steps to revitalizing and valuing our Feminine side of Self.
So happy to make Red Earth part of my 2018 Thrive Tour! Recognizing and Valuing our Feminine in a World that does not value the feminine is not always obvious. We have marinated in a culture that has diminished feminine genius and needs. And men, women and children are all suffering the results.
But there is hope! There is always hope and there are always the plants and our body intelligence to remind us of how to return to true balance! in this experiential talk and teaching we will learn 10 aspects of your feminine self to start to check in with to shift exhausting habits.
Through herbal tea blends, womb consciousness and restorative movement and meditation we have you covered for re- enerting your life with new quick and easy tools to integrate day to day to shift exhaustion into vitality!
This talk is a great way to prepare for you Red Tent Feminine Initiation.