2020 Teachers, Workshops & Peformances

Schedule Coming Soon!!

*Red Earth Herbal Gathering welcomes boys from newborn through the end of their 7th year.

Alicia Cook

Wolf Clan of the Kanienkehaka Nation, Mohawk          
LPN, Master of Traditional Medicine with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Upstate New York. 

She works in the division of Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Program (ACRP) also known as Ase Tsi Tewaton, (To make new again) as Master in Traditional Medicines. She specializes in teaching about culturally important plants and their uses as food and medicine. Alicia works to build curriculum and ways of thinking that will promote and protect food sovereignty, and traditional plant knowledge. Along the way, she has had the cream of the crop of valuable knowledge from respected elders from her community and works towards transfer of knowledge to the younger generation.  “We must intertwine and carry forward the knowledge of our traditional wisdom keepers”.She specializes in teaching about culturally important plants and their uses as food and medicine. Alicia works to build curriculum and ways of thinking that will promote and protect food sovereignty, and traditional plant knowledge. Along the way, she has had the cream of the crop of valuable knowledge from respected elders from her community and works towards transfer of knowledge to the younger generation.  “We must intertwine and carry forward the knowledge of our traditional wisdom keepers”.

Pine is Divine
All Levels

We, the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse), consider the Great White Peace a symbol of Peace, Power and Righteousness. 


Our ancestors knew what they were doing in selecting this wonderful tree.  Not only does it represent our formation of the League of Nations, it is also one of the best trees to promote healing.  Used physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Depending on what you need, the Great White Pine has many offerings from its bark, needles, cones and pollen and seeds. The Great White Pine Tree is one of my favorite natural medicines simply because she is powerful. 

Ohenton kariwentihkwen (opening & closing circles) 

Opening of gathering and closing words. The opening greets the people and our natural elements on earth.  The closing addresses safety of travel to their destinations.

Alie Rich

Alie Rich is the Owner, Creative Director & Lead Nature-Art Guide at Wild Roots Studio where she offers earth art installations and soulful nature-based art workshops that help to strengthen one’s connection to nature and explore their wild creativity. She is endlessly inspired by the peace, joy, and imagination that nature stirs in one’s heart. She believes that art & ritual are powerful ways to tune into our innate natural rhythms and find a deeper heart-centered connection to ourselves and the wild world around us. When not making earth art you can find her playing with and loving on her two children, hiking, making plant medicine, gardening, stargazing or tending to her bees. Learn more about Alie & Wild Roots Studio at: www.WildRootsStudio.com

Harnessing Your Intentions in Crafting Arrow Nature Mobiles

All levels welcome.
Focused for adults (but older children would enjoy too)

Suggested Donation: $15-20

Join Wild Roots Studio in crafting Sacred Tree Spirit Mobiles while taking fantastic stories of tree spirits, fairies and other nature-based folktales.  Gather in circle with other sisters to find a moment to slow down so that we might take more moments to give gratitude for all the blessings and beauty in our lives. During this time, we can reflect upon the busy, often fast-moving summer season and start pondering what is next as we turn the wheel towards the time of harvest and rest. This circle will help to remind us that our mindful attention is sacred and that “where attention goes energy flows”. By holding the intention to focus and aim your energy on love, gratitude and what makes your heart sing…we can walk through our journey here on earth with more grace, peace and happiness.

In this workshop, we will celebrate and harness our personal intentions and soul cravings in creating Arrow Mobiles. This art craft will become a creative ritual in asking yourself, what aspiration are you seeking out and where do you wish to aim your arrows of attention?

Creating a Medicine Mandala

All levels welcome.
For both women and children

Gather in circle with other sisters to find a moment to slow down so that we might take more moments to give gratitude for all the blessings and beauty in our lives. During this time, we can reflect upon the busy, often fast-moving summer season and start pondering what is next as we turn the wheel towards the time of harvest and rest. This circle will help to remind us that our mindful attention is sacred and that “where attention goes energy flows”. By holding the intention to focus and aim your energy on love, gratitude and what makes your heart sing…we can walk through our journey here on earth with more grace, peace and happiness.

 

In this workshop, we will celebrate and harness our personal intentions and soul cravings in creating Arrow Mobiles. This art craft will become a creative ritual in asking yourself, what aspiration are you seeking out and where do you wish to aim your arrows of attention?

Ann Drucker

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.

www.herbalhealingarts.com

An Introduction to Maya Spiritual Healing With Plants
All levels welcome

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).

Briana Wiles

Having been in practice for more than a decade, it’s no surprise that Briana has a huge passion for her career as an herbalist. Briana specializes in teaching about wild foods, herbalism, and creating organic herbal body care products. Rooted in Gunnison, CO, Briana has an abundance of wild plants—many of which are edible or medicinal—in her backyard. Plus, she’s written two books about foraging (Mountain States Foraging, and Mountain States Medicinal Plants) and owns Rooted Apothecary, which has a store in Gunnison and another in Crested Butte.

A Journey Into Aromatics: Harvesting Herbs

All levels welcome

This is a two-part class, starting with everybody harvesting wild plants, maybe snagging a few branches, and learning about how to understand herbs through senses and aromatics, to learn their energetics and properties. So this will be partly plant identification, aromatic development, and understanding your senses.

A Journey of Aromatics: Distillation Process

All levels welcome

The second part of the class teaches how to assemble a copper still and start the distillation process. From both of these classes we will have the essence distilled from the land, and people can bring home a 1 ounce bottle of the hydrosol.

Brigitte Mars

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 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.

Djedi Survival Skills on a Perilous Planet

Class is 1.5 hours long
All levels welcome

Djedi Survival Skills on a Perilous Planet: Learn to be prepared for emergencies, crisis, fist aid, skills in times of community needs. Finding water, wild food, food preservation and safety skills.

Daena Horner

Daena descends from a long, unbroken ancestral line connecting her work with plants. As a daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter three times over of farmers, trusting the land will provide nourishment and health is held in her core. She manifests in this world as an herbalist, a witch, an author, and an artist empowering, inspiring and healing others with plants, magic, words and laughter. Her continuous service toward building community sovereignty and individual independence is evident in her commitment to working as an abortion doula and educator.

Ancestral Utilization of Plants for Fertility Control
Adult Class
Level: Intermediate

(This lecture is of a historical nature, and not to be adapted into present day or a clinical framework.)

Communities across the globe have been using plants as a means to manage fertility for thousands of years. Classic medical texts from China, the Middle East, Egypt all contain herbal formulas for both contraception and abortion. Abortafacient plants were studied, prescribed and regularly consumed by the masses. In one known history, around 100 BC, a popular contraceptive herbal of the Greeks and Romans was used until extinction. This is just one of many stories.

 

This lecture will focus on the very long history of herbs being used as birth control, contraceptives and abortafacients. We will follow ancestral plant lineages; where they came from, how they moved around the world, if they survived and how.  

Red Tent Healing Healing Space
Adult Class
All Levels Welcome

Daena will also be in our red tent providing a healing space centered on pregnancy loss and grieving.

Erin Lester

Erin is a mother of a 6-year-old son, a 2-year-old daughter, and a sweet pit bull rescue.  She is a yoga and movement teacher, a small business owner, and a birth doula (although she's currently taking a break from birth work).  Erin finds joy in her family, moving her body, gathering with women, learning, transforming, and empowering others through movement and mindful living. She also enjoys homeschooling her children. At home you'll often find Erin in the kitchen cooking, baking, and making natural remedies for her family and friends. Erin and her family settled into the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in 2017, following their hearts and a desire to live more closely with nature. 

Morning Yoga
Time TBA

Join Erin Lester on the green for an invigorating morning practice*. No experience is necessary! 

 

Erin will invite you to slow down and tune in to how you feel in your body so you can start your day off on the right foot. Her classes aim to help you center your breath and mind and balance the muscles of your body through mindful breathwork, alignment, and strengthening postures. 

 

The core of Erin's yoga practice is based on Pralaya yoga, a system of yoga derived from ancient yoga but made for today's bodies and lifestyles. Erin also infuses her practices with aspects of Chinese yoga and Qi Gong and takes inspiration from the Yoga Better, Forrest and other styles of yoga and movement arts. Erin has been teaching yoga for 10 years and loves to share yoga with her family, friends and community.

  

*Bring your mat or a blanket to practice on and socks and a warm top if it's cold out

Jamie Della

Jamie Della has studied magick and spirituality from around the world for more than 20 years. She is the author of eight books, including The Book of Spells (Oct 2019), and writes the “Herbal Journeys” column in Witches & Pagans Magazine. When not writing, she’s at her potter’s wheel, teaching at women’s retreats, guiding goddess rituals, backpacking, road-tripping, or hosting AirBnB guests. Sometimes you can find her in the hammock by the creek running from the Eastern Sierra to the quaking aspen grove in her backyard.

Spellcrafting With Herbs
All Levels welcome

 

Come learn about the art and ethics of spellcrafting. Discover how spells work, the four questions you must ask yourself before any spellcrafting, and magickal properties of several herbs. You will learn how to set up a protective circle to cast a spell as well as many other influences of spellcrafting, including tools of the craft, chakras, animal totems, runes, colors, candle magick, numbers, day of the week, season, cardinal directions, phase of the moon, tarot, and deities. Create your own mojo pouch with herbs for a spell that you design. Let's make magick together! This workshop is two-thirds lecture and one-third interactive. It can be held indoor or outdoor and there will be smudging.

Jessica Baker

Jessica Baker is an author, acupuncturist, herbalist and cannabis farmer. Her passion for all medicinal plants is reflected in her formulations, private practice and classes on cannabis, herbalism, and Chinese medicine. Jessica is on the faculty of the Holistic Cannabis Academy and teaches at 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.

Jessica has recently opened a medical cannabis dispensary and clone nursery, Bakers Medical, in Oklahoma City. Jessica has articles published in several magazines, including the Cannabis Nurses Journal, and has completed her first book, Plant Songs: Reflections on Herbal Medicine. Her Baker Botanica herbal hemp blends are expertly blended with the knowledge of Chinese and Western herbalism and aromatherapy.

You can reach Jessica at jessica@bakersbrands.com or through her website www.bakerbotanica.com or www.bakersmedical.com

Cannabis Aromatics
Adulst Class
Level: Advanced

We will discuss Oncology from both Chinese Medicine and Allopathic medical perspectives. We will briefly discuss the energetics of herbs and essential oils, modes of transport and proper dosages. Then we will explore how essential oils affect our energetic layers of Wei Qi (immunity qi), Ying Qi (nutritive qi), Yuan Qi (constitutional qi). We will conclude class by discussing specific herbs and essential oils for prevention and treatment of Cancer, grief and loss, neuropathy, digestion and more.

Qi Gong: Roots & Branchcs
All Levels

Learn basic Qi Gong techniques for relaxation, energy, and longevity. Class will begin with a brief discussion of the importance of knowing the difference between the pathology (root cause) and symptoms (branches) that may manifest as a result of the disharmony of yin and yang. The Qi Gong exercises practiced will focus on building qi (vital life force energy), calming shen (spirit, nervous system), and promoting health as a way to treat the root and branches of dis-ease.

Julia Lyons

Julia is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher, Earth-centered Shamanic Healer, Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Hygiene Mentor, and voice for Sacred Tobacco.

Through the work that Julia offers, her hope is to empower and enlighten you to step into your power and truth so you are able to move forward in life with your highest good always in mind. When we become tuned in to this way of living, we are able to step fully onto our path and manifest beauty in all areas of our life. May we all see truth and bring in love, light, awareness, vitality, strength, and abundance in all forms.

Julia offers opportunities for healing and growth through Private Sessions, Consultations and Public Classes.

Herb  Walk
All Levels welcome

 

Join Julia Lyons of Meadowsweet Healing for a plant walk around Peaceful Meadow. We will meet and discuss the local plants and learn ways to utilize their nutrition and healing powers in daily life!

Julie James

Julie is an herbal practitioner and educator based in Long Beach. She has worked with the healing plants for over 30 years, and heads the Green Wisdom School of Herbal Studies in Southern California.
 

Initially fascinated with biochemistry and nutrition, it was soon obvious to her that plants are far better chemists than humans will ever be, and her focus soon turned to herbal medicine. After many years of formal study, apprenticeship, and hands-on work from gardening to medicine making, her path led her to teaching.
 

She now teaches at various conferences and venues, as well as her own school, and presents workshops on herbalism and nutrition for a wide range of organizations. For more information, visit www.greenwisdomerherbalstudies.com

Turning of the Tide: Nourishment & Empowerment, and the Cycle of Menopause
Adult Class
Level: Advanced

Aging is not for the weak of heart. The changes that happen to our bodies are profound and powerful, and can birth us into new life as elders and tradition keepers, or can marginalize and silence us. In this class we will center the power and joy, the freedom and the growth that menopause brings to us, and how to welcome it with a wide open heart, even if there is also loss and sorrow at leaving behind who we once were. We will meet and explore the plant allies, nutrients, foods and experiences that can transform the experience and allow us to stand in our power, embrace our inner crone, and be the fierce and gentle elders we are meant to be.

Laura Cascardi

Laura’s passion for herbalism, healing, and well-being is evident in her 20 + years of working with herbs and people. She began her formal education with herbs at the Rocky Mountain Center of Botanical studies where she graduated in 2001 as a certified herbalist. In 2013 she graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Botany. In 2014, Laura co-founded the Equinox Center of Herbal Studies where she is the director and one of the primary teachers. In private consultations she works one on one to discover tools for personal wellness that best serve each person. She focuses on creating a safe space where the individual can explore spiritual, emotional and physical growth.

Laura loves coupling her herbal knowledge with her botanical expertise, and as a long-time resident of the Front Range, she is extremely familiar with local flora and often hosts herb walks focusing on edible and medicinal uses of local plants. Furthermore, she often offers more intensive botany workshops and private plant identification consultations to teach others how deepen their knowledge of the plants.

Medicinal & Edible Plant & Tree Walk
All Levels welcome

 

A hands-on, taste-full herb walk around the property discussing the medicinal and edible properties of herbs we come across. We will make medicine out of something we find in abundance, very likely Russian Olive infused oil. There will be no need for any power and the class will be outdoors, rain or shine! While children are welcome, under 12 yrs. of age they must be accompanied with their adults!

Laura Clemmons

Laura Clemmons is a clinical herbalist and Strega who specializes in women's health. Laura comes from a lineage of Italian stregas, or healers, and strives to maintain her ties to that tradition in her practice. She named her business, Strega Gardens, after that lineage as a way in which to honor and embody the work of her ancestors. She has practiced for 20 years, with a commitment to walk the beauty way with integrity, finding the medicine within and helping others to do the same.
Laura is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, she furthered her education through apprenticeships and intensive studies, most influentially Miss Beatrice Waight of Belize and Ann Drucker in Boulder CO in Mayan traditional medicine.

How to Build an Herbal Formula
Adult Class
Level: Intermediate

This class will go over how to build a criteria for basic herbal formulas. We will discuss example formulas for various and common acute illnesses and why those herbs were put together. We will look at plant relationships, catalysts, and synergy in formulas how important it is to know them and why we use certain plants together. We will discuss the energetics of the plants and when to trust your intuition. Lastly we will talk about when to believe herbal information on the web and how to tell if the author is authentic. Each student will leave with their own formulation

Lisa Ganora

Lisa began studying herbs in the Wise Woman Tradition back in 1986 and fell profoundly in love with medicinal plants and natural healing. While studying wildcrafting and medicine-making with traditional herbalists from New England to the Appalachian Mountains for ten years, she began creating herbal products and travelled the festival circuit with an herb booth and as a workshop presenter.

In 1997 Lisa decided to study botany, chemistry, and health sciences at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and graduated with highest honors and several awards. Lisa combines a deep understanding of traditional, Vitalist herbalism with a scientifically-integrated and holistic approach to natural health.

In addition to directing CSCH, Lisa was an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, and has lectured and taught classes at numerous schools and conferences around the U.S. She is the author of Herbal Constituents, the standard textbook of phytochemistry for herbalists. For more information, see Lisa’s CV at HerbalConstituents.com.

Organoleptic Herb Walk
All Levels welcome

 

Join us in exploring the native and weedy species of the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Merging science, senses, and spirit, this hands-on class is all about cultivating your herbal instincts. Learn about plant constituents, edible and medicinal uses, botany and plant ID, folklore, and more. We will taste, touch, smell, see, and listen with our hearts, minds, and bodies, tuning in with the unique medicine of the plants.

Lori Roop

Certified Clinical Herbalist and Certified Nutritionist
Lori Roop is a clinical herbalist, a nutritionist, a craftsperson of artisan body products, a chronic illness survivor, and a wife and a mom to two incredible kiddos. Lori is a self-described “foodie” and nature lover who is passionate about igniting the vitality that resides in all of us. She knows that creating a baseline of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle is the best foundation anyone can build.


After graduation in 2003, Lori started seeing clients, but also started her own body product business—a line of all-natural, herbal bath and body products called Vital Roots Herbal Care (vitalrootsherbs.etsy.com), which is still going strong today.
Lori sees clients from all over the world remotely, and in-person consultations locally, info at LoriRoop.com. She has taught classes all around Denver for the past 15 years, enjoys writing herbal and nutrition centric articles, and loves sharing vital information with people that can inspire health and joy in their lives.


Herbs are nature’s cure for so many common afflictions. Lori practices Vitalism, which is a sacred belief that all things are connected and affect each other. She also believes the body has the ancient wisdom and ability to heal itself, if given the right tools. Lori’s goal is to help you find the root cause of your issues, create resilience, figure out what is most important in your life, and use the best possible tools to help you live a wonderful life.

Introduction to Alcohol Extractions (tinctures) by Maceration
Adult Class
Level: All Levels

We’ll cover all aspects of creating your own tinctures for your home apothecary from a beginner level to advanced! We’ll start by covering the folk method, starting with some basic rules about wildcrafting and sustainability awareness, then moving on to choosing the best dried herbs based on organoleptic testing. We’ll discuss how to make this process easy-peasy for beginners, and how to start building your apothecary from there. In addition, we’ll cover more advanced tincturing techniques such as the weight-to-volume ratio, and best resources to create your formulas from.

 

We will taste-test different alcohols, like vodka, brandy, everclear and organic cane alcohol, and we will take-test one herb in several different alcohols to compare. The entire tincturing process will be hands-on in class and will contain different straining ideas and techniques. I’ll include a brief history of alcohol, and the additional information on the important aspects of storing, labeling and dosages for size, age and children. If we have time, we’ll cover fresh plant tincturing, including using the wilting process to more calculate the amount of water in a plant. After leaving this class, if you’re a beginner, I want you to feel comfortable enough to create your own herbal medicine for yourself and your family, and if you are more advanced, I want you to feel comfortable enough to try a new technique in your medicine-making!

Micro-Dosing Psilocybin with Chronic Illness: Finding the Sacred in Normality
Adult Class
Level: All Levels

The popularity of psilocybin seems to be exponentially on the rise in the US, with Denver and Oakland decriminalizing it. However, they are still federally listed as a Schedule I drug, which means they are drugs which are not considered to have any legitimate medical use and selling them is still a felony. Despite these dire restrictions, some studies on psilocybin have been shown to effectively help depression, chronic pain, anxiety, addictions and PTSD. Micro-dosing with a chronic illness and its subsequent accompanied pain can possibly help many. Different experts have varied ideas on how best to micro-dose, and we will review the information from all sources to discover how finding the sacred and spiritual in the present and its often-mundane, day-to-day moments can greatly affect our quality of life.
 

Margi Flint

Margi Flint, RH, HM, B. Sc., is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild.  She was adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine 1994-2000 and NSC College, MA, 1999-2013.  She currently is on staff at Pacific Rim College, Victoria BC since 2011, Bastyr Univ. since 2010, teaches at Mass College of Pharmacy for a Masters and undergraduate programs since 2002 and lectures at herbal symposiums as well as medical institutions around the states and internationally. Margi has been working with people and plants since she began her herbal studies in 1974.  She oversees an Herbal Clinic once or twice a month mentoring herbalists and as a service to the people who wish to have a great herbal consultation at sliding scale.  Her most revered teachers are the plants and her clients.  She is author of The Practicing Herbalist: Meeting with Clients ~ Reading the Body, now in its third edition and online.

Reading the Body: From a branch of teachings from The great late William LeSassier 
Adult Class
All Levels welcome

Knowing what the body has to say, we can learn how to prevent illness before it arrives as well as treating what is here. What do your thinning eyebrows mean?  Why is there a crease in your earlobe? Each color, line and marking on the face, tongue and nails holds meaning of your internal health. Margi will be explaining and demonstrating diagnostic techniques taught to her by the late William Le Sassier and observed on clients these past forty-plus years in practice.

 

We will focus on various diagnostic techniques including:

-facial indications for organs

-tissue color and meanings

-generalities of fingernail plus tongue analysis will round out the desired need for three indications before passing judgement!

 

In this 3 hour intensive we will run through all organs and see as many faces as we are able! 

Branches Falling

Adult Class
All Levels welcome

How do we honor death, the transformation from Earthbound to the next realm?  How to prepare for the last loving journey: creating dignity, choices honored, where and with whom?  Herbal care from oils to baths, written forms to manifest desires, support ideas for all loved ones.   

Mary Kathleen Rose

Mary Kathleen Rose is a licensed massage therapist with a B.A. in Integrative Healing (Minor in Art) from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Internationally known as a pioneer in the field of touch therapies for the elderly and the chronically ill, she is the developer of Comfort Touch®, a nurturing style of acupressure. It is widely practiced in hospices, homecare, and other medical settings. She believes that the nurturing, comforting power of touch really begins in the home, and she loves to share powerful, yet simple techniques to be used within the family.
 

A wellness educator and lifelong herbalist, she holds a certification from Susun S. Weed in the "Spirit & Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition." She is the author of several books and numerous published articles, including Comfort Touch® of the Hands & Feet: A Guide for Family Caregivers, and The Children's Tarot: The Road is a River.
 

She is also passionate about creating music in community drum circles, and improvisational music jams, with people of all ages and abilities.

Perscussion Jam
Adult Class
Level: All Levels

We come together in community with a variety of musical instruments from around the world, to explore the healing power of rhythm and sound. I will bring a variety of drums and hand percussion. This workshop is appropriate for people of all ages and abilities. Kids welcome! We will practice listening skills, and learn some basic improvisational music forms. Both meditative and celebratory, we tap into our ancient collective musical resonance.
 

We will also take a look at the use of plants and natural materials in creating and decorating many indigenous musical instruments. For example, did you know that the original kazoo, came from an African instrument which used an onion skin for the resonating membrane to amplify sound? Reeds, bones, river cane, and clay, are just some of the materials used to create flutes. Shakers can be made from gourds, seeds, and woven grasses. Drums have been made from wood, gourds, and animal skins, and decorated with plant pigments, feathers and seeds.
 

This workshop is primarily hands-on and open to beginning and experienced participants. It can be held inside or outside. May be best outside, with a variety of chairs or options for sitting on ground. We will make some noise, so best to have it away from other workshops.

Mindy Green

Mindy Green has over 45 years in the natural products and health care industries as an herbalist, esthetician and nationally certified Registered Aromatherapist. Mindy has authored three books and over 70 published articles, including chapters in two medical texts edited by Andrew Weil, MD. An active educator, Mindy teaches at the Center for Integrative Medicine (U AZ) and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (San Diego), specializing in botanical therapies. She is an advisory board member to the non-profit American Botanical Council. She has guest lectured at UC Boulder, Metro State College Denver and more. She is a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild and worked in Aveda’s Research & Development department as their clinical aromatherapist (2003 to 2009); she served as committee chair for botanicals in cosmetics for the American Herbal Products Association (2008-2014). In addition to owning multiple businesses in the herb industry she’s been on the faculty of Boulder’s Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies (1995 to 2003) and co-owned the California School of Herbal Studies in Sonoma County (1985-1995). She is a graduate of Purdue University’s “extensive training in the advanced uses of essential oils”. In 2012 she became a health coach certified by Wellcoaches®. Founder of Green Scentsations, LLC she’s a long-time environmental activist, serving two board terms for the nonprofit, United Plant Savers. https://www.greenscentsations.com/about

Rose, the Quintessential Women´s Herb
Adult Class
All Levels welcome

 

Learn about the rich history and amazing grace Rose offers and how she can help improve our overall wellbeing as we blossom into our better selves, integrating body, mind and spirit. This quintessential remedy for many gynecology issues as well as grief and sorrow, Rose offers much in the way of clearing the physical and emotion blocks that stunt our health. The benevolence of this high vibrational plant provides healing in all its botanical forms, making it especially relevant in our challenging times that call for stability, resiliency, authenticity and an open heart.
We will discuss some uses of the whole plant as food, medicine and essence, along with fun and easy recipes. We will cover its broad materia medica and uses for the physical body, blending for affordability, and rituals - both modern day and historical. Learn about the wondrous uses of this mystical healing plant while you develop true wisdom of the heart.

Phylleri Ball

Phylleri Ball’s love of herbs began in 1979, studying with Rosemary Gladstar at the California School of Herbal Studies. Phylleri is a Fiber Artist, weaver, gardener, musician, cheese maker and raises Nubian goats and chickens in Nederland, CO. Gardening at 7,900 feet elevation, she grows vegetables, culinary & medicinal herbs and flowers. Sharing women's wisdom, healing with plants and living connected to Mother Earth and her creatures, is part of her daily walk on the planet.

Crone Circle Basket Weaving
Adult Class
Level: All Levels

For Crones, weaving a ceremonial basket symbolizes containing our wise blood within. Like the open top basket, our wisdom is held within while still accessible to benefit ourselves and others. This workshop is offered for women 50+ who identify themselves as Crones, pre or post menopausal, and experience themselves in their third stage of life. Bring talismans, feathers, shells or beads that you would like to incorporate into your basket.

For Elder women only. Workshop size limit is 13.

Sheri Hupfer

As a Daughter of Hermes and the Maiden of the ‘Alchemy of Artemis’ my path has been a long & wandering journey, carried by years of Plant work, Personal practice and the study of the Internal Alchemy. As an Eco-sensual Artist & Naturalist; in the collecting of bone, petal, root and metal, much of my medicine is presented in the form of adornment, through the rhythm of somatics & song and in the full bodied dose of Spagyrics.

I taught at the CSCH in Boulder, Co for nearly 10 years and have traveled to offer classes all over the country. The Wild Flower school, The Sacred Journey School of Herbalism both located in Austin, Tx as well as The Sage Country herbs in Vista, Ca. & Naropa University are among a few.

Pulsatilla: An Intoxicating Dream

Adult Class
All Levels welcome

As the first to announce spring in the mountains let us honor the whisper and the roar of such a delicate being. Native to these lands, let us sit awhile and listen to the medicine that reminds us that sometimes all we need to do is simply close our eyes. As one of my personal and greatest allies, we will discuss the many layers of Pulsatilla; her medicine, mythology, her potency and the nature of her endangered.

This class is best held outside. No additional things are needed. There will be much storytelling with time allotted for the sharing of a dropdose experience.

Mirror + Metaphor: The relationship between Plants and Planets
Adult Class
Level: Beginner

 

Once upon a time the Plants and visible Planets were seen as our Great teachers. The constellations of the celestial realm created maps delicately designed to lend heavenly guidance while the photosynthesis of our green allies collect the light of the luminaries and translate their wisdom into more accessible nourishment and medicine here on earth. In this class we will explore the foundations of alchemy by beginning with drawing lines of connection between the personalities, archetypes and expressions of a plant and a planet for each day of the week.

Willow Arlenea

Willow Arlenea, MA, LPC, has walked the path of the mystic sage for over 40 years. She is a chakra energy reader, licensed psychotherapist, trauma specialist, and goddess priestess. She is the author of THE TAROT OF TRANSFORMATION, book and deck set, SEASONS OF THE GODDESS book, THE PATH THROUGH EMOTIONAL PAIN book, and the JOURNEY THROUGH THE CHAKRAS book. Her visionary art is sold throughout the United States and Europe.

The Apple, The Witch & the Goddess
Ages 8 and Up
Level: All Levels

Autumn is apple time! In this gathering Willow will guide us into the rich mystical tradition of the apple. From Egypt to Ireland, and throughout the middle ages, the apple, and the apple tree have held the mysteries of life and death. We will learn the rich lore about the many goddess-crone-witch archetypes, and her magic apple in the womb-heart-cauldron deep within the earth. Together we will participate in a guided journey within, and find our own emotional and psychological meaning to three aspects of the fallen apple. First, the healthy flesh of the apple is harvested to nourish and heal us. What are you harvesting now? Second, the bruised flesh must be allowed to rot away. What is rotting in your life now, and must be discarded? Third, we come to the seed deep within the core. What wisdom from your past experience are you holding as a precious seed, ready to plant when the time is right, for your next cycle of growth?

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