Plant Medicine and Garden Program Intensive

Welcome to the Intensive!

This page is meant to be a guide through a four day process of relearning how to orient to ourselves and our world.

Day 1 Solstice Thursday June 21- Exploring the Pieces Escaping the Matrix

Midday-
Gather St Johns Wort – explore upper mountains of a Coastal area.  Riparian rain forest.  Meadow energy.

Afternoon-
Back to Garden in coastal Santa Cruz – sea level
Rest and unpack

Evening- 6pm
Dinner and discussion/activities of Plant Medicine amongst the garden plants.
Topics of the day:

  • Introduction to Plant Allies
  • Slowing down the internal dialogue – why it’s valuable
  • Observation of plants at waning light
  • Various plant extracts available for personal exploration in changes in consciousness
  • Introduction to actions, processes, and nutrition/nourishment from another perspective
  • Getting to know each other time – understanding “the container”

Day 2 Friday June 22 – Inner and Outerdiamond ray

Todays agenda includes: (Times are loose)

  • Morning 8-9AM
  • energy and movement practice – learning and sticking with a daily practice
  • 9-10AM
  • Herbal teas and discussion of when to harvest plants – timing
  • Discussion of soil, sunlight, water, how elements are recycled on the Earth
  • 10:30AM
  • Late morning break for plant observation
  • 11AM leave
  • River / creek area plant observation – watercress, nettles, horsetail, cat tails, angelica’s, horsechestnut trees, Elder Tree, Ginkgo tree, berries, insects
  • 1PM
  • Lunch on ocean bluff – observing plants as soil managers
  • 2-4PM
  • Beach plants, salty marsh plants, time near ocean
  • 4ish
  • Afternoon break for nap or short practice
  • 6PM
  • Garden tour and deeper intimacy with Earth and Plant cycles with Pot Luck dinner
  • Personal time to engage plants and journal
  • Dinner and afternoon power drinks include freshly picked plants
  • 8-10PM
  • Evening program involves learning to “touch and be touched”
  • This involves first self-examination, then examination of the thing one is being intimate with, then letting go into the connection and how it feels – lots of options as to how this process will look
  • Evening teas and end of day highlights/takeaways

Day 3 Saturday – Playing with the Clay and Navigating Many Mansions in My Father’s House11 Principles of Elements

Topics:

  • Morning 8-9AM
  • energy and movement practice – learning to “read the signs”
  • 9-10AM
  • Introduction to Plant Allies
  • Slowing down the internal dialogue – why it’s valuable
  • Stage II of self-examination from previous evening paired with morning discussion
  • 11AM
  • Observation of plants
  • Various plant extracts available for personal exploration in changes in consciousness
  • 1PM Lunch
  • Introduction to actions, processes, and nutrition/nourishment from another perspective.  Gardening and the Elements, Earth’s Recycling of all elements – examples given
  • Plant form / morphology, and why it’s important
  • using taste, touch, smell, color, moisture – observing plant qualities and how they influence us
  • 4PM
  • Seasonal influences
  • How to grow plants, soil to watering, to nutrients, to light, to watering, planters, pots, in earth
  • 6-7PM Dinner
  • 7-10PM
  • Getting to know each other time – understanding “the container”
  • Free time to discuss and ask questions

Day 4 Sunday – Gathering the Gold and Creationstairway-to-heaven

Topics:

  • Morning 8-9AM
  • energy and movement practice
  • Introduction to Plant Allies
  • Slowing down the internal dialogue – why it’s valuable
  • Stage II of self-examination from above
  • Observation of plants
  • Various plant extracts available for personal exploration in changes in consciousness
  • Introduction to actions, processes, and nutrition/nourishment from another perspective
  • Getting to know each other time – understanding “the container” – what’s it feel like now versus at start?  What’s the same?
  • Plant form / morphology, and why it’s important <> compare with human qualities
  • using taste, touch, smell, color, moisture, observe plant qualities
  • Seasonal influences
  • How to grow plants, soil to watering, to nutrients, to light, to watering, planters, pots, in earth
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