Plant Medicine and Garden Program Intensive

Welcome to the Intensive!

We had our first one June 21-24 2018.  The Calendar below outlines in detail the process we go through.

Our Fall Plant Medicine Alchemy Intensive will be October 27-30.  Theme is Roots and Seeds.  Roots of plants interface with the “brain,” and intelligence, and the Seed is the baby for next year’s growth when the time is right.

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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