SAMHAIN-November 3,4,5,6 • 2018
IMOLC-February 2,3,4,5 • 2019
BELTAINE-May 4,5,6,7 • 2019
LUGNASADH-August 3,4,5,6 • 2019
5 In Person Residential 3 Day Nature Emersion Weekends and 14 Online Trainings (taking place via zoom.us on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-9:30pm PST starting on Thursday July 21st 2017)
Join Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman of Active Culture Family and Bridge Temple at Elder Farm in Descanso, CA (San Diego County) for a year long plant spirit medicine apprenticeship and priestess path initiatory intensive in which we will gather monthly online as well as in person once per season to celebrate the 4 Cross Quarter Earth Celebrations and dive deeply into the mysteries of a path of service through devotion to nature and the feminine.
This program has been conceived as an intimate opportunity for a small group of devoted practitioners to support each other in making an evolutionary leap toward radical embodiment of truth and service to the sacred. Together we will embark on a healing journey through the chakras and the seasons with Sacred Plant Medicines and Goddesses from around the world as our teachers and guides. Our cross cultural curriculum aims to help us to identify the underlying commonalities of the path of the Priestess (servant of Nature/Goddess) and deepen our understanding of this archetypal configuration and role in the cosmic order as it has evolved throughout time. Our study aims to nurture an appreciation and respect for the beauty and variety found in different living traditions while assisting us in uncovering our own roots and our own most authentic pathway into the mystery
During our in person training weekends, we will share sisterhood* and study, camping accommodations, daily classroom time learning new skills, tools, and practices, and nightly opportunities for healing and seasonal celebration. We will enjoy a diet of healing ancestral foods while being fed and educated by nourishing and meditative plant medicines, song, movement, and the company of likeminded women.
• Daily Classroom Time with Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman and various guest teachers
• Seasonally themed ritual for personal and planetary healing
•Herbal Medicine Making
•Food as Medicine Practice
• Study of Elemental Magic and Goddess Worship traditions from around the world that strengthen the intuition and facilitate direct, unmediated access to the wisdom of the natural world and the heavenly host of benevolent beings that surround us and support us on our journey.
• 3 Meals per day of GAPS Diet friendly, locally sourced, seasonal traditional nutrition
• Nourishing herbal infusions provided at every meal
• Nutrient dense herbal tonics, and elixirs provided between meals
Many mystics and seekers ask themselves after years of wild experiences, "Yeah, but what's the point?" We have found meaning, purpose and happiness in the pursuit of serving Goddess by embodying Her. We have found that in many shamanic traditions the practitioners die young, the energies they work with exact a great toll on the body. Inspired by Director Erin Rivera Merriman's personal healing journey, our Food Sadhana (daily support practice) aims to enculturate an evolutionary approach to the role of Healer/Priestess/Practitioner, and we will have no martyrs for the Goddess on our team. Goddess desires that we be well and serve in joy, and on the level we desire to play on, radical self care and commitment to nourishing yourself and providing for your own very specific needs as a Priestess/Practitioner is of primary importance. Being in right relationship to our food then becomes our primary practice. More than just providing our Priestess/Practitioners with nourishing meals, we are passionate about sharing our best practices in the kitchen that create the solid foundation on which our local mystical community rests. ln addition to receiving 3 meals a day of locally sourced ancestral foods prepared on site by lead kitchen witch Damiana Calavario, we will have daily mini lessons on the medicinal properties of each meal and how they relate to the seasons, Goddesses, themes, and other energies of each in person training module. More than nourishing our bodies we will heal and evolve our relationship to food and bring it into the realm of magical practice, alchemy, and Food Sadhana (committed daily practice that creates the support/foundation for your spiritual life.) Some may simply enjoy the exquisite amount of care, creativity and love we have woven into the menu. Others through our time together may find their path in the Tantra of Food (Food as a pathway to Liberation complete unto itself.) In all cases, we promise a special opportunity to look deeply at and evolve our relationship to nourishment over the course of our time together.