Please note that our 2017 apprenticeship is now full. Please feel free to browse through our curriculum and send us an email if you would like to be among the first to know when we begin accepting applications for our 2018 group.
A year long in depth initiatory green magic/plant spirit medicine apprenticeship that includes:
5 In Person Residential 3 Day Nature Emersion Weekends
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)
WE WILL WORK WITH THE FOLLOWING FOUNDATIONAL PRECEPTS THROUGHOUT THE TRAINING:
1. WE WALK THE PATH OF DEVOTION TO NATURE AND THE FEMININE
We will begin by learning about Goddesses from around the world and selecting a patron Goddess to work with for the duration of the program. Each Yogini/Priestess/Green Witch will choose a place on the land to serve as personal sacred space where you can go to reset and integrate at any time throughout the training.
We will look deeply at the different roles we have played throughout time on our journey of exploring the archetype of the Yogini/Witch/Priestess/Other Non-Conforming Wisdom Keeper, including Priestess as:
•farmer/space holder/container maker
• divine concubine/courtesan/sacred whore
• liberator/destroyer (of illusions)/initiatrix
• medicine carrier/medicine woman/shapeshifter/healer
2. WE ARE READY TO COMMIT TO CARING FOR OUR OWN BODIES IN SUCH A WAY THAT ENABLES THEM TO TRULY BE A VESSEL FOR SPIRIT
Karma clearing, healing of family of origin wounds, upgrading our emotional processing tools for achieving emotional mastery, diet, use of sexual energy- these have all been important areas needing to be addressed if we truly desire to become a hospitable vessel for spirit to flow through and embody and share Magic in a very real way. In the Medicine Mandala Apprenticeship, we will study a variety of traditional practices and tools for preparing the body to recieve, contain, and responsibly share increasingly potent energies.
3. WE WALK IN SUCH A WAY THAT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT WE ARE AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JOURNEYING WITH PLANTS ALONGSIDE US AS TEACHERS, FRIENDS, AND GUIDES
Apprentices will receive a thorough introduction or refresher course in the fundamentals of the Wise Woman Tradition of Herbal Medicine, including:
• The way of the kitchen witch
• Preventative medicine through working regularly with nourishing, toning herbs
• Botany, Plant Identification, Medicine Making, and Ethical Wildcrafting
•Inviting Plants into your rituals
•Multidimensional Partnership with Plants through Traditional Plant Spirit Medicine
• Healing through Green Magic
4. WE HONOR PLANTS AS MASTER TEACHERS, GUIDES TO PERSONAL, COMMUNITY, AND PLANETARY HEALING, AND CO-FACILITATORS OF THIS YEAR OF STUDY
Each gathering will include a seasonally themed medicine ceremony . (Although we deeply honor all teacher plants, we have noticed that when we say "medicine" here on the west coast, many people assume we are speaking about Ayahuasca, which although beloved to us, is not aligned with our vision for sustainability, so will not be included in our training program. (Explore the curriculum for the individual training weekends here. ) We will journey together with the intentions of healing ourselves, our communities, and the planet, as well as celebrating and connecting deeply with the unique energies of the season, weaving in the specific teachings shared in classroom time, and in our monthly online workshops and creating opportunity to have first hand, embodied, personal experience of the effectiveness and distinct flavor of the plants, healing modalities, and Goddess energies we are studying each season.
In Person Trainings
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. Please click on the individual mandalas below to explore the flavor of our in person training weekends.
August 4,5,6 • 2017
November 3,4,5 • 2017
February 2, 3, 4 • 2018
May 4,5,6 • 2018
August 3,4,5 • 2018
Online Trainings and Support
Our online trainings will take place via zoom.us, a free and easy to use online software.
Module 1: July (Online)
Opening the Gates
Activation! We will begin by introducing a specific protocol of Herbs, Dream Yoga, and Divination designed to open us more deeply to spirit guidance and the ability to trust our intuition. We will work with these tools for the duration of our program.
Module 2: August (In Person)
Through learning and practicing multidimensional and practical communication tools as well as traditional approaches to creating more effective and evocative invocations and prayer, we experience the ecstasy of deep connection with the world of living energies around us, develop our mediumship and capacity for reciprocal bonding with our human and non-human allies on our journey, arriving at a co-created set of best practices and agreements that will support us as we move through new and subtle emotional and spiritual landscapes on our journey together through the wheel of the year. We will also introduce the esoteric concepts behind the nutrient dense ancestral foods protocols that we will be inviting our apprentices to work with for the duration of the program. Click here to learn about the importance of intestinal integrity in creating emotional, physical, and psychological wellbeing.
* Our In Person Trainings include Lunar Rhythm Movement Practice and an in depth Food-As-Medicine Protocol with Centehua Sage, Live Ceremonial Music by Kerem Brule, Daily Classroom time on various complimentary subjects with Erin Rivera Merriman, with honored guest teachers blessing our curriculum with their areas of specialized expertise.
Module 3: September (Online)
Transforming the Body Temple with Nourishing and Toning Herbs
An introduction or refresher course in The Wise Woman Tradition of Herbal Medicine, where we will ask each apprentice to step into specific protocols of nourishing and toning herbs that open the body to increasingly subtle frequencies. We encourage personal responsibility and believe that mothering the mother and radical self care for the caregiver are necessary pre-requisites for sharing energy work at a professional level in a sustainable way.
Module 4: October ( Online)
Yoni Temple Stewardship
We will be tailoring the specific nourishing and toning herbs and food-as-medicine practices introduced in the previous modules to the specific needs of the second chakra, as well as introducing new skills and concepts that support us in our journey towards complete menstrual empowerment. You will exit this module with a new relationship to your vagina and womb as literal sacred space to which all tradition's principles regarding ritual tools, space clearing, and altar care can be applied.
Module 5: November (In Person)
Kava + Cacao + Kundalini=Awakened Heart/Womb Consciousness
We will arrive having spent several months clearing and resetting the emotional body, ready to dive into a multidimensional experience of integrating our emotional/physical/spiritual self with the support of Sacred Cacao Medicine Ceremonies facilitated by Paola Garcia. Paola will be joining us all the way from Mexico to share her wisdom and profound relationship to Cacao medicine, as well as her path with mindfulness meditation and how it facilitates embodiment of unconditional love and other lessons revealed by Cacao. Erin Rivera Merriman will be leading us in a Kava circle designed to connect our heart and womb spaces for greater understanding. Centehua Sage Continues to weave medicinal elixirs, teas, and meals throughout that fortify and enhance our experience on every level. Module 5 represents a supported journey of surrender into our true nature, where we leave radically re-oriented in our concepts of love, sex, relationship, and the unique invitation that being in stewardship of a female vessel represents.
Module 6: December (Online)
Soul Retrieval+ Integration
We will engage personal practice at home with Kava and Cacao, adding in Shamanic Journey, Specific Dream Yoga and other Integration Practices that supports us in releasing and letting go of old identities while making way for rebirth, renewal and skills for anchoring in aspects of self and experiences of embodiment that feel at once new and familiar.
Module 7: January (Online)
Goddess worship: the Medicine of Kundalini Shakti
Our bodies are becoming increasingly well tuned instruments and we are now picking up so very much more of what spirit is putting down. Things are getting juicy, the plant world and the earth are alive in a whole new way and we are feeling ourselves to be at one with that beauty and perfection. We are unlearning and remembering, regaining our capacities as wild natural phenomenon. The stage has been set. We will be engaging yoga for the vagina skills designed to help us bring more pleasure, energy and awareness (chi/life force/health) to our creative center. We will then begin through intention and study, to call in different Goddess energies by journeying together through several foundational Hindu & Tantric Texts which will begin to provide cultural context, vocabulary, and recognition of different Goddess energies that surround us and are capable of educating us as to how to live more sustainably, in greater harmony with the energies of the natural world and other beings that surround us
Module 8: February (In Person)
Forest Spirits of tHE TANTRIC TRADITION
Birth Keeper Phoebe Velasquez shares her Bajo Ceremony to open and soften us into embodied presence. We will look at spiritist traditions and various approaches to connecting with and collaborating with nature spirits, with a focus on Forest Spirits of the Tantric Traditions. For this rich weekend of teaching we will be joined by expert guest facilitator Laura Amazzone. Our time together promises a rare and authentic experience of classical Tantra teachings from the Shakta, Kaula, and Sri Vidya lineages of Tantra into which Laura has been initiated that she has been studying, practicing and teaching for over 20 years.
*In Person Trainings include Lunar Rhythm Movement Practice and an in depth Food-As-Medicine Protocol with Centehua Sage, Live Ceremonial Music by Kerem Brule, and Daily Classroom time exploring various complimentary subjects with Erin Rivera Merriman.
Module 9: March (Online)
Shamanic tracking through Plant Sadhana
We will work with specific teacher plants capable of revealing to us us how to stalk/track the healing process, leading to more thorough, effective, and long lasting results in our healing work.
Module 10: April (Online)
Plant Spirit Medicine Book Club
We will read and discuss our experiences with important and inspiring texts on the subject of plant spirit medicine, with an eye towards how this information interweaves with our deepening understanding of a growing taxonomy of Goddess energies to orchestrate our experience of reality and create our path.
Module 11: May (In Person)
Andean Spirit Medicine, Rattle Making and Medicine Song
For this weekend emersion we will be joined by Amara Dreamer for a a profoundly personal experience of Andean Cosmology. Together we will make our own ritual tools from hides prepared by hand by Amara and her partner, learn medicine songs and learn simple techniques for beginning to catch your own healing melodies to use in your personal practice and with your clients, culminating in an in depth day of teachings from the Andean tradition into which Amara is initiated.
Module 12: June (Online)
Integration of Light and Shadow
We will continue to integrate Andean Cosmology, work with our rattles and new skills for creating our own medicine songs, to be shared during our final in person weekends initiation ceremony, and begin a Reishi Sadhana that will serve as our entry into the subterranean realm of the Earth Goddess and the healing, integrating wonders of the Fungi Kingdom.
Module 13: July (Online)
Sacred Contracts and Shadow Work
This module will provide a psychological framework for those who feel called to work with plant medicines to accompany others through journeys into the deeper realms of the psyche for healing of trauma.
Module 14: August (In Person)
Green Witch Initiation Weekend
We will be joined by Shamanic Therapist Shonagh Home for the unique opportunity to share community seasonal celebration with a powerful and experienced nature spirit oracle and medium. We will learn Celtic Mythology and dive into impactful personal teachings from Shonagh's path with the sacred mushroom. We will also have the opportunity to be witnessed by our sisters and the entirety of the natural world in our vows and commitments for those choosing to accept Green Witch Initiation. Our year long journey will end with a beautiful day of teachings on the Melissa Path, exploring the critical importance of these heavenly creatures, bee venom medicine, and how to learn more about walking a sacred path with these tiny yet mighty-wisdom-keepers.
*This program is designed as an incubator- a safer space for women who feel called to deepen their understanding of the subtle mysteries of feminine embodiment. We recognize that the path of service through devotion to Goddess/Nature is available to all regardless of gender, while also acknowledging that our personal experience, expertise, study, and mastery lies in the specific experience of how energy moves in a female body. We understand that gender identification can sometimes be a complex issue. If you for any reason feel called to participate, but have questions about whether or not this particular container is right for you, please don't hesitate to reach out so that we can have a conversation about your interest in the program and see if it is a good fit!
This Outline is subject to change based on the unique needs of the specific mandala of people and energies that is constellated in response to this invitation.