2013 Woodland Essence Workshop Schedule
2013 will be a quiet year for workshops here at Woodland Essence. We are taking time to develop new gardens, to be in wild places, to wander and dream and deepen our relationship with the plants and trees we love so well. Also, to practice stillness and listening even as we study
and learn from the land. Wishing you the time and inspiration to do what you love!
Gaia’s Mind and the Secret Teachings of Plants
This program has filled. The waiting list has also filled. Please visit gaianstudies.org for information
on other programs Stephen Harrod Buhner will be offering in 2013.
hazel grove in Ireland
with Stephen Harrod Buhner
June 19-23, 2013
Over these five days Stephen will explore his newest work with plants and plant intelligence, including material from his newest book Gaia’s Mind. The workshop will be, as usual, about half experiential and half didactic. Stephen will explore the dreaming of Earth, the function of psychotropic plants in ecosystem function, cytokine cascades in human disease (along with plant interventions for them), plant nervous systems and intelligence (just where is the plant brain and yes there is one; its location will surprise you), plant neurotransmitters and sensory gating channels, and in more depth: the nature of golden threads and their uses in understanding plant function and medicinal qualities, synaethesis, the secret kinesis of things, imaginal perception, analogical thinking, and a great deal more.
The development of tools to intentionally shift consciousness in order to perceive the dreaming of Earth and the medicinal nature of plants will be explored.
Due to the length of the workshop, we will go deep. As usual, Stephen will use a combination of personal reflection, storytelling, informational sharing, and experiential exercises in his teaching. Some of it will actually be humorous. However. . . Please be prepared to have core belief systems challenged. (Really!)
Stephen Harrod Buhner is the award-winning author of 18 books of nonfiction and one of poetry. For the past 30 years he has taught throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Western European Isles (UK/EU) about medicinal plants and Earth relationship. Among other contributions, Stephen is one of the early pioneers in understanding the non-linear source of indigenous plant knowledge; has been instrumental in bringing to prominence unhopped, herbal beers and ancient gruit; developed the first depth understanding of systemic herbal antibiotics and plant synergists; created the first comprehensive exploration of the function of medicinal plants in ecosystem homeodynamis; initiated the development of phytoandrogens in herbal practice, published the first meta-analysis of the dynamics of lyme spirochetes in the human body; developed the first understandings necessary for the herbal treatment of cytokine cascades in disease complexes; generated the first comprehensive exploration of the use of heart field dynamics in human/plant relationships; created the first depth analysis and exploration of herbal antivirals; and is one of the foremost writers on the nature of emerging infections and ecosystem disruption. There is a reason that Rosemary Gladstar calls him one of the “plant geniuses of our time.” We are honored and delighted to welcome Stephen back to Woodland Essence for his rich, heart- expanded teachings!
INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE:
Cost for this five day Intensive (which includes all teachings, accommodations if staying on-site, and delicious meals) is $800, with an early bird special rate of $750, if paid in full by February 1, 2013. An un-refundable deposit of $150 will hold a place for you in the program. Course size is limited to 24 participants, and is expected to fill quickly.
Please email Kate at email@example.com for further information. Or send your deposit of $150 with your name, address, phone and email information to Woodland Essence, 392 Tea Cup Street, Cold Brook, NY 13324. Correspondence will be via email, unless you ask for another way to receive information. We prefer checks for payment. There will be a 2% fee added to any credit card payments. ( Woodland Essence is charged a 3% fee for each transaction) Thank you for understanding.
The workshop will take place at Woodland Essence Teaching Center, located in Cold Brook, NY ( the southwest corner of the Adirondack Park).
Accommodations are rustic and lovely~ tucked into a balsam/ spruce forest, with gardens and wild land surrounding our home and octagon where the teachings take place. There is space for camping on welcoming green, a small bunkhouse with 4 bunks, and a camping area 5 minutes away that can provide a few rooms for folks.
To connect and come into full resonance with nature, we encourage you to tent if possible. We have a private, outdoor hot water shower, a second wash area, clean, well-tended outhouses along with wifi for those who may need to check in with loved ones. Some cell phones do fine; for those who need, we have a land line (phone) that can be used during the program.
Meals are vegetarian with dairy, meats and alternate grains on the side.
When you register we will send a health form on which you can let us know your food needs and we will do our best to accommodate them. We do not allow pets to come, nor children or spouses/ partners who are not registered for the program, as these loved ones would need a certain amount of attention from you and from us during our time together; we do hope you understand.
For those traveling via bus, train or plane please note:
We can make arrangements for you to be picked up from the Utica, NY bus/train station~ we ask you to please pay your driver $15 each way.
Closest commercial airport to fly into is Syracuse Airport, which is 1 ½ hours away. Cost for a pick-up and/ or drop-off is $40 each way, paid direct to your driver.
I’m sure other questions will come up~ please feel free to contact me (Kate) via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 315-845-1515.
Introduction to Ayurveda- “Knowledge of Life”- the Science of Self-Healing (at White Dove Herbal Farm and Sanctuary, Montpelier, VT- Amy Goodman Keifer ) THIS COURSE IS BEING RE-SCHEDULED UNTIL 2014.
with Kate Gilday, Herbalist and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant
at White Dove Herbal Farm and Sanctuary
A Three Weekend ( Year-long) Intensive: in Rural East Montpelier, Vt.
~2014 Dates to be announced~
In this three weekend Intensive, we will deeply explore the principles of Ayurveda that have been gleaned from Nature & Creation. You will explore the fundamental ways to view life through an“Ayurvedic lens” to help yourself, loved ones & community make simple steps that can bring about profound changes that support the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment!
Ayurveda, “ The Knowledge of Life”, is more than a system of health and healing- it is also a philosophy of living that is rooted in India’s most cherished scriptures known as the Vedas, which date back to about 1500 BC. Through meditation and contemplation, the Rishis, India’s holy bards cognized creation as the expression of cosmic consciousness; as the journey of energy into matter.
From the five great elements of Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth all life is formed, including our human bodies. We live in nature; we eat from nature, move with the cycles of day and night, of the seasons in a year and through the seasons of a lifetime. When we live in tune with our inner wisdom and the natural rhythms of life, we find a balanced joy in our body, mind and spirit.
In this series we will deeply explore some of the basic principles of Ayurveda, along with the nutritional, lifestyle and personal choices you can make to encourage a life of harmony and balance.
Some topics we will explore:
I. Ayurveda as a Philosophy of living in tune with Creation
- History of Ayurveda
- Vedic medicine and traditions
II. The Five Elements – Pancha Maha Bhutas
- Our relationship with Nature and the Elements
- The qualities of the Elements and Seasons
- Ojas and Prana
III. The Three Doshas- Vata, Pitta, Kapha
Understanding your personal constitution through Ayurveda:
- The Qualities, Main Characteristics and Psychospiritual Nature of the Doshas
- Supporting Unique self through Lifestyle, Food, Meditation and Movement
- Prakriti and Vikruti
IV. The Seven Dhatus- basic bodily tissues
V. Agni- Key to Health and Disease: the Digestive Fire and the importance of Good
VI. Ama- undigested ama clogging our channels- how to avoid and clear
- Herbal support for assimilation and elimination
VII. Ayurvedic Herbs to weave into your practice
VIII. Dynamic yet Simple Tools for Daily Practice
- Dinacharya- daily routine to enhance health: Yoga, Pranayama, meditation
Kate Gilday is an Herbalist, Ayurvedic Consultant and Flower Essence Therapist, as well as a producer of flower essence and herbal remedies. She has been training herbalists at Woodland Essence Center and conferences for the past 25 years and brings her love of wild places, song and healing to her workshops. www.woodlandessence.com
Contact Amy for more information, class syllabus and/or to register:
Cost: $675 for 3 class/series
Early Bird Price~ $600/ 3 weekend series
Understanding and Balancing the Endocrine System~ for Women and Men
Dr. Jody E. Noé MS, ND
of Natural Family Health in Westerly, Rhode Island
and University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine
Dates to be announced- see us in 2014
at the Woodland Essence Teaching Center in Cold Brook, NY
( 2 hours northwest of Albany in the Adirondack Park)
Dr. Jody E. Noé, MS, ND is a licensed naturopathic physician in practice for over 17 years. She is currently a full time academic and clinical faculty at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and published natural medicine researcher. Dr. Noé has currently authored the “Textbook of Naturopathic Integrative Oncology” by CCNM Press, published 2012. Dr. Jody E. Noé is a specialist in Endocrine/Chronic disease, Integrative Naturopathic Oncology and Medical Herbalism.
We are so fortunate to have Dr. Jody Noe guide us in a deeper understanding of the complex “dance” of the Endocrine System! Whether you are working with Menopausal women, clients with deep fatigue or who live their lives on overdrive, only to “crash and burn”, or would like to understand how to support healthy Thyroid function; you will find much information, knowledge, experience and fun while learning the steps to take in this graceful, miraculous dance!
Some of the topics to be covered during this weekend workshop with Dr. Jody
1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Endocrine System
2. Focus on Thyroid and Adrenals
3. An understanding of medical herbalism in function and use in the endocrine system, including positive and negative feedback biochemical implications.
4. How to assess the physiological condition of the patient and develop treatment goals when prescribing botanical medicine
5. How to appropriately select specific botanical medicines based on the patient assessment and needs~
6. Familiar and new herbs that can be used to support balance and health of the Endocrine glands and System~ including Hormone Control Herbs
7. How to identify contraindications in herbals with plant, vitamin, nutraceutical or pharmaceutical agents.
Cost: $225 includes all handouts, accommodations ( tenting or bunkhouse) and meals. A non-refundable $75 deposit will hold a place for you in the program.
We ask that participants who are traveling to, if possible, arrive by Friday evening to relax and settle in. Dinner Friday evening is served at 7pm.
Please call Kate at 315-845-1515 for more information and application.
For more information, call (315) 845-1515 or e-mail us.
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