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2014 Woodland Essence Workshop Schedule


2014 will be a another 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!

Here are our 2014 offerings.


Wishing you a blessed summer, whatever your adventures! 





~ The Language and Radiance of Flowers ~

We will be offering this workshop in the summer of 2015

hope to see you!



Dear Friends,
Spring has brought back the beautiful flowers we love so well! Our hearts are smiling in the floral colors and fragrances. Hummingbirds hover and the pollinators dance among the petals. Other gifts of the flowers can brighten our hearts, free our spirits and heal us in many ways. Hope you can join us as we delve into experiencing the world of flowers-essences, spirit, light and healing.

Love and Blessings,

Click here for the Language & Radiance of Flowers event page!


Please pre-register

To Register: Go to: Hawthorne Hills website
Or Call Lisa @
Or email:

During these two days together we will explore:
*What Flower Essences Are
*A Brief History of Flower Essences
*How to Prepare and Essence
*How to Listen and Trust What You “Hear”
*The Healing Messages Contained in Flowers
*Personality and Illness
*Working with the Chakras and Essences
*Understanding the Effect of the Past on the Present
*Choosing and Using Flower Essences with People and Pets






Introduction to Ayurveda~

"The Science of Life" and "Mother of all Healing"



(at White Dove Herbal Farm and Sanctuary, Montpelier, VT- Amy Goodman Keifer )




Introduction to Ayurveda- “Knowledge of Life”& the Science of Self-Healing

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.

~ Dates: July 26-27, October 25-26, 2014, November 8-9, and May 16-17,2015 ~

  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 can 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.  Kate studied Ayurveda at Kripalu Center and was a member of the first graduating class in 2006. She weaves what she has learned into her personal life and in her clinical herb practice. Having this ( Ayurvedic) lens to perceive subtle as well as dramatic imbalances in a person's health has been incredibly useful in helping guide another to health and vibrant well-being. It is a beautiful system rooted in the wisdom of the Earth, Nature and Creation!

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~ lymph, blood, muscle, fat, bone,

marrow w/ nerve tissue, and reproductive tissue~ what these are and how to support

and nourish each of these.



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- Many that you can grow in your garden!

Rasayanas, Adaptogens, Digestive aids and more- we will make herbal preparations and learn

how to create formulas blending "backyard", western herbs and Ayurvedic herbs as you learn the

therapeutic actions of several Ayurvedic herbs.


VIII.  Dynamic yet Simple Tools for Daily Practice

       -  Dinacharya- daily routine to enhance health:  Yoga, Pranayama, meditationl

      -  Ayurveda in the kitchen- cooking with spices as we learn what foods are best for

         each dosha or constitution.  You will also learn how taste and texture affects the body

         and mind! Together we will prepare a few dishes through the course~ for seasonal health.

The Instructor:  

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.


Contact Amy for more information, class syllabus and/or to register:

Cost: $675 for 3 class/series

Early Bird Price~  $600/ 3 weekend series






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