Plants have been used by all peoples for healing and spiritual renewal
since time immemorial, & the world of plants presents endless potential for
exploration & adventure. This workshop presents four different perspectives
on working with plants, bringing together as instructor/guides four West
Coast women whose collective journeys through the plant world encompass
some 15 decades! Plant Spirit Journey offers a rare opportunity for all
those interested in deepening their connection with the plant world,
regardless of their past experience.
* Theresa Thorne, esteemed First Nations Cowichan Elder Herbalist & Healer
* Dr. Marilyn Walker, ethnobotanist, naturalist & author of 'Harvesting the
* Sharon Puhky Evans, plant spirit image worker
* Beth Lischeron, aromatherapist & director of Novoid Across Cultures
The workshop will take place at Marilyn's beautiful 10 acre forest garden
on Salt Spring Island. We will open with a blessing & prayer song of thanks
offered by Theresa.
The programme will include:
* Meadow Walk with Theresa: traditional Cowichan use of plants for healing
& appropriate harvesting techniques;
* Wood Walk with Marilyn: temperate rainforest ecology & stewardship
practices; gathering plant materials to make smudges & tinctures;
discussion of cross-cultural spiritual use of plants;
* 'Hands-on' Aromatherapy & Somatic Reconnection with Beth: 'scent
journeys' & creating personalized massage oils (which we'll use!)
* Journeying to the Plant Spirits: Sharon's unique gift facilitates our
meeting with a tutelary Plant Spirit, decoding & sharing the teaching
* Night Sounds Fire Rhythm Circle: Marilyn is a keen drummer, and has
invited us to join her around the fire on Saturday evening to play with her
collection of drums, rattles & other instruments made of plants - no
Dates: 10am - 5 pm, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd August, 1998
Place: 679 Stewart Road, Salt Spring Island (3 km from Fulford - pick-ups
can be arranged so off-island people can travel as foot passengers). Can
advise on local camping & B&B's
Workshop fee: $190, which includes catered lunch on Sunday, personalized
massage oil, tincture, smudges & written material. Bring your fave dish for
potluck lunch Saturday
Requirements: open mind & heart & appropriate weather gear for outdoor work
Enrollment limited to 15 participants - please register early - call Novoid
Across Cultures to confirm your enrollment. Once you're confirmed, a
non-refundable deposit of $25 should be sent to Novoid Across Cultures,
1-1265 Cherry Point Road, RR #3, Cobble Hill BC V0R 1L0
This workshop is produced by Novoid Across Cultures, as an aspect of
on-going efforts begun in Japan over a decade ago to connect Indigenous and
non-Indigenous peoples in recovering Traditional Knowledge. Please call
250-715-1536 or fax 250-715-1576 or email Dragon@ mail.islandnet.com to
book or for more information.
'il faut reculer pour mieux sauter'
'one must take steps back before making a leap'
'you have to know your Song to know your Path'
Australian Aboriginal Proverb
Novoid Across Cultures
1-1265 Cherry Point Road,
RR # 3, Cobble Hill, British Columbia,
V0R 1L0, Canada
phone 250-715-1536 fax 250-715-1576
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