Workshops & Events

DIVINE JOURNEYS 2016 WORKSHOP & EVENT SCHEDULE

 

April 2 & 3, 2016 All Day: Edible and Medicinal Plant Walks

Join me at the North American Bushcraft School’s “Primitive to Prepper” Festival for plant walks all day. We will wander the 100+ acres of the Bushcraft School and identify edible, medicinal & poisonous plants. Enjoy other classes & workshops and lots of music and friendship. Click here for personalized directions & map.


The Four Directions: A Shamanic Experience of the Earth: April, June, Sept & Dec 2016

***The Four Directions classes offer one scholarship position per class to someone who would otherwise not be able to attend. Please click HERE to apply for a scholarship***

9am to 5pm with optional Evening Gathering

Classes held at the North American Bushcraft School in Hedgesville, WV unless otherwise noted.

$80 for the full day; register for all four 2016 sessions $260

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE. A new window will open.

This four class series is designed to introduce the attendee to Earth-centric spiritual practices. Shamanic techniques and ceremonies from cultures around the Earth will be used to open the doors of perception that exist between reality and non-ordinary reality. Best taken as a series.

284520_231795483519781_3867311_n cropSimple breakfast with tea/coffee/bread/fruit provided. Please bring healthy food for the rest of the day for yourself, and some to share if you like. Refrigeration available. Dress in comfortable clothing and in layers. Closed toe footware recommended for outdoor activities. A pillow and blanket/mat for floor work recommended. Students are welcome to spend the night in the lovely primitive camping area, no charge for registered students, bring all necessary gear. Composting toilets on site, no showers. Lodging/B&B nearby.

 

Air/East/Spring April 23, 2016
Morning circle: Discussions on awakening to our own Power; Various Earth based spiritual practices; Ethical practices; shielding/protection.
Afternoon exercise: The Power Song: Using the Sacred Voice with guest instructor Patricia Gershanik
Evening gathering (optional): Singing & chanting around the Fire
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE. A new window will open.

 

Fire/South/Summer June 18, 2016

bonfireMorning Circle: Discussions on creating personal Power; sexuality & kundalini; chakras; shifting reality. Guides, Angels, Totems, Power Animals, Allies. Upper and Lower worlds. Non-ordinary reality.
Afternoon exercise: Drumming and the Shamanic Journey. Power Animal retrieval
Evening Gathering (optional): Fire Ceremony:  Release Old Wounds, Illness and Outdated Habits to the transformational element of Fire
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE. A new window will open.

 

Earth/North/Winter Dec 17, 2016

drumsmallerMorning Circle: Discussions on Earth entities; stones; animals; animal helpers; Power objects from Nature; energetic fences; basic energy healing practices
Afternoon Exercise: Finding, Honoring & Preserving Power Objects with guest instructor Tom Bowen. Bring additional cash as Tom will have AMAZING objects for you to connect with.
Evening Gathering (optional): Gather in community to celebrate the Winter Solstice with food, music & friendship

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Plant Classes: Local Edible & Medicinal Flora

burdockClasses held at the North American Bushcraft School in Hedgesville, WV unless otherwise noted.

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE. A new window will open.

All classes listed below are available as follows:

Morning session only (includes breakfast) $35

Afternoon session only $35

Full day class (includes breakfast & free camping for registered students) $55

10511203_10152276900685875_492429908748522891_nSimple breakfast with tea/coffee/bread/fruit provided. Please bring healthy food for the rest of the day for yourself, and some to share if you like. Refrigeration available. Dress in comfortable clothing and in layers. Closed toe footware, rain gear, insect repellent, hat/sunscreen, camera recommended for outdoor activities. Bring extra cash for purchasing herbs and supplies if desired. Students are welcome to spend the night in the lovely primitive camping area, no charge for registered students, bring all necessary gear. Composting toilets on site, no showers. Lodging/B&B nearby.

Spring Plants & Wild Edibles: May 21, 2016 9 am to 5 pm
Spring is a time of rebirth and rejuvenation! The plants in the Spring are tender, justuffed dock leavesicy and full of enzymes. Spring plants are excellent edibles, full of nutrition. Let’s get our own bodies awakened and rejuvenated by eating these amazing plants.
Morning session 9am to noon: Plant walk, ID and harvest
Afternoon session 1pm to 5pm: Discussion with guest instructor chef Tina Gross on preparing wild plants to create delicious, recognizable meals that your family will eat. Together we will prepare and eat a meal made from the plants we harvest.
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE. A new window will open.

Summer Plants & Apothecary 101: July 23, 2016 9 am to 5 pm. Summer edible & medicinal plants are abundant and powerful. smoking-herbs1Everywhere we turn are plants that can be used to bolster our health and vitality. Let’s identify these plant allies and learn how to use them for Medicine.

Morning session 9am to noon: Plant walk, ID and harvest

Afternoon session 1pm to 5pm: Apothecary 101- learn the basic techniques for preserving local plants for use as medicine, their uses and dosages. We will discuss & demo water infusions & decoctions, oil infusions, tinctures, syrups and more.
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE. A new window will open.

The Green Household: Aug 20, 2016 9 am to 5 pm.

me in maskDetoxify your home by ditching the chemical based cleaners, pesticides & beauty products. Visit the Environmental Working Group and search your favorite health & beauty products to see how toxic these household products are! Learn to make and use products that work better than store bought and are gentle on your wallet and your planet.
Morning session 9am to noon: Greener cleaners, garden helpers, pet products
Afternoon session 1pm to 5pm: Beauty products that WORK, salves, lotions, and much more
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE. A new window will open.
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Plant Walk & Medicine Class: Aug 27, 2016 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at Foxhaven Learning Center in Jefferson, MD

Kristen will lead participants in a useful plant walk. Wild harvesting tools, techniques, safety and ethics will be discussed. Edible, medicinal and poisonous plants will be identified, and some medicinal plants will be harvested. In August, we may find medicinals to harvest such as Burdock root, Yellow/Curly Dock root, Echinacea Root, Elder Berries, Alliums, Wild Bee Balm, Yarrow, Boneset, Gravel Root, Pleurisy Root, Motherwort, Mugwort, St. John’s Wort and many more. Following the harvest, we will prepare medicine from our finds. Medicine preparation may include infusions, decoctions, oil extractions, tinctures and glycerites.
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE. A new window will open.
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3-Day Immersion into Local Plant Medicine: Kristen is teaching a 3-day series of Herbal Medicine classes this year at the North American Bushcraft School‘s Mountaincraft & Music Gathering festival.

Elderberry & Echinacea Syrup

Elderberry

Friday: Afternoon Class: Wild Edible Plant walk, harvest, prep & cooking class. Eating too!

Saturday: Morning Class: Useful Plant identification and harvest walk
Saturday: Afternoon Class: Herbal Tinctures: making alcohol extracted herbal medicines

Sunday: Morning Class: Useful Plant identification and harvest walk
Sunday afternoon class: Herbal Infusions: Making water extracted herbal medicines

To register visit http://www.mountaincraft.org/

Apothecary 202 & Local Plant Materia Medica: at the North American Bushcraft School, Oct 1, 9 am to 5 pm. You know the very basics of herbal medicine making right in your own kitchen, and now you are ready to go a bit deeper. In this class, we will learn more standardized ways of making herbal medicines; identify a handful of powerful local medicinal plants and their actions; discuss dosing for all members of the family including our children, and our 4-leggeds and winged friends.

Morning session 9am to noon: Materia Medica for local plants; parts utilized; dosing
Afternoon session 1pm to 4pm: Identify and gather local medicinals and make standardized extractions
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE. A new window will open.

Fall Plants & Preservation: Oct 30, 2016 9 am to 5 pm.

An armful of Burdock Root

An armful of Burdock Root

Fall is the time for fruits, roots and seeds. The Earth is preparing to sleep, and the plants are storing their energy. Let’s gather this powerful food & medicine and preserve it in creative ways for Winter consumption.

Morning session 9am to noon: Fall plant walk, ID and harvest
Afternoon session 1pm to 5pm: Preserving the harvest with oil, vinegar, honey and alcohol. Create healthy Holiday gifts.
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Medicine Chest: Preparing for Cold & Flu Season: Nov 12, 2016 10 am to 4 pm. The fight against viral infection starts with a healthy workshopsimmune system. We will discuss foods, herbs and supplements that help keep us strong. There are many natural antiviral preparations that we can have on hand and ready if infection does occur. Food is also medicine- eating to fight infection.

Morning session 10am to noon: Is it a cold or flu- know the difference; viral vs. bacterial infection; plants, foods & supplements for the immune system; natures antivirals
Afternoon session 1pm to 4pm: Learn to make an antiviral syrup; herbal tea to treat upper respiratory issues; cough syrup; and recipes for microbe fighting meals. Bring extra cash if you wish to buy supplies for your own Herbal Medicine Chest.
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What’s On MY Land???: Kristen will visit your property or a park near you to identify local _MG_8047 cropedible and medicinal plants. Invite as many friends as you wish, or keep it private. Travel fees will apply for venues more than a 45 mi distance from Frederick , MD

Walk Only: 

Kristen will join you and you friends for a two hour session which includes a discussion on wild harvesting tools and best practices; a plant ID walk; a question and answer session. $150 plus travel costs if required

Plant Walk & Wild Edible Cooking class:

Two hours of plant walk, ID & harvest, 2 hours of cooking simple recipes in the kitchen with Kristen. You buy the food/ingredients that we are not harvesting (list provided). Best for small groups (2-6) $300 plus cost of food

For more complex recipes and larger groups over 6 attendees, Chef Tina will join the class and cook a gourmet wild plant meal. All will participate in the preparation of the meal. Special diets can be accommodated (vegetarian, gluten free, etc) $500 plus cost of food

Plant Walk and Apothecary 101:

Two hours of plant walk, ID & harvest, 2 hours of basic herbal medicine instruction in the kitchen with Kristen. You buy the materials necessary for the class (list provided). All participants will leave with an herbal preparation they have made or started. Best for small groups (2-6) $300 plus cost of materials

EMAIL KRISTEN for details.

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Divine DanceHafla!!

A hafla is a party featuring Middle Eastern dance and music.

Grab a group of girlfriends or host a hafla for an evening during your retreat.

This 2 to 4 hour event features a class on the basic movements of all belly dance styles. Kristen breaks down the movements into simple shapes so that all can learn. Before and after the class, belly dancers of all shapes, ages and sizes will perform for attendees. Finally, we will put on some music and just DANCE! Free jingly coin belt included for every attendee. Live music and catered Middle Eastern finger foods available.

Belly dancing is empowering, clears the chakras, improves flexibility and core strength, improves body-image and promotes a sense of community among women.

Belly dance is sensual for sure, but was never intended as a dance of sexual seduction. This ancient dance style was danced by women, for women, to keep the body strong and flexible for childbirth, as an offering to various goddesses, and to make life more enjoyable.

Get your dance on!

CLICK HERE to message Kristen about a HAFLA

Click HERE for details about taking dance classes with Kristen

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