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July 12- 18, 2019  

You know there is a hidden world of plants, beyond what we grow, eat and admire out our windows.

This week long retreat will submerge you in the world of Maine’s wild plant life. You will learn basic plant identification for survival and medicinal benefit. You will learn to connect with plants as allies (energetically) to build relationships with them. We will teach you how to develop deeper awareness + connection to the forest.

You will leave with deeper + clearer intuition, increased flow of life force energy, improved capacity to communicate with the land and its species, a deepening of friendships, and an overall increase in sense of happiness…. plus a bunch of new plant knowledge and some wilderness survival skills.

schedule (tentative + flexible)

Friday, July 12

12-3 pm           Guest arrival, set up + orientation

3 pm                Introductions/circle/intention setting

4- 4:30 pm       Awareness training/practice introduction

4:30 - 6 pm      Awareness walk/forest bathing on Tourmaline property

6 pm                Dinner

7 pm                fire circle

8 pm                rest/quiet time

 

Saturday, July 13 (includes weekend workshop participants)

7– 8 am           Breakfast (for full retreat guests)

9:00 am           Start weekend workshop, open circle with new guests, awareness

9 – 12             What do we mean by “Plant Medicine”? Understanding light and nature. How we heal. Using the art of the Shamanic journey + meditation to connect through sound, color, scent + archetypes. Working with your own energy through qi gong and awareness practices.

12 noon           Lunch break (food provided for full retreat guests)

1 – 5 pm          Discussion on plant identification, responsible harvesting, and uses of some local species. Awareness practice + walk. Practice identifying and harvesting skills. Preparation of an herbal decoction. End of day for weekend workshop. Close circle.

6:30 pm Dinner at Tourmaline Center (full retreat guests)

7:30 pm fire circle/rest/free time (full retreat guests)

 

Sunday, July 14 (includes weekend workshop participants)

7– 8 am           Breakfast (full retreat guests)

9:00 am        Weekend workshop day two begins  

9 – 12             Open circle. Awareness practice. Shamanic journey practice for finding a spirit helper. What is a plant ally? Finding a plant ally practices. Making offerings. Awareness walk to find an ally. Shamanic journey to connect with harvested plant. Using the senses and the heart to communicate.

12 noon           Lunch (provided for full retreat guests)

1 – 5 pm          Awareness practice and/or qi gong. Foraging walk, Identification, harvesting + instruction for some local wild medicinals. Choose an ally and practice connecting. If time permits and guests are interested, we can do another journey.

 6:30 pm Dinner at Tourmaline Center (full retreat guests)

7:30 pm fire circle/rest/free time (full retreat guests)

 

Monday, July 15 (full retreat guests only)

7– 8 am           Breakfast

8 – 12             Awareness, instruction on mapping your inner landscape. Working with plants to clear the energy of a space, calling directions, more discussion about offerings. Working with the birds. Heart opening practices.

12 noon           Lunch

1 – 5 pm          Swimming at waterfalls/ shamanic journey opportunity/ more foraging + preparation.

6:30 pm Dinner at Tourmaline Center

7:30 pm fire circle/rest/free time

 

Tuesday, July 15

7– 8 am           Breakfast

8 – 12             Awareness walk, heart opening exercises, shamanic journey for connecting with human form teacher in the upper realm. Talk about pine family and grass family.

12 noon           Lunch

1 – 5 pm          Swimming at waterfalls/ shamanic journey opportunity/ more foraging + preparation.

6:30 pm Dinner at Tourmaline Center

7:30 pm fire circle/rest/free time

 

Wednesday, July 16

7– 8 am           Breakfast

8 – 12             Awareness walk, heart opening exercises, shamanic journey. Foraging excursion. Further discussion of herbal remedies and local wild herbs + foods.

12 noon           Lunch

1 – 5 pm          Swimming at waterfalls/ shamanic journey opportunity/ more foraging + preparation.

6:30 pm Dinner at Tourmaline Center

7:30 pm fire circle/rest/free time

 

Thursday, July 17

8 am    Breakfast (pancakes, local fruit + maple syrup)

9 – 12             Awareness, Awareness walk, making remedies?

12 noon           Closing circle/depart

$910 per person ~ full week retreat offering

What you get

Opportunity to identify, forage and process life saving plants

Connect energetically to plant allies

Awareness training/practice

Waterfall swimming

Forest bathing

Three seasonal, local plant-based meals/day

Assistance/recommendations for local lodging

Fire circle

Star gazing

$195 ~ weekend workshop offering July 13 ~ 14

Instruction and events for the weekend (see schedule)

Bring your own lunch (no food will be provided for weekend workshop guests)

Stay at your own home/cabin etc.