Sacred Earth: Advanced Intensive

Autumn Sacred Earth Intensive: Deeper Into The Elements

September 26th – 30th, 2018
Western Sonoma County, CA

with Starhawk and Demetra Markis

Please join Starhawk and herbalist Demetra Markis for a five-day intensive journey to deepen our connection with the elements and advance our magical skills.  Air, fire, water, earth and spirit will be our guides, showing us five pathways into working with the healing properties of energy and plants.

*Registration for this course is now closed.

Course details

Please read more about Starhawk and Demetra Markis here: About our Instructors

Cost: Sliding scale $700-$900 includes all instruction, meals, accommodations, and ongoing network.
Dates: Course will begin the evening of Wednesday, September 26th, and conclude after lunch on Sunday, September 30th, 2018.

This intensive is designed to offer deeper training for those who have taken a Sacred Earth Apprenticeship, attended a Reclaiming Witchcamp or skills training, or who have other training in the magical skills of ritual and ceremony.  If you have worked with the elements before, this is a chance to refine your tools and deepen your magic, visualization, energy sensing and shaping, trancework and plant communication.

All who love plants are welcome, no herbal pre-requisites are required.

We will begin each day with the collective creation of sacred space, before focusing on the nuances of magical tools for collective and personal work. Afternoon sessions will include hands-on work with the wild and cultivated plants at Black Mountain Retreat Center as well as at Starhawk’s nearby permaculture farm, Golden Rabbit Ranch. Evenings will take us through a cycle of co-created rituals delving deeper into the myths and stories we learn from the plants.

This course may be for you if:

  • you have been practicing magic and ritual for some time and want to deepen your skills.
  • your magical/spiritual practice needs a new boost of inspiration.
  • you are an aspiring or experienced herbalist and want to deepen your spiritual connection to the plants.
  • you hunger to connect with others in deep and meaningful ways.
  • you want to deepen daily practices in the embrace of the elements and get your hands in the dirt.
  • you want to create and facilitate rituals and healing practices for a wide variety of situations.
  • you are ready to take time and space out of daily rhythms to shift your energy in the world.

This course is by application only and will have limited enrollment. Accepted applicants will be asked to make a deposit payment to hold their space.

*Registration for this course is now closed.

About our Northern California course location

Black Mountain Preserve is in the Cazadero hills area of northern California, in west Sonoma County. The Preserve centers around a complex of dorms, dining room and kitchen, classroom and offices, and is surrounded by 485-acres of forest and coastal hills. Expect a wide variety of natural beauty. Walking trails and unused dirt roads lead off in several adventurous directions, through ecosystems of redwood/fir, oak/madrone, and coastal prairie. You can see the ocean from high points on the property, while a couple of creeks run through in low spots.

We have held Earth Activist Training courses at Black Mountain since 2001; it is currently owned and operated by the Padmasambhava Peace Institute, a Tibetan Buddhist group. There is a Peace Garden and a Rain Garden designed by students from our Permaculture Design Certificate program. Across from our classroom is a beautiful and authentic Buddhist altar room, which is open to registrants for quiet meditation.

Black Mountain is primarily accessible by car, and we strongly encourage carpooling. The region is well-served by public and private transit options and we will assist with organizing carpools from regional transit hubs for folks flying in or taking the bus. We will send out a complete welcome packet with plenty of detailed information several weeks prior to the beginning of the intensive.

Read more about Black Mountain on their website: Black Mountain Retreat Center

Our standard housing is included with tuition: several comfortable dorms with beds, for which you can bring your own bedding or rent some from Black Mountain at extra fee. A small number of private single or double rooms are available for an additional fee.

Our standard is local, organic, globally-inspired vegetarian-friendly meals, served three times a day, plus afternoon and evening snacks. All food is fresh, plentiful, and substantial. Teas and coffee are available at all times.

Almanac for Autumn 2018
September is a warm and lovely time to visit this region. It is the tail end of the dry season in this part of the world, when the hills become golden brown and the skies deep blue. The evenings can be cool as the autumn begin to settle in. We advise all students to bring layers to be prepared for both hot and cool weather, as we will spend ample time together outdoors! Your welcome packet will include a detailed packing list.

***Note: Depending on weather conditions, this region may experience high risk for wildfire in the autumn, as occurred in October of 2017. In the event of a similar event or high risk, we will re-locate the course to the San Francisco Bay Area.***

Sunrise over Cazadero hills, site of January EAT session
Sunrise over Cazadero hills