Sacred Earth Intensive 2019

 

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Please join Starhawk and herbalist Amythest Faria for a five-day intensive in magical, practical and herbal healing for self, community and the earth.

“From the great above, she set her ear to the great below…”  The Goddess Inanna descends to the underworld to face her sister, Ereshkigal, Queen of death.  Hanging on a meathook, she wonders…will she ever rise again?

We’ve all had those times in life of loss and grief, when we wonder how we’ll ever find hope and regeneration again. While grief is a natural part of life, there is another layer of torment we suffer from the ways we have internalized oppressive structures of power.  But when we face that self-hater within, we can transform it and liberate our great creative energies. In this intensive workshop, we use the tools of magic—ritual, trance and energy work, as well as the knowledge of the healing herbs and practical potion-making of compost and earth-healing brews to help us transform.

The myth of Inanna guides us through the process of descent and return, bringing back the deeper knowledge only the underworld can provide.

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Cost: Sliding scale $650-$850 includes all instruction, meals, accommodations, and ongoing network.
Dates: March 18-22, 2019

COURSE DETAILS

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.

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

Accommodations
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.

Food
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 Spring 2019

Late March is one of the most beautiful times in the Cazadero Hills, with emerald-green pastures, wildflowers and fruit trees in bloom, and variable weather—from warm sunny days to rain.  We will spend as much time as possible outdoors, and mix intensive magic with immersion in nature.
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.

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


Are you ready to join us? Register HERE 

Then continue below to hold your space with a deposit or payment in full.

A $375.00 deposit is due with registration in order to secure your space. We accept payment by check, money order, or credit/debit/Paypal.

Checks and money orders should be made payable to Earth Activist Training and mailed to:

Earth Activist Training
c/o A. Faria P.O. Box 33
Cazadero, CA, United States, 95421

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