We have a variety of offerings which include workshops, immersions retreats, study groups, pre and post ceremonial consultation, and one-on-one treatments that involve bodywork, somatic therapies, guided introspection and various other approaches and modalities.
Last year I did a really potent 3day training in Trauma-Informed Plant Medicine Facilitation with Atira Tan and in a few months I will be joining her for her Trauma-Informed Somatic Plant Medicine Integration Training. I believe these trainings will be of great benefit to the global plant medicine community and I encourage anyone involved in this work, whether pouring medicine, a supporter/facilitator, a pre or post-ceremonial integration counsellor, or a student of the plants to consider joining.
In fact, I feel that this should be a basic foundational training (alongside 1st Aid) for all healers and support staff of this precious work. As the medicine continues to gain momentum in its spread across the globe- we are beginning to see and hear more and more stories of harm from its unskillful use, the lack of quality screening and preparation beforehand, the lack of integration support afterwards and/or the limited understanding of trauma activation and re-traumatization during retreats and ceremonies. I feel that, in addition to traditional training, the global plant medicine community would benefit hugely from having facilitators and spaces rooted in a basic understanding of the nervous system and how to work skillfully with trauma survivors (and of course, how to work with our own trauma when it shows up in these spaces).
I personally feel that Atira is an excellent bridge and guide into the intersectional realms of plant medicine and trauma therapy. She is a highly experienced Trauma and Somatic Experiencing therapist, who runs recovery programs for survivors of child-sex slavery in Nepal, is the integration specialist for Aya Healing Retreats and has been working with trauma survivors in marginalized communities around the world for the last 15years.
To receive $100 discount off this training before the 30th of July, use the Promocode PLANTSPIRITSKYE at the checkout.
4day immersion into the WORK THAT RECONNECTS
Fri November 26th, arrival from 12 pm to start at 2 pm.
Ends Mon November 29th at 12 pm.
Camp Eureka, Yarra Junction in Victoria
*This is a non-profit workshop, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to rainforest preservation efforts by the Melbourne Rainforest Action Group (MRAG)*
We live in challenging and deeply uncertain times, where the words ‘climate emergency’ and ‘sixth mass extinction’ have hit the mainstream, and predictions of near-term social, economic and environmental collapse cause great concern for a growing number of people of all ages. The sickness of our culture has become hard to deny, and many of us feel alone as we hold within us the weight of the world.
So many of us are also expressing a longing to come into a deeper connection with each other, to live meaningful lives and to feel ourselves returned to the circle of belonging within the wider Earth community. There is also a growing desire to participate in a collective shift towards a regenerative and sustainable culture, what Joanna Macy calls, The Great Turning.
In this body of work, we see the root cause of these converging crises to be the pervasive illusion of separation between humans and the rest of the natural world. By learning to recognize our interconnectedness we invite the spontaneous healing of the psyche and by extension, of the systems that were born from the deep split within us. We also come to understand the inseparability of personal, cultural, and ecological healing.
Engaging the transformative power of communal ritual, process, dialogue, poetry and music- we will create a foundation of radical gratitude, to honour and transmute the grief we are carrying for the Earth and our global family, explore new ways of seeing these difficult times, and seek meaningful ways to respond.
There are many hard things to face in our world today, but our pain is a sign that we are fully alive and connected to the web of life. If we want to contribute to a better world we must be willing to acknowledge and metabolize our fears and sorrows into inspiration, strength, and deeper purpose. Only then can we bring forward our unique gifts and shine a light into this dark night of the soul of humanity.
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Deep Ecology 3day Immersion at Camp Eureka May 21-23rd 2021
25 of us came together for 3days to travel through ‘The Spiral’ of ‘The Work That Reconnects’. We began with some truth speaking around ‘Business As Usual’ and ‘The Great Unravelling’ and the many ways we see it happening around us and through us. We then resourced, centred and softened ourselves with the gift of praise and gratitude before entering into a powerful ritual for allowing the rarely acknowledged and often suppressed ‘Pain/ Despair/ Rage/ Emptiness and Grief for the World’ to be felt, expressed and lovingly witnessed with compassion.
From there we travelled into the many facets of our ‘Interconnected Ecological Selves’ through rituals and processes that begin to widen the identity to encompass the whole of life… That help us to soften the armor that is experienced as the “the separate human self”… the all important and exalted “individual”… And enter back into the wider conversation. One of these processes is the before- mentioned, ‘Council of All Beings’… A process where we allow ourselves to be chosen by an other-than-human and then masked, we invite them to speak through us. In this particular Council, we were joined by everyone from the Hydrological Cycle and The Green Man, to rivers, trees, birds, insects, eels, soil, rotting stumps, menstrual blood and even plastic! With masks donned, we entered into a lively discussion on the impacts of human driven ‘Industrial Growth Society’ on our homes and our lives, and how we might help the humans return to a felt sense of belonging and reciprocity with the wider family of life.
Finally, in preparation for ‘Going Forth’, we entered into a process where we shared what we feel is ours to do in this ‘The Great Turning’ and allowed ourselves to be supported in our vision by both the ancestors and future ones. As always, I was moved to tears by the power and beauty of this work so many times throughout the weekend! It really is one of my favorite ways to spend my precious life energy. I feel so grateful to this body of work and to John Seed for introducing it to Helm and I and to Joanna Macy for co-creating it with John and many others… and to the amazing community of people that have come into my life through it. We also managed to raise over $2000 in support of the Melbourne Rainforest Action Group, a small but fierce group of activists who work tirelessly and with very little recognition or support – to put a stop to Australian owned mining companies that are tearing up highly biodiverse indigenous territory in the Ecuadorian cloud forests and the headwaters of the Amazon. They are also currently working to support a very important court case that is being fought on the basis of ‘The Rights of Nature’ and if it is won, it will set an important precedent for the protection of forests worldwide!
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March 26-29th 2021, at Camp Eureka in Yarra Junction, Melbourne.
Feeling grateful for a very potent 4day immersion into The Work That Reconnects/ Deep Ecology with this incredible group of deeply feeling humans and the wider ecology on Woiwurrung Country that held us throughout.
During the process, we turned our hearts and minds towards the painful and inseparable truths of social, environmental and biosphere unraveling… And then beneath these intersectional crises, toward the story of separation that underpins them all.
We then we wove a path through grief and gratitude, toward a new and old way of seeing. A way that will potentially seed a different kind of human as we continue to compost and become something else as the result of this rough initiation.
The human as we know it is being undone, and the outcome of that process is uncertain…But I do know that slowing down enough to feel and grieve our lostness and the immense harm we have caused and are causing in this great forgetting is essential.
As is the importance of finding doorways back into remembrance of ourselves as more-than-human, as interconnected ecologies… AS GAIA. To gawk in absolute wonder and awe at the immensity and mystery of what we truly are.
And in this way, we begin to relinquish our grasping onto what we think needs to happen and instead, following a deeper non-linear intelligence that carries forth our life-enhancing gifts in service of the whole.
I love this map, and I feel deeply grateful to Joanna Macy, John Seed and the myriad others who have contributed to its emergent form. And grateful to our beautiful web of supporters and participants who contributed their medicine to the brew we made as an organism, drinking deeply of each other, in our longing to wake up from this trance of unbelonging.
———-All profits from this event have gone to support The Melbourne Rainforest Action Group (MRAG) in their efforts to prevent open pit mining in precious and highly biodiverse old growth forest in Ecuador by predominantly Australian owned mining companies. If you would like to support their work, please check out their website for more info.
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The Embodiment Conference
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Active Hope Study Groups
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Women’s Rose Medicine Retreats
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