Connecting with spirit, life's energy, and feeling comfortable navigating the Great Mystery are all significant aspects in leading a life true to our highest selves. Yet, in our busy lives, we might find it tough to connect to deeper parts of ourselves on a daily basis. "We can feel so disconnected from life, people, and our callings that we change directions over and over without thought or without pondering possible repercussions. We are fearful and anxious about life without knowing why, and this disconnection is believed to be a root cause of the present rampant pandemic of stress-related disorders." - ThoughtCo
It’s so important that we not only take the time to meditate, but also to check in with ourselves to see more clearly how we’re feeling, what we want to do at various points in our lives, and ultimately to get guidance, on a more conscious level, from our higher selves. August's gathering will offer time and space in a natural setting to focus on ways to inspire your spirit, tune into your highest self and nourish the path you're on... or want to be on. As an accomplished herbalist, astrologer, artist and farmer, Denise will offer ways to do so through herbs, ritual, time in the outdoors and tarot.
Denise is currently the garden manager at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, Maine. This is her fifth growing season in the midcoast having spent the first two managing four acres of medicinal herb production at Avena Botanicals in Rockport, Maine. She has grown herbs and flowers at various farms in the northeast including Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York and Farmacy Herbs in Rhode Island. Her connection to herbs was birthed in NYC, where the mugwort growing from the cracks in the sidewalks gave her visions of studying more deeply with the plants. It lead her to rural Rutland, Ohio to intern at United Plant Savers Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary and to study herbal medicine with a variety of amazing teachers, and the plants themselves, across the US. Herbalism is a form of activism and she is committed to keeping plant medicine accessible and a place of empowerment for all people.
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5pm arrival (not mandatory, carpooling encouraged and happy to help arrange)
Dinner & Denise's Discussion, "Tarot Tools for Self Reflection": An informal conversation about using the tarot as a tool for self reflection, how cards relate to different phases in life, the seasons and even different plants.
Fire & Introductions
New Moon Swim
Morning Salutations and Yoga (anyone willing to lead?)
Denise's Discussion, "Self Care for the Spirit - Body Oiling, Spiritual Bathing, and Burning Herbs as Ritual": "We can connect with plants in many ways, through simply walking in the woods, examining the growth of tenacious weeds through cracks in the sidewalk, by drinking plants as tea, eating them as food, soaking in them in a tub or burning them. Through ritual use of plants not only do we connect with their spirit but with our own which can help us feel more supported in stressful times." - Denise
Plant Walk & Swim
Hike & Mountaintop Lunch
Campground Free Time (swim / Reiki / card readings / whatever your heart desires)
New Moon Fire Circle / Setting Intentions
Morning Salutations and Yoga (anyone willing to lead?)
Pack Up & Goodbyes
Optional Late Morning Hike to Ocean Overlook
Everything will be gluten free and dairy free, with vegetarian options. Please note any other food allergies, sensitivities and preferences you have. We are happy to accommodate your needs (the cook has plenty of sensitivities herself)!
Potluck - Please bring something to share and label ingredients for the food-sensitive.
SUNDAY (Late) LUNCH
If you'd like to join us on the Sunday afternoon hike, please bring a snack. There are plenty of amazing lunch options in town, and we're happy to make a pit stop or we could all go out to lunch together depending on everyone's preference.
What You Can Bring
A small baby food sized jar (or 4 ounce ball jar), notebook or journal, pen, tarot decks (if you have them), swimsuit, tent, sleeping bag, camp stove, headlamp, hiking shoes, wine, mocktail-cocktail fixings, other beverages, something sweet to share (chef’s choice, dairy-soy free chocolate), tea, snacks, yoga mats and something for the new moon alter. Also, surprises are great too!
Interested in joining us?
*UPDATE* If you are interested in this gathering, please email first (email@example.com). We have had a change of plans and are putting together a smaller gathering from Saturday to Sunday. There will be no cost, but you will need to bring your own food. Thanks!
Please register as soon as you can. With only 7-8 spaces available, we will also be putting together an overflow list, which will be used to fill cancelations as well as inspire the potential for further gatherings.
The cost of this gathering is on a sliding scale of $175-$250. This will allow us to purchase high quality, fresh and local ingredients for all meals, treats, activity supplies, firewood and campsites. Please give what you can and don't overextend yourself. We strive to keep the costs of these gatherings as low as possible, but if this price range is outside of your budget, please be in touch.
Note: If you are able to pay $250, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
After you donate to the gathering's sliding scale, you will be directed to a questionnaire where we'll ask for a bit more information about your good self.