Workshops 2019

Astra White, Meeting Our Ancestors at the River A River of Time & Making Our Own Flower Remedies

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Astra White is a 21st Century Ambassador of Peace and Magic living in Salem Oregon.  An Artist, Teacher, Activist,  Shamanic Healer, Medium and Medicine Woman who has been cultivating a relationship with Plant Spirit Medicine and our collective mystical human nature for more than thirty years.   She is dedicated to The Durga and moving energy for earth healing and positive change.  She hails from Taos, New Mexico and currently lives in Salem, Oregon where she is cultivating a relationship with the magical Willamette River, a pair of black swans and the Suburban Fey.  

Meeting Our Ancestors at the River

A River of Time, 

DNA and Love flows to us from our Ancestors. Join us on a trance journey to meet them as they gather at the banks of this River. Our Grandmothers stretching back seven generations and our Grandchildren stretching seven generations forward are waiting for us. They offer wisdom, gifts, and love beyond all reason. This trance journey offers us safe access to an ongoing connection to our own beloved Ancestors for healing and spiritual expansion.

*** Our Family Stories are important so-

for those who would like to participate but feel resistance due to ancestral trauma and abuse there will be a separate pre-workshop formed to listen to and address these stories. Guided by the facilitators the goal of this circle will be that everyone who chooses to can understand the Ancestral Realms in such a way that we can all be comfortable gathered at the River secure in the knowledge that trauma is healed by love.

Making Our Own Flower Remedies

The Earth around us is alive with medicine! Making our own mental health remedy with the flowers that grow around us can be a super positive response to our current collective challenges. Flower Remedies are very effective non-invasive tinctures that work on the body through energetic vibration shifts much like homeopathy. This workshop teaches us how to deepen our relationship with the flowers and wild plants around us. We will learn to connect to the Plant Spirit Medicine Realm and The Realm of the Nature Divas. We will be creating our own individual flower medicines made at a sacred time (during The Festival!) in a sacred space (Dragons' Gate Gardens!)

Personal Flower Essence Readings Available www.JAIMAessences.com


Auriel Rose, Crystal Consciousness and Plant Consciousness

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Auriel Rose will delight you with her wisdom  of ancient “crystal energy” techniques that are so necessary in our  lives today. Learn about the different kinds of crystals and their  healing properties, including the spirituality aspects of crystal  healing utilized in different cultures during different eras around the  earth. Her crystal healing classes consist of her presentation on  different specimens, their unique qualities, and how to reap the  benefits of crystals in your life. There will be time for crystal  shopping for those interested.

Auriel  has found that plants are very emotional just as we are.  When one is  exposed to the whimsical music of the plants it makes one aware of plant  consciousness in a way not previously experienced.  From her studies  with the plant realm, Auriel has gained a deeper understanding of the  interconnection of all life. Learn about how plants can make their own  music with the use of a U-1 device. Auriel will share how plants learn  basics such as timing and discovering their forms of interaction, their  cycles, and sense of humor! 

Kathleen  Tougher Greco 'aka'  Auriel Rose is the Dragon Crone of the North West  and Keeper of Dragon  Crystals.  She is the third of four children whose  mother was deeply  involved in her church and church music.  She  learned to sing as she  learned to talk; on the alter by 6 she was doing  solo work by 8.  She  lived a life steeped in the love and enjoyment of  life's rituals and  ceremonies.  Teen club leader and Girl Scout gave  way to Master Costumer  in the International Costumers Guild,  Celebration Artist and  ceremonialist; Catholic, Christian, Pagan. 

Always   researching and learning more she studied with Native American Teacher   "Oceana" and learned crystal grid work from Sir James Hughes.  Working   with Taylore and Roi at Reiki Ranch she has become a Laser Reiki  Master.   Auriel has performed as the Bard for the Druids at Sunrise for  Spring  Equinox on Glastonbury Tor as well as singing the "Ave Maria"  in a  Cathedral dedicated to Mary Magdalene in Southern France.

Today   Auriel is the steward of 126 acre sanctuary and the Lightbrarian of 15   tons of Giant Museum Quality Crystals .  30 minutes South East of   Olympia along the Skookumchuck River you'll find Dragons' Gate Gardens   and Wellness Center.  The unique combination of Sound healing and   working with her Crystal Grid Table enables Auriel to assist others in   reaching a deeper understanding of crystal consciousness and how   beneficial that can be to our bodies and souls.

Mark “Humnbyrd” McNutt, Moon Phases, Lunacy, and Your Emotional Body

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 An experiential exploration of the 8 Astrological Moon Phases and how the cycles affect us and each other. We will provide your particular power times and recessive times based on the Lunar Cycle, in the birth chart and in the present.   Guided by Astro Wizard Mark S. McNutt, practicing Astrology for over 50 years.

 Mark is a widely known Astrological practitioner and writer, and is also a renown ceremonial circle drummer, musician, and workshop leader, along with many other talents. Mark is the author of several books and has been a lifelong land steward of the Faery haven LivingWell Nature Spirit Sanxuary in Deadwood, OR since 1984. Astrowizardry.com  and astrowizardry@gmail.com

  


 

Fern de Fay, Celtic Tree Alphabet, (Ogham Runes as the keys to Irish Fairy Realms

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Celtic Tree Alphabet"Ogham"

              Runes as Keys To Irish Fairy Realms


This  class covers Deeper Mysteries of Celtic Tree Calendar: Ogham"Alphabet  Runes, of Keys to Inter-dimensional doorways through Fairy Portals of  each Tree in the Alphabet for each Province of Fairy Realms~gination  Enhancement ~

Put on your thinking cap for imagination Enhancement.

  

Born at Rose Door of Dawn

Emerging at Sunrise On a bright morning in the month of Roses and Hawthorne In the City of Roses during the peak of Rose Festival

Quite the entrance for a wee fairy-human to become a Bringer of the Dawn as Priestess of Love and Lore~later to be known as the IrReverend Miss Lady Fern DeFay~High Priestess of Funk. 

Fern was born to Lady Cyn DeFay, a fairy-human changeling and self-cultivated Priestess. As natural mystic and healer from birth, Cyn struggled with alienation due to the spiritual beliefs of her family and rebelled by giving her children a spiritually inclusive and multi-cultural rearing.

At the magical age of 13, Fern’s mom Lady Cyn, “Came Out of the Broom Closet” as a modern witch, about her magical perceptions and powers since youth, their family history’s matrilineal folk magic traditions “from the Old Ways from the Old Country” and was actively reviving the magical line in the family. In-home lessons began shortly thereafter in the ancestral legacy of their Celtic line, the Pagans of Pre-Christian Europe, the Seasonal Wheel of the Year and rituals that traditionally accompany them. When Fern was 15, she was visited by Bridget, the Irish Fairy Goddess of the Hearth. She was photographed as an apparition in their family’s hearth fire shortly after Bridget’s Feast Day rite had been performed. Bridget told Lady Cyn and Fern that they were of her family line and her chosen daughters and the first to remember to pay her tribute in countless generations. From this point on life as “Born again Pagans” began for the DeFay Family. Shortly thereafter, Fern began her training in The Craft as an Altar Girl to the Goddess, training with her magical elders, her mother’s rituals at home and with elder clergy at public rites in the Pagan community. As a result, Fern became adept as a young teen witch. She was groomed for community leadership while still a Virgin Maiden Priestess and served effectively as a mouth piece for the Old Ways in the New World.

After high school graduation with honors, Fern enrolled directly in higher education within both secular academia and pagan mystery school. In university life, Fern excelled in social sciences and humanities with extra zeal for ancient world history and cultural anthropology. Beginning at Portland State University and completing at The Evergreen State College, Fern completed a BA in Cultural Studies with emphasis on Irish Studies. Simultaneously, she studied at the Pagan Mystery School the “Sacred Grove of Oak, Rowan and Yew”. Here, Fern spent over six years involved in rigorous coursework studies and practices of ritual composition, pagan history, world mythology, tree lore, herb crafting and love magic. While double enrolled in Muggle and Magical colleges, Fern continued her role as Altar Girl.  

Yvonne Torrey, Elixirs and Herbal Tonics, Making and Stocking Your Personal Apothecary for Health

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A Village Herbalist at heart, as a Canadian girl on my father's side, we were taught Harvesting the Land around us which was my intro, at an early age, to living the good life. My desire to study from our Herbalist Elders continues everyday as the way I’ve learned about Plants, Mother Nature, & Father Sky as they intended for us to use.

 

What is a Village Herbalist?  Some herbs make it so easy to remedy even the toughest of ailments. I will assist & inspire you on your journey. 

I will guide you to understand the world of:

· Wild Ethical Harvesting Techniques

· Herbal Apothecary

· The offering of many resources as to continue & support your body with what might fit your needs.

· And add a valuable skill to your health tool kit by learning how 

to make these very effective tonics.  

I was fortunate to be in the Floral Industry working with plants & flowers. I sourced Organically Grown Plants, Herbs & Cut Flowers whenever possible. Having this as a niche for caterers, I was sought out for the unique & safe plant & flower materials for events. 

I founded three retail flower shops:

· Tudor Rose for 15 years at The Living History Center's Renaissance Fair in Southern CA

· The Paramount Ranch in Agoura

·  As well as Black Point in Marin County - Northern California.

· The Flower Song  in Sebastopol

·  Rose & Thistle in Bellingham, WA

Being a florist for 35 years, I produced a series of deco designs for Mimi Farina of Bread & Roses Music Festival at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA.
For five to seven years, I volunteered to do set design & sold long stem roses to the public as to pay for the cost of this enormous undertaking. This event was created by The Bread & Roses  Foundation & run by volunteers including all food and entertainment. The beautiful Claremont Hotel was the backdrop for the party given to the volunteers with many of the top name entertainment, from the festival, providing music & dance. I also produced banners for the back drop, large flower garlands for across the front of the stage. 

The “Painted Rose” logo for “The Bread & Roses" band in 1979 was created  by Stanley Mouse, who brought me to my first Bread & Roses Festival in 1977.He encouraged me to write Mimi Farina of my ideas for stage & backstage décor.
This began another serious step into my career as a Stage Designer.
My farm life brought me more contentment than all the driving & purchasing I did for retail shops, weddings, stage & other large events.
Here I was content & created "Moon River Botanicals" infused oils from herbs made into  skin care for wholesale. Along with all the joy that gathering & producing brings.
I continue to share knowledge, as A Village Herbalist.  

Gary Kline, Carbon-Smart NutriCulture For your Health and the Health of the Planet!

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 Gardeners, Farmers, Anybody that eats, if you would like better tasting food that supplies everything you need to keep your body strong and healthy without buying vitamins and supplements, then learn about nutriculture as a superior growing technique aimed at achieving highest nutrient-dense food for a sustainable future.  

  

Nutri-Culture: The Ultimate Agronomic System is the crowning culmination and synthesis of more than 30 years of studying various practices and assessing numerous old and new alternative methodologies for growing the healthiest and best producing plants and crops, as well as livestock. This is the very best, condensed, yet comprehensive presentation you will find anywhere on how to grow the most nutrient-dense foods and gain the optimum achievable health from your own endeavors in your garden or the back 40 acres. 

Gary trained in biology and wildlife management and is a lifelong conservationist. He worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service performing environmental investigations before leaving to start Black Lake Organic Nursery and Garden Store that he ran for 34 years. After selling that business in 2015 Gary began BLOSSOM Consulting Services, which mainly provides professional soil testing analyses.

Gary Kline, owner of BLOSSOM Consulting Services, known for his enlightening and highly informative talks and speeches,  is an expert on organics and improving soils through mineral balancing. Gary has provided gardening and soil building and balancing advice to thousands in the Puget Sound region and around the country. He has received hundreds of testimonials from pleased customers.  Gary has extensive knowledge in the rapidly emerging field of Ecological Agriculture, which he has combined with other studies in the development of a comprehensive and holistic perspective and approach to growing healthy plants and animals for attaining optimal personal health. 

 Gary is an avid writer on agricultural and environmental subjects, endeavoring to educate gardeners and 1500 readers on advanced aspects of those areas.

Currently Gary is writing a book to be titled Planetary Rescue, showing how a new farming and gardening system focused on nutrition and genuinely sustainable practices can have a major impact in restoring people’s health and healing the Earth.

2019 Workshops

Greg Maddox, Bio-Char Demonstration Burn

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Greg has been involved in the organic farming movement since 1970. Today, he is working to promote the production of nutrient-dense food through Regenerative Farming practices.

Greg owned a potting soil business in the 1980’s. He has been a Master Grower in the Medical Cannabis industry since 2008. Through his work and studies in soil science, Greg has come to realize the important role of carbon in the soil and the advantages of bio-char.  His presentation will inform you of everything you need to know to make your own bio-char and grow your own nutrient dense foods for life!

2018 Workshops

David Yarrow Eating our way to a Sustainable Future, An Intro to Carbon-Smart Nutriculture

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and  "Awakening the Dragon, Reading the Earths Subtle Energy Anatomy" (Walkabout)  

 Gardeners, Farmers, Anybody that eats, if you would like better tasting  food that supplies everything you need to keep your body strong and  healthy without buying vitamins and supplements, then learn about  nutriculture. Learn from a leader in this movement, David Yarrow, know  as the Soil Sorcerer and Bio-char Wizard, he is also a very talented  Dowser.  David Yarrow is a holistic healer and food and farm activist with over  40 years participation in several grassroots movements. His commitment to and advocacy of  sustainable organic agriculture and food systems has led to the  establishment of several projects, conferences, and organizations –  including Bring the People Back Home, Closing the Food Circle, Archangel  Ancient Tree Archive – each with the initiative of grounding a more  sustainable future for humanity.  David emphasizes  that carbon is only one element in soil and that the priority for our  planet is soil regeneration through stewardship of diverse living  communities and cultures. The very actions essential to put carbon,  minerals, and microbes back in soils may restore authentic community to  human society, wealth to  community economies, health to human bodies,  and true culture to our relations with the Earth as Gaia, a unified  living intelligence. 

Auriel Rose, Crystal Consciousness and Plant Consciousness

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Auriel Rose will delight you with her wisdom of ancient “crystal energy” techniques that are so necessary in our lives today. Learn about the different kinds of crystals and their healing properties, including the spirituality aspects of crystal healing utilized in different cultures during different eras around the earth. Her crystal healing classes consist of her presentation on different specimens, their unique qualities, and how to reap the benefits of crystals in your life. There will be time for crystal shopping for those interested.


Auriel has found that plants are very emotional just as we are.  When one is exposed to the whimsical music of the plants it makes one aware of plant consciousness in a way not previously experienced.  From her studies with the plant realm, Auriel has gained a deeper understanding of the interconnection of all life. Learn about how plants can make their own music with the use of a U-1 device. Auriel will share how plants learn basics such as timing and discovering their forms of interaction, their cycles, and sense of humor! 

Kathleen Tougher Greco 'aka'  Auriel Rose is the Dragon Crone of the North West and Keeper of Dragon  Crystals.  She is the third of four children whose mother was deeply  involved in her church and church music.  She learned to sing as she  learned to talk; on the alter by 6 she was doing solo work by 8.  She  lived a life steeped in the love and enjoyment of life's rituals and  ceremonies.  Teen club leader and Girl Scout gave way to Master Costumer  in the International Costumers Guild, Celebration Artist and  ceremonialist; Catholic, Christian, Pagan. 

Always  researching and learning more she studied with Native American Teacher  "Oceana" and learned crystal grid work from Sir James Hughes.  Working  with Taylore and Roi at Reiki Ranch she has become a Laser Reiki Master.   Auriel has performed as the Bard for the Druids at Sunrise for Spring  Equinox on Glastonbury Tor as well as singing the "Ave Maria" in a  Cathedral dedicated to Mary Magdalene in Southern France.

Today  Auriel is the steward of 126 acre sanctuary and the Lightbrarian of 15  tons of Giant Museum Quality Crystals .  30 minutes South East of  Olympia along the Skookumchuck River you'll find Dragons' Gate Gardens  and Wellness Center.  The unique combination of Sound healing and  working with her Crystal Grid Table enables Auriel to assist others in  reaching a deeper understanding of crystal consciousness and how  beneficial that can be to our bodies and souls.




Francesco Tortorici Introduction to Biochar Production Use & Micro-Gasifier Stove Demonstration

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Francesco is an engineer and long-time appropriate technology advocate.  He was the co-founder and Director of the Norwegian Center for Appropriate Technology in the 1970s.  His interest in those technologies led him to attend the ETHOS (Engineers in Technical and Humanitarian Opportunities of Service) Conference in 2011.   Through that experience, he worked with several NGOs which promote clean cook stoves that also produce biochar.  


In 2014 Francesco collaborated with the Port of Port Townsend, designing and building biochar filters to remove heavy metals form stormwater runoff.  He teamed with several Jefferson County farms in the production and incorporation of biochar.  In Sequim he collaborated with a mushroom farmer to develop a commercial gasifer stove used to pasteurize straw and make biochar.


Francesco and his wife, Joan, created Olympic BioChar (OB) in 2015 to promote biochar’s uses and benefits and provide a locally made biochar.   OB donates biochar to area school gardens for co-composting and other garden/orchard applications which introduce biochar to students.  Most recently, Francesco’s focus is on regenerating soils to produce nutrient dense food by using biochar, mineral balancing, etc

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Adam Abraham 

 

Natural Motion Magic: How Vortex Generators Add Value to Water, Health, and Life

 

Adam Abraham is  an author, publisher, filmmaker, activist and visionary that you may  not have heard of, but whose work may have already touched your life.  Adam will share some “magical” and “Aha!” moments that he has  enjoyed or witnessed during his sojourn. The “hidden message” in water  that Masaru Emoto and other pioneers have made very clear, is a profound  opportunity to improve the quality of life that awaits everyone “with  the eyes to see, ears to hear” and wisdom to vortex.    

Elwin La Fae Herman Shamanic Soul Singing

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In this group workshop, Medicine woman Elwin Herman, guides you in 

discovering and integrating deep aspects of your soul through the use of your voice. Learn to express yourself, transform energy and awaken the ancient shaman within you in order to bring balance, harmony, and a sense of peace to your life and the sacred spaces in which you walk. Move the 

powerful energy within you through your voice and change the energetic 

spaces around you though the act of sound! 

 

Death Doula, the sacred passage of conscious dying.

In this deeply intimate workshop Elwin Herman will introduce you to the sacred art of dying. We will learn how a Death Doula helps people plan a meaningful death by providing emotional comfort & 

support to them and their families.  You can change people’s lives by changing how they walk to their deaths. Our workshop  discusses how we feel about death and the fear and shadow that surrounds it then ends bringing it to the light of unconditional love.

Burke Mulvany and Jay Darling Musical Connection and Healing with CoNectar

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Bring  your voice and inner sounds to a musical improvisational journey that  will travel through unique and beautiful soundscapes inspired by the  melodies and rhythms of Nature and the Earth. Clear blockages and stuck  stories from your past and ride a co-created magic carpet of sound to  open up to to powerful medium of musical communication with yourself,  others and to the Earth. All ages and participation levels welcomed.  Bring a blanket, pillow, rattle and any power items that might benefit  you during this workshop experience! 

Additional Presenters 2018

The IrReverend Mss Lady Fern DeFay Celtic Lunar & Solar Tree Calendar, Basics of Wheel of the Year

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Part 2: Celtic Tree Alphabet"Ogham"

  Runes as Keys To Irish Fairy Realms

Part 1: Celtic Lunar & Solar Tree Calendar 

             Basics of Wheel of the Year

This   Introduction Class will be following the Celtic Calendar of Sun   Holidays & Moon Months, with corresponding Fairy Tree Lore   associated. This covers the foundation of the"Ogham" Runic Alphabet of    Ancient Ireland. Basics of how this Tree Alphabet relate to Solar  &  Lunar Cycles, of holidays as fundamentally representing Celtic  Tree  Astrology, will be our prominent focus, of this first class, in  this  two-part series.

Part 2: Celtic Tree Alphabet"Ogham"

              Runes as Keys To Irish Fairy Realms

The   Second Class in our 2 part series, stands alone but is easier with   preliminary Basics from the first part series, or previous   understandings of this subject.

This   class covers Deeper Mysteries of Celtic Tree Calendar: Ogham"Alphabet   Runes, of Keys to Interdimensional doorways through Fairy Portals of   each Tree in the Alphabet for each Province of Fairy Realms~gination   Enhancement ~

Put on your thinking cap for imagination Enhancement

Mark “Humnbyrd” McNutt - “Living Planetary Spirits and Astro Play” and

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  “Humnbyrd”  with Marygolod McNutt  “Dancing With the Sidhes and the Trees”

Mark “Humnbyrd” McNutt is a widely known Astrological practitioner and writer, and is also a renown ceremonial circle drummer, musician, and workshop leader, along with many other talents. Mark is the author of several books and has been a lifelong land steward of the Faery haven LivingWell Nature Spirit Sanxuary in Deadwood, OR since 1984 

MaryGold McNutt is best known as a creatrix of fine cuisine for many gatherings, but is also a professional yoga instructor, healer, herbal and vibrational essence creatrix, occasional song leader, and much more. She has been covorting and channeling the Faeries since way before her move from Australia to co-steward LivingWell Nature Spirit Sanxuary in 1992. livingwellnss@gmail.com



Living Planetary Spirits and Astro Play” with Mark S. McNutt

Mark will run down the basic qualities and interactions of the Planets, and then we will take a spin at embodying the Spirits, interact and relate to each other from the stellar perspective.



Susan Powell Introduction to the Medicine Wheel Ceremony

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Susan  (Lakota, Scot, English), has been a Holistic Health Educator &  Facilitator since 1980. She began studying with her Medicine Wheel  Teacher, Grandmother Mahad’yuni in 1981. Susan followed Grandmother  Mahad’yuni’s wishes to pass on the Medicine Wheel Teachings starting in  1982, and has continued to offer multi-day retreats, day-long and  partial day Medicine Wheel events since then. 

Susan  has also worked extensively with First Nations and Aboriginal people  across Canada, especially in healing the multi-generational trauma of  Residential School. She has presented Medicine Wheel workshops for  diverse conferences and communities, such as Child & Youth Care  Workers, Teachers, Social Workers, Mentoring Agencies, Aboriginal Youth  Leadership, Native American Sports Council, the Justice Institute of  British Columbia, Human & Fairy Relations Congress, and the Four  Worlds Institute, to name a few. 

In  addition to facilitating the Medicine Wheel, Holistic Wellness, Caring  for Caregivers, individual coaching, and many other topics, Susan now  facilitates groups and individuals working with the tools of Access  Consciousness. This includes Access Consciousness Bars®, Body Processes,  and Specialty Classes. 

Susan  enjoys a wide variety of interests: reading, ballet, being in nature,  and her new interest in Fika, (the Swedish tradition of taking a  coffee/tea break with friends), continual learning, and finding ways to  contribute to the world being a place of ever-greater consciousness,  beauty and kindness. 

Joanne Rand Singing into Being

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  Singing Into Being: A Vocal Workshop With Joanne Rand, 1 all levels, no experience necessary
An experiential VOCAL WORKSHOP incorporating songs and  chants from indigenous cultures throughout the globe, as well as Rand's  original songs and those we create together. Includes exercises in  sound, listening, movement, & breath...all tools for helping to  access our voice. Emphasis is on spontaneity, group dynamics, and  freeing up the INNER AUTHENTIC VOICE creating a sense of COMMUNITY &  DEEP ECOLOGY 

For more info on Joanne check out her listing on our Entertainer page

Karin Olsen Celebrating the Celtic Calendar High Holidays

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Would you like to mark the turn of the season? In this evening class  we will take a look at the eight holidays of many earth-based  religions—the Sabbats and their magical properties. We will focus our  attention on the four upcoming holidays—Fall Equinox (Mabon), Halloween  (Samhain), Winter Solstice and Imbolc. We will discuss candles, stones,  incense, craft projects and recipes for each season. Please bring a  journal to begin creating a record of your journey.

Instructor: Karin Olsen, LMP. Karin is the co-owner of Radiance Herbs  & Massage. She has been a licensed massage therapist for more than  20 years and she loves to share her knowledge about natural living  intuition and magick.

Taylore Vance and Herb Richards Instant Pain Release, Demonstration with Laser Reiki

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 We offer you the free Reiki training to make the world a better place to  live and we want to give back to the abundant Universe! When you  connect with Source energy and ask IT to flow through you to heal  yourself and others — you are never the same again. You are uplifted and  your hands will seem magical, your life is Spirit guided for your  highest good and it’s even more fun!