Join us this fall for a 10 day course in sacred plant medicine and traditional herbalism in Ireland as we gather within the standing stones…
Throughout our 10 days we will be visiting ancient oak forests, dulse and kelp beds by the sea, standing stone ceremonial sites, holy wells, and rich ecosystems filled with ancient medicinal plants. Greet each day with ceremony and prayer at the stone circle, morning yoga and meditation, or a quiet walk through moss covered oak forest. As we journey each day with the Druid’s sacred plants, we will weave in healing rituals, meditation, medicine making, and wild plant harvesting.
The retreat will be located at two beautiful eco-lodges, Crannog Eco Farm and Boghill Eco Center, offering organic meals from their beautiful gardens. Each day of the course will center on journeying with sacred plants of Ireland, learning their medicine, magick, history, and botany. The retreat will include traditional healing practices, daily plant medicine classes, meditation, yoga, hiking, plant medicine journeys, medicine making, and ritual. Bodywork and massage will be available for those wishing to schedule healing sessions.
Journeying into the heart and magick of Ireland’s sacred landscape,
following the roots of many of our ancient herbal traditions.
Returning to the ancestral lands of the Celts,
honoring the lineages that still are alive and thriving.
Gather with us as we journey together through Western Ireland’s incredible wild beauty.
Sacred Plant Medicine Retreat
Crann Og Eco Farm
1st – 5th September
The Boghill Eco Centre
6th – 10th September
What Happens on the Retreat?
Plants we will be journeying with throughout the retreat will include: ~
Alder, Rowan, Elder, Hawthorn, Heather, Gorse, Bramble, Vervain, Ivy, Blackthorn, Linden, Mallow, Meadowsweet, Angelica, Yarrow, Mistletoe, Nettles, St. John’s Wort, Mugwort, Elecampane, Dock, Juniper, Oak, Dandelion, Burdock, Wild Garlic, Yew, Hazel, Apple, Cherry, Willow, Foxglove, Chickweed, Plantain, Mullein, Yellow flag, Thistle, Valerian, Dulse, Irish Moss, Kelp, Bladderwrack (and other seaweeds) and more! Throughout the retreat we will talk about both the medicine, ethnobotany, ecology, and sacred uses of each plant.
As in all Gaia School courses, students learn through experiential learning with the plant teachers themselves. We will enjoy plant medicine walks, guided journeys with plant spirits, meditation and ritual with sacred plants, wildcrafting and medicine making with prayer and offerings.
Our Sacred Plant Medicine Courses focus on working with plants as medicine for the body and spirit, honoring ancient traditions of folk plant medicine. In our courses we partner with plants as conscious beings, relearning and recognizing traditions of herbal medicine that have been kept alive by families and rural communities around the world. We focus on local plants that have long traditions of use medicinally and spiritually by our ancestors. Students will be able to harvest plants and bring home plant medicines (tinctures, essences, oils, vinegars etc.) they make while on the retreat.
Retreat classes will focus on:
Folk & Traditional Herbalism of Ireland
Celtic & Druid Sacred Plants
Sacred Trees – Medicine & Magick
Seaweeds – Harvesting for Food & Medicine
Wildcrafting & Foraging
Medicine Making – Tinctures, shrubs, oils
Ethnobotany & History of Ireland
Burren Arctic Flowers & Plants
Flower & Tree Essences
Pagan Traditions & Wheel of the Year
Danu & Faery Traditions
Sacred Wells & Water Ceremonies
Shamanic Journeying & Plant Spirit Medicine
Ancestors & Roots
Blessing Herbs & Sacred Fire
Yoga, Sounds Healing, and Meditation
Nourishing Traditions & Permaculture
Magical Herbalism & Folklore
Communication with plant and nature devas
Ritual, Drum, & Prayer
Body centered & Heart based Learning
This course is for anyone interested in exploring the roots of traditional herbalism of Ireland and the British Isles. We will explore the history, ethnobotany, ecology, and landscapes of Western Ireland as we journey to meet healing land and sea plants. Guest teachers will be brought in from Ireland and those with Irish roots to share some of their sacred plants with us.
The retreat is open to anyone interested, regardless of their gender, belief system, past experience, or knowledge of plants. We believe strongly in creating a safe space that honors and welcomes diversity, difference, and many voices. We have had both advanced students and beginners in our retreats. We strive to create safe space for all, and we ask that each attendee comes in the spirit of inclusivity, openness, and loving-kindness.
Sage L. Maurer
Retreat & Course Facilitator
Sage Maurer is the director of The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education, where the school has its home on 10 acres of sacred land covered in nettles and singing pines in Southern Vermont. Sage teaches folk herbalism, shamanic plant medicine, ethnobotany, and sacred earth ceremony. In 2000 Sage founded The Gaia School of Healing in Boston, Massachusetts, and has trained hundreds of apprentices in the past 17 years in New England.
Sage holds a degree in anthropology with a concentration in ethnobotany from The University of Hawaii, and a Masters degree in environmental education focusing on plant ecology. Tracing her Irish and British roots led her to the incredible healing traditions and medicinal plants of Ireland. She has spent over 20 years working with the sacred plants of the holy isles.
Sean Donahue is a creature of the temperate rainforest of North America’s Pacific Coast, and carries deep Irish roots. He teaches and practices herbal medicine and plant magic with an approach rooted in an understanding that personal, cultural, end ecological healing are deeply interwoven. He is a member of the faculties of Pacific Rim College’s School of Western Herbal Medicine in Victoria, British Columbia and of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine in Lowgap, North Carolina. He is also a poet and a priest of the Feri tradition, an ecstatic magical tradition with deep shamanic roots.
Marysia Miernowska is an herbalist, Witch, biodynamic gardener and Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner trained in the Wise Woman Tradition of healing. She is the director of the California Branch of The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education where she teaches apprenticeships in herbal medicine, plant shamanism, and Earth magick.
Native to Poland and a multicultural and multilingual devotee of Mother Earth, Marysia has traveled extensively studying earth wisdom and ancient healing practices from different cultures around the world. Marysia keeps her feet rooted by designing and tending to medicinal and sacred gardens using permaculture and biodynamic practices. She shares her passion for the wellness of the Earth with students, in the beautiful medicine gardens she tends, and in her writing.
Naomi Doe Moody
Naomi is a self-healing helper in the Usui Reiki lineage, the Wise Woman tradition of Folk Herbalism, and a guide on the path of Classically-informed Contemporary Yoga. She uses energy medicine and earth wisdom to enhance her weekly yoga classes, monthly workshops, and private intuitive energy work sessions. Naomi has been using yoga, meditation, tarot, crystals and plant medicine as tools for self-healing since she was very young. “Each of these methods has helped me to move through suffering and become who I am now.
These tools and techniques have re-connected me to myself and taught me that we are each our own best healer. I am forever grateful to all my teachers and guides–including my mentors, students, friends and family (people, plant, mineral, animal and ancestral) for allowing me the space to learn, grow, heal and change. My one goal as a guide is to offer you the space and the freedom to do the same.” Naomi’s background in training includes, The Gaia School of Healing Sacred Plant Medicine Apprenticeship, 500 hour Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified Restorative Yoga Teacher, Certified Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, Level Two Attuned Reiki Practitioner. Naomi comes from matrilineal Irish lineage.
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