2019 Intensive Workshops

The Intensives offer participants an opportunity to experience specific topics in greater depth and also provide the opportunity to study more closely with individual teachers.  Intensive Workshops are approximately 3 ½ – 4 hours in length.   The cost for each intensive is $35 and includes material fees. Register early as the Intensives are limited in space and fill up quickly. 

We are excited to be offering Pre-Conference Intensives again for those arriving early.  
This allows women to attend these popular intensives without having to miss out on other classes.  Please make sure to arrive in time for Thursday evening arrival or by 7:45 am on Friday, as you must register first before class.
You can register for an intensive at any time as long as there is still room!

You must be registered for the entire conference in order to sign up for an Intensive. 


PRE- CONFERENCE INTENSIVES: Friday 8:15am – 11:45am  

1. A People’s Herstory of Herbal Medicine with Ayo Ngozi
An intensive in which we look to our own roots in plant medicine, especially as they relate to the history of herbal medicine practice in the US, in order to tell new, true histories. Through lecture, small group discussions (on everything from family stories, to recipes, to songs), the creation of an epic participatory timeline, and medicine-making, we will envision and then co-create a way to document a more inclusive and representational history of western traditional herbalism.

 FULL 2. Flower Essences: Tending Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit with Kate Gilday
The essence or personality of each species of flower is unique and reveals itself to us over time as we develop and nurture relationships with the plants. These energetics of a plant or flower are often revealed in their color, form, growing environment and gesture. As we learn to read the language of the plants and flowers, we come to also better understand ourselves. We come to know the plants deeply, in our bones and true knowing. In time spent with the plants and flowers, we come to remember how to listen to the wisdom and songs they share. Today you will learn how to prepare a flower essence, how to use flower essences with people, animals and the environment and learn how to choose an essence for yourself or another. Please bring a small notebook and colored pencils along with a blanket for laying upon.

3. Fungi as ancient allies of the plants with Jess Rubin
Investigate the ancient roots of our fungal ancestors and how they created habitat for plants. How can particular fungal networks guide us in how to nurture our gardens? 90% of the world’s plants grow with mycorrhizae help. Where are these networks on the land and what ecosystemic patterns can we identify to better partner with plants? Both wood decomposing (saprophytic) fungi and nutrient channeling (mycorrhizal) fungi play critical roles in the soil food web. What are simple ways we can enhance these bridges between microbial and fungal communities, to catalyze organic matter transformation into life?

4. The Ozain Herbalism System "For Client Assessment & Evaluation" with Angelique ‘Sobande’ Moss-Greer   
The Ozain Herbalism System is a spiritual and philosophical science born from a creative essence that brings about a wholeness in the human spirit. Students of this system, aspire to bring themselves into alignment with the divine cause of life. The Ozain System teaches students to condition the body in its entirety so disease won't attack. Attendees for this intensive will get a glimpse into the beauty of African Plant Herbology and how it connects to our physical and spiritual worlds.

5. Sacred Bathing with Rocio Alarcon 
The power of the water in combination with plants can move conditions of for spiritual and physical bodies. Bathing is a very old healing practice in Ecuador. I will offer a practice to identify the different properties of plants for preparing a bathing.

6. Thyroid, Gut and Oppression with lara pacheco
This class will give an overview of the physiology of the thyroid gland and its relationship to the gut and GI Tract. Lara pacheco will also share how most QT and WOC are most impacted by the imbalance of these symptoms and the vast spectrum of symptoms that the dominant medical system disregards or heavily medicates. We’ll discuss a few herbal allies, lifestyle modifications, somatic movement and meditation to work with these types of imbalances. (Intermediate)


Friday 2:30pm – 6:00pm Inipi ceremony

Inipi Ceremony with Beverly Little Thunder (by donation)
Gifted thru a dream to a grandmother, the “inipi" is a place to return to the safety of our mother’s womb and pray. Enveloped in the breath of our ancestors we offer prayer and song to those who came before us and for those yet to come. It is a sacred place in which one enters and sits on the ground with others in a circle. Hot stones which represent the ancient ones are brought in and sprinkled with the water we all are a part of. The door opens four times and the guide leads all through cleansing , requesting, offering of the sacred pipe, and finally giving gratitude. (FULL - Waitlist available on the Registration Page)

Friday 2:30pm – 6:00pm Intensives

 FULL 1. Hands on Medicine Making with Rosemary Gladstar
Join Rosemary for a delightful class on hands on medicine making. At this intensive, you'll learn everything you need to know to make high quality tinctures, herbal oils, salves, and medicine balls. Rosemary will share her favorite recipes and remedies. Volunteers will be invited to help mix and roll balls, stir and pour salves, chop herbs, etc. Class includes samples and handouts.  (Beginner/Intermediate) (FULL - Waitlist available on the Registration Page)


Saturday 7:00am - 11:00am – Inipi Ceremony for Black, Indigenous, People of Color(BIPOC)only

Inipi Ceremony with Beverly Little Thunder
Gifted thru a dream to a grandmother, the “inipi" is a place to return to the safety of our mother’s womb and pray. Enveloped in the breath of our ancestors we offer prayer and song to those who came before us and for those yet to come. It is a sacred place in which one enters and sits on the ground with others in a circle. Hot stones which represent the ancient ones are brought in and sprinkled with the water we all are a part of. The door opens four times and the guide leads all through cleansing , requesting, offering of the sacred pipe, and finally giving gratitude. You can sign up for this offering at the In Living Color Space at the conference.

Saturday 9:00am – 12:30 pm Intensives

New Intensive in the Red Tent 
Intensive: Season of Lotus: Embodying Lotus Energy When Engaging The Topic of Race - Saturday 9am to 12pm
($35,you can pre-register online until Wed. August 21 at 5pm, or at the conference during Registration. If space is available, you are able to register and pay at the intensive.)
The lotus is an incredible gift of wisdom and medicine the Earth, whose power is acknowledged by nearly every culture around the world. The current condition of race relations in our society on a local, national & global scale, is deeply in need of wise women who truly understand the transformative power of plants and are unapologetically committed to humanity.
In this transformative workshop, you will learn about lotus energy, how to holistically embody it, how to use it in real time when engaging the topic of race.Through presentation, discussion, energywork & practice exercises, you will now be able to navigate once challenging engagements on topics of race with a new level of ease.  Please bringwater, a separate cup, a scarf/towel, and wear comfortable clothing.  *This intensive is intended for white women.  ($35,you can pre-register online until Wed. August 21 at 5pm, or at the conference during Registration. If space is available, you are able to register and pay at the intensive.)

2. Essential Oils of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme with Kelly Ablard
This workshop will explore the traditional uses, symbology, and the essential oils of four backyard herbs - parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. We will delve into their therapeutic benefits and uses, fragrance profiles, chemotypes, and their energetic qualities. We will also discuss how these essential oils should be used safely on the skin, and via inhalation.

3. Embracing Ultimate Dynamism - The Bold Art of Unleashing your Authentic Voice and Inner Power through honest inner & communal active dialogue and transformation with Amikaeyla
This world can feel chaotic and unsafe for many, especially if you feel unheard and paralyzed internally.  By feeling your breath and activating your authentic voice, you can stimulate your powerful desire and ability to make change not only in yourself, but also in your community and your world. This gathering will serve as a joyful and compassionate bridge between all people interested in building a more equitable and inclusive way of being together. Through film, song, drumming and dialogue, we will leverage the power of the arts as advocacy to educate minds and open hearts. By tapping into the deep human connection we all share to catalyze critical thinking, self-inquiry, transformative learning, healing, and change, we can infuse our actions with our deepest held values. Then, it is joy, rather than fear, in conjunction with deep analysis that allows us to yearn to cultivate Joy as a Pathway to Equity. The powerful combination of film, dialogue, art, theatre, poetry and transformative learning can and will create pathways for analysis and understanding that can foster equitable change. In this intensive, we will dig deep and look at what keeps us from expressing our true thoughts and feelings, unveil how that has an effect on us physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and how, by finding your authentic voice and speaking your truth into power through the healing power of sound and song, we can change that paradigm and enter into a blissful state of wholeness and alignment, and catalyze transformation.

4. Garden of the Groove: Tools for Cultivating the Sacred Fire Circle with Mz Imani In the beauty and sense of spirit that surrounds a Sacred Fire Circle, an initiation of wonder awaits us. Join us as we explore ways to set the space, play and pray in the space, communicate with “the unseen allies of hope” and learn to be “read the signs” of the fire, the music, and the people gathered. Join Mz. imani as ceremonial architects, who build the container for Saturday night’s fire circle. We recognize ourselves, and each other as “agents of change” who gather to celebrate the creative spirit that resides in us all.


Saturday 2:00pm – 6:00pm Inipi

Inipi Ceremony with Beverly Little Thunder
Gifted thru a dream to a grandmother, the “inipi" is a place to return to the safety of our mother’s womb and pray. Enveloped in the breath of our ancestors we offer prayer and song to those who came before us and for those yet to come. It is a sacred place in which one enters and sits on the ground with others in a circle. Hot stones which represent the ancient ones are brought in and sprinkled with the water we all are a part of. The door opens four times and the guide leads all through cleansing , requesting, offering of the sacred pipe, and finally giving gratitude. (FULL - Waitlist available on the Registration Page)

Saturday 2:00pm – 6:00pm Intensives

 FULL 1. Intersections Between Herbalism, Health, and Justice: Moving from “Allyship” to “Accompliceship”  Dana Woodruff, Ayo Ngozi, and Stephanie Morningstar

Healing is the act of facilitating Creation to transform and bring back into balance that which has become dis/eased. It is our responsibility as medicine helpers, herbalists, and facilitators of Creation to provide healing spaces and experiences that are safe, equitable, and congruent with our clients’ unique stories and experiences. To create inclusive, equitable, and safe healing spaces for all people we must search for and examine the root cause of disease. In this case, we will explore social determinants of health and the movement to “decolonize” healing through creating safe space, which begins in the hearts, hands, minds, and spirits of each individual practitioner.

Join us as we hold up the mirror to examine the foundations of an epidemic made invisible- the crystalline structure of colonization and its effects on our health and well being. We will bear witness to how systemic and institutional racism and heteropatriarchy affects and degrades our relationship with Creation. We’ll work together and in small groups to understand how to actively decolonize our minds, hearts, herbal practices, and relationships to the land. This workshop will shed light on the colonized roots of western herbalism and ethnobotany; the history and impacts of colonization as a root cause for disease; and how we can collectively and individually work to actively dismantle systems of oppression to build a stronger, more resilient foundation as a practitioner and human being.

This workshop is meant for all those who want to hone their skills and become the most effective practitioner possible; who consider (or would like to consider) themselves “Allies” who are ready to unlearn the dominant ideology that supports systemic oppression often upheld in western herbal healing spaces; who are ready to reclaim their ancestral legacies as healers in right relationship with each other and the land; and who experience systemic oppression and want to know more about how to effectively heal from the legacy of historical trauma and inequitable social determinants of health.

This is a 4-hour intensive course that will prepare you for deeper dives into health justice work. It’s an opening meant to catalyze you into deeper learning. The course is being co-taught by Dana Woodruff, Ayo Ngozi, and Stephanie Morningstar. We will focus on the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and PoC herbalists, clinicians, and patients, and will also learn about the experiences of Allies and Accomplices who have stood at the forefront of this work with us.

2. Sharing the Secrets of Soap Making with Donna Bryant Winston
Experience the art of making all natural vegetable based soaps in this delightfully fun, hands-on workshop. We will discuss the history of soap and practice every step of the soap making process, sharing tips and techniques along the way. You will learn how to incorporate herbs, essential oils, and natural ingredients into your luxurious handmade soaps. In this class we will make a pure olive and coconut oil soap. Handouts, recipes, and samples are included.


Sunday 9:00am – 12:30pm Intensives

1. Making Herbarium Pressings with Eleanor Kuntz
A hands on demonstration and activity class making pressed plants.

2. Candle Magic with Marita Orr
Can you remember the intense energy you put into making your wish as you blew out your birthday candles when you were a child? That moment may have been your first practice of candle magic.
Since human beings discovered fire, they were in awe of its power. They sought to harness that power, mostly to use its power of transformation. We continue this ancient tradition when we practice candle magic.
In many different traditions burning candles are a sacred tradition.
We will be working with Sacred Waters, Oils and Herbs.
You will learn the basics on candle magic including how to prepare candles, how to use the right colors, shapes, symbols, how to use them with herbs and oils, and how to create your own intentional candle.
It is a workshop that is fun and full of Glitter, oils, herbs and magic!