Festival of Herbs Schedule

Festival of Herbs – Shamanistic Herbalism

December 2017 – April 2018

5 weekend classes, Meets 1st weekend of the month

Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm at Dandelion Herbal Center

Celebrate the traditional and ritualistic uses of plants as Sacred Medicine.

Topics May Include: Sacred Plant Initiations • Plant Spirit Medicine • Honoring Rituals • Guided Visualizations • Ceremonial Traditions • Plant Meditations • Earth Altars • Divining Oracles • Teachings of the plants • Songs & Celebration • And more!

  • December 2 & 3, 2017

Rosemary Gladstar is, literally, a star figure in the field of modern herbalism, internationally renowned for her technical knowledge and stewardship in the global herbalist community. She has been learning, teaching and writing about herbs for over 40 years and is the author of eleven books.   www.sagemountain.com

Weekend Summary:

Honoring the Green Nations with Ceremony and Celebration ~ Bringing Ceremony into your ‘Herbal Practice’. Rosemary Gladstar

We are all in the process of learning to walk with ‘beauty on the earth’, and many of us yearn to bring more spirit into our lives and our work with the plants.  How do we do this on a daily basis? How do we create a strong spiritual connection with the plants that both strengthens and deepens our relationship with the Green Nations, and also informs and inspires our work with the healing nature of plants.   In this experiential weekend, Rosemary will share ceremonies she’s  learned from her elders and teachers, and from the plants themselves.  Participants are invited to share ceremonies they find meaningful and help them to connect in a deeper way with the plants.   We will spend our time together sharing and creating ceremonies that are both simple and profound in nature, and that help to guide us into an ever closer relationship with the healing force within and around us.  Participants are invited to bring drums, rattles, colorful fabric, and ceremonial items that we will use to create a spiritual alter or landscape.

  • January 6 & 7, 2018

Pam Montgomery is an author, practitioner and educator of Plant Spirit and Earth Healing. Since her childhood days, influenced by her grandmother in the eastern hills of Kentucky, she has been learning about the plants and their magnanimous spirits. She is on the forefront of bringing Plant Spirit Healing into the arena of Complementary and Alternative Medicine practice.   www.plantspirithealing.com or www.partnereartheducationcenter.com

Weekend Summary:


Initiation is an ancient form of ceremony that brings one into maturity taking up their place within the collective. In traditional society initiation was a coming of age where the young person became an adult stepping into their role within the “tribe”. The elders would perform the Initiations that sometimes took up to a year to complete but always culminating in a great ritual and then feast. In modern times the Initiation process has been mostly forgotten so that there are many adults who have never had the opportunity to come into their maturity bringing forth their gifts in order to serve the community. The elders, too, are mostly gone so that even for those who would like to be an Initiated human there is not the ability. In my deep work with plants I continue to be amazed at how they step up to the plate and provide us with exactly what we need. So it has come about that the common plants are taking on the role of the Elder and are initiating us into what it means to be truly human living within the collective.
A Plant/Tree Initiation is an opportunity to work deeply with a plant or tree where we not only receive personal healing but also become bonded with the particular plant and receive the plants healing gifts to then work with oneself, others or the planet. This very intimate sharing with a plant allows for guidance on many issues, opens doors of perception, brings healing on all levels and expands one’s consciousness.
During this weekend initiation we will be ingesting an elixir that has been prepared ceremonially to enhance the consciousness expanding qualities of Redwood. While fasting we will ingest the elixir at various times throughout the weekend. If for medical reasons you are unable to fast then specific foods will be available for you. We will deepen with Redwood in many ways including dreaming, journeying, taking on the essence of the tree aided by mask making and experiencing the plant through Greenbreath. We will step into the initiatory experience of dismemberment which is a traditional shamanic way of dying to the old and being reborn into a new you. Redwood will aid us in ways known and unknown as we will leave space for the magic and mystery to emerge.
You will be asked to prepare yourself ahead of time by eating certain foods and refraining from certain activities. Entering an Initiation with clear body, mind and spirit is a kind of honoring of the Elder Teacher Plant, who is the initiator. It is with utmost respect that we approach these magnanimous beings as they lay the fertile ground for a deep transformative experience. You will emerge from this Initiation in a new skin. Be prepared to change your life.

  • February 3 & 4, 2018

Karyn Sanders has been working with plants for most of her life. She has had 10 years of traditional native american training- which started at the age of 7. She has also apprenticed with a curandera in her teens and studied western herbalism. She co-runs the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine in Fort Jones, CA. with Sarah Holmes.Karyn also has a live radio show—the Herbal Highway, Thursdays 1-2pm pst on KPFA  94.1/ kpfa.org—that has been running for 15 years.  www.blueotterschool.com

Weekend Summary:

During this week-end, we will look at what ceremony is. Working from the Native American concept that your life is your ceremony; we will be doing energy exercises and taking herbs. Each person there will explore and look at what is ceremonial space for them. This class will be taught from a Choctaw perspective.

  • March 3 & 4, 2018

Julie Caldwell is the creator of Humboldt Herbals and has had the great pleasure to serve the community as an herbalist for over 18 years.  She’s a constant student of medicinal plants and the healing arts, and loves to teach about the beautiful and elegant relationship between people and plants.  She currently works with people through intuitive herbal consultation and Plant Spirit Medicine. www.humboldtherbals.com

Weekend Summary:

Earth Language with Julie Caldwell

Nature is always communicating with us, and we with Nature. During this weekend, we’ll explore tools and techniques to expand our sensory awareness for enhanced experiences with Nature Intelligence. You’ll communicate with the rocks, winds, plants, waters, critters, elemental energies, and the earth itself to better understand the co-creative and interconnected web of Life. You’ll learn how to receive messages being shared from the vastness of the entire bio region, as well as from that inviting spot beneath the branches of a Redwood tree. You’ll feel the space where healing, environmental awareness, sensory explorations, and intuitive connection to the unity and story of shared life experience come together. And, because we’re a tribe of plant medicine people, we’ll explore how communicating with Nature Intelligence can inform our wildcrafting, medicine making and treatment protocols.

Be prepared to spend much of our weekend together outside: wear appropriate clothes, bring a cushion, mat or camping chair for comfort, and make sure you have your water bottle! If you have a loupe or magnifying glass, bring that, too. You’ll want to journal and maybe sketch. The more rested and nourished you are when you come to class, the more you’ll receive and experience.

  • March 31 & April 1, 2018

Kathleen (Kat) Harrison is an ethnobotanist who loves to explore the relationship between plants, mushrooms and human beings—particularly in the realms that are often hidden: cultural beliefs, personification of species, rituals of healing and initiation, vision-seeking modalities, and artistic creations that illustrate the plant-human relationship. She also studies and teaches the deep history of humans in nature, encompassing both before and since the advent of agriculture.   www.botanicaldimensions.org

Weekend Summary:


Tuition $1195.    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

*Individual Classes $275 (if available)

This class is only offered every other year, so reserve your spot now.

Register online or call (707) 442-8157

janeb@arcatanet.com • 4803 Greenwood Heights Dr., Kneeland, CA  95549