HERBAL TRADITIONS OF EUROPE
Classes for Herbalists, Healers, & Culture Shifters – at the upcoming 2018 Good Medicine Confluence
For the first many years of Plant Healer’s annual international gatherings, our characteristically beautiful rural event sites had too few buildings of us to expand the number of classes to accommodate topics beyond essential foundational folk herbalism. Fortunately, since moving our Good Medicine Confluence to its new mountain-top site in Durango, Colorado, we have been able to procure sufficient spaces to expand our topics to include additional modalities, and means for a wildly healthy and deeply meaningful life. In May, 2018, we will be presenting 5 days and nights of classes and entertainment for the same prices as most conferences charge for only 3: over 70 inspiring teachers presenting over 140 unique classes that have never been taught anywhere before, exploring the depths and frontiers of empowered healing in all its many forms from botanical medicine to healthy foods, nature therapy, cannabis and entheogens, and the radical remaking of the current cultural paradigm!
Mythos and botanica intertwine in the ancient herbal traditions of Europe, as presumably in all tribal cultures. Learn more about a few of these traditions, herbs and practices, including Nordic and Irish – in special Confluence classes taught by Milla Prince, Stephanie Hoffelt, and Amber Magnolia Hill:
Tree Medicine of The Subarctic Taiga
Milla Prince (1.5 hrs)
From the sap of Birches, to the bitter berries of Holy Rowan, and the nutrient dense to the cambium layer of Pinus sylvestris, trees are an integral part of life, medicine, and magic in the taiga. This class delves into the constant sustenance, immune support, physical and energetic healing that trees have provided for countless millennia for the people of the North. Beyond edible and medicinal uses, they also offer traditional healing in many modalities, from bathing with birches in the Sauna, smoke and steam medicine, and ancient “moxibustion” techniques.
The mythology and lore carries their import as the literal centers of the Universe, and those stories are intertwined with the continued folk medicine and scientific uses of Tree constituents.
Once considered the living gods, goddesses, and gateways, and at the same time, beings gifting the people homes, tools, and precious heat, Trees have always been a vital part of Subarctic life. Their medicine, in fact, makes it possible.
Herbs & Healing Folkways From The Irish Folklore Collection
Stephanie Hoffelt (1.5 hrs)
Did you know that in Ireland there were many healing rituals involving the use of three wheaten straws called “thraneens”? In the 1930’s the Irish Folklore Commission undertook a project known as the School’s Collection. Their archivist Seán Ó Súilleabháin compiled a handbook explaining to children how to collect ethnographic data and it was covered in classrooms all over Ireland. The teachers then sent children out to talk to folk in their community. This class will share some of the remedies and healing pisreóga these children collected from their grandparents and elders in their community.
Finnish Ancestral Food Medicine
Milla Prince (2 hrs)
The intersection of food, medicine, and the Holy, is at the heart of the resilient, versatile, and ancient food medicine of all Finnish plant healing. Uniquely positioned between Scandinavia, and Slavic lands, Finland’s medicine and magic practices have been well-known for a thousand years (medieval Swedes proclaimed all Finns “witches”). In modern days, much of those ancient practices remain the kitchens of ordinary Finns.
Witches & Wise Ones:
Invoking Our Ancestors, The Cultural Heritage of European Folk Magic, & Herbs For Remembrance
Amber Magnolia Hill & Milla Prince (2 hrs)
You come from a long line of healers, song weavers, midwives, herbalists, dancers, artists, and wise folk. That your line survived long enough to produce you is proof of their plant genius and earth knowing Accessing our ancestral right (and rites) to plant medicine and cultural magic practices begins with decolonizing our own heritage as witches, healers, hedge-dwellers, and wise folk. Uncovering these old, resilient ways that still exist within ourselves, and our cultures, is the most powerful magic and medicine we need in this time. In this class we will discuss ways to revitalize our indigenous cultural practices no matter where our people came from and start to reclaim our place as active participants in our own healing, tending the wild, and sacred reciprocity.
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