Elements and Energetics of Plant Medicine

Berne, NY, United States

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Susanna Raeven
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6 reviews
Jul 13 - 15, 2018
Group size: 10 - 20
Elements and Energetics of Plant Medicine
Berne, NY, United States

Susanna Raeven
  • Email address verified
6 reviews

$350
Deposit: $100
Jul 13 - 15, 2018
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

Explore the energetics of plant medicine amidst blooming gardens at Raven Crest Botanicals, a magical herb farm in upstate NY. Learn how to recognize the elements - water, air, fire, earth - in the appearance of plants and their medicinal properties. See the plant world and your own body as a part of nature's cycles and dive deep into the connections between all parts in the wheel of life. 


This is a retreat for mid-level herbalists who are looking to deepen their knowledge and connection with medicinal herbs through teachings of plant elements and gestures. 


Samuel Perry is a practicing clinical herbalist who is dedicated to giving students a direct experience of herbal energetics using simple intuitive models. As herbalists we practice looking deeply into the patterns of the natural world. We learn to recognize the personalities and medicinal virtues of plants as well as to distinguish and assess the constitutions of the people we work with. Sam’s teaching method offers a way to receive, retain and reflect on this vast amount of information and develop a fluid herbal practice based on direct observations.


Susanna Raeven, herbalist and owner of Raven Crest Botanicals, will co-host and share her plant knowledge and wise women teachings with you. . 


During this magical and insightful weekend, you will:


- Take time to open your heart in the garden

- Enjoy a farm tour and experience a plant's journey from seed to herb to harvest to 

   medicine

- Learn about the energetic circle of plant medicine

- Incorporate the elements and gestures of plants into your practice

- Make your own flower essence

- Take plant walks

- Learn the practice of ethical foraging and wildcrafting

- Discuss intakes and consultations

- Explore ways to create formulas

- Create a plant mandala


Samuel Perry:

Sam was trained at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbal Medicine, where he now works as an Assistant Teacher. He is thrilled to be the farm manager at Raven Crest Botanicals where he has the precious opportunity to engage in the world of plant medicine daily .  


Susanna Raeven:

Community herbalist and owner of Raven Crest Botanicals, Susanna holds in her heart a deep connection to the green world. She lives and breathes with the plants in her garden and studies Earth centered spiritual practices and cultures. While practicing Western herbalism, Susanna applies the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine in her work and calls on the wisdom of healing master plants from the Amazon. She offers herbal consultations, leads plant walks, is a guest teacher at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism and hosts herbal retreats.  

What’s included

  • Delicious vegetarian and vegan meals made with farm-grown food
  • Beautiful accommodations
  • All classes and workshops, plant medicine harvest, making herbal medicines and flower essences, guided meditations, water blessing and more...
  • swimming pond / bon fire / yoga 
  • Train/bus station pickup from Albany if needed (please let us know how you are planning to come to the farm so we can organize ride shares and pickups)

Registration

Your non-refundable $100 deposit will reserve your spot. 


$50 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT when registered before May 15th. 

Use checkout code: EARLYBIRD

Available Packages

Camping

There are many beautiful spots to pitch a tent around the cabin.

$350
Deposit: $100
Shared Indoor Space

For couples and close friends our beautifully decorated cabin and Mullein House offer shared beds. We also have floor sleeping space on comfortable camping pads available. 

$400
Deposit: $100
Shared Room

The peaceful Mullein House has shared rooms with two or three beds available.

$425
Deposit: $100
Single Room

The beautiful Mullein House and Cabin offer single rooms with shared bathroom.

$500
Deposit: $100
$350
Deposit: $100

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SR
Susanna Raeven
6 reviews
Susanna Raeven is an herbalist and owner of Raven Crest Botanicals, an herbal apothecary and small scale medicinal herb farm in upstate NY. Susanna loves to sing to the plants, listen to the quiet whisper of their deep wisdom and help bring healing to her tribe and community.

Reviews

jo
Brilliant weekend - My third retreat at Raven Crest this summer and I am totally transformed by the land, the people and the spiritual knowledge and connection I am building - Susanna along with Sam and Maryn have built a paradise in the woods and this weekend taught me more about plants, herbs and medicine than I learned in 20 years of school. I am forever grateful that I have been exposed to this. I am looking forward to the next time I can take the drive, park my car and open the car door and breathe in this beautiful land- To Susana, Sam and Maryn - Thank you and much love- Jeffrey
JP
This retreat was a perfect mix of activity to welcome in the fall season. Plant walks to better understand how to ID plants who's roots are rich with medicine, medicine-making (root tinctures, fire ciders) workshops, mushroom walks (we spotted chaga!) and talks, yoga, sound bath, songs around the bonfire in the evenings, and sacred council sharing circles to open and close... it all weaved together so beautifully, leaving us feeling connected, nourished, and with a whole host of new tools to keep us well all winter long! We also woke up practicing and learning breathing techniques to boost our internal fire, our immunity. Magic! I nearly melted when the sounds of hooting owls accompanied a clear view of the milky way above in the night sky. Also, the plants and spaces provided by Raven Crest are exquisite. The Dojo, The Woodland Temple, The Gardens, The Mullein House, The Cabin... so much beauty and thoughtful, sustainable craft. It is an honor and a blessing to be in this space, in this community. Thank you!
This is one of the most wonderful and thoughtful retreats I have ever been on, from start to finish. I felt welcomed and cared for as soon as I arrived and throughout the entire experience. Susanna, Maryn, Sam, and the rest of the crew at Raven Crest put so much attention to detail into every aspect of their retreats. The accommodations were cozy, clean, and relaxing. The workshops and plant walks were informative and engaging. The meals are all incredibly delicious and nourishing. The farm is abundant in natural beauty and offers an excellent respite from busy city life. I highly recommend attending a retreat here!! Thank you Raven Crest for all you are and all you do.
What a wonderful retreat! Just perfect in timing and activities. Knowledge base was abundant and the feeling of being surrounded by such wonderful people was profound. Susanna and her team truly have a gift and I am so happy there are people like her in the world!
Wonderful, magical, reinvigorating! The land is beyond beautiful, the accommodations lovely, and the food was incredible. But more than that, the people and the sense of community made this a weekend I will never forget - and will definitely give me more than enough reasons to return.
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