Explorations in Plant Spirit Medicine

Adventures in Plant Communication & Earth Stewardship

A 9 month Journey in Embodying the Intelligence of Nature

One Weekend a Month from March thru January (No Classes in July or August)
DATES: Mar 2-4, Apr 7-8, May 5-6, June 2-3, Sept 8-9, Oct 13-14, Nov 3-4, Dec 1-2, Jan 11-12


Join us for a magical, thought-provoking, heart opening foray into the world of plant communication and Earth Stewardship. You will learn to cultivate a sense of place, use your senses to translate and interpret the messages of the plants and embrace your Earth walk with renewed purpose, magic and the support of the plant and animal worlds.

In this series we will experience a variety of ways to directly connect to the spirit of the plants, the elements and the Earth herself. We will embody the teachings of plants learning how to let the story/medicine of the plant move through us to inform all levels or our being. Our body, mind, heart and soul will be the translator for this process. Through this journey you will:

  • Learn and understand the language of Herbal Energetics including the six tastes, tissue states and the five elements
  • Receive direct teaching from the plants
  • Learn in-depth medicine of 9 local native plants
  • Explore different methods to open the doors of perception
  • Choose an herbal ally and cultivate an intimate relationship
  • Learn how to work with elemental medicine
  • Learn different techniques in Plant Journeying
  • Learn how to make and work with Flower Essences
  • Learn how to weave ceremony into your daily life
  • Become an Earth Steward
  • Learn about energetic hygiene & personal responsibility
  • Learn medicine making

Each month we will focus on one local native plant, different aspects of herbal energetics and connecting to the plant world through creative expression. Medicine making, plant journeying and outdoor time (weather permitting) will be a part of every weekend. Optional Herbal Camping Trips are available for an additional charge.

Schedule: One weekend a month for 9 months. July/August off. 9:30 -5 Saturday & Sunday. The first class on March 2nd is an evening introductory class held at Gathering Thyme from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Indoor classes held at Gathering Thyme. Outdoor classes held in various locations in West Marin. *Tentative schedule is below and subject to change.

Date Plant Energetics Creative Exploration/Guest Teacher
Mar 2 Welcoming Introductions & Potluck
Mar 3-4 Fennel Connecting to the Land Medicine Making - Cheryl Fromholzer
Apr 7-8 Cal. Poppy Bitter/Air Fermentations - Julia Rigler
May 5-6 Yarrow Astringent/Ether Botanical Art - Madalyn Berg
June 2-3 Nettle Salty/Water/td> Watercolor Making - Lauren Dyer
Sept 8-9 Wild Rose Pungent/Fire Singing with Plants - Heidi Irgens
Oct 13-14 Elder Sweet/Earth Making Flower Essences
Nov 3-4 Bay Tissue States TBD
Dec 1-2 Mugwort Subtle Uses of Plants Plant Spirit Mask Making
Jan 11-12 Seaweed Herbal Ally Projects Cacao Ceremony/Graduation

For this program you must be comfortable spending time outdoors in all types of weather (rain or shine), be interested in personal exploration, and take personal responsibility for your walk through this 9-month course. Allow an additional 4 hours per month for homework plus 1-2 hours of community service per month.

Instructors: This class is being facilitated by Judy Lieblein, Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner & Reiki Master. Guest teachers include Cheryl Fromholzer - Clinical Herbalist and Founder of Gathering Thyme, Madalyn Berg - Energetic Herbalist, Julia Rigler, Lauren Dyer - Artist & Educator, and Heidi Irgens - Sound Healer


COST: The total cost of the program is $2500 and includes all hand-outs and supplies used for in class projects. Class begins March 2nd 2018. Payment may be made in full or with a deposit of $500 and monthly payments of $250 due on the first of each month. A $500 non-refundable deposit secures a place in the class. Class size is limited. All levels welcome.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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