Sacred Earth Apprenticeship
Part One: April 3rd – April 7th, 2017
Part Two: Fall 2017, Dates TBD
Location: Western Sonoma County, CA
Instructors: Starhawk, Demetra Markis, and guests
A program sponsored by Earth Activist Training.
A year-long, intensive apprenticeship in magical and practical healing for ourselves, our communities and the earth. Myth and story guide us through a deep process of personal transformation, anchored with practical skills. For the 2017 cycle, we’ll focus on the story of Demeter and Persephone. As we plant, sow, and harvest, we’ll explore the depths of grief and loss, and how we transform them into regeneration and new birth.
Learn how to create and lead rituals that matter and how to understand the deep energetics of circle work. Demeter is the Goddess of agriculture, and with her help we’ll explore the deep mysteries of soil and seeds. We’ll develop our nature and plant awareness along with hands-on herbalism: propagating, planting, growing, harvesting and preparing native, Western and Chinese healing herbs. We’ll make tinctures and distill essential oils and floral waters in our copper alembic. Persephone becomes the Queen of the underworld, who will lead us to into the mysteries of generation and rebirth, connecting to deep levels of energy and spirit to confront our own shadows and step fully into our power.
Our spiritual roots:
Starhawk is a co-founder of the Reclaiming tradition, grounded in the heritage of the Witches—practitioners of the ancient, earth-based Goddess spirituality of Europe and the Middle East. Reclaiming is an egalitarian tradition, incorporating deep, transformational healing and active engagement with the world and its problems.
Demetra Markis, L.Ac., is an herbalist, acupuncturist, musician and gardener. She is committed to accessible healthcare and the practice of community acupuncture. She finds her greatest connection with spirit at the intersection of music, service and the living green world.
- Affinity groups—small groups formed at the intensives will provide peer coaching and support throughout the year.
- Two five-day residential intensives, one in spring, one in autumn.
- Quarterly check-in calls—online meetings four times a year in between intensives.
- Personal learning contract, that you create in consultation with the teachers, to define your own goals and personal development plan.
Structure of the intensives:
- Each day will begin with creating sacred space.
- Mornings will focus on magical tools and skills and deep personal work.
- Afternoons will include hands-on work with the land and the herbs, and dedicated time for affinity group check-ins.
- Evenings will take us through a cycle of co-created rituals delving deeper into the myth and moving through a transformational process.
Accomodations and class space will be at Black Mountain Preserve in the beautiful Cazadero Hills of Western Sonoma County. Most students will stay in comfortable dormitories, but a limited number of private rooms are available at additional cost.
Hands-on practice will be at Golden Rabbit Ranch, nearby, where Demetra and Starhawk are developing a carbon-sequestering Chinese medicinal herb farm and food forest.
This course is for you if:
- You hunger to connect with others in deep and meaningful ways.
- You want to get your hands in the dirt.
- You want to learn how to create and facilitate rituals and healing practices for a wide variety of situations.
- You have personal healing you want to do in a supportive environment that incorporates both herbal, spiritual and energetic support.
- You lead groups and want to learn how to deepen your facilitation skills.
- You want to learn to grow and provide herbal medicine for healing practitioners.
- You are a practitioner of Chinese medicine and want to learn how to grow and provide herbs untainted by pesticides and herbicides.
Cost: Sliding scale $1800-$2200 for the full year
- Two residential intensives with accommodations and meals
- Four group calls per year
- Access to online materials
- Discounts on related programs
Early Bird Discount: Before Feb. 1, take $100 off.
Community Discount: Sign up with a friend and take $100 off each.
Payment plans available.
Limited work trade options available.
Diversity scholarships available for people of color or differently-abled people working in environmental and social justice areas.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information (registration details will be posted here when available), or sign up for the Apprenticeship mailing list HERE