$165 due by April 6
Plants have a number of ways of communicating with us if we just slow down and pay attention. Get out of your head and into your heartspace, and open yourself to the vibration of the plants for a truly magical weekend. During this empowering, experiential, heart-opening weekend you will learn how to 'talk' to the plants as well as 'listen' to them as you discover the Doctrine of Signatures and how plants give us clues as to how they can be useful in the body, explore Taste: Flavor & Impression and how it applies to understanding what the plants have to offer, experience Plant Meditation and learn to feel a plant working in the body, and participate in a guided Plant Spirit Journey.
If we listen they will teach us.
Details and directions will be sent to attendees after registration closes.
Limited onsite camping is free.
$55 due APRIL 20.
From Blue Vervain and Dandelion to Poke and Wild Lettuce, Nature provides us with an abundance of medicinal and edible plants that are commonly looked upon as nuisance weeds. Learn to identify these green allies and discover some of their traditional uses. This is an introduction to some of the plants that grow in our area. Bring your lunch, water, snacks, lightweight portable chair if you are unable to stand for very long, pen & notebook, camera, sunscreen and a natural bug repellent (optional). Dress for the weather and wear comfy walking shoes.
$55 due April 20
Come create your own enchanted fairy garden in a flower pot! All materials will be provided including containers, plants, seeds, cuttings, organic potting mix, moss, crystals, gemstones, figurines, and more! We’ll sing, laugh, share some plantlore, play in the dirt, and create unique planters to keep or to give as gifts!
$250 due by April 19
Lunch included both days.
*Optional Meal Plan $25 (Saturday supper and Sunday breakfast)
How to Get Your Groove Back: The Thyroid/Adrenal Connection
Adrenal fatigue vs hypothyroidism. How do you tell the difference? About 70% of people taking thyroid replacement medicines continue to complain of symptoms. Those who were diagnosed as hypothyroid after a traumatic and stressful event such as pregnancy, accident, infection or an emotional trauma may also have adrenal fatigue. It is not unusual to have presenting symptoms of both low adrenal and low thyroid functions at the same time
During this weekend Phyllis will discuss the differences and similarities between hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue and how symptoms of each may mimic the other. Learn herbal remedies for both hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue plus nutritional supplement support and special diets that help bring the body back into balance.
We’ll also move and groove to the beat of the 80s, so bring your dancing shoes!
Limited free onsite camping available. Nearby campgrounds with hookups include Sadler's Creek State Park and Watsadler's State Park. Hotels in Anderson, SC and Hartwell, GA.
Details we be sent to participants after registration closes.
$55 due by May 31
Many of our green allies are cooling internally and externally and can help our bodies and our psyche deal with the extreme summer heat of the southeast. Some plants thin the blood, some help to move the blood, some help with excess sweating, fluid and mineral loss, and others help to moisten and/or hydrate skin. Come learn these plants and tress plus recipes and tips to help beat the heat!
$125 due by August 24
This is “Self Defense for the Rest of Us.’ No, you don’t actually have to kick to the moon or spend hours weekly for 15 years to learn how to protect yourself and feel confident in everyday situations. You will learn Master Kelli’s top tips, tools and strategies to prevent situations, know the signs to look for, and realistic moves and tools that you can actually use. You will feel more confident and empowered in your every day life! Class size is limited to 20.
Master Kelli is a 4th Degree Black Belt, Tae Kwon Do and a Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. She has a professional teaching license, and has been teaching all ages in Martial Art classes for 7 years and ladies self-defense classes for over 5 years. She has over 15 years of martial arts training under her belt and continues to teach and train daily. She is a firm believer that everyone should know the ABC’s of self-defense, especially women and children. She makes learning self-defense fun and easy so that women (and some men too) have the tools to feel calm and confident in many different situations. Kelli R. Hughart, M.A.Ed., Herbalist
10am - 5pm
Early Bird Price $100 by September 12
Full Price $125 by September 27
We are excited to welcome Laurie Quesinberry to Earthwise Learning Center! Laurie is generational plant digger who comes from a long line of granny healers deeply connected to the mountain since the 1700’s. Laurie will share her story of growing up as a poacher and her journey to becoming a plant protector and land steward, her deep connection to Ginny Seng (Ginseng), and some traditional remedies and recipes from her heritage. Through tales of struggles and triumphs Laurie will shine light onto the dark side of wild harvesting and the travesty of dealing with plant brokers and the Ginseng market…the common practices that are hidden away in the shadows of the hollers of the Appalachian Mountains. Laurie will also enlighten us on sacred and intuitive wild harvesting for deeper connection to the plants, stronger medicine, and plant preservation. She’ll share how the plants guide her in her work, how we can be better stewards and plant protectors, and how to rescue, grow and use some of our At-Risk medicines. Prepare to be delighted and deeply moved by Laurie, her stories and her love and passion for the plants!
Laurie Quesinberry is a generational plant digger and mountain woman steeped in the traditions of Appalachia wildcrafting. From poacher to plant protector and land steward Laurie has a unique perspective and insight into commercial wild harvesting and the preservation of populations of At Risk medicinal plants of the Appalachian Mountains. She is the recipient of the 2017 United Plants Savers Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. Her special connection with the plants—especially Ginseng, which she lovingly calls Ginny Seng---guides her work. Laurie’s passion is connecting people to the plants and heritage of Appalachia, breathing new life into old traditions, and promoting sustainable harvesting methods. She dedicates her time to rescuing plants and motivating others to create sanctuaries for At Risk plants.
Details will be sent to participants after registration closes.
Limited free onsite camping is available.
$55 due by October 5
As the seasons change so do the available wild foods and medicines. Join Robin for this fun and informative plant ID walk to discover some of the autumn roots, nuts, barks, leaves, flowers & fungi that Nature provides for our health and sustenance. Explore field, forest, and transition zones, and learn medicinal uses, mindful harvesting, how to prepare some of the plants for food and medicine, reading Nature signs, and an intro to the Doctrine of Signatures.
Bring your lunch, water, snakes, lightweight portable chair if you are unable to stand for very long, pen & notebook camera, sunscreen, and a natural bug repellent (optional). Dress for the weather and wear comfy walking shoes. We'll have tasty samples of wild foods to share with lunch!
The plants were here before we were; without them we would be extinct!