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Sacred Warrior Training: The Elements

Sacred Warrior Training is an integrated system that evolved through my journey of healing, and years of work as a personal trainer, boxing coach, artist and meditation instructor. I’ve always used a holistic approach while working with clients; addressing the body, mind & spirit in our practices, but it wasn’t until I integrated my work and…

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Finding our place in Nature, By Ancel Mitchell

As herbalists and plant workers we are always looking to the context of the plant to give us clues as to where it can best ally with us in body, soul and spirit. Whether a plant is shade grown, tolerates salty air or prefers to cling tenaciously to cliffside cracks, all helps determine its medicinal…

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Plant Ally Journal: Sam Parfitt & Coralillo

When we develop relationship with a plants, they can be powerful partners in deepening relationship with ourselves. During Sacred Warrior retreats and workshops, we use meditative practices to access our innate wisdom and ability to communicate with the natural world. When we quiet the mind and allow ourselves to let go of self doubt— even…

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Herbalism Course Personal Journal: May, By Natalia S.

While we were in Costa Rica last month, Vanessa shared a Burdock root tea with us during our practice one morning. I was having trouble concentrating, and had not slept well the night before, so sitting there, flustered and frustrated, I found my mind wandering as I sipped the sweet and earthy tea. Then I was…

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Herbalism Course & CSA: May Medicinals

We had such a great first BKNY Herbalism & CSA class last week! It was so much fun getting our medicinal herb delivery from Sawmill Herb Farm. We made chickweed tincture, shared burdock root infusion & tincture, and talked about the many ways to work with plants as collaborators in healing. Below is a bit…

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Palm Oil: A Threat to Species, Human Rights & Our Health

LIVING MINDFULLY We make an impact on the world around us through our choices each day. Living mindfully means that we take the time to reflect on our strongest values, our deepest beliefs, the consequences of our actions and act accordingly. It means that we are informed about who and what benefits or suffers with…

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Grounding in challenging times

Personal healing = collective healing. It’s so important to remember that. In these challenging times with the constant onslaught of deeply upsetting, life-altering news (not to mention our personal day to day issues), we have to be vigilant about self care. It’s essential we carve out time to tune in and take care of ourselves.…

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Cultivating the Strength of Vulnerability: Healing from sexual violence

In the wake of a President Elect that is an outright sexual predator, I find it important to share how I’ve healed—mind, body and spirit—from sexual violence. It’s been a long journey that has informed my life’s work. There’s a lot to write about, but for now, in the spirit of healing, I feel moved…

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Awakening to the Power of Nature: Plant Medicine

I came to herbalism through my healing journey and a deep need to connect with the land. Plants have healed me, comforted me and become great allies. Through years of internal exploration and growing mentally/spiritually/emotionally, I came to view everything as medicine (a method of healing)—movement, meditation, food, dreaming, the creative process. Through combined practices,…

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Animal Totems, by Matthew Wood

The use of totem animals to represent powers of Nature, the body, the personality, the clan, and society, is characteristic of American Indian or Native American medicine, and also of other shamanic societies.  It is hardly lacking in Western culture, where animals still figure prominently on family crests and coats of arms, as well as…

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