Category Archive for: Healing

Diversity Is Essential To Life

Diversity makes us and the earth stronger. Without it, soils are depleted (literally and figuratively) and once fertile ground becomes incapable of supporting life. Nature is the ultimate teacher. If we look at healthy ecosystems, they are always diverse. Inhabitants share resources and support each other’s growth. This is something we, as humans, need to…

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July Medicinals: Tonics for our nervous system

  During the Sacred Warrior Herbalism courses, we engage our intuition and inner knowing about plant medicine. We often explore this through the lens of the doctrine of signatures, which states that plants resemble or communicate their healing qualities through shape, texture, color, the expression of their growth and more. We can also derive clues…

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Herbalism Course: June Medicinals

During our June herbalism course, we talked about ways to work with elements—earth, water, fire, air— in our healing practices. We explored the ways in which plants correspond with these elements, and various methods of working with medicine: teas, tinctures, herbal steams, baths, meditation, plant ally work, smoke blends, ritual, oils, salves and more. As always, we engaged our intuition and…

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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 & 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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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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