Category Archive for: Plant Medicine

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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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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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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It’s A lot like waking up

It’s a lot like waking up by Samuel Perry We must not imagine that what we call “nature” is outside of us.  When we come to rest and pay attention it is really very simple: the world is alive! And we are all part of it! The places we live, the communities we move within,…

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Sacred Warrior Interview with Founder, Vanessa Chakour

Vanessa Chakour, former professional boxer, Sacred Warrior founder, environmentalist, and inspirational mentor, talks about Sacred Warrior. Interviewed by one of her students, Steph, the two discuss Sacred Warrior, Martial Arts, meditation, plant medicine, animal activism, and life in NYC.   Steph: You’ve been working on this Sacred Warrior program for a couple years now. What…

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Layers of The Rainforest, by Ancel Mitchell

We spent a fascinating day with Ancel at the Botanical Gardens learning about the layers and language of the Rainforest during our recent Women’s Warriorship Retreat in Costa Rica. Here’s a glimpse into her world: I like to talk with trees. It’s not necessarily a verbal communication— though quite often conversations do begin with an uttered word…

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