Held at a private residence in Chapel Hill, NC
The ancient texts of Chinese medicine say that humanity is the bridge between heaven and earth. In this practice session we study this “bridge”: the literal axis of qi that runs through the root of our body and anchors our deepest wisdom and intuition in our pelvic bowl, vagina, and generative organs. Alchemy for the Root explores ways of tending to our nervous system and gaining access to the alchemy coded into our physiology, so that we may better know our life path and discern right action in daily life. Experiential aspects of this evening session include breath practices, movement, and our own touch as medicine to catalyze radiate vitality through the root of the body. Note: all exercises in this class are done while fully clothed
Friday 9am - 6pm + Saturday 9am - 1pm
Comprehensive study for body sovereignty: ecology and alchemy of uterine, ovarian, breast, pelvic floor and vulvo-vaginal systems. In this course we study physical and energetic medicine for our generative systems to catalyze our health, nourish our heart and inhabit our soul's purpose. We explore logistics and energetics of the organ systems, hormone cycles, fertility navigation, and how to treat common imbalances, as well as alchemical practices for whole body and organ-specific vitality. Topics covered include:
“reading the blood”: discerning what different colors, quantities, textures and sensations signify during menses
understanding hormonal waveforms and observing fertility signs for health tracking and fertility choices
vaginal steaming as primary medicine to treat imbalances in the root of the body
cervical observation and wellness practices; treatment for irregular cells and cysts
physical and energetic tending of uterus, ovaries, pelvic floor, vagina and vulva
practices to tap into the generative systems as pathways for soul inhabitance
breast massage and abdominal massage as key self-care practices
strategies for identifying and treating common imbalances of the generative systems
No nudity or explicit touch is expected of participants during this course. Demonstrations of breast massage, abdominal massage and using a speculum to visualize the cervix are a part of this curriculum. Subsequent practice sessions may be utilized as far as participants are comfortable, and in all practice sessions there is the option to participate fully clothed.
Saturday 3 - 7pm + Sunday 9am - 6pm
Small group, hands-on study for health practitioners and students. In this course we hone our skill of touch, build our toolkit for life-changing treatments, and expand our understanding of how to work with generative systems ecology and alchemy in our practice. Touch is medicine which can call the soul to more fully inhabit the body, opening the gates of destiny. Structure of class alternates between short presentations and discussion, with the majority of class time spent in hands-on practice.Topics covered include:
a wide spectrum of physical and energetic approaches to spine and sacrum, abdomen, pelvis and breasts
tracking the nervous system as key to sustainable transformation
discerning tissue states to determine direction of treatment
inviting soul inhabitance and destiny to guide treatment: "do" less and achieve more in sessions
creating an energetic framework to build exactly the practice you want
courting the living, changing force that is MEDICINE to instruct our work
a kata (ordered sequence) of techniques that provide a framework during treatment, which you can adapt to your particular work
Class size is capped at 10 participants to ensure ample one-on-one support during practice sessions.
Cost: $150 per course or $260 for whole weekend immersion.
Scholarships of $100 per course or $160 for weekend immersion are available to people of color, students, people who would otherwise be unable to attend due to cost, and returning participants who have taken courses with me in the past.
Cancellation policy: 100% refund until August 16th; 50% refund until August 23rd. No refunds after August 23rd.
Gender, organs, and phase of life: these courses focus on uterine, ovarian, and vulvo-vaginal systems, and are designed for people inhabiting these generative systems. A strong emphasis is on the ovulatory phase of life (ovulating and menstruating; pre-menopausal). People of all genders inhabiting uterine, ovarian, and vulvo-vaginal systems are invited to attend, as well as people who have had organs removed or are post-menopausal, understanding that these courses focus on ovulatory years.
CEU and PDA points are not available currently for Touch as Medicine.
Location: Courses will be held at the beautiful Veritas Lodge, nestled in the lush valley of Herb Mountain Farm in Weaverville, NC, a 30 minute drive from downtown Asheville.
Meals: We will have a one hour lunch break on Friday and Sunday, and a two hour break on Saturday for people attending the whole weekend. You are welcome to pack lunches and use the lodge kitchen. Please note that if you prepare or warm your own food, the kitchen is vegetarian only. Herb Mountain Farm is in a rural area and there are no restaurants near enough for us to visit during our lunch breaks.
Simple snacks will be provided during our morning and afternoon sessions.
Overnight lodging is available for $35/night in the 4 or 5-bed dorms, or $55/night for a private room, which you can reserve with your course registration.