“Poisonous” plants can be powerful medicine. When understood and respected they guide us towards our whole self. They are fierce teachers, helping us embrace what we’ve been taught to avoid or ignore.

datura wrightii

datura wrightii

In this online 4-hour workshop you will get an introduction to the history, lore, and medicinal use of several poisonous plants and fungi such as mandrake, belladonna, henbane, datura, hellebore, the yew tree, fly agaric, and more. Through the lens of plant spirit medicine you will experience their medicine and messages without having to ingest them.

hellebore

hellebore

Plant spirit medicine is the practice of using our intuition to directly connect with plants. This is in diametrical opposition to capitalistic, material reductionist herbalism that dominates the plant medicine world. Instead of asking what you can get from a plant, we ask the plant directly what they want to share. This allows us to experience the healing benefits of herbs without having to ingest or even be in the same vicinity of a plant - something of great benefit when working with poisonous plants. This is a skill that everybody can develop!

amanita muscaria

amanita muscaria

“Poison” as medicine is the spine of my work with poisonous plants and what I feel is the overall message these plants want to share with us. What can we learn when we balance the typical “light and love” approach to spiritual paths with shadow integration? What if the majority of the suffering we experience is not from the things we are afraid of, but from our avoidance of those things?

mandrake root talisman

mandrake root talisman

We will end the day with a Shamanic Journey in order to deeply drop into the messages of the plants. Through the assistance of ritual drumming and mindfulness, you will be able to quiet the mind and experience the messages these plants have for you.

henbane

henbane

You do not need any prior experience with spiritual work, witchcraft, or herbalism - all levels of experience are welcome.

Please note that I will not be teaching how to ingest any of these plants - ingesting is an extremely unsafe practice under any circumstance. We will not be going over formulas or recipes for oils or ointments, as I believe it is an advanced and unpredictable process. 

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We will meet on July 28th at 5pm EST via zoom. The class lasts for 4 hours. If you cannot make it to the live class, it will be recorded and available for 6 months after our class date.

I try to make pricing as affordable as possible but I understand finances can still be a barrier. There are a limited amount of sliding scale and/or payment plan spots available. If interested please send me an email with a few sentences about your interest in this workshop to k.solie@me.com. The only caveat for choosing sliding scale pricing is that you promise to pay it forward when the opportunity presents itself to you. I have benefitted from sliding scale pricing throughout my life so I understand how helpful it can be during tight times! 

If you are looking for a more in-depth study of “poisonous” plants, check out my 6-week course here

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