Poisonous Plant Medicine at Ritualcravt in Denver, CO
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

Poisonous Plant Medicine at Ritualcravt in Denver, CO

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

In this 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.

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!

“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?

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, mindfulness, and safe, topical application of plant medicine, you will be able to quiet the mind and experience the messages these plants have for you.

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


Recommended Materials:

  • Journal and pen

  • Eye mask

  • Comfortable, loose-fitting, warm clothes. (Layers are recommended)

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The Persephone Myth: Mythological Healing Through Psycho-spiritual Death & Rebirth at Ritualcravt in Denver, CO
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

The Persephone Myth: Mythological Healing Through Psycho-spiritual Death & Rebirth at Ritualcravt in Denver, CO

“God’s presence is there in front of me, a fire on the left,

a lovely stream on the right.

One group walks toward the fire, into the fire, another

toward the sweet flowing water.

No one knows which are blessed and which not.

Whoever walks into the fire appears suddenly in the stream.

A head goes under on the water surface, that head

pokes out of the fire.

Most people guard against going into the fire,

and so end up in it.”

– Rumi 


Persephone is both the Greek goddess of flowers and springtime AND Queen of the Underworld - what a beautiful dichotomy! The Persephone myth is a powerful analogy for what happens when we walk through the fire of our pain and emerge on the other side, newly reborn. In this class I will share the Persephone myth and explain how we can apply its affirming lessons to our own lives.

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Free Webinar with the American Herbalists Guild
Sep
17
8:00 PM20:00

Free Webinar with the American Herbalists Guild

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.”   – Carl Jung

Did you know that the image of witches flying on broomsticks comes from a psychedelic folk practice of the middle ages? Or that much of the lore surrounding Christmas can be traced back to Northern European shamans working with Amanita muscaria?

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

In this introduction to poisonous plants we will discuss some of the lore, magical, & historical uses of these oft maligned allies. These plants can be great allies to healers, therapists, and anyone interested in supporting themselves or others during difficult times.

We will also review safe ways to work with these plants (hint: don’t ingest them!)

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Poisonous Plant Medicine | 4-Hour Introductory Workshop
Jul
28
5:00 PM17:00

Poisonous Plant Medicine | 4-Hour Introductory Workshop

In this 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.

This workshop is a good option for those interested in “poisonous” plant medicine but don’t want to take the 6-week course. Learn more & sign up here

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Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 6 : Mandrake & Amanita: The Lost Wisdom of Shamanic Lineages
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 6 : Mandrake & Amanita: The Lost Wisdom of Shamanic Lineages

Week Six

Mandrake & Amanita: The Lost Wisdom of Shamanic Lineages 

Mandrake and amanita muscaria are perhaps the most mythologized beings of the natural world. 

Mandrake even makes an appearance in Harry Potter (yes, those screaming mandrakes are based on real plant lore!). 

The red and white caps of amanita muscaria, also known as fly agaric, are the most easily recognized symbol of psychedelic plant medicine 🍄 Most Christmas lore is actually rooted in amanita muscaria lore. Shamans of Northern Europe would wear red and white capes, going door to door to bring divinatory messages during the winter months - sound familiar? Reindeer are known to eat these little mushrooms, hence the mythology of flying reindeer and Rudolph’s red nose.

In the final class of this series we will speak about forgotten shamanic lineages and discuss as much endless plant lore as we can fit in!


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Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 5: Yew & Hellebore: Meeting The Crone
Jul
14
6:00 PM18:00

Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 5: Yew & Hellebore: Meeting The Crone

Week Five

Yew & Hellebore: Meeting The Crone

Meetings with the Crone are inevitable on the poison path. The Crone is a wise elder archetype who has wisdom she wants to pass down to us… but she does not allow for anything less than authenticity. Think Baba Yaga. I seem to meet her most often when I’m hanging around with hellebore or yew. Today we’ll talk about what to expect (the unexpected) when working with The Crone.

Last winter a fence fell on top of my yet to bloom hellebore plant and I wasn’t able to fix the fence for 6 weeks. I assumed it was a goner. But to my surprise when the fence was finally lifted, that little hellebore not only sprouted new leaves but had over 10 new flowers blooming - all whilst in near complete darkness! If that isn’t the most beautiful metaphor for the human experience, I don’t know what is.

The yew tree is thought to be the mythic Yggdrasil, or World Tree. They can live to be thousands of years old and are among the oldest of all living organisms on the planet. They are often found in old cemeteries where their roots intertwine with the skeletons of the dead.

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Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 4 : Foxglove, Monkshood, & The History of Witches Flying Ointments
Jul
7
6:00 PM18:00

Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 4 : Foxglove, Monkshood, & The History of Witches Flying Ointments

Week Four

Foxglove, Monkshood, & The History of Witches Flying Ointments

Did you know that the image of witches flying on broomsticks comes from a psychedelic folk practice from the middle ages? Unfortunately, we have lost all documentation from the folk herbalists using this type of divinatory medicine during that time period. The only written accounts we have are survived in court records of witch trials where one of the main ingredients of witches flying ointments was said to be the fat of Christian children… sigh. In this week’s class we will talk about how we can recover and reclaim this ancient practice - free from false dogma! 

We will also discuss the lore surrounding foxglove and monkshood - two very deadly poisons with long histories of both injurious and life-saving use.

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Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 3 : Datura & The Persephone Myth: Healing Through Psycho-spiritual Death & Rebirth
Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 3 : Datura & The Persephone Myth: Healing Through Psycho-spiritual Death & Rebirth

Week Three

Datura & The Persephone Myth: Healing Through Psycho-spiritual Death & Rebirth

“God’s presence is there in front of me, a fire on the left,

a lovely stream on the right.

One group walks toward the fire, into the fire, another

toward the sweet flowing water.

No one knows which are blessed and which not.

Whoever walks into the fire appears suddenly in the stream.

A head goes under on the water surface, that head

pokes out of the fire.

Most people guard against going into the fire,

and so end up in it.”

– Rumi 

Persephone is both the Greek goddess of flowers and Queen of the Underworld - what a beautiful dichotomy! After she was kidnapped by Hades, he gifted her a shade garden of plants able to grow in the darkness of the Underworld, filled with the plants included in this course. The Persephone myth is a powerful analogy for what happens when we walk through the fire of our pain and emerge on the other side, newly reborn. In today’s class I will share the Persephone myth and explain how we can apply its lessons to our own lives.

Datura has historical uses that span the globe, from being holy to Shiva worshippers in India, to being worshipped as a God by tribes of Western North America and the Huichol of Mexico, to being one of the ingredients in the famous witches flying ointments. We will also discuss Brugmansia, a close relative of datura sometimes referred to as “tree datura” heralding from South America. Brugmansia’s ethereal, pendulous bell-shaped flowers have historically been added to ayahuasca brews and is grown commercially for pharmaceutical medicines.

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Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 2: Belladonna & Henbane: Sex, Death, & The Unknown
Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 2: Belladonna & Henbane: Sex, Death, & The Unknown

Week Two

Belladonna & Henbane: Sex, Death, & The Unknown

Sex, death, and the unknown are profound aspects of human existence yet they are never spoken about. Poisonous plants will lovingly take us right into those oft avoided places. Almost all the poisonous plants we discuss through this series of classes have aphrodisiac qualities. Why would so many plants be connected with both our entry into life and our exit? These plants suggest that there is little separation between life and death, pleasure and suffering - and the best way to understand this is to explore the places that seem the scariest to our conditioning!

Belladonna, aka deadly nightshade, literally means “beautiful woman,” her latin name Atropa comes from the Greek fate “Atropos” whose job was to decide when each human life was to come to an end. 

Henbane has many myths associating it with the Underworld, including its use in the wreaths that crown the souls of the dead as they descend to Hades. In European folklore it was used to attract lovers, and is still used for divination in communicating with the spirits of the Underworld.

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Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 1 : Plant Spirit Communication & Poison As Medicine
Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 1 : Plant Spirit Communication & Poison As Medicine

Week One

Plant Spirit Communication & Poison As Medicine

Week one will introduce the cornerstones of this series. If you can only make it to one class, make it this one!

Plant spirit communication 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 a plant can do for you, we ask the plant directly what they want to share with us. Instead of asking what dosage is needed to connect with a plant, we learn to recognize the connection that’s already there, and our blocks to that connection. This process allows us to experience the healing benefits of herbs without having to ingest or even be in the same vicinity of a plant. This is a skill that everybody can develop!

“Poison as medicine” is the spine of my work with poisonous plants. Why do so many consciousness shifting plants make us feel physically ill? 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?


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Shamanic Journeying
Jun
7
6:45 PM18:45

Shamanic Journeying

Shamanic Journeying is a powerful way to directly re-connect with your Authentic Self. By taking the time to listen to the voices of your deepest longings and truths, you will find yourself uncovering the answers to your life’s most difficult questions. Through the assistance of ritual staving (using the sound of a staff against the floor in a similar way one would use a drum), mindfulness, divination, and herbal medicine, you will be able to quiet the mind and experience the deep rest that only comes from a truly peaceful mind. This quieting allows for messages to clearly come through that are usually obstructed by the noise of the busy thinking mind.

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