The Gaia Hive
Herbalism and Gaian
Nature Connection.
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Dundas, Ontario

 2020 Folk Herbalism & Gaian Mentorship


  
Mentorships are open to all genders. It is a safe place for LGBTQIA folks. We will work together to co-create a loving and healing space for everyone. Plants are amazing non-binary teachers.

The learning area is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
If you can walk 300 metres from the car to the gardens you are
good to go!
Almost all of your time will be spent outdoors.
If it is perpetually raining
shelter is available.
Mosquitoes, deer flies, ticks, & wasps are present.
These insects are our teachers.
May Gaia bless them and teach us how to love them~
The set-up is rustic. We will be walking on uneven terrain.
You need to have your own transportation and
be willing to participate
rain or shine. 
The elements are our teachers.
  


Come and remember where you came from.
Retune your body with the earth.
~The plants will be your teachers.
Julie will be your herbalism midwife!
~Make your own plant medicines.

​~Rewild yourself.
~  This is spiritual folk herbalism with a focus on local plants.


Where:Located on 75 acres of Carolinian forest near Dundas, Ontario.
Mentor: All classes taught by Julie Gaia Feddes.

For who? Open to any gender. ​​
How often/commitment: Meet for one weekend each month for

8 months from March until October with like minded people.
(16 days of plant immersion in total)
Times: 10am - 6pm class time each weekend.














​2020 Schedule/ Dates coming Summer 2019

Each day will start with an opening circle and land acknowledgement.
All voices will be heard.
Every day you will have solo time in the forest, experience
guided plant spirit journeys, and have time to journal....yes please!

March
Make your own 'Harvest Basket' from red osier dogwood
Sustainably harvest dogwood, willow, and grapevine
Feel confident curing and preparing materials for weaving
Enjoy a guided plant spirit journey with dogwood
Herbal contraindications & self awareness with plant medicines

April
Protection plants & creating sacred space
Honey ceremony for our ancestors
Plant communication & connecting to Spirit
Root harvest (Skunk cabbage, dandelion, burdock, dogwood,
violet, nettle, echinecea, blackberry, dock, clove root)
Bark harvest (cherry, dogwood, willow, pine, high bush cranberry)
Plants for the immune system

May
Tinctures, teas, decoctions, infusions
Spring plant medicines
My top 3 local superfoods
Stones the bones of the earth communication
Herbal vinegars & herbal bitters
Wild spring edible plants
Plants for the digestive system

June
Summer plant medicines
(hypericum, wild rose, coltsfoot, yarrow, calendula, raspberry, hawthorn, blackberry & more)
Make flower essences
Doctrine of signatures
Flower communication
Smudge bundles and plants for ritual
Solstice fire & cacao ceremony
Plants for the nervous system/ de-stress/ wind down...

July
Drawing plants
Local river hike & picnic
Limpias (plant bundles for cleansing the body)
Herbal smoking bliss blends
Turkey tail mushroom & fern medicine
Plants for sexual & reproductive health

August
Connection to the living forest floor
Herbal oil infusions for body & hair 
Poultices, compresses, fomentations, herbal baths
Basic hand & scalp acupressure for healing
Plants for the respiratory system
Herbs for cold and flu care


September
Autumn plant medicines (gingko, golden rod, grapes, nettle seed & more)
Ancestor walk 
Star beings alive in plants
Invasive plant medicine
Herbs for integumentary(skin) & c ardiovascular system

October
Altar making & conscious connection to the elements
Wound and Bruise healing
Salve making with spruce resin/pitch
Winter medicines & rituals
Herbs for the musculoskeletal system
Honey ceremony
Group gifting


Registration for 2020 opens June 21st, 2019.
Please use the contact me link after that date
and I will send you registration information. 

A $500 deposit is required to secure your spot.

After registration: Once a deposit is received you will receive
a welcome letter & reading booklist to help you prepare for the classes.


Energy exchange: $2020 (including tax) for 16 plant immersion days & a life time of mentorship
$100 reduction for those that pay all at once.
Space is limited to 14 people.
1 work trade space & 1 half scholarship is available for 2020.


DONATE to the Gaia Hive to help others who may not be able
to pay the full price. Please inquire.

If you are coming from Toronto: Carpooling may be available
from the Aldershot go-station in Burlington.

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You may use the things you learn for yourself, friends, and family.
No indoor classrooms with bad lighting. No lectures, No online work. All outside! You will be fireside and surrounded by plant teachers each day at the Gaia Hive.  These retreats have been created for you to cultivate your intuition while working with plants. You will participate in guided plant journeys and work with plants in spirit realm. All days are filled with hands on & heart based learning. Participants have time to share their personal experiences and share their heart songs.

We hope you join the tribe.

  
  
“One of our greatest fears is to eat the wildness of the world.
Our mothers intuitively understood something essential: the green is poisonous to civilization. If we eat the wild, it begins to work inside us, altering us, changing us. 

Soon, if we eat too much, we will no longer fit the suit that has been made for us. Our hair will begin to grow long and ragged. Our gait and how we hold our body will change. A wild light begins to gleam in our eyes. Our words start to sound strange, nonlinear, emotional. Unpractical. Poetic.
Once we have tasted this wildness, we begin to hunger for a food long denied us, and the more we eat of it the more we will awaken. It is no wonder that we are taught to close off our senses to Nature. Through these channels, the green paws of Nature enter into us, climb over us, search within us, find all our hiding places, burst us open, and blind the intellectual eye with hanging tendrils of green.

The terror is an illusion, of course. For most of our million years on this planet human beings have daily eaten the wild. It's just that the linear mind knows what will happen if you eat it now."-Steven Buhner (one of my favourite plant people)






Testimonials
Taking the herbalism and gaian mentorship was a spiritually nourishing experience. I made connections with plants that truly brought healing and insight into my life. During this course I was often awe-struck by the knowledge and self-growth that happened with the support of plant spirits and I walked away from each day feeling like I had connected with the divine. Julie is an incredible teacher whose own journey with plant spirit medicine is inspirational and she was able to facilitate our group to connect in powerful ways with the land, our ancestors and the plants. If you are ready to take your love for the earth to the next level, this is the course for you! Rosemary~

The part in me that remembers ancient things, that quiet voice that asks when I'll spend more time outside, in the woods, with the things that grow... that part of me is often asked to wait for an imaginary future where I live more in alignment with what feels like my true nature. 
Joining the Rainbow Spirit apprenticeship was an answer to that voice, a response to a lifelong call to re-wild and tune in to deeper intuitions and a slower communion with nature. 
Julie's gentle guidance and experiential methods are perfect for this type of heart-based learning. Each month we explored new plant allies and ways to connect in the safe spaces that she creates. These monthly trips to her beautiful paradise to connect with the earth, the group and myself enriched my life in ways I could never have anticipated. Rebecca~

One of my favourite parts of the mentorship was the beginning share circle. Julie facilitated this in such an intentional and loving way. She always made it very easy for us to feel like we could be vulnerable and open up to one another. I always looked forward to arriving knowing that we would gather around the fire and begin by checking in with one another after a month apart! A second favourite thing was the solo journey time on the land. I found this to be so moving and nourishing. It allowed space for all of the parts of the day leading up to that point to sink in. I felt most receptive in these times of solitude and quiet. I felt that there were established clear and inspiring guidelines for us to feel that we could fall into the land and explore Gaia's depths! Brooke~

One of my favorite parts was the Lympia and creating the flower essence! Cleaning my energetic body has been a focus for me so the lympia was great and I really appreciated working with a flower essence. 
I enjoyed the opening circles, cacao ceremony, medicine bundling, and songs that we would sing!

Shireen~





​​ Folk herbalism and plant spirit journeying

  We were all indigenous at one time. We come from Gaia (mother earth) based cultures. I have Scandinavian and Germanic ancestors. I have lived on colonized land here in Ontario where I presently dwell for my whole life.  When I spend time sitting with a tree or plant and breathing gently with it… I remember… I remember that I have done this before. I remember that is what we all did long ago. No matter where we came from there is this thread of magical mycelium that unites us all with ancient remembering in our dna. Long ago we believed in animism and that everything had a spirit. We grew up keeping our waters clean. We had yearly & monthly rituals and traditions.  Before using the conventional medicine we have today people used plants to heal amongst many other things. Traditional folk medicine was part of each culture passed on down through the generations.

In the area where I live herbalism is occasionally used. It is not funded by our government and many people rely on conventional medicine as a first choice. Why? Is it really “free”? What cost does it have on our bodies, minds, and spirits? What does it cost the earth? For example:Where do birth control hormones go once you pee them out? I truly believe there is a space for emergency & conventional medicine.  I do know that once anybody makes a conscious choice to tap out of conventional culture and slow down their life, minimize their screen time, and spend the majority of time in nature they will wake up. They will remember that plants can heal them… true healing is not a quick fix. Healing does not mean that your issues will dissolve magically. Our bodies are not meant to live forever. Why is our culture obsessed with youth, perfect teeth, and living as long as possible? Are we afraid of death? When you live with the land you see death every day… The wood I burn to heat my home is mostly ash from the dying trees. The herbs I store in jars died to nourish me. The cats catch mice and crunch their bones… The coyotes howl each night in the song of their kill. We cannot have life without death. I could write books about the constant natural cycles around me.

  Why work with the plants that live around us?  Local plants are accessible, affordable, and much more wholesome for the body than any drugs I can think of. Plants are our teachers. When we have a dis-ease or misalignment within our bodies the majority of conventional medicine covers up the symptoms. Plants treat the whole person. When we work with plants on a spiritual level we can access their spirits and have healing on emotional levels. I love working with plants on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. When we learn to make plant medicines with specific intentions for a certain person the medicine is more potent. One size does not fit all. Each plant can work with each person in their own unique way.

  What does journeying with a plant mean? In the mentorship courses at the Gaia Hive I believe it is essential for each person to connect with single plants (one plant at a time) in a group setting. I make large pots of tea and make light infusions of single plants that live here on this land. We gather together in a circle & I rattle, sing, and will lead you on a guided journey to meet the spirit of the plant.  I am channel for the plants to come through. The plants have been waiting their whole lives for us to start communicating with them. They have so much to tell us in the form of visions, memories, and scents, sensations in our bodies, pictures, and poems. Every person feels and communicates with plants in their own unique way.
I often lead mystery plant journeys where no one knows which plant I am choosing. After the journey they are all able to express the plant and it's uses in so many multidimensional levels. I did a mystery guided journey with nettle last year and after the journey one man said " I was back in the Netherlands and in my back yard as a child and I was getting stung by these plants... green ones and they sting you.. I don't know the word in English!!!" I told him after everyone shared the tea he drank was nettle. He had never ingested the plant before!!  They speak to us without words or books. Plants have a cosmic sense of time. They have nourished my life beyond measure and I know they will do the same for you~