Plants enChant

a plantsenchant imageIn devotion to song, ceremony, & heart-felt communion w/ the healing plant Kin-dom 

July 28 ~ 30, 2017

near Salem, OR 



~ An Herbal Gathering ~ 

What is Plants EnChant?  
This gathering of plants, people, and songs, can be summed as:   Singing Alive + herbal gathering = Plants EnChant!  It is intended to develop and strengthen ‘medicine culture’ thru the healing arts of holistic education, song-sharing, life-as-ceremony, and supportive community.   It recognizes ‘medicines’ as the force of nature that cures dis-ease, that takes us from being sick to being free.  This event aligns more with ‘deep herbalism‘, which cultivates a relationship thru plants to the healing presence of Nature, a pro-active approach to health, and less with the ‘shallow herbalism’ of ‘take the tincture and make the symptoms go away’, a greener version of the pharmaceutical model.  It recognizes plants as the greenprint of all medicines.  It acknowledges plants as elders in the society of nature as it exists on planet earth, and therefore teachers to the adolescent human species. In their yet more primal aspect, plants are ‘umbilical cords to Gaia’ (Rosemary Gladstar);  they ‘help us remember’ (Stephen Buhner).  As such, they can keep us aligned with the healthy functioning of the planetary metabolism, mirrored in our own inner and social ecologies.  All plants (and fungi), are teachers, if related to as such.  Plants enChant is intended to honor and give space for their wisdom, to activate our abilities to receive it, and put this guidance into practice through the cultural forms and ways they affirm.  We invite all who feel called to the Way of the plants.

This Way has many names:   indigenous consciousness, path of the heart, way of the Bird Tribes, culture of peace, the inbody experience, earth-based spirituality, eco-centric worldview, dawn of the bridge people, the Ones we’ve been waiting for . . .   All recognize a planetary dharma of self-responsible living, of conscious co-evolution, all are guided by the feedback compass of heightened states of well-being.  Such paths have been variously lost, suppressed, distorted, and forgotten as humanity has undergone its transformations in the chrysalis of egoic conditioning.   As increasing numbers of us emerge from this collective initiation, we spread the wings of our species maturity, drawn to the heights of our destiny in the planetary design.   To perform the Gaian dream, our dream, we recognize that it is time for a new sun to dawn, for the human heart to light a new path for creation.   Plants, as seekers of the light, help us clear the clouds from our heart, from our minds, awakening us to the spontaneous life of our inherent divinity.

Plants EnChant is intended to help us shed the vestiges of fear-based life ways that impair our communications with plants, and associated beings both seen and unseen.   To attune to plants is attune to more expansive dimensions of ourselves, to our soul.  This gives our innate altruism space to exercise itself;  it activates our inherent abilities to ‘read’ the natural world, to hear it songs, to smell its personalities, to feel its affinities, to taste its stories, and respond in kind.  Restored to our senses, we find beauty in the walk of life, discover ourselves in service to the well-being of All, to Life.   In such ways we arise from the dream of separation, and rediscover a world magically alive, intelligent, and communicative.   In such ways we sing alive a world of enchantment!

 

Growing the Edge of Herbalism 

To this beginning, such offerings can include: 

    • Eco-conscious models of self-cultivation (gardening the spirit) and identity in reference to industrial growth society that are pro-active, generative, and organic, rather than reactive, passive, and mechanistic.   
    • Experiential offerings.  These include:  1)  ways to awaken and develop the subtleties of the senses, and the balanced ratio of their use, such as meditations that tune-in to the deeper characters (‘feeling tones’) of plants, that evoke ‘plant whisperings’.  2)  opportunities to ingest or embody particular plants in circumstances of ceremony, with facilitators who are experienced with their use.
    • Investigating the wider implications of the doctrine of signatures, aka the language of nature.   ‘If one could but read nature, all the scriptures are there’ – Amma 
    • Tell-a-Vision ~ in which we share plant (and fungi) visions, and experiences of radical symbiosis, in a group setting.
    • Plant inspired songs, ranging from songs to invoke the spirit of particular plants, to those relating to the larger cosmos of ecosystem relations, in both honoring and teaching aspects.
    • And . . .  Ethical wildcrafting, medicine making, gardening perspectives, astrological considerations, plant biographies, herbal first aid practicalities, daily plant walks, and  . . MORE, including a marketplace on sunday afternoon, and song circles @ night.  

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 2017 is the third year for this gathering.   It is seeded from the NW Herbal Faire, The Fairy Congress, and Singing Alive events.   Come be part of the new growth!  

And we remember the African Proverb – ‘if you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can SING’


Tickets!

Advanced ~ $120 for the 3 day weekend
@ the En-Trance (directions to appear online, here, @ 12 noon on July 27th) ~ $140 for the weekend;  $50 per day (24 hr)

teens with accompanying adults – 1/2 price

(include adult’s name when purchasing teen ticket)
 
Children 12 and under are free  
(include number of accompanying children and ages when purchasing adult ticket)


tickets include nearly everything:  all meals, workshops / activities, and camping

to pay by check or money order ~ 
include email address, make payable to “Singing Alive LLC” & mail to:

Singing Alive LLC 
1631 NE Broadway #426 
Portland OR 97232


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Plants EnChant Daily Schedule, 2017

Arrive no earlier than 12 noon on Thursday, as we begin Friday morning. 
If you want to come yet earlier and assist with set-up, that can happen with advanced notice. .  

Every day we will gather in a OPENING CIRCLE (around 9:30), to begin the day with a few songs, exercises, and introduction to whats to come for the day.  

Whats to come are smaller offerings (aka ‘class’, ‘workshop’, etc. .) in the morning (10:15 – 12:15), and 2 in the afternoon (2:00 – 4:00;  4:30 – 6:30).

At 7:00 we gather in a DINNER CIRCLE to close the day and introduce dinner and evening events, which are mostly about fire circles that take on a life of their own.   Such life includes mostly song sharing, however there is space for theater, dance, and related expressive arts.  

Lunch is at 12:30 and dinner at 7:00. 

There will be a couple hours of (semi-) silence between 6 – 8 am. 

 Voices and musical instruments get tuned down around 12 – 1  am. 

There will be a MARKETPLACE (stalkmarket!) happening Sunday afternoon, 1 – 5 pm, so feel free to bring things to sell or trade.  These include, but are not limited to, herbs of all kinds – wildcrafted, garden grown, dried, live, or made into whatever ~ so it’s a time to both share and stock up!  This market is free and open to the public. 

We will officially end before the lunch circle on Sunday, though people are welcome to stay thru the Sunday market to evening song circles.   Those choosing to overnite on Sunday must vacate the land by 10 am the next day Monday 

Monday, is disassemble (assistance is welcome) day – the day we, as an event, vacate the land.   


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Plants EnChant 2017 Presenters so far . . . more to come  . . stay tuned !

 

Scott Kloos ~  is a plant medicine practitioner, wildcrafter, and medicine maker. He has been working with the native plants of the Pacific Northwest since the late 90’s. He is the founder and managing director of The School of Forest Medicine and is the owner of Cascadia Folk Medicine, which supplies the community with high-quality, small-batch herbal extracts of the native plants of the region. He was one of the founding members of the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine in Portland, OR. In his healing practice he works mainly with the psycho-spiritual aspects of plant medicine.

  • Songs of Love and Devotion: In Praise of the Divine Mother. Let’s gather together to express our gratitude to the Great Mother via her various plant-life manifestations: Aspen, Dogwood, Peony, and more…

Sommer Fawn Moselle ~ Sommer is a teacher, ceremonialist, music producer, performer, and sacred medicine song holder who currently resides in the magical land of waterfalls known as Cascadia.  She began her initiation into the “curimba” or healing songs of Brazil in 2001 on the Big Island of Hawaii.  She has lived in the Amazon Rainforest, where she volunteered with Grandmother Maria Alice and other elders at the Centro da Medicina da Floresta.  She has been receiving and compiling her own healing songs since 2002 and has presented her work under the guise of “Orixananda: Bhakti do Brazil” at many gatherings and festivals including Beloved and Singing Alive. She has published a volume of her medicine songs entitled “O Caminho do Som Dourado” (The Way of the Golden Sound).  Sommer is honored to share a selection of these songs, as well as some traditional songs from her root lineages of Santo Daime, Umbanda, and Umbandaime in her workshop at Plants EnChant, where we will be exploring the plant medicine and the spiritual being/archetype known as Jurema.   https://www.facebook.com/SpeakofStars;  http://estrelacadente9.wix.com/som-dourado

  • Songs of ‘Jurema’

Morgan Brent ~  is an educator, event organizer, and ceremonialist.  He received a PhD in anthropology at the Univ. of Hawaii, specializing in the spiritual ecology of medicinal plants.  He has worked extensively with plant-inspired wisdoms, and allies himself with Nature’s efforts to ‘save the humans’ thru catalyzing our cultural evolution.   He is the founder of Singing Alive events, as well as Plants enChant.

  • Sylvapolitan Rising ~ Plant-inspired teachings that acculture us to ‘Survival of the Most Loving’
  • Tell-A-Vision ~ in which we share plant (and fungi) visions, and experiences of radical symbiosis, in a group setting.

Jackie Lila Moon  ~   A teacher of yoga, meditation, breathwork, holistic health and nutrition and a community organizer passionate about growing the collective conscious tribe.  Jackie shares her understanding of plant allies and their role in many areas of our lives as a plant medicine advocate and educator. Jackie has found the use of essential oils for healing and harmony and through the gift of holistic education, Jackie strives to create an accessible gateway for stronger connection among humans with their plant family.  Jackie has studied and shared this plant passion in the Northwest and continues to grow and develop this love bond with the gifts of Gaia. 

  • Aromatherapy to Honor the Sacred ~ The essential oils that plants carry contain ancient genetic intelligence that is immunological in nature. Plants are a part of the collective divinity and to honor them, we find it far more accessible to harness their powerful effects for use to protect, defend and help with our own physical, emotional, spiritual, mental misalignment. Just as the plant uses its essential oil for balance, we to can utilize specific plant parts for their energetic, emotional and medicinal benefits ~ all which allow us to clear away distractions and drop deeper into a sacred state both in ceremony and daily life. All life is sacred and the plants help us to remember that. We work with intention setting with the plants to commune with their essence and and powerful properties even deeper. This offering will provide insight on how to clear the energy channels of the body using plant medicine as a vehicle to facilitate holistic healing and purification for the divine body-mind-spirit temple.

Nome McBride ~ Nome teaches extensively in the Northwest at herbal fairs, conferences, and as a guest teacher in many reputable herbal schools and naturopathic universities.  He has been trained in the use of European herbs by The Academy of Scottish Herbalism , and trained in field botany and native plants of the Northwest by The Columbine’s School of Botanical Studies. Nome has also had personal training in pharmocognosy, phytochemistry, clinical and physical assessment skills, herbal formulating, and anatomy and physiology.  Nome was formerly a Co-Founder of Under the Yew Botanicals, est. 2004, and now focuses on cultivating his business, Pharmacopeias Herbals

  • Plant Walk
  • Creating Herbal Formulas

Frederic “Champagne” Ballario ~ Champagne travels to Taiwan every winter to stay and study with his teacher where he learns how to pour Tea from the Heart.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PY80UVPAGg 

  • Tea Ceremony~ Join me for a moment of tea and silence, a meditation. We will sit, and sip a Living Tea, allowing the song of the leaf to be heard all the way to the bottom of our heart. This ‘Living Tea’ is specially propagated to cultivate the whole tea tree, essence, medicinal value, and purity.  After sharing our experience Champagne will talk about Cha Dao, The Way of Tea. The Way of Tea is a spiritual tradition which promotes, cultivates and express an awakening of harmony through Tea.
Shiloh Circle ~ has been sharing and carrying medicine songs and heart songs since the year 2000. Drawing her sources from across the country from Pagan and Native ceremony to Radical Faerie and Rainbow gatherings, Shiloh writes and teaches her own original music as well. Singing Alive has been a major influence on how Shiloh conducts her song circles. Life experience has been her school, singing from the heart and leading others into their own open hearted singing is her speciality. Nature is her temple, love and humor are her spiritual practices.

  •  Heart of Nature Song Circle: songs in praise of natures wonder and majesty, songs to remember that we are woven intricately and inextricably into the web of life. The wisdom from root to fruit lives inside our bodies, the miraculous seed of creation planted inside our hearts. 

Drew YoungSpring ~ My name is Drew YoungSpring and I am a student of the earth. I am traveling the Americas learning the wisdoms of the forests, mountains, deserts, rivers, and seas. On my travels I study and collect songs that vibrate the heart and lift the spirit. I am both a song carrier and a song writer, putting equal importance on both the carrying of powerful songs and the creation of my own. I work often with songs that carry the frequency of traditional plant medicines of the Americas.  –

  • Amazonian Medicine Songs ~ This Amazonian Medicine Song Circle will incorporate both traditional Amazonian plant medicine songs as well as songs that came through me that vibrate in the frequency of Amazonian plant teachers. I will be teaching the songs that I have learned on my journey and in my work.

Paul Mitchell, ~ musician extraordinaire. .  

  •  Guatemala-inspired Cacao Ceremony ~ This will be an a transformational heart opening journey, empowering and attuning us to the higher vibration of the plant kin-dom. A beautiful opportunity to take our relationship with cacao (and our selves) to the next level.

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What to Bring . . . 

The first thing to bring is your willingness to offer cooperative energies to keep things flowing well. To keep the gathering affordable to all who wish to attend, we ask everybody to volunteer to assist, to the extent you are able, 2 – 4 hrs in the smooth running of the event. Tasks include registration, food receiving, preparation, circle recording, children’s activities, washing pots and pans, potty perusal, cleaning up, running errands, etc.  There will be a volunteer coordinator(s) to assist with this. This is a living-on-the-land thing, so come prepared with tent, bedding, flashlights, water bottle, warm clothes, etc.  If you have an RV, or a car camping situation, that can happen in the parking areas, which are grassy fields bordering forest.   Electricity is also happening here.  Potable water is as well, though always good to bring your own.  If you have a recording device, bring for yourself, or we could possibly use it as an additional resource for recording circles.  If you have things to sell or trade, bring them for the afternoon marketplace on Sunday.

Food . .  

The food vision is to enjoy a great potluck (food for everyone, no vendors), with the organizers providing staples, such as some grains, condiments, cooking oils, kitchen infrastructure, and a team of people whose task is to run the whole thing.  Meaning everyone is requested to bring food to contribute to the community meals. Bring what fruits and vegetables you can to feed the Family! Everything will be vegetarian, and as organic as possible. Granolas, chips, nuts, and such are also good to bring. Bring your own plates, cups, and silverware and keep them for the duration. We’ll have a dishwashing station set up. There will be a tea kitchen, and donations of herbs and herbal blends, teas, chais, coffees, etc. are  appreciated.

and  . .

DOGS ~  Service dogs only in the main (community commons) area.  Otherwise dogs need to stay contained in the personal camping areas. 
SMOKING ~ We endeavor to have the public spaces (commons) be smoke free. We ask you smoke in the smoking temple, or the (grassy) parking lot, not the community commons, or the camping spaces. 
SHOWERS and BATHING ~ not much @ this site!  Though there is a small creek, the place to go is a large spring fed pond @ the upper end of the site.  Super refreshing!  If the potable water supply is flowing well – as in no drought conditions ~ we’ll set up some kind of showering situation.
CELL PHONES ~ Some. .  cell phones work in the canyon.  Reception is good on the road leading into the site 

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