Wintertime Health ~ Stoking Our Inner Fire

In this day-long immersion class on 12/7, we will look at how to face the darkness, heaviness, and stillness of the winter season by stoking our inner warmth and fire.  Drawing on nourishing life wisdom from around the world, we will look at foods, herbs, and practices that keep us alive and vital through the darkest time of year.  Why do we crave spices like cinnamon and nutmeg? Why is there a tradition of bringing greenery into the house at this time of year?

We will answer these questions and more as we sample herbal teas, learn to use mugwort as moxibustion to warm and strengthen vital areas of the body, learn about local trees and their medicinal properties, and even practice some fire meditation to strengthen the body inside and out. (Saturday 12/7, 9:30a-4p)

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The Power of Play & the Wonder of Wandering ~ Women of Wisdom Conference 2/16

Do you miss play in your life? Play is as essential for our wellbeing as sleep and in a culture that places high value on busy-ness and “productivity”, time for play, wonder and wandering are lost arts. Yet, these things, especially when done outdoors, fill our body with happy feelings, the abundant Qi of Nature, and the sense of awe and enchantment we were born with. They are keys to our creativity, aliveness and our soul’s purpose. Through simple qigong, outdoor play and a culminating quest , a solo “wonder wander” (with its roots in Chinese medicine), we will reclaim the power, vitality and joy innate to us all! Sat 2/16 from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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Qigong with Trees – Earthgym

Step into your Joy and Vitality! This class is a unique practice combining the fundamental and powerful practices of Qigong 气功 with barefooting, staff dancing and stretching, stone-toning and tree weaving. When: Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. on 9/25, 10/9 and 10/23. Where: Green Lake Park (by the Bathhouse Theater on the NW side of the lake) Tuition: $10/class

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The Magic of Mugwort (艾葉) & Moxibustion (灸)

Mugwort is amazing and used in traditions around the world. It can be taken orally to warm the womb and alleviate menstrual pain; placed under one’s pillow for dreams; and used externally in Chinese Medicine to warm the body, stimulate circulation and smooth Qi flow, and expel pathogenic influences. This herb also holds teachings of self-compassion, mindfulness and inner nourishment. Let’s explore the ways of magical mugwort, gathered from our Cascade river valleys, for self-care, prevention and alleviation of common ailments. Join us at the Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference on Vashon Island, Sept 20-22, 2019.

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Musing the Earth’s Song through Sticks & Stones: Earthgym

Come play and connect with our Earth with simple Earth tools – sticks and stones! Earthgym taps into our childhood passions of using outdoor play to learn from life. It’s a movement way of learning from our habitat. Sticks and stones are powerful, alchemical training tools that awaken and strengthen our bodies and open doorways to aliveness, creativity & joy. From these states of being, the Earth’s immense Qi comes pouring into our biggest musing tool, our body. It’s super fun and a great addition to one’s yoga, martial arts, dance or other movement practices. Join us at the Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference on Vashon Island, Sept 20-22, 2019.

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