Stars of the Earth Astrological Herbalism Retreat
Stars of the Earth Astro-Herbalism Retreat
with Lupo & our Friends at Wild Ginger Community Herbal Center
Join us in the abundant Talamanca region of Costa Rica (again!) for an introduction to astrological herbalism. This luxurious three day intensive will be spent working with the elements, modes, planets and signs as well as the flowers, leaves, stems and roots of our beloved plant allies. As we honor the ancient dance of both earth and sky, we will be taking what we learn from the jungle and her healing plants and coupling it with the time worn wisdom of the stars and her planets. Working directly with the beautiful tropical flora that surrounds the Caribe Sur we will build a deep and meaningful relationship to this proven pairing.
2:30 Meet outside Juan Santamaria San Jose Airport and depart for Wild Ginger Herbal Center
Stop & Eat Dinner Along the Way (bring $ for dinner)
8 or 9 pm Arrival
9:00 Class Elements/Directions Exploring the Elements: Earth, Air, Water, Fire
The four elements are present all around and within us and all living things. They are essential to understanding ourselves and the plants. The Earth was formed by these four elements: earth, air, water, fire. The elements go beyond the physical and manifest as personality traits and energetic forces in both plants and people. Fire needs water to be quenched and the earth needs wind to move it. We will begin our journey exploring the most basic elements and connecting them to ourselves and to the plant world.
Sitting with the 7 Directions: East, South, West, North, Above, Below, Within The seven directions tell one of the oldest stories, shared commonly with cultures around the world. They walk us through each season, time of day and each stage of life, childhood through elder. Getting to know the directions gives us a better idea of how we sit with the Earth and offers a greater understanding to the plant world and which plants govern each direction.
12:00 Group Dinner
2:00 pm Class Plants, Planets & The Sun & Moon Looking through a botanical lens, we will explore the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune and the plants that they rule. We will also explore the energies and essences of both the Sun & Moon
6:00 Group Dinner
9:00 Class: How Plants Speak We will stroll along the Caribbean Sea and into the Jungle to discover the Doctrine of Signatures and through close and careful observation will learn to interpret the Language of Plants. We will practice deepening our intuition and our relationship to the plant world building upon ancient techniques and principles utilized by humans for millennia.
2:00 The Zodiac and Corresponding Botanicals Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces! We will spend the afternoon in our oceanfront classroom getting to Know the 12 signs of the Zodiac & the botanicals that correspond with and physically and energetically support them.
Tropical Plants, Utilizing Planetary Herbs & Essences We will take a deep dive into the plants that the jungle of Talamanca so generously offers and will be making tropical herbal remedies and essences with some of our favorite plants, highlighting their planetary correspondence, including Coffee (Mercury), Cacao (Sun), Ginger (Moon), Black Pepper (Mars), Ylang Ylang (Venus), Macuna (Jupiter), Nutmeg (Uranus), Nettle (Saturn), Passion Flower (Neptune)
2:00 Class Birth Charts & Closing Ceremony We will end our time together exposing our own individual Natal Charts and the plants that support our true Soul Path. All participants will receive a printed copy of their natal birth chart and together we will explore the plants, remedies and essences that can best support us on our journey.
6:00 Group Dinner
4:30 am Depart from Wild Ginger Herbal Center to San Jose Airport - planned arrival by 9 am, do not plan to take any flights that leave before 12 noon