LEARN Coffee Cup Divination & SWANA Medicinal plants: Love is in the Homeland
Mar
8
to Dec 31

LEARN Coffee Cup Divination & SWANA Medicinal plants: Love is in the Homeland

My big news and my FUN offerings to support fundraising to make this important journey possible. Please SHARE and please JOIN US!

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Below, you will find details about 3 DONATION BASED ONLINE OFFERINGS this Spring to support my Embodied Research trip to the SWANA* (aka. Middle East & N. Africa) region to invest in #plantcestral and #ancestral re-membrance work which I have been cultivating for the past decade and sharing with you all through River Rose and the نجمع جذورنا -reGather our Ancestors project this past couple of years. 

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Plantcestors for Emotional Health
Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00

Plantcestors for Emotional Health

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This is one of my favorite and closest to the heart subjects. Some of y’all know I am actually trained in mental health and emotional/spiritual health from both western and traditional healing perspectives before even formally training in herbs, and trauma related healing (somatic approaches too) and all the relational healing underneath it all are what really set me on this path (esp after the movement just sayin and yeah, I still consider what I do liberation/movement work fyi, just more refined the older I get and more I integrate understanding and follow the root of what oppresses and allows us to be oppressed). I will incorporate a lot of integrated knowledge thru this offering.

In addition to getting to know some plantcestors that can help us through things like anxiety, depression and sadness, despair, and anger, it will include some important conversations about grieving, trauma, and relationship and lots more. Sheesh. We might need to make it a day long in the jabal somewhere. 

I have not decided exactly where I will conduct this workshop yet. Maybe in Beirut or maybe in Kfaraabida again, or maybe in the Jabal (if you have suggestions or know of somewhere to host, I am open to hearing them). 

Please spread the word (I posted it on IG and FB and you can share easily there or via this webpage) to anyone who may be interested in joining or may benefit from this information. And please let me know ASAP if you will join us so I can save your spot. Space will be limited. 

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Plantcestral reMembrance for SWANA Healing: ONLINE Series
Nov
6
to Dec 11

Plantcestral reMembrance for SWANA Healing: ONLINE Series

(**Please note: This class is reserved to persons who have native ancestry from the SWANA [aka Middle East and N. Africa] region- mixed ancestry included. Thank you for respecting this space.)

This extended ONLINE series is for SWANA* community to engage in embodied learning about our ancestral plants and their uses as medicinal and spiritual allies. Our ancestral plants carry the DNA of our homelands, of our ancestors, and resonate this memory with the truths that live deep inside our own bodies and hearts. We will work with this relationship to access deeply held wisdom, revitalize lost bodies of knowledge, and re-establish relationship to ourselves, our ancestors, and the resilience and medicine available through being in conscious relationship with our plantcestors. Each participant will receive a package of SWANA native plant medicines to work with through the course of our class together. Experiential relationship with the plantcestors will be emphasized and facilitated through the duration of the class.

In this class we will:
* Develop fundamental tools to work with plants as medicinal and spiritual allies
* Practice and learn tools to communicate with our medicines and our internal selves
* Engage in a process of personal healing through building relationship with plantcestral allies and witnessing each other
* Learn traditional principles and ethical practice around harvesting, medicine making, and more
* Gain & generate experiential, folk, and medicinal knowledge about several plants
* Deepen relationship with our ancestors and ourselves
* Learn how to better connect to our own internal wisdom, intuition, and the cues of the natural & spiritual worlds to support our day-to-day lives and healing
* Contribute to strengthening the knowledge and practice of our SWANA plantcestral traditions
* Receive a package of SWANA plantcestral medicines to work, heal, and learn with at home
* Explore and revitalize traditional ways of healing ourselves and our communities
* Take a personal journey into the plantcestral realm with the support of a safe community

This season will be focused on deepening resilience through our shared space together and with the plants, as well as on honoring and healing relationship to not only our SWANA ancestors, but to those of the diasporic places we live in and are nourished by daily. 

 
 

MORE INFO...
- This online class is a small group and is conducted via live video conference calling, and requires LIVE ATTENDANCE and participation each class (must have access to internet/camera or audio & google hangouts to participate- can download for free). Homework will be assigned each week and participants should be prepared to spend a little time (at least 10 mins, ideally 30 mins) each day with the medicines/material in between classes.

- A package of medicines will be sent to you via mail for you to work with through the course of our class.

- The foundation of this class is based on the cultivation of your own experiential personal relationship with the plantcestral allies we will be working with. This often opens up deeper healing processes. Participants must be willing and available to this process. The group and facilitator are their to support thru each step of the way. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to ask. 

- Class will meet for 6 Mondays from November 6 - December 11. Time of the class will be determined based on the group's schedule. Answer registration form questions to include your own needs, timezone, and preferences. Please also note if days other than Monday are preferable for you, as nothing is set in stone. 

FEE EXCHANGE: $333 (includes all teachings plus medicine package mailed to your home to work with through the course.)

Fill out this application to register: https://goo.gl/forms/204UL9BFManVgPjh1
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 26, 2017 Non-refundable deposit of $168 due by this date, as well as the application above. (please reach out to me personally if you need a payment plan or an alternative arrangment)
Send registration deposit to paypal.me/riverrose (friends and family option, please).

*Minimum of 7 participants, maximum of 18. No group will be larger than 9 people each.

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Plantcestral re-Membrance: Honoring our Ancestors and the Lands we Live on
Nov
1
to Nov 29

Plantcestral re-Membrance: Honoring our Ancestors and the Lands we Live on

All over the world, fall is regarded as the season of the ancestors. Veils are thin, and the energy of the earth is deepening back into the roots and seeds where life originates from. It is my FAVORITE season, and taking cues from the natural world, it is an excellent time to deepen and nourish our OWN roots and origins as well. 

In this series, we will partner intentionally with native and ancestral plants to cultivate resilience, deepen relationship, and nourish healing for ourselves, our lineages, and the Tongva lands that nourish us daily. We will engage in an introductory practice of "Plantcestral re-Membrance", an honoring way of building relationships with our plant allies to support us as agents of memory, healing, and consciousness connecting us to the wisdom and resilience of our ancestors still alive inside of us. 

In this series, we will:
* Honor and acknowledge our ancestors and the ones whose land we are living on (we will offer an altar on our first day of class, the same week as Dia de los Muertos)
* Tend and deepen relationship with both Tongva & ancestral plants respective to our own lineage
* Learn how to be in respectful relationship with plants as medicinal and spiritual allies
* Learn how to work with plants as allies for ancestral healing and memory
* Deepen our intuition and honor the knowledge within our own bodies & relationships
* Learn and share with each other about a few medicinal plants
* Start to identify plantcestral allies to support our own resilience
* Engage these healing practices in a community of support

 
 

DATES:

This is a 3 class series which will take place in Los Angeles, CA on Wed Nov 1, 15, and 29 from 6-9pm. Participants commit to coming to every class and participating in the material in between. 


REGISTER:
$159 for full series, all materials included.
Must send an email to river.rose.layla@gmail.com plus deposit of $59 by OCTOBER 27th to secure your spot. Send payment via friend/family option to paypal.me/riverrose.
Remaining $100 due before the start of first class. 

(If you need an alternative payment plan or other arrangement, talk to me privately.)

Only 15 spaces available. 

WHO:
This class is open to respectful people of ALL ETHNICITIES. 

ALL River Rose classes are queer and trans inclusive and uplift the experiences of indigenous, femme, and POC communities and ways of knowing and being. 

ACCESSIBILITY:
Accessibility info and other space related details will be announced later. They are still in the works.

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Plantcestors for Immune Support, LEBANON
Sep
3
12:00 PM12:00

Plantcestors for Immune Support, LEBANON

The struggle is real. Trash problems, water contamination, and pollution are causing serious illness left and right- to both ourselves and our environment and homes. Increased rates of cancer, bacterial infections, auto-immune illnesses, heavy metal toxicity, allergies, and weakened immunity in general. We need to know how to protect, strengthen, and heal ourselves and our families on a day-to-day basis. Good thing is, we are literally SURROUNDED with natural anti-bacterial, immune strengthening, and even cancer preventative, healing plants and medicines.  We will work in collaboration with these abundant plant medicines to explore healing remedies that can benefit both us and our local environment. 

***

This workshop is dedicated to equipping the people residing in Lebanon with an introduction to accessible, practical information and locally available herbal and nutritional remedies for strengthening and protecting our immunity in the face of increasing toxicity in our environments. We will start building relationships with a few local plantcestors (aka. herbal medicines) that can help us with this, and we will collectively prepare a remedy to help protect ourselves and our families and loved ones through the fall and winter and year round. We will learn some of the foundational principles of working with plants as medicine and how to approach this partnership in a respectful and sustainable way. We will learn and practice a technique for getting to know the plants that surround us every day and how they can be allies to our health and well being of body and spirit alike. As we consider the toxicity being caused to our bodies, we will conduct this workshop with utmost respect and reciprocity to our local environment which is also under attack, learning to heal this relationship through our work with the plants as medicinal allies. 

DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 3, 2017, 12-3 PM

LOCATION: Batroun Area (you will be given the specific location upon registration)

REGISTRATION: If you would like to participate in this workshop, please email river.rose.layla@gmail.com to register. 

FEE: $33 USD/ 50,000 LL (nobody turned away for lack of funds, just let me know when you register if you need a scholarship or other arrangement)

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SWANA Plantcestral reMembrance: Half-day Intensive (SF BAY AREA)
Jan
28
4:30 PM16:30

SWANA Plantcestral reMembrance: Half-day Intensive (SF BAY AREA)

(**Please note: This class is reserved to persons who have native ancestry from the SWANA [aka Middle East and North Africa] region. A broader report-back is listed below and welcomes all participants of all ancestry. Thank you!)

This circle will be dedicated to sharing, experiencing, and deepening with some of the medicines cultivated through my Homeward Healing journey of the past 9 months through the SWANA region. We will work with vibrational essences of sacred sites, flower essences, plant medicines, and other sharing from my journey in an intimate circle honoring our SWANA homelands and lineages.

Must register by January 15, 2017. 
Exchange: $55-$99 sliding scale, 30% off for Elders (52+)

 

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Plantcestral reMembrance for SWANA Healing: ONLINE Series Winter-Spring 2017
Jan
24
to Apr 22

Plantcestral reMembrance for SWANA Healing: ONLINE Series Winter-Spring 2017

(**Please note: This class is reserved to persons who have native ancestry from the SWANA [aka Middle East and N. Africa] region- mixed ancestry included. Thank you for respecting this space.)

This extended ONLINE series is for SWANA* community to engage in embodied learning about our ancestral plants and their uses as medicinal and spiritual allies.  Our ancestral plants carry the DNA of our homelands, of our ancestors, and resonate this memory with the truths that live deep inside our own bodies and hearts. We will work with this relationship to access deeply held wisdom, revitalize lost bodies of knowledge, and re-establish relationship to ourselves, our ancestors, and the resilience and medicine available through being in conscious relationship with our plantcestors.  Each participant will receive a package of SWANA native plant medicines to work with through the course of our class together. Experiential relationship with the plantcestors will be emphasized and facilitated through the duration of the class.

In this class we will:
* Develop the fundamental tools to work with plants as medicinal and spiritual allies
* Practice and learn tools to communicate with our medicines
* Learn traditional principles and ethical practice around harvesting, medicine making, and more
* Gain & generate experiential, folk, and medicinal knowledge about several plants native to the SWANA region
* Deepen relationship with our ancestors and ourselves
* Learn how to better connect to our own internal wisdom, intuition, and the cues of the natural & spiritual worlds to support our day-to-day lives and healing
* Learn to make medicine
* Contribute to strengthening the knowledge and practice of our SWANA plantcestral traditions
* Receive a package of SWANA plantcestral medicines to work, heal, and learn with at home
* Explore and revitalize traditional ways of healing ourselves and our communities
* Take a personal journey into the plantcestral realm with the support of a safe community

MORE INFO...
- This online class is a small group and is conducted via live video conference calling, and requires live attendance and participation each class (must have access to internet/camera or audio & google hangouts to participate- can download for free). Homework will be assigned each week and participants should be prepared to spend a little time (at least 10 mins, ideally 30 mins) each day with the medicines/material in between classes.

- A package of medicines will be sent to you via mail for you to work with through the course of our class.

- Class will meet every other Tuesday through March and on one SATURDAY in April (special timing for this class listed below). Time of Tuesday classes will be 5:30-8pm PST/ 8:30-11pm EST:
Tues, January 24
Tues, February 7
Tues, February 21
Tues, March 7
Tues, March 21

* During this 1 month break, participants will engage in an intensive relationship building process with 1 plant. I will offer guidance and support via short video and online teachings, as well as be available for 1-on-1 support on the assignment through this time. 
Saturday, April 22, 10:30am-1:30pm PST/ 1:30pm-4:30pm EST

FEE EXCHANGE: $333 (includes all teachings plus medicine package mailed to your home to work with through the course.)

Fill out this application to register.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 3, 2017 Non-refundable deposit of $168 due by this date, as well as the application above.
Send registration deposit to cash.me/$RiverRose.

*Minimum of 7 participants needed, maximum of 9 to make this class possible.

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SWANA Ancestral Medicine Workshop
Jan
5
to Feb 1

SWANA Ancestral Medicine Workshop

This workshop is dedicated to experiencing vibrational remedies & stories/teachings of select plantcestors, ancient sites, and flower essences collected during my Homeward Healing journey through the SWANA* region (*South West Asia & N. Africa, colonially referred to as the Middle East and North Africa). It will be a medicine honoring of SWANA ancestral legacies, and an offering to my communities to share in the medicinal vibrations and wisdom of some of the sacred places & plants that I was acquainted with. *It is open to all persons of all ancestral backgrounds.*

DATES & LOCATION:

Los Angeles - Thur, Jan 5, 6:30-9:30pm
Oakland - Tues, Jan 31, 6:30-9:30pm

Exact locations will be announced upon registration.

Email river.rose.layla@gmail.com ASAP to sign up.
Space is limited to 20 people.

EXCHANGE:   $44, Elders (52+) get 50% off

15% of all profits will go to Standing Rock. 

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Homeward Healing Report-back & Storytelling
Dec
29
to Jan 29

Homeward Healing Report-back & Storytelling

Late December in San Diego, CA  (exact location & date TBA. Email river.rose.layla@gmail.com if you would like to join/get more details.)
Sunday, January 29, 6:30-9pm, Oakland, CA (exact location TBA. Check FB event page or email me to stay posted on updates.)

This will be an intimate space to share some reflections about my recent 9 month Homeward Healing journey to reconnect to the ancestral wisdom that lives in the lands of the SWANA region where my own people originate from (SWANA= South West Asia and North Africa/ a less colonial way to refer to the region typically described as the Middle East and North Africa).  It will be a spirited and organic sharing over SWANA tea, and perhaps even around a fire if we can manage that :), to tell stories and share a lil bit of the medicine that I made/gathered along the way and answer any questions and reflections that come up. 

*I will be accepting donations to help recover from some of the financial expenses of the trip and support ongoing work in this area going forward. I will also have my SWANA book and some other medicine offerings for sale. If you would like to purchase or contribute, please come prepared with cash <3.* 

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AIR: Blooming into Spring - Flower medicines to heal the consciousness & spirit
Mar
19
11:00 AM11:00

AIR: Blooming into Spring - Flower medicines to heal the consciousness & spirit

Details: 
This is part 3 of our 4 part yearly series. The 4 parts are as follows: 
1- (Fall) CENTER: Building relationships with our Plantcestors & Ancestors, and... 
EARTH: Fall transitions - Healing the nervous system, recovering from stress, anxiety, & trauma
2- (Winter) WATER: Navigating Winter’s Underworld- Easing grief & sadness
3- (Spring) AIR: Blooming into Spring - Flower medicines to heal the consciousness & spirit
4- (Summer) FIRE: Summer vitality - Following our purpose, honoring our creativity

On the weekend of the Spring Equinox, we will honor the energies of this transition by working with flower medicines! Some of my FAVORITE of all. Flower essences are powerful water based medicines which work at the vibrational level to support deep healing. Want to learn more about them? You can read here

Flowers have been used for healing and ritual all over the world for thousands of years. We will learn how to make flower essences, learn what they are used for, a bit about their history, and engage in a group healing process of community with the flower realm to make a healing essence together and understand how to connect with its medicine. This day-long intensive will be in an outdoor park working with the energies and plants of the Chumash and Tongva lands we live on. Entering the magic of the flower realm together is always a very beautiful experience. You will all take home the flower essence(s) we make together. 

Location: 
A natural outdoor area in Los Angeles (exact address TBA at registration)

Registration: 
Email river.rose.layla@gmail.com to register & complete payment before
March 2. 

Exchange: 
Before Feb 24 - $111
After Feb 24 - $135
As a package with the WATER workshop by Feb 24 - $150/ $185 after the 20th. (WATER workshop link)
(All medicine making materials included.)

* This is a QT/QTPOC/POC affirmative space.*

ACCESSIBILITY INFO:
* Location is still to be determined, and it will be in an outdoor area in L.A. and will likely involve some light hiking.
* Some of the plant medicines we are working with may have strong scents including the smudging aromatic plants at the begining of our class.
* If you have a disability and require a specific accomodation in order to participate, please feel free to reach out to me personally and we can work together to make it possible for you best I can!

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WATER: Healing Drought, Easing Grief & Sadness
Mar
17
6:30 PM18:30

WATER: Healing Drought, Easing Grief & Sadness

If you are a Facebook user, feel free to "join" our event page so you can receive more regular updates about this class. 

Details: This is part 2 of our 4 part yearly series. The 4 parts are as follows: 
1- (Fall) CENTER: Building relationships with our Plantcestors & Ancestors, and... 
EARTH: Fall transitions - Healing the nervous system, recovering from stress, anxiety, & trauma
2- (Winter) WATER: Navigating Winter’s Underworld- Easing grief & sadness
3- (Spring) AIR: Blooming into Spring - Flower medicines to heal the consciousness & spirit
4- (Summer) FIRE: Summer vitality - Following our purpose, honoring our creativity

This workshop will explore plantcestral medicines and the element Water as allies to support us in moving through grief, sadness, and other related emotional states. Whether it is loss of loved ones, loss of homeland, or loss of a part of ourself that we are shedding as we make a major change in our lives, grief is a universal aspect of our human experience. These letting go's are sacred transitions that we will explore with the help of our plantcestors and the element Water. We will also be exploring the spiritual and energetic conditions of drought that affect us inside-out, and work with medicines that can help us flow with greater harmony to address it, also related to the themes above. Water is an element that teaches us about reflection, emotions, purification, nourishment, and dreams and we will build with plantcestors that can support us in some of these areas. We will make medicine together to take home.

**This workshop flows perfectly into the AIR workshop focused on flower essences (described in detail below), which are water based medicines that we use to heal our consciousness and spirits. Participants have the option to take these classes as a package or individually.**

Location: 
Los Angeles area (exact address TBA at registration)

Registration: 
Email river.rose.layla@gmail.com to register & complete payment before Mar 2. We need a minimum of 5 participants and a max of 15 to do this workshop. 

Exchange: 
Before Feb 24 - $55
After Feb 24 - $65
As a package with the AIR workshop by Feb 24 - $150/ $185 after the 20th. (AIR workshop link)
(All medicine making materials included) 

* This is a QT/QTPOC/POC affirmative space.*

ACCESSIBILITY INFO:
* Location is still to be determined. Will confirm if it is wheelchair accessible as soon as more details are known.
* Some of the plant medicines we are working with may have strong scents including the potential use of essential oils in our medicine making portion, as well as smudging aromatic plants at the begining of our class.
* If you have a disability and require a specific accomodation in order to participate, please feel free to reach out to me personally and we can work together to make it possible for you best I can!

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Ancestral Herbal Medicine Intensive Workshop, in Chiapas, Mexico
Feb
12
to Feb 21

Ancestral Herbal Medicine Intensive Workshop, in Chiapas, Mexico

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River Rose Apothecary is greatly honored to be working in collaboration with Nichim Otanil to share & uplift the indigenous medicine knowledge and land vision of Dona Lucia Perez Santiz!

Come join us in a unique opportunity to learn directly from Maya-Tzeltal traditional herbalist & curandera Doña Lucía Pérez Sántiz in the highlands of Chiapas, México. 

In this week-long herbal intensive workshop we will explore:
- Herbalism & holistic health from a Mayan cosmological tradition
-Ancestral healing & traditional practices for individual healing & self care
-A unique materia medica of plants used in Mexican curanderisimo along with many other common plants to heal the body, emotions & spirit
-Taught in Spanish with an English translator, inclusive to all who want to learn

This trip is designed for all people who want to deepen their healing practices, whether they are ancestral, alternative and or mainstream practices with a holistic perspective. The main purpose is to provide support, healing, restoration to the body, mind and spirit while offering the opportunity to enhance skills in the healing arts and wellness work focusing on the ancient healing techniques.

THE TEACHER:
Doña Lucía Pérez Sántiz comes from a long lineage of traditional healers in Chiapas. She began her herbal training as a young girl, with her great-grandfather who lived to be 120 years old. She has treated many people in her community & has over 30 years of teaching experience. In March of 2015 the herbal school and healing center Nichim Otanil was inaugurated as a way to bring Dona Lucia’s healing wisdom into the community with greater accessibility and autonomy. Nichim Otanil translates to “flower of the heart” from her native language Tzeltal, and conveys Dona Lucia’s philosophy and belief that all healing starts with a flowering of love from the heart. We are very proud to extend her wisdom to the international and bi-cultural community via this unique bilingual course. 

THE VISION!
Your participation in this course will support Dona Lucia’s larger vision to eventually gain access to land in order to cultivate medicine for her community the way her great grandfather did, thus supporting indigenous wisdom to stay connected to ancestral lands. Indigenous access to land is a very necessary component for the radical preservation of ancestral wisdom in the unfortunate context of gentrification and land disposition of indigenous peoples. Your support & participation will ensure that this ancient knowledge may continue to be passed on to future generations and serve her local community. 


APPLICATION & REGISTRATION:
To apply, fill out this application form, and send an email to nichimotanil@gmail.com to confirm when you have completed it.

Once you have been accepted to the course, we will arrange PayPal course payments according to the following registration deadlines:

Standard Course Fee:

* $950 paid in full by February 1, 2015  

A $400 non-refundable deposit paid by January 6, 2016 will secure your enrollment and will go towards your course payment.

Early-Bird Specials:

**$825 if paid in full by December 22, 2015**

**$875 if paid in full by January 6, 2016**

Admission to the course is on a first come first serve basis for those who have paid their deposit. The course will be held with a minimum of 5 students and is limited to a maximum of 15 students.

* Course fees do not include travel or accommodations. *


TRAVEL:
If you think you are interested in participating in this course, we highly encourage that you start to look for airfare as soon as possible for best deals. Frequent flier miles are also an excellent option if you have access to them.

The nearest airport is in Tuxtla de Gutiérrez, which is about an hour from San Cristóbal de las Casas and airport shuttles leave frequently from the airport to San Cristobal. 

You may also choose to fly into Mexico City, and take a bus to San Cristóbal, just keep in mind that it is about a 14 hour bus ride, and first class or tourist class bus tickets cost almost as much as a plane to Tuxtla. 

ACCOMMODATIONS:
There are many hostels, hotels and bed and breakfasts in San Cristóbal to choose from that range in prices. Participants will be responsible to arrange their own accommodations. We will send a list of recommended places upon registration to get you started, but there are countless other options beyond our list as San Cristóbal is a popular destination for Mexican and international tourism. That being said, it will be a good idea to reserve a place in advance. The school Nichim Otanil is centrally located at the intersection of Calle Diego Dugelay & Calle Francisco Leon, which is a block from the main foot-traffic walkway Andador Real de Guadalupe. We will have a mid-day breaks each day where you will have time to explore San Cristóbal by foot or taxi. 

San Cristóbal de las Casas is a lovely mountainous town with a very rich local indigenous history, and is a popular destination for many people who visit from all over the world. In the winter, which is the dry season in Chiapas, days can be quite sunny, while nights are cold & chilly due to the elevation (6, 500” above sea level). So be sure to pack with layers & warm cloths to bundle up with at night. You will also find beautiful wool handmade textiles & garments in the local markets if you choose to support local artisans for some of those layers.

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Building Relationships with our Plantcestors: Foundations class
Feb
2
6:30 PM18:30

Building Relationships with our Plantcestors: Foundations class

*If you are a FB user, feel free to "join" the event page to get frequent updates about the status of this class.

This course explores how to work with plants as medicine. We focus on the importance of *building relationship* with the plantcestral world as (aspiring) herbalists, and cover foundational traditional principles as well as helpful techniques and approaches to kindle and deepen our exploration of the plantcestral world. We will do a couple of plant meditations as well as explore the ethics of sustainability while relating to our plants, particularly in their natural environments which are increasingly threatened by climate change, development, and pollution. You will walk away with some helpful tools, techniques, and guidelines to develop deeper relationships with plants as medicinal allies, to understand the communication of the natural and spiritual worlds, as well as practical ways to respect and walk in greater harmony with the natural world. You will also get to know a couple lovely plants along the way ;). 

*PLEASE NOTE: If you have not already taken a River Rose series, this class is a REQUIRED pre-requisite for the WATER class, and for all seasons of classes in the yearly elemental series. It will be offered quarterly. 

Location: Los Angeles, CA (exact address TBA at registration)   

Registration: Email river.rose.layla@gmail.com to register & pay by Jan 20.

Tuition: $40

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SWANA Plantcestral reMembrance: Exploring Plantcestors of our Cosmologies, Folklore, and "Magic"
Jan
11
to Feb 8

SWANA Plantcestral reMembrance: Exploring Plantcestors of our Cosmologies, Folklore, and "Magic"

If you are a Facebook user, feel free to "join" our event page for frequent updates about this workshop. 

*Please note: this class is a SWANA* community space. We ask that non-SWANA allies support by sharing it with SWANA friends and by donating to our scholarship fund if you feel called to! (*SWANA is a less Euro-centric term to identify the region commonly known as the Middle East and North Africa and its native people.*
 

DESCRIPTION:
This season, we will explore a handful of plants that are significant in our ancestor's cosmologies, folklore, and "magical" practice. Our ancestral plants carry the memory and wisdom of our ancestral homeland, resonating with the deepest essence of our own bodies and spirits. This series will be a journey to reconnect with our SWANA ancestral plants through experiential learning & collective sharing. It will offer a structure with guided activities and knowledge about how to deepen relationship with plants as medicine, a journey of relationship building with a small group of SWANA medicinal plants which carry significance in our ancestors cosmologies, folklore, and "magical" practice, hands on work with the plants on your own in between our meetings, shared knowledge about the medicinal values, some basic medicine making techniques, group plant meditations, dreaming with plants, and a group exploration of the relevant cosmological stories and folkloric oral wisdom associated with the plants we are exploring. Each participant will receive a package of plants to work with from home. 

Your participation in engaging the plantcestors and the stories together in class and in between meetings is truly what will make this circle most profound, so please come ready to be present and pro-active in co-creating this space. It is not normal "school" :) talking, feeling, sharing, will be as important as listening.

LOCATION:
ONLINE class (SWANA* only, please). We will be meeting via conference on Google+. 

*Your live attendance is required and expected for each class.* Classes will not be recorded. There is also homework that will require you to spend at least 5 minutes per day (the more time the better) with each plant we are working with and other suggested activities.

* SWANA is a less Euro-centric term to identify the region commonly known as the Middle East and North Africa and its native people. 

DATES & TIMES:

We will meet on 4 Monday evenings from Jan-Feb
from 5:20-8:20 PM PST/ 8:20-11:20 PM EST
Jan 11
Jan 18 (note that there is a 2 week break between these 2 classes only)
Feb 1
Feb 8

REGISTRATION:
Must register & complete payment by Mon, Dec 28. 

Fill out this application to register for this class: http://goo.gl/forms/IFmFUuncK7

Once your application is accepted, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to complete payment. All these steps must be complete before Dec 28 in order to participate. Please apply as early as possible to ensure this can happen smoothly. 

*There are only 9 spaces for this class, and a 5 person minimum to ensure it can happen.

TUITION:
$195 - $222 sliding scale** ($36-$43/live class + $50 for herbal package and shipping) {read below re: scholarship. please contact me directly for more info.}

**A note on sliding scale: I do this to make it as accessible as possible to as much community as possible. However, please consider that in order for me to dedicate myself to this work, I rely on community support. If you are able to pay the top of the sliding scale without creating a hardship in your day-to-day life, please do so. This will allow me to create possibility for those in our community who cannot afford the bottom of the sliding scale, making it a richer experience for us all. 

For each 3 people who sign up within the sliding-scale rate, I will be offering a greatly reduced scholarship fee to 1 community member who needs assistance financially to participate. This will allow for 3 scholarship positions in a full class, thanks to your help!

WANNA SUPPORT US?
- Share with your SWANA communities, networks and friends!
- Donate to our scholarship fund! Send donations via PayPal to river.rose.layla@gmail.com with a note saying "SWANA love scholarship fund" ♥.

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Plantcestral Allies for Self-Healing, (FALL series)
Oct
18
to Dec 6

Plantcestral Allies for Self-Healing, (FALL series)

  • Mid-city, Los Angeles, CA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Part 1 of a 4 part year long series- (FALL)

Starting at the CENTER: Building relationships with our Plantcestors & Ancestors

     - Sunday, Oct 18, 3-6 pm
     - Sunday, Nov 1, 3-7 pm (Day of the Dead *special class with potluck after*)

EARTH: Fall transitions - Healing the nervous system, recovering from stress, anxiety, & trauma

     - Sunday, Nov 22, 3-6 pm
     - Sunday, Dec 6, 3-6 pm
 

Parts 2-4 of this series are as follows… Details, registration, and dates will be announced for each season separately:

Part 2- WATER: Navigating Winter’s Underworld- Easing grief & sadness

Part 3- AIR: Blooming into Spring - Flower medicines to heal the consciousness & spirit

Part 4- FIRE: Summer vitality - Following our purpose, honoring our creativity


WHAT:
This is Part 1 of a year long series that shares foundational tools and earth-based knowledge to facilitate relationship building with the abundant medicine of the natural and plantcestral* worlds. These relationships are the key to cultivating self-healing and self-development that is resonant, authentic, and foundational to deep healing. We will work with plantcestors as medicine to address specific themes with a natural affinity to each element and season, and will also explore the healing capacity of the elements themselves in helping us address these particular themes of healing. Through embodied experience with plants, medicine making, the elements, our bodies, and an exploration other relevant traditional healing methodologies, we will empower and re-member our own personal ways of communicating and relating to the natural, spiritual, and plantcestral realms for our own healing. We will learn from each other as we learn about ourselves, with the masterful help of our sacred allies and their particular lessons and teachings for each of us respectively, as well as through each other’s reflections and shared wisdom.

In Part 1 of this series, we will:

  • learn the foundations of building relationship with plants as medicine for the body and spirit
  • develop personal relationships with plants that allow us to deepen and rekindle kinship to our own ancestors and their healing support
  • take personal journeys with plantcestral allies that can facilitate our profound healing
  • learn about plant medicines utilized to address anxiety, stress, and trauma and how to prepare them
  • explore the sacred and healing qualities of the earth element and how to understand it for our healing
  • develop understanding of how the spiritual and natural world communicates with us personally
  • make medicine together to take home for personal use
  • learn in the context of a safe community in a sacred space with social justice values

WHO:
This class is open to anyone who would like to participate. This original series was designed in response to the traumas and healing needs expressed by the Arab community in a time of strife. It is taught through a lens that especially attunes to the needs, challenges, and histories of communities of color. I STRONGLY encourage and welcome QTPOC, WOC, and POC to come to this class and reclaim connection to our self-determined and traditional earth-based ways of healing. This class was truly designed with this intention in mind. 

PAYMENT & REGISTRATION:

$200, including all materials & herbs ($50/class) 

To register, email river.rose.layla@gmail.com with a $100 deposit by Oct. 6th (payment arranged over email). Remainder of all fees due by Oct 18th, unless arranged otherwise.

Early bird special $185 if you register and pay in full by October 6th.


WHERE:
This series will take place in Mid-city, Los Angeles, CA. Specific address will be shared upon registration. 

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Plantcestral reMembrance for SWANA Healing *extended ONLINE series*
Oct
8
to Dec 3

Plantcestral reMembrance for SWANA Healing *extended ONLINE series*

This 5 class ONLINE series is for SWANA* community to engage in embodied learning about our ancestral plants and their uses as medicinal and spiritual allies.  Our ancestral plants carry the DNA of our homelands, of our ancestors, and resonate this memory with the truths that live deep inside our own bodies and hearts. We will work with this relationship to access deeply held wisdom, revitalize lost bodies of knowledge, and re-establish relationship to ourselves, our ancestors, and the resilience and medicine available through being in conscious relationship with the natural and spiritual worlds.  Each participant will receive a package of SWANA native plant medicines to work with through the course of our class.

To all the diasporic folk who wished to be in our Bay Area class a few months ago, THIS ONLINE SERIES WAS CREATED FOR YOU!

 WHAT:

In this class we will:

* Develop the fundamental tools to work with plants as medicinal and spiritual allies

* Gain & generate knowledge about medicinal plants native to the SWANA region

* Deepen relationship with our ancestors

* Connect to our own internal wisdom, intuition, and the cues of the natural world to support our day-to-day lives and healing

* Connect to and honor our ancestral lands (even from the diaspora!)

* Receive a package of SWANA plantcestral medicines to work, heal, and learn with at home

* Explore and revitalize traditional ways of healing ourselves and our communities

* Take a personal journey into the plantcestral and ancestral realms with the support of a safe community

WHO:

**Please note- this class is for people with *native ancestry* from the SWANA (aka. Middle East and North Africa) region only.** Other classes dedicated to similar themes are offered by River Rose throughout the year to broader audiences. Thank you for respecting this space.

WHEN:

Every other Thursday for the Fall season. Times will be determined based on the group’s needs and time zones (fill out the registration to apply).

Days of meeting:

October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19, December 3

These are NOT pre-recorded classes. Please plan to be present via video conference call on Google video for all of the sessions. The class will accommodate a maximum of 13 people.

We will also have a private email list/forum in which we will correspond, support one another, and share in between classes in order to deepen our education through these 10 weeks, and Layla will be available for personal support throughout.
  
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT:

$333 Total + Cost of Shipping
(TBD based on your location):

$225 for 5 classes ($45/ 3hr class)+
$108 for SWANA plantcestral medicine package

Register by filling out this brief application form and emailing it back to river.rose.layla@gmail.com with a $158 deposit (plus shipping cost TBD at registration) by Sept. 28th. This is the LAST day possible for me to send your herbal package to you in time for you to participate in the class. Instructions for payment will be exchanged via email upon receipt of your registration form. Remainder of fees ($175) must be paid by Oct 20th unless otherwise arranged. *If you are outside the US or Canada, please register before Sept 20 to ensure the package arrives to you on time.*

* An early bird special of $300 + Shipping if you register and pay in full by Sept 21st. *

Please speak to me directly for alternative payment arrangements if necessary, at river.rose.layla@gmail.com.


*Please note: The value of this class + herbs easily exceeds $400. It is being offered as a discounted community price in the hopes that it can be more accessible to those who would like to participate. If funds are still an issue, please talk to me directly and I will do my BEST to work something out with you!*

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Building Immunity from the Inside-Out
Sep
26
2:00 PM14:00

Building Immunity from the Inside-Out

HELLO L.A.! This is my first L.A. class offering! Lets welcome the Fall by making medicine and gaining knowledge about our immune system and the plantcestral allies that can help us to stay healthy as the Fall weather starts getting cooler.  What is our immunity anyways, and how can we keep it healthy from the inside-out? Our immunity is the system in our body that protects and defends us so that we can stay healthy and balanced. Lets explore more deeply what this means together!  

WHAT:
In this class, we will:
* Learn about and get to know several medicinal plants that help strengthen our immunity
* Make tasty medicine to take home with us so we can stay healthy through the Fall and Winter seasons
* Gain an immune health recipe to share with community for basic well-being
* Explore immunity at both the physical and energetic/spiritual levels
* Learn how to do a plant meditation
* Gain hands on knowledge on how to work with plantcestors as medicinal allies for body and spirit
* HAVE FUN learning plantcestral medicine in an educational group setting! 

WHEN & WHERE: 
Saturday, September 26th
2:00-4:30pm
Eagle Rock, Los Angeles CA.
Exact location to be announced upon registration.
 

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT:
$40 - Pre-registration, before Sept. 20th
$50 - Registration after Sept. 20th

Email river.rose.layla@gmail.com to register.

*Space is limited. Sign up soon!*

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Women's Free Healing Clinic: Womb Wellness & Maternal Health
Jun
6
10:00 AM10:00

Women's Free Healing Clinic: Womb Wellness & Maternal Health

River Rose Apothecary is honored to be able to serve once again at this free women's healing clinic with a powerful and resonant mission and a strong group of sister's providing services to better the community. Come through and refer this to others who need healing support, especially if they don't typically have the means to access it. The theme of this particular clinic is womb and maternal health. 

River Rose is strongly aligned with the mission of The Healing Clinic Collective. Their goals and intentions are as follows:

The Healing Clinic Collective came together with a very intentional mission: The bring Healing to the People. As healers and social justice organizers, our goals and intentions are formed with a sacred and political framework:

  • To walk our missions and to share our gifts and medicines with others in reciprocity towards Great Spirit
  • To provide loving traditional healing sessions to people from especially traumatized populations in the Bay Area within a framework that is both sacred and political, specifically for persons who are:

– Domestic violence survivors
– Sexual assault survivors
– Persons in recovery/rehabilitation
– Previously incarcerated
– Overworked and under-cared for
– Low-income
– Undocumented

  • To build relationships between persons in need of natural healing (spiritual, mental or physical) and practitioners in the Bay Area
  • To encourage the resurgence of ancestral ways of healing and health care; to re-establish reverence, respect and legitimacy of non-industrial forms of healing and health care
  • To provide a safe space for queer and two-spirit people to receive healing care
  • To serve as a model for sacred, Earth-based, ancestral services to be offered to people in need without a capitalist/for-profit end
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Plantcestral re-Membering for SWANA Healing
Jun
4
12:00 PM12:00

Plantcestral re-Membering for SWANA Healing

Plantcestral re-Membering for SWANA Healing; 
Love is in the (home)Land <3

This class is a very special opportunity for the SWANA community to gather together to learn, heal, and deepen relationship with our SWANA plantcestors and *ourselves*. We will work specifically with medicinal plants from the SWANA ancestral region through this class. We do this work towards healing, reconnecting, and restoring the wisdom of our homelands and ourselves. The plantcestors carry the DNA of our homelands, of our ancestors, and resonate this memory with that of our own bodies and hearts. We will work with this relationship to access deeply held wisdom and reflections that can bring greater connection and well-being to our lives and communities, re-establishing relationship to the medicine of the natural world and its profound healing ability, and to the unique healing energy of our ancestral homelands and the memory and power they carry to help us live life in greater balance, purpose, and ultimately, with greater justice. 

In this class we will:
* Learn how to work with plants as medicinal allies
* Start building relationships with some of our ancestral plants
* Deepen relationship with our ancestors & traditions
* Connect to and honor our ancestral lands from the diaspora
* Explore and revitalize traditional ways of healing ourselves and our communities
* Make medicine to take home with us
* Learn how to connect to our own internal wisdom, intuition, and the cues of the natural world to support our day-to-day lives

WHO: 
Please note that this class is for people with *native ancestry* from the SWANA (aka. Middle East and North Africa) region only. Other classes with similar themes are offered for broader communities regularly. Stay tuned on the River Rose website for more details. 

WHEN & WHERE: 
Thursday, June 4, 2015
12 - 3:30pm, Oakland, CA (address given upon registration)

FEE:
Before May 25th - $45-$90 sliding scale, (all materials included)
After May 25th- $63-$99 sliding scale, (all materials included) 
Pre-registration is required- email river.rose.layla@gmail.com to register and offer payment.

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Sacred Medicine Garden
May
31
1:00 PM13:00

Sacred Medicine Garden

This class is a collaboration between Atabey's Rising Tides (ART) and River Rose Apothecary, dedicated to cultivating practical medicine tending skills while connecting more deeply with la tierra, la agua and the plantcestors. It will be both a spiritual and practical journey for creating & connecting with your own medicine garden!

Some activities will include:
* Building relationships with plants and nature in a sacred/mindful way
* Learning about selected medicinal plants
* Doing plant meditations
* Water and soil meditations
* Deepening our relationship with the elements

You will take home practical tools including:
* Hands on experience planting medicinal herbs
* Everything you need to know about soil in order to have happy thriving plants
* Sustainable ways to have a garden during drought
* Seeds we plant together that you get to take home
* What to plant, where to plant it, & how to harvest the medicine you grow

Where:

At a residential garden in Oakland’s Fruitvale Area. Specific address will be given to participants upon registration. 

Fee:

Early bird special - $75 by May 14th, 
$95 after May 14th

To Register:

Email raheni13@gamil.com

Teachers:

RaheNi González I'naru of Atabey’s Rising Tides (ART)

RaheNi is a CA Master Gardener, Two-Spirit Cura & Meditation Teacher who lives off the grid in the forest of Mendocino County. 

Layla Kristy Feghali of River Rose Apothecary

Layla is a Plantcestral Matchmaker (aka. Herbalist) and Founder of نجمع جذورنا - reGather our Ancestors Program, dedicated to re-membering and reclaiming the original medicine practices of the SWANA region, and healing our relationship to our ancestors and their indigenous/earth-based wisdom from our respective lineages around the globe.

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Healing the Feminine: Honoring Our Dreams and Intuition, Reclaiming our Medicine as Women- SWANA Women's Sacred Healing Circle
May
18
to Sep 15

Healing the Feminine: Honoring Our Dreams and Intuition, Reclaiming our Medicine as Women- SWANA Women's Sacred Healing Circle

This is an ongoing circle. For general background, open this event and read the info below.

Next Circle: Dream circle, Monday, May 18, 5:30-7:30 pm.

For more details about the specific theme and location of each month's meeting, please contact river.rose.layla@gmail.com and request to be on our private group mailing list or join our private facebook group to stay posted.  


WHO:  Women identified folks who have SWANA ancestral roots (mixed folks are welcome, masculine of center and trans* women are welcome). 

** SWANA means South West Asia and North Africa, a less colonial term to describe the region known as the "Middle East and North Africa". If you are a woman who has native ancestry from this region, this circle is specifically for you.**

COST:  To respect the ceremonial nature of this circle, it is offered by donation. Reciprocity of any and all heart-felt kinds is customary and encouraged in our culture and in all ceremonial spaces to maintain balance of energies and sustain the offerings made to keep it healthy and present. Contribution of materials, medicine, space, heart-felt gifts, help setting up and cleaning up, and other preparations are also always welcome. Please consider making donations in multiples of 9, a number which honors the ancestors. 

WHAT: This is a ceremonial circle dedicated to the healing of the feminine in the SWANA community.  We started it officially with a sacred fire ceremony on October 23, 2014 and a dream incubation to close the evening with. Self-healing is an ongoing process which greatly benefits from community support.  Without engaging in a level of our own healing, connecting consciously to the wisdom and medicine of our ancestors and our own intuition becomes clouded, difficult, and stagnated. The work of ancestral re-membrance is intimately tied into the work of our own healing and healing the more intuitive and indigenous ways of knowing that are often associated with the "feminine" side of our own human nature.  This healing circle will run monthly in alignment with the New and/or Full moon, and is dedicated to healing feminine ways of knowing. The full moon sessions will be dedicated to an evening ceremonial circle around the fire, supported by the elemental spirits, the moon, and the transformative nature of the fire to support us as we share our truths and prayers with one another. The New moon sessions will be an afternoon session dedicated to working with our dreams for healing.  Dreams and the wisdom of the night and moon times are associated throughout the world with feminine forms of knowledge and the mysteries of the sacred feminine. In this circle, we will collectively explore and honor the wisdom offered thru this realm (including waking dreams & visions), learning about and reclaiming attention to our own inherent wisdom, as well as the messages of our ancestors.  There will be opportunities to share and receive reflection on both personal dreams, as well as to participate in group incubations (calling upon dreams collectively- teachings on how to do this will be offered) towards addressing specific questions, healing needs, and concerns as identified by the group. Regional dream rituals and medicines will be explored and utilized, including those wisdom passed on by the grandmothers, mothers and elders of those present in the group. There will be opportunities to utilize plants, stones, creative expression, and other medicines to support the dreaming processes. 

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Herbal Allies Spring 2015 @ Ancestral Apothecary
Mar
10
to May 24

Herbal Allies Spring 2015 @ Ancestral Apothecary

*I am a co-teacher for this class which will be hosted by Ancestral Apothecary*

Date: 9 Tuesday nights starting March 10; plus two weekends.

Time: 7:00-9:30 pm
Location: 3798 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

This class will focus on building our relationship with our herbal allies. Each class will focus in-depth on one or more herbal medicines and we will learn how they work both physically and energetically . We will learn recipes and other ways to incorporate the plants into our lives.

This class is an immersion into the world of healing with medicinal plants. We’ll build relationships with our herbal allies and learn how to work and heal with them both physically and energetically. We’ll cover herbal material medica, medicine making, and have several field trips. 

Dates: March 10, March 14-15 (weekend), March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12 and May 23-24 (camping trip)

Teachers: Atava Garcia Swiecicki, Layla K. Feghali and Elizabeth Migliorelli

This class is geared towards beginner to intermediate level herbalists, but advanced level practitioners are welcomed!

Cost: $850; $820 if paid in full by 1/2015

To Register: $100 deposit required to reserve space. Contact info: school@ancestralapothecary.com / ancestralapothecaryassistant@gmail.com or call 510-541-2715.

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SPECIAL EVENT! Listening Circle & Fire Ceremony with the Sacred Staff of Unity & Arapaho Elder, Clan Mother Rachelle Figueroa of Morning Star Foundation
Mar
7
to Mar 8

SPECIAL EVENT! Listening Circle & Fire Ceremony with the Sacred Staff of Unity & Arapaho Elder, Clan Mother Rachelle Figueroa of Morning Star Foundation

River Rose is so honored to host dedicated Elder, Clan Mother Rachelle Figueroa, and the Sacred Staff of Unity for a special fundraising event to support the critical work of Morning Star Foundation (MSF), an indigenous Inter-Tribal organization dedicated to the preservation of Native/Indigenous people and their Traditions, Elders, and Ceremonies. We acknowledge the profound blessing of learning from and receiving the wisdom and/or medicine of Native/Indigenous and traditional elders who have made dedicated efforts to sustain and uphold ancient knowledge despite many threats throughout the course of history across the globe.  This fundraiser gives us a practical opportunity to give back to some of our living elders and support the ongoing efforts to preserve and uphold indigenous peoples and their knowledge globally and especially across Turtle Island. 

A picture of Morning Star Foundation's international GrandMothers council. 

Join us for a workshop including a Listening Circle and Fire Ceremony with teachings and traditional song offered by Clan Mother Rachelle Figueroa, to raise funds towards the ongoing work of Morning Star Foundation.  Do not miss this special opportunity to receive healing & pray with the Sacred Staff and support the necessary preservation of knowledge from traditional Elders on this very rare visit to the SF Bay Area!  I have been blessed myself to sit with this Sacred Staff on several occasions now and can testify for the powerful healing of her presence.  The Staff has been carried only by women since leaving El Salvador, and has been traveling around the globe to provide healing far and wide, and receive prayers from people from many corners of the Earth so far.  Learn more about Morning Star Foundation, and learn more about the Sacred Staff in our events listed below!

Clan Mother Rachelle is welcoming you to come with an open heart and an open mind! <3

Dates & Locations:  

PLEASE RSVP to river.rose.layla@gmail.com. Space is limited and we would like a headcount to make sure we can accommodate everyone. 

*Saturday, March 7, 2015, 6:30-9pm, 
Ohlone Herbal Center,
1250 Addison St #113, 
Berkeley CA, 94702
Listening & prayer circle with the Sacred Staff.

* Sunday, March 8, 2015, 12-4pm, (specific address at a private residence- TBA upon registration only)
Listening circle, Fire ceremony with Sacred Staff for personal and community healing, traditional song offerings & teachings from Unci Rachelle, and a group potluck. Please bring a dish to share with the group.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY FOR SUNDAY's EVENT.


Suggested Donation:

Saturday: 
$20-$50 pre-payment suggested donation

$30-$60 at-the-door suggested donation

$15 for all elders and students (with ID)

** It would be greatly helpful to us if you pre-register for these events. Email river.rose.layla@gmail.com in order to do so, and you will receive instructions about online donations. THANK YOU!**

Sunday:
$30-$90 pre-payment, suggested donation
$40- $100 day-of payment, suggested donation 

** This is a fundraiser. ALL proceeds go directly to Morning Star Foundation & supporting the knowledge, lands, and livelihoods of traditional indigenous/native elders, their sacred sites & ceremonies, and the preservation of our Earth. This donation is NOT for the ceremony and teachings. Your generosity is appreciated & encouraged to support this important work.** 

** Nobody turned away for lack of funds.**


Bio:

Clan Mother Rachelle Figueroa (Oyate Wi Ca Yu Wita Winyan/She Who Gathers the People) is a Clan Mother of the Choctaw-Muskogee-Yamassee Nation, with Arapaho and Tarascan lineage. She is a Traditional Practitioner and the Founder and Executive Director of The Morning Star Foundation, based in Los Angeles, California. For 13 years, Morning Star has been committed to bring greater awareness about the Native/Indigenous Cultures, Traditions and Teachings of the world. Their primary service is to support and protect Traditional Elders, Women & Youth, Sacred Ceremony, Sacred Sites and Mother Earth. MSF has brought together a Native/Indigenous, International GrandMother & GrandFather Council, who share their Sacred Teachings and Ceremonies for greater Unity & Peace around the world. Presently, Clan Mother Rachelle is carrier of the Sacred Staff of Unity, which comes from the Maya Elders Council of El Salvador. The Sacred Staff has been traveling around the world since 2009, to bring healing and peace to everyone that meets it. 

Morning Star Foundation Website:  www.TheMorningStarFoundation.org

If you cannot attend these events but would still like to support the work of Morning Star Foundation, please visit their website to stay tuned to their work and offer online donations directly. 

** Much gratitude to the amazing Bay Area based organization, Circle of Ancestors for supporting us with this event, and to the Ohlone Herbal Center, Marie Morohoshi and Nsomeka Gomes for so generously hosting us <3. **

 

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NOURISH - Queer Care
Nov
23
1:00 PM13:00

NOURISH - Queer Care

  • Liberating Ourselves Locally (LOL)- (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

River Rose is honored to be offering our NEW formulas for sale at this community healing event. Queer community are invited to come out and receive healing support from dedicated Bay Area practitioners! Consultations will also be offered by many amazing folks. For more information, see the Facebook event page. See you there!

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Men's Free Healing Clinic
Nov
22
10:00 AM10:00

Men's Free Healing Clinic

Brothers, come out and nourish yourselves, receive healing support and get your life well. Many qualified practitioners offering services for free. 

I am honored to be offering herbal medicine services to support and uplift the healing of my brother's in an otherwise primarily male identified practitioner group. Male identified folks taking up their healing is part of what will support our liberation from patriarchy and the oppression of women and all the Earth. Whether at the Women's Healing Clinics, or the Men's, this amazing collective is an honor to collaborate on community healing with. For more details, see their website. 

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Plant Allies for Self-Healing, Parts 2-4
Nov
21
to Feb 21

Plant Allies for Self-Healing, Parts 2-4

WHAT: Each part of this series will have a different focus and work with a different element towards healing specific issues. It would be best (but is not required) to attend all parts of the series, especially the first one since it will lay a strong foundation for how to work with plants as medicine. Participants will make and take home some form of plant medicine in each session. Special prices offered for taking the whole series. General themes for each session will be as follows: 

Part 1- WIND: Building relationships with Plantcestors & Ancestors for healing (foundations in working with plants as medicine)
Part 2- EARTH: Fall transitions- Healing the nervous system, recovering from stress, anxiety, and trauma
Part 3- WATER: Navigating Winter's underworld- Easing grief & sadness
Part 4- FIRE: Blooming into Spring- Following our Purpose, Honoring Creation Energy

WHERE: Oakland, CA. Specific addresses to be announced. 

DATES:
Part 1- November 1, 2014- 10am-1pm
Part 2- December 6, 12-3 pm
Part 3- January 10, 2:30-5:30 pm
Part 4- February 21, 12:30-3:30 pm

FOR WHO: This series was originally motivated by a calling to address the experiences of the SWANA (aka. Middle East and North African, including Arab) communities in moving through times of heightened violence and crisis. Hence, SWANA community members and other communities who have been effected by colonial and systemic forms of violence, loss, and grief are especially encouraged to join this healing space (POC, I'm speaking to you). From Ferguson, to Syria, Gaza, and East Oakland, many of us can use a little extra support these days. PART 1 WILL BE OPEN TO ALL. PARTS 2-4 WILL BE OPEN TO PEOPLE OF COLOR ONLY. 

COST: If you pre-register for the whole series, you get a special price of $100 -$150 total (sliding scale). Pay $50 in first class, and remainder before the end of the second class, or pay all upfront. 

Single class pre-registration fee- Sliding scale, $35-$55, all materials included.

Single class drop-in fee- Sliding scale, $45-$65, all materials included. 

REGISTER: Contact river.rose.layla@gmail.com, or 510.866.5668 to register. Space is limited.

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Plant Allies for Self-Healing Series, Part 1: Building Relationships with Plantcestors and Ancestors (foundations of working with plants as medicine)
Nov
1
1:00 PM13:00

Plant Allies for Self-Healing Series, Part 1: Building Relationships with Plantcestors and Ancestors (foundations of working with plants as medicine)

WHAT: Each part of this series will have a different focus and work with a different element towards healing specific issues. It would be best (but is not required) to attend all parts of the series, especially the first one since it will lay a strong foundation for how to work with plants as medicine. Participants will make and take home some form of plant medicine in each session.  Special prices offered for taking the whole series. General themes for each session will be as follows:  

Part 1- WIND: Building relationships with Plantcestors & Ancestors for healing (foundations in working with plants as medicine)
Part 2- EARTH: Fall transitions- Healing the nervous system, recovering from stress, anxiety, and trauma
Part 3- WATER: Navigating Winter's underworld- Easing grief & sadness
Part 4- FIRE: Blooming into Spring- Following our purpose, honoring our creativity
 
WHERE: Oakland, CA. Specific addresses to be announced. 

DATES:
Part 1- November 1, 2014- 10am-1pm
Part 2- December 6, 12-2:30pm
Part 3- January 10, 2:30-5pm
Part 4- February 28, 12-2:30pm

FOR WHO: This series was originally motivated by a calling to address the experiences of the SWANA (aka. Middle East and North African, including Arab) communities in moving through times of heightened violence and crisis. Hence, SWANA community members and other communities who have been effected by colonial and systemic forms of violence, loss, and grief are especially encouraged to join this healing space (POC, I'm speaking to you). From Ferguson, to Syria, Gaza, and East Oakland, many of us can use a little extra support these days.  PART 1 WILL BE OPEN TO ALL. PARTS 2-4 WILL BE OPEN TO PEOPLE OF COLOR ONLY. 

COST: If you pre-register for the whole series, you get a special price of $100 -$150 total (sliding scale). Pay $50 in first class, and remainder before the end of the second class, or pay all upfront. 
For drop in- Sliding scale, $32-$53, all materials included.

REGISTER: Contact river.rose.layla@gmail.com, or 510.866.5668 to register. Space is limited. 


PART 1: BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH PLANCESTORS AND ANCESTORS FOR HEALING (foundations in working with plants as medicine)

WHEN:  Saturday, November 1, 10am-1pm

DESCRIPTION: This class will focus on the fundamentals of working with plants as medicine, grounded in a traditional perspective and the importance of building relationships. We will discuss the elements, plants, and practices that can support us in connecting with plants as medicine, and connecting with our Ancestors and their wisdom for healing to support our journeys. In honor of Dia de los Muertos and rituals honoring and regarding the ancestors all around the globe at this time of year, we too will be connecting with our ancestors (including the PLANTS!) as a focus in this workshop. 

For this session, I ask for each participant to prepare ahead of time by identifying 1 plant that was used natively in the land of your ancestors, or that you remember being used by your own family when you were growing up or per the stories of your parents and elders. If you need help, contact me and I will be more than glad to support you! Bring at least 1oz of this dry plant to class with you. Recommended herb stores to buy from in the Bay Area include Homestead Apothecary (north Oakland), Scarlet Sage (Mission district, SF), Five Flavors (North Oakland), or you can order online at www.MountainRoseHerbs.com, just make sure to factor in time for mailing. If you cannot do this project on time, don't worry, I will have something for you, but it would be most meaningful if you are able to participate in this way. Please also reflect on a story to share about any memories and relationships you recall to plants, tea, cooking spices, etc that you recall from your childhood or your culture. 

If you feel called to, please bring one small offering of a food or drink your ancestors liked for the altar, and a picture or item that reminds you of your ancestors. 


**Parts 2, 3, & 4 will be elaborated in a separate event pages as the time approaches.

 

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