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LEARN Coffee Cup Divination & SWANA Medicinal plants: Love is in the Homeland
Mar
8
to Jul 1

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

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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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Plantcestral re-Memberance for SWANA Healing
Jan
14
to Mar 18

Plantcestral re-Memberance for SWANA Healing

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ONLINE 5-class series | January 14 - March 18, exact time TBD| $333

(**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.)

Good folks, many of you have been requesting and asking for another one of these series to come up. I haven’t offered one for a year and I’m not sure when I will again, so join us for this chance while it is here!

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, cosmologies, and ways of knowing
* 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.

- 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 here to support thru each step of the way. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to ask. 

Class will meet for 5 sessions from mid-January - mid-March. Exact time and dates of the class will be determined based on the group's schedule. Answer registration form questions to include your own needs, timezone, and preferences so that we can determine this ASAP please.

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/rGKFQtYN7U95HJvy1
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The application form is a confirmation of your intention to participate in the class and MUST be submitted by December 27, 2018 with an email to me informing me of your intent to register. Since it is holiday season, I am extending the paid non-refundable deposit of $111 to January 6. But PLEASE NOTE that submitting the application form and being accepted is a COMMITMENT to following through with complete payment and participation in the class. Space is limited and I am not able to give any refunds (please reach out to me personally if you need a payment plan or an alternative arrangement).
Send registration deposit to paypal.me/riverrose (friends and family option, please).

Help us find each other: PLEASE SHARE with SWANA friends and community who would enjoy or benefit from such a circle.

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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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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 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 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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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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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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