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The Scarlet Sage Herb Co.: Meditation with Plants of the Sonoran/Chihuahuan Desert
December 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Plants are our ancestors and as wise, benevolent beings they teach us how to heal.
In an urban environment we are most likely to have access to the
physical medicine plants hold: remedies to heal acute conditions as
well as the chronic symptoms of stress, emotional pain, unhealthy
stay productive so plant medicine is often used as a crutch to keep
the body / mind going and viewed as another resource to be extracted.
Flower medicine offers healing on the emotional/spiritual/psychic
level and works to address issues at their roots, while working with
the plants in this way is an opportunity to build relationships of
reciprocity, asking- what do you need? what do you want from me?
Working with flower essences allows us to sit with a plant’s energy
when we don’t have the time / space / resources to seek out and sit
next to the plants themselves… and to be healed thru developing
honest relationships to them and our selves.
The space offered here is to sit, be embodied and explore one’s inner world guided thru the lens of a plant’s particular wisdom. These meditations attune an individual to their own rhythms and allow them to see how the plants want to work with and heal us. We will be working with plant species from the northern Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of so-called Southern Arizona. In my experience the medicine of these deserts is profound and taps into ancestral sources of strength / support to offer perspective through a realistic lens that cuts through fears of abundance / scarcity to heal wounds and dysfunctional patterns at their core.
The format for these explorations will be silent meditation with a
flower essence followed by time to journal about one’s experience,
then space to share within the group container. We will see
similarities and differences in people’s journeys that will help us to
understand how the plant works with different circumstances and
constitutional types. No previous meditation or herbal experience is
necessary though if time and interest allow there will be some
discussion about the physical medicine or natural history of certain
plants. Additionally we will discuss techniques for dropping into a
meditative space and for communicating with the plant.. so don’t be
Bring yourself and a willingness to be open and explore. Wear comfortable clothes. ***Please bring pen and a journal /
About the teacher:
Ruta Lauleva Aiono is a birth worker living in Oakland, CA. Her whole life she has healed for others by taking on their energies and
transforming them in her body- the desert showed her how to protect
herself and the Bay Area is calling upon her to use this knowledge or perish. Over the course of the last 8 years she has had the privilege of studying with many herbalists and healers does her best to share what she has learned with others and apply the lessons to her own life.
She spent 3 years living with Mimi Kamp who introduced her to
flower essences and continues to be a mentor. She has been a doula for 5 years and currently works with Roots of Labor Birth Collective and spent almost 3 years in a midwifery apprenticeship working with families along the border of Sonora, Mx.
She is passionate about reproductive justice, autonomy thru knowing our food and medicine, and believes in the possibility of liberation in this lifetime. She is grateful to her ancestors and to the earth for guiding and protecting her always.
About the workshop:
• Date: December 12, 6.30-8.30pm
• Location: The Scarlet Sage Herb Co, 1193 Valencia St, San Francisco
• Cost: $22
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Meditation with Plants of the Sonoran/Chihuahuan Desert – December 12, 6.30-8.30pm