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Meet Your Retreat Hosts

We are so happy that you will be joining us in the beautiful sacred land and red rock forests surrounding Sedona Sacred Rocks Retreat Center. We look forward to hosting you and having a wonderful retreat. In the meantime, feel free to dive into learning more about us and what what our offerings are all about. We look forward to creating sacred space with you in community and supporting your healing and herbal journey into working with herbs and reconnecting to yourself and nature's wisdom. 

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'Ohana Green Witches

Christina, Karen, & Caroline Gipple

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Sacred Plant Medicine Tea Meditation

Guests will learn to connect with plant energies for healing through a sacred tea meditation. Relax and connect as we work with the energies of the plants herbal medicine properties through an herbal tea preparation. As we discuss sacred plant medicine, we'll taste and welcome its healing properties. We will meditate on the ontology of connecting to plant energies, taking note of what arises during short tea sessions. Attendees will be asked to share their experiences after each tea meditation with the group as time allows, and then a brief overview of each of the plant’s energies, benefits, uses, and preparations will be discussed. Come to experience the wisdom of our plant allies with an open heart and mind.

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Medicine Making- Shrub Workshop

Join in the fun and let’s experience what it really means to work and connect with our plant allies. Let us dive into the playful aspects of our childhood creativity and culinary imagination as we mix, create, concoct, and brew up our delicious plant potions of herbal vinegar shrubs in this 2-hour hands on interactive workshop. Attendees can expect to learn what an herbal shrub is, its history, how it can be used, its medicinal benefits, and its endless various options of preparation type. The second half of the workshop will provide instruction and demonstration on how to make a shrub using folk method preparations and then each attendee will be able to participate in making their very own herbal shrub to take home and enjoy. Supplies and various ingredients will be provided. 

Value:

  • Learn how to make this herbal remedy using folk method practices that can easily be used and done at home.

  • Learn the medicinal uses, dosages, history, and benefits of this herbal remedy.

  • Basic herbalist practices/tips of harvesting and sustainable ethics and processes.

Nature Wisdom Walk and Nature Immersion Meditation

 

Guests will be taken on a nature wisdom walk that leads to a meditation spot chosen by host to connect with nature using all their senses except sight. This is a voluntary activity, and all participants will be taken on a blind folded journey carefully guided with the assistance of our facilitators to a meditation spot where we will do a nature immersion meditation to listen to the sounds of the forest, smells, and energies of the earth. This activity may vary due to event retreat space and location. 

Value:

  • Guests will be rewarded with the insight of how they connect to their own inner wisdom.

  • Experience a meditation that will build the reconnection and trust within themselves and how to realign with the rhythms of nature and our connection to our senses and world around us.

  • Trust and self-wisdom awareness activity

  • Spiritual empowerment

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Neurosomatic flow class
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NeuroSomatic Flow Workshop

 

NeuroSomatic Flow is a somatic transformational holistic practice that combines flow art dance, yoga and breathwork to rewire and repattern the neural pathways in the brain. Using poi props this practice provides real time neural feedback to assist in transformations to release trauma, grief, or loss, reduce stress, uplift mood, and bring joy, manifestation, and play into your life. Think playful brain training exercises, to learn more visit www.thegreenwitchallc.com/neurosomaticflow

Guests should come prepared to move their bodies. There will be a short intro presentation explaining the medicine and benefits behind NeuroSomatic Flow and what it is. Then there will be a demonstration of the basic practice and then attendees will be able to try this practice for themselves.

 

Value:

  • Learn how to use this holistic practice at home to assist with reducing stress and anxiety.

  • Easy to implement with 5 mins or less to rewire and repattern the neural pathways to release limiting belief systems, old habits, or trauma of any kind.

Let Herbal Foods Be Thy Medicine

Enjoy Delicious Food as Medicine meals from Wren during your stay.

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Mertails Elixirs & The NOHM Co.

Wren Lizabeth

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Jillian ‘Wren’ Ashley is an entrepreneur, bioregional chef and community herbalist with holistic knowledge in guiding conscious consumer experiences and stewardship of dynamic professional spaces. She practices food as medicine, thriving most when she is immersed in deep ecology. Wren has traveled to many biodiverse regions throughout the Americas for sometime studying wild food, native plants and traditional methods of medicine making, mixology & culinary arts. Feeding herself from a cultural and traditional lens keeps her passions ignited asshe deeply enjoys learning about the past and innovating with respect to bring these practices into modern day life with ease and accessibility. Wren truly believes that food is medicine andthat our relationship with food can be creative and free from harsh chemical preservatives, single use packaging, mass production and factory farming.

Wren has forged loyal and long term relationships locally with farmers, herbalists, healers, chefs, wildcrafters and mycologists to ensure her sourcing is clean and nutrient rich, free of chemicals and inhumane practices. On the plate folks can expect wild and wonderous aromas embedded in flavors and stories that come alive with every bite! Seasonal shifts in the local region keep her menu rotating with a variety of flora and fauna. She also operates in a zero waste mindset, meaning that she is mindful of consumption and waste in the kitchen, creating systems to divert 80% out of the landfill by buying in bulk to reduce plastic packaging, sourcing food and herbs from the wild, buying local to reduce emissions, choosing reusable serving ware over single use when sensible and up-cycling what is considered food waste into herbal broths, nutrient dense sauces and compost to enhance meal plans. Her mindful feeding options and medicine making always take into account food sensitivities & contraindications, omitting the use of over processed sweeteners and genetically modified foods.

Wren founded The NOHM Co. in 2015 realizing there was a deep intrinsic need in her community for more meaningful connection, conscious consumption and accessibility for self care. The NOHM Collective has consistently curated local supper clubs, virtual and in person herbal education and most notably operates an alcohol free bar experience nationwide at festivals as well as locally in Western NC. You can visit Asheville’s first non alcoholic bar in West Asheville established in 2018, which Wren curated with The NOHM & Asheville Dispensary. The NOHM Co. launched a sister company in 2020 called The Mertails | Elixirs as Mixers. These elixirs are non alcoholic beverage concentrates that are botanically infused and available for wholesale and retail purchase nationwide.

You can find out more about The NOHM Collective & The Mertails at www.themertails.com and sip on a Mertail at select venues in the Greater Asheville area.


Follow us on Instagram at: @thenohm | @the_mertails | @herban_urbalist

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Herbal Mixology 101

 

Wren will be explaining the basic fundamentals to making herbal drinks and mixology practices that you can begin implementing into your life as medicine. She will also be demonstrating how she makes delicious herbal mocktails and serving these up for our guests to try.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine Kitchen Demo Workshop

 

Wren will also be teaching and doing a kitchen demo workshop during the retreat on " Let Food Be Thy Medicine." Talking about and explaining how to incorporate different foods into your diet as medicine in your life and the benefits it can bring to your health. 

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UnWind, Reconnect, & ReWild Yourself

Relax and Connect to the energies of the plants, nature, yourself, and the ancestors of these sacred lands and horses at Sedona's Sacred Rocks in the Coconino National Forest.

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Group Horse Divination

 

Receive guidance, healing and inner Divine connection with the horse of your choice. Has been proven to be very powerful in healing all types of relationships on many levels: mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Meaghan and her facilitators also use Pranic Healing to help cleanse out any blocked energy in your system. Learn more here.

Fire Purification Ceremony

 

Experience the the deeply purifying element of fire with this sacred fire ceremony. Fire Purification ceremony is typically done after dark the evening of your choosing. We will be cleansing out old negative energies and emotions from each chakra: removing stress, grief, anger, resentment, fear and all the negative energies in your energy bodies that cause pain on the emotional, mental and even physical levels.

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Sedona Sacred Rocks

Meaghan McCue

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Source of Wellness 

Michelle Cermak

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Yoga Nidra Sound

 

Join us for an incredible experience of deep relaxation and rejuvenation. Our event, YOGA NIDRA WITH SACRED SOUNDS, combines the power of yoga nidra with the healing vibrations of sacred sounds.

During this in-person event, you'll be guided into a state of complete relaxation through the practice of yoga nidra, also known as yogic sleep. Let go of stress, tension, and worries as you immerse yourself in a state of profound calmness.

The sacred sounds, including soothing music, mantras, and healing vibrations, will enhance your experience, allowing you to dive even deeper into a state of tranquility and inner peace.

Whether you're new to yoga nidra or a seasoned practitioner, this event is open to all levels. Come as you are, wearing comfortable clothes, and bring your own yoga mat and any props you may need for maximum comfort.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to nourish your mind, body, and soul as we embark on a journey of deep relaxation and inner exploration.

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