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Contact me at:

Christine Dennis 

53793 McQuiggan Line

RR#1Port Burwell

ON, Canada

N0J 1T0

PH# -519.874.4532

christinedennismsc@gmail.com

www.christinedennis.ca

 

Thursday June 22, 2017 12:19 PM
 


 
 

 

WORKSHOPS, PROGRAMS, RETREATS, STUDENT CLINIC, HERB WALKS AND SEMINARS

To register call: 519-874-4532 or email : christinedennismsc@gmail.com

 

Alchemical Power Couples Retreat Weekend

This retreat is for couples that are already deeply committed to each other and are interested in building on their cohesion. This is not a counseling weekend. The depths of our hearts are infinite! So there is ALWAYS deeper to go in any relationship. So we will explore going deeper into the heart of our own relationships.

And NO, this is not about having to talk about and share our emotions with anyone or even each other !! It is about having a nice nourishing weekend away with your partner.

There will be herbs, drumming, guided visualization meditations, “manly” fun :-), beer and BBQ nights, and more! It is not meant to be a hokey weekend. It is about relaxing and having fun with each other!! All participation is optional, yet highly encouraged. If at any time you and your partner wish to sit out and go for a break or walk instead, you are safe to do so. And you are invited to interact with other couples as much or as little as you wish, as this is your weekend!

We just suggest that that each couple consider coming with open hearts and open minds, or at least consider doing so at some point during the weekend, and dare to be more open and vulnerable with each other. And you do not need to worry about being vulnerable with the group. As with everything, safety comes first!! So we can discuss what makes a safe space so that we can trust other selves and our partners to go deeper. This is meant to be a fun weekend, and not work!

What does the “Alchemical” part mean?
Alchemy is the ancient practice of transformation, that is, turning “lead into gold”. Now of course this is not about turning actual lead into gold, rather it can be understood as turning something that is lack-luster like lead, into something that is sparkly and shines like gold!  So perhaps adding some shine and sparkle to an already comfortable relationship! Isn’t it fun when we can add a bit more sparkle or shine to our relationship? We can do this by together going deeper into our hearts and the heart of the relationship.
        
What does the “Power” part mean?
Here we are referring to synergy!! Synergy is the creation of something new and whole. It is the result of an interaction between two or more things, and when combined, produce a greater effect than would be normally expected. It is 1+1=3!!  
And the power of the interaction, the synergy, is often unexpected and unpredictable! So what happens when we open to and invite synergy into our relationships?   What "new" can be created in our relationships and therefore our lives?

For more information Alchemical Power Couple Retreat!

July 21st – 23rd, 2017

The investment in your relationship for the weekend is $550/couple plus tax, and includes Saturday evening entertainment, and all snacks and all meals (Friday evening dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch.)

Accommodation is optional, yet encouraged, and would be an additional cost – choices vary from $30 - $160 per couple

Christine or her husband Sean at christinedennismsc@gmail.com or seandgrantham@gmail.com

 

SUMMER SOLSTICE HERBAL RETREAT WEEKEND - JUNE 2017 LIMITED REGISTRATION!!

2017 SUMMER SOLSTICE HERBAL RETREAT WEEKEND
June 23, 24 and 25th 2017
At OTTER RIVER FARMS

Topics and speakers!

Herb Lore: Meta Narratives of Plant Spirits– With Stephen Hotchkiss

From Achilles and Demeter to Tulsi and Lakshmi we will embark on a cross-cultural ethnobotanical survey of plant-centric folklore through history to discover and examine the poetic ties that foster and sustain deep pyschospiritual connections to the plant realm. 

Home Care for Cancer Patients - With John Redden
More and more the treatment of serious conditions are really dependent upon the home care program.  Patients with cancer may show up at hospitals for chemo therapy or radiation and when the treatment is over all they get is the next appointment date.  The ravages of therapy are to be bourn with stoic acceptance. Not anymore. We now know that diet, supplements, herbs and a few therapies can truly determine the quality of life and even quantity.  For cancer patients, proper diets can be the most important element in the entire program.  In this course we will be introduced to cutting edge understanding of the nature of cancer and how we can at home treat this scourge with confidence and courage. 

Herbal Energetics – With Christine Dennis

Energetics is the study of subtle energies. Both mystics and physicists tell us that everything in both the manifest and unmanifest world is energy. The study of energetics then is used to help us describe the activities and configuration of this energy, or also commonly referred to as life force, and has been considered as being the universal language. Herbal energetics then is when we apply this study to the plant world, which is the "green tongue" of this universal language. So it makes sense then that it is through our tongue is one way the plants speak their green tongue language to us. Together we will explore herbal energetics, and see what their green tongue has to say to us..

Herb Walk – With John Redden, Christine Dennis and any others who wish to contribute and share their plant wisdom!

Summer Solstice Gathering by the Fire

Gaia Theory to Gaia Consciousness– With John Redden
In this session we will explore the history and philosophy of the Gaia Movement of the 20th century. We will examine the pursuit of science trying to quantify Gaia phenomena and theologians describing relationships as defined by the Gaian presence. Lastly we will integrate the information into an understanding that can become a part of our living reality.  Short contemplative exercises will accompany the talk so the participant can realize and actualize their new understanding.

The Alchemy of Fermenting – With Carmen Lynde
The tradition of fermenting foods is worldwide. We’ll discuss traditional recipes of Europe, Tibet,
Japan and the Amazon and how fermenting foods improves the quality of the nutrients in our
food for healthy digestion. There will be recipes and taste testing!

Lawn Yoga - With Laura Vazquez

Location:
At Otter River Farms/Christine Dennis’ family farm in southern Ontario near Port Burwell.

Time:
Friday evening 7 till 9 pm; Saturday 9 till 5pm, plus evening bonfire; Sunday 9 till 5 pm

Cost:
The cost for the entire weekend is $290 and includes taxes and all organic meals (both vegetarian and non vegetarian options; gluten and dairy free options) – Friday evening snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch and supper & Sunday breakfast and lunch; Beverages (herbal and black tea, coffee, fruit juice and water) and nibbles will also be provided. Fees paid at the time of registration please. Limited registration.

Accommodation:

Onsite Accommodations for the weekend (Friday night and Saturday night)
All accommodation is first come first serve, so call and book early (many options are already gone)!!! All onsite accommodation has access to Guesthouse bathrooms (2). There is an outdoor “loo” onsite too.

  • Pitch a tent or camper-trailer - $10/person for the weekend
  • Onsite Bunkie #1 (1 twin and 1 double bed; with electricity) - $30 for the weekend
  • Onsite Bunkie #2 (2 twin beds; with electricity) - $30 for the weekend
  • Guesthouse bedroom – $40 for the weekend

Other Otter River Farm Accommodations on the Property (www.otterriverfarms.ca) that is within walking/hiking distance to the Guesthouse where the weekend is being held:

  • “Rustic cabin” in the forest - pull out bed and a sofa couch; (15 min walk) - $75/night
  • Train station cabin -double bed; (3 min walk) - $75/night
  • “Beaver Lodge Cabin” forest -1 double and two single beds; (20 min walk) - $100/night
  • Straw bale cabin -king size bed in loaf, pull out bed down stairs; (5 min walk) - $100/night
  • Private wilderness campsites – with kybo, water and firewood; (10 min walk) - $30/night

Offsite Accommodation:

  • 7 min drive to Port Burwell  - camping at Port Burwell Provincial Park – 519- 874-4691 or bed and breakfast – Grey Gables – 519-874-4644
  • Tillsonburg is a 25 min drive away and has a few motels, inns or hotels - http://www.discovertillsonburg.ca/index.php/visit/accommodations.html

To Register - contact me for registration form and payment to:

Christine Dennis
53793 McQuiggan Line, RR # 1 Port Burwell, Ontario  N0J 1T0
PH - 519.874.4532
christinedennismsc@gmail.com 
For Directions: see "Maps" page on this website


For information on the property and accommodations and photos: www.otterriverfarms.ca


REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE FOOD IS JUNE 14th!!!

Plant Magick and Miracles – Herbal Alchemy Part 2 - NEW

In Part 1 of the Herbal Alchemy, we looked at ways to clear our mind and body returning us back to our original nature. In Part 2 we will take what we learned in Part 1 and more deeply explore the magick in God’s creation. We will look at ways that we can bring that magick in our lives to help us manifest, thus make magick, and bring miracles in our lives.

Notes provided each week. Part 1 is a prerequisite for Part 2

8 evenings, 2 ½ hours each evening
Cost: $240  
Date and location: to be determined

 

PLANT CONSCIOUSNESS & HERBAL FIELD EXPERIENCE Program for 2017 - CLOSED! Limited space.

Time: One weekend per month from May to October - Saturdays 10 am to 5pm & Sundays 9am to 4 pm.

2017 Dates: May 20 & 21st, June 10 & 11h, July 8 & 9, Aug 19 & 20th, Sept 9 & 10, Oct 14 &15th!

Cost: $600 paid in full by May 1st (a deposit of $100 is required to hold your place)

Accommodation: on site free camping (meals and camping gear are not provided)

Program Description: 1 weekend per month intensive for 6 months; learning outcomes will focus on the practical side of herbal medicine. Topics discussed include wild crafting and harvesting herbs, edible wilds, herbal medicine preparations, organoleptic pharmacology, plant identification, personal plant projects, plant consciousness/spirit medicine, group studies, and more!

 Although it is a field experience, the course will not only help one to learn about, as well as develop relationships on various levels with the plants in and around their garden and in the wild, but it is also about the real herbal medicine and that is herbs as a vehicle for a personal healing journey inward. It is an exercise of learning to fully trust ones self. It is a beautiful and transformative process with like minded people.

 

AS YOU WISH Courses/talks!! Course and classes that are Not Currently Scheduled -

Do you have a small group of people interested in a particular course or a completely diffferent herbal or health topic? Let me know. We can organize a private group talk for you and your friends.

"Autoimmunity and Systemic Inflammation: Looking at root causes, the stages, how to turn down inflammation as well as prevent it. We will look at using diet, supplements, lifestyle aspects and herbs as our tools to do so.”

February 2nd, 9th and 16th 2017 - 6:30pm -8:30pm

Location: Jaydancin in Lambeth

$100

Notes provided each week.

ALCHEMY AND HERBS - Part 1

Come and explore the secrets of this ancient study of transmutation. For centuries alchemy has been studied by many great scientists and leaders in their time, such as Paracelsus, Avicenna, Goethe, Newton, St Thomas Aquinas and Jung. Why so much interest? The Magnum opus - Greater Works as well as the Lesser Works, referred to as Plant Alchemy will be studied.

Length: Six evening classes 2 1/2 hrs long - Notes provided each week.

Cost: $200

MATERIA MEDICA Courses

Materia medica I - in depth plant study and discussions of the most important herbs everyone should know -

An old herbalist once said, "Learn 30 herbs, and learn them well, and you will be able to treat most of what crosses your path." The finer details and specific characteristics of the herbs will be discussed. For example, it will help you to choose from a list of nervines - do you know when you need chamomile and when you turn to lavender?

Start date: not currently scheduled

Cost - $240 and includes monographs for each herb discussed

Materia medica II - a continued in depth plant study and discussions of 30 more herbs everyone should know -

Details and specific characteristics of 30 more herbs will be discussed.

Cost - $240 and includes monographs for each herb discussed

Location and Date: to be determined

 

Seminar series: BE YOUR OWN HERBALIST -

How To Be Your Own Herbalist -

10 three hour sessions - 3 hours,1 day per week

Includes introductory materia medica, herbal and tissue energetics, therapeutics, important patho/physiology, organoleptic pharmacology, essential nutrition and more.

Notes provided each week.

Cost $350

 

Part II - How To Be Your Family's Herbalist

8 three hour evening sessions

Includes intermediate material medical, herbal and tissue/system energetics, therapeutics, patho/physiology, organoleptic pharmacology, case studies, and more.

Cost $240

Notes provided each week.

 

MEDICINE MAKING CLASSES

Herbal Medicine Making Workshop - Part 1

In this one day workshop we will learn how to use dried herbs to make a variety of herbal medicines, including tinctures, decoctions, infusions, infused oils and more. Notes provided

Date : not currently scheduled

Time: 10am to 4pm - bring a paper bag lunch with you

Cost: $100 - pre-registration only

Herbal Medicine Making Workshop - Part 2

In this one day workshop we will learn how to use fresh herbs to make a variety of herbal medicines, including tinctures, infused oils, creams, salves and more. Notes provided

Location: my place

Time: 10am to 4pm - bring a paper bag lunch with you

Cost: $100 - pre-registration only

 

SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK - 2 to 4pm

Wondering what do do for Mother's Day with your Mum and/or family? Bring Mum out to see the glorious spring ephemerals as they beckon the sun and call back the sunny warm weather to stay!! Flower identification, medicinal properties and edible properties will be discussed as well as points of interest regarding these lovely flowers. Bring a camera and or sketch pad to document this lovely time of year or just come with an open heart so they may permanently imprint themselves into your heart and soul!!! Best to confirm day of due to weather, etc.

Cost: 15/person; children are free...!! - pre-registration only

 

TREE MEDICINES OF THE CAROLINIAN FORESTS -

In this workshop we will actually head out into the woods to learn how to identify trees and study them in all their splendor!! The medicinal and edible wonders of the precious trees will be discussed along with touching on some of the history and folklore reminding us of the importance of these forests. Bring a picnic lunch, hiking boots, dressed for the elements!

Time: 10am to 4 PM - bring a paper bag lunch

Location: my place

Cost: $80 - pre-registration only

 

A CULINARY CELEBRATION OF WEEDS

Does all good fresh home grown vegetables really have to come with lots of labor, sweat and tears? What if we did not have to buy the seeds, plant them, water them, hoe them and all the babying that our vegetables gardens require? With edible locally abundant weeds, we get the delicious and nutritious without the sweat and tears. Learn to identify our locally abundant edible weeds and how to incorporate them into your daily meals.

Time: 10am to 1pm - includes a weedy green salad lunch!

Location: my place

Cost: $50 - pre-registration only

INFECTIOUS DISEASES Workshop

This informative one day workshop will cover what herbs and foods one should keep on hand in the event of an infectious disease outbreak in your home. Prevention strategies, herbal therapies, as well as learning the lost art of the extremely effective mustard plasters, poultices, steam inhalations, etc. will be demonstrated.

Date - not currently scheduled

Cost $80 - pre-registration only

 

 

HERB AND TREE WALKS

OR contact Christine to organize a herb walk for your group.

 

HERBAL STUDENT CLINIC TRAINING - on-going

For students of herbal medicine that are requiring clinical hours for professional membership to a herbalist association. Physical examinations, herbal dispensing, case history taking, interviewing skills and supervised patient intakes are covered. Cost: $10 per hour.

 

 

HERBAL APPRENTICE - Part-time Position - NOT CURRENTLY TAKING NEW APPLICATIONS

I am looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person with a strong interest in nature and plants.

A successful applicant will:
· be an easy going and friendly person;
· have a strong desire to learn about herbal medicine;
· enjoy working in the elements;
· · be committed and reliable for 1 day per week;
· have own transportation; and be physically able to work in herb gardens.

Learning will include, but not limited to::
· organic gardening;
· herbal material medical;
· herbal therapeutics;
· in-depth plant identification; and herbal medicine making.

This is a work exchange position.

Please send a resume, references and cover letter explaining why you are the person for this position to christinedennismsc@gmail.com. Personal interviews will be arranged with selected applicants only.

 

MATTHEW WOOD HERBAL SEMINAR WEEKEND!!!!

Date Friday June 20th to Sunday June 22nd, 2014

SCHEDULE

Friday evening 7 till 9 pm

The Wisdom of Nature
Nature is alive and communicates with us.  And the more we understand and accumulate this, the more we possess the Wisdom of Nature.  Communication requires a language and we need to learn the speech of the birds and flowers in order to have detailed communication with them.  Each person’s communication will be unique but the vocabulary of the Living Nature overlaps so that we can learn to speak with each other as well as Nature.  This art was once called the Green Tongue (Langua Vert).  This language teaches us to be in: Communication with reality, both natural and spiritual, Right relationship with Nature and the Earth, Right livelihood, Right living space, Right personal relationships, Communicate with the Spirit, and able to Heal ourselves.

Saturday 9 till 5 pm
Forgotten Energetics of Western Herbalism: The Six Tissue States
It is often said that Western herbalism “lacks a system of energetics,” but this is not true.  In addition to the old Greek system (hot, cold, damp, dry, tense, relaxed), built into nineteenth and early twentieth century herbalism is the use of tissue states (excitation, depression, atrophy, stagnation, tension, relaxation).  These tissue states are based on a physiological model revolving around the behavior of muscle (excitation, contraction, relaxation) that is still a recognized feature of neuroscience, but which reflect back to the Greek sources.  Our major categories of herbal actions are suited to tissue states: excitation/sedative, refrigerant • depression/stimulant, aromatic, antiseptic • atrophy/mucilage, emollient, nutritive tonic • stagnation/alterative, laxative • tension/relaxant, antispasmodic • relaxation/astringent.  These categories in turn correspond to tastes and thus to all the major traditions of herbal “energetics” in the world.  

Saturday evening - Summer Solstice Gathering by the Fire

  Sunday 9 till 5 pm

Shamanic Herbalism: Animal and Plant Medicines
The interweaving of plants and animals in the Living Nature, a feature of the shamanic standpoint, helps us to understand the deepest properties of medicine plants.  This teaching is an expansion on the “doctrine of signatures” (the plant looks like the disease, organ).  When the plant looks like or is used by an animal it is a “spirit signature,” the deeper expression of this relationship between the archetypal, spiritual world and outward Nature.  Time permitting we will discuss bear, wolf, turtle, deer or elk, and rabbit medicines.

Location:
At Otter River Farms/Christine Dennis’ family farm in southern Ontario near Port Burwell.

Time:
Friday evening 7 till 9 pm; Saturday 9 till 5pm, plus evening bonfire; Sunday 9 till 5 pm


Cost:
The cost for the entire weekend is $290 and includes taxes and all organic meals (both vegetarian and non vegetarian options; gluten and dairy free options) – Friday evening snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch and supper & Sunday breakfast and lunch; Beverages (herbal and black tea, coffee, fruit juice and water) and nibbles will also be provided. Fees paid at the time of registration please. Limited registration.

Accommodation:
Onsite camping - tent or trailer- $10/person

To Register - contact me for registration form and payment to:

Christine Dennis
53793 McQuiggan Line, RR # 1 Port Burwell, Ontario  N0J 1T0
PH - 519.874.4532
christinedennismsc@gmail.com 
For Directions: see "Maps" page on this website


For information on the property and accommodations and photos: www.otterriverfarms.ca


REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE FOOD IS JUNE 6th!!!

 

 

 

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