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Circle of Life Health & Wellness Coaching with Lorrie Formella

January 18, 900-400


Fee: $139 Includes tools, online Guidebook and lunch.

If you could change or improve anything in your life..what would that be?

You are invited to experience a gentle, fun, highly effective process for making and sustaining the changes YOU truly want in your life! The Circle of Life Process empowers you to set positive life and health direction, and then reach those goals. Start the New Year right!

Has the river of your life been moving so fast that you’re just surviving instead of Thriving?

Do you feel “on purpose” with your life? Or are you feeling overwhelmed, confused and not on your right path?

 Is there an area of life where you are stuck and want to breakthrough into greater joy and fulfillment?

 Are you in dire need of more Self-Care?

The Circle of Life Process empowers you to set positive life and health direction, and then reach those goals. This process is ideal for those who experience high stress at home or work. It also helps people facing life transitions in health, family care giving, relationships or career. 

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Circle of Life Health and Wellness Coaching Includes:

Tune into your Inner Guidance Process
Celebrate your victories of 2018
Access 12 Areas of Your Life
Plant the Seeds of Your Intentions for 2019
Find new creative solutions to life challenges
Experience the Support & Wisdom of others
Create Self-Care action steps for WELL-BEING
Plus Rejuvenating Mind Body Practices

About the Instructor
Lorrie Ann Formella, owner of Seasons of Life Empowerment, is committed to life- long learning and the sharing of practices that empower people to enhance their health and wellness. During her 35 years’ experience in organizational and staff development and project management, Lorrie has helped organizations and people improve performance, deliver results and become connected with services that both met their needs and enrich their lives. She applies these skills to her current role of teacher, practice leader, coach and mentor.

A cancer survivor since 2012, Lorrie attributes her quality of life to an integrated treatment approach that includes Tai Chi and Qigong and many other self-care methods learned while navigating through multiple challenges during the “seasons of life.” She is committed to planting seeds by providing education and practice opportunities that enable people to take charge of their health and wellness.

Lorrie holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Psychology. She is a Tai Chi EasyTM Senior Trainer, a member of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) faculty. Lorrie is also a 200-hour Certified Integral Tai Chi and Qigong teacher, having studied under the guidance of Dr. Roger Jahnke (IIQTC).

 Lorrie is also a certified Spring Forest Qigong Practice Leader, a healing qigong developed by Master Chunyi Lin and certified in the Funadamentals of Rehabilitative Tai Chi and Qigong from the Institute of Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi.

 She also holds a Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Certificate, Reiki Certificate (Level 1 & 2), Level 1 Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy.

She continuously learns and practices a variety of energy healing approaches that enable individuals to connect with their own healing capability. See more about Lorrie here. 

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Mediumship with Mavis Pittilla

Mavis Pittilla, UK Medium

July 5-7, 2019


 We are thrilled to be hosting UK Medium, Mavis Pittilla, at this 3-day Mediumship workshop. Mark your calendars! With over 50-years experience in the field of Mediumship, Mavis is a pioneer and one of the most sought out teachers in the world.

More details to follow! If you want to be put on the list without knowing the full details yet, please email Amy as space is limited and sure to sell-out! 

The Herbal Apprentice with Gigi Stafne

June 29-30, 2019

The Herbal Apprentice:  Self-Care to Community Care

2-day Certificate Level Immersion Course


Course Description:

An inspiring foundations certificate level botanical medicine course!


Desire to be more self-sustainable with your personal health care and home?  Dabbled with herbalism a bit or engaged in self study for years?  Now you're ready to learn more?  


Combine the intuitive art and solid science of botanical medicine, apprenticing with Master Herbalist, Gigi Stafne, for an intensive weekend at Golden Light Retreat Center.


Core components of this inspiring course include:  

  • Foundations in Natural & Botanical Medicine
  • History, Philosophies and Pathways in Herbalism
  • Top Herbs in North America
  • Herbs for the Life Cycle
  • Botanicals for Contemporary Life Stressors--anxiety, depression and environmental toxins.  
  • Herb Apothecary Basics 
  • Professional ethics, business and regulation seminar
  • Handcrafted preparations including teas, tinctures, lotions, oils and flower essences
  • And more!

Students receive a 40-hour Certificate of Completion for this foundations course in the U.S.  While students-participants will be in class fewer hours than that, they receive numerous reading materials that count toward those cumulative credit hours—readings they will do on their own.

This course is a Prerequisite for Intermediate & Master Herbalism programs with Gigi Stafne.


Workshop Times:  

 10:00am-4:00 (Sat) and 9:00-3:00 (Sun)


Fee: 

  • $275 non- residential. Lunch included Saturday and Sunday. 
  • $305 camping option (you supply gear) Lunches, Saturday dinner and breakfast on Sunday included 
  • $330 Shared Cabin (based on triple occupancy). 
  • $375 Private Cabin (2  available)

Cabins have twin-beds with linen and towels provided. Cabin is heated & air conditioned and has electricity. Bathroom with shower a one-minute walk from cabin. Lunches, Saturday dinner and breakfast on Sunday included. 


An additional night stay can be added for Friday or Sunday for $40/person shared cabin, $85/person private cabin or $15/person camping (breakfast included). Extra Dinner $15

Class Time: Saturday 1000-500, Sunday 900-500


Cancellation Policy: Refunds minus a $50.00 processing fee will be given until 15 days prior to workshop date. Refunds will not be given after that date. Exceptions are not made to this policy.  


Materials to Bring:

Tote bag or basket, one glass pint size jar, one pint tincture solvent (examples:  Apple Cider Vinegar, Brandy, Vodka, Vegetable Glycerin), 3 glass tincture bottles (1/2 or 1 ounce size--instructor will have some available to purchase, too).  All other herbs, materials, containers are included in tuition.


About the Instructor:

Gigi Stafne MH, ND is an activist, educator and writer within ecological, health justice and natural medicine fields.  She was long time  Executive Director of Herbalists Without Borders International, addressing issues of health and social justice globally and is current Director of Green Wisdom School of Natural & Botanical Medicine in the Upper Midwest United States and Ontario, Canada. See Gigi's website here.

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Take A Walk on the Wild Side! A guided plant identification walk with Gigi Stafne

June 28, 2019 3:30-5:00 PM


Take a walk on the wild side with Master Herbalist, Gigi Stafne!  
Discover wild edibles, medicinal herbs and plants of ecological and cultural importance.  At least twenty plants and trees will be discussed.   Botanical bonus:  tips about harvesting, 'joyful growers' and those plants at-risk to be left to flourish.

Bring your plant journal or notebook.  
Comfortable walking shoes.  Dress for the weather.
Mildly strenuous. Open to the public, anyone eager to learn more.

Fee:  $22


Time:  3:3-5:00PM


About the Instructor: 

Gigi Stafne MH, ND is an activist, educator and writer within ecological, health justice and natural medicine fields.  She was long time  Executive Director of Herbalists Without Borders International, addressing issues of health and social justice globally and is current Director of Green Wisdom School of Natural & Botanical Medicine in the Upper Midwest United States and Ontario, Canada. www.greenwisdom.weebly.com 


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Soul Retrieval with Peruvian Shaman, Jose Luis Herrera

September 12-15, 2019


An exploration into Andean Soul Retrieval techniques.  Join us in this hands-on training seminar and learn different soul retrieval approaches, tracking, assessment, the Cosmovision of the soul’s journey, ritual, and healing techniques.


Soul retrieval is a process of remembering, a journey of discovery. It is bringing back the missing piece of the puzzle into wholeness. It’s bringing the soul part home where it rightfully belongs. As the sense of “home” dawns in the healed individual. The veils of pain, resistance, or memory fade away to awaken dormant vitality, passion, and clarity towards life. Soul retrieval is an ancient practice that reassembles a fractured individual back into synchronicity with life. Lost attributes, passion, vitality, clarity, physicality, zest for life are recovered.

When soul loss happens and no healing or preventive therapies are in place. The psyche and luminous field are in disarray and one’s vitality leaks. As time rolls and the gap of memory deepens; it might affect the ability of the body to remember its healed state. The shaman’s task is to find the original trauma or event and not the replays.


Pre-requisite: This training is offered to mesa carriers. 


Fee: 

$735 non-residential
$780 camp
$855 shared cabin
$990 private cabin room (2 available)
(meals are included)


Class Time:
Thursday 2:30-Sunday ~2:00


About the Instructor: José Luis Herrera is an exceptional workshop facilitator and international speaker on indigenous healing methods. Of Peruvian lineage, he brings 25 years of experience gained through extensive research, and apprenticeships with shamans of the mountains, jungle and desert. José Luis’ unique education of Engineering and System Science combined with this wisdom of the land and culture enables him to bring the voice, traditions, and wisdom of  indigenous cultures to the West. He is the Founder of Rainbow Jaguar Institute, and Chairperson of the non-profit organization the Andean Research Institute which is dedicated to the research and preservation of the traditions of Peruvian medicine people  and provides social outreach to impoverished villages. 


Cancellation Policy:
Refunds minus a $50.00 processing fee will be given until 15 days prior to workshop date. Refunds will not be given after that date. Exceptions are not made to this policy. 


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Michael Harner's The Way of the Shaman with Timothy Cope

Spring 2019


During the Basic experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal, near-universal, and common methods of the shaman to enter nonordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature.


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Practice includes comparisons by participants of their discoveries in shamanic journeys as well as being introduced to shamanic divination and healing. They are also provided with methods for journeying to meet and study with their own individual spirit helpers in nonordinary reality, a classic step in shamanic practice. Participants learn how the journey is utilized to restore spiritual power and health, and how shamanism can be applied in contemporary daily life to help heal oneself, others, and the Planet.


13 FSS Continuing Education (CE) Credits available


What to Bring:  Please bring a rattle or a drum if you have one. Wear comfortable clothing, warm socks, and bring a bandanna (optional), cushion for sitting on floor, a rough-surfaced rock approximately the size of a grapefruit (NOT a crystal), and a pen and notebook to record your journeys. (Electronic recording — audio, video, photographic — and the use of computers are not permitted during the workshop.)


Completion of this workshop with an authorized FSS Faculty Member qualifies participants to take more advanced FSS workshops. NOTE: You must complete all sessions of this workshop to qualify for further FSS training. Please arrange your schedule so that you can be present at all sessions for both days of the training.


Fee: 

  • $275 non- residential. Lunch included Saturday and Sunday. 
  • $305 camping option (you supply gear) Lunches, Saturday dinner and breakfast on Sunday included 
  • $330 Shared Cabin (based on triple occupancy). Twin-bed with linen and towels provided. Cabin is heated and has electricity. Bathroom with shower a one-minute walk from cabin. Lunches, Saturday dinner and breakfast on Sunday included. 

An additional night stay can be added for Friday or Sunday for $40/night/person cabin or $15/night/person camping (breakfast included). 

Extra Dinner $15


Class Time: Saturday 1000-500, Sunday 900-500


Cancellation Policy: Refunds minus a $50.00 processing fee will be given until 15 days prior to workshop date. Refunds will not be given after that date. Exceptions are not made to this policy. 


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