Guest Presenter Events

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)


$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 with Gigi Stafne


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


Take a walk on the Wild Side with Master Herbalist, Gigi Stafne  

A guided plant identification walk with 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. 

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Mediumship with Mavis Pittilla

Mavis Pittilla, UK Medium

August 3-4

August 5-6

A few spaces are available!

The Miracle of Communication 

with Mavis Pittilla & Jean Else

Join the renowned UK medium Mavis Pittilla, former senior tutor at the Arthur Findlay College, author and broadcaster to celebrate the “Miracle of Communication” and acquire a full and in depth understanding of the process for yourself and the Spirit World. This knowledge will enhance your belief in yourself and the Spirit World and will in turn allow your mediumistic link to be enriched.

Having shared these experiences Mavis, supported by her partner Jean, will help you deepen your communication skills through demonstrations, private sittings and inspirational speaking., the true “Miracle of Communication” can then be celebrated.

Mavis is the most experienced medium in the world today having worked for over 50 years and is thrilled to share her astounding knowledge and love of working with Spirit. Jean supports her in a practical and organisational capacity having been an educator all her life.

Mavis believes that mediumship is a great responsibility and that having solid foundations is essential. Students’ are always delighted by Mavis’ down to earth and caring approach and are blown away by her depth of understanding of Spiritual matters.

She works throughout the world and along with her partner Jean Else runs her own very successful mentorship programmes in the UK and USA, as well as on-line mentorship programmes helping people throughout the world.

Mavis has also helped train many of the well-known mediums around today.

You will have an unforgettable experience and enrich your spiritual journey that will transform your thinking as you progress on your pathway.

$395 commuter (lunch included)
$425 camping option
$450 shared cabin room
$495 private cabin room(2 rooms available)
(For residential options 1 breakfast, lunches, 1 dinner are included)

To Register: email us at with your option

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

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. 


$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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Qigong Retreat with Lorrie Formella


October, 900-400

Fee:  $165  includes day-long retreat, The Healing Promise of Qi by Dr. Roger Jahnke, which includes detailed instruction on the form, philosophy and physiology, lunch and a journal. 

Join Lorrie Formella for a rejuvenating day-long Qigong retreat. No experience necessary!

 Participants will learn:

  • How to activate "the healer within" 
  • Practices from the 9 Phase Integral Qigong™ Forms are integrated from an array of traditional ancient forms from Dr. Jahnke's perennial classic The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi. 
  • Meditations associated with the nine phases 
  • A ten-minute morning qigong routine. 
  • Defined intention and affirmation (s) to support ongoing wellness. 

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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Unwind & Unleash: A JOURNEY TO AWAKEN YOUR INTUITION with Dawn Lynn


 July 19 - 21, 2019 

As a society we are in a constant state of hustle and bustle. Wrapped up in our daily activities many of us have lost contact with our intuitive self.

Despite that, your inner voice and intuition are constantly nudging and guiding you towards your goals and aspirations. This weekend retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, is designed to help you become reacquainted with and explore your intuition and your inner self.

Over the three days, Dawn Lynn will lead you through a series of exercises designed to awaken your intuition by: pausing to pay attention to the energies around you; identify the various ways the universe is already presenting you with signs; and, provide tips on how to use your intuition in your everyday life. 

$500, includes two night’s in dormitory arrangements, all meals, materials and the programming.
$250 commuter rate, includes everything listed above except lodging
**$150 Early Bird Discount available until May 31, 2019**

Goals of the weekend
Identify why you would like to enhance your intuition
Connect with mother nature using all your senses, including your sixth one
Meet (or become reacquainted with) Your Spirit Guides and Guardian Angels
Recognize how your intuition is alive and already serving you every day

Friday night will be low-key to allow you to unwind, get settled in and get to know one another. Check in will be from 5pm – 7pm. Programming will begin promptly at 7pm. 

Intuition is a matter of observing and reacting to your environment. Unfortunately, in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives we often forget to pause and pay attention to our environment. On Saturday, the focus will be placed on quieting your mind to reawaken all your senses. Through fun and interactive activities, you will be find yourself reconnected to the universe and your intuition. ​ 

Unlike Saturday which focused on observing one’s environment, on Sunday you will be reconnected to the internal voice of your higher self and intuition. You will also be provided with tools to live intuitively and purposefully upon returning to the hustle and bustle of your daily life. 



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