I'm sitting on the floor writing to you on a gray, wintry day in Western Massachusetts. The animals are curled into curls nearby and the only bright things outside are songbirds and ratty bits of fabric and string tied to the trees from our autumn equinox ritual. Everything else is quiet and dreaming deep into winter. My own dreams have been wild and weird, trying to get my attention. Is it me, or is life so busy sometimes you can't hardly catch up and these dream gifts flutter away before you can remember them fully? The season (and everything you read about it) tells us to sleep, dream, rest, and eat roots right now, but how do we actually DO it? Especially in a brightly lit world that asks us to do MORE right now mixed with our own desires/guilt/obligations to engage- it's a question to roll around with.
So, it's almost 2014. I'm looking ahead and making plans for some workshops I am so excited about. In January, I'll be leading Earth Healing, Earth Magic with Fearn Lickfield, who I met when I first moved here at a class she was teaching on earth acupuncture. She pretty much blew my mind when she brought out a giant hand carved wooden staff with dragons on it, located the lay lines/meridians of the earth and stuck the wooden needle into a point to send healing towards the Gulf of Mexico, which had just been poisoned with the oil spill. Right now feels like such a potent time to gather to do this work together. People have been expressing heartbreak and fear about the ocean so much these days, and we're planning on doing some specific healing work for the pacific ocean, along with some tree medicine, breathwork, ritual, and more. It should be wonderful.
I'm also doing a series of 3 workshops to connect with
plant, stone, and animal allies, beginning in February. I'll be coming down to Brooklyn to teach a f
lower and stone essence workshop at Third Root in the spring and heading to the Trans Health Conference in Philadelphia in June. AND! This summer I'm thrilled to be hosting Atava Garcia Sweicicki of Ancestral Apothecary to do a weekend long workshop on Queer Ancestral Magic and Healing. The date is yet to be determined, but I will send it out as soon as we know.
The details on the two upcoming workshops are below- please contact me to register. I'm of course available for intuitive counseling and healing and I am loving working out of the black and sunny Witch Barn. If you want to schedule something for yourself or give a gift certificate to a loved one, please contact me. I hope your winter is dreamy and deep and that you find bright things in the darkest nights.
WORKSHOPSEarth Healing, Earth Magic
with Dori Midnight and Fearn LickfieldSaturday, January 18th
sliding scale $75- $100
Learn to partner with the elements and spirits of Nature
to offer deep healing for the planet and ourselves
in this time of great challenge and change.
Class size is limited, to register, please contact Dorihttps://www.facebook.com/
a series of 3 workshops to connect and heal with plant, stone, and animal allies
Three Sundays from 10am -6pm
The Witch Barn in Amherst, MA
Sunday February 2nd - PLANT allies
Sunday March 2nd - STONE allies
Sunday April 6th - ANIMAL allies
Each month we will spend the day with a plant (February), a stone (March), and an animal guide (April) that will come to you through a guided selection process. We will explore the unique gifts and medicine of each of these allies through meditation, art, writing, movement, and other experiential practices. Each participant will come with an intention/focus for healing (ie relationship with particular health challenge, creativity, dreams, work, releasing old patterns, etc). Through our explorations, we will cultivate and hone intuitive skills, deepen our relationships with our allies, and create fertile ground for healing.
Class size is limited, please register by Jan 15th
Sliding scale $300- $400 (pay all at once or each month)
Deposit of $50 due January 15th
Flower and Gem Essences (dates TBD, in both Amherst and Brooklyn)
Summer 2014:Healing with our Queer Ancestors, co-taught with Atava Garcia Sweicicki of Ancestral Apothecary (date TBD, in Amherst)