Sacred Art: Hildegard of Bingen and Herbal Incense
Sunday, Jun 2, 2019
2:00pm – 4:00pm
She was an herbalist, mystic, artist, writer, nun, composer, a Sacred Warrioress. She stood up to the patriarchy and was consulted and admired by popes and bishops. She wrote one of the first accounts of a woman’s orgasm and her medieval herbals are still referenced and valued by herbalists to this day. She was radically committed to that which she believed and loved, and encourages us to live into the truth of our own essences, outside societal constructs. Join Ritualcravt School teachers Michelle Vanderhouwen and Tonja Reichley for ritual and creating customized herbal incense blends and cones, using some of Hildegard’s favorite herbs.
All “Ritual Art” classes are team taught. Each class will begin in ceremony by opening circle, honoring our chosen goddess and receiving wisdom. We will then create within ceremonial space and finally close circle.
Tonja Reichley, Herbalist (Bsc, MBA), Ritualist and Author, has been teaching herbal classes rooted in Irish traditions, healing and spirituality for 15 years. She has lived part time on the west coast of Ireland for 12 years, continually learning from the land, the plants and the Ancestors as well as her teacher Gina McGarry, whom she studied with in a three-month immersion in 2001, in residence in Ireland. She graduated from the Rocky Mountain School of Botanical Medicine in 2000, began her first herbal business, MoonDance Botanicals, in 2002. She opened a store-front in Denver Colorado in 2004, had a thriving herbal business and sold it to long-time customers in 2016 where it is still a cornerstone of the herbal scene in Denver and beyond.
Tonja Reichley spends her time in the urban alleyways of Denver and on the windswept coast of western Ireland foraging for wild herbs to nourish, heal and revitalize the whole self: body, mind and spirit. She loves the power and connection of ritual and ancient Celtic monastic traditions. She practices alchemy through the synchronicities of the natural world and her own connection to the healing arts, inspired by Brighid of Kildare, Irish goddess and saint.
Tonja has lead sacred journeys to Ireland for 12 years and continues to do so, including a two week Herb School and a Mystery School inititation. These journeys inspire pilgrims with the holy landscape: deepening through ritual, prayer, intention, opening to the mysteries of ancient sites and herbal thresholds.
In 2017 she published Wild Irish Roots: A Seasonal Guidebook to Herbs, Ritual and Connection and her Way of Brighid Oracle Cards have been selling worldwide for many years.
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Michelle VanderHouwen is the owner of Oak and Hawthorn and provides the plant babies for Ritualcravt’s annual plant sale. Throughout all her years, she has studied art as a window into Spirit and the psyche, and Nature has been her church. Michelle believes that our hands are magnificent communicators. When we let them dig, sculpt, draw, scrape, tie and sew, we are sending messages to and from Heart Center. Our hands, full of sensation but devoid of reasoning, can create pure, honest prayer. In Michelle’s classes she teaches, with a variety of tools, different ways of accessing Spirit using our hands and hearts. Her goal is to help us all access the knowing we had at birth. Michelle is deeply knowledgeable about the spiritual wisdom of nature, studied Shamanic Herbalism with Darcey Blue, and walks with the soul of a Witch. Discover her creations at www.etsy.com/shop/OakandHawthorn and connect with Michelle via Instagram @oakandhawthorn
Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033