Enjoy a weekend full of inspiration and education in the woods of Tennessee. The Herbal Retreat Weekend includes 3 days of classes and activities featuring herbalists and healers from The Farm and the surrounding bio-region. Hands-on classes including how to identify herbs, make remedies, and tours of our gardens & woods, perfect for novices and experienced herbalists alike.
There will also be opportunities to enjoy a wood fired sauna, yoga & movement classes, or massage. Saturday night bring your rhythm makers for a community campfire for all to enjoy and relax (drums, rattles, songs, etc).
Vegetarian Meal plans are available, made by our famous Veggie Deli chefs. Immerse yourself fully in the woods with camping options or private rooms with the windows open to hear the forest sounds.
Click here to download 2019 Herbal Weekend Registration
Meet the Teachers and Instructors:
Lisa Bedner is Certified as a Professional Medical Herbalist by the American Herbalist Guild. She is trained in her family traditions as a Native American herbal practitioner, following the teachings of Tihanama, Cherokee, Lenape, and other Nations. As a Medicine Woman and healer of the Tihanama, she practices many of the traditional ceremonies, including sweat lodges and the Healing Drum. Lisa has also studied Western Herbalism, and has more than 30 years experience as an R.N., understanding both the allopathic and alternative modes of healing. Pipsissewa Herbs grows more than 100 species of medicinal herbs, manufactures traditional herbal medicines, and the farm is certified as an endangered Medicinal Herb Sanctuary by United Plant Savers. Lisa lectures, teaches and speaks publicly at Herb festivals and garden clubs in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Indiana.
Tanya’s training includes completion of the courses provided by the Pacific Academy of Homeopathy in San Francisco, California, as well as studies at ESSH with Vega Rozenberg. She has also attended classes or had tutorials with Jeremy Sherr, Louis Klein, Misha Norland, Ananda Zaren, Alize Timmerman, Robin Murphy, Rajan Sankaran, Manfred Mueller and many others. Tanya has been certified as a Classical Homeopath by the Council for Homeopathic Certification, CEASE therapy trained, and a member in good standing with the North American Society of Homeopaths. She continues to be a student as well as a teacher and practitioner of homeopathy.
“Homeopathic philosophy can be extended into many areas of thought. It is the non-violent solution. Rather than killing or removing what we perceive as a problem homeopathy sees an opportunity to find greater integration and harmony. Strengthening and supporting all that is good and letting the bad atrophy. The goal in homeopathic treatment is greater freedom on all levels not simply removal of uncomfortable symptoms.” ~Tanya Kell
Debra Sitorius, Herbalist and husband Todd Sitorius
Debra is a Homesteader, a natural farmer, a family and community herbalist, mother of three, grandmother of nine, and will soon be welcoming her first great grandchild into her ever-growing family. She has been speaking out against the poisoning of our planet for over 5 decades when she saw the loss of Grandmother’s wisdoms occurring at a scary rate.
Debra and her husband started their homestead 14 years ago on family owned land and began gathering the wisdoms, tools, and skills required to honor the old ways. She teaches gardening, preserving the harvest skills, seed saving classes along with her Women’s Empowerment group and her individual coaching sessions on healing ourselves and our generational trauma, re-wilding, renewing, and reclaiming Our Ancestral Wisdoms to help us raise a healthier and more loving future with Wyldwood Wysdoms. Living a healthier way and healing like our Ancestors did (out of their gardens, forests, meadows, and yards) is not hard but it takes a pinch of remembrance and a teaspoon of want to. So let’s demystify the possibilities and put the power to heal and thrive back in the hands of the peaceful.
Katherine Correa, Breema Bodywork Practitioner and Instructor
Katherine Correa is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of TN, Certified Breema Practitioner, graduated from a 4 year Feldenkrais Practitioner® program, and has maintained a bodywork practice since graduating from the San Francisco School of Massage in 1986. She earned certification to practice Breema® Bodywork in 1989, Feldenkrais® in 1994, and to teach Breema in 1991. She is currently studying Orthobionomy and communication ceremonies.
Katherine was a faculty instructor at Nashville’s Natural Health Institute for 8 years and has been teaching Breema to massage therapists and the public since 1994. The most active Breema instructor in the South, she has also taught throughout the region, at the Breema Center, and in Europe. Her classes are playful and fun, as well as effective in demonstrating and teaching the practice and principles of her work. Katherine continues her studies of Breema, Feldenkrais and somatic education. She has been teaching Breema and somatic education classes for nearly 30 years.
Her background includes extensive self-study of the work of Byron Katie – a simple process for clarity and peace of mind.
Pamela Hunt, CPM
Pamela Hunt is one of the founding members of The Farm Community as well as a founding Member of the Farm Midwifery Center and Farm Clinic. She has been part of this community of people since 1966, had her 1st baby on the Caravan while traveling to Tennessee in 1971 and birthed 5 more children at home, delivered by Farm Midwives. She raised these six children, one stepchild and two foster children here. She and her husband have always had a garden growing many of the vegetables that graced their family dinner table. Her garden includes many herbs some of which she uses in her midwifery practice. She is grandmother to 9 children and great grandmother to 2 grandchildren.
Katrina Tsacrios has been on the Healers Path since living in Alaska, growing up in Florida, and then choosing Tennessee as home. While making a living as an artist, Katrina found the Bhakti Academe of Intuitive Healing and Massage Therapy and obtained her massage license and national certification in February 2005. Katrina moved to Tennessee and completed her B.S. in Plant Science, Horticulture Science and Propagation from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and continued on to the American College of Healthcare Science for a M.S. in Complementary Alternative Medicine, focused in Herbal Medicine. She is currently making CBD products from her hemp farm. https://www.celestialbodyhealing.com
Victoria is a tried and true community herbalist who’s entire business has been built by making remedies for any and everyone that comes to her in need. Cedar Hill Homestead is a wild foraged, seasonal apothecary & homestead. Specializing in health & wellness and integrating the two through mind and body. Offering consultations, an array of products & classes, identification walks & workshops, Cedar Hill specializes in facilitating a relationship with plants in our busy world. Her passion lies in seasonal & bioregional medicine, with the belief that what you need is already out there waiting when you need it. Victoria works with native plants and invasive species alike, working to educate on the importance of knowing the difference and how to work with both.
Victoria works with her local parks department to glean invasive plants, making way for the natives to flourish as well a teaching free monthly plant walks. Having grown up in the South, plant knowledge was common knowledge. In her words, knowing what’s beneath your feet, what to nibble on and how to use it is not only a birth right, but a super power we all have access to. You will see Victoria light up most when educating and giving this super power to children. Growing up in the woods outside of Nashville, every family member and neighbor alike had a nickname for the plants around them. As she dove deep into herbalism at age 15, self treating endometriosis, she quickly learned that all of these powerful plant allies she needed to heal were already her closest neighbors. Victoria is a permanent student and forever friend to the forest, understanding that the vast knowledge in this area is full of endless new possibilities. Cedar Hill Homestead’s motto is, “We believe strongly that to make an impact on the world you must first take care of your tribe so they may do the same. The South is our tribe and simple, regional medicine is our offering. “
Take on the adventure of hunting and gathering. Deepen your human experience by fulfilling a part of us all that is suppressed by modern luxuries. Get familiar with your landscape and some delicious wild edible & medicinal plants. Taste your local terroir and enlighten your taste buds with ancestral flavors that are severely lacking in modern diet. Learn to experience the benefits of the vitamin and mineral rich southern soil. Take notes and dive into the beautiful world of working with plants. Once you realize the multi-vitamins, fancy dinners, medicine and friends all around, you are sure to never look at your surroundings the same again.
Become friends with the plants and everything you do becomes a little more precious. ”
The Weekend Schedule:
Friday – 2nd
9:00am – 11:00am Registration and check in
11:15am-12:15pm Opening Circle
1:45pm – 2:45pm Native American Lore & Herbalism, by Lisa Bedner
3:00pm – 4:00pm The Effects of Cannabis Use During Pregnancy, Labor and During Breastfeeding. Pamela Hunt, CPM
4:15pm – 5:45pm Homeopathy at Home with Tanya Kell, RSHom(NA)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm – 8:30pm Kirtan and Dances of Universal Peace
Saturday – 3rd
6:00am Sauna @ Swimming hole
7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast
8:15am – 10:15am Native Plant Identification and hike
8:30am – 9:30am Herbs for Allergies with Lisa Bedner
10:30am – 12:30pm CBD with Katrina Tsacrios
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:45pm – 3:45pm Wyldwood Wisdoms: learning grandparent’s remedies and skills, with hands-on take home project. Debra Sitorius
4:00pm – 5:00pm Client History with Lisa Bedner
5:00pm – 6:00pm choice: Yoga w/ Julia or Pelvic awareness w/ Katherine Correa
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner
Sunday – 4th
6:00am-7:30am Sauna @ Swimming Hole
7:00am- 8:00am Breakfast
8:15am – 10:15am Garden tours
10:30am – 11:30am Wildcrafting Weeds for Medicine with Lisa Bedner
11:30am – 12:30pm Vendor appreciation
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:45pm – 2:30pm TBD
2:45pm – 3:30pm Closing Circle