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Heartsong Farm Healing Herbs: Village Herbalist Nancy Phillips and Apple Grower Michael Phillips
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Radiant Women Weekends

Coming Together through the Seasons

Nancy Phillips is an herbal practitioner, educator, and farmer (photo: Michael Phillips).

Recharge, Rejuvenate & Shine Up Your Inner & Outer Radiance

Each weekend will have a common framework, but will also be unique as each featured guest mentor shares her special gifts and talents with us. Come renew your mind, rejuvenate your body, and feed your spirit. Each weekend will include:

  • Relaxation techniques (breath work, meditation)
  • Yoga (all levels, beginners welcome)!
  • Activities that connect and awaken us to Spirit and Nature
  • Nutritional and herbal support to promote energy, vitality and mental clarity. Food and health practices that help us correct and avoid some of the plagues of our modern lifestyles.
  • Crafting with our hands (i.e. making sacred mandalas, dream and/or gratitude journals, incense, masks, and pine needle baskets)
  • Delicious, vibrant food with cooking tips, recipes and demonstrations
  • Massage and spa treatments available
  • Song and laughter
  • Time to relax, go deep, learn, share, grow and go home inspired, rejuvenated and radiant! After recharging our batteries we'll have more energy to be a force for good in this world of ours!
"May I be at peace. May my heart remain open. May I awaken to my own true nature. May I be healed. May I be a source of healing for all beings."

This ancient Meta (loving kindness) meditation will serve as a framework for us as we meet through the seasons. The heart of the course will be to explore and incorporate practices into our lives to nourish, love, and heal ourselves so we are more able to nurture, heal, and be of service to others. Nancy, along with three incredible guest teachers, are sure to make each weekend nourishing, inspiring, educational and empowering.

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May 14-15, 2016
Andrea Thibaudeau and Nancy Phillips
Spring Weekend: Planting Seeds of Nourishment

Guest Teacher Andrea Thibaudeau of Heart Space Yoga Center
Andrea Thibaudeau
Heart Space Yoga Center

We'll practice the Meta meditation to plant seeds of loving kindness for ourselves and others. Nancy will share Ayurveda seasonal tips including a variety of ways to do a spring cleanse using herbs and healing foods. Andrea will lead us through a variety of yoga asana and pranayama practices that will help us shine up our inner and outer radiance. She's a master story teller and will weave in ancient teachings of the Radiant Shri Goddesses. We'll also get out into the spring weather and connect with the earth and plants.

Andrea Thibaudeau is one of our most beloved yoga teacher's in the Northeast Kingdom. Owner/Director of Heart Space Yoga Center, she is both certified as an Anusara Inspired Yoga Instructor and vinyasa based alignment Yogamotion Teacher (EYRT). Andrea's passion for yoga and zest for life is contagious and palpable. She shines in her ability to meet the needs and various skill levels of her students. She teaches Yoga as a powerful tool that helps transform negative patterns that block us and keep us in pain. She sees Yoga an opportunity to physically, mentally and emotionally align with the beauty and greatness of who we truly are.

July 2-3, 2016
Deb Soule and Nancy Phillips
Summer Weekend: Blossoming Like the Flowers

Guest Teacher Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals
Deb Soule
Avena Botanicals

Just as the abundance of flowers bloom in summer, we'll practice the Meta meditation to blossom open our hearts to our own true nature. Radiating, blossoming, and abundance will be our theme as we practice yoga asana and pranayama. Nancy will share seasonal Ayurveda practices that will help us feel our best and shine through the summer months. Deb will share the practice of walking meditation as well as her love of flowers. She'll delve into the healing qualities of common flowers blooming in the garden at this time of year. She'll also guide us in making and using flower essences. Together we'll make herbal/flower body products and nurture and pamper ourselves using flowers for relaxation and healing.

Deb Soule is an herbalist, biodynamic gardener, teacher and author of The Woman's Handbook of Healing Herbs and How To Move Like A Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants. Raised in a small town in western Maine, Deb began organic gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs at age 16. Her faith in the healing qualities of plants and her love of gardening led Deb to found Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary in 1985. Five years earlier, Deb lived in Nepal near three Tibetan monasteries and was deeply moved by the Tibetan peoples commitment to ease physical ailments and mental and emotional upsets through the use of plants, prayer and other spiritual practices. Since that time she has devoted her life to working with and understanding the healing benefits medicinal plants and gardens offer individuals, families and pollinators. She focuses on using nourishing herbs, flower remedies, whole foods and meditation as part of her consulting practice. Avena Botanicals' three acre medicinal gardens have been certified by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 29 years. In 2011 Avena became the first farm in Maine to be certified by Demeter as a biodynamic farm.

September 10-11, 2016
Kate Gilday and Nancy Phillips
Autumn Weekend: Standing Like a Tree

Guest Teacher Kate Gilday of Woodland Essence
Kate Gilday
Woodland Essence

Using the trees as our inspiration, we'll practice the Meta meditation to heal ourselves and become a strong source of healing for others. Radiating with the strength and flexibility of a tree we'll practice yoga asana and pranayama. Kate will help deepen our understanding of Ayurveda philosophy and practices as well as her love for the trees. She'll share herbs and healing foods for energy, clarity and vibrancy. She'll also teach us the meditative art of making pine needle baskets. Nancy will take us into the kitchen and teach us how to prepare healing foods and herbal preparations to help us stay in balance during the fall and winter months. She'll also lead us in making some aromatic herbal incense.

Kate Gilday is a clinical herbalist, flower essence practitioner and creator, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and teacher. A creative medicine maker, Kate is the founder of Woodland Essence, a forest botanicals and flower essence company and workshop center that she guides with her husband Don Babineau. Kate is well-loved for the clarity and clinical relevance gleaned from decades of experience in her teachings. She is a member of Collaborative Healing, a group of local practitioners who address health care through a unique integrative network, educating the community and combining conventional medicine with expert complementary care. A renowned teacher at conferences, she brings her love of the wild places, song and healing to the workshops she presents. She has just (finally!) begun writing a book about the woodlands she loves so well.


Dates and Times: Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 9am - 4pm

Cost: $650 for the series of three weekends; $240 if coming for one particular weekend (please be sure to specify which on our registration form!) Price includes all handouts, materials, healthy and delicious lunches and Saturday dinner.

The Herbalist's Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines by Nancy and Michael Phillips -- click for book summary The Herbalist's Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines Click here for a class registration form.
"If there's a person who embodies the essence of a community herbalist, it is Nancy Phillips. She's been one of our most popular teachers at Sage Mountain and has assisted me in my Herbal Apprentice Programs, the Science & Art of Herbology home study course, and at the New England Women's Herbal Conference and International Herb Symposium. Quite simply, I'm enthralled by her way of life, her beautiful gardens, her farm and family and encourage any one wishing a more in-depth knowledge of herbalism or seeking a more harmonious way of living to study with Nancy. You'll be delighted you did!"
-- Rosemary Gladstar
Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center & Botanical Sanctuary
Founder/President of United Plant Savers

We'd love to have you join us!
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