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Sunday, November 27, 2011

[AlternativeAnswers] Space still open! - SACRED MEDICINE JOURNEY IN COSTA RICA


December 10th - 18th, 2011

The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education

Plant Medicine Classes
Yoga & Meditation
Hiking & Wildlife viewing
Ocean & Waterfails
Fire Circles & Ritual
Organic Meals

Join us for an 8 day course in tropical plant medicine, holistic healing, yoga, meditation, healing rituals and sacred circle, located at the beautiful eco-lodge, La Cusinga, in Uvita, Costa Rica. This course is intended to be a healing journey and retreat, honoring our individual and collective path of healing, reconnecting with nature and the magic of sacred circle.

Each day of the course will center on journeying through each of the 7 chakras, moving from the root to the crown, focusing on herbs, yoga, meditation, and ritual to open and nourish each of these sacred centers.

The retreat will include traditional healing practices, daily plant medicine classes, meditation, yoga, hiking, plant medicine journeys, medicine making, and rituals journeying through each of the seven sacred centers. Bodywork and massage will be available for those wishing to schedule sessions with our therapists.

Plants we will be working with in medicine making and ritual through the retreat include Cacao, Ylang Ylang, Hibiscus, Guava, Passionflower, Guanabana, Biriba, Ginger, Coffee, Yerba Mate, Coconut, Jasmine, Tilo, Guava, Sugar Cane, Noni, Bitter Melon, Citrus, Jackass bitters, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Hombre Grande, and others. Work with the plants will include a combination of plant walks, medicine making, plant spirit journeys, explorations in ethnobotany, ritual, and connecting to the spirits of the nature.

Students will enjoy 3 organic meals a day, optional daily yoga and meditation classes, healing ceremonies, evening fire circles, access to La Cusinga's beaches, trails, waterfalls, natural pools, and beautiful grounds. Healing journeys with the ocean and rainforest will be a part each course, as well as exploring the deep history and spirit held in the land of Meso/Central America. For those wishing to stay for a longer period of time before or after the start of the course, please contact La Cusinga for lodging availability.

Included in the cost of the course is dorm lodging, and private rooms can be booked with La Cusinga for those who wish to spend a little extra. Please contact La Cusinga for private cabin rates.

For more information contact The Gaia School at www.thegreenwoman.com/costarica-course.html

Courses are taught by Sage Maurer, director of The Gaia School of Healing in Westminster, VT, as well as yoga teachers and bodyworkers (bios will be up shortly). Sage is an independent practitioner and teacher of herbal healing, plant spirit medicine, shamanism, deep ecology, and ethnobotany. In 2001, Sage founded The Gaia School of Healing in Boston, Massachusetts, and has trained over 150 apprentices in the past 10 years in New England, Austin, and Hawaii. Sage holds a degree in anthropology with a concentration in ethnobotany from The University of Hawaii, and a Masters degree in environmental education. Sage is currently teaching in Vermont and Boston, Massachusetts, where she is offering apprenticeships and workshops throughout the year.

La Cusinga, Eco-Lodge

La Cusinga Eco Lodge in Uvita, Costa Rica is a coastal rainforest eco lodge dedicated to marine and terrestrial conservation and environmental education. Its location on the southern Pacific coast provides guests with sweeping ocean views and a relaxing beach vacation. In addition La Cusinga is part of a private nature reserve that supplies the visitor with an unparalleled look at Costa Rican wildlife and rainforest. The reserve consists primarily of 250 hectares of virgin rainforest that borders thousands of more acres of privately protected forest. On Costa Rica1s still wild south-western Pacific coast, La Cusinga Lodge borders Ballena Marine National Park which was developed to protect the humpback whales that frequent the coast. La Cusinga Lodge was established in order to share the unique site with Costa Ricans as well as international visitors. Besides getting exposure to rural Costa Rican culture and beautiful vistas, visitors have access to highly prolific areas of primary tropical rainforest and unspoiled coast, all conveniently accessible. In 2010 they received 4 out of 5 leafs in the CST Certification.

La Cusinga Ecolodge maintains several trails that wind through the pristine protected rainforest and along the beautiful beaches. From three-hour treks through the forest to short walks down to the beach there are trails for all ages and abilities. On each trail the visitor is sure to get a glimpse of the diverse Costa Rican wildlife. Wildlife at La Cusinga is abundant and you will see many species that may include: morpho butterflies, tree frogs, ospreys, parrots, parakeets, toucans, howler monkeys, bottle-nosed dolphins, hawksbill turtles and the great humpback whale.

La Cusinga Eco Lodge is constantly looking for the perfect balance between the natural and social environment. They are protecting their forest and want to keep it as it is, without harming or changing the delicate ecosystems that are working inside each corner in the jungle and the woods. Finally they are also interested in raising the local families1 wellbeing, because they have dedicated their time and life in this dream.

For more information about the Sacred Medicine Journey in Costa Rica, contact The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education

Website - www.thegreenwoman.com
Phone - 617-838-8094
Email - thegaiaschool@gmail.com

Visit us online for current workshops, apprenticeships, and to register for the Plant Medicine Journey to Costa Rica!

Green Blessings!

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