Eugene Opera's mission is to bring the highest quality opera possible to Eugene and surrounding areas, and to contribute to the future of the art form by increasing the audience and financial resources for opera, by identifying and engaging emerging artists of professional potential, and by developing educational programs for schools, young artists, and the community-at-large.
What Are Flower Essences (Remedies)
Flower Essences (remedies) are a unique therapeutic tool used especially for challenges involving our soul’s journey and growth. Essences capture a flower’s unique healing potential and this vibration, or energy, can open us to healing on many levels—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Flower essences are safe, gentle, often subtle, but effective. They are an excellent complement to other healing modalities such as massage, acupuncture, chiropractic work, counseling, conventional medicine, herbal therapies, aromatherapy, prayer and meditation.
How Flower Essences Work
Although flower essences often work subtly, positive changes are discernible. These changes can be seen in areas of our lives such as: feeling more empowered; fostering a closer connection to the Divine; improving relationships with others; manifesting our dreams and goals; decreasing stress and anxiety levels; becoming more centered and grounded; and, living life more fully and joyously in the present moment. Keeping a journal of thoughts, goals, feelings or dreams, engaging in some form of artistic expression, devoting time to meditation and prayer, communing with nature and simply asking for the input of those around you can help you to see the progress of your inner work with flower essences.
How Essences Are Made
Flower essences are made by taking flowers picked at full bloom, solarizing them in clear glass bowls with filtered water, carefully preserving the liquid with brandy (“mother essence”), and then made available as “stock” essences. Bach Flower Remedies are made in England by a reputable company called “Healing Herbs”. We add a few drops of the appropriate Bach remedy to a water/brandy and/or vinegar base to create the “dosage” bottle.
How to Administer Flower Essences
Flower essences work best when taken on a regular, consistent basis for an extended period—usually months and sometimes longer. Because of their vibrational nature, taking “more” of a blend will not make them work faster or better, but repeating the dose more often can be effective. Frequency can bring on swifter action. Keep your essences tightly capped and in a cool, dark place.
Take drops orally either under the tongue or added to a ¼ cup water, tea, or juice. Adding 4 drops to a water bottle that is sipped throughout the day can move through emotional challenges in a more rapid manner. The suggested dosage is 4 drops taken 4 times a day.
Other ways to take the remedies include:
*Apply the suggested dosage directly to the skin—wrists, temples, pulse points, or chakras. This is an excellent way to administer essences to small children or animals.
*Add 10-20 drops to your bath—soak for 15 or 20 minutes.
*Add 5-10 drops to your favorite massage oil, cream, or salve before applying.
*Put 10-15 drops in one gallon of water and apply to plants.
*Add 5-10 to a mister/spritzer and spray around the room.
What to Expect from A Flower Essence Consultation
A flower essence consultation is an easy, simple procedure that can be conducted conveniently by phone or in my office. During your 45 minutes to 1-hour consultation you will asked for some general background information, your present physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual situation, any pressing issues and/or challenges facing you and a series of questions relating directly to the appropriate flower essences you might benefit from.
The aim of flower essence therapy is not to dredge up old, painful memories but instead to gently work from the “outside in”. If you imagine that your feelings, experiences, memories, attitudes, expectations and associations are arranged like the skin/layers of an onion, our focus is on working on
the issues that are presently occurring, the “first layer”. This way we can avoid as much as possible uncomfortable, painful feelings that might not be ready to be brought to the surface at this time.
You will be given/sent a formula comprised of the appropriate flower essences preserved in filtered water and kosher brandy. This bottle will last between 3 weeks. After this period another consolation takes place as the appropriate remedies might change and the personalized formula needs to be adjusted. This monthly cycle can continue for as long as you feel the need. Most people choose to continue working with the essences for 6 months or longer for optimum results.
Who Can Benefit from A Flower Essence Consultation?
Everyone can benefit from flower essences at some point in their lives. There are times when we may find ourselves feeling exhausted, stressed, nervous, angry, unhappy or unfulfilled, depressed, fearful, apathetic, constantly worried, guilt-ridden, resentful or lacking self-confidence. We may be in a difficult time of transition or change and feel unsure or unfocused. We may be feeling the need to work out issues and memories from the past and “clear” the air. Children and animals benefit from flower essences, and changes seem to appear sooner than with adults. You don’t necessarily need a concrete reason to take flower essences, you only need to know that it is a safe, easy to use healing technique that you can use to take better care of yourself. You and your family and friends will notice the difference.
Each consultation payment includes a dosage bottle lasting about 3 weeks, a description of the formula’s essences and shipping and handling costs. Your formula will be mailed upon receipt of payment.
Sliding scale, $90-$108.
Includes 1 to 1 ½ hour, in-person or phone conversation, your first formula and shipping.
Sliding scale, $36-$54
Includes 30-45 minute in-person or phone conversation, formula bottle and shipping.
I am so please to joining the amazing team at InStove.
InStove implements safe, clean, and highly efficient institutional cookstoves and allied technologies in an integrated approach to serving the world’s poorest communities. InStove technologies are now in service in 23 countries around the world, including 15 countries in Africa.
Institutional Stove Solutions—InStove—is a 501(c)(3) non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 2012. We are dedicated to relieving suffering, improving health, and reducing harm to the environment through renewable energy technology and education.
Three stone fire and other inefficient cooking methods – used by almost half of the world’s people every day – cause serious problems for human health and the environment:
Saturday, October 14, 2017 8:00 am to 5:30 pmLane Community College Longhouse
4000 E 30th Ave Building 31, Eugene OR 97405
We believe health care is a right, not a privilege. Access to holistic health providers as well as healthy food is often limited to those who can afford it. Poverty and trauma, including historical trauma, create toxic stress in our bodies that research has shown promotes problematic health conditions. Herbal medicine, acupuncture, energy healing, mindfulness, movement, massage and other body work, should be accessible to everyone, including the poor and traumatized who cannot afford such beneficial pathways to health.
The objectives of this conference are to learn mind-body-heart-spirit tools that professionals can integrate into our practices to further the healing of those we serve.
This one-day conference is designed for healers and health professionals, including MD, DO, ND, DC, RN, LAc, PA, NP, Herbalists, Midwives, Energy Healers, Counselors, Community Health Workers, LMT and body workers, as well as students entering the healing professions.
$75 includes lunch. $40/student or low income, with work trades available. For those only wanting to attend the lunch and the panel discussion, cost is $12.00
As this is a one-day conference, we have arranged no lodging. However, some in our group have Airbnb, or we may be able to help find people willing to host overnight guests. Please contact us for more information.
We are honored to be able to use the Lane Community College Longhouse for this event. The parking is excellent on a Saturday, it is the furthest building when entering the main parking lot. LTD bus runs regularly. This is a special place, please respect the following guidelines for its use.
Lane Longhouse Code of Conduct
CEU – 8 hours or 8 units of Continuing Education is offered for Health Professions by Lane Community College at no extra fee. Certificate given at the end of conference.
Make your entire weekend an herb fest!We specifically scheduled our Decolonizing Natural Medicine conference to coincide with Mountain Rose’s herbalism event to encourage people from out of this area to conveniently attend both.
Mountain Rose Free Herbalism Project | Sunday, October 15 from 12-5 pm | Mount Pisgah, Eugene
Special event open to all. The Mountain Rose Free Herbalism Project will be held at Mount Pisgah in Eugene not far from the LCC Longhouse. This is an interactive community event with botanically inspired lectures from experts in the field, live music, vendors, and plenty of free organic herbal tea!
Conference Schedule7:30 – 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 am Movement Therapeutics; The Diagnostic Skills of Tai Chi — Michael Vasquez
Practice and discussion around the framework for returning to Natural Intelligence, how traumas are released, and the ways to recognize and work with imbalances. Movement Therapeutics is a primary tool in Mind/Body centering, behavioral changes, cognitive repatterning, and the overall release of cellular constriction.
QiGong/Internal Practices give us a foundation to develop and evolve our nature, a self-learning tool that develops our diagnostic sensory intelligence; the ability to feel and interact with an imbalanced area/problem. This naturally develops a deep foundation for working with others. As we choose to face the traumas and imbalances within ourselves, we develop the capacity to work well with others and respect all forms of life.
When we consider working with decolonization, we know that we will need to work with others, play well with others, and find and share our common connections. Learning to appreciate different perspectives, being generally flexible and open, harmonizing and shifting in timely manners, and looking for “workable solutions” is what one might refer to as primary evolutionary skills.
Michael Vasquez After over 30 years as an executive chef, Michael currently works full time teaching in the arts of Tai Chi, QiGong, Yoga, herbs, diet, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is the Director of Transformation Arts which provides educational presentations, online instruction, and instructor training programs to schools, corporate wellness programs, non-profit organizations, and Native programs, as well as community, senior, and child wellness programs. He is the Co-Founder of Red Earth Descendants and is currently the lead in the Golden Garden Elder Lunch Project.
9:30 – 11:00 am Healing Community with Plants — Shelagh Brown
What does it mean to decolonize? Recognizing provider privilege, unpacking and providing real tools to provide the most effective and just holistic care should be the cornerstone of our practice. We all live at various intersections of both privilege and marginalization, so learning how to best navigate that will allow us to truly practice in a way where we do no harm. We will also discuss being culturally humble, understanding the population you serve and understanding non-compliance in your clients and how to address it. Using group visit models many integrative practices are using, Shelagh will discuss how she has found giving herb walks is a phenomenal way to bring patients together in community to meet one another and spark and interested in nature and have a more vested interest in their healing.
Shelagh Brown, MSc
Shelagh holds a BS in Herbal Sciences and a MS in Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine from Bastyr University. She also has completed a yoga teacher training at the Samayra Center for (Human) kindness as well as additional training in Integrated Movement therapy (a yoga based therapy), medical qigong, craniosacral, and aromatherapy. Shelagh approaches all aspects of care through an anti-oppression lens and is deeply dedicated to carrying forward conversations about race, privilege, and institutionalized oppression and how these things affect health as well as access to care.
11:00 – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Creating New Healthy Traditions — Jakob Sletteland
Evolving from foraging in the wild to foraging in grocery stores, we have lost knowledge of indigenous foods, understanding heredity diets, food traditions, and lost food security. Diet and lifestyle related ‘diseases of civilization’ such as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease have reached epidemic proportions globally.. This disproportionately affects people of color and the poor, and can only be described as a public health disaster. Informed by traditional medicine and modern research, this session will introduce participants to the etiology and politics of insulin resistance, and provide a no-nonsense natural therapeutic approach.
Jakob Sletteland MSc RH(AHG) In addition to a background in ecological defense and social justice activism, Jakob Sletteland is a practicing registered herbalist and clinical nutritionist with ten years of experience in the field. Jakob regularly volunteers his time as a practitioner with Occupy Medical in Eugene, a free integrative medicine clinic, and has organized and run back-country bush clinics at annual indigenous ceremonies in the Pacific Northwest over the last eight years. His private practice, Vital Force Natural Health, is located in Eugene/Springfield.
Plant Based Buffet Lunch focusing on Indigenous and Locally Grown Organic Foods
Tickets for lunch only are available on the registration page for guests who do not want to attend the conference.
1:15 to 2:15 pm Food Grows Community Panel Facilitated by Clare Strawn
Modern research indicates what Indigenous peoples have always known: That growing and harvesting food has incredible health benefits, such as soil microbiomes that have antidepressant and antioxidant properties; access to fresh organic non-GMO foods; valuable exercise; and a connection with the earth that is healing to the spirit. This panel will discuss several innovative community garden programs.
Clare Strawn, PhD puts her PhD in Urban Studies and Master’s in Education to work using collaborative action that empowers communities. Her perspective is that health and resilience reside with individuals in community. She is the vice chair at Zaniyan Center.
Golden Garden Elder Lunch Project – Michael Vasquez – Reality Kitchen is a nonprofit café and bakery in the River Road area which hosts a weekly free lunch for Elders. The Golden Garden project uses a donated plot and volunteers grow food to support the Elder lunch as well as the local food banks. Volunteers from across the community gather and contribute time and talents to harvest and help prepare food. The convergence of organic food grown within a few miles, together with enthusiastic volunteers and young adults in conversation with elders, has created a lively and growing community worlds away from institutionalized free lunch programs.
Eagletree Herbs – Daphne Singingtree – Located in a North Eugene suburban neighborhood on less than ¼ acre, this permaculture urban homestead focuses on growing medicinal herbs, but it also has over 15 different varieties of fruit trees and berries, vegetable gardens, mushrooms, bees, and chickens. Eagletree offers a program for interns to learn to grow and harvest herbs as well as make herbal products. To date Eagletree has trained more than 100 student interns at no cost.
Food Gathering Traditions from the Northwest Tribes –– Stephanie Craig
The knowledge of gathering and harvesting of plants for food, medicine, baskets, and items for everyday life was in danger of being lost completely with the cultural genocide of the native tribes of the Northwest. Stephanie will share knowledge of plants from her tribal heritage the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Kalapuya, Umpqua, Takelma Rogue River, Clackamas Chinook and Iroquois.
Stephanie Craig, MA is a traditional basket weaver and owner of Kalapuya Weaving. She has a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology with an emphasis on Northwest Native American cultures, an interdisciplinary Masters of Arts degree comprised of coursework in cultural anthropology, cultural museum studies and folklore studies. She is passionate about giving back to the community as part of the next generation of Tradition Bearers, teaching foraging for native foods and medicines.
Eugene Avant Gardeners – Plaedo Wellman – A Eugene organization focused on using artistic and innovative approaches towards creating a resilient local food network, that uses permaculture techniques to encourage and inspire people to grow food together. The Avant Gardeners have given away over 10,000 plant starts, hosted over a dozen workshops and over a hundred work parties, given away hundreds of pounds of food, assisted numerous other organizations and have published a series of popular zines.
Plaedo Wellman is a philosopher, artist, activist gardener. Check out his TEDx talk “Find your Farmily with Community Gardening” linked from his website plaedo.com.
2:15 – 3:15 pm Herbal Pain Relief; Effective Alternatives to Opiates — Daphne Singingtree
A look into the physiology of pain and the herbs and categories of herbs that can be used to treat pain. How herbs can be used for chronic pain management as alternatives to opiates.
Daphne Singingtree, MEd, is a Medicine Maker and owner of Eagletree Herbs, a retired midwife, the author of The Birthsong Midwifery Workbook and numerous other midwifery publications. She helped write the Oregon Midwifery Law for Direct Entry Midwives and is a co-founder of the Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council. She is the founder of Zaniyan Center. Her heritage includes Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and she is active in the Water is Life movement. She is in the process of developing an Holistic Community Health Worker Program.
3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm Moving Toward Trauma-Sensitive Healing Arts Practices — Elaine Walters
Individual and collective experiences of violence, abuse and other trauma are at the root of many of our most challenging health and social problems. These problems have existed throughout human history, as have efforts to survive and heal from them. Many modern approaches to treating or healing trauma have roots in traditional healing systems that have been in use for thousands of years. At the same time, many practitioners have not been adequately trained on how best to organize their work in ways that are sensitive to the needs of survivors in their care. This presentation will introduce participants to new research on the connections between early life adversity and later life health problems (the ACE Study), and provide an overview on trauma-sensitive practice, including information on preventing and managing vicarious trauma and promoting workplace safety.
Elaine Walters is the founding Executive Director and lead trainer at the Trauma Healing Project, an organization that provides professional and community training and direct healing support for survivors. Prior to this position she coordinated the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program for the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force in Oregon and the Domestic Violence Intervention Project in Lane County working within two large healthcare organizations. For the last 20 years she has been a consultant, trainer and community organizer working to address and eliminate intimate violence. She has designed and facilitated workshops and trainings on many related topics and has provided direct services and support to youth and adults impacted by violence, abuse and other forms of trauma and oppression. She is involved in the effort to expand accessible trauma healing resources and to implement trauma-informed care practices regionally and statewide.
4:30 – 5:30 pm Occupy Medical; Bringing Herbs to the People — Sue Sierralupé
A free clinic which evolved from the Occupy street protests, recognizes the role that stress, poverty and lack of access has on health. This clinic provides integrative care to all using conventional medical care, herbs, energy and body work, behavioral health as well as social services.
Sue Sierralupé RH, is a Certified Master Herbalist, Master Gardener, professional writer and Sustainable Landscape Specialist. Sue also volunteers as the clinic manager and herb team leader at Occupy Medical clinic. She is the co-author of The Practical Herbalist Herbal Folio series and author of The Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World. Follow her blog at HerbalistManifesto.com for commentary on herbs, parenting, nutrition, and a whole lot more or find her on Facebook at Sue Sierralupé.
I am thrilled to added to the outstanding grant writing team at McAllister and Quinn. I will be assisting with internal proposal reviews, editing proposals and lead writing on some Tribal submissions. Check them out at http://jm-aq.com/
"McAllister & Quinn is a Washington, DC, consulting firm that provides a comprehensive range of services to a diverse group of clients with issues before the federal government. John McAllister and Andy Quinn founded the firm in 2004."
Feel free to contact me about your vision and needs in terms of getting grant ready and writing and submitting grants in 2017!
I am very excited to be joining an amazing organization here in Eugene, OR called WellMama as the new, part-time executive director. About half of my time will be dedicated to grant writing.
WellMama’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values: WellMama Maternal Mental Health and Support Services is a comprehensive nonprofit providing pregnancy and postpartum mental health support services to women and their families in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. We support families struggling with emotions related to reproductive health issues, including pregnancy, the first few years postpartum, adoption, infertility, and perinatal loss.
Our Mission: WellMama provides support, information, advocacy, and access to appropriate treatment to women who may be suffering from perinatal mood or anxiety disorders as well as mental health conditions related to all reproductive health events. WellMama is dedicated to raising community awareness of perinatal mental health by providing education on prevention, universal screening, and appropriate treatment and resources to women and the professionals who serve them.
Our Objectives: WellMama volunteers provide accurate information and confidential, nonjudgemental support to women, their families, and support people through our free warm-line, email support, and group support services. WellMama provides education, consultation, and training to the professional community on the most recent research on prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Bought by the George Kaiser Family Foundation — whose namesake is an oil and banking billionaire — and the University of Tulsa, Mr. Dylan’s archives are now being transferred to Oklahoma, the home state of Woody Guthrie, Mr. Dylan’s early idol. After two years of cataloging and digitization, the material will take its place in Tulsa alongside a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence, a cache of Native American art and the papers of Guthrie.
Mr. Dylan said in a statement that he was glad his archives had found a home “and are to be included with the works of Woody Guthrie and especially alongside all the valuable artifacts from the Native American nations.” He added, with typical understatement, “To me it makes a lot of sense, and it’s a great honor.”
Join Stephanie Wood, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, for our Science Saturday program. She will teach the young children in your life to use tule grass and bark from the cedar tree to make duck decoys, roses, and cords. This program is for grades K-5.
March 12th 2016, 10-4pm. Basket weaving with cedar
May 1st 2016, 10-3pm. Cedar gathering
June 18th, 10-4pm. Spruce root and cedar root gathering.
July 9th 2016, 10-3pm. Coast sedge sweetgrass gathering.
WildCraft Studio School
27 Bates Rd, White Salmon, WA 98672
ReWild Portland classes:
May 21-22nd 2016, 11-4pm. Cedar weaving. Located Portland.
RSVP to ReWild Portland:
PO Box 6582
Portland OR 97228
I hope 2015 has been good to you and that 2016 is even better!
I saw an add for a grant writer the other day and some of the skills required included the following:
Mother, Jewish, mostly raw/vegan, teacher, curriculum developer, grant writer, flower essence maker, dual US/Israel citizen, friend, dancer, lover of life.