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New Moon Sound Baths
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

New Moon Sound Baths

Join Diana in the yurt for a new moon sound healing guided meditation with tibetan sound bowls. These sound baths are held every month during the season the yurt is open.

The sound waves from these bowls move through the body creating balance and harmony while stimulating the body to heal. As you move into a deeply relaxed and restful state and into the subconscious, you gain access to releasing stress and stepping away from the egoic mind. In this restful state, the body can give more energy to healing areas in need.

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Working with these bowls can provide clarity and relief from physical pain as it cleanses and reassembles cells. They support anxiety relief, release of tension and emotional blockages to come back to a centered self.

The new moon is a time where we may need to practice extra self care, allow more restfulness, and to spend time going inward. This is a time where, in particular for women, our immunity is lower than usual and taking extra care is important. During the new moon our bodies ask us to slow down, and it is a good time to work on a creativity and wellness.

Join Diana for a 45 minute guided meditation with four sound bowls in our beautiful yurt. Hot tea will be served. A yoga mat and blanket will be provided. Please bring extra blankets, a pillow, a flashlight, and anything that you can use for comfort and warmth to lay down on the floor.

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Introduction To Ayurveda - The Science Of Life
Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction To Ayurveda - The Science Of Life

This beginner’s workshop delves into  the principles of the ancient healing science of Ayurveda. Originating in India over 5000 years ago,  Ayurveda is a fully holistic healing modality that  places emphasis on the five elements of nature and  in helping us identify  practices that allow us to live in harmony with nature. Ayurveda stresses disease prevention and simple tools that help us find balance in every season in any environment. It also encourages sustained wellness through close attention to diet,  herbs, daily ritual, detoxification practices, pranayama, meditation, yoga, and other healing modalities.  Stemming from vedic culture. Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and considered the mother medicine on the planet. Its various modalities have been practiced over millennium and continue to help millions create a life of wellness. Ayurveda helps individuals  deeply understand the workings of nature and how these forces influence our own unique nature. Through this understanding, we are given the keys to invite a balanced life of tranquility and harmony in body, mind and consciousness. One that is unique to each individual. 

In our time together we will explore this ancient science and highlight   simple lifestyle  practices that help bring wellness into your daily life. We will also Take a body-mind quiz to determine your own unique constitution. We will close the class talking about particular tools that bring balance in the fall and early winter seasons. 

Cost: $45.00

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Ilana Sobo is a community herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Instructor in South Burlington, Vermont. She has spent over 20 years in the fields of Ayurveda, Yoga and Herbalism and has worked with and apprenticed for several pioneers in Botanical Medicine & Ayurveda in the US. She also has unique apothecary training and regularly compounds tinctures, salves, essential oil blends, teas and flower essences for her local community. Ilana's time at the Ayurvedic Institute working and studying with Dr. Vasant Lad was greatly formative. Ayurveda is the thread of continuity in all her work and is honored to be able to share about this vast and beautiful healing modality. Ilana has a clinical practice in South Burlington, VT and regularly teaches classes on Ayurveda, Yoga, Aromatherapy and Herbalism throughout the Northeast. Ilana's greatest passion is to share the love, magic, and healing gifts the natural world brings forth to share with us all.

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Tincture Making
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Tincture Making

Come learn how to safely and successfully make your own medicinal tinctures during peak growing season with Marielle Fisher from Dharma Herbs and Wellness.

We will ground in with a plant meditation before mixing up two tinctures together utilizing different methods of medicine making; the folk method and the more scientific. This experiential class will offer the opportunity to sample several different tinctures while we learn to preserve our green allies. Participants will leave with detailed worksheets so they can clearly replicate the process on their own and have questions answered along the way.

This work shop was offered by Marielle Fisher of Dharma Herbs and Wellness. Marielle is an ecological herbalist and certified Biofield Tuner thankful to roam the hills of northern Vermont. She’s passionate about cultivating health by weaving ancient wisdom with modern modalities.

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Upon receiving her first few Biofield Tuning sessions, she was elated by the level of clarity experienced. She trained with the founder, Eileen McCusick, soon after, and is now on the path to becoming a teacher of the modality.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in ecological agriculture from the University of Vermont, she loved the two years spent studying herbalism with the Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education. She’s a certified permaculture designer, and is currently apprenticing with a shamanic healer in northern Vermont.

She is deeply interested in how traditional foods align with local nutrition, and is grateful to draw upon the teachings of the Liberate School and the 200 hour yoga teacher training she completed as well. Her offerings as an herbalist are rooted with plants which are most available and abundant in this bioregion, and she would love to share a cup of tea with you.

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Herbal Body Oiling
Jun
11
6:30 PM18:30

Herbal Body Oiling

Circle up with with Braelyn Gillespie from Bee Love Herbals and enjoy the simple but profound ancient healing art of self-massage. We will anoint our whole bodies with nourishing, plant-infused oils from Bee Love Herbals. The benefits of body oiling are immediate: calm mind, radiant skin, improved circulation and the benefits of lymph massage. After learning how to saturate yourself with this plant based practice and self love, you’ll want to make this part of your daily practice. It feels wonderful, and gives a sense of feeling nourished and grounded.

During the circle, we will remain clothed and massage only ourselves. Please bring a towel and a pair of socks. Dress in loose clothing (a tank top/sports bra and shorts/underwear are recommended but not required)-- whatever feels comfortable!

Hot herbal tea and healthy treats will be served.

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This amazing gathering was offered by Braelyn Gillespie of Bee Love Herbals. Braelyn offers Hand-made, heart-inspired skincare products promoting joy and love. True beauty grows from simple acts of self-care. Made from the best this earth has to offer, our organic luxurious products promote physical and spiritual wellness. Harnessing the power of plant and stone, each small batch is infused with healing and happiness. So go ahead and carve out some time just for you. You deserve it.

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Flower Essences & Land As Medicine
Jul
15
1:00 PM13:00

Flower Essences & Land As Medicine

In this workshop you will learn about the history and philosophy of Flower Essences. We will discuss topics listed below:

  • how essences work and why

  • essences versus homeopathy

  • how to choose an essence

  • dowsing for an essence

  • communicating with plants

  • how plant energetics work within our energetic body

  • how to make an essence yourself

  • how to infuse with minerals

  • how land is medicine

  • how to make a land essence

We will make a flower essence together from the gardens here at Mountain Hollow, and learn how the dilution process works. Everyone will leave with an essence to begin working with. I hope to make a land essence from our location for all to have as well and would love feedback on any experiences you notice in the following weeks and months.

We will also discuss dosage and the many ways to use the essences once you have them. Also relevant resources and links to further your knowledge and deepen your practice if you wish to do so.

Within the discussion of this workshop we will be talking in depth about the land around you, where you live or work and how the plants in that space are medicine for you. We will incorporate the ancestral indigenous knowing that all dis-ease stems from a lack of connection to nature and the plants, and practices to support you in deepening your intuition and listening to the plants around you.

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This course is offered every year by Owner and Creator of Mountain Hollow, Diana Hansen. Diana has been using and making flower essences for the past seven years. Flower essences are a gentle yet powerful tool meant to be shared and offered with love. This course it usually offered sometime in July.

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 Japanese Shinrinyoku Or Forest Bathing
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

Japanese Shinrinyoku Or Forest Bathing

The Japanese concept of Shinrinyoku or Forest Bathing promotes the health benefits of spending time in nature (especially a forested setting) just being present, slowing down, and observing natural surroundings with all of our senses.

Rebecca will guide us on a forest walk involving slow, quiet walking with the invitation to focus on a particular sense or activity (for example- notice what is moving, observe the light and darkness, spend time touching trees/moss/water...). After each invitation the group will come together and share observations before moving onto a new sense. This guided walk ends by sharing a cup of tea made from some representative plants from the area. 

This workshop was facilitated by Rebecca Beidler from Peace of Earth Farm
Peace of Earth is a small farm in Albany, VT dedicated to building soil and growing tasty nutrient filled food. We strive to use the wisdom of natural systems as our guide.

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We are in the process of developing our gardens and improving the soil without using mechanical tillage. Instead we create gardens with the help of chickens, pigs, and sheet mulching. Sheet mulching involves covering the ground with a barrier layer that will break down within a season (cardboard or newspaper) topped with composted manures and mulch layers.  This smothers weeds, adds fertility and keeps the soil covered.

We do not use pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. We prefer to plant organic and open pollinated seeds as much as possible so that we can save our own seeds and keep a wide variety of delicious heirloom varieties alive.

We grow sprouts and shoots year round for sale at local stores and restaurants.  We also offer Community Supported Agriculture shares June-October.  Mushrooms are a new venture for us, we hope to have shiitakes for sale in 2016.  A wide variety of fruits have also been planted on the farm and over time will be a larger part of our offerings, perhaps some in the pick your own format.

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Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine

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Judy Jarvis is a certified Homeopath from Riverside Wellness in East Hardwick, massage therapist, biofield tuning practitioner and essential oil enthusiast. She has been studying with two  acupuncturists for several years  exploring and learning the concepts of how the essential oils balance and create harmony in our being. 

This is a workshop to explore essential oils looking through the fascinating  lens of Chinese medicine. The 5 elements of wood - liver/gallbladder, fire - heart/pericardiam, earth - spleen/stomach, metal - lung/ large intestine, water - kidneys/bladder are a unique way to look at your own being and it's imbalances. We will explore a few essential oil's from each element and look at them in terms of regulating energy, warming, cooling, ridding dampness, tonifying,  sedating and calming the shen. I will bring the oils and you can get a sense of the different energies and how they feel in your body and spirit.  


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Introduction to Sound Healing
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Introduction to Sound Healing

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In this 2-hour introductory workshop we will go over theory, history, benefits, do live demonstrations, and have a live sound meditation! Sound therapy can be profoundly healing for nearly all common complaints because it works at the roots of disease and discomfort - vibrating away stagnant energy, tension, and cellular toxins while allowing the body to come into harmonious alignment. In this way, it can be used as a preventative or a cure. The beautiful tones considered sacred by many Eastern traditions act to relax the body and mind, bringing us into a deep meditative state where we can let go of the day to day and gain clarity on our paths. Combined with the energetic and cellular clearing, sound therapy is often experienced as a reawakening. Come see for yourself how easy it is to free yourself, friends, and loved ones of the most painful and troublesome health concerns and see how easy it is to relax, reset, and reawaken! 

This workshop was taught by Kirk Jones, Certified Master Sound Healer, International Academy of Sound Healing.

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Breathwork For Regeneration
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Breathwork For Regeneration

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Our breath is the sacred key to unlocking the depths of our own psyche, the unconscious and our full capacity to feel our stored emotions. Breathwork is a simple and profound practice that opens up the gateway for deep cathartic healing through simple breathing techniques. The practice is typically done laying down and in a safe environment where one is free to express themselves through making sound. Often times physical sensations arise in the body and participants may feel a change in temperature (so bring a blanket) as well as experience an intense emotional release. This journey begins with the breath and is carried on as a personal exploration. The sound of the singing bowls help to steep into the body and unlock resistance as well as melt you into safe space and deep peace.

Some people experience visions, insight on past life karma, this lifetime trauma release, states of bliss, physical sensations and major breakthroughs. Please come with an open mind.

The Breathwork Experience is not suggested for those with heart problems or high blood pressure. 


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This workshop was offered by Alexandra Ma. Since youth, Alexandra has been inspired by movement; an interest which has provided her with a deep passion for body awareness and mindfulness. She began teaching yoga in Nicaragua and then proceeded to bring her practice to Vermont. When not offering retreats in Canada, Bali and elsewhere she teaches weekly classes and at Yoga Festivals throughout the U.S and has deep roots in Vermont. A createress, a singer, dancer and earth worshiper. Alexandra walks the world with an open heart and open mind, always playing the role as a student, gathering information to pass on. She lives with the aim to inspire others through song, embodiment, creativity, balance, travel and trust. Alexandra is co-founder of Shakti Sanctuary, a women's empowerment movement that threads together community at retreats and events worldwide. She works with Kali Brgant at: www.WisdomWithinYou.com Alexandra strongly believes in earth based education and connecting to nature. She has studied with the School of Lost Boarders and The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education. She leads outdoor youth camps and works with festivals to teach about plants and living in harmony with nature. Visit Wanderlust Festival for tickets and check out Events page. Alexandra studied with School Yoga Institute 200HR YTC, Soul Yoga with Hari Kirin Kaur for Kundalini Level 1, Shakti Initiation 300 HR YTC, Clarity Breathwork, School of Lost Boarders Vision Quest Training 2017

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