What is Plant Spirit Medicine?
The wild weeds growing in your garden, the tiny plants bursting through the cracks in the sidewalk and the tall trees in the forest are eager to help you. Yes, these wild plants, some of them considered weeds have medicine for you.
We aren’t the only 'living aware beings' on earth, the rest of the world is alive too. The plants, animals, mountains, sun, rain and clouds are also 'living aware beings'. The indigenous people of the world have always known and respected this and consider nature to be a great teacher and healer.
Humans have received healing from the spirits of plants since the beginning. Plant spirit medicine (PSM) is an ancient shamanic way of working with plants. Instead of using the physical plant to treat physical symptoms, I work with the spirits of plants to heal the spirits of people. I help you rediscover a deeper, more meaningful relationship with yourself, your loved ones and the living world of nature.
This type of plant spirit medicine is a hands on approach to healing. What that means is, instead of giving you tinctures or teas, I gently touch you and call on the spirit of my plant friends to come through my hands to help you.
Eliot Cowan, my plant spirit medicine teacher and author of the book Plant Spirit Medicine, describes it like this, “Plant spirit medicine is the shaman's way with plants. It recognizes that plants have spirit and that spirit is the strongest medicine. Spirit can heal the deepest reaches of the heart and soul.”
Imbalances of the spirit are at the root of our heartaches, fears, frustrations and our challenges in life. The more disconnected we become from Nature and from meaningful human relationships, the more we need medicine for our spirit.
To our modern minds this may seem a little out there but the idea of having relationships with plant spirits was once way more than an 'idea' but a way of life. Have you ever had a conversation with your garden plants?
Like in gardening, during plant spirit medicine treatments, weeds are pulled, the soil is prepared and seeds are planted. The seeds are then nourished by the sun and rain and tended to by the care of the gardener. It takes time for a plant to grow but before you know it you can’t believe the miracle of transformation in front of you. This is what it’s like with plant spirit medicine.
How can Plant Spirit Medicine help me?
My plant spirit medicine clients report that they have deeper more meaningful relationships with themselves, their loved ones and with Nature. They start living with more purpose and heart connection.
People who were frozen in fear and couldn't get off the couch found the courage to engage the world again. People who were consumed with anger softened and discovered how to communicate their feelings before exploding. And as a result their relationships deepened.
People I’ve worked with have experienced…
“sometimes I felt quite subtle affects during and after a session that seemed overtime to help nudge me to feel more deeply, be more centered in my heart, be more at peace, brightened, and connected to the world, and I also experienced changes quite noticeably during a few sessions- as deeply enlivening and unblocking.” -T.D.
“Many of my personal issues that I have brought forth have been in regards to my relationship with my partner. After having a PSM treatment, I have found that the plants help him too. We often end up having much clearer communication and he tends to understand me more.”-L.S.
Where did you learn Plant Spirit Medicine?
I took the Plant Spirit Medicine healer training with Eliot Cowan and Alison Gayek in Boulder Creek, California. I graduated in 2008 and was recognized by the Temple of Sacred Fire Healing as a Plant Spirit Medicine Lay Spiritual Healer in 2011. I’m a professional member of the Plant Spirit Medicine Association. I continue my ongoing studies in Plant Spirit Medicine with Eliot Cowan and Alison Gayek by attending clinical trainings.
What's the process of getting Plant Spirit Medicine treatments?
- We begin with an intake assessment that is split into two 90 minute sessions (if you're coming from out of town we can do it in one session). We talk about your concerns about your life, health and we talk about your history. Mostly you share and I listen. I also do a Chinese Five Element diagnostic physical exam.
- The intake gives me the big picture of who you are. With this holistic view I create a treatment plan tailored to you. Even though the intake isn't a 'treatment' my clients are always surprised how therapeutic it is. A week or two later you come back for your first PSM treatment.
- The first treatment typically lasts 90 minutes and after that they last up to an hour.
How many treatments will I need and how often?
- Each PSM treatment builds on the one before. At first treatments are once a week or every other week. It’s common to need one treatment a week, or every other week, for 6-10 weeks in order get things moving in the right direction for you. As wellness deepens, the treatments are spaced farther apart.
There’s no limit to the amount of support or length of time the plants can help you. Many people continue to receive PSM because the plants continue to support them and the healing they receive deepens. I’ve been receiving PSM treatments for over 10 years because the plant spirits continue to help me!
Where do you see PSM clients for treatments?
Plant Spirit Medicine healing sessions take place at my home healing office on the westside of Santa Cruz on Woodrow Avenue.
What’s the cost?
Plant Spirit Medicine Intake: $257
Plant Spirit Medicine Treatments: $100
How do we get started?
Contact me today for a FREE 20-minute phone session to explore the changes you'd like to make in your life. I'd love to help you rediscover a deeper, more meaningful relationship with yourself, your loved ones and the living world of nature. Call me at 831-588-5424 or Click this link to email me now.