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Spirit Weavers Gathering: Herbal Massage for Women


  • CEDAR SONG SANCTUARY, Southern Oregon (map)

Spirit Weavers Gathering is a five day celebration for Women, camped together in the forests of Oregon, celebrating cultures past and present,  a remembering and practicing of basic human skills to ensure the survival of the body and the soul. Fermenting foods, weaving, dying fabrics, creating ceremony, sharing meals at night and dreams in the morning, the making of plant medicines- singing songs, together as a community- these were the common knowledge ways and part of the simple pleasures of a life lived in balance and harmony with nature. Let us gather together as Women and share our skills in remembrance of the beauty path and an honoring of our Ancestors. 

COME TOGETHER

We will come together as sisters and children of the earth to sleep upon the sweet earth as one.

OUR DAYS

Our days will be filled with sharing earth keeper skills, sacred movement and ceremonial magic.

OUR NIGHTS

Our nights will be a time of songs sung around the warmth of the fire, sharing stories under the star filled sky, quiet reflection, and integration.

Micha will teach:

Herbal Compress Massage: Thai Traditional Healing for Women 

Herbal Compress Massage, Thai traditional healing for women’s health

So often massage is considered a luxury spa service, only indulged in on special occasions, but in many traditional cultures healing touch is sacred. a necessary form of daily nourishment, Traditionally, in Thailand, massage was taught in temples, a meditation of loving kindness between giver and receiver. This healing touch is shared as a regular practice at home between family, friends and loved ones. Central to the heart of the Thai tradition for women is the art of Herbal Compress Massage.

Wild medicinal plants are lovingly wrapped in cotton cloth, steamed until warm and massaged into areas of tension and stagnant energy. This technique is especially useful for hormonal imbalance, deep tension and as a spiritual aid to overcome anxiety. I teach practical hands-on herbal massage skills that are surprisingly easy and effective to share, even after a short workshop.

Chanting together we will focus our minds, open our hearts and create safe sacred space to explore the message. We will see, smell and discuss traditional asian and western herbs useful for hormonal balance and postnatal healing and create our own compress bundles. In pairs women will have the chance to give and receive this healing work together.

We will learn simple herbal steam massage techniques to support women’s health including:

hormonal balance
endometriosis
fertility support
postnatal abdominal healing
breastfeeding support
clearing mastitis
easing the symptoms of menopause.

In Thai Ayurveda it is believed that the fire element maintains pregnancy and birth is brought about by wind. Herbal compress massage helps to fill a void that can be left in the belly after birth, replacing anxiety-producing wind with warming fire, earth and water. Mother is deeply nurtured by the practice, her uterus shrinks, afterbirth pains are soothed, the abdominal muscles are toned and separations closed towards the center, any grief stored in her belly is removed, her breasts are gently massaged to increase circulation and loosen any blockages in the ducts. She is left with a feeling of warm fullness and love. Many women find the practice healing even years after giving birth, and it is soothing and fertility enhancing for those who are not yet mothers.

It is my intention that the workshop not only teaches techniques to be shared in the future with friends and sisters but as a nurturing experience of sharing for all involved in the workshop. We finish with a closing the circle to share our experiences together.

(Women should come wearing comfortable clothing or a bathing suit, A top that is easy to lift or remove, that may possibly get wet with warm herbal water.)

Thai Yoga Bodywork: Sacred art of Giving and Receiving

Because I believe all women have the power to heal from our hearts with our hands.

Originally coming from the Ayurvedic ashrams of India, and culturally adapted in the Buddhist temples Thai Yoga Massage is a meditation in motion and a natural extension of yoga practice for both the giver and receiver. This workshop will teach techniques that can be shared with partners, friends and family to open energy blockages and release physical, emotional and spiritual tension. This massage is especially useful between friends because it can be shared at any time, anywhere without the need of oil, a massage table or the removal of clothing.

Sharing massage together deepens trust and emotional intimacy, reduces stress and lessens competitive pressure, opening you ever more deeply into universal qualities of the divine feminine: nurturing care, intuitive discernment and open receptivity.

We chant together to focus our minds and build a circle of trust. Working in pairs, you will be guided through a simple yoga-like flow of massage techniques. There will be time to practice at your own pace as I go around offering individual attention. We finish with a closing circle to share our experiences together.

My intention is for you to gain massage techniques to share with the ones you love, but also to experience the nurturing beauty of sacred touch, giving and receiving with this healing circle of women.

(students should wear comfortable yoga clothing)