Plant initiations

Elder - The Wise Healer

In-person Elder Initiations are held at Sweetwater Sanctuary in Danby, Vermont - Initiation facilitator is Pam Shared indoor accommodations (or camping) at Sweetwater are inclusive in the cost. 10:00 am Friday - 3:00 pm Sunday.

June 7-9 in-person Elder Initiation  Pay Here

September 6-8 in-person Elder Initiation   Pay Here

On-line Elder Initiation August 9-11    Pay Here

OR You can send a check of $435 for the in-person Intiations or $375 for the on-line Initiation to Partner Earth Education Center, 1525 Danby Mtn. Rd., Danby, Vt. 05739.

Lavender - Bringer of Deep Inner Peace

July 2-7 in Provence, France

This retreat will take place in the heart of Provence from Tuesday evening July 2nd to Sunday afternoon July 7th, 2024.

If you ever dreamed of walking on the ochre land of Provence, where the essence of Lavender weaves into every facet of this enchanting region, join us for an all-inclusive 5 day retreat. Located on the "plateau of Valensole", an hour away from Aix-en-Provence, you will participate in an immersive experience in the heart of the Lavender fields. Our home-base will be at the lovely Casa Olta in the Gorges du Verdon.

This event will be held within a ceremonial context where Lavender will be working with you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually in an initiatory way.

For more information about the retreat:

Reserve a FREE 15 minute discovery call with Celine Roche, our French host, to learn more about the course and travel arrangements.


Initiations led by Associate Facilitators

Mugwort - Artemis, Goddess of the Wild

Mugwort is undomesticated and free to be herself. She embodies the magic of dream time, both day and night-time. Mugwort cleanses and moves stagnant energy, helping us to let go of what is no longer needed.

May 2 - 5

Location: Crieff Hills Retreat Center Crieff Hills – Retreat & Conference Centre

Near Cambridge, Ontario (45 minutes from Toronto)

Cost: $ 417 USD /$ 547 CAN

Facilitator: Wendy Redfern  (905) 484-6136 


$107 USD, $147 CAN deposit to confirm your spot. Full refund if you cancel by April 15th. 50% refund thereafter, unless we can fill your spot, in which case you will receive a full refund.

Please contact Wendy to register:

Wendy is a holistic body listener with over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist, myofascial release practitioner, and reiki master. More recently, she has been working with plant spirits and combines individual therapy sessions with the medicine of the plant spirits.

Wendy offers monthly “Nature Commune” gatherings year-round outside. She offers plant communication workshops, nature kinship deepening playshops and Plant Spirit Initiations.

She brings a deeply rooted presence along with a curious and joyful heart to her work with the green beings and humans. She is inspired to help others to fully awaken and to remember their true essential nature as non separate from all of Life. Her joy and passion are in assisting others to bring their unique and needed gifts more forward into the world and in co-creating community.

Wendy resides in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

Another Initiation with Mugwort

The Plant Spirit Experience with Mugwort
This 5-week virtual workshop delves into Plant Spirit Medicine, a profound exploration reconnecting us with our ancestral roots.
When: April 7 - May 5, 2024

Cost: $375 (Early Bird Discount and Payment Plans Available!

Learn More and Register:

Your facilitator is LeeAnne Feliciano

Embark on a transformative journey with our upcoming online course, the Plant Spirit Experience! Many ancient traditions assert that plants possess a language—a call that beckons to us if we listen. 

This 5-week virtual workshop delves into Plant Spirit Medicine, a profound exploration reconnecting us with our ancestral roots. You'll be guided to unravel the essence of this practice, exploring concepts like creating a sacred altar, brewing Mugwort tea, and participating in a plant ceremony. 

Whether you've felt a disconnect from the world around you, experienced a spiritual awakening, or simply wish to deepen your connection to spirituality, this course is your guide. Join a community of like-minded individuals, ready to explore the boundless possibilities of a partnership with plant consciousness.


Working Shamanically with Plants and Trees

Initiation is an ancient form of ceremony that brings one into maturity taking up their place within the collective. In traditional society initiation was a coming of age where the young person became an adult stepping into their role within the “tribe”. The elders would perform the Initiations that sometimes took up to a year to complete but always culminating in a great ritual and then feast. In modern times the Initiation process has been mostly forgotten so that there are many adults who have never had the opportunity to come into their maturity bringing forth their gifts in order to serve the community. The elders, too, are mostly gone so that even for those who would like to be an Initiated human there is not the ability. In my deep work with plants I continue to be amazed at how they step up to the plate and provide us with exactly what we need. So it has come about that the common plants are taking on the role of the Elder and are initiating us into what it means to be truly human living within the collective.

A Plant Initiation is an opportunity to work deeply with a plant or tree where we not only receive personal healing but also become bonded with the particular plant and receive the plants healing gifts to then work with oneself, others or the planet. This very intimate sharing with a plant allows for guidance on many issues, opens doors of perception, brings healing on all levels and expands one’s consciousness.

During this three day initiation we will be in ceremony the entire time which requires that you stay the full length of time at Sweetwater Sanctuary. We will be ingesting an elixir that has been prepared ceremonially to enhance the consciousness expanding qualities of the plant. We suggest fasting while we will ingest the elixir at various times throughout the three days. If for some reason you are unable to fast then specific foods will be available for you. If you need a full component of food you may bring what you need. We will deepen with the plant in many ways including dreaming, journeying, taking on the essence of the plant aided by mask making and experiencing the plant through Greenbreath. We will step into the initiatory experience of dismemberment which is a traditional shamanic way of dying to the old and being reborn into a new you. Our plant ally will aid us in ways known and unknown as we will leave space for the magic and mystery to emerge.

You will be asked to prepare yourself ahead of time by eating certain foods and refraining from certain activities. Entering an Initiation with clear body, mind and spirit is a way of honoring of the Elder Teacher Plant, who is the initiator. It is with utmost respect that we approach these magnanimous beings as they lay the fertile ground for a deep transformative experience. You will emerge from this Initiation in a new skin. Be prepared to change your life.

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Travel Information

Getting to Sweetwater Sanctuary in Danby, Vermont


For your GPS enter 1525 Danby Mountain Road, Danby, Vermont NOT Danby Hill Rd.

If you don't have GPS travel to Danby, Vt. on Route 7. From the North turn right onto Mt. Tabor Rd. Then turn right onto Main St. then turn left onto Brook Rd. Travel up Brook Rd. approximately 3.5 miles and then turn left onto Keeler Rd. At the T take a right and then the next left onto Danby Mountain Rd. We are the first place on the left. Park in the designated area.

Coming from the South follow the above directions only turning left onto Mt. Tabor Rd.

OR if traveling on Route 30 from Manchester one mile past the town of Dorset turn right onto Danby Mountain Rd. and we are approximately 5.6 miles on the right.


There are buses from Burlington on Greyhound and Vermont Translines to Manchester, Vt.

There are Greyhound and Vermont Translines buses from Albany, NY and the Albany Airport to Manchester, Vt.


If you are flying internationally the best way to get here is to fly to Boston, Ma. And then take a Cape Air flight to Rutland, Vt. There are three flights a day. Otherwise, the closest airport to us is Albany, NY. Vermont Translines has a bus from the airport to Manchester, Vt. Or you can rent a car.

Burlington, Vt. is actually the least favorable airport to fly into but there is a bus from there as well.

Train from NYC:

Amtrak from Penn Station to Rutland, Vt. there is one train a day.

We can pick you up in Rutland or Manchester for a fee of $10 one way.

Please let us know if we can help you further with your travel plans.

Refund Policy:

You will receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee if you need to cancel. Please let us know as soon as you can since there is usually a waiting list of folks interested in attending.

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