21-26 September 2023
INITIATION INTO THE
Artemisia Vulgaris |
MUGWORT is an ancient mother of the plant kingdoms, known to be one of the oldest plant genuses existing still. Her wisdom and essence runs deep in our ancestral memories and soul records which makes her a potent guide and teacher to work with when we want to connect to hidden truths and reveal our inner potential. She can help us restore balance within our inner feminine & masculine polarity and ease the integration of the teachings that we learn throughout our healing journey and personal awakening. Her essence is deeply feminine which is elevated and heightened in her threefold nature where she shows us her links to the triple goddess deity where the Crone essence is dominant.
MOON & VENUS are her planetary correspondences
Named after Artemis who was the goddess of the Moon and Hunt. Together with the planetary aspects of the plant she reveals her feminine qualities. She illuminates the darkness or hidden realms inside of us when we connect with her - strengthening our intuition and inner vision - and leads us to know ourselves through the unique creative potential that resides within our heart. She protects us as we journey and guides us through the depths of our wounds or outdated/negative patterns helping us to heal that which is out of balance and ready to be transformed.
Mugwort is an excellent ally for the highly sensitive souls or for the one's that have an over-stimulated or under-active nervous system. She can help us to connect with our emotional body and listen to the messages of our feelings which may lead to greater self-awareness and knowledge of one's inner world and personal needs.
As Mugwort is working primarily within the sacral, heart and third eye chakra she stimulates and encourages us to express and use our creativity intuitively which may lead to us explore and discover new parts of ourselves.
Mugwort is a Gatekeeper Plant: She guards the threshold of the higher and lower worlds / spiritual and physical dimensions. When trusted she reveals to us that which we need to see to further grow, heal and expand as a being. She strengthens our connection to our higher self and other nature/plant spirits.
Mugwort is an Illuminator of Paths: She helps us clear blockages and move stagnant energies within our inner pathways and meridians. A gentle purifier and wayshower that shines light on the path of the Heart's Desire. She strengthens our nervous system which supports us in navigating within our emotional body. Through this connection we may establish a stronger connection to the body, mind and spirit.
Mugwort is a plant spirit Alchemist: Her medicine may assist us in transmuting lower energies, such as traumas, ancestral pain, negative thought patterns and fear programs and is to be highly valued. Mugwort can work deep in the hidden layers of our pain body and support us as we heal and integrate the teachings. She is also an excellent ally to work with if you want to deepen your knowledge on crafting plant medicines, herbalism and healing with plants.
Spiritual Medicine of Mugwort
Affinities: Digestive system, Liver, Gallbladder, Nervous system and Female reproductive
Actions: Bitter Tonic, Carminative, Cholagogue/Choleretic, Nervine Sedative, Nervine Stimulant, Emmenagogue, Mild Uterine Antispasmodic, Mild Anthelmintic
Energetics: Warming, Drying, Relaxant, Stimulant
Physical Medicine of Mugwort
MUGWORT is a medicinally potent plant and has a vast directory of actions within the body.
Nervous system: Mugwort revitalizes the nervous system and has both stimulating and sedative qualities. It calms nervousness, anxiety and tension and can be a great medicine for insomnia. If the nervous sytem is slow or less responsive because of poor blood circulation, nutrition or trauma it stimulates nerve activity and can help restore balance in this way
Liver, Gallbladder & Digestive: Mugwort increases the production of bile in the liver and gallbladder which helps with digestion, It can also help eliminate intestinal parasites.
Vivid Dreams: Mugwort has a profound effect on the subconscious mind and is renowned to be a potent dream herb which can help one connect to the deeper hidden messages in dreams and many times evoke both vivid and lucid dreams. Through journeying with the plant in our dreams we can receive guidance on our personal path of healing and remembering.
Stimulating menses and soothing PMS complaints: Through stimulating blood flow to the reproductive organs and relieving tension in the uterus together with its downward draining attributes, Mugwort helps in regulating menses and may soothe the ones whom have PMS complaints, as the sedative qualities of the plant combined with its effect on the liver it helps in metabolizing reproductive hormones that may impact the mood negatively.
Balancing hormones: Mugwort works on restoring hormonal balance, specifically targeting excess of androgen hormones and heightened levels of testosterone compared to estrogen and progesteron.
This journey is initiated during the time of Autumnal Equinox which is an energetically potent portal of change, harvest and ripening of fruits and seeds. We want to utilize this time to invite the Mugwort deva to hold us in her brightest light as we open up our connection with her. By spending time in nature during the seasonal transits we may strengthen our connection with the Spirit of Change which is working actively at this time.
On the day of the equniox we will be harvesting Mugwort ceremonially together and make an infused medicinal oil that you can bring with you home and use to deepen your connection with Mugwort after the retreat.
During the 5 days of journeying we will encourage everyone to be in silence and spend time connecting with nature, the elements, your own inner voice, journaling, drawing, painting, moving and meditating. We want to give the plant space to communicate with us and this is best established when we focus on our own inner process.
We have a selection of creative mediums for the ones that want to make art and instruments for the ones that feel inspired to plong on something. If you need to sing, or scream or laugh or read us all a poem that has inspired in you, please do so - it is not forbidden to speak or share what is on your heart.
There are big forests around the house and Mugwort grows all around the land. The garden is a sanctuary where you can enjoy yourself in fairy tale dreamy locations. If you need someone to talk to Jennifer & Diane will be there for you throughout the entire journey and we will check in on you every day to make sure you are doing well.
All activities that are offered during the journey are optional. It is important that you listen to your inner guidance during the time being here and if you feel called to do something else we honor that.
ACTIVITIES THAT ARE OFFERED & INCLUDED IN THE JOURNEY
MUGWORT PLANT BATHS
MUGWORT INFUSED SAUNA
MUGWORT CLEANSING CEREMONY
DAILY YOGA OR QI GONG
HARVESTING & MEDICINE MAKING
BASICS ON HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH & LISTEN TO PLANTS
CREATIVE TOOLS & INSTRUMENTS
All meals, bed linen & towels are included. Note that we will be serving organic locally sourced or self-grown food that is cooked and prepared with minimal spices, salt, oils and sugar to maximize our connection with the plant that we are journeying with. This allows for Mugwort's voice to be louder within us as we make space for her to enter us through the medicine that we will be ingesting 3 times a day. It is recommended to only eat that which is necessary to sustain energy levels and one is encouraged to do intermittent fasting if this is something that you know works for you. The reason why we don't want to eat too much when we journey with subtle plants are that we are more receptive and open energetically and intuitively while the body is not processing and digesting food. You will decide what works best for you and we will be serving food 3 times a day: breakfast. lunch & dinner.
The house have 4 double bedrooms with 2 single beds in each and a sleeping loft with another 9 single beds. You can choose if you want to stay in a private room, shared room or shared loft. See pictures below
Private single room: €1100
Shared double room: €1000
Single bed in sleeping loft: €950
WE HAVE 11 SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR THIS RETREAT: to participate we ask you to fill in an application form below and pay a deposit of €500 once you have been approved to secure your space. All payments are non-refundable.
HOW TO GET HERE
If you are travelling from abroad we suggest you fly in to Copenhagen Airport, Denmark and take the train from there to Malmö, Sweden. It takes about 20 minutes to the Central Station in Malmö. We will assist you in booking and organizing your transport from Copenhagen or Malmö to our location. Total travel time from Copenhagen Airport to us is approx 1.5 hours.