Living Herbalsim: Entering the Circle



with Samuel Perry & Susanna Raeven 

July 17 – 19, 2020

What does a living herbal tradition look like? This is a precious opportunity to explore the wisdom of traditional herbal energetics amidst the blooming gardens at Raven Crest Botanicals, a magical herb farm in upstate NY.  Whether you are just starting out on your herbal journey or if you have been studying for some time, an understanding of the traditional skills of pattern recognition and assessment are at the core of a successful herbal practice.

Together we hone observational skills to identify the medicinal properties of plants and to discern the particular physical and emotional states in ourselves and others that these plants can remedy. We will train to see the plant world and our own bodies as a part of nature's cycles and offer a variety of tools to encourage and inspire you to engage the living world directly.

Samuel Perry is a practicing clinical herbalist who is dedicated to giving students a direct experience of herbal energetics using simple intuitive methods. As herbalists we practice looking deeply into the patterns of the natural world. Sam’s method offers a way to receive, retain and reflect on this vast amount of information and develop a fluid herbal practice based on direct observations.

Susanna Raeven, herbalist and owner of Raven Crest Botanicals, will co-host and share her plant knowledge and wise women teachings with you.

During this magical and insightful weekend, you will:

- Take time to open your heart in the garden
- Tour a working herb farm and experience a plant's journey
   from seed to herb to harvest to medicine
- Learn about the energetic circle of plant medicine
- Make your own flower essence
- Engage the plants on guided walks full of  practical ID and uses as well as
   memorable stories and folklore  
- Learn the practice of ethical foraging and wildcrafting
- Create a plant mandala


Samuel Perry RH(AHG):
Sam is a Registered Herbalist member of the American Herbalist Guild and runs a clinical practice in Albany, NY. A core faculty member of Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbal Medicine, Sam teaches herbal energetics, leads botany walks and helps supervise the student clinic. Previously, Sam worked for two years as the farm manager at Raven Crest Botanicals and is devoted to this beautiful community and to this magical land.
Susanna Raeven:
Community herbalist and owner of Raven Crest Botanicals, Susanna holds in her heart a deep connection to the plant world. She lives and breathes with the plants in her garden and studies Earth centered spiritual practices and cultures.  She offers herbal consultations, leads plant walks, is a guest teacher at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism and hosts herbal retreats.

What’s Included

  • Delicious vegetarian and vegan meals with farm-grown food
  • Beautiful accommodations
  • All classes and workshops, plant medicine harvest, making herbal medicines and flower essences, guided meditations, water blessing and more...
  • Train/bus station pickup from Albany if needed

Your non-refundable $100 deposit will reserve your spot



Camping $400

There are many beautiful spots to pitch a tent around the farm.  

Shared Indoor Space $450

For couples and close friends our beautifully decorated cabin and Mullein House offer shared beds. 

Shared Room $500

The peaceful and beautifully decorated Mullein House has shared rooms with two or three beds available.

Single Room $600

The beautiful Mullein House and Cabin offer single rooms with shared bathroom.

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