NORWAY RETREAT

MIDSUMMER WILD PLANT MEDICINE RETREAT

1st-5th August, 2018

Oppdal, Norway

There’s a special tune to the mountains of Norway. Stretching far and wide they sing the songs of the plants and animals that inhabit this often harsh environment of long dark winters, short days, and freezing temperatures. I invite you to listen and sing along.

About The Retreat

Come meet me in a cabin in the mountains in the middle of Norway, where I will teach you all about the magic and the medicine of the plants of my ancestral home. Whether you want to learn about the folk use and ancestral traditions or the science of the plant constituents, allow me to be your guide to the plants and landscape of Norway.

 

The Nordic summer allows for sunshine, lots of rain, and long days. The forests are flush with flowers, plants, trees and mushrooms that are breathing in the vitality of the light before the autumnal curtain once again draws a blanket over the landscape for another many months to come.

Midsummer in Norway brings forth memories of my childhood, sitting in the meadows of purple Monkshood flowers, the plants swaying tall in the wind. I can still clearly recall being told not to touch particular plants, and being warned that they were toxic. These warnings served to peak my curiosity about the plants. I would walk through fields of red clover, daisies, and violets, picking a bouquet for the table, seeing the bright pink hues of fireweed from afar. I did not know it then, but that was my initiation into plant medicine. Wafts of valerian, yarrow and meadowsweet remind me of the medicine they hold. The medicine of midsummer; of reveling in this time of peak summer. Allow me to engage your youthful curiosity and share the wisdom of this medicine with you.

 

This retreat will be taught in English, unless all participants understand Norwegian better than English, in which case it will be taught in Norwegian. 

We will gather in a private cabin near the mountain village of Oppdal, near Dovre National Park, about an hour from the west coast.

ABOUT THE CABIN: We will be staying in a modern Norwegian mountain log cabin. There is electricity and running water, a flushable toilet as well as an outhouse, shower, full kitchen and two comfortable lounging spaces. There is a garden, a firepit and a lovely view.

The cabin sleeps ten people, but if you would like to find your own accommodation you may do so. Email me for more information.

Three organic gluten free gourmet meals will be provided daily. We will have plant meditations, instruction, class time and field trips from morning until dinner, and sometimes also in the evenings.  

 

You will learn about:

 

  • Nordic Plant Mythology and Folklore

  • Plant Meditations

  • Dreaming with Plants

  • Flower Essences

  • Practices of Western Herbalism

  • Plant science: properties and constituents

  • Medicinal Mushrooms

  • Ethical Harvesting

  • The Art and Science of Making Herbal Tea

  • Herbal Medicine Making:

           Tinctures

           Oils and Salves

           Vinegars and Honeys

  • Plant Identification

  • Tree Medicine

  • Wild Weeds, Mushrooms and Berries

The Plants you will get to know

You will learn about the medicinal properties of these plants

Red clover

Trifolium pratense

Rødkløver

 

Red Raspberry Leaf

Rubus idaeus

Bringebærblad

 

Stinging Nettle

Urtica dioica

Brennesle

 

Elderflower

Sambucus nigra

Svarthyllblomst

 

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

Ryllik

 

Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion

Juniper  

Juniperus communis

Einer

Willow

Salix sp

Vier

 

Plantain

Plantago major

Groblad

Angelica

Angelica archangelica

Kvann

 

St Johns Wort

Hypericum maculatum

Firkantperikum

 

Mugwort

Artemisia vulgaris

Burot

 

Rhodiola

Rhodiola rosea

Rosenrot

 

Valerian

Valeriana sambucifolia

Vendelrot

 

Meadowsweet

Filipendula ulmaria

Mjødurt

 

Birch

Betula pubescens

Bjørk

 

Heather

Calluna vulgaris

Røsslyng

 

Chaga

Inonotus obliquus

Kreftkjuke

Birch polypore

Fomitopsis betulina

Knivkjuke

 

Red Belted Polypore

Fomitopsis pinicola

Rødrandkjuke

 

Violet

Viola tricolor

Fiol

 

Monkshood

Aconitum lycoctonum

Tyrihjelm

 

Horsetail

Equisetum arvense

Kjerringrokk

 

Shepherd’s Purse

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Gjetertaske

 

Lady’s Mantle

Alchemilla vulgaris

Marikåpe

 

Eyebright

Euphrasia officinalis

Øyentrøst

 

and probably many more…

 

To Register

 

To register email me at mailovaas@gmail.com

Please arrive in time for dinner on Wednesday evening at 7pm

Departure Sunday at 2pm

 

Getting To Oppdal

You can take the train to Oppdal; www.nsb.no

You can also fly to Trondheim or Molde airports;

www.norwegian.co

www.sas.no

and then take the corresponding bus to Oppdal. I can pick you up at the bus stop in town.

 

Cost

4 nights 5 days, lodging, food, herbs and all herbal medicine making supplies (jars, bottles, oils, alcohol, vinegars etc)  included

US$ 665 or NOK 5400,-

 

If you choose to find accommodation elsewhere (meals still included):

US$495 or NOK 4100,-

 

To reserve your spot you may either put down a deposit or pay in full


For more information please email mailovaas@gmail.com