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image (in the public domain) Venus at a Mirror by Peter Paul Rubens

$125/$95 early registration by June 29, 2017
Cost includes supplies and signed copy of Earth Mama's Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss

So much of what we put in our mouths arises from a stress-filled mind. If we slow down, tap into the bounty of nature, listen to the ancient wisdom of the aboriginal people, it is possible to lose weight, joyfully and then keep it off. In this series of workshops based in her new book Earth Mama's Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss, author Stephanie Rose Bird presents prayers, invocations, rituals and ceremonies to use along the path of transformation.

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, is a workshop wherein you will learn how to engage with the vision of the Goddesses and other helpful spirits, deities and beings, in the journey toward metamorphosis and self-transformation. Mirrors are the object featured in legend, lore and fairytale because they possess age old magic. They are attributed to spiritual beings like: Venus, La Sirene, Hathor, Tezcatlepoca and Ezili Freda. Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall invites students to embrace the beauty around and within us. This workshop asks attendees to look deeply within themselves to inspire their outward beings, with an eye towards how they want to be in the future.

In this workshop, you will create a mirror, befitting the image of who you want to become, inspired by goddesses, orishas and lwas of beauty, such as Oshun and Aphrodite. This ornamental mirror is suitable for aiding your magickal work or for adding to an altar of the appropriate god or goddess of your choice. After the mirror is completed, you will draw a self-portrait, created through vision quest and scrying in the magical mirror, using a variety of art materials.

Please bring a small hand mirror that can be held with one hand. Students should dress comfortably and be prepared for messy work, possibly bringing a smock or art shirt.

This is the second workshop in the series Earth Mama's Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss. Click here for the first workshop in the series, Cerridwen's Pig (June 3, 2017)


About the book

Earth Mama's Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss: How Earth Rituals, Goddess Invocations, Incantations, Affirmations and Natural Remedies Enhance Any Weight Loss Plan presents prayers, invocations, rituals and ceremonies to use along the path of transformation. Earth Mama’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss fills in gaps western approaches to dieting leave. This is a gentle and supportive guide to a dense collection of healing wisdom from around the world, which emphasizes the integration of the mind, body and spirit, cherished by our ancestors.

This is the first book to merge ancient wisdom, indigenous healing practices and contemporary earth-based spirituality to augment weight-loss. This book covers a broad range of topics and introduces approaches to weight-loss from across the globe. One thing it is not is another diet book. Who needs one? Earth Mama’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss is an easy to follow, hands-on guide, complete with recipes, rituals, ceremonies and prayers. This book focuses on non-Western approaches to healing, and advises readers to identify underlying issues behind obesity. These approaches include Chinese Medicine, East Indian Ayurveda, Native American and African practices, Herbalism, and Earth-based Spirituality. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) techniques, useful in losing weight, and keeping it off are explained thoroughly. Earth Mama’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss is useful for all levels of experience with alternative health and earth-based spirituality.

Stephanie Rose Bird is an expert in the field of alternative health and a practitioner of eclectic earth-based spirituality. Bird is the author of six books: Earth Mama’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss: How Mother Nature, Earth prayers and Goddess Rituals Enhance Any Weight Loss Plan (2017, Green Magic) ; The Big Book of Soul: the Ultimate Guide to the African American Spirit: Legends and Lore, Music and Mysticism and Recipes and Rituals, (2010, Hampton Road Publishers); A Healing Grove: African Tree Medicine, Remedies and Rituals ( 2009, Chicago Review Press); Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Biracial and Tri-racial Culture in America (2009, Greenwood Publishers) Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo and Conjuring with Herbs (June 2004, by Llewellyn Worldwide Publishers, which won the COVR award for Best General Interest Book in 2005); and Four Seasons of Mojo: An Herbal Guide to Natural Living(Llewellyn, 2006). She holds a BFA cum laude from Temple University, Tyler School of Art and a MFA from University of California at San Diego, where she was a San Diego Opportunity Fellow. She was a professor of fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for many years. She has also taught at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and Garfield Conservatory. Bird works as an herbalist, aromatherapist and sole proprietor of Almost Edible Natural Products. Her product line, which can be found on etsy.com, features herbal soap, incense, potpourri, bath salts, sachets and dream pillows. Bird wrote regularly for www.naturallycurly.com as resident herbalist. Her writing on herbalism, natural healing, complimentary therapies, herbal lore, goddesses, rituals and ceremonies has been featured numerous publications including, “Sage Woman Magazine” (Ase: from the Crossroads Column), “The Beltane Papers,” “PanGaia,” “International Journal of Aromatherapy,” “Aromatherapy Today,” “The Oracle,” “Herb Quarterly,” “Herb Companion,” “The Llewellyn Magical Almanac,” “The Llewellyn Herbal Almanac” “Enlightened Practice,” E-pregnancy and “Spell-a-Day.” As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Bird studied the art, rituals and ceremonies of Australian Aborigines in the outback of the Northern Territory. Bird leads group rituals and ceremonies in conjunction with her writing, across the country.She is a hereditary intuitive and healer specializing in positive energy work and spiritual cleansing using African plant wisdom.


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