A Local, Wild, Native, Plant-Base Approach

With eco-systems in jeopardy, what is the diet of the Now? What is the gentlest, most compassionate way to maintain vibrant nutritional health and support the healing of the environment? The answer to this question will determine the future of food. Join us as in an exploration of discovery.

There is no ‘one’ diet for everyone. Each of us is unique with different constitutions and therefore different nutritional needs. Through a study of the ancient wholistic science of Ayurveda, we will explore the effects of how and what we eat, how we live, what we think and how our relationships are all part of our nutritional health and well-being, and how our choices affect the vitality of the Earth. Ayurveda is a compassionate journey of self-discovery providing you with the tools to become your own best doctor. We integrate local, organic, plant-based, native, wild and in-season foods according to one’s unique constitutional blueprint.

Blending the Ayurveda lifestyle with the cutting-edge science of organic vegan live-food cuisine creates an integrated path toward the well being of oneself and the Earth.

Nourishing Wisdom: Feeding the Body-Nourishing the Spirit

6-Week Evening Series Online
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“At this point in our planetary history, if we are simply survive, we need to follow the law of unity between humanity and nature, If we keep trying to break the laws of nature, they will eventually break us”  ~Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Creating Peace by Being Peace: The Essene Sevenfold Path

Nourishing Wisdom is an empowering journey of understanding of our world, based on comprehending the far-outreaching implications of our food choices. Incorporating ancient practices, modern nutritional science, and systems theory. In this program each individual will be supported to move forward, allowing you to become freer, more intelligent to the wisdom within you, and become more compassionate and happier in the choices you make.

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The Local, Wild Living Design
Living Seeds - Living Soil - Living Plants

April 1 - 2, 2023

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ~Henry David Thoreau

A foundational workshop for the integration of edible and medicinal plants, local living nutrition, permaculture fundamentals, wholistic health, and herbalism principles. It encourages you to discover the symbiotic relationship between the soil of your inner and outer terrain. Discover the benefits of making cultured and fermented recipes; ancient detoxification practices for enhancing well-being; ways to apply herbal healing modalities and encompassing deep earth-centered skills into daily life practices. 

The World Peace Diet
Creating a Culture of Peace

4-Week Study Group
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“The revolution that is demanded by our yearning for peace, freedom, and happiness must provide a new foundation for our culture, moving towards values of respect, kindness, equality, sensitivity, and connectedness. Above all, this revolution must change our relationship to our meals—our most practiced rituals.”  ~Dr. Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet 

Shantree will share the tools and insights needed to understand veganism as a spiritual, cultural, physical and transformational path of awakening. A path that supports your health and the health of our planet. Learn how to effectively incorporate this understanding into your meals and lifestyle. Lecture presentations, interactive exercises, guided meditations, group discussions, and Q & A take you deeply into this ancient wisdom.

Energetic Medicine Mentorship:
Pattern Language & Plant Intelligence

July 8 - November 6, 2023

“If it’s not broken don’t fix it”~Dr. Gabriel Cousens., M.D.

At this point in our planetary history, if we are simply to survive, we need to follow the law of unity between humanity and nature. If we keep trying to break the laws of nature, they will eventually break us. Through an energetic system of plant medicine, there’s usually a system of energetics and this is how you match the plant/food to the person. The Sanskrit word for health is “Svastha.” It is the harmonious interaction of many components untied to make a whole. This union is the mind, soul, and senses infused with an abiding sense of self, wellness, and bliss. While it may seem daunting to achieve this, Ayurveda provides a wealth of functional and insightful tools that can be used to anchor us in the present moment throughout the chaos. It can help us determine the root of our suffering and place us on track to reclaim our optimal health.

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Conscious Nutrition Mentorship:
A Journey of Transformation

Date TBA

“When we look at nutrition from a purely scientific point of view, there is no place for consciousness. And yet, consciousness could be one of the crucial determinants of the metabolism of food itself.” ~Deepak Chopra., M.D.

What if the transition to a ‘Culture of Peace’ begins with what’s on our dinner plates?  Could a plant-based cuisine be the most practical action for cultivating a new era of personal health, social justice, and environmental protection? The Mentorship invites you into a dietary lifestyle that is powerful beyond what you can imagine. A synthesis of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, Earth Wisdom Teachings, and the cutting-edge knowledge of an Organic Plant-based Live-Food Cuisine, invite you into a lifestyle experience that supports both person and planet.   

Nutritional Herbalism Mentorship
Traditional Foods & Wild Plant Cuisine

June 17 - November 6, 2023

“The ultimate goal of both wild nutrition is not only the production of crops, but also the cultivation and perfection of new ways of seeing, of thinking, and acting in the world.”

This program is committed to the future of native and wild nutritional plants by educating and inspiring tomorrow’s foragers, wildcrafters, herbalists, forest gardeners, permaculturists and ecologists. It offers a rigorous and intensive immersion into the cultivation and use of nutritional plants. Discover how a genuine working relationship with Earth and the plants are the cornerstones for enduring personal, community and ecological health and happiness. Learn how to achieve the same benefits that natural systems demonstrate: stability, resilience, self-maintenance, self-renewal and increased nutrient conservation at personal and ecological levels.

Ask the Herbalist:
Lessons on Regeneration, Herbalism & Biodiversity

4-Week Cycle
Monthly Themes Online
Date TBA

“Herbalism is based on the relationship between plant and human, plant and planet, huma and planet. Using herbs in the healing process means taking part in the ecological cycle” ~Wendell Berry

Bioregional Herbalism embraces the concept that a genuinely wholistic healing style needs to draw on available natural resources within your region. Bioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Build your resilience by discovering how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection for yourself and the natural world.

The Incredible Edibles:
Foraging & Feasting Adventure

June 17 - 18, 2023

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ~Henry David Thoreau

An in-depth journey of the many facets, values, and uses of nutritional wild and native edible plants, and the trees of our bio-region. This practical training of Carolinian Canada’s edible plants will cover where to find them, when and how to gather and prepare them.

Nourishing Wisdom:
A Conscious Evolutionary Diet

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“Your body holds deep wisdom. Trust in it. Learn from it. Nourish it. Watch your life transform and be healthy.” ~Bella Bleue 

There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, creates a lifestyle that supports happiness, compassion, love and peace as the core values for a sustainable future. It is from this place that we begin our journey together. We will explore every way that food matters – from the reclaiming of personal vitality to supporting the life of our home planet.  Examine the far-reaching implications of our food choices and the worldview they reflect and mandate. 

Ayurvedic Living Nutrition
Deepening Connection, Compassion & Relationship

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“Ayurveda is a consciousness based approach to health a spiritual medicine recognizing the phenomenal intelligence in every grain, every seed, all life and every living thing.” ~Ayurvedic Wisdom

For 5000 years remarkable teaching has existed which is universal in its application and ageless in its wisdom. Ayurveda is the summation of this ageless knowledge. Discover, first hand, the life-changing, life-enhancing, no more worry about dieting, easiest and most compassionate way of eating through an Ayurvedic plant-based living foods approach to nutrition. Discover the power of comprehensive compassion to transform consciousness and purify the human spirit. 

Spiritual Nutrition:
The Path to Peace

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“The most important thing in considering a live-food diet is to understand that although we cannot eat our way to God, an Ayurvedically balanced live-food diet is the “Olympic” yogi’s diet for expanding consciousness and supporting the goddess Kundalini so that we can become a superconductor for the Divine.” ~Dr. Gabriel Cousens

Can the Ayurvedic Living Foods Lifestyle lift us from the prison of self-preoccupation and isolation, healing the mentality of domination, the rape of the feminine aspect and the practice of exclusivism? Can it support the growth of intuitive wisdom, cultivate compassion and be the seed for our spiritual ripening? The answer is YES! Find out how and why, as we speak to the deep spiritual hunger at the core of the nutritional dilemma and global crisis. Enlightening insights into the Food-Body-Mind-Emotion-Spirit-Nature connection offers a truly holistic platform for our exploration. Practicing the art of living cuisine becomes an opportunity for creative expression and a potent portal to the sacred.

Living the Solution:
Restoring Wholeness & Connection

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“The revolution that is demanded by our yearning for peace, freedom, and happiness must provide a new foundation for our culture, moving it away from its herding values of oppression and disconnectedness toward…values of respect, kindness, equality, sensitivity, and connectedness. Above all, this revolution must change our relationship to our meals—our most practiced rituals—and to our food, our most powerful inner and outer symbol.”
~Will Tuttle, World Peace Diet

This weekend brings together a Sevenfold constitutional lifestyle process, knowledge, insights, and empowerment tools to create a balanced nutritional lifestyle that supports you and your environment.

Ethical Foraging Herb Walks
The Art of Wildcrafting

Friday Evenings
April - September

“We must take our children into the wild, introduce them  to the plants, and teach them of their connection to the Earth.” ~Rosemary Gladstar

Foraging is the act of finding and gathering wild edibles and native foods. For the majority of our existence, humans have been foragers and gatherers of plants. By engaging in this age-old practise, we can provide ourselves with healthy FREE food and culinary delights, become more self-reliant, and connect on a much deeper level to the landscape in which we live. Over seven months, you will go from learning foraging skills – incorporating wild plants into your everyday life and gain the knowledge to share what you know with others confidently.

Vegan Nutrition - Resilient Cuisine
Herbivore Meets Locavore

August 26 - 27, 2023

Eating for the Earth
Voltaire said that the best (or the perfect) is the enemy of the good. And when it comes to diet, there is a definite risk that setting standards of perfection will paralyze us into inaction. On the flip side, it’s not great to let a few good choices make us so complacent that we don’t seek to do more.

We begin with plant walks and talks of learning how to shift from surviving to thriving and feeling fully alive. Learn about ways to integrate and create delicious recipes from local, wild and native plants that you can easily make at home to reduce the impact on the environment, improve health, and save money. Special attention will be given to essential nutrients (including protein) from local, plant-based sources.

Sacred Plant Medicine:
Doctrine of Signatures

August 19 - 20, 2023

“There is only one active ingredient in plant medicines: relationship. A plant spirit regenerates an individual as a favor to its friend-in-dreaming, the herbalist.”

The energetics of wild native medicines support our well being – well beyond our physical body. They connect us with the deep source of the earth. Exploring the energetic medicine of plants in an inspiring and practical format of the healing essence of plants and knowing a nourishing food to plant medicine through the five senses. A hands-on, participatory and enlightening experience.

The Art of Crafting Live-Cultured Foods

September 30 - October 1, 2023

“Wildculturing works with increasing the fecundity and perennial abundance of the inner and outer terrain. Wildculturing is toolbox packed full of traditional techniques and practices from simple ways to increase the quality of microorganisms of an inner microbiome or a microclimate. It brings back wholeness of the combined genetic material of the microorganisms in a particular environment.”

Discover the wonders of the gut microbiome, its role in health and how we can better support it. Learn the ancient food-preserving process that is bacterial fermentation, how it works and why these foods and drinks matter so much to health. Through this delightful experience,  taste a selection of delicious, nourishing mature fermented vegetable dishes and herbal beverages together to give you some inspiration for eating and drinking with gut health in mind.

Sprouts & Microgreens
Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden

Sprouting & Microgreens Two 4-Week Evening Series

March 29-April 19 & April 26-May 17, 2023
“Sprouts while inexpensive and easy to grow, afford one of the most concentrated but truly natural sources of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids (protein) known. They are also biogenic…. alive… and capable of transferring their life energy to your body. Biogenic foods are foods that when planted will create new life.”

~Dr. Ann Wigmore

Learn how to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in 7-Days the Low-Tech, No Lights Approach to Abundant Harvest. Easy to plant, grow, and harvest in pots or trays on your porch, patio, deck, balcony, or windowsill. We’ll cover all the details the steps necessary to sprout these nutritious living foods – from soaking to enjoying. All the essentials will be included in detail and look at differences between various seed types. With over 100 sprouting seeds you can choose from to grow in your indoor garden, this is a great way to diversify your diet and is super fresh year-round. This series shows you the first step in your path to natural living foods – Be Empowered!

The Sevenfold Path:
Unleashing Your Inner Hero Residential Apprenticeship Program

23-Day Experience July 2 - 23, 2023

In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This mentorship offers grounded skills, knowledge, and perspectives that opens the way into a more regenerative future for yourself and the Earth. This hands-on experience unlocks skills and potential, passions and insights that open forest of possibilities. A Sevenfold Path Educator is someone who can ‘walk-the-talk.’ Individuals who are potent catalysts for change, who have a deep desire to be part of the global transition. The world needs people who choose to embrace the invitation to be emissaries of conscious evolution—pioneering souls who can ‘live the solution’ in all areas of their lives.