Workshop – Holidays: Wild Healing Plants
Link with Nature"
green mountains of mid-north Portugal
streams of pure waters are freely flowing
air is naturally perfumed and clean
Hike into the mountains and valleys, meet the wild
plants in their chosen habitat
and learn about some of their qualities and folk uses.
your own medicinal and culinary herbs; make your own extracts,
medicated oils, herbal pillow,
magic amulet. Discover
the benefits of a water massage under the cascade.
Embrace with the Nature
Program (7 days)
- 1st day -
probably in the afternoon, making acquaintance with group and
surroundings, finding your spot, etc. Welcome meeting, outline of the
workshop. Evening meal in the kitchen, using as much as possible local
products,local wine, mineral water and herbs tea.
After dinner: sky watch. There seem to be more stars than elsewhere due
to altitude, clean air and geography of Portugal.
- 2nd day
- Break-fast in the garden, or indoors, depending on the
- Meet the closest “neighbors”:
herbs growing on old walls around the house and along the path through
the surrounding forest; collect samples of identified species to dry
for later use.
- Stop for a drink by the freshest spring water of the area.
- A dive in the river, depending
on the season
Lunch in the house/garden: mama´ soup, local bread from wood oven,
fresh goat cheese
from the highest village, salads from neighbors gardens, etc,
Afternoon: walk the “Alley of the Hugs” very ancient and narrow way
towards the upper side of the village in the direction of the flank of
mountain Safra where we find and collect different interesting species,
depending of the season (Cestinela tridentate, Bacharis trimera, Caluna
vulgaris, Rubus vilosus, oa.)
- On the way we can “water massage”, under the cascade.
- Back home: discuss drying methods, organizing articles collected
- 3rd day
mountain to Santo António da Neve (Saint Antony of the Snow, 15
where, in the past, snow was collected and kept in snow pits (still
there) for royal summer refreshment. Here we collect some good species
for medicated oils such as: anthemis n., hypericum p., caluna v., crataegus;
Discussions of top subjects on top of the mountain under the old cedar
trees; lunch catered on location, while enjoying a great
view at 1200m of altitude. Along the mountain-crest are several
places/hill-tops, each with its herbs and breath taking views and fresh
water springs of varied mineral qualities. Back home: care for notes
and articles collected.
- Out for dinner to the next village for evening regional meal
specially prepared for the group by Dona Emília.
- Work on notes
- 4th day - trip
(1 hour drive) to ancient mountain, historic and pre-historic site,
power-place where wild lavender, rock rose and other species grow
(specially for our herbal pillows) among amazing rock formations.
Pic-nic lunch on a magic spot, next to the ancient circular fortress,
legendary town of Sortelha (magic ring), and Terreiro das Bruxas
(terrace of the witches); the perfect setting to consider the magic use
Back home, dinner at Lusitana´s patio.
Continuation of homework.
- 5thday - Walk
the ancient road over the small roman bridge to Coentral, rest by the
old fountain, continuing with hike along Ribeira do Quelhas towards one
source of the river.
- exploring the river bed and
riverbanks: authentic bio-tops where rare species of plants and insects
are to be found; also natural pools where one can have healthy and
refreshing dives followed by some considerations over the surrounding
6th day - Home pharmacy: preparation/production of medicinal
oils, extracts, and syrups. Discussions: work on notes; With pauses to dive in the river
pool, walk under the oaks or just stretch your gaze looking out into
- 7th day – Herbal magic and aromatic
cushions/pillows, herbal compresses; smoke healing – smudging,
bundles - amulets, etc.
after dinner - packing
- 8th day departure
probably early in the morning (if with public
In principle everyday:
we have specially prepared meals, in the house or garden, or catered on
sometimes we prepare the meals ourselves to experience cooking with
visit the habitat of different species over different areas of the
mountains and riverbeds;
this involves some walking/hiking
have small lectures, take notes in the house and on location;
make sketches or photos of species
have practical exercises.
The daily program will be discussed every morning
and adapted depending on
season conditions of weather and others.
have three houses in a small village nested in the mountains Serra da
Lousã, 220km north of Lisbon, 55km south-east of Coimbra. A small river
of pure clear water by the door, where we can swim at several places
houses are of old rural architecture with thick stone walls, restored
in recent years, simple and functional with a certain comfort,
surrounded by nature: all three houses have tab water that comes from
pure springs in the surrounding mountains, one of them has a spring in
the garden. The rooms have good beds, we share 4 bathrooms two of them
with tub bath, the other two with shower. Across the bridge over the
river, some meters from the house, starts the forest composed
old oaks and chestnuts but also pines and eucalyptus, creating a
quality of air quite unique.
Along the river down the valley
and up the mountain are several picturesque villages and we have a
charming small town at 5 km distance, Castanheira de Pera, with some
modern necessities: post office, banks, Internet,
café, market, etc. and a spectacular swimming pool with waves, build in
In the village, with few inhabitants, at 900m high
protected by the mountain, we have a feeling of out of time and out of
the world, at least the urban world most of us know: here we are in
intimate relation with nature, participating more fully in all its
manifestations; the lovely valley carved and fed by our river, lies
ahead as we look from the veranda, tapestry of orchards rich in color
green; birds, cascading water, constant song of nature on a back ground
At night the amazing clear sky seems closer, the stars brighter, the
moon bigger and...no
shops either; the baker comes klaxoning every morning with fresh bread,
we are assisted by a local lady who helps with shopping, house holding
and transport to the more distant locations, and D. Lusitana who will
do most of the cooking.
Worksop “Florais da Amazónia”
Amazonian Flower Remmedies
Elemental Therapy - Weekend workshop in Amsterdam
Elemental Therapy - the balancing of health through the elements
Studying the subtle life of plants and people. The Elementals of
plants, the human Elemental.
the name says, Elementals are composed of elements: earth, fire, water,
air. Every plant is the manifestation of an Elemental and has its
So we have water spirits like nereids, seanynfs,
undines, that live in water plants. Sylfs, sylfids, elfs are creatures
swaying in the air and living in plants of that element; while the
earthy gnomes sit on /live in muchrooms and trees. Alöe Vera is the
expression of a fire elemental, salamander ignea.
Elemental is the combination of elements of an individual, like a blue
print that “projects” that individual´s existence. In the process,
going from the subtle to the denser untill the physical body is
manifested, the individual grows ever more separated from the original
The subtle power of the flower remedies, the
vibration of the flowers, can reconnect us with our elemental being,
which in essence is healthy and influence us towards health
Elemental therapy is the balancing of health
through the elements: if one misses or has in excess certain element
(check the horoscope) that can be a sign/source of some imbalance in
the physical or mental health; In the therapy of Florais, flower
remedies, we take the remedies of the flowers from those elements that
A journey into the primeval forest, it´s variety of trees and plants
and the correspondent realms
Realms – studying the many layers of life in the rain forest:
Treas, (sometimes 100m high), Cipós (climbers, vines, lianas ), Bushes
an underbushes, Epífetas (living entirelly on air, needing only a
branch of another plant to hang from), Grasses and herbs
close to the gound
Description, qualities, patterns of behavior; channeled messages from
the Elementals of the Flowers
The Flowers: from the Virgin Forest: Big Treas, Cipós ,
Bushes an underbushes, Epífetas
(new wild plants growing on those areas that once were cleared by
people; they are small treas, climbers, grasses), Fungus. (actually no
flower, not even plant but but very important in our environment as
decomposers, recyclers and in processes of transformation) From
cultivated plants: Medicinal , Garden,
How to integrate the messages - practical use of the remedies –
positive and negative health pattern
about 2 hours: brief introduction of Elemental Therapy; brief history
of the Florais da Amazonia; the flowers and their messages; make a
da Amazónia - Amazonia Flowers remedies
Assessing the Elemental Beeing of the consultant.
Finding the match with the flowers´ Elementals.
consult with Florais da Amazónia is also a journy into the primeval
forest, it´s variety of trees and plants and their correpondent realms.
The first consult takes about one our.
Bach Flower Remedies
poetical and spiritual approach of Dr. Bach to healing and the
first consult takes about one our to evaluate the condition of the
consultant and to find in the remedies that best fits the condition
(Massage and Aromatherapy)
can treat and prevent diseases because of known studies as to the
influence of aroma on the brain. Moreover, the antiseptic, antiviral,
anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties of oils
in the control of infections are also important. Essential oils work in
a number of positive ways. They activate the limbic system and
emotional centres of the brain. When they’re applied to the skin, they
activate receptors and kill microbes and fungi. They are said to
stimulate the immune system when applied internally.
oils can be used to treat illnesses such as depression, stress,
arthritis, back and muscle aches, colds, migraines, asthma, sinus
problems, insomnia, skin disorders, and indigestion, among others.
Aroma massage covers a wide range of healing effects and is the ideal
way of receiving aromatherapy.
What actually happens:
assessing the individual’s condition, a blend of Essential Oils of
aromatherapy and Carrier Oils is composed accordingly; the skin and
muscles are heated by means of friction and rubbing, facilitating thus
a deeper absorption of the healing oils. The oils are then carefully
massaged into the body, with attention for any irregularities, energy
blockages, knots and painful spots. Depth and strength is
where required, along with breathing instructions. Hot or cold
herbal-compresses and wraps are often
complementary. Duration 90 minutes.