Plant Spirit Apprenticeship Winter/Spring 2022
"A Council of the Forest Guardians"
The Winter/Spring 2022 Apprenticeship will be centered on forests. Who are the forest guardians? What might we learn about forest dwellers and the mystery of forest medicine. In this year's work, the lines between tree/plant spirit and land spirit will start to blur.
The plants are calling out to us, to come to know them, to accept their friendship and unique medicine for our times. Will you come to apprentice to them? Will you sit and listen to them?
This offering is BIG. It is immersive. It is for those select few that are ready.
Relationships with plant spirit are those that are held dear, and have taken significant amounts of time to develop and are rarely written about in-depth. People who do this work tend to be out of the spotlight, in remote places, in deep relationship with the land. You may be able to study with them, but they cannot reveal the deep secrets of the plant. You must study with the plant for them to be revealed to you.
This is Initiatory Work that Few Have Done
This is an experiential knowing, that is so far beyond our human vocabulary, it cannot be communicated properly to someone who hasn’t apprenticed with the plant themselves. It is a deep knowing of the energy and spirit of this plant being. Many plants demand your attention, intention and respect to reveal the deepest part of themselves and their relationships. They are really no different than we are right? We hold our deep knowings dear too. Revealed only to those we know and trust.
There is an etiquette to working with plant spirit. Each plant is very different to work with and this work requires trusted guides. There will be several guides we work with in developing relationship.
Why work with plant spirit?
This is not the same as working with plant medicine, constituent medicine. Working with teas and tinctures for health is usually very far removed from working with plant spirit. You are using a plant, not working with a plant.
When the plants know and trust you, they will do incredible things. One plant will help you to move through a place unnoticed, another helps you find your way home. One offers protection from certain difficult spirits, another plant reveals what is hidden. Plants that can open up our senses and psyche, while we are in relationship with them, can do incredible healing work. This relational work is not about ingesting plants/trees, it requires something more of us.
What is Utiseta?
Utiseta is a term from Northern Europe Mystery Tradition (Norse/Icelandic) that refers to the art of “sitting out”. It is a practice of setting aside the thinking mind and connecting to the energy and spirit around us. Using our “Other” senses, our clair senses. Typically this practice was done outside, where a plant or tree is growing and is done for longer periods of time.
Our utiseta won’t involve spending the night outside with the plants for days or weeks. We will come together as a group, into a realm of deep knowing that can be entered and exited as needed. Each time we meet, a new plant will come to teach us. We will enter into a place between here and there, a liminal space of mediumship. After our group work, we will each come into this realm on our own during the week to continue our apprenticeship. Our private discussion group will facilitate our sharing of the deepening of our knowing from during the week.
Plan for one to two sessions of utiseta each week with the plant. Its easy to do this by going to bed early or waking up early for one or two days every week, to sit with the plant and listen. We will be discussing our findings together in our chat group, so we are very much in this together in-between classes too!
Utiseta Box and Plant Grimoire
You will be sent a plant spirit apprenticeship box that includes plant material for every plant we will work with. There will be many trees this year, as well as a few other surprises.
It is recommended that you find a plant journal or grimoire (try Etsy) to create your own book of plant spirit magic. Your grimoire can become a guide for you in your practice, recording when and how you work best with each plant. Much of what we learn requires relationship and is not dependent on the physical material of the plant or tree.
Please consider carefully if you are able to commit to this apprenticeship with the plants. It requires time and attention. This apprenticeship is for a select group of people who are feeling the call of the plants. Do some meditation and journey work on this before applying. Do you feel the plants are calling you to do this? If so, will you make the commitment of time and attention to them?
I ask that you not apply if know you will miss more than two of our meetings. Since this is experiential, we all rely on each other to show up. I will provide recordings of our meetings. The on-line discussion group will also be important for us to share with one another in between meetings.
4pm to 7:00pm Central Time
2pm to 5:00pm Pacific Time
3pm to 6:00 Mountain Time
5pm to 8:00pm Eastern Time
On the following dates:
2nd, 3rd and 4th Mondays of the month beginning on January 10th 2022 and ending on May 9th, 2022. (no meetings the 1st Monday of the month)
I believe we all have the skills to do this work. What we may not all have, is the trust and development of those skills. You may already been using your non-physical senses and aren't realizing it. Please schedule a no-cost phone call with me to discusss if this class is a good fit for you if you aren't sure.
Some helpful skills: Attending the Boundaries, Protection and Clearing Class or already having similar skills will help support your work in this offering. Developed clare senses (the non-physical senses) and are recommended to be successful in connecting with plant spirit. If you want to schedule a one-on-one session with me to do some skill building before the Apprenticeship starts, please reach out.
13, three hour live video meetings that include teaching and experiential learning in group mediumship with plants/trees. (no prior mediumship experience necessary)
You will receive your Utiseta Box in December or early January. It includes plant material for every tree and plant we will work with.
shipping to an address in the United States. For those in Canada, please contact me about receiving a box.
Recording from each class, accessible for one week.
Class chat forum access where everyone can share knowings and observations outside of class. I will also answer questions here that we didn't have time for in class.
Those who attend the group apprenticeship are eligible to do a personal plant spirit apprenticeship with me in 2022 if they chose to.
Want to read reviews from last year's apprenticeship? Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
If you feel called by the trees and plants to join their wonder-filled teachings, please send me answers to the questions below. As long as the plants are willing, I will send you an acceptance within a few days, with payment instructions. email@example.com
-why do you want to join the apprenticeship?
-what is your experience with plant spirit? (none is required)
-what is your experience with journeying/mediumship/clare senses?
More plant spirit classes will be offered throughout the year. Please sign up for the e-mail list on the contact page to be notified.
"I've been learning about relationship from the Spirits for sixteen years now, and I'm amazed at the depth of this offering. Jean, thank you for trusting the Plants' wisdom so thoroughly, and for putting this out there in absolute trust in a way that is so very different from any other training/apprenticeship that I've been a part of to date. It is transforming me in ways that I will be unpacking for years."
"I loved the apprenticeship class and am very grateful I was able to be a part of it. You do a superb job of facilitating--I love the way you bring the space(s) together and how you reverently and respectfully you address the Spirits! It was a wonderful experience with a wonderful group. I feel revitalized and connected to my land and the plants!"
"This apprenticeship has changed my relationship with plants. I had no idea there could be this kind of depth in plant work, and I have been working with plant medicines most of my life. The plants are the best teachers I have ever had, now that I know how to be in relationship with them in ways I never dreamed possible. The work in this apprenticeship has greatly evolved how I facilitate my professional plant work."
"I absolutely loved the plant spirit class! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Since the class, some really amazing breakthroughs have happened for me. I also think I have just become a better and more caring person overall. Thanks so much for all you do. You have been an amazing teacher for me and helped me learn so much from the plants."