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How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins, Study Group

“The purpose of alchemy was not to make something out of nothing but rather to fertilize and nurture the seed which was already present.” Manly P. Hall

Join us for this six month study group: Medicine For The Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins with Sylvan Thorncraft and Cathleen Miller.

When practicing permaculture we have many tools to fertilize and nurture the seeds around us. We may work with bioremediation, resilience, and good stewardship to help nurture and protect the land, each other, and ourselves.  But the scope of some of the things that are taking place in the world around us, to our food, and in our neighborhoods, can be very overwhelming.  It can be hard to find hope.  It can be hard to know what to "do."

Using Sandra Ingerman's book Medicine For The Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins as a tool,

you will explore and practice techniques for transmuting the toxins within our bodies and in our world.  Over the course of 6 evenings you will work through the sections of the book, providing opportunities to inspire and encourage each other along the way. Community is an important part of this work. The benefit provided by a circle of peers helps us to stay on track and show up to do the deep introspection required (especially since it is often hard to prioritize this work in the midst of our busy lives). We each hold a piece of the puzzle and by coming together; we create a rich, multifaceted understanding of the work.

Some of the themes that we will be exploring include:

•  How our emotions affect our environment as well as tools for transforming the energy of negative emotions.

•  Remembering the nature of our soul’s original purpose, before we were told by other people and society who we were.

•  Cultivating a harmonious connection with nature and natural cycles and rhythms.

•  Looking at how we nourish others, how we accept nourishment, and how our ability to accept extends to how we are able to receive help from spirit.

• Taking responsibility for our relationships with spirit, appreciating that how we do this will be different for each of us.

• And how all this, and much more, contributes to our ability to transmute toxins in our bodies and in the world around us.

We will start in with the Introduction and Part 1 of the book at our first evening, so please read this section in advance and work with the exercises that speak to you.  If you get completely inspired and read the whole thing right away, go for it!  It will give you a good idea of how the exercises work together, what we're moving toward, and if this modality feels like a good fit for you.  Because of the deep personal work required we ask that participants be willing to commit to all 6 evenings, while making space for you to leave if the work isn’t resonating for you.

Things to bring: 

•  The book: Medicine For The Earth: How to Transform Personal and Environmental Toxins by Sandra Ingerman

• Journal/notebook/pen

• Drum or rattle (extras will be provided so no worries if you don’t have one)

• Special item(s) for the altar if desired

Sandra Ingerman link:


Every Third Thursday evening a month for 6 months April 17 to Sept 18. Meeting will be run 2 1/2 hours each with a potluck prior.

Third Thursdays

April 17,  May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18


Suggested Donation is $5 per session pay as you go.


Opening to the complexity of falling in love with the world, and tending the many layers of that relationship, thoroughly inform Sylvan Thorncraft’s artistic and healing practices.

Sylvan’s journey through an undergraduate degree in anthropology, studies with elders from diverse spiritual and healing traditions, and her work developing and co-facilitating a women’s spirituality program have all been part of a process of asking the questions: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be in right relationship with the ancestors, each other, and the earth? What is the nature of this numinous space that connects all of creation? How can we be deeply nourished by and, in turn, offer nourishment through that connection?

It is with gratitude and humility that she welcomes the opportunity to work in community and live into these questions, at this time, in this place, to remember and reconnect. You can visit Sylvan’s website ( to see more about how this all manifests for her.

Cathleen Miller grew up in the woods and mountains of Western Pennsylvania, where she began her deep relationship to the earth.  She studied Environmental Ethics at the University of North Texas, immersing herself in ecofeminism and bioregionalism.  After many years of activist work in Texas and Philadelphia, Cathleen fell in love with permaculture.  She moved to Maine in 2010 and finished her PDC in 2011 with Lisa Fernandes and Charles and Julia Yelton.  She has studied herbalism for many years, both on her own and with her teachers Maia Toll, Deb Soule, and many others.  Cathleen is always a student, and views her relationship to all teachings as a journey.  She practices mediation and views this as key to coming back into right relationship with all of life.

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  • Sylvan T.

    We're looking forward to being together this Thursday at the Resilience Hub (potluck at 6:00) for our third study group evening. Cathleen and I were reflecting on how part 3 is deceptively simple, but feels like an important shifting from focusing on our personal inner work, now moving into the power of working in community. We're excited to explore this together.
    See you soon!

    June 25, 2014

  • Xiknawi M

    Sweet circle, my gratitude to all.

    1 · April 18, 2014

  • Kim H.

    Hello, if there is anyone who can take my spot at the last minute I will not be able to attend. Hope to catch up at the next meet-up.

    April 17, 2014

  • Shana H.

    Hi! I cannot make it tonight. Hope someone can fill my spot (I'm sure it will be no trouble). I'm sad to miss this!

    April 17, 2014

    • Sylvan T.

      Hey Shana! Thanks for letting us know, we'll miss you!

      April 17, 2014

  • Gretchen V.

    Making room for someone on the waitlist. I'm working till after 6 :( I miss you lovely ladies and I hope the study group goes well!

    April 16, 2014

    • Sylvan T.

      We'll miss you Gretchen! But keep you in the loop if a second circle emerges.

      April 16, 2014

    • Cathleen M.

      We'll miss you, Gretchen! I was looking forward to seeing you. Hope that happens soon!

      April 16, 2014

  • Sylvan T.

    Hello again!
    Just in case you've recently registered, we realize that many of us may not have had a chance to read, or even obtain, the book yet. So we're planning to make our evening together really inclusive for those of us in that situation. We would rather have you there and catch up, than have folks feel like they can't come if they haven't had a chance to start reading.
    That said, if you're rocking it and want to share your symbol for the divine, we would love to put them up around the room.
    Also, for those of us on the wait list, if we can generate enough interest we would be glad to form a second circle in a month or two. Please feel free to message Cathleen or myself if that sounds interesting.
    Love from here,

    April 16, 2014

  • Sylvan T.

    Hello dear friends, I'm getting so excited for our time together on Thursday, and am really looking forward to seeing you then! But if for some reason you won't be able to attend after all, please take a moment to update your RSVP, as we have a few folks who are waitlisted. And welcome Sharon! See you all really soon.

    With love,

    April 14, 2014

  • Sharon A.

    I am looking forward to attending my first meeting.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Ellen G.

    I will be in a plane on the way to Italy. I will look forward to going to more events when I return.

    April 11, 2014

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