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Sacred Medicine Journey


September 1st - 10th


The Gaia School of Healing's Sacred Plant Medicine Retreats

September 1st - 10th, 2017

Crannog Eco Farm & Boghill Eco Center

West Coast of Ireland

         Join us this fall for a 10 day course in sacred plant medicine
and herbal healing in Ireland as we gather within the standing stones...

         Throughout our 10 days we will be visiting ancient oak forests, dulse and kelp beds by the sea, standing stone sites, holy wells, and rich ecosystems filled with ancient medicinal plants. Greet each day with ceremony and prayer at the stone circle, morning yoga and meditation, or a quiet walk through moss covered oak forest. As we journey each day with the Celt's sacred plants, we will weave in healing rituals, meditation, medicine making, and wild plant harvesting.

         The retreat will be located at two beautiful eco-lodges, Crannog Eco Farm and Boghill Eco Center, offering organic meals from their beautiful gardens. Each day of the course will center on journeying with sacred plants of Ireland, learning their medicine, magick, history, and botany. The retreat will include daily plant medicine classes, meditation, yoga, hiking, plant medicine journeys, medicine making, and ritual. Bodywork and massage will be available for those wishing to schedule healing sessions.

Journeying into the heart and magick of Ireland's sacred landscape,
following the roots of many of our ancient herbal traditions in America.
Returning to the ancestral lands of the Celts,
honoring the lineages that still are alive and thriving.
Gather with us as we journey together through Western Ireland's incredible wild beauty.

          Plants we will be journeying with throughout the retreat will include ~ Alder, Rowan, Elder, Hawthorn, Heather, Gorse, Bramble, Vervain, Ivy, Blackthorn, Linden, Mallow, Meadowsweet, Angelica, Yarrow, Mistletoe, Nettles, St. John's Wort, Mugwort, Elecampane, Dock, Juniper, Oak, Dandelion, Burdock, Wild Garlic, Yew, Hazel, Apple, Cherry, Willow, Foxglove, Chickweed, Plantain, Mullein, Yellow flag, Thistle, Valerian, Dulse, Irish Moss, Kelp, Bladderwrack (and other seaweeds) and more! Throughout the retreat we will talk about both the medicine, ethnobotany, ecology, and sacred uses of each plant.

          As in all Gaia School courses, students learn through experiential learning with the plant teachers themselves. We will enjoy plant medicine walks, guided journeys with plant spirits, meditation and ritual with sacred plants, wildcrafting and medicine making with prayer and offerings.



Space is limited to 22 participants.
You may hold your space with a $350 non refundable deposit.
The deposit is then subtracted from your total tuition payment.

To register, fill out the registration form and send it to the address provided.
Full course details will be sent upon registration.

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View 2017 Ireland Retreat Itinerary

          Our Sacred Plant Medicine Courses focus on working with plants as medicine for the body and spirit, honoring ancient traditions of folk plant medicine. In our courses we partner with plants as conscious beings, relearning and recognizing traditions of herbal medicine that have been kept alive by families and rural communities around the world. We focus on local plants that have long traditions of use medicinally and spiritually by our ancestors. Students will be able to harvest plants and bring home plant medicines (tinctures, essences, oils, vinegars etc.) they make while on the retreat.

      Retreat classes will focus on:

  • Folk & Traditional Herbalism ~ Ireland & UK Plants
  • Celtic & Druid Sacred Plants of Europe
  • Wild Foods
  • Plant Identification
  • Sacred Trees - Medicine & Magick
  • Seaweeds - Harvesting for Food & Medicine
  • Wildcrafting & Foraging
  • Medicine Making - Tinctures, shrubs, oils
  • Ethnobotany & History of Ireland
  • Burren Arctic Flowers & Plants
  • Flower & Tree Essences
  • Pagan Traditions & Wheel of the Year
  • Danu & Faery Traditions
  • Sacred Wells & Water Ceremonies
  • Shamanic Journeying & Plant Spirit Medicine
  • Ancestors & Roots
  • Blessing Herbs & Sacred Fire
  • Yoga, Sounds Healing, and Meditation
  • Nourishing Traditions & Permaculture
  • Magical Herbalism
  • Communication with plant and nature devas
  • Ritual, Drum, & Prayer
  • Body centered & Heart based Learning

         This course is for anyone interested in exploring the roots of herbalism of Ireland and the British Isles. Many of the plants we cover are also used all over Europe. We will explore the history, ethnobotany, ecology, and landscapes of Western Ireland as we journey to meet healing land and sea plants. Guest teachers will be brought in from Ireland and those with Irish roots to share some of their knowledge with us.

         The retreat is open to anyone interested, regardless of their gender, belief system, past experience, or knowledge of plants. We believe strongly in creating a safe space that honors and welcomes diversity, difference, and many voices. We have had both advanced students and beginners in our retreats. We strive to create safe space for all, and we ask that each attendee comes in the spirit of inclusivity, openness, and loving-kindness.

Please contact us if you have questions or would like to register at, or Sage at 617-838-8094. You can PayPal us your deposit of $350 to hold your space, and send the completed registration form to the address provided.

Green Blessings!

The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education
Sage L. Maurer
172 Pine Banks Rd., Putney, VT 05346


~ Crannog Eco Farm & Boghill Centre ~


The Boghill Centre is a residential venue holistic focused retreats and workshops in Ireland. Boghill offers a sustainable complex including organic vegetable and fruit gardens, a nature trail, a stone circle, a wildlife pond, two rush labyrinths, a chicken coop, an orchard and recently planted native woodland areas. The Boghill kitchen is renowned for its delicious nurturing vegetarian food sourced primarily from the adjoining organic garden and orchard.

The Centre nestles on the edge of the Burren - a unique limestone area offering one of the most distinctive landscapes in Ireland, and a varied coast stretching south into the Cliffs of Moher. With its unusual geological features, its well preserved archaeology, its unique flora and fauna and its local culture, it is a magical area to explore.

Situated in 50 acres of natural bogland in the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark, North Clare, the centre is secluded and has a quiet atmosphere making it the perfect place to relax, unwind and renew your spirit. The nearest villages are Lisdoonvarna (2 miles) and Kilfenora (3 miles).


A beautiful paradise of 14 acres of natural gardens, trees, arches, domes and tunnels. Hand crafted living willow features meander through a contemplative garden and pond. Overlooking these is the bright yoga studio, serving also as meditation hall and training room. Accommodation in two cabins, yurts and bell tents. Beautiful outdoor facilities in the Hogan round house. Gorgeous grounds, friendly animals and access to surrounding wilderness.

Facilities are hand crafted from reclaimed and recycled materials, avoiding use of potentially toxic building materials. There are additional areas for camping, retreating, playing and many friendly animals. The simple quality of Crann Og has been recognised by Eco Tourism Ireland and it's strict certification criteria as Gold Standard EcoTourism. This certification is recognized and ratified by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The ultimate in 'up-scale' recycle building and a comprehensive reduce, re-use and recycle program give Crann Og an incredibly low carbon footprint.

The perfect location to get away from the hustle and bustle. So close to all the action, yet far enough away to be another world. Utter tranquillity in nature. Crann Og uses dry composting toilets, solar heated showers and generally keeps energy consumption to a minimum. All of the facilities, including the main house and Yoga studio, are constructed using re-use and recycle principles.

Crann Og is also perfect for nature lovers seeking a quiet, restful break where you can hear only the sound of the wind and the birds in the trees, the animals of the forest and the farm. Connect with nature and relax away from the modern, hectic lifestyle. Learn to be and play in nature once again, leave rejuvenated, happy and peaceful!


Plant Medicine Journeys with Sage L. Maurer
(Course Facilitator)

Sage Maurer is the director of The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education, where the school has its home on 10 acres of sacred land covered in nettles and singing pines in Southern Vermont. Sage teaches folk herbalism, shamanic plant medicine, ethnobotany, and sacred earth ceremony. In 2000 Sage founded The Gaia School of Healing in Boston, Massachusetts, and has trained hundreds of apprentices in the past 17 years in New England. Sage holds a degree in anthropology with a concentration in ethnobotany from The University of Hawaii, and a Masters degree in environmental education focusing on plant ecology. Tracing her Irish and British roots led her to the incredible healing traditions and medicinal plants of Ireland. She has spent over 20 years working with the sacred plants of the holy isles.

Guest Teacher & Healers

Sean Donahue ~ Guest Teacher
Sean Donahue is a creature of the temperate rainforest of North America's Pacific Coast, and carries deep Irish roots. He teaches and practices herbal medicine and plant magic with an approach rooted in an understanding that personal, cultural, end ecological healing are deeply interwoven. He is a member of the faculties of Pacific Rim College's School of Western Herbal Medicine in Victoria, British Columbia and of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine in Lowgap, North Carolina. He is also a poet and a priest of the Feri tradition, an ecstatic magical tradition with deep shamanic roots.

Marysia Miernowska ~ Guest Teacher

Marysia Miernowska is an herbalist, Witch, biodynamic gardener and Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner trained in the Wise Woman Tradition of healing. She is the director of the California Branch of The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education where she teaches apprenticeships in herbal medicine, plant shamanism, and Earth magick. Native to Poland and a multicultural and multilingual devotee of Mother Earth, Marysia has traveled extensively studying earth wisdom and ancient healing practices from different cultures around the world. Marysia keeps her feet rooted by designing and tending to medicinal and sacred gardens using permaculture and biodynamic practices. She shares her passion for the wellness of the Earth with students, in the beautiful medicine gardens she tends, and in her writing.

Paula Wild ~ Guest Teacher

Paula is a masterful yoga instructor who most deeply enjoys practicing and teaching in nature’s outdoor studio. Her yoga classes combine movement and breath-work to increase physical awareness, strength, and mental clarity. Paula has been practicing Hatha yoga since 1999, and is currently embarking on a two year journey with the Niroga Institute in Berkeley, CA to become a certified Yoga Therapist. In addition to 500 hours of yoga teacher training certifications, Paula holds a Masters Degree in International Agricultural Development from UC- Davis, and a certificate in Permaculture Design from the Regenerative Design Institute. She is fascinated by the overlap between the practice of yoga and the design of sustainable livelihoods. Paula currently lives just outside Yosemite National Park where she is working to create a sustainable homestead. Paula’s greatest intention is to provide opportunities for more people to explore and enjoy the wild world within, and around us.


Sliding Scale from $1475 - $1575 in US Dollars
(Sliding scale. Reduced tuition for camping)

The $350 deposit is part of your tuition, and should be subtracted from your total payment. Retreat cost must be paid in full by August 1st unless a payment schedule has been arranged. *** European and Irish attendees should contact us about currency payment options.
Sliding scale is an honor system based on what you can afford.
By choosing the higher end of the scale, you help support lower income students.

(Includes cost of course and all classes, dorm lodging, 3 organic vegetarian meals a day,
saunas, and transportation to sacred sites for 10 days)

If you would like a private or twin room, please contact us for cost and information.
Reduced cost for camping.

Upon reserving your space with the deposit, please mail us your registration form and retreat payment to The Gaia School of Healing, 172 Pine Banks Rd, Putney, VT 05346.

To contact Sage about the course, you can email
or by phone at (617) 838-8094.

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