We are excited to announce the 2019 Maine Herbalist Gathering classses and presenters. We will be posting full descriptions and bios in the new few weeks.

For our 50 minute morning sessions we have:
Herbal First Aid Plant Walk with Anne Fox
Getting to Know Rhodiola with Melanie Rose Scoffield
Herbs for Immunity with Jody Montcastle
Herbal Remedies for Children with Eileen Patrick
Tincture Making 101 with Bob & Pettina Harden
Herbal Allies for Cyclical Self Care with Gabrielle Jansen

In our longer afternoon 90 minute session we have:
Trauma, Ayurveda & Integrative Herbalism: A Wholeness In Healing Approach with Siri Temple
The Dark of the Moon – Addressing Anxiety & Depression with Andi Gaylor
Plant Spirits and the Energy Body with Jillian Twisla

More info coming soon!

Just a few more days!

The seasonal shift into autumn has officially begun – leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, and frost is appearing in our gardens. We are grateful to gather with you all again this year!

We want to share a few updates and reminders with you, so please read through the info below.

If you have questions, feel free to send us an email here: herbalistgathering@gmail.com

What to bring

Chair or blanket to sit on
Potluck kit – plate, bowl, spoon, fork, mug (no plates or utensils will be offered on site)
Water bottle
Jacket or Rain Jacket/Umbrella – * Classes will be held outside, so please double check the weather forecast and bring warm layers! *
Barter items (optional) – If you plan to participate in the barter circle at lunch, please keep in mind we are only allowing folks to sell items (with money exchanged) if they signed up for a vendor spot beforehand. The Barter area is located in front of the greenhouse and will take place at lunch time.
We will also have a small altar set up, and you are invited to bring items to place on it that you can take back at the end of the day.


Our event starts at 9am, so aim to arrive early enough to allow time for parking, check in, and getting settled. There will be signs for parking and volunteers to guide the way. Please stop by the Welcome Table after you’ve arrived to check in!Please follow this link to view a map of the grounds:


More about Merryspring

Merryspring Nature Center has over 100 species of medicinal plants, including native and non-native species. At this point in the season you can catch sight of many of their stalks and seeds, and we welcome you to mindfully collect some to bring home with you. Be on the look out for the red berries of Goldenseal, the white and black eyes of Baneberry, and many others. We also encourage you to become members and support the work of this local, educational non-profit.http://www.merryspring.org/join-us/membership-information/

We are so excited to share this day with you!


2018 Schedule

8:30 – 8:50 am Arrival and parking
9 – 10 am – Tea Time and Opening Circle
10 – 10:50 am – Herbal Actions and Formulations for UTI/STI, Herbs for Natural Beauty, Responsible Wildcrafting: Rethinking Our Approach to Wild Spaces
11 – 11:50 am – Seaweed for Herbalists, Herbal Support for Trauma and PTSD, Anatomy, Energetics and Herbal Allies of the Lungs
12 – 12:50 pm – Lunch and Barter Circle

IMG_18221 – 2:20 pm – Interactive Discussion with Sherri Mitchell -Decolonizing Our Relationship to the Land
2:30 – 3:20 pm – Supporting United Plant Savers – what we can do in Maine, Tongue Diagnosis Skills
3:30 – 4:20 pm – Walking with the Standing People, 10 Ways Herbalists Can Honor Wabanaki Sovereignty in Maine, Herbal Beer Making, Comfrey From Garden to Medicine Chest
4:30 – 5 pm – Gathering closing

MHG MAP 2018

Scholarship Opportunities

Just a little pause in our class description posting to make sure folks know about our scholarship opportunities.


This year we are offering two scholarships to attend the gathering free of charge for a Maine based person who identifies as LGBTQAI, POC, and/or disabled. Applications due July 1st, 2018.

Scholarship applicants should send an email to:
with the following info: 
– Name, gender pronouns, contact info
– In 350 words or less please tell us about you and why this event is important for you to attend.

2018 Classes!

We will be rolling out the full list of class descriptions and teacher bios in the next few weeks but here’s a sneak peak of what’s in store for you this fall, with more info and classes to come!

Anatomy, Energetics and Herbal Allies of the Lungs

Comfrey From Garden to Medicine chest

Herbal Support for Trauma and PTSD

Responsible Wildcrafting: Rethinking Our Approach to Wild Spaces

Supporting United Plant Savers – what we can do in Maine

Herbs for Natural Beauty

Seaweed for Herbalists

Herbal Beer Making

Full extract Cannabis Oil

Tongue Diagnosis Skills

Tickets are Available for Purchase!


Some updates..

We have chosen again to offer a sliding scale model for tickets.Prices range from $40 to $70. Please select the highest level you can afford.

 By choosing a higher tier you are supporting a lower income attendee. 
Space is limited. Reserve your space soon!


Tentative Schedule:

9 – 10am  Opening Circle
10 – 10:50 Morning classes A
11 – 11:50 Morning classes B
12 – 12:50 Lunch and Barter Fair
1 – 2:20 Panel Discussion
2:30 – 3:20 Afternoon classes A
3:30 – 4:20 Afternoon classes B
4:30 – 5 Gathering closing

Merryspring has one indoor classroom space, a gazebo, and we will have additional tent spaces to have classes under. It is open to the public and located right off Route One with ample trails to walk on as well as gardens to explore.

There is no camping onsite, but local camping can be found at Camden Hills State Park nearby. We encourage you to post on the event’s facebook wall to see if a fellow herbalist in the area may have camping and/or bedspace available to you.

Babies in arms and kids 10 and up welcome.


In an attempt to increase accessibility we have opted to use a sliding scale ticketing model. Prices range from $40 to $70. Please select the highest level you can afford. By choosing a higher tier you are supporting a lower income attendee.

We have a limited amount of $20 volunteer tickets available, and we are offering 2 scholarship tickets – please see info below. If none of these ticket prices work for your income level please contact us about other options, and we will work with you to find a fair exchange.


Volunteers make this event happen, and we are grateful for your help! If you’re interested in volunteering, please purchase a volunteer ticket and we will be in touch with you about available time slots and tasks. Volunteers are required to work for 2 hours before or during the event, so please only purchase a volunteer ticket if that time commitment will work for you.

Additionally, we are seeking a Volunteer Coordinator who may attend the event for no cost. If you would like to apply for this position please inquire at herbalistgathering@gmail.com


We are offering two scholarships to attend the gathering free of charge for a Maine based person who identifies as LGBTQAI, POC, and/or disabled in an effort to increase diversity. Applications due July 1st, 2018.

Scholarship applicants should send an email to herbalistgathering@gmail.com with the following info:
– Name, gender pronouns, contact info
– In 350 words or less please tell us about you, your situation, and why this event is important for you to attend.

Vendors & Barter Circle

If you would like to participate in the lunchtime barter circle, please bring a blanket to share your wares.

We will also have a number of paid spaces available for people to sell their herbal products. Vendor information can be found here: https://maineherbalistgathering.wordpress.com/vendors/ Please note that vendors* need to purchase a general admission ticket in addition to paying the tabling fee. Following approval of your application and your purchase of a GA ticket, we will send you a link to pay the tabling fee.

*Vendors who are also teaching a class are not required to purchase a general admission ticket

What to Bring 

  • Comfortable clothing for being outdoors (might be warm or cold) and rain gear if necessary

  • Camp or lawn chair

  • Dishes for lunch: mug/cup, bowl, plate, and utensils

  • Items for trade / barter or items to sell if you have vendor space (optional)

  • Business cards and flyers (optional)


Descriptions and Final Schedule will be updated in April.

Call For Proposals!!


Hello Herbal Community!

We are excited to announce some details for our 2018 Maine Herbalist Gathering below and we are now accepting proposals for workshops and classes. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to share your wisdom with the Herbalist Community of Maine!

Deadline for proposals: April 2nd

Submit proposals to (herbalistgathering@gmail.com) in a 1 page pdf or word doc attachment. Include your name, business (if you have one), email, address, and phone number along with a title, short description and any special needs you have for your talk. Please write in the subject line of your email – MHG -presenter application. Classes are 50 minute times slots. Note that we may not be able to accommodate all requests for equipment/media/etc. Preference will be given to presenters who did not teach last year and are Maine based herbalists.
Notification of participation via email: April 13th

Event Details:

4th Annual Maine Herbalist Gathering
Saturday, October 6th 9am-5pm
Merryspring Nature Center
Camden, ME

Tentative Schedule:

9-10am  – Opening Circle
10- 10:50 – Morning classes A
11-11:50 – Morning classes B
12-12:50–  Lunch and Barter Fair
1-2:20 Panel Discussion
2:30 -3:20 Afternoon classes A
3:30- 4:20 Afternoon classes B
4:30-5 Gathering closing

Merryspring has one indoor classroom space, a gazebo and we will have additional tent spaces to have classes under. It is open to the public and located right off Route One, so stop by to walk the grounds, enjoy the gardens and trails, and see where this year’s event will be.

For this years lunchtime barter fair, we ask you bring a blanket to share your wares, while at your lunchtime picnic spot. We will have a few spots for people to sell their herbal products as well and those spots can be purchased and reserved when you buy your ticket. More details when tickets go on sale.
If you want to volunteer, reply to this email to let us know!

There is no camping onsite but local camping can be found at Camden Hills State Park nearby. We encourage you to post on the event’s facebook wall to see if a fellow herbalist in the area may have camping and/or bedspace available to you.

Please follow our facebook page if you haven’t already and stay up to date for when tickets go on sale. https://www.facebook.com/events/1337603929719368/
Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to hearing from you.
In warmth,
The Maine Herbalist Gathering Team
(denise, nyla, willow and more)herb rally

Presenter Bios….2017 Maine Herbalist Gathering

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Lauren Pignatello is a traditional herbalist , mother of 7 from Whitefield Maine. Owner of Swallowtail Farm and Creamery , producer of dairy and farm products. As well as owner of Milk and Honey of Swallowtail Farm – apothecary and farm cafe in Portland , Maine. Lauren has been using and studying herbs since a teenager. She consults with people in her apothecary, teaches and creates many herbal products for sale.

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Eleanor Baron is a clinical herbalist and VCIH graduate. She offers herbal consultations in Alton, New Hampshire, Montpelier, Vermont and online. Her passion is in the area of Lyme and tickborne disease, working from a core belief that our bodies can heal themselves, with the right support.

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Melanie Rose Scofield  is an herbalist, health educator, and the director and founder of the Earthwalk School of Herbal Traditions. In 2005 she completed her trainings with the Global College of Natural Medicine and the Boston School of Herbal Studies, where she currently serves as a guest teacher. She has been leading apprenticeship programs for the past 9 years and her main passion is teaching others to cultivate their innate wisdom and fine tune their own intuitive abilities.

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Tobey Williamson, LAc, DOM is a licensed acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and owner of Good Hearth Eastern Medical Arts in Rockland, Maine, Tobey Williamson’s mission is to help you rediscover what it feels like to move freely without pain and to know that your body is built to heal itself. He apprenticed for nearly 5 years under the wise and dedicated master Dr. Chieko Maekawa, who taught him the uniquely effective Seitai Shinpo Japanese Structural Acupuncture. Concurrently he studied Traditional Chinese Medicine with an emphasis on herbalism at the Institute for Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Steve Byers is a Clinical Herbalist in Belfast, ME. While growing up in Vermont, he started learning about herbs and has recently started a practice in Belfast. He has studied with Gail Faith Edwards, David Winston, and at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. His practice includes custom formulation from 150 plants in bulk herb and tinctures, as well as nutrition and lifestyle coaching. He is currently seeking to relocalize sources of organic herbs to our bioregion and is seeking local growers to support a New England based apothecary.

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Cassandra Sears helps gardens and people to grow together. She has a small gardening business and practices as a clinical herbalist in Southern Maine. She loves adventures in the wilderness with her dog (Jack Pine), medicine-making, and always learning more.

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Eryn Klemenz has been drawn to the healing power of plants all along…..from growing up in California with her mother using herbal remedies to choosing in college to study plants, ethnobotany, and holistic healing. Attending numerous herbal conferences on the west coast, there she met Wendy Read, her first chosen teacher to study with. In 2008 she did a 1-on-1 herbal apprenticeship with Wendy at the Caretaker’s Garden in Boonville, CA where she was introduced to a wide array of modalities. One which stuck was the study of making flower essences, which she still utilizes often. After her many travels and getting a taste of a handful of indigenous people’s take on herbs, she has since settled in Maine and continued her development of medicine-making in her home study and in her garden, both for family and for friends. She has co-created an herbal collective where she lives, attends east coast herb conferences, and has recently completed a year long course with Gail Faith Edwards. She sees the unity of personal and planetary healing merged through our sacred re-connection with plants.

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Lauren Cormier is an enthusiast of perennials and woody plants, growing everything from Chinese herbs to Sour Dwarf Cherries and Pitch Pine at her small nursery in Palermo. She grows plants wholesale for Fedco Trees and helps write the annual catalog. Background experience has included cultivation and dry processing of medicinal herbs at Avena Botanicals, landscape gardening with natives for over 15 years, and holistic orcharding. While attending the University of Vermont for an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, much of the focus was on grassroots agroforestry projects in Central America. Since then she has largely been living back in Maine except for a growing season at the Bullock Nursery on Orcas Island, WA in 2006. Having grown up in the southern part of the state, she has been gardening and admiring the flora of Maine much of her life, and still learning new plants all the time.

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Noelle Curtin is a 28 year old herbalist living in the lakes region of southern Maine. She moved to Maine from Delaware in 2014 to raise her two children in Nature, with clean air and clean water. She now runs a business, Vital Herbals, by herself where she creates hundreds of herbal based products a month for people worldwide. When she isn’t creating, she is spending time outside with her children. Her passion is teaching others about the benefits of using the plants that grow wildly around us as medicine.



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L. Jaye Bell  is  owner of Aurora Botanicals and author of “Healing A Paradigm Shift: Home Grown Wellness”A severe fall in October 2013 severed her ankle and caused multiple soft tissue injuries, forcing her to spend a year in a wheelchair, and another on crutches and cane. She also slipped through the cracks of the medical industrial complex to find answers that westernized, reductionistic science based medicine failed to provide. She fired her md’s, ditched the drugs, rejected clinical physical therapy as she favored adaptable tandem kayaking and swimming with Florida manatees and Maine loons. Accessing the power of nature and using remedies made from common spices to heal herself was a hugely empowering experience.


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Ray Reitze  is a master guide in Maine, philosophy teacher and author of And We Shall Cast Rainbows Upon the Land. It is Ray’s calling to teach the ways of wisdom that he learned from “Grandfather”, a MicMac elder. He has dedicated his life to the teachings of love and kindness. In 1988 Ray founded Earthways Guided Canoe Trips and School of Wilderness Living and teaches wilderness skills and philosophy. He encourages us to know who we are and to take the time to be still. Ray brings to the world a gentle ad humble presence that draws all who meet him towards peace, light, and love.

Workshop Descriptions…Our Presenters…

Workshop Descriptions

Morning Session (10am-12pm)

Plant Medicine for Activism and Emergency Situations

Lauren Pignatello-Traditional Herbalist

A talk about our plant allies for the field. Lauren spent 3 weeks working as an herbal/ first aid medic at Standing Rock. She was the herbalist in the tipi at the Rosebud Sicangu Camp during her time there. She will share her experiences and plant and homeopathic remedies for crisis , emergency first aid situations , activism in the street and field. Lauren uses many Native American herbal traditions passed on to her through a Passamaquoddy elder as well as European herbs and practices.

Leaky  Gut  Syndrome:  Herbalist  Approach  for  Resilient  Gut  Health

 Steve Byers  Clinical Herbalist
 The  incidence  of  food  sensitivities,  allergies,  and  auto­immune  conditions  have  been increasing  in  our  Western  society.  How  do  we  understand  what  to  eat  anymore?

How  do  we  learn  to  integratively  treat  root  digestive  issues  that  may  stem  from digestive  system.  In  this  class,  we  will  address  the  current  research  on  herbal medicine  and  food  as  it  pertains  to  leaky  gut,  or  intestinal permeability.

During  this  class  we  will  discuss,the  mechanisms  and  triggers  involved  in  causing Leaky  Gut  Syndrome, ­the  diseases  associated  with  Leaky  Gut  Syndrome, testing options  available, and herbal  and  dietary  approaches  to  healing.

An Integrative Approach to Lyme Disease: Navigating the Options

Eleanor Baron.. Clinical  Herbalist

Choices abound in treatment of Lyme and tickborne illness, and it’s easy to be in information overload very quickly. Most people end up working with a team of practitioners and doing lots of research on their own; it can be difficult to sort it all out and find the right path forward. When are herbal protocols best? What about antibiotics? What about nutritional supplements? People with tickborne illness must wade through the bottomless world of often junky information in order to be their own advocate. We’ll talk about how to know what’s right for you, while resisting the urge to “do it all,” and how to find credible information to support your decisions. Herbal strategies that can work well with a conventional antibiotic protocol will be discussed, supporting the body’s immune response and detoxification pathways, as well as keeping the digestive system healthy and strong.

Midday  Sessions  (1pm-2pm)

Finding Sanctuary in the Natural World: Herbal Medicine for Mental Health

Cassandra Sears- Clinical Herbalist and Farmer

This modern world is often the farthest thing conducive for optimal health and vitality of the mind-body-spirit– learn how communing with the natural world and incorporating herbal tonics like adaptogens, nervines (and even psychedelics!) can help you feel more connected and at- ease.

This class will be broken up into an overview of mental health issues/ stigmas, conditions like anxiety and depression that herbal protocols can be useful for, differentiation of energetics, and the plants and their specific usefulness as well as some detail about neurotransmitters and nutritional support.

Plant Walk 

Lauren Cormier- Herbalist and Farmer/Gardener

A Plant Walk Through The Farm: Discussion of the Propagation and Cultivation of Medicinal Herbs in the Maine landscape. Through learning about plants in their origins, we can better understand how to introduce and encourage them into our gardens and surroundings. This walk will take a closer look at the plants themselves, how to propagate them, and the culture they need to optimize their potency for medicinal use.

Herb Walk & Discussion

Noelle Curtin- Herbalist, Gardener, and Owner of Vital Herbals

Join Noelle for an informative plant walk. Learn to identify 4 + abundant, common Maine plants. Learn how to utilize these plants for first aid, tea, eating, etc. Learn each plants’ benefits and nutritional value. You will leave feeling empowered with intimate knowledge of our wonderful plant landscape in the beautiful state of Maine! Noelle believes local plants are our best medicine.

Afternoon Sessions (2pm-4:30pm)

Herbal Protocols for Dental Health(2:00pm-3:30pm)

Melanie Rose Scofield-  Clinical Herbalist, Health Educator, and the Director and Founder of The Earthwalk School of Herbal Traditions

In this 90 minute workshop Melanie will demonstrate her “tricks of the trade” for optimum dental health and hygiene. You will leave knowing how to heal receding gum lines, dental infections, and how to prevent and possibly heal cavities naturally with medicinal plant applications.

Introduction to Chinese Herbology(2:00pm-3:30pm)

Tobey Williamson-Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist

We will discuss the seven sources of herbal medicines that make up the nearly 500 individual herbs in the Chinese Pharmacopeia. Chinese pattern diagnosis will be examined as it relates to prescribing single herbs and complex formulas. The basic qualities and properties for classifying herbs will be explained as they relate to the methods of treatment and the actions of herbs. This

Cannabis Demystified: A Gateway to Healing(2:30pm-3:30pm)

L.Jaye Bell- Herbalist, Farmer, and Owner of Aurora Botanicals

This workshop shares how to properly prepare Cannabis for use in your herbalist practice. With the legalization of Cannabis throughout Maine, people will be experimenting without proper wisdom of how to use the powerful effects of this ancient medicine.

Learn how to prepare and incorporate Cannabis into every day life.   We’ll discuss correct dosage for recipes, juicing, tea, salve

and tinctures.  We’ll also discuss how to combine Cannabis to enhance the healing magic of your favorite herbs.


How to Make Flower Essences(2:30pm-3:30pm)

 Eryn Klemenz-Natural Historian, Singer/Songwriter,Certified Massage Practitioner
Come learn the gentle and profound effect of flower essences, and how easy it is to make them yourself. Many people are familiar with the Bach Rescue Remedy, but there are as many other options for essences as there are flowers! Supplies will be provided in class to make your own essence to bring home with you.

Functional Cocktails & Mocktails(2:30pm-3:30pm)

Cassandra Sears- Clinical Herbalist and Farmer

Learn how to make delicious cocktails that are tonic for your health! We will cover herbal actions appropriate for drink- crafting as well as preparations. Taste critically. The experimentation is limitless! In this class we will make a couple of classic cocktail variations with the beautiful wild plants growing around us.


 ****Community Teaching (3:30pm-4:30pm)****

Communicating with the Spirit of Plants and Trees

Ray Reitze-Maine Wilderness Guide

Let us all join with Ray Reitze as we learn to connect with the deep inner workings of Earth….the plants, the trees, and all that is around us. Through the process we will study edible, medicinal and utilitarian uses as we begin learning ways to connect and communicate with them.

****Community Discussions (4:30pm-6pm)****

Herbalists Creating A World We Love

with Gretchen Heilman Piper, August Sender, Deb Soule, Lauren Pignatello, and Claire O’Connor

A facilitated conversation with several Herbalists and lots of audience participation, sharing, and thinking to inspire and create a ripple of positive actions taken by Herbalist-Activists with the idea in mind being that we can create a world we want vs. react to the current political climate. What do we dream that community health care run by herbalists could look like? How can we connect more people to the healing plants? How can we truly be of service in our communities? How can we support each other vs. playing the capitalist game of scarcity and competition? How can we use herbal medicine as an agent of change and support those who are making change? How can we as herbalists step up and reaching out to marginalized populations and people in need? And other dreaming about a world where dandelions are cultivated in every lawn and elderberry is common in every “drug” store…

Third Annual Maine Herbalist Gathering Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Our eventbrite page is up and running and we have 100 spots this year. Reserve your spot today…here


Volunteer Registration Price (for anyone who signs up for 2- 1 1/2 hour volunteer shifts before, during, or after the gathering)… Must sign up before May 1st….$20
Early Registration Price ends March 1st ….$35
General Admission Price ends August 3rd…..$45
Supporting Admission Price ends September 7th…$65

Connecting with other Herbalists….Community Building….Sharing Wisdom

Bringing together Maine Herbalists to connect, strengthen our community, and enjoying sharing the wisdom of our collective experience.
Perhaps now more than ever the importance of the “old ways” is crucial for the healing, survival, and thriving of humanity and the Earth.
Let us come together…

collaborative workshops
hands-on skill sharing
facilitating conversation about next year’s gathering
sharing food, song, and friendship

Registration will begin at 8:00 am on Saturday October 7th, 2017
The gathering will begin at 9 am

8:00am – 9:00am registration
9:00am-10:00am opening circle of connection and intention….the blessing of our altar     (organic homemade snacks and herbal tea provided)
10:00 am-12:00 pm class/workshop (3 sessions)
12:00 pm- 1:30pm Organic Vegetarian and Vegan Lunch (provided)
1:00pm-2:00pm Fall Herb Walk or Panel Discussion
2:00pm-4:30pm hands-on skill sharing (3-4 sequential sessions) and 3 workshop sessions talk/collaborate discussions
5:00pm-6:00pm Community Discussions (organic homemade snacks with herbal tea provided) bring your intentions and ideas for next year’s gathering.                             6:00pm-6:30 ….Closing Ceremony

Optional Potluck Dinner……..Bonfire/Singing/Music Bring your instruments!

Optional Next Day Gathering (free)

For those of you able to stay the night, you are welcome to tent or unroll your sleeping bag in our main building.….Let’s continue the connection and conversation about future gatherings, drink tea together, do yoga, go for a walk, eat more food, and just enjoy each other!

*** ♥ For those of you coming from from further away, we have dorm/cabin spaces for up to 10 people and tenting is free and available as well. Please contact me at 207-568-3261 or email at dragonfly9indigo@gmail.com for more information. ♥ ***