Throughout time, humanity has embraced sacred smoke from herbs, flowers, and resins. Smoke has been used by nearly all religions on Earth, as well as in many medical/healing scenarios in history. Join Rissa Miller to learn more about smoke cleansing and explore plants and resins - many perhaps available in your own garden - and their practical and spiritual uses. She will offer an overview on cultural uses of white sage, palo santo, and pinon using for "smudging and saging," and alternatives that can be ethically harvested.
Combining herbs into bundles for drying, safe handling and foraging techniques, impurities in commercial incense, and connecting to the plant world as a creative medium will all be discussed. Class notes will include a simple recipe for herbal incense, as well as a demonstration of how to make cone incense and how to safely cleanse a space using smoke.
Disclaimer: Herb bundles/incense are NOT intended to consume! Smoke cleansing is not advised for those sensitive to smoke; with delicate lungs/throat; or a lung/throat health condition. Avoid over-exposure to any kind of smoke at all times. If you have a known allergy/sensitivity to any specific plant, do not use an herb bundle that contains it.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
7:30pm to 9:00pm EST
This Event will be done online via Zoom. Event online link and password will be emailed to you prior to the event.
$35.00 per Attendee
All reservations and registrations are final. No refunds will be issued if you cancel or are unable to attend.
It’s rare to find Rissa without tea. No matter where she is or what she’s doing, she usually has a steamy cup of green tea right beside her. She even takes tea in her bottle on runs! She has been practicing tasseography, ie tea leaf reading, since she first had loose tea fill her cup as a teenager. Over the decades, she honed her methods and refined her language to tell the story of each teacup she reads. Tea is one part of her love of plants. She also dries herbs and flowers to create handmade smoke cleansing herb bundles and handcrafted incense. Rissa currently studies (online) at Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine where she is learning more about the medicinal quality of plants. She holds a deep reverence for plants and the answers they offer, whether as tasseographs in a teacup, smoke in the air, a healing salve for the skin, a houseplant on the windowsill, or nourishment for the body. Rissa finds deep peace in plant souls, and believes that their whispers are available for all who choose to listen.
Rissa is a published author and poetess, has had several plays produced in the mid-Atlantic area, and works a day job as a food editor. She’s worked for five publications in her career and studied writing at New York University/Tisch School of the Arts and photojournalism at Western Kentucky University. Her sun sign is Pisces; moon sign is Capricorn; rising sign is Scorpio; and Rissa was born in the year of the Wood Rabbit.
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