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If you've studied with Bekki and Crow, you're familiar with the mugwort-based journeying formula given to Crow by his Etruscan ancestress. Crow also was instructed to smoke mugwort as part of his work with the Sheep Goddess

Crow's herbal awareness stems from several sources: years as a gardener, research in the ethnographic literature about entheogenic substances in tribal shamanism, extensive training in contemporary medicinal herbalism, and numerous journeys and ceremonies with various plant spirits. (See the book Rooted in the Heart, Seeded in the Soul and also the workshop, same title.) This background helped him ground the guidance he recieved from Spirit for using and teaching about mugwort and friends.

Crow has pursued an avid interest in the use of entheogenic plants in traditional shamanic practice, reading and absorbing every article and book that came his way, amassing a modest library on the topic and conversing with knowledgeable contacts for many years.  Yet he was not drawn to regular use of any substances nor even to much experimentation with them. 

Surprising, then, that Spirit fairly forcefully put in Crow's way instructions not to experiment with, but to use regularly the herb Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris). Mugwort is widespread in Asia, Europe and the US, having ancient healing applications as a medicinal, and as an herb to enhance dream states. Following on this instruction, which he followed, the Mugwort Plant Spirit also instructed him to teach about his study and experiences related to Mugwort and other entheogens.

This workshop begins with segments from the Millennium video series (David Mayberry Lewis, Cultural Survival), involves focused discussion of plant use by shamans, moves into journeys with your allies and plant spirit connections, and includes experience making various mugwort formulae for your own use.