Monday, March 23, 2015

Charge of the Goddess

Earlier this month, I taught a weekend intensive version of Elements of Magic.  On Sunday morning, I recited this lovely piece, originally written by Doreen Valiente and later adapted by my dear friend and teacher, Starhawk.

Last week, I recited part of it to a woman who came to see me for a Reiki session.  She's asked for the words.  Here they are...



Listen to the words of the Great Mother, Who of old was called Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arionrhod, Brigid, and by many other names:

Whenever you have need of anything, once a month, and better it be when the moon is full, you shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me Who is Queen of all the Wise.

You shall be free from slavery, and as a sign that you be free you shall be naked in your rites.
Sing, feast, dance, make music and love, all in My Presence, for Mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and Mine also is joy on earth.

For My law is love is unto all beings. Mine is the secret that opens the door of youth, and Mine is the cup of wine of life that is the cauldron of Cerridwen, that is the holy grail of immortality.

I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal, and beyond death I give peace and freedom and reunion with those that have gone before.

Nor do I demand aught of sacrifice, for behold, I am the Mother of all things and My love is poured out upon the earth.

Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust of Whose feet are the hosts of Heaven, whose body encircles the universe:

I Who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mysteries of the waters, I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.  For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.  From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.

Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And you who seek to know Me, know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.

For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am That which is attained at the end of desire.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Let's Make Fire Cider with Sarah Preston



  Let’s Make…
 Fire Cider!
With community herbalist,
Sarah Preston
Saturday, February 28, 2015
 1-3:30pm


Fire Cider is a traditional cold remedy with deep roots in folk medicine. Almost every herbalist makes a version of this tasty combination of cider vinegar infused with powerful immune-boosting herbs and vegetables. Fire Cider is especially pleasant and easy to incorporate into your daily diet to help boost the immune system, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.

Because this is a folk preparation, the ingredients can vary slightly, depending on when you make it and what’s growing around you. The standard base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers, and we will discuss plenty of other herbs that you might want to include in your own Fire Cider.

Cost for this class is $30. Bring a quart of raw apple cider vinegar to class, all other ingredients will be provided.

Class will be held in the classroom at Radiance.  To register call Radiance, 717-290-1517, or stop by the shop at 9 W Grant St, in downtown Lancaster, right across the cobblestones from Central Market. 


Sarah Preston is a community herbalist in Lancaster, PA, and is owner of Herbs from the Labyrinth, LLC.  She says, “Being an herbalist is a natural extension of my life-long love of plants, trees and wild places, and my interest in natural healing, which was instilled in me by my mother.  I see herbalism as a lifelong learning process.    

Monday, December 22, 2014

Stress, Anxiety Attacks & Anxiety Disorders with Herbalist Donna Bryant Winston



Herbs from the Labyrinth presents:

Stress, Anxiety Attacks, & Anxiety Disorders
With herbalist, Donna Bryant Winston

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 12:30-4pm
at Radiance, in downtown Lancaster, PA

It's normal to worry and feel tense or scared when under pressure or facing a stressful situation. But when anxiety is constant or overwhelming, interferes with relationships and activities, then it must be addressed. In this class we will examine the signs and symptoms of several anxiety disorders and explore self help, herbal, and complimentary treatment options.

Cost for this class is $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the class.

We will meet in the classroom at Radiance.  To register call 717-290-1517, or stop by the shop at 9 W Grant St, in downtown Lancaster, right across the cobblestones from Central Market.

 Donna Bryant Winston is an Herbalist, Educator, and the Director of School-based & Neighborhood Health Initiatives for St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA.  She is currently responsible for directing and organizing the Mobile Medical Vans, a School based health clinic and neighborhood initiatives where access to care and education is the primary focus to improve community health outcomes. Here she combines her nursing knowledge with her herbal background to educate the community on natural health.  Also a member of the American Holistic Nurses Assoc., Donna works closely in partnership with Moravian College, Temple Medical School, and DeSales and Lehigh University, to provide unique student nursing rotations and service learning projects. She is a wonderfully inspiring educator and has been the co-director for the Annual New England Women’s Herbal Conference in NH, with Rosemary Gladstar, for the past 18 years.

The Importance of Sleep: a workshop with Donna Bryant Winston



Herbs from the Labyrinth presents:

The Importance of Sleep
With herbalist, Donna Bryant Winston

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 12:30-4pm
at Radiance, in downtown Lancaster, PA

Sleep problems affect virtually every aspect of day-to-day living, including mood, mental alertness, work performance, and energy level.  In the first part of this class, Donna will describe the complex nature of sleep, and the factors that can disturb sleep. Finally, and most importantly, she will talk about what one can do to get the sleep that they need for optimal health, using herbs and other natural therapies.

Cost for this class is $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the class.

We will meet in the classroom at Radiance.  To register call 717-290-1517, or stop by the shop at 9 W Grant St, in downtown Lancaster, right across the cobblestones from Central Market.

 Donna Bryant Winston is an Herbalist, Educator, and the Director of School-based & Neighborhood Health Initiatives for St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA.  She is currently responsible for directing and organizing the Mobile Medical Vans, a School based health clinic and neighborhood initiatives where access to care and education is the primary focus to improve community health outcomes. Here she combines her nursing knowledge with her herbal background to educate the community on natural health.  Also a member of the American Holistic Nurses Assoc., Donna works closely in partnership with Moravian College, Temple Medical School, and DeSales and Lehigh University, to provide unique student nursing rotations and service learning projects. She is a wonderfully inspiring educator and has been the co-director for the Annual New England Women’s Herbal Conference in NH, with Rosemary Gladstar, for the past 18 years.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Elixir of Love



Elixir of Love…
just in time for Valentine’s Day


With Sarah Preston, community herbalist
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 1-3:30 pm

Cordials, elixirs and liqueurs are a delicious way to enjoy blending the rich flavors of fruits and herbs.  They can be healthful tonics, after-dinner sipping drinks, as well as sophisticated dessert toppings, even love potions.  Join Sarah for this delightful afternoon class, during which you will begin a delicious love elixir, timed for first sipping on Valentines Day.   

Sarah will lead a guided meditation and we’ll infuse the elixir with our intentions for nourishing the capacity for romance and love in our lives.  And you’ll go home with lots of ideas, a recipe, as well as a bottle of steeping cordial! 

Class will be held at Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster, PA
Stop in or call 717-290-1517 to register.

Cost for the class is $30, & includes a copy of the booklet, Making Liqueurs for Gifts. 

Bring a pint of 80 proof brandy, and a pint of honey to class.  All other materials will be supplied.

Must be 21 to take this class. 

Books for the Herbalist on Your Shopping List

Sarah carefully selects high-quality herbals and related herb books. Many are written by herbalists she has studied directly with, including Matthew Wood, Rosemary Gladstar, Rosita Arvigo, Stephen Buhner and Anne McIntyre. 

Radiance is located at 9 W Grant Street in the heart of downtown Lancaster, PA.  Phone is 717-290-1517.  We are happy to take orders over the phone & ship anywhere in the country.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let's Make Lip Balm!




Lip balms are fun and easy to make, and they make great small gifts!  In this class you’ll learn simple formulas for making lip balms at home.  We’ll discuss oils, waxes and how to use essential oils for flavoring.  Sarah will share some secrets of the trade, & you’ll go home with recipes, ideas, and both a tube and a pot of lip balm that we’ve made together in class. 

Sarah Preston, herbalist & owner of Herbs from the Labyrinth will teach this fun hands-on class, on Saturday, November 22, 2014, 1-3pm. 

Class will be held at Radiance, 9 W Grant St (across from Central Market).  Stop in, or call 290-1517 to register. 
$25 for the class includes all materials.