Saturday, February 23, 2013

Let's Make... Fresh Cheese!

Let’s Make
Fresh Cheese!

Sunday, April 21, 2013, 2-4pm
In this class, Susan Hess will teach us to make fresh soft cheese with cow or goat milk and culture.  We will go through the simple processes of making a fresh cheese like Chevre’ or Fromage Blanc.  Unlike cheese that needs to be aged and carefully tended for months, fresh cheeses are ready to eat with a day and can be easily incorporated into any kitchen routine using basic kitchen equipment.

This class will be held in the home kitchen of Herbs from the Labyrinth, 1053 Wheatland Avenue in Lancaster.  You will have a chance to explore the labyrinth garden during the cheese-tasting at the end of the class.

$ 50.00, in advance for the class.  A variety of cheese-making supplies and books will also be available for purchase after the class.

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

Susan Hess is a therapeutic herbalist and native weed wrangler who resides in northern Chester County, PA. Since 1997 Susan has grown a fine line of handcrafted herbal products through her business “Farm at Coventry”. She enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge through community herbal education workshops and her twelve month “Homestead Herbalism” course and teaching gardens. Her website showcases Susan’s photography as well as her herbal product line and educational offerings. In her spare time, Susan enjoys researching traditional healing methods, photography, writing, gardening, quilting and cheese-making.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Reiki Level 2 Class


Reiki is a simple, beautiful form of energy work that allows us to utilize the natural inclination of the Universe toward healing.  Attunement to the second level increases the energy flow and deepens your intuitive awareness of the energy.  Reiki II builds on the skills developed through practice at the Reiki I level, bringing more emotional and spiritual healing to your practice.  In Reiki II you will also learn “Distance Healing”. 

Experience the healing energy of Reiki II in this class being taught by consulting herbalist, energy worker and Reiki Master & Teacher, Sarah Preston.  You will:

  • Review Reiki I
  • Learn the Reiki II Power Symbols, their names and uses
  • Receive the Attunement to the second degree of Reiki
  • Practice sending Reiki through time and space
  • Receive a Reiki II Certificate, after completion of this class

Location:              Radiance

                        9 West Grant Street, Lancaster

Date:                 Saturday, April 6, 2013

Time:                  10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Prerequisite:         Reiki Level I Attunement

Cost:                  $185.00 includes a copy of the book Reiki, the Healing Touch .

  A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place.

RSVP:                 Required by Saturday, March 30
                        Call 290-1517 or stop in to register.
Class size is limited so early registration is recommended.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Elements of Magic

Elements of Magic
An introductory course in Reclaiming Tradition
Using the art of magic, we deepen our vision and focus our will, empowering ourselves to act in the world.

In the tradition of STARHAWK & Reclaiming, this class will explore the Elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit as used to develop the practice of Magic, Witchcraft, and Goddess Spirituality.

Working through each individual element, students will learn & refine techniques to include:  Creation of Sacred Space, breath-work, spell-craft, chanting, visualization & trance, and structuring rituals in an experiential format.  We will learn to sense, shift and move energy.  This is an opportunity to experience deep magic as we learn the skills on which to build our individual practices.  The concept of the triple soul and its importance in magic will be introduced. Once aligned, we will open all of our selves to the beauty and love around us, creating rituals and practices that can transform us and the worlds about us.

Preparation:  Read the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance, by Starhawk.

This class is considered the first of the Reclaiming Tradition’s core classes.  Sarah, an initiated Reclaiming Tradition priestess and teacher, and Beth an eclectic, will facilitate the class.  This course is usually taught over a period of six weeks; the weekend will be a full, intense and rich experience.  Please be certain that you can commit to the entire weekend.

When:             Friday, 3/22/13 from 6-9:30pm, Saturday, 3/23 from 10am until 9:30pm, and Sunday, 3/24 from 10am until 3pm
Where:           Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster (across from Central Market)
                        Phone 717-290-1517 for more information
Cost:               $185 - $155 sliding scale, includes a copy of The Spiral Dance.
Stop in to register and pick up your book at Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster, PA  17603.  We will accept two students who have previously completed Elements to take the class at no charge – you would be expected to assist with priestessing responsibilities.  Contact Sarah to apply for one of these positions.

We try to balance the need to be justly compensated for our labor with our commitment to make our work available to people of all economic levels.  By using a sliding scale, we hope that those who can afford to do so will pay on the higher end. No one will be excluded from the class for lack of funds.

Reclaiming is a growing tradition in our culture today. It is a call from and to the ancient Goddess and Her immanence. It is a call to know ourselves in all of our parts, so that we can create the powerful magic that changes all worlds. While we live in a culture of domination and control, worlds full of desire, beauty, love and grace surround us and the Craft opens them to us.  We honor the cycles of nature, the earth and the goddesses and gods that live within each of us.  Reclaiming is an ever-evolving tradition that is rooted in Eco-feminism and the Feri Tradition. It is dedicated to personal empowerment, teaching and unifying spirit and politics.

Friday, February 1, 2013

A Prayer for Brighid at Imbolg

A couple of years ago I was living in a small straw-bale house with a wood stove for heat.  Every morning, as I knelt and lit the fire, I prayed to Brighid.  Over the course of several weeks, the words settled into themselves.  Perhaps She told me what to say...

Brighid, help me light this fire.
Flames of heat are my desire.
Protect this house, keep it safe and warm
To shelter us from wind and storm.

I still use the prayer, though not every day, since I'm not heating with wood.  And now I use a variation of it when I give Reiki attunements.

Thank you, Brighid...