July to August 2015 Workshop Calendar

meta logo 09July to August 2015 Workshop Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, workshops are by donation.  However seats are limited.  Individuals who have RSVP’d on our Meetup group WNC Crystal Toting Tree Huggers will be given priority.  For event at the Grove Arcade, please arrive by 4:45 pm. The outside doors are locked by 5 pm on Sundays.

Full Moon Toning Meditation
With Christopher Lee Matthews
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 , 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Meet at Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave
Cost: $36.00

Advanced registration is required for events at the Salt Cave, please call to reserve your space at (828) 236-5999.

We will learn about harnessing the New Moon to Full Moon cycle with astrology.


We will set intentions for the Full Moon in Capricorn (07/01/15 EST) with support from gem elixirs, water infused with stones, and crystal grids, geometric arrangements of minerals.


Finally we will be vocal toning, a form of sound meditation, to support the manifestation of those intentions. We will be group singing the bijas of the Moon, simple Sanskrit syllables, believed to connect us to lunar energies.


While the Full Moon is generally associated with bringing things to fruition, each one takes place against the background of a different zodiac sign, making it better suited for particular intentions. This Full Moon is in Capricorn, representing the structures of our body, life, and society, personal and professional development, and producing things in the real world.  
After setting our intentions, we will work with gem elixirs, crystal grids, and toning the Sanskrit sounds of the Moon to clear, align, and strengthen the energy body to support the manifestation of those goals.

Spiritual Awakening: The Foundation of Psychic Awareness
With Deborah Hendrickson
Sunday, July 12th, 2015, 4:45pm to 7:30 pm
Meet at Enter the Earth, Inside the Grove Arcade, Downtown Asheville
Suggested Donation of $5-$20

The discussion groups that Deborah has facilitated in the past were such a big hit that we’ve scheduled her to come back this summer for another one. This is less of a workshop and more of a support and discussion group that will share helpful protocols to those going through the awakening process.


For more information about Deborah Hendrickson, please visit Sacred Tree Visions.


Earth Allies: Stone and Herbal Alchemy

With Asia Suler
Sunday, August 9th, 2015, 4:45 pm to 7:30 pm
Meet at Enter the Earth, Grove Arcade, Downtown Asheville
Suggested Donation of $5-$20

Plants and stones make up the most ancient history of this world. Co-creators of landscape, ecology, and the very evolution of our planet itself– herbs and minerals have been allies since the beginning. Ancient human systems of healing arose from an intimate understanding of these two foundational medicines. When used together, plants and stones can go deeper, higher and wider than when used alone. Together, these two allies can help us to access all levels of healing—from the bedrock of our innermost selves to the highest canopy of our personal growth.

In this class we we’ll look at the deeply synergistic relationship between plant and stone medicine. As a group, we’ll explore the philosophy behind plant and stone formulations and investigate different methods of combining these allies to make potent medicinal elixirs. Come meet a core group of synergistic plants and stones to help you begin a truly alchemical medicine-making practice and open the gateways to deepen your relationship with these ancient earth allies.

For more information about Asia Suler, please visit One Willow Apothecaries.

Harnessing Vibration: Sound Healing Techniques with Crystals
With Christopher Lee Matthews
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 4:45 pm to 7:30 pm
Meet at Enter the Earth, Inside the Grove Arcade, Downtown Asheville
Suggested Donation of $5-$20

Many cultures recognize a unique relationship between sound and the mineral kingdom. When stones are activated with intentional sound, they help shift personal and collective frequencies and support altered states of consciousness ranging from meditation to journeying. One of the most approachable techniques is toning, using extended syllables to produce energetic effects. We will explore toning with individual crystals, crystalline grids, and gem elixirs.

We will also discuss sound healing techniques like sacred sound, combining spoken, sung, and written words with minerals, especially those passed down generation to generation through spiritual traditions.

Toning the Chakras
With Christopher Lee Matthews
Sunday, August 30th, 2015, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Meet at Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave
Cost: $36.00

Advanced registration is required for events at the Salt Cave, please call to reserve your space at (828) 236-5999.

Vocal toning is a form of sound meditation. It usually consists of singing extended syllables, especially vowels. These sounds are believed to have their own energetic properties like crystals, especially when passed down over time. We will be group toning the bijas of the chakras, simple Sanskrit syllables, originating in Hinduism, believed to balance the energy centers of the subtle body.

Combining sound and stones can produce deep meditative experiences. Because salt is associated metaphysically with spirituality, purification, and returning things to wholeness, the salt cave is especially well suited for restorative practices like chakra balancing.

Amazonite is Amazing-ite – No, Seriously. It is.

Click the photo to see amazonite at etemetaphysical.com.
Click the photo to see amazonite at etemetaphysical.com.

Amazonite is a blue-green, teal, turquoise colored feldspar, which puts it in the family of groovy and exotic moonstones.  I pretty much consider it “blue moonstone”, although whenever someone is using that term, they are really describing rainbow moonstone with a blue flash.  To-may-to, to-mah-to.  (That doesn’t work as well in writing as it does spoken.)

I find that I am rather neutral about the darker green teal colored amazonite on the market that is very veiny, but that I love-love the lighter more blue variety from Madagascar.  Big surprise.  I know.  I think the darker green that I am ho-hum about comes from Russia.  (Not that there is anything wrong with stones from Russia.  I’m a huge fan of shungite, charoite, and seraphinite, which all hail from Mother Russia.)

See this smirky guy and other amazonite by clicking the photo.
See this smirky guy and other amazonite by clicking the photo.

Why Amazonite is Groovy

1) Empathic Buffering Support:  If you’ve read any of my blogs with any regularity, you know that I am empathically sensitive, which is one of the reasons why I like working and playing with rocks.  My super power is “to feel”, either emotionally or energy through touch.  Sometimes more of a pain in the ass than a super power, but if you can actually keep yourself on lock down so that you aren’t being pushed around by the world around you, eventually you get to the point where you can use your sensitivities in service to a greater good.

2) Restoring Flow:  Amazonite is named after the Amazon river and the Egyptians associated it with the Nile, so amazonite is deeply connected to the energy of flowing rivers.  Any stones associated with water tend to help with the emotional body and the restoration of flow after blockage.

3) Woman Power: Amazonite is also associated with the mythical warrior women, the Amazons.  Pretty much, no one messed with those women because they would throw down on anyone that tried.  If you need to put your big girl panties on after something, or someone, makes you feel defeated, amazonite can help you sing your fight song.  (He wasn’t worth it anyway, you move on, Girl.)  The fact that amazonite is in the feldspar family and deeply aligned with moonstone helps with this “feminine power” aspect, too.

4) Cheap Blue Green Stone:  Amazonite is fairly affordable, so you can often find it in cheaper elastic or chip jewelry.  I often call amazonite “poor girls larimar” because some of the amazonite on the market is way closer to blue than green and it has a beautiful sea blue color to it that reminds me of larimar.  Also, when you are looking to create a chakra healing crystals set or selecting individual chakra stones, there are not as many choices in the blue or blue-green color range to support the throat chakra or the high heart chakra, and amazonite makes a decent choice.

5) Throat Chakra – Heart Chakra Alignment: Amazonite’s color is between the heart and throat chakras, so it can be used at either chakra for support, but it can be used between them to support the integration of heart chakra issues (emotions) with throat chakra issues (communication).   So if you have shit you need to say, you can make like John Mayer, and say what you need to say… say what you need to say.  La lalala.

See this sphere and other "graphic amazonite" by clicking the photo.
See this sphere and other “graphic amazonite” by clicking the photo. Graphic amazonite is when amazonite and smoky quartz have a baby. A freakishly awesome baby.

How to Work with Amazonite

1) Amazonite Gem Elixir: Since amazonite is closely aligned with water through it’s name association with the Amazon river, a gem elixir would be a fantastic way to work with the energies of this stone.  I would recommend, however, that you use a NON CONTACT method of creating a gem elixir because amazonite gets its color from lead.  The lead is bound to the structure of the stone, but still, be safe.    I would encourage you to do a combo gem elixir and add your favorite flower essence, such as Rescue Remedy, or some other blend that makes sense for your needs.  Matching it with lotus or blue lotus flower essence would be nice too, since the Egyptians associated amazonite with the Nile.

Click here to learn more about how to make your own gem elixirs.

2) Amazonite Jewelry:  Since amazonite is a more affordable stone, you can almost always find it in jewelry that is “just for fun”.  The colors of amazonite would lend it well as a necklace and as earrings, as those locations put the stone in energetic contact with the heart/throat chakras, where it wants to do its best work.  Amazonite bracelets would be good too, since all meridians in the body run through the wrist and hands.

3) Grids: I like putting amazonite in grid combinations that need to support and empower feelings and expressions.  It would also be a great addition to a healer’s work support grid because it would provide a layer of buffering from clients brew-ha without shutting down empathic information that might be useful for directing the healer to points of need.

Click here to read about “Crystal Grids: What’s the Flipping Point?”

4) Booby Rock:  Yes, I just said that.  And, no, you aren’t the only person who shoves rocks in your bra. (Sorry, dudes.)  Amazonite is a good rock to stuff in your bra over your heart, especially if you need emotional buffering.  If it is graphic amazonite or amazonite with black tourmaline inclusions, mores the better.

Amazonite in a Chakra Healing Set
Click on the photo to see other healing crystals that work well with amazonite.

Amazonite Plays Well With….

1) All Other Feldspars/Rocks with Feldspar: Moooooooonstone.  All of it.  White moonstone, black moonstone, peach moonstone, rainbow moonstone, graphic feldspar, labradorite, sunstone, indigo gabbro, and so on.  There is already a family resonance between those stones, so if you are working on a combo grid or pouch set, add amazonite when you want to pull in the qualities it supports.

2) Smoky Quartz: Amazonite forms with smoky quartz sometimes and when it does that…damn, it’s amazing.  Amazingite.  This significantly amps up the protection, grounding, and stabilization aspect of the amazonite.  I LOVE Graphic Amazonite (which is the name given to amazonite that has made a baby with smoky quartz).  It’s not just stunning, it’s smoking hot and useful.

3) Black Tourmaline:  This is another stone that often forms with amazonite, and when it does… again, it significantly amplifies the protection, grounding, and stability of amazonite’s already buffering qualities.  Other colors of tourmaline would be cool too, such as blue tourmaline, pink tourmaline, and green tourmaline.

4) Other Protection Stones: We already mentioned smoky quartz and black tourmaline, but other buffering and protective stones would do well, such as shungite, obsidian, amethyst, and Ocean Jasper.

5) Other Blue or Green Gemstones:  Amazonite plays nicely with other stones within the same color range.  I like it with turquoise, lapis lazuli, labradorite, larimar, chrysocolla, quantum Quattro silica, malachite, emerald, and aquamarine.  Yummy.

6) Other Woogy Comfort Stones: Such as rose quartz, mangano calcite, angelite, and lepidolite.

So, there you go.  Amazonite.  It’s Amazin’.  (Sorry, that was bad.)

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