DESERT MAGICK

FULL MOON ∆ SPRING EQUINOX

MARCH 18-21 2019 JOSHUA TREE, CA 

 
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WE WILL GATHER IN THE MYSTICAL MAGICK OF JOSHUA TREE UNDER THE LIBRA FULL MOON AT SPRING EQUINOX. THIS RETREAT IS ABOUT VISIONING INTENTIONS, EARTH STEWARDSHIP, COSMIC ALIGNMENT, CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY, PLANT MEDICINE & RADICAL SELF CARE.

THE SPRING EQUINOX ALSO KNOW AS OSTARA IS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW CYCLE. THE EARTH WAS DORMANT IN WINTER AND IS READY TO BE IN FULL BLOOM ONCE AGAIN. OSTARA REPRESENTS FERTILITY, REBIRTH, AND PLANTING SEEDS OF INTENTION. TOGETHER WE WILL COMMUNE WITH THE EARTH, GIVE GRATITUDE FOR NEW LIFE BLOSSOMING, AND LET OUR INTENTIONS GROW AS WE TEND THEM WITH WATER AND SUNLIGHT.

THE FULL MOON IS A TIME OF THE MONTH WHEN THE ENERGY IS MOST POTENT & PLAYFUL. THIS LUNAR PHASE AMPLIFIES OUR COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS WHICH CREATES COLORFUL DREAMS & EXTRAORDINARY ENERGY. THIS IS A WONDERFUL TIME TO EXPLORE OUR OWN PSYCHE AND SHARE CURIOSITIES WITH COMMUNITY.

THE EQUINOX IS WHEN THE NIGHT AND DAY ARE IN PERFECT BALANCE. THIS REFLECTS IN OUR OWNS LIVES AS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO FIND BALANCE. DURING THIS RETREAT WE WILL TAKE THE TIME FOR SELF CARE WHICH CAN CREATE SPACE FOR CLARITY, VISION, & PERSONAL GROWTH. WE WILL ALSO FOCUS ON GROWING COLLECTIVELY THROUGH SOCIAL PERMACUTLURE, ACTIVISM, & EARTH CONNECTION.

DELVE DEEPER INTO ASTROLOGY, HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING, FLOWER ESSENCE THERAPY, SELF CARE PRACTICES, AYURVEDA, MOON MUSINGS, & MUCH MORE.

Retreat Offerings:

  • Accommodations in a beautiful desert oasis 

  • All Organic meals included with vegan & gluten free options available

  • Workshops making your own herbal incense cones,
     flower essences, amulets, and more to take home

  • Spring Equinox and Full moon ceremony

  • Info on desert plants, herbalism basics, and Ayurvedic self care

  • Beauty ritual & empowerment tools

  • Social permaculture & eco activist strategies 

  • Astrology & Alchemy insights

  • Folklore & Ritual of Ostara (pagan celebration of spring)

  • 15 minute Reiki sessions

Optional Offerings: Massage, Ritual haircuts, Ayurvedic pulse readings,

Medical Astrology readings, and Herbal Potions for purchase


FACILITATORS

 

Julie Benefico~ Lead Facilitator, Herbalist, Alchemist

Julie is a Certified Clinical Herbalist with an undying passion to help others uncover the mysteries of their soul and heal naturally. Utilizing nutrition, medical herbalism, and self care tools she has a practice working with clients to help facilitate healing from the core. Julie also owns and operates a handcrafted herbal skincare & aromatherapy line for self-care, intention setting, and nourishment Called Opal Elements Cosmic Apothecary. Julie is a green witch that loves working with the shadow aspects of life in order to reach the light! She studies alchemy, astrology, social change making, & herbalism and integrates these magical practices into her life, consultations, and workshops.


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Lily Chait~ Chef

Lily has worked in restaurants in Los Angeles, Paris and Big Sur including Esalen Institute, Sierra Mar at Post Ranch, and La Tour D'Argent. Passionate about the immersive potential and sacred ritual of a meal, Lily has come to honor and practice a new kind of collaborative supper experience. Rooted in vegetable focused farm to table food Lily is inspired by nourishing food that both tastes and feels good.

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Claire Wirick~ Herbalist & Ayurvedic Practitioner

Claire has been organic farming since 2013. There she learned how to be in communication with the plants, the soil, and the cycles of life. With a deep feeling of connection to the Earth, Claire wanted to learn about the world of medicinal plants. In 2016, she began the Roots of Herbalism program at The California School of Herbal Studies. From there, she attended the Intermediate- Community Herbal Training program. Claire graduated from the Ayurvedic Clinical Foundations Program at the dhyana Center in 2018. She currently works at Farmacopia, a modern apothecary and wellness center in Santa Rosa, California.  Her specialties include flower essences, pulse diagnostics, Ayurvedic self-care and body work techniques, plant-spirit medicine, and Therapeutic Touch.

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Joanna Burrows~ Massage Therapist & Ceremonial leader

Joanna is an enthusiastic student of holistic healing. She is a certified Esalen Massage Practitioner, Yoga Instructor and has completed 2 levels of Reiki Healing. Joanna has rich experience leading, collaborating and attending in all-women and co-ed ceremonies. Joanna roots are in Education with a focus on Community Organization. She loves to perform spoken word/creative non-fiction and continues to create supportive spaces for others to share their stories/experiences.  It is in these spaces and ceremonies she has witnessed the most profound collective healing. 

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Whitney Freidell~ Ritual Hairstylist & Reiki Master

Whitney is a Reiki master, lunar hairstylist, and founder of Canyon and The Moon- a hair and wellness studio in Los Angeles. Her belief is that true beauty originates from self love. She believes that by to showing up for one's self authentically, being radically honest with self, and unconditionally loving every part of our being is how we cultivate the practice of inner self-care. Whitney feels the way we care for our external appearance, our earth body, is just as important as our inner work and considers her beauty rituals to be a spiritual practice.

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Kara Lewis~ Yoga Instructor & Movement Facilitator

Kara is a yoga instructor, level 2 Reiki practitioner, and dedicated lifelong student of holistic medicine. She is passionate about facilitating healing for humans and the planet by integrating mind, body, and spirit through ritual and self-care practices. Her yoga classes are an exploration of self through breath, meditation, and movement. She has a particular affinity for working with plant-based medicines and believes that being in relationship with the natural world deepens the connection to one’s self. Her belief is that wellness is our natural state and occurs organically by creating safe spaces in which healing can take place.

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Accommodations

Retreat in this beautiful five acre desert paradise with a geodesic dome, three psychedelic updated trailers, colorful hammocks, a dreamy hot tub, fire pit, magical desert plants, and more!

JOSHUA TREE TRAILER: One queen bed and one large futon. Perfect for a couple, two friends, or 3 friends to share!

Price for 2: $1,777

Price for 3: $2,333

Price is all inclusive!

To Apply please send an email to julie@opalelements.com with why you are interested in this retreat, what your favorite plant ally is, & how this retreat can enhance your life and your community! Payment options available through PayPal & Venmo.

BUTTERFLY TRAILER: One queen bed, one futon, one twin air mattress. Also perfect for a couple, two friends or 3 friends!

Price for 2: $1,777

Price for 3: $2,333

Price is all inclusive

To Apply please send an email to julie@opalelements.com with why you are interested in this retreat, what your favorite plant ally is, & how this retreat can enhance your life and your community! Payment options available through venmo or paypal.



Cosmic Trailer: 5 twin beds, perfect for folks traveling alone and a great way to make friends fast!

Price: $777 for regular bed (top bunk) 3 spots ~ Only 1 Spot Left!

$722 for trundle bed (lower bunk) 2 spots ~ Only 1 Spot left!

Price is all inclusive!

To book email julie@opalelements.com

To Apply please send an email to julie@opalelements.com with why you are interested in this retreat, what your favorite plant ally is, & how this retreat can enhance your life and your community! Payment options through venmo or paypal.


Camping/ or Living Room Accommodation available as an additional option! Bring your own camping gear and camp on this beautiful land or stay on a comfy air mattress in the main dome. Space limited.

Price: $555 all inclusive

To apply please send an email to julie@opalelements.com with why you are interested in this retreat, what your favorite plant ally is, & how this retreat can enhance your life and your community.


Desert Magick is an inclusive space for people of all genders, races,

sexual orientations, and disabilities to feel safe and thrive. We will

discuss allyship and the importance of solidarity work.

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate children and pets at this time. Thank you for your understanding.



We looking forward to making magick with you in the Desert!

Photo by Julianna Caduto

Photo by Julianna Caduto