Women’s Health Workshop


Thursday, February 26th 6 – 9 pm



with Donna Caire

A lively presentation to explore the uterus and imagine her in a light that allows us to be inspired by her connection to the rhythms of the universe.  A woman menstruates an average of 37 years: that’s about 480 cycles, or 2,500 days! And their partners, co-workers, neighbors and children experience it right along with them. It is SOMETHING WE ALL SHARE, yet don’t share…to our detriment. A serious boater, fisher or beach comber would not think of being in or near the water without a knowledge of the tides, why should we?!

Dedicated to opening a connection to the rhythms of this very important life event, this class is designed to look at the female’s amazing bodily process in a new light, so that we can understand, connect, and empower and future generations.  All are welcomed – remember we all navigate these waters, whether experiencing first hand, currently or in the past, or second hand.

As always, lots of props and visuals for a more complete understanding, ending with a meditation for integration.

About Donna-

Donna Caire, M.A. Counseling, is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage Therapy Practitioner and Teacher, and plant enthusiast working at Donna CaireRegeneration Springs, a studio established by her in Abita Springs, LA.  A continuous and avid learner, she has been enriched by her studies with French osteopath Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral and his colleagues and their fascinating work on the viscera, nerves and vascular system, Gilles Marin, Director of the Chi Nei Tsang Institute in Oakland, California, and his belief that the body knows how to heal itself, Dr. Rosita Arvigo and her insights into the power and sacredness of the uterus and plants, her association with herbalists Darrell Martin, Phyllis Light, and Matthew Wood, and with Stephen Buhner, who showed me it was alright to ask “What If”, what if the world isn’t like I was taught to believe, and to be open to the awe and inspiration of what follows.


with Jen Stovall

In this class, we will cover the basics of menstrual cycle physiology including the relationship of the hormones that govern our cycles. Understanding the ins & outs of the different phases of our cycle & how they affect us should be an integral part of our ancestral knowledge. Come learn how to reclaim this information & take back your menstrual health!

About Jen-

Jen Stovall grew up in the North Georgia piedmont and spent her summers in the Southern Appalachians surrounded by the verdant abundance of medicinal plants. Although she didn’t know it at the time, some of those plants would grow to be some of her most significant allies. Later, as Jen left Georgia to traipse across the country (and some other countries too), she began to study how to identify plants for food and medicine. As the wind blew her hither and thither, she acquired her Wilderness EMT certification and became a licensed NADA ear acupuncture practitioner and trainer. Over time, Jen’s love of the plants superseded her traveling ways and she got carried away by the beauty and mysteries of plant medicine which led her to study with some amazing teachers of both traditional and southern schools of herbalism including 7song, Michael Moore, Phyllis D. Light, and Patricia Kyritsi Howell. In 2011, Jen opened Maypop Community Herb Shop with three other herbalists & graduated from Louisiana State University School of Nursing in New Orleans, which she has called home since 2004. She works as a community and clinical herbalist, using a blend of Southern Folk and Western Herbalism in her classes and with her clients. She is currently studying bodywork & Ayurvedic assessment and therapeutics with DeAnna Batdorff to add to her practice in the future.




Friday, February 27th 10 am – 5  pm


with Phyllis D. Light

From puberty through menopause and into our elder years, there are some health issues that affect only women. For example, women are more likely to have urinary tract infections than men (no kidding!). And women are more likely to have osteoporosis than men. But did you know that sexually transmitted diseases are more likely to be serious in women than men?

 Join Phyllis for workshop on the complex and unique health issues which affect only women. We’ll discuss ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibroid tumors, breast health, fertility, pregnancy, PMS, osteoporosis, depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and menopause. And any other topic that you might have questions about.

We’ll also talk about herbs, nutrients and dietary approaches which help restore reproductive balance. Some herbs that will be discussed include black cohosh, blue cohosh, partridge berry, raspberry leaf, trillium, St. John’s wort, dong quai, angelica, chaste tree, peach leaf, black walnut, and Queen Anne’s lace.

About Phyllis-

Phyllis D. Light, MA, RH(AHG), is a fourth generation herbalist and healer.  She has studied and worked with herbs, foods and other healing techniques for over 30 years. Her studies in Southernimage and Appalachian Folk Medicine began at the age of 10 in the deep woods of North Alabama with lessons from her Creek/Cherokee grandmother. One of her goals is to be a bridge between traditional and scientific knowledge. Phyllis is currently Secretary of the American Herbalist Guild and member of the AHG Admissions Committee. She is also a board member of Old Spirits, New Lives, a non-profit organization in Minnesota dedicated to keeping Native traditions alive for future generations. Phyllis is the director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health in Arab, AL which offers both online and residential classes.




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