2023 Medicine Mama
How does a weekend getaway connecting with both western and indigenous plant medicine experiences sound, to you?
This is our second year, holding this transformative retreat!
In sisterhood, we'll be crafting a healing salve made from Juniper berries we gather ourselves as well as lavender from the local lavender farm that we'll visit together.
We'll be in the forest together, digging our hands in the Arizona dirt, for quartz crystals.
We'll be connecting with nature, at Horton creek, during a Medicine Walk.
We'll be enjoying an herbal bath bar, and a candlelit bath, all to ourselves.
We'll be using food as medicine, enjoying delicious meals prepared together and by our hosts.
We'll craft Juniper smoke bundles, to bring this retreat energy home, and to cleanse our living space.
And, we'll be learning about and enjoying plants as medicine, for our minds, bodies, and spirits, around the fire.
If this is for you, register today! This intimate retreat is for 10 ladies. We can't wait to gather with you!
Our retreat begins on Friday evening and ends Monday morning.
It includes beautiful shared or private accommodations for three nights, all supplies and materials, as well as all 8 meals!
Crafting Smudge Bundles with Plant Material
Medicine Mama Retreat is a collaboration between Jennifer Hoeprich of Magical Mama, LLC and Andrea Taahaabaah Twitchell of Taahaabaah Therapeutic Services, LLC.
Ms. Andrea Twitchell is the owner and sole-provider at Taahaabaah Therapeutic Services, LLC in Tempe, Arizona. She offers an integrative approach to whole health by supporting community members with an indigenous and clinical perspective in how to live a balanced lifestyle reflected in a harmonious mind,
body, and Spirit - Hozo.
Ms. Twitchell has over 15 years of hands-on and continuing education experience in the field of Therapeutic Massage and Somatic Polarity Therapy. She has an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology. She is also deeply connected and attuned to the subtle energetic fields of the body such as the chakra systems,
energetic lines, reflexive points, cranio-sacral rhythm, and nervous system.
Bodywork is Andrea’s 1st love and she brings a special intuitive quality to her presence and touch.
Taahaabaah also holds a Dual Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling and Art Therapy from Southwestern College, Santa Fe, NM. Andrea focused her graduate work around Indigenous healing practices and philosophy; Early Intervention Services; and the exploration and implementation of various therapeutic
modalities such as Eco-psychology, Psycho-Spirituality, Attachment Theory, Expressive Arts Continuum, and Jungian ideology.
Since 2019 Ms. Twitchell has been mentoring and healing with various plant medicines, stepping into the role as a Medicine Carrier. She operates on the spectrum of food as medicine for everyday healing; to various herbs and plants like as cannabis and hapé; to psychedelics such as psilocybin, ayahuasca, bufo alvarius, and San Pedro (mesciline). Ms. Twitchell offers various modern day ceremonial services to support individual and group members in developing deeper levels of consciousness for a totall sense of well-being.
Jennifer Hoeprich is a Certified Professional Midwife, Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, Certified Meditation Teacher, Reiki Master, and Graduate of the Yogini Priestess Path. In 2013, she launched Magical Mama, to create powerful year-long containers for mothers to deeply connect with other mothers, and to themselves. Over the past 18 years, she has held space for exponential growth and expansion for over 1,000 mothers through birthwork, Magical Mama Circles and retreats, group classes, and private Hypnotherapy, Reiki & Sound Healing sessions. She has facilitated over 250 sister circles and 18 transformational weekend retreats since 2013, and has expanded her work to include Magical Maidens Program for pre-teen and teen girls and Magical Momboss for Mom Entrepreneurs.
Andrea & Jen!
Tobacco is a sacred plant used by North and South American indigenous peoples for
tens of thousands of years. Tobacco is used in its various forms depending on the local
environment and the culture it is prescribed to. It is used to give thanks to Mother Earth
and to send prayers to our Ancestors via Father Sky. We will be using 2 traditions
throughout our medicine retreat.
South American Shamanic Snuff
*Ground Tobacco Ash
*Various Amazonian Vegetation Ash
*Social gatherings, mediation, celebration
Learn how to:
*Ground, purge, connect
Loose Leaf Tobacco Prayer Bundles
North American Smoking Plant
Protection, Prayers to the Ancestors
*Loose leaf tobacco
*Social gatherings, mediation, celebration
*Make 4-7 bundles
*Burn, send prayers
Andrea will also be offering food as medicine, with an offering of Indigenous Blue Corn Mush breakfast.
Participants may also discuss the option of Microdosing, during the retreat experience, with Andrea, beforehand. Please feel free to reach out to Andrea, by clicking on her image, to set up a brief consult.
In sisterhood, Jen will support you in crafting a healing salve made from Juniper berries we gather ourselves, in the forest, as well as lavender from the local lavender farm that we'll visit together.
We'll be enjoying an herbal bath bar, and a candlelit bath, and Jen will explain the health benefits of the plant materials and extracts provided.
We'll be using food as medicine, throughout the retreat, enjoying delicious meals prepared together and by our hosts. We'll circle up to discuss kitchen herbs & foods that are beneficial to our health.
We'll also craft Juniper smoke bundles, from the Juniper we will respectfully collect at Diamond Point, to bring this retreat energy home, and to cleanse our living space. We will make offerings back to the land, including cornmeal and picking up trash.
Jennifer Hoeprich, Midwife, Meditation Teacher, Reiki Master, Founder of Magical Mama
We are in a gorgeous location, in Payson. It includes two kitchens, a three-person sauna and jetted bathtub! We have one private room option, four bottom bunk options, three top bunk options, and one air mattress or floor bed option.
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Thursday, April 4th
2pm - 3:30pm: Pre-Retreat Medicine Preparation Info Circle in Tempe for Retreat Participants (Andrea)
Friday, April 19th
5pm: Arrive & Settle In
5:30pm: Welcome Circle & Hape Offered
7pm: Build Your Own Pizza Dinner & Salad
8pm: Tobacco Circle (Andrea)
9pm: Relax, Chat
9pm: Optional Jacuzzi Tub Soak, 9pm, 9:15pm
3-Person Sauna Open
Saturday, April 20th
8:30am: Morning Meditation with Andrea
9am: Superfood Smoothie, Avocado Toast (Jen)
9:30am: Pack our Picnic Lunches & Depart for Diamond Point
10am: Respectfully forage for Juniper berries and collect Juniper for bundles (Jen)
11am: Cleanse the land of trash & surface collect quartz crystals and fossils (Jen)
12pm: Hape Offered
1pm: Picnic Lunch in the Forest
1:30pm: Depart for Pine, to Visit the Lavender Farm, Enjoy Some Antiquing
4pm: Stop in to the Shroom Room for Refreshments
5:30pm: Dinner at a Local Steakhouse
7pm: Fire Ceremony, Releasing & Setting Intentions (Andrea)
8pm: Optional Jacuzzi Tub Soak, (two tubs available) slots at 8pm, 8:15pm, 8:30pm, 8:45pm
3-Person Sauna Open
Sunday, April 21st
8:30am: Morning Breathwork & Sound Bath With Jen
9am: Navajo Blue Corn Mush, Eggs & Toast (Andrea)
9:30am: Pack our Picnic Lunches & Depart for Horton Creek
10am: Medicine Hike at the Creek (Andrea)
11am: Shamanic Drumming Journey
Noon: Hape Offered
1pm: Picnic Lunch in the Forest, Enjoying the Creek
3pm: Depart for Air BNB
3:30pm: Journaling, Free Time
4:30pm: Gather 'round in the Kitchen with Jen to Make Juniper & Lavender Salve to Take Home
6pm: Relaxing Taco Bar Dinner at the Air BNB
7pm: Fire, Integration Time, Packing for the Morning, Hape Offered, & Jacuzzi Tub Soaks at 7pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm, 7:45pm, 8pm, 8:15pm
Monday, April 22nd
8:30am: Integration Meditation
9am: Overnight Oats, Nuts & Berries
10am: Closing Circle, Wrapping our Juniper Bundles (Andrea & Jen)
11am: Depart for Home
*Please note, an integration period is very helpful, after retreat, even if just for a few hours. The drive time is very supportive of this, and eating lunch by yourself or with your sisters from retreat can be very beneficial. In any case, we recommend that you set it up with your partners and children that you will not be making dinner nor having household responsibilities on Monday night, to allow for this relaxed integration period.