Autumn Retreat for Women – Brattleboro, VT – Nov 16-17, 2019

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Autumn Retreat
for Women

A Chance to Align and Reflect
Brattleboro, VT — November 16-17, 2019

12 NCCAOM-approved CEUs

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From Grief to Righteousness

Autumn is a time of external loss, but it can also be a time of internal gain. As light and warmth wane, we prepare for the coming of winter. There is a last burst of color, and then the earth is stripped bare of signs of life. That which is transient is now gone forever; the vitality which endures is now held deep inside. The teaching of autumn is that all things pass, but that what is truly precious lives on inside of us.

Grief is the recognition that something of beauty and importance is gone from the outer world, but inherent within grief is the capacity to identify clearly what we most value, even in its material absence. Righteousness is the capacity to prefer what Heaven values—to align ourselves with its vaster beauty and be fully graced by it—even when this involves personal loss. We are challenged by Heaven to open and let go of old frames of reference, for the sake of the journey into living under a much bigger sky.

Join us for a weekend designed to allow us the breathing space needed to discover ourselves, our solitude within community, and our Original Face.

Metal explorations include:

• The relationship between Truth and our belief systems
• The practical difference between repentance and just feeling like crap
• Healthy relationship to discipline, inner and outer
• How to give praise (not flattery) so that it will truly be received
• The essentials of a healthy grieving process (and how to assist others through “good” grief)
• The Sacred as experienced in the full range from atheism to orthodoxy

A Special Setting

In beautiful rural Vermont, we will explore acupuncture, herbs and energetic exercises designed to support our Metal Element and the Metal Elements of our clients and families—on a Me First basis!

Please note: this class is held at Thea Elijah’s house in southern Vermont. There is availability for eight people to stay at the house itself, three spaces at a neighbor’s airbnb, and possible other free or inexpensive lodging options nearby.

“Many of the practices Thea teaches seem simple, but they radically shifted old patterns of operating and brought me into a space where I began to feel more trust in the universe. I have many memories of studying these practices that felt like spiritual realignments. Her teachings and the practices led to new understandings about myself, and my relationship to others, the world, and the divine. It was a gift that continues to unfold.”

– Erin Foster


“I have never met a more gifted teacher. Thea embodies the herbs and formulas in such a beautiful and heartfelt way, that what would otherwise be mere information becomes a living immediate experience for the student. Don’t blink or you’ll miss something intensely wonderful and unique.”

– Ki Ennes, M.Ac., L.Ac.

About Thea

Thea Elijah, LAc, has been a student of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for over 30 years. She is the former director of the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at Tai Sophia Institute and the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture.

She has apprenticed and studied with some of the most influential Chinese medicine teachers in the West. Thea is also a Master Teacher of the Shadhuliyyah Sufi Order, and a teaching assistant at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism.

Workshop Dates

Saturday and Sunday
November 16-17, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Weekend workshop: $375

Earlybird Discount

Register before October 16 to receive a $25 discount!


Thea’s House
Brattleboro, VT


Students of this workshop qualify for 12 NCCAOM-approved Core CEUs.

Refund Policy

In the (very rare) event of a workshop cancellation, all tuition will be refunded.
Otherwise, any refund is at the sole discretion of Perennial Medicine.


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