SATURDAY, AUGUST 19: Potion Retreat~Medicines & Relationships with Plants

Awaken your inner witch by building a relationship with medicinal plants and learning about their spiritual, emotional, and physical healing gifts at a Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary Potion Retreat.

Gather under the trees for a magical day of spiritual and practical medicine. The Potion Retreat invites participants to cultivate relationships with plants and the land through words, songs, breathwork, offerings, and art. Together we will also learn and share about some foundational kitchen witch practices.

The retreat will explore and include:
~ Brewing a Magical Tea
~ Flower Essences
~ Healing Properties
~ Kitchen Witch Basics
~ Land Stewardship
~ Moon Cycles
~ Plant Identification
~ Tasting the Garden

All ages and identities welcome.

Potion Retreat

Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary
Plainfield, Vermont


Saturday, August 19, 2023


10:00 am-4:00 pm EST


As with all EmpowR events, we gather in circle as the foundational space holder for our time together. Shared learning, deep listening, and embodiment practices help build a safe and supportive container for heart-centered relationship and community building throughout the day.

Facilitated by EmpowR Transformation founder, Rae Carter, the Potion Retreat is designed to explore the magic of plant medicine while also bringing awareness to what it means to live on N’dakinna Land – the unceded ancestral homeland of Abenaki People. The retreat will include intentionality towards the responsibility of becoming stewards of this land and uplifting indigenous voices and cultures without appropriating.

Flow of the Day
We will gather in circle for much of the day with movement, garden time, and sanctuary walks mingled throughout the day. We will flow with how the Elements and Weather engage with us.  Please plan ahead to arrive before 10 to park and ground so we can open the circle at 10:00 am.

Please bring your lunch and a snack to share. Bring a water bottle and extra water containers for amazing mountain water to take home.

Each adult registered is welcome to bring one youth participant under 18 (optional youth donation can be offered in cash if you’d like). If youth choose to opt out of the retreat, they are welcome to frolic and play independently at the sanctuary. Breastfeeding babes are welcome to attend with mamas. If you plan to bring a child, plan to arrive early and please let us know ahead of time.

Camping is available for folks 18+ who are traveling to attend and would like to stay the night before, after, or both. $30 for one night, $50 for two nights paid in cash when you arrive. Please let us know ahead of time if you plan to camp.

We will gather outside at Grandmother Cherry Sanctuary, under the trees, in the mountains of Plainfield, Vermont. The space is partially accessible–please communicate any accessibility needs ahead of time so we can plan for accommodation. Learn more about the sanctuary vision which includes plans for how we can make the sanctuary more accessible. Please bring what you need to support yourself in circle. There is a friendly dog and cats on the premise who may participate at times.

Directions and more details of how to prepare will be provided upon registration.


Registration is for one adult and includes one youth under 18 to participate.
An optional cash donation for youth can be offered the day of the retreat.
If youth chose to opt out of any part of the retreat, they are welcome to play independently at the sanctuary. 

Option 1) Pay the fee – $111

Option 2) Pay the fee and add a “tip” to contribute to the EmpowR Equity Fund
to pay for scholarships, stipends, and discounts for people with marginalized identities
and in low income situations to participate in EmpowR Transformation offerings.

Option 3) Request an equity discount or scholarship and send a message to receive a code.
This option is for people with marginalized identities and in low income situations.

Option 4) Engage in a trade. Attend at no cost in exchange for offering support to the sanctuary.
See a list of the types of resources we are looking for and send a message to offer a trade exchange.

REGISTER for the Retreat

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Life happens! If you are unable to attend, you can pay the cost forward. You can also request a refund up to 24 hours in advance. Cancellation refunds include a small fee to cover credit card costs. No refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of a program.