26th - 28th JUNE 2020 - Provence, France
A 3-day retreat led by Pam Montgomery in the heart of Provence surrounded by lavender fields. We will embark on a powerful plant spirit medicine journey and discover techniques to heal, grow and evolve guided by the spirit of Lavender.
Initiation is an ancient form of ceremony that brings one into maturity taking up their place within the collective. In traditional society initiation was a coming of age where the young person became an adult stepping into their role within the “tribe”. The elders would perform the Initiations that sometimes took up to a year to complete but always culminating in a great ritual and then feast.
In modern times the Initiation process has been mostly forgotten so that there are many adults who have never had the opportunity to come into their maturity bringing forth their gifts in order to serve the community. The elders, too, are mostly gone so that even for those who would like to be an Initiated human there is not the ability. In my deep work with plants I continue to be amazed at how they step up to the plate and provide us with exactly what we need. So it has come about that the common plants are taking on the role of the Elder and are initiating us into what it means to be truly human living within the collective.
A Plant Initiation is an opportunity to work deeply with a plant or tree where we not only receive personal healing but also become bonded with the particular plant and receive the plants healing gifts to then work with oneself, others or the planet. This very intimate sharing with a plant allows for guidance on many issues, opens doors of perception, brings healing on all levels and expands one’s consciousness.
During this three day class, we will be ingesting an elixir that has been prepared ceremonially to enhance the consciousness expanding qualities of the plant. We suggest fasting while we will ingest the elixir at various times throughout the three days but it is totally optional. During the Initiation supportive very simple foods (nuts, nut butter, fruit, rice cakes, a supportive tea) will be available for those needing to eat a little something. For those who are unable to fast due to medical, health or other reasons you will need to bring your own food and discretely eat it (meaning not in front of others as it may become a distraction).
We will deepen with the plant in many ways including dreaming, journeying, taking on the essence of the plant aided by mask making and experiencing the plant through Greenbreath. We will step into the initiatory experience of dismemberment which is a traditional shamanic way of dying to the old and being reborn into a new you. Our plant ally will aid us in ways known and unknown as we will leave space for the magic and mystery to emerge.
To Prepare for the retreat
You will be asked to prepare yourself ahead of time by eating certain foods and refraining from certain activities.
Entering an Initiation with clear body, mind and spirit is a kind of honoring of the Elder Teacher Plant, who is the initiator.
It is with utmost respect that we approach these magnanimous beings as they lay the fertile ground for a deep transformative experience.
You will emerge from this Initiation in a new skin. Be prepared to change your life.
About Pam Montgomery
Pam Montgomery is an author, teacher and practitioner who has passionately embraced her role as a spokesperson for the green beings and has been investigating plants/trees and their intelligent spiritual nature for more than three decades.
She is the author of two books one of which is the highly acclaimed Plant Spirit Healing; A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness and Partner Earth; A Spiritual Ecology. She operates the Partner Earth Education Center at Sweetwater Sanctuary in Danby, Vermont where classes, plant research and ceremonies take place.
Pam also teaches internationally on plant spirit healing, spiritual ecology and people as Nature Evolutionaries. She is a founding member of United Plant Savers and more recently the Organization of Nature Evolutionaries or O.N.E.
Her latest passion is to engage ceremonially in full symbiosis within the plant/human matrix where the elder common plants and trees initiate and guide us into being truly human.
The retreat will be held in the South of France in Provence; home of the most beautiful lavender fields.
Guests will be staying in an ancient Provencal chateau, surrounded by carpets of lavender. The chateau is located in Drôme Provençale, on the Albion plateau, between Mont-Ventoux, Lure and Luberon.
The 13th century Château offers simple yet comfortable rooms. Flanked by towers and lined with lime trees more than a century old, the castle is located in the centre of the farm, surrounded by meadows and fields of lavender.
Closest Airport: Marseille Provence Airport
Closest train station: Avignon TGV
You can get the Eurostar here! Simply type Avignon TGV on the Eurostar website for details.
From Avignon train station: Take a train to Carpentras train station, from there take a bus to Sault.
Pickups can be arranged the day before the retreat starts, from Marseille airport. Please note there will only be one pick up on this day so you may have to wait at the airport.
If you would like to stay and explore this beautiful part of France we advise you to rent a car and make your own way to the retreat centre. Cars can be rented at low cost directly from Marseille airport. Ryanair rents cars at low cost.
Please note Taxis can be very expensive, around €200 one way as it takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to the retreat centre.
1 feast meal provided on the last day
Personal food if you are not fasting
Cost to obtain a valid passport
and Visa (if needed)
Any items of a personal nature
such as laundry, etc.
Things to Note
Please make sure you arrive before 10 am on Friday.
Accommodation can be provided on Thursday night at the retreat centre at a discounted price. Please email us to arrange.
As it is recommended to fast for the retreat meals will not be provided, only the feast on the last day.