Ritual Botanica

Plants and Ancestors – Ancestral Healing

Plants and Ancestors 
with visiting teachers Cathy Skipper & Florian Birkmayer
September 28 & 29, 2019
to be hosted at the Ritual Botanica studio in Marshall, NC
An overview from Cathy & Florian:

In this new live class, Cathy and Florian will be delving into the important and timely subject of Historical Trauma, transgenerational lineages and the ways plant medicine can accompany us on this healing path.

“First is confronting the historical trauma. Second is understanding the trauma. Third is releasing the pain of historical trauma. Fourth is transcending the trauma.” (1)

We need to know our stories and tell them. We need to mend the threads that have been broken. We need to honor our ancestors. We need to transform the trauma and go beyond it. 

Historical trauma touches each of us on a personal level, as well as all of us collectively. If we do not become familiar with our ancestral lines and repair the broken threads, unresolved traumas surface in future generations until someone takes notice. 

Florian and I have both become aware in our work that clients with chronic illnesses or repetitive negative emotional and mental patterns that are resistant to repeated healing efforts are often carrying transgenerational trauma.

The 2-day class will be both informative and experiential. Carefully selected plants and essential oils will accompany the work. 

We will lead participants through ways of identifying and working with ancestral trauma. Ways of connecting and working with ancestors. 

We will work on different levels. Genetics, DNA and transgenerational history, the energetic, inner work of releasing cellular memory, healing and making peace with the past.

We will work with specific oils and plants that we have identified as strong allies for this process.  We will also look at the importance and how to find your own ancestral plants. 

Themes covered in the 2-day workshop:

  • The importance of ancestral recognition and the history of this through different cultures.
  • The four ancestral lineages and how they have affected your life.
  • The importance of mending the maternal lineage (mtDNA) and the feminine rising.
  • Identifying healthy ancestors that are ready to work with you.
  • DNA testing, mapping out genealogical patterns and lineages, historical research.
  • How trauma is inherited epigenetically.
  • Using plants and oils to identify areas that need attention.
  • Using plants and oils to help release cellular memories.
  • Using plants and oils to create safe boundaries and make offerings.
  • Look at the link between personal and collective historical trauma and the importance of stories being told.
  • Working plants and the heart doorway, we will look at ways of feeling/processing and forgiving in relation to historical trauma.
  • Identify the ancestral gifts that you have inherited from your lineages.
  • Identify the plant knowledge that you have inherited through your DNA .
  • Finding the gift in the trauma story.



Pre-registration required

There is a class minimum to bring Cathy & Florian here, if it is not reached by Sept 15 we will cancel the class and email all registered with a class refund. 

All scholarships have been filled but please still feel free to reach out and be placed on the list. 

Please email info@ritualbotanica.com with any questions

Cathy Skipper trained in France as a herbalist and aromatherapist and now spends her time between Europe and New Mexico. Her journey in plant medicine lead her to work with plants intuitively and help others to reconnect with nature. Using alchemy and aromatics, she leads students through experiences that empower, heal and help find their personal myth.

 Cathy is the author of two books, Aromatic Medicine and The Alchemy of Menopause

Florian Birkmayer MD is a Wounded Healer and a holistic psychiatrist. He has an extensive background in trauma and addiction as well as Equine Assisted Therapy. He views himself as a bridge-builder between different medical worlds and works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.

Find out more about Cathy & Florian Here 

When I finally had the opportunity to study with Cathy and Florian in person I didn't know what class I had signed up for, I just knew they were going to be four hours away & I had to make it. I'm glad I did because I knew after one day in their class these would be my teachers for the next foreseeable years. 

Every time I've been immersed in the work Cathy and Florian offer potent transformation take place. It's hard to describe exactly - it's medicine that goes to the root and beyond. They guide you through a process rather than whiteboards and heavy text; it's experiential wisdom.  The more time we spend learning about ourselves and understanding our wounds the more we can show up authentically in life for ourselves & others. I believe this is what is needed in our current world, and I am beyond excited to host them just a mountain hop over from Asheville. 

Hydrosols are versatile and safe medicine. Spray a few spritz on your face and body for toning and refreshing. Try it in your hair or on a pillow. It makes a great spray for your environment, rather it be a workplace or home space. Hydrosols can cleanse and change the energy in the area without the smoke of incense. Many of the products are safe to consume; try spritzing a cup of water or a fun cocktail. Anyway you use them hydrosols will bestow the spirit of the plant into the surroundings, helping you connect with it's essence and energy. 

Each bottle comes with suggested use.

The shelf life will be on your bottle - "1-2 years from [date bottled]" the gap in time here is pretty big, but that's because it depends on how it's taken care of. 

Care Tips: keep in a cool place, away from direct sunlight. Do not leave in your car or the freezer, however the fridge will greatly increase the shelf life while providing an extra refreshing spray! Avoid opening the cap often to keep oxygen and contaminates out. Keep somewhere you'll remember to use it!

We suggest using the medicine in 6 months-1yr. Why? We don't use chemical preservatives and plant medicine can degrade over time. Skin care should be treated like food, used fresh and whole. So use it up, #treatyoself!

Orders within the US are shipped priority or first class USPS mail. International orders vary in shipping method, typically first class USPS mail. Order's ship via your chosen method upon processing, which can take 1-3 days. If you have special request like extra insurance or signature confirmation please e-mail info@ritualbotanica.com.


Please be aware of any allergies or sensitivities you may have before using the products. All ingredients are transparent and chemical free for this reason. 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding be extra careful about using herbal medicine products. It is a good idea to contact your physician about using essential oils or herbs being that every doctor has their own recommendations and warning regarding the use of herbal medicine during pregnancy, breastfeeding and for infants and children. 

The information provided on this website and the products sold by Ritual Botanica are not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or medical condition, and does not substitute for medical advice of a physician. Statements on this site are not FDA evaluated. 


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