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Sacred Plant Medicine Retreat- Open CannaCamp Sessions for FARM WEEK!


Hope the summer is treating you well!  This sunday starts our Second Annual Regenerative Cannabis Certificate Course, and we’re very happy to welcome the public to FREE and OPEN PRESENTATIONS from some of our favorite guests!  Details below.

ALSO! SUPER EXCITED TO ANNOUCE a SACRED PLANT MEDICINE RETREAT SEPTEMBER 28-29 with Rochelle Baca and Patrick McAndrew!  Read ‘below the photo’ for more details and RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW.

As a part of FARM WEEK and as a public offering of the Regenerative Cannabis Certificate Course (its not too late to join or get on the list for next year’s offering), we will be offering Industrial Hemp and Regenerative Cannabis education to community Free of Charge almost every night next week!

ALL EVENING PRESENTATIONS begin at 7:30 PM in the YURT at WILLOW CROSSING FARM.  Please RSVP IN ADVANCE if you would like to join us for farm sourced dinner ($10-15 suggested sliding scale) served at 6 pm.

Monday August 12:  Hemp Fabrics and the Social Ecology of Fashion with Kelly McDowell

Wednesday August 14:  VERMONT CANNABIS NURSES ASSOCIATION Jessilyn Dolan shares about the potential for therapeutic cannabis through direct relationship to ecologically regenerative growers.

Thursday August 15:  Hands on SACRED PLANT MEDICINE MAKING under the full moon with ROCHELLE BACA, one of the northeast’s foremost clinical herbalist specializing in custom blending cannabis and herbal compliments for custom-tailored medicines.

Friday August 16 at 2 pmELI HARRINGTON will give a COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS to course graduates and share unique insight into the present and future regulatory and emerging market landscapes for hemp, medical, and adult use cannabis.


~Sacred Plant Medicine Retreat!~

September 28-29 Willow Crossing Farm, Johnson, VT

Join us for an immersive retreat with one of the northeast’s foremost clinical cannaherbalists.

Sacred Plant Medicine Retreat Weekend at Willow Crossing Farm led and fed by Rochelle Baca and Alan Fleischner, kirtan and yoga with Patrick McAndrew, and host Keith Morris grounding the plant in ethnobotanical and ecological context.

Register now! Space is limited, this will be an intimate immersion.

We will begin with an Opening Ceremony followed by a Sacred Plant-Infused dinner. Over dinner, we can all get to know each other a little better. After Dinner, there will be beautiful music performed by Patrick McAndrew where we can listen to sweet melodies, prepare to camp for the night and drift into Sacred Plant provided dreams.

Upon awakening in the AM, there will be yoga with Patrick McAndrew. After yoga, there will be a light breakfast followed by a tour of the Willow Crossings Farm gardens by Keith Morris.

Lunch will be served at noontime which will lead into a Sacred Plant Medicine making class with Rochelle Baca. Rochelle will show you how to create tincture, salves, teas and how to use Sacred Plant in our everyday lives in eating. This will be followed by a Closing Ceremony.

About the site:

WIllow Crossing Farm is the longest running permaculture and agroforestry research farm in Vermont and hosts one of the region’s most diverse collections of fruits, nuts, berries, vines, medicinal herbs, and ethnobotanically important plants. We produce organic Cannabidiol Rich smokable hemp, Cannabis Nursery Starts, and other plant medicines and nursery plants. It is the birthplace of the Medicine Womyn Retreat and Prospect Rock Permaculture.

We are productive habitat fostering wildlife refuge and pollinator sanctuary, and located along the Lamoille River, and intersect with the Rail Trail and the long trail. Travel to the retreat by boat or bike is recommended and earns a tuition discount incentive! ✨

About our hosts–

Patrick McAndrew–
Patrick is a Yogini and beyond. He is a walking, talking, talented, musical, Spiritual being here to help us on our journey and he teaches yoga like no other! A certified Kripalu yoga teacher, Patrick has been practicing yoga since his teens. Patrick brings the magic of the ages into a gentle and lively practice that is completely relevant to today. He uses unique postural sequences, deep devotion and a light hearted sense of humor to help each student connect to yoga’s history, philosophy and community.

Like a modern male incarnation of Saraswati (the Hindu Goddess of music and knowledge), Patrick leads Kirtan (call-and response ecstatic chanting) and often accompanies yoga classes on guitar, harmonium and ukulele. He shares his love of life through music and movement. We are beyond honored to have Patrick join us this weekend.

Learn more about Patrick here ~​
and here…

Rochelle Baca–
Rochelle has been teaching Sacred Plant Cannabis Medicine Making classes throughout the Northeast. Rochelle has taught Cannabis classes at the New England Women’s Herbal Conference and the Healing Power of Cannabis Conference. She has also had her Cannabis writings published in the Essential Herbal Magazine. Rochelle, as well, teaches Rosemary Gladstar’s Science and Art of Herbalism 10-month Herbal Certification Class.

Rochelle continues to deepen her spiritual connection with Cannabis, working with clients, making Sacred Plant Cannabis Medicine, and teaching others about the healing energy of this powerful plant ally and how they can make their own medicine.

Rochelle, along with having studied with Rosemary Gladstar, has furthered her education with many well known Herbalists to nurture her quest for knowledge including Anne Marie Tedeschi (Infinite Roots Herbal Creations), Megan Brown (Harvest Moon Herbals), Nancy Phillips (Heartsong Farm), Margi Flint (Earthsong Herbals) and Advanced Herbal Studies with Melanie Rose Schofield (Earthwalk School of Herbal Traditions). In addition, Rochelle has studied Shamanic Techniques with Dr. Rocio Alarcón, of The Lamoe Center in Ecuador, whose encouragement has facilitated Rochelle’s sharing her Sacred Plant Medicine wisdom with a wider audience.

To learn more about Rochelle, click here…

Keith Morris–

Keith Morris has been an ‘out of the closet’ cannabis activist since 1992, and lifelong ecology and native rights activist. Since 1996 has applied his love of nature, culture and experience with direct action towards permaculture and ecological design . Since 2000, he has worked professionally as a designer, builder and grower of ecologically-appropriate permaculture systems in cities and countrysides around the world. He’s started the permaculture education programs at the University of Vermont, the Yestermorrow Design Build School, St. Mike’s College, Sterling College, Paul Smiths College, USAID and elsewhere and worked as an activist and on behalf of just and ecologically regenerative food & medicine systems in New Zealand, Mexico, Chistiana, Holland, Chile, Argentina, Nigeria, and Ghana.

Keith is the founder of Willow Crossing Farm and Prospect Rock Permaculture. Most importantly, Keith is a father to two wonderful daughters and he educates (and learns constantly from) the next generation. We are honored to be able to utilize his structures and plantings to hold our experience, and to let this sacred ancient Abnaki farmland support us all.

Learn more about Willow Crossing Farm:

Saturday, September 28th 2019
4:00 pm – Opening Ceremony
5:00 pm – CBD-infused Organic Dinner with vegan & gluten-free options
7:00 pm – ? – Music
Sleep under the stars✨
Yurt accommodations may be possible. Also lovely B & Bs in the immediate vicinity.

Sunday, September 29th 2019
8:00 am – Yoga with Patrick
9:00 am – Organic Breakfast with vegan and gluten-free options
10:30 am – Gardens Tour with Keith Morris
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Sacred Plant Medicine making with Rochelle
3:00 pm – Closing Ceremony

Sacred Plant is here and she is showing us exactly where we want to be and where we should be. It is time to start building communities evolving around helping and healing each other while showing the healing power of Sacred Plant!
This is healing to us and the great Mother Earth!

$275- suggested donation. Advance registration required.
$50 Deposit secures your space- it will be a limited, intimate group.

Sunday in NH: Nuts and Cannabis!


Nuts for the Northeast and Organic Cannabis-

Keith Morris at NOFA NH Sunday, March 18, 2018

NOFA NH Winter Conference

Merrimack Valley High School

106 Village Street Concord, NH 03303



Nuts for the Northeast

     Since the dawn of time, nuts have been some of the most important food plants for human beings.  Nut trees and shrubs offer some of the most nutrient dense foods, provide habitat, show the potential for a ‘carbon-negative’ and flood resilient agriculture, and are economically valuable for a variety of products in addition to nuts themselves.
Join with grower and international farm designer Keith Morris to explore the fascinating ecology and mythology of a few nut trees particularly suited to growing on farms and in neighborhoods throughout in the northeast.  We’ll focus of hardy proven nuts, and introduce some of the breeding, trailing, and hybridizing happening at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT to select for disease resistance, organic production, high quality timber, oils, medicinal properties, and to migrate some important nuts typically grown in warmer regions.  Participants will leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of some trees commonly found in towns and hillsides, and be introduced to promising less common nuts.

Organic Cannabis


Long cultivated for seed, oil, fiber, medicine, and its intoxicating effects-the cannabis plant has a fascinating history and offers tremendous agricultural potential.  With various types of legalization possible in New Hampshire and surrounding us in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Canada, we’ll explore this plant with a particular eye towards CBD (Cannabidinol) and the rapidly expanding legal recreational industry.  While serving to introduce some basics to folks new to the plant and its growth, this workshop will also offer valuable information to more experienced growers, exploring the present and possible future legal nuances and its potential role in regenerative agriculture on small farms, market gardens, homesteads, and with small indoor growers.
Keith Morris is the founder of Willow Crossing Farm- Vermont’s longest running Permaculture/ Agroforestry Research Site- producing fruits, nuts, eggs, herbs, nursery plants, solar power, farm dinners, educational events, kids programs, nature and yoga education with local schools, and small farm-based music festivals. Willow Crossing has been implemented entirely debt-free, and without pre-existing capital- through sweat equity and deliberate financial permaculture/ community-supported social design. Off farm, Keith helps growers and communities design appropriate infrastructure to make food systems more regenerative, resilient, and connected; and started the Permaculture Education programs at the University of Vermont, Sterling College, the Yestermorrow Design Build School, St. Mikes College, and Paul Smiths College, and with the USAID Farmer to Farmer Program.
Willow Crossing Farm is Vermont’s longest established permaculture research and education facility, and a debt-free ‘financial permaculture’ working family farm.   We host one of the most diverse collections of tree crops in the northeast, offer farm-based dining and educational opportunities to the local communities, and host annual events that attract people from across the country and a surprising variety of international students. We grow a variety of fruits, nuts, berries, and vines in an organic nursery; experiment with new crops, techniques, and regenerative farm infrastructure; manage production to create wildlife refuge and pollinator sanctuary; and have been focused on developing ‘productive buffers’ to reforest floodplain and riverside banks with marketable production.

Rising Appalachia is coming back to the farm!


AND we’re hosting an affordable 1 week intensive Permaculture Action Camp!

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Pruning the Forest Garden- March 31   REGISTER NOW

Hands-on in Vermont’s most diverse collection of Fruits, Nuts, Berries, and Vines!



7th Annual Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange- April 7, 2018   REGISTER NOW

Learn how to make more of your favorite apples, plums, peaches, pears, and more- and go home with your own grafted fruit tree!



Our 11th Annual Farm and Wilderness Immersion PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE- July 17-29, 2016     REGISTER NOW

An unparalleled learning experience- with the most experienced teaching team in the northeast and beyond!




FRUIT, NUT, BERRIES, VINES, and MEDICINAL HERB PLANT SALE!  Pre-orders open now, for pick up beginning April 23.

2018 Plant Sale!


Thank you for reading and sharing with your friends and networks!  Look forward to seeing you.


Keith and Family

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