Winter Intuition School 2019

A three-weekend transformational wintertime retreat to explore your inner landscape.

Winter 2019 dates TBA

Shamanic Journeying • Dreamwork • Past Life Recall • Stone Medicine
Flower essences • Plant Spirit healing • Conscious Fasting + Cleansing

In many cultures, winter was the season reserved for the inner arts. Reflection, intuition and inward exploration– the long dark nights of winter
provide us with a sacred opportunity to turn our gaze inward and approach the mysteries within. Like sap, slipping down
into the warm roots of the trees, winter encourages us to take stock of our innermost riches.

In this intimate mystical class series we’ll explore many potent practices for deepening our intuition. Over the course of our time together we’ll explore dreamwork, shamanic journeying, past life recall, healing with stones, flower essences, conscious fasting + cleansing and plant spirit medicine. Experiential, expansive, and supportive, this class series will create a nurturing container for profound inner exploration this winter. Designed for all levels of experience, this class series serves as a gateway to your own inner alchemy. Come learn techniques for expanding your consciousness and enriching your dreams and join this community of seekers. Practice the art of subtle earth-based medicine and connect to the innate power of your own intuition.

We’ll begin this series with a focus on the innermost arts and spiral outwards in rhythm with the season.

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Where is the retreat?

This year’s Winter Intuition school will be held at the Bend of Ivy Lodge, an eco-friendly retreat center nestled in the coves of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Cozy, peaceful, steeped in nature and embroidered by gardens and ponds, Bend of Ivy is a restful haven here in the mountains.

With 63 acres of ponds, meadows, river and gardens, the land also includes a hilltop labyrinth and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Bend of Ivy is located in Marshall, NC
(just 25 minutes from downtown Asheville)


What is included?

Six organic, local (and seriously delicious) home-cooked meals by The Freshest Fig with full gluten-free and vegetarian options. Endless pots of tea, mid-day snacks and cozy community.

Overnight lodgings with towels and linens in shared double rooms and bathrooms with views of the pond, gardens and surrounding mountains.

Three full weekends of rich community, inner exploration and
(I’m gonna say it) actual magic.


What will a typical weekend look like?

All guests will arrive for dinner on Friday evening. We’ll begin our weekend by breaking (gluten-free, of course) bread together and then launch into our studies that evening. Class will also be held all day Saturday and Sunday morning until noon. We will all share lunch together on Sunday before heading home.

Our weekend’s will include time for meditation, journey work, tea, dream circles, evening yoga and (obviously an integral part of any intuitive work) dance parties.

Spots for this intimate experience are limited. So, if you are feeling the heart call to make a lasting connection to your intuition this winter, come join us!


What can I expect to learn?

• Techniques for opening intuition
• Methods of connection to your wider self + consciousness
• How to undertake a Shamanic journey
• How to work with spirit guides
• Dream work and analysis
• How to experience + facilitate past life recall
• Basic hypnosis techniques
• The foundations of Daoist stone medicine
• On-the-body stone + crystal treatments
• How to make a flower essence
• Ways of connecting to plant spirit + energy
• Fasting as a tool of transformation
• Springtime herbs + rituals for cleansing
• Who you are in a wider, deeper and truly magical sense.

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What people are saying about Winter Intuition School...

“An amazing blend of science, heart-based
spiritual and experiential learning”

“Spectacular and magical!”

“The most excellent class I’ve been to in a very long time!”

“This class gave me so many new tools to dive deeper
and more  confidently into intuition work.”

“Asia’s gifts as a meditation facilitator are such a blessing to
those fortunate enough to experience her guidance.”

“Asia has an amazing body of knowledge. What she had complied to create this winter class feels like such potent medicine to help one explore the self.”

“This series was very empowering for me as an individual to access
and trust my intuition. The tools, teaching, and amazing supportive
community allowed me to really dive deep into healing this winter
and feeling fully supported and safe to do so.”

“Asia is a spectacular teacher. Her grasp of the subject matter was so thorough,
and the preparation and care with which she prepares each lesson, handout,
homework and space was so clear. She created a space of nurturing calmness
and openness that guided the whole class.”

“I loved how accessible this class was. Information was easy to connect
to and learn from, whether as a beginner or intermediate/advanced. There
was room for everyone. This class made me look at parts of my life that I
didn’t want to see or was even aware of at the time”

“I feel like a Pandora’s Box of inner mystery has been opened to me and the things I have learned from Asia have added such magic and mystery to my world. I know that the intuitive tools I have gained through this class will be with me for the rest of my life and I am so grateful for their support. How rich and wonderful life is when we open our eyes to the magic of all that is.”

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Absolutely, yes. The program is specifically tailored to be inclusive for all levels of experience. A diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, education and inclinations is what makes this program so very rich! Come exactly as you are.

The course spans the time between the New Year and The Spring Equinox. We will be meeting for three transformational weekends throughout the winter months to plumb the depths. The time in-between classes is allotted for you to explore each given topic with accompanying exercises, meditations, suggested readings and connections between classmates.

Class meets begins on Friday at 5:00 pm and ends on Sunday at 1:00 pm on the following weekends:

January 26-28 + February 23-25 + March 16-18

Opening Intuition and Shamanic Journeying, Dreamwork, Past Life Recall, Stones + Crystal healing, Flower essences and Plant Spirit Medicine and Conscious Fasting and Cleansing.

The class is structured to be a journey into the realms of our own intuition and consciousness throughout the rich winter months. It is the creation of a container and community that supports transformation and deep inner work, as much as it is an introduction to the various topics mentioned above.

This class is geared towards those who are interested in deep inner work, personal destiny + soul growth.

Early bird registration (open until December 1st) is $1,599. (Regular price is $1,749). We also have a payment plan available with $450 automatically drafted from your account every month for four months. (The first payment is drafted when you first sign up, and will be scheduled for subsequent drafts at one month intervals from the date originally purchased). We accept all major credit cards as well as Paypal for payment.

At this time we are only accepting participants who can commit to all three weekends. Deep and supportive community is created through the Winter Intuition School experience. From start to finish the journey we go on together is profound, intimate and incredibly healing. To maintain the integrity of our class container we ask that all participants plan to be a part of the entire experience.

Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds if you are unable to make one of the weekends. Because we only have a limited number of spaces in the class, the tuition from each student is an integral part of supporting the event. Thank you for your understanding.

Yes, absolutely. As someone with many food intolerances myself I’m passionate about making sure everyone can eat truly scrumptious meals. Upon registration we’ll send you a form to get a picture of your dietary restrictions and needs. Our caterers at the Freshest Fig are skilled at creating organic, healthy and allergen-aware food for all.

There are only two single rooms available at Bend of Ivy, and we are reserving these rooms for folks with the highest needs (elders, those with medical conditions, pregnant women etc.) If you are needing a single room for health reasons please let us know and if rooms are still available we will be happy to accommodate you.

Winter is unpredictable –  it’s just one of its charms. Because we rent the facilities beforehand, there is no way to shift or change our weekend meeting dates. Therefore, we will be holding class regardless of weather. If inclement weather is advancing and you’d like to arrive early the Lodge will often rent out rooms in advance for travelers – simply contact them beforehand for details. There is a gravel road down to the Lodge. If there is ice on the ground and you do not have an all-wheel-drive, there will be alternate parking and shuttles available from the top of the hill.

Bend of Ivy is just off of 25/70 in the small community of Marshall, NC. As we are out in the country, there is no public transportation to the Lodge. Plan on driving or carpooling with other students for your arrival. Directions will be sent upon registration.

The concoctress and dreamer behind One Willow Apothecaries, Asia Suler. You can check out Asia’s bio below:

Asia Suler is a writer, teacher, herbalist and energy worker who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC. She is the creator and concoctress behind One Willow Apothecaries, a small Appalachian-grown business that offers handmade and heartfelt medicine. She is also the muse behind Woolgathering & Wildcrafting, a blog detailing the potent magic of good medicine: plants and dreams, earth skills and developing a deep connection with the land.

Asia began her journey into healing and plant-based medicine after early years of chronic pain. The experience— which pushed her into a deep search for healing, both within and without— led her to the altar of the green world, where she fell irrevocably in love with plants. She began her formal study of herbs with Juliet Blankespoor and the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and has continued to study, seek, listen and learn ever since.

Asia’s work is a unique combination of western and energetic herbalism, stone medicine, earth-centered shamanism and intuitive healing. She holds a B.A in English, Anthropology and Native American studies from Vassar College and a Reiki Master degree. Her training includes work with shamanic dream teacher Robert Moss, psychiatrist Brian Weiss, and Chinese stone medicine practitioner Sarah Thomas of the Jade Purity Lineage. She teaches locally for The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and Ashevillage as well as at her apothecary studio on The Island in Marshall, NC.

Asia facilitates workshops at schools and gatherings across the country and is blessed to work intimately with people and plants, spirit and stones.