Elemental Journey Around the Sun

From my heart, I’m honored, impassioned and looking forward to sharing this year's  journey exploring the natural teachings of the medicine wheel.

My journey started in my youth, being with, and learning from, the plants and herbs I was surrounded by—magic teachings of nature and kind spirits.

This, along with overcoming many physical challenges, I listened to and was led to follow a life of studying, exploring and understanding the healing potentials we each have within that are waiting to spring out like a sprout coming from a seed full of potential and what the possibility—once it’s exposed to the sun—our journey might hold for us.

This year long  journey/course is coming from a weaving together of all I’ve embodied to this point.

So walk with us, to sprout all of the seeds that heal our grand ecosystem within our bodies, spirits and this planet. So that we walk grounded, purposeful, passionate, connected and medicinal to all our relations.

Efrem Korngold will bring his long practiced wisdom, philosophy and teachings of self-cultivation. Luzia will offer the intelligence of plant spirit medicines and the inspiration and integration to do the work of self remolding. Abilita Teresa Rivas Chicahuaxochiti will share the healing medicine of thousands of years and the medicine wheel. Adam Atman will inspire with his rooted Qi gong Practice and esoteric practical philosophy of life and love.

A Year-long Initiation Program Focusing on Inner and Outer Permaculture and Sustainability

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
—Albert Einstein

We are a microcosm of everything there is, woven together by earth itself. In our year-long Initiation program we will follow the Medicine Wheel around the sun, and explore ecology as the connection of our inner world to the entire ecosystem of our environment. This is our Medicine Path. Recognizing, embodying and healing our ecological intelligence is an evolution of our consciousness AND our human responsibility to care of our earth and our body as one.

The Path we will take:

  • The Tao
  • Philosophical study and reflection of the 5 Phase theory
  • Discovering and finding of our own 5 Shens (5 Spirits)
  • Full embodying of each of the elemental phases, life cycles, and virtues
  • Earth Medicine practices using plants, hands, elements and stories
  • Plant Spirit Journeys
  • Following the Medicine wheel to re-work ourselves
  • Practicing reciprocity
  • Practicing the Herbal Elemental Constellation
  • Vision quest

You will receive:

  1. Six lectures and notes on the 5 element Philosophy (tools for reflecting on your internal landscape, to honor your own seasons and a place in the cycling life force)
  2. Five healing ceremonies
  3. Five limpias
  4. Five overnight ecosystem embodiment sessions
  5. Hands-on Herbal medicine harvesting, processing, and making
  6. Skills to recognize, acknowledge and honor the elemental, plant, animal and spiritual realms within
  7. Tangible skills with nature’s provided medicine
  8. An open-hearted community of teachers, healers, plant allies and other partners and to explore, reflect and learn with
  9. Finding wellness of your body and spirit with and within nature as a powerful healer and teacher
  10. Connection to Authentic root beyond culture or ethnicity

Update March 27, 2020

This program was created and offered way before the great virus time. What is amazing that it carries even more value for today. It is the time to find ourselves in a healing relationship to the living mandala of our life—this earth, nature around and within us, our hearts, our stories, our offspring and our aspirations. This time is an invitation for a valuable study of our life as it is now.

This program teaches to follow the path of connection with all of the creation around us and the microcosm of everything there is within us. Connecting our healthy bodies, clear mind, wide open heart and light filled spirit!

Join Anya for the medicine that is available and waiting to be received. Originally this program was to be enjoyed in nature with medicine all around. Now it is offered on zoom on Saturday mornings and Friday evenings helping us to find the entire earth within us.

If you are open to receive such support and this time, please send requests to anyaspractice@yahoo.com.

Artwork by Vasily Woodland

Who is this program for:

  • For anyone who is on or contemplating a healing path
  • For anyone who is interested in continuing to explore their place and purpose in the grand ecosystem
  • For anyone who is yearning for connection and to honor their internal landscape
  • For anyone who is committed to authentic congruency in relations, words and deeds


This is a full year program that will meet one time per month with 2 months rest

There will be five weekend sessions, Friday through Sunday (location to be announced)

There will be five Saturday sessions from 10am to 4pm in Palo Alto, CA

Exact dates to be determined


$200 registration fee plus
$180 due each month for 12 months


Anya Tyutyunik

Efrem Korngold L.Ac.
Efrem’s book is suggested reading:
Between Heaven and Earth
His website: chinesemedicineworks.com

Abilita Teresa Rivas Chicahuaxochiti

Adam Atman L.Ac
His website: adamatman.com



1. February 22, 10-4pm ~ Introduction  lunch included
Elemental virtues and cycles of life by Efrem Korngold
5 Shens by Anya
Qigong  intro with Adam
location: TBA

2. March 20-22 ~ Wood Phase
Morning practice: Qigong
Wood Virtues, Spirits and Practice of Intention with Adam Atman
Hun with Anya
Limpia with nettles, fire, practice of declaring intentions, vision board, Santa Maria with Adam
Spring cleanse: cleansing green menu
Location: Pescadero, Organic Farm, Camping

3. April 18, 10am-10 pm
Plant spirit Medicine, sitting with plants and spirits
Plant medicine ceremony with Luzia, Adam, and Rene
Location: Felton, CA

4. May 24, 10-4 pm ~ lunch included
Wild medicine Intensive
Working with plans, doctrine of signatures: plant recognition, medicine making workshop
Location: Hidden Villa, Los Altos

5. June 19-21 ~ Fire Phase
Fire virtues, Spirits and Practice with Efrem
Shen with Anya ~ Big Fire, Jumping over fire, cold water limpia
Cacao medicine ceremony,
Practices of seeing through touch
Extravagant, beautiful, colorful meal menu
Location: Organic Farm, Pescadero, Camping
Teachers: Efrem, Adam, Anya


6. September 18-20 ~ Earth Phase
Earth virtues, Spirit of Peace, community with Efrem
Yi with Anya
Family session, breaking bread ceremony, clay oven making with Miguel (Cobb guru), weaving practice with Primitive skills teachers, Shain and Kaylen
Nourishment and nurture, feast menu
Location; Organic Farm, Pescadero, Camping
Teachers: Efrem, Adam, Anya, Shain, Kayleen, Miguel

7. October 18, 10-4pm
Practice of confession
Herbal Constellation session
Palo Alto
Group work

8. November 20-22
Metal virtues, spirit of letting go, practice with Efrem
Po with Anya
Plant and purification breath journey with Mapacho and Santa Maria with Luzia
Limpia sage
Location: Salamander Camp, Santa Cruz mountains
Teachers: Efrem, Adam, Luzia, Anya

9. December 11 ~ Water Phase
Water virtues, spirit and practice with Efrem
Zhi with Anya
Nino Santos ceremony
Location: Salamander Camp, Santa Cruz mountains
Teachers: Efrem, Adam, Anya, Luzia and helpers

10. January 2021
Divine Messenger medicine, tamazkal and Limpia by Teressa (abulita, Mexico)
Morgan Hill private residence

Additional ~ optional

11. February 2021
conclusion / graduation circle
Location: TBA

12 February 2021 (optional)
1 week vision quest, Death Valley