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How to Become a Master Herbalist in 30 Years or More
An examination of the kind of daily routines, study habits, and practice that lead to a high level of mastery of medical herbalism over a career.
Herbs for the Spiritual Heart
A Spiritual Heart is described in all the old medical traditions, and identifying Western herbs that affect this center of awareness and consciousness has been a subject of study at our institute since the late 1990s. The presentation will include a description of the properties of the Spiritual Heart in older traditions and in modern life, along with materia medica and formulation with Western herbs to promote heart centering, heart protection, and access to heart wisdom. An experiential class with tasting of the remedies.
Herbal Sprouts: An Herbalism Class For Kids!
This class will start with an herb walk to find the plant we are studying, explore the varieties located in the area, examine the growth habit of the varieties that we find. We will then go back to our area and learn all about the herb's uses in a magical session woven with stories, songs, games, activities, crafts and recipes. By the end of the class, kids will be able to identify the herb, name some uses, have some medicine made that they can take home and use and have a craft plus be familiar with the song to sing to their parents. Ages 5 and up welcome. Each child will get a copy of Herbal Roots zine which will correspond tothe herb being taught.
Journaling and the Art of Herbalism
This class will show you how to create your own herbal journal to record your journey with herbs. We'll talk about why it's important to keep notes of your herbal experiences, how to sketch plants and more basics of journaling. Bring a blank journal with you (the Canson Multi-Media Paper Pad 7 x 10"/60 sheets is a great size) and begin your journaling journey. We will be doing several drawing exercises to learn how to draw as well as how to capture the essence of the plant and take important notes for future identification and usage. A limited number of journals will be available for purchase for $10 (including a pen) but to assure you have a journal, please try to bring your own.
Heather Nic an Fhleisdeir
Science and Tradition; the Pulsing Practice of the Herbalist
Herbalism is many thousands of years old and now well documented by science. Both traditional herbalism and scientific methodology give us toolsfor understanding.Explore how to apply both viewpoints and maintain balance between seeminglyopposite practices. Learn the herbalists’ secrets for finding scientificresources and techniques in using intuitive and traditional practices. Thiswill include case study stories whereevidence based methods and folk healing have been successfully applied togetherand where intuition is confirmed by science.
Improving Tissue Functions of the Body with Herbs
Understanding the type of body tissue being affected in any health statecan be so helpful and give yet another way to address health problems. Join usto learn ways to identify tissue weakness and how to incorporate strengtheningherbs into a health plan. This will include case studies, physiology, chemistryand nutrient utilization, will focus on the main types of tissues in the bodyand the herbs that best improve their function and structural stability.
Smoke Medicine: The Spark and the Spirit
From ancient Egypt to modern day Japan, smoke has held a central place in spiritual and medicinal practice. This class will provide you an in depth look at the history and uses of smoke throughout the world from it’s place in ancient rituals to it’s importance in modern medicine. We will do an in-depth exploration of mugwort/Artemisia and explore how and why this one plant became one of the most important herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The class will offer tips for identifying different mugwort species in your region, proper harvesting and handling of the plant and step-by-step instructions on how to make your own moxa! Kiki will provide demonstrations of different applications of moxabustion such as warming needle technique, rice grain moxa and many other direct and indirect treatments that you will be able to apply safely at home.
The Materia Medica: What makes it medicine?
This class asks you to go deeply within yourself and inquire the motive and meaning for what you do with your heart and soul in your practice of herbal medicine. Together we will explore the highest purpose of our calling and potential when we relate to plants and to our patients. The goal is to assist our community and culture in overcoming a materialistic and limited view of how we engage with our physical lives and the true “goals of the soul”.
The Materia Medica: What makes it medicine?
-Examine the potentials and purpose of plant human relations
-Explore the motive and meaning behind studying herbalism and prescribing remedies
-Discuss the definition of medicine, healing and disease
Spagyrics: The Ancient Alchemical Art of Preparing Celestial Medicine & Astrological Herbalism: Bridging Plants and Planets
Spagyrics is the practical application of the ancient philosophy and spiritual science known as alchemy. It is one of the great contributions of Paracelsus to natural medicine and especially to the herbalist. In this class, we will discuss what spagyrics is, how to prepare them, the alchemical cosmology of nature, alchemy as a universal science, medicine and spirituality, and how this tradition greatly enhances ones understanding of plants and how they heal on the physical, energetic and spiritual levels. We will also discuss the art of calcination and crystallization of the mineral salts in plants, as well as preparing the Spagyric Essence, fermentation, and distillation techniques.
An astrological understanding of health, medicine and plants was a standard part of training in the ancient days of herbalism. It is an aspect of practical medical herbalism that has been forgotten over the years, and yet was one of the most valued skills of the ancients. In this class, we will explore the relationship between plants and planets, and how a basic knowledge of astrology can greatly enhance ones understanding of herbs, their properties, constitutional affinities, energetic and spiritual qualities, and ideal timing of harvesting and medicine preparation. This is one of the primary aspects of spagyric philosophy and is Part II of the spagyrics class.
Evolutionary Herbalism and Botanical Consciousness
In this class, we will discuss the concept of Evolutionary Herbalism and how plants can be understood in deeper ways and used to not only heal, but to evolve our consciousness. We will discuss the numerous correspondences and patterns that plants embody and how they reflect the entirety of nature within their being, and how they can do this for us as well, deepening our understanding of ourselves and our relationship to all of life. Through deepening our relationships with our medicines, we become our medicines and thus can effectively bridge the human and botanical kingdoms through our herbal practice.
The Role of Herbal Medicine in the New Health Care Paradigm
We will look at the different branches of herbal medicine, the different pathways to get herbs into the human body and how herbalism can interface with other healing modalities. Complementary health care including working with the Spirit realms. This will include brainstorming and discussion.
Tools of the Trade
Hand tools for wildcrafting, growing and processing medicinal plants. Michael harvests and processes tons of medicinal plants every year, almost exclusively with hand tools. He will show and demonstrate many of the tools he uses.
Ovation for the Ovary
Don’t fear for your ovaries; cheer for them. Did you know that taking a common herb for just one year can half your overall risk of ovarian cancer? That there are clear symptoms of ovarian cancer in its early stages? And that a little weed that loves to grow in planters can dissolve ovarian cysts? Come learn why unchecked ovulation isn’t kind to your ovaries and what is. There will be songs, stories, and fascinating information.
Estrogen: What You Need to Know Now
In this workshop we will learn about the thirty estrogens that all women make, including estradiol, the estrogen that feeds cancer. We will learn about xeno-estrogens in the environment and how to protect ourselves from them. We will learn about the many pharmaceutical forms of estrogen. And we will learn about phyto-estrogens and phyto-sterols, the hormonal precursors found in plants. We will run a race between the short-path estrogens and the long-path estrogens and see who gets to the indiscriminate receptor site first. Don’t miss the fun.
Breathing Free and Easy: Upper Respiratory Tract Disorders
This class will provide a review of upper respiratory tract disorders commonly observed in clinical practice, including viral rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, rhinosinusitis, snoring and sleep apnea. The underlying causes of each condition will be examined, and specific remedies with regard to diet, lifestyle and herbal therapy will be provided, drawing from the Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal traditions.
Restoring Balance: Mental and psychological disorders
This class will provide a review of common mental and psychological complaints seen in clinical practice, including anxiety, depression, attention-defict and psychosis. An analysis of factors that provoke each issue will be examined, complemented with a holistic orientation that provides dietary, lifestyle and botanical measures that can restore mental balance. There will be a particular focus on integrating Ayurvedic and shamanistic elements to restore mental health.
Herbal Protocols For Prevention and Treatment of herpes, chickenpox and shingles
At some point in your life, your child, a friend, a lover, or you yourself has been effected by the Varicella Zoster virus. In this class on VZV, we will discuss herbal protocols for helping prevent outbreaks as well as heal them. From the physical side of these "dis-eases" to the emotional, we will discuss the health of the body from the immune system to the nervous system. I encourage people to feel empowered and educated, not afraid. Learn the ancient wisdom of creating healing preparations for home treatment of viral infections such as these.
Turning Montana Weeds Into Montana Medicine.
Taking a closer look at the many Montana plants that often get the
chemical spray down instead of the medicine shelf. We will view photos of each
plant and discuss the medicinal benefts as well as how to make infused oils,
tinctures, salves and more.
Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
Description We’ll discuss how oils can be used by both the lay person as well as a practitioner. Updated research, quality analysis and safety will be covered as well as blending and formulating. We’ll discuss sourcing in detail and some of the key issues and oils with sustainability issues, like Sandalwood and Rosewood. Yes, the popular oils will be covered but we’ll also discuss less common oils and briefly get into oils that might become more popular and available in the future.
Overharvesting, Threatened and Endangered: What is the real status of key medicinals and how the New Scientific At Risk Tool is used
United Plant Savers(UpS),with the help of the University of Kansas, has developed a scientific tool to determine the At Risk status of key medicinals. We’ll discuss a variety of herbs on the UpS list, from Ginseng and Goldenseal to Sandalwood. We’ll actually go through the tool and use it on a variety of medicinals so everyone can become familiar with how it’s used and perhaps begin using it themselves.
Intermediate to Advanced
Blending, Formulating and Making Aromatherapy Products
This is a hands on product making class. We’ll go into depth about notes, dilution ratios, ideal carrier oils, ideal ways to apply certain oils, etc. Everyone will make several products, oil blends, spritzers, bath salts and more.
Herbs for Clearing and Protection
People around the world have used plants as talismans, baths, and smudges to clear unwanted energies and to protect themselves and their homes from pernicious influences. In this workshop we will look at the relationship between the medicine and the magic of the plants people have used for clearing and protection, look at how old concepts of clearing and protection translate into our lives today, and talk about some of the wild and cultivated plants around us that we can use in these ways. (All)
Plant Allies, How do you build a relationship with a plant?
In this workshop we'll explore the process of coming to know a plant on its own terms, working with the plant as a partner in healing rather than as an inert object for our own use, and giving the plant the honor and respect it deserves.
Sean will share the story of how he developed relationships with some of his own most beloved plant allies, and practical tips for beginning, maintaining, and deepening relationships with the plants that grow where you live.
Navigating the Darkness
How can we as herbalists provide support to people experiencing deep grief, loneliness, alienation, and heartsickness in ways that truly acknowledge each person's individual experiences, and the healthy role feelings of sadness and hurt and longing can play? This workshop will explore the herbalist’s role in helping people through dark times and introduce plants that can help support people as they navigate difficult emotions.
How to Use a Plant Key to Identify Plants
Learn how to use a plant flora for your state. I’ll bring copies of Vascular Plants of Montana and some plant loupes (10x lens) to borrow. Books and lenses will be available for sale at the market. Learn the parts of a flower and how to use a plant key/flora to identify any vascular plant.
Skin: the Forgotten Garden
Every square inch of skin is home to 32 million bacteria belonging to 1000 different species. The skin helps to release wastes, regulates body temperature and so much more. The skin as an organ can be nudged with herbs to help support the kidneys and the liver. Explore the skin garden and the herbs used there.
Panel Discussion: Wisecrafting and Stewardship in a Changing Climate: caring for the last best places
Robyn Klein & Heather Nic an Fhleisdeir will lead this panel discussion
Every Day Plant People
It can be easy to feel disconnected with the plant world anytime you are feeling too busy and when you are in urban, less than pristine, or unfamiliar settings. But the connection is there, every day, no matter the season or where you are on the planet. We will discuss ways to stay rooted in our calling as 'plant people' anywhere we might be, and will practice intentionally deepening that connection.
A spoonful of honey makes the medicine go down.......
Are you stuck in a rut with your medicine making routine? Are you ready to move some of your remedies from the 'medicinal' category to the 'treat' category? Join me to explore the health benefits of honey, and learn how to create your own delectable infused honeys, elixirs, honey pills, oxymels, and (if time permits) mead!
Beginner to Medium levels.
Linwood Tall Bull
Linwood will discuss the Native American uses and beliefs of the healing mineral hot springs and of the water element in general.
Campfire stories with Linwood
Join Linwood for stories around the camp fire.
Pamela Joe Quinn
Morning Yoga: Active Yoga Practice
Join Pam for an active Yoga practice to get your day going. This class is for people who have a yoga practice and for those who are new to yoga.
Afternoon Yoga: Introduction to Yoga
This afternoon yoga class is geared towards those who are new to the practice of yoga. All participants of this class are also encouraged to attend the active morning sessions.