In every indigenous culture, one can find a body of herbal knowledge and practices at the core of traditional medicine. In much of the world, herbal medicine still comprises the modern, mainstream medicine for the masses. Traditional medicine systems view health as a balance of elemental energies at work in the body and in all of one’s choices, relationships and interactions. Western herbal medicine historically uses the humoral or four-elements approach to understanding energetics. The practitioner’s job is to understand the energetic nature of their patient, how their life choices and environment affect that balance, and to offer their best guidance to restoring and promoting health.

This is a 3 weekend series. You may choose to do the full course or just one weekend.

March 18/19 : Energetics of Western Herbalism

Course: In every indigenous culture, one can find a body of herbal knowledge and practices at the core of traditional medicine. In much of the world, herbal medicine still comprises the modern, mainstream medicine for the masses. Traditional medicine systems view health as a balance of elemental energies at work in the body and in all of one’s choices, relationships and interactions. Western herbal medicine historically uses the humoral or four-elements approach to understanding energetics. The herbalist’s job is to understand the energetic nature of their patient, how their life choices and environment affect that balance, and to offer their best guidance to restoring and promoting health. This weekend intensive is devoted to immersion in the tradition of western herbal medicine through the four humors and six tissue states.

April 8/9: Wild Foray

Course: Spend this spring weekend camping and foraging wild foods and herbal medicines. Spring offers unique foraging options like ramps and morels that are unavailable most of the year. Foragers also learn practical herbal medicine making skills such as drying and tincturing fresh herbs. Field identification characteristics, edible and medicinal uses for plants are the focus, while we gather food and medicine sustainably and appropriately. On Saturday, we attempt to prepare a communal wild meal to supplement the adequate food, water, and shelter supplies participants bring themselves for the weekend. Expect primitive camping conditions and come prepared for your basic needs. We provide limited tools and supplies for harvesting and medicine making; please bring your own to enhance your options. Suggestions include jars and alcohol for tincturing and harvesting tools such as pruners, loppers, soil knife, spade and/or fork. Location TBD (probably private land in Brown County).

May 20/21: Intro to Herbal Medicines

Course: The Foundations of Herbalism series introduces the core practices and knowledge to effectively make and use herbal medicines to support health, vitality, and resilience. Join together in community to learn and connect with nature while immersing ourselves in the pattern language of healing plants and people. In three weekends, complete the cycle of understanding imbalances in the body and how to couple effective herbal medicines from nature to heal.

  • Energetics of Western Herbalism
    March 18, 2017
    5:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Energetics of Western Herbalism
    March 19, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Wild Foray
    April 8, 2017
    5:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Wild Foray
    April 9, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Intro to Herbal Medicines
    May 20, 2017
    5:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Intro to Herbal Medicines
    May 21, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Venue:  

Venue Phone: (317) 774-6360

Address:
841 W 53rd St, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46208, United States

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Each person's connection to nature is unique and deeply personal. We are here to help facilitate that journey. We are committed to meeting your needs as parents and students. Our teachers are here as a resource for you.

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