Health and Wellness Series
Traditional people had a close relationship with nature and were deeply in tune to its numerous daily, monthly and seasonal rhythms in order to keep their bodies and minds healthy and in balance. As they were exposed to the powerful and shifting seasonal influences around them they created synergy between themselves and nature by constantly adjusting their personal energy patterns with food, herbs, exercise, and lifestyle. Nature, and the cycles of nature are still the primary regulators of our biological rhythms as vital and subtle changes occur within our bodies and minds as the seasons progress.
Today many in our modern society have lost the knowledge of how to work with nature, while its influence is misunderstood or dismissed causing ill health and disease. Modern medicine is focused on treatment while traditional cultures focused on prevention. In this ongoing series of hands-on classes we will delve deep into the benefits of Traditional diets and fermented foods, as well as specific herbs and foods that are best for each season. We will learn how the Five Element model of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a guide that helps us live in harmony with these endless natural changes. We will also explore the ancient Chinese exercise and moving meditation practice of Qigong and how it can be used to bring health, balance, and awareness to your body from season to season. With all of this ancient knowledge, you will begin the process of reversing your current health problems while also preventing potential future disease from taking hold.
Health and Wellness Winter Set
Winter is the season of the North as all of nature has entered into a period of rest and preservation. In winter we are exposed to some of the harshest of nature’s elements that weaken and expend our internal resources. Just as in nature, this extreme season requires us to preserve and protect these resources. Traditional diets and practices, the five herbal flavors, qigong, as well as the Five Element model will be our guides, to teach us how to improve our health and wellness throughout this season. In the Five-element model, Winter is the season of the Kidney, Urinary Bladder and Adrenals system. In addition to controlling the water that comprises over 60% of our body, this system is also the storehouse of our vital energy. Our vital core energy needs to be nourished and protected during this important season of rest and inner reflection so that it can burst forth with new life, ideas, and growth in the spring.
- East West School of Planetary Herbology – Training with Michael and Leslie Tierra
- HSIN FA School of Herbology – Training with Miles Coleman
- 20 years training and apprenticeship with Dr. Mary Massung
Jennifer is a Clinical herbalist trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbology, Medical Qigong, Ayurvedic Medicine, nutrition, as well as Homeopathy and Flower Essences. She grew up in the countryside of a small town in Colorado where she was immersed in the wild landscape of the Rocky Mountains where she spent much time exploring the mountains, streams, and forests. Her family was deeply focused on self-sufficiency and this is where her love of gardening was sparked. She has always kept this passion, and regardless of where she has lived, has always had a garden large and small. She currently has most of her property converted into year-round production where she raises most of her family’s vegetables, fruits and herbs using regenerative agriculture and organic practices.
Starting in the early 1990’s Jennifer had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Mary Massung, a naturopathic doctor who trained her in homeopathy, Western herbology as well as diet and nutrition based on the principles of Weston A. Price. For part of that same time of apprenticing Jennifer owned and operated a cooking school where Dr. Massung referred her clients to be instructed on how to implement the dietary changes she had prescribed for them. Working with Dr. Massung sparked her passion of studying native cultures from around the world to learn the myriad ways of how they each achieved health and longevity.
Jennifer has extensive experience in the natural health industry as well as the local food movement. She established and operated a large scale cooperative here in Indianapolis for many years that specialized in locally grown and produced organic food products with a specialized focus on fermented foods and pasture-raised meats and animal products. In addition to overseeing the business operations of the cooperative, she also had the opportunity to teach many nutrition and food preparation classes within the organization.
To build upon her foundation of knowledge Jennifer has gone on to expand her skillset by getting trained as a clinical herbalist specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medical Qigong from the two schools of East West School of Planetary Herbology and the HSIN FA School of Herbology.