Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference Update

Still working on classes but I thought I should pass this along.  I am so excited to see the list of classes and intensives available.    For more information about this conference visit: http://www.traditionsinwesternherbalism.org

Featured Speaker Class Descriptions

7Song

Adventures in Wildcrafting -Tales of gathering plants around the United States. This will be a combination storytelling class as well as practicalities of gathering plants. Tales include run-ins, injured body parts, and the exultation of finally finding a gatherable amount of the plant one seeks

How Herbalists can Integrate with Integrity - Herbalists are one of the last health care modalities that remains unlicensed. This has both positive and negative attributes associated with it. This class explores some of our options as herbalists to bring our unique set of skills and medicines to a wider audience. It will draw heavily from my 5 years working at a mixed modality (conventional and holistic) free clinic in my hometown as well as other places I have volunteered. A large piece of this class will be devoted to answering attendee’s practical questions about their personal situations and how they can bring their skills forward.

Plant Walk -On this walk we would meet local plants and discuss the importance of botanical characteristics (an examination of their individual parts), the plants’ relationships with other plants, ethical and practical ways of wildcrafting species we see, plants from other areas that have similar uses, and real-life clinical applications. Plus any good story that comes to mind.

Paul Bergner

Vitalist Principles of Herbal Medicine - Description Coming Soon

The Vitalist Actions of Herbs - Description Coming Soon

Howie Brounstein

Skullcap, A Tonic Nervine - A discussion of nervines in general will begin this class. This will lead into Skullcap’s specific indications and contra-indications illustrated with colorful case histories, as well as the ecology and specifics of a number of western Scutellaria spp.

GI Tract Protocol - The GI tract protocol can be used for normalizing varied types of chronic digestive problems. Many clients have compromised GI tracts from a fast food vegan or other extended elimination diets, protein deficiencies, or multiple nutritional deficiencies. Symptom pictures range from full-blown chronic fatigue symptoms to multiple food sensitivities and brain fog. I will discuss the details of the protocol sprinkled liberally with case histories.

Charles Garcia

Hispanic Herbalism - The Hispanic healing traditions of California, incorporating the herbal use of other cultures within the Latino experience. California Hispanic herbalism differs from the Mexican or Tejano, or Southwest traditions due to the various native and foreign cultures which helped form it. It is unique in herbal use and in some spiritual concepts of healing.

Guerilla Herbalism - Street herbalism through helping the homeless, impoverished, and under insured, often under dangerous conditions. Can you devise a small but comprehensive herbal kit? Learn how. Do you know what conditions the homeless generally suffer from? Learn how to stabilize and treat it. Afraid of the street? Learn what time of month is the safest. Can you make allies? Who are they. Are you too idealistic? Find out. Street herbalism. It is not romantic, but it can be a rush.

Rosemary Gladstar

Foundations of Women’s Health - Description Coming Soon

Giving Back - Rosemary Gladstar, renowned herbalist and founder of United Plant Savers, talks at length about the importance of giving back to the natural world that provides the plants we use for medicine, and that imparts the wisdom needed now more than ever in these trying times. Recounting the very personal story of her own life and work, experiences and revelations, this fairy godmother of herbalism encourages us to ever more sweetly love what we do, as well as to act powerfully on behalf of the people, plants and planet that we love

Jesse Wolf Hardin

The Calling - with Jesse Wolf Hardin and Carlos Lomas- A brief tribute to the diverse western healing traditions, to the many generations of empowered community healers, and to all of us who any way heed the heart’s call to help and to heal…

Into the Green -Jesse Wolf Hardin will be joined by the musicians of Arborea and/or Rising Appalachia in weaving a special evocation of our heartful and biological connection to the wondrous plant world, telling the tale of this amazing relationship while musically delivering us to our personal place of wonderment and purpose

An Ecology of Healing: Health as Wholeness and Balance - Taught by Kiva Rose and Jesse Wolf Hardin, this class will be an in-depth exploration of healing as the body’s natural effort to be whole and in balance. Special focus will be placed on of the body as a dynamic ecosystem instead of a battlefield. Included are foundational elements of working with the whole person and the whole plant rather than isolating or compartmentalizing either human or herb. Tips and practical information will be provided on how to integrate the ecological perspective into an herbal practice and how to work towards healing based primarily on nourishment rather than intervention or conflict.

Phyllis Hogan

Secrets of the Sisterhood

For women only! We want to feel comfortable and uninhibited in this sharing circle so we can fully embrace our femaleness: from maiden, mother, to crone. We will discuss changes we experience as we journey through this life, and the plants that assist us along the way. We will learn about women’s traditions in Southwest cultures, and the important roles they play. We’ll talk about spirit plants and how they relate to feminine healing, and burn aromatic smudges and smokes, discovering how their daily use can empower us. We will learn and use herbs for everything from luscious skin, to lustrous hair, to yoni health. We’ll discuss herbal bathing and experience facial steams, fruit and honey face-masks, hair care vinegars and oils. Join us for laughter, prayer, frivolity and especially flowers, roots, seeds and stems at this full on experience for women healers from all tribes and walks of life.

Sending Your Voice Singing

The Original Divine Sound, which originated from the Supreme Sovereign, continuously without break reverberates throughout the hearts of the entire macrocosm and microcosm.” — Maharishi Mehi Paramahansa Ji

All of life is energy, vibration, light and sound. Let’s send our voice singing so the plant spirits hear us! Bring your favorite instruments, songs, offerings, prayer satchels, and voices to this interactive workshop where we will share with each other our Sacred Songs. We will start off talking about how to approach collecting our own plant medicines- with a clear heart and good intentions. We will learn about how different native tribes collect plants in respectful and honorable ways, with songs and prayer. We’ll look at plants the way traditional elders do- as living spirit entities who are eager to communicate with us. We’ll conclude with group sharing of our favorite songs that honor Mother Earth and Father Sky, the rivers, mountains, and plants. Aho!

Phyllis Light

To Be Announced

Jim McDonald

Foundational Herbcraft & Talking With Plants (with Kiva Rose) - A common sense look at how plants speak to use through our senses, and what they’re communicating. Jim and Kiva will explore the underlying elements of traditional western herbalism, including sense-based herbal energetics, primary herbal actions and ways of integrating these essential components into an effective healing practice.

Differentiating Diaphoretics - While people commonly think of diaphoretics as “herbs to use during fevers to make you sweat”, this is a limited understanding of an immensely important class of herbs that is as, if not possibly more, important than other classes of immune herbs that boost while blood cell production or kill microbes. Join Jim McDonald in an exploration of the fundamental role of diaphoretics in immunity, and how they can be used to support and enhance the body’s vital response to infections from influenza to the common cold. Special attention will be paid to the differentiation and use of diaphoretics that stimulate, relax or do both at once.

Kiva Rose

Foundational Herbcraft & Talking With Plants (with Jim McDonald) - A common sense look at how plants speak to use through our senses, and what they’re communicating. Jim and Kiva will explore the underlying elements of traditional western herbalism, including sense-based herbal energetics, primary herbal actions and ways of integrating these essential components into an effective healing practice.

An Ecology of Healing: Health as Wholeness and Balance - Taught by Kiva Rose and Jesse Wolf Hardin, this class will be an in-depth exploration of healing as the body’s natural effort to be whole and in balance. Special focus will be placed on of the body as a dynamic ecosystem instead of a battlefield. Included are foundational elements of working with the whole person and the whole plant rather than isolating or compartmentalizing either human or herb. Tips and practical information will be provided on how to integrate the ecological perspective into an herbal practice and how to work towards healing based primarily on nourishment rather than intervention or conflict.

Matthew Wood

Clinical Skills - Learn to evaluate energetic conditions (hot, cold, damp, dry, tense, relaxed etc.,) by complexion, tongue and pulse examination and simple questions. How to take a case, where to begin, what to treat. The four pillars of evaluation and treatment - 1) energetics, 2) organ systems, 3) action and 4) specific indications.

Herbs for the Muscular & Skeletal Systems - Herbal treatment of locomotor injuries, problems of aging, arthritis, gout, lyme disease and more.

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