Immerse Yourself in the Depths of Herbal Learning

The 13th International Herb Symposium

June 9th – 11, 2017

Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts

2017 Intensive Classes

Each year, we include several in-depth workshops that offer participants the opportunity to study specific topics more comprehensively and to work more closely with favorite teachers. These intensive workshops offer both hands on and traditional style learning and there are various options to suit a multitude of herbal interests.

2017 INTENSIVES

Registration for these intensives will open when conference registration opens. Please check back later for additional class offerings.

Shamanic Practices in our Life: Limpia Second Level-Ways to Move Energies in the Body After a Trauma

Rocίo Alarcόn BSC, PhD, Ecuador

Limpia is an old practice that people use in Ecuador and probably in other places on the planet. Limpia removes different energies that produce anxiety, depression and other emotional and physical conditions in the three bodies of the human been. The main objective of the workshop will be to learn to use aromatic plants and seeds to clean the three bodies. We will explore types of aromatic plants and seeds, the different conditions and elements that we can combine. We will also learn movements and techniques in the combination of fresh plants and seeds.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Treating Infections with Natural Medicine--an Integrative and Cross-Cultural Approach

Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac., A.H.G., California

This class is evidence-based and referenced, but also based on traditional medicine and standard of western herbal practice. The focus is on upper respiratory tract infections, but includes also UTIs, vaginal infections and dysbiosis, liver infections (hepatitis), & Lyme disease

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

The Thyroid and Adrenal Exhaustion

Phyllis D. Light, MA, RH(AHG), Alabama

Who doesn’t have to deal with the stresses of life? Dealing with work, children, money, time, relationships and aging can seem overwhelming at times. Stress can reduce our energy level, restrict circulation and breathing, impair the immune system, interfere with sleep, speed the aging process and subdue our psycho-spiritual development. Join Phyllis for a class on natural ways of dealing with the stresses of life. The class will cover herbs and supplements for adrenal and thyroid support, dietary approaches, lifestyle changes, ways to manage the anger and fear that often accompanies stress.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

The Emotional and Mental Aspects of Lyme Disease

Richard Mandelbaum RH (AHG), New York

In this class we will address emotional and mental patterns specific to chronic or Late Stage Disseminated Lyme, and how these interact with physical symptoms of the disease. We will discuss assessing and identifying patterns (tongue, pulse, and other diagnostics), materia medica and protocols. Case histories will be presented to illustrate the points made. Although everyone is welcome, this workshop will not cover the “basics” of herbal approaches to Lyme, but rather we will dive in assuming participants have a foundation, and focus on emotional and mental manifestations that complement or build on more general approaches. Equipment needed: projector, power point.

Intermediate to Advanced.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Herbal Medicine Making 101

Nancy Phillips, New Hampshire

Making our own home remedies is immensely rewarding. We save money and resources, connect with the earth, and are empowered to take charge of our own health. In this hands-on “crash” intensive, Nancy will take you through a step by step process of making the gamut of herbal preparations including: capsules, herbal “pills”, medicinal strength teas, poultices, compresses, syrups, herbal oils, salves, tinctures and liniments. She’ll go over various techniques to try, share the best resources, and send you home with samples.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Medical Astrology for the Practitioner of Botanical Medicine Plants and Planets

Sajah Popham, Oregon

We can see the connection between the two simply through the similar etymology of the words. Throughout the Renaissance Era, Medical Astrology was common knowledge for practitioners of medicine and herbalism, but for some reason it is almost unheard of in our modern practice. Medical Astrology holds a critical place in a truly holistic model of herbalism. In this intensive, you will learn how to incorporate astrological principles in your practice of herbalism through classification of plants and their medicinal properties, holistic evaluation, diagnostics and psycho-spiritual assessment of your clients, as well as the harvesting of herbs and their spagyric (alchemical) preparation. You will learn how the Planets, Signs, Elements and Modes of astrology relate to other energetic systems, such as Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Unani-Tibb and Greek Medicine, and North American Herbal Traditions for a truly “whole-istic” model of plant medicine that unites the above and below, the spirit and body of both people and plants.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Functional Herbalism and Women’s Hormonal Challenges

Aviva Romm, MD, Massachusetts

Taking a functional medicine approach to herbal practice, we will look at the root causes of PCOS, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and fertility challenges, and the herbal and nutritional solutions that can transform women’s health and lives.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Herbal/Nutritional Gastroenterology

David Winston, RH (AHG), Pennsylvania

The old saying “you are what you eat” certainly has validity. William LeSassier used to say “you are what you don’t excrete”, he too had a point. To these quotes I would add one of my own “you are what you absorb”. Effective digestion, absorption and elimination are essential to our health.New research on the gut-brain axis, the intestinal microbiome and the systemic effect of GI inflammation clearly show that many seemingly unrelated health issues including depression, migraines, skin conditions and obesity are clearly connected to gut health. We also see a dramatic increase in chronic GI problems (Intestinal dysbiosis, constipation, SIBO, IBS, IBD, NAFLD, etc.) that often resist orthodox treatment but can be helped with herbal and nutritional therapies

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for cGMP Compliance, Growers Track

Steven Yeager, Emerald Chapter President, Oregon

This hands-on workshop will provide a comprehensive orientation of botanical, macroscopic, and organoleptic identification methods, quality assessment techniques and terminology, and demonstrate how these techniques are used to evaluate crude plant parts in a scientifically valid manner. Botanical identification, using classical botany as the basis, is the primary manner in which plant materials are identified. For identification and quality assessment of crude herb materials, macroscopic and organoleptic analysis offers among the most rapid, accurate, cost-effective, and environmentally sound of all the analytical technologies.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Kids Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat

Mary Bove, ND, New Hampshire

Botanical medicine has much to offer in the treatment of pediatric eye, ear, nose and throat illnesses. Children get a high percent of upper respiratory colds, influenza, sore throats, ear infections, and coughs many of which can be treated effectively with herbal preparations that are suitable and safe for children. Discussion on the use of botanical medicine in the pediatric population, dosing appropriately for children and specific child-friendly preparations will be overviewed in relationship to EENT illnesses. A specific look at the “Child’s Respiratory Materia Medica” will cover individual herbs, relevant research, application, and dose range as applied to influenza, URI, otitis media, croup, and accompanying fever. Discussion will also cover several clinical case histories demonstrating application of herbal protocols.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Medicinal Mushroom Gardening and Apothecary, Growers Track

Tradd Cotter, South Carolina

Participants will enjoy the full circle experience of mushroom cultivation, harvesting, preparation, extractions, product development for personal care products and medicinal fungal foods. Tradd uses a combination of visual slides, destructed demos and hands on activities that makes the entire process a memorable and efficient learning experience. Learn basic mushroom cultivation principles, how the chemical properties of fungi are affected by their environment, and how you can create potent extracts and innovative medicinal and culinary products for home, family or your business’ product development.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Adaptogens and Nervines for the 21st Century

Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MD, New Mexico

There is little question that life in the 21st century is stress-filled. Roughly three-fourths of all visits to medical doctors are for stress-related conditions, which include obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, asthma, irritable bowel disease, infertility, headaches, muscle tension, and premature aging. The herbal pharmacopeia is rich in remedies that can benefit all of these conditions, as well as strengthening the body’s ability to adapt to stress. Using case vignettes, this intensive will explore the differential use of key adaptogens and nervines.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Mental Health Using Herbs: A Comprehensive Approach

Guido Masé,  RH(AHG), Vermont

In the last decade, exciting research has shown how inflammatory nerve injury, heart rate variability, disruptions in gut flora, and entheogens (strongly psychoactive plants) can impact mood. New research developments have added more detail to our understanding in recent years, opening up exciting therapeutic potential for herbalists: modulating immunity and inflammation, using bitters and prebiotics to adjust the immune and gastronintestinal response, rebalancing and nourishing nerve and autonomic activity, and challenging spirit using entheogens. By examining new case studies we will explore how to leverage these insights. Review the most recent research, and learn a clear methodology for evaluating the components of mental health and a flexible protocol to nourish and re-balance.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

A Growers Invitation to the Cultivation of Medicinal Plants, Growers Track

Matt & Andrea Reisen (New York)

In this intensive, Andrea and Matthias Reisen of Healing Spirits Herb Farm will share their experiences over the last 25 years of all aspects of medicinal herb farming. Propagating, growing, drying, field preparation, processing and how they are now working with aquaponics and mushrooms. There are many avenues to making a living, working that small piece of land and tickling the belly of the earth.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Releasing Trauma

Karyn Sanders/Nashoba Shilup, California, Choctaw Nation

In this intensive we will look at how trauma is carried energetically in us both in the present and ancestrally. We will explore where it is in our bodies, how to recognize trauma patterns and how to release trauma. Plant meditations and energetic exercises will be part of the class. (all levels)

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Curanderismo, Magic, Science or Energy?

Rosa Tupina Yaotonalcuauhtli, Mexico

This intensive will cover an Introduction to the Ancient “Folk Healing” called Curanderismo and will help you understand its basic principles that have been passed down from Generation to Generation and the discussion will help you understand the uses of these principles in today’s world as practitioners who walk with the “spiritual staff on one hand and the laptop on the other one”.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Cannabis sativa L.: Its Impact on Animals

Rob Silver, DVM, MS, CVA; Colorado

Veterinarian Track

This ancient herb has found its resurgence in the past 20 years for medicinal applications. Come learn how this herb affects our pets, and how it can be used safely to address a number of common conditions that afflict our four-legged companions.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Medicinal Mushrooms: Cancer Prevention, Control and Support; with Medicinal Mushrooms for Other Conditions: Kidney and Liver disease, Cushing’s disease, and Geriatric issues

Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA; Hawaii

Veterinarian Track

Cancer rates continue to rise, especially in susceptible breeds. What is Cancer and what are the causative factors that create it? Knowing the causes will assist the practitioner in understanding how to best use medicinal mushrooms to help prevent or suppress the cancer process within the body.

Which mushrooms are efficacious to use for prevention and treatment of cancer? A discussion of Trametes versicolor (“turkey tail”) Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), Grifola frondosa (Maitake), Cordyceps spp, and Lentinus edodes (Shiitake) will be presented.

Medicinal mushrooms can be used to prevent, support and cure many diseases due to its properties: Multi-Dimensional Healing.

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

WILD BEAUTY: The Joy and Magic of Body Care Formulation

Kate Clearlight; New Mexico

The plants and flowers want us to feel beautiful, wild, and free! Crafting intentional botanical body care products is a truly magical way to merge our skin and spirits with the plants. In this class we will explore making and experiencing a variety of magic-­‐infused herbal body care formulations, such as flower and clay facials, holy basil body butter, elderberry lip tint, kava infused body oil, illuminating facial elixirs, ritual bathing blends, and more! Using traditional body care wisdom passed down by our herbal elders, we will explore allowing the plants to help guide us in our formulations in order to truly tap into our creative spirits. Come prepared to play with the plants!

Cost $35, Currently full. Please be in contact to be placed on the waiting list.

 

 

 

Wish Upon an Herbal Star

Matt Dybala, Oregon

This session will examine the direct relationship between growers and plants to harness desirable traits for optimum yield. Seasonal cultivation techniques and breeding characteristics of individual herbs will be explored!

Cost $35, REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

 

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