As an herbalist, the path we walk takes us to many places in ourselves, eliciting great personal change. How we think, live and feel is altered and augmented by the philosophy, art and science of plant medicine.
Even before we begin to study herbalism seriously, we find ourselves attuned to a belief that a persons vital force deserves medicines that are alive. That it is important to have medicines that are touched by hands, sometimes prayed over, and contemplated on deeply by the people who grow and process them.
As we study, we come to realize that a plants healing power is further potentiated by it’s remarkable history, which vibrates through the centuries to meet and support us here today. We learn, too, that the science of plant medicines can combine well with historical applications, and the information provided can be a necessary benefit to our philosophy of practice.
Herbalism in contemporary society is so different from the herbalism that was 100 + years ago. There are more variables. Disease and imbalance are complicated by modern choices, sedentary lifestyles, sleep deprivation, processed food and prescription medications. And while we have stress in common with old cultures, stress has evolved to assume a new role in our quickly moving bodies, minds, souls and environment.
As an herbalist, how can, or do, you best support your clients and community? What is a modern day herbalist? And, who are you as an herbalist?
In the Advanced Apprenticeship course, you will begin to shape your philosophy, and to decide who you are as an herbalist by studying and reading about those who came before you. You will put together the pieces of your education, and acquire new tools that may be necessary to help chart courses for your clients. The skills you currently have will be put to use when you see clients and present their cases and your solutions in roundtable discussions.
(Please read on for course details and class descriptions.)
Course Details and Class Descriptions
If you are applying this course to professional certification with the American Herbalist Guild, you will log 100 hours (+15 if you do the optional research paper) in education credits (400 hours is required). You will also need to log clinical hours outside of class and how many clients you see (AHG’s requirement is to see 100 clients in 2 years, and write up 3 case studies.)
This course may be done online or in person.
Number of classes: 16
Time: 6:30-9 pm
FYI: For those interested, it is possible that the Thursday times will be moved to Wed. instead.
Dates: Thurs. February 19 and 26; Thurs. March 5, 12, 19, 26 (week off March 30- April 3), Tuesday April7, and Thursday the 9, 16, 23, 30, and May 7 (week off May 11-15), Thursday May 21, 28, and Tuesday June 2nd and 4th
Required reading for the course: Vitalism: The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences, by Matthew Wood
Classes that are in this course:
5 classes on the Endocrine Stress Types– with this section, we will address the disposition of each imbalance, plants that are applicable, assessment of deficiency and excess in organ systems, condition of the humors, and formulation strategies. We will also look at client examples to help illustrate these stress types, and cross-reference each stress type with the 6 tissue states.
- 2 – Materia medica classes- we will talk about 10-12 different plants for the stress types
- 1 class on the Adrenaline Stress Type
- 1 class on the Adrenal Cortical Stress Type
- 1 class on the Thyroid Stress, and Thyroid Depressive Stress Types
3 classes on The 4 humors, and the Lymph (what I like to call the 5th humor)-
- 2 classes will be on the humors, imbalances of the humors, and plants that may have an affinity for bring the humors back into balance
- 1 class will be experience based. We will put together a consultation form, to help diagnose imbalances of the humors.
3 classes – The Art and Science of the Interview/Assessment, Formulation and Dosage Strategies
- Differential Assessment using: tissue states, endocrine, humors, lymph, nervous system, deficiency and excess in organs and function, tongue, vitality observations, clearness of eye, health of hair and skin, voice, demeanor, speech, clarity of thought, memory, 4 qualities and 2 tensions (what is NOT considered valid by the American Herbalist Guild: kinesiology, hair analysis, “intuitive”, iridology)
- Devising treatment framework: long and short-term herbal strategies, formulation (carrier herbs, lead, supportive and synergistic or harmonizing plants) and dosage; nutrition
4 classes- Client Presentations by the Apprentices and Roundtable discussions
1 class- An extra class for overflow and/or discussions.
Research Reports (optional)
Example topics you may chose from are:
- Current potential role of herbalism in health care with current issues and challenges. Include what your contribution might be.
- Demonstrate in writing a differential assessment system that you use, and what it means to you mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
- Write a report about 3 different doctors/herbalists from history that have opposing views. Talk about what valuable contributions to herbalism you feel they made, and what you would add to your own philosophy and practice.