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Winter/Spring 2016 Advanced Apprenticeship (apply by Feb. 1)

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 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 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.)

Number of classes: 12, with 2 other client roundtable meetings before the end of 2016 (one in August, and the other in October)

Time and Day: Sat. from 3-5:30 pm

Dates: March 5, 12, 19 (no class March 26), April 2, 9, 16, 23 (April 30, and May 7th no class) May 14, 21, 28 and June 4 and 11

There will also be 2 times that we meet as a group before the end of the year. If needed, we can meet a 3rd time as well. I just want to be sure that people feel secure as they begin their practice.

 Cost: $600  (++Payment plans available.)

Online: I will open the course to online people, but one learn how to use google +, and have a fast internet connection.

 Required reading for the course: Vitalism: The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences, by Matthew Wood

Outline for the Course

3 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.

  • 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

Review of Humors

  • We will review imbalances of the humors, and plants that may have an affinity for bring the humors back into balance. We will also come up with a consultation form that helps assess the health and balance of the humors.

Tongue Diagnosis

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 herbs, supportive and synergistic or harmonizing plants) and dosage; nutrition, and other supportive measures

Client Presentations by the Apprentices and Roundtable discussions

Research Reports (optional)

Example topics you may chose from are:

  • Potential role of herbalism in health care – address 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, from them, you would add to your own philosophy and practice.

Please contact me at kathyweeds@yahoo.com if you are interested. I will then send you a note from my personal email account. Warm wishes!

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