Community Herbalist Training Program
Year 1: Foundations of Herbalism
This program is the heart and soul of our offerings. We will see how our bodies and souls respond to different foods and medicines at different times of the year. Curriculum includes medicine making, wild food preparation, kitchen apothecary practices, anatomy & physiology and foundations of different models of herbalism; biomedical, Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine and the sacred journey to the plants themselves.
Above and beyond the rich and detailed curriculum is the creation of a sacred circle. This is the work of our time now; to come together as a community and bring forth the sustainable and joyful practices that will lead us to a healthier and more grounded life.
There are day trips to meet various eco niches as well.
This class can also be taken by itself as the Six-Month Day Program, or the Nine-Month Foundations Weekend Program.
For full details, cost, and dates of program please see the Foundations Program page.
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Year 2: Clinic I
Western Energetic Herbalism - Therapeutics
April 15 - November 11, 2015 (Wednesdays)
There is an exciting movement afoot in American herbalism. The Western understanding of energetic medicine, once prominent, has largely been forgotten until recent years. Our curriculum is an attempt to restore Western energetic medicine to its rightful place in the pantheon of medical systems. It is our belief that herbal medicine is best practiced in an energetic model rather than a physiologic model, although the physiologic model is certainly serviceable and is definitely a part of the background teachings for a solid foundation for our students.
To observe patterns of disease we need to observe patterns in nature first to grasp harmonies and disharmonies. Winds that dry, waters that swell, heat that rises, cold that depresses are all vital expressions of nature that play out in our organs, joints, muscles, thoughts and spirit. This is the practice of traditional folk herbalism where nature is observed and the inherent self-regulating systems of the body are acknowledged and supported. The notion and teachings of vitalism are imperative here. This is a doctrine that states the processes of life are not solely explicable by laws of science and that there is a force that is unmeasurable yet is the very spark of life.
The physiologic approach, based on the scientific understanding of the body is more prominent in our culture and is represented by Western medicine, Naturopathic medicine and most current herbal medicine. The energetic approach is best represented by Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine, among others. This is based on a study of how the body behaves in health and disease and how the body responds to medicinal foods and herbs.
We believe that TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Ayurvedic medicine are excellent and very effective systems describing energetics and we employ them in articulating force and constitutions. At the same time we believe that it is time for the West to restore her own understanding of energetics. With many thanks and gratitude to TCM and Ayurvedic medicine for helping us to understand the forgotten Western language of energetics, we present a Western understanding of energetic medicine to the aspiring herbalist.
We believe that herbs, being complex, living plants do not express themselves well along the simplistic lines of a few chemicals present in the plant (among the thousands of others). The student will learn an energetic understanding of medicinal plants, how to use them and begin to gain an intimate knowledge of medicinal plants from direct contact and experience. We fully expect the student to be able to start seeing clients after graduation if the student wishes and applies themselves. The student will also be taught how to interface with the Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic medical communities, as well as communicate effectively with their client about what they are doing.
Instead of studying the chemistry of the plant, as in the physiologic approach, the energetic approach interests itself in understanding the body’s response to taking an herb to understand its role in health and disease. For example, does the herb warm or cool the body? Does it dry or hydrate the tissues? Does it calm and sedate the body or does it energize and stimulate it? These are all “energetics”. They are the same the world over and many different cultures have attempted to create a language to explain what they were witnessing and experiencing. When examined closely, all good systems of “energetic” medicine are remarkable congruent.
“Sacred Plant Tradition’s clinical training gave me a deep and well nourished ground on which to grow as an herbalist. Throughout every lesson, whether it was anatomy, patho-physiology or materia medica, the sacred spirit of the plant world was always present. Having the opportunity see a wide range of clients in the clinic took the medicine of the plants off the page of a book and into the real world. Studying with Kathleen has expanded my understanding of the relationship between the plants and people in such a deep and profound way.”
Curriculum will include:
Energetic Assessment with focus on tongue and pulse
Constitutional definitions (Ayurvedic and Western)
Definition of Vitalism
Advanced anatomy and physiology
Intro to TCM concepts for the western herbalist
Record Keeping for the Herbalist –
SOAP notes and more
Advanced Apothecary practices
Professional / Business Ethics
Herbalists as Educators
Students will observe professional herbalists hold interviews and will always be mentored when they conduct their own. Case presentation and round table discussions are included as well as topics listed above.
310 hours (This may be applied toward American Herbalist Guild requirements)
Wednesdays, April 15 – November 11, 2015
Fee is $4500 with a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500.
For those that do not have college level Anatomy and Physiology please add $100 for the required DVD course set.
Required texts which are not included in the fee:
The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism;
Basic Doctrine, Energetics and Classification, Matthew Wood;
Matthew Wood’s two volumes of The Earthwise Herbal; Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants as well as The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World ;
Secret Teachings of Plants, Stephen Buhner;
Medical Herbalism, David Hoffmann;
Botany in a Day, Thomas Epel
What does not happen in this class is a claim to mastery. Even at the end of the second year, no certificate as a Master Herbalist is assigned. We revere and honor this art that requires a lifetime of learning.
The life so short, the craft so long to learn,
experience difficult to obtain……..Hippocrates
What we do offer is a certificate at the end of the three years of training describing the accomplishment that has taken place. We strive to help students fulfill requisites of the American Herbalist Guild and the credit hours will meet similar requirements if the student wished to pursue professional status with AHG. Completion will give the student the confidence and skills to begin a community practice in whatever area the graduate feels drawn to, be it education, client work or community development.
Pre-requisite: Foundations or a similar one-year training program. Interview is required. For a more complete listing of the curriculum, please call or write SPT.
Faculty: Heather Wetzel and Mimi Hernandez, MS,RH(AHG)
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Year 3: Clinic II - Western Energetic Herbalism: Practicum
April 16 – November 12, 2015
Thursdays 9am - 4pm
The second year of training is where the student applies the theories learned in the first year. There will be more didactic teaching but mainly the student will begin seeing their own clients as well as clients that will be seen at our Free Clinic. For clients or those interested in this service please see the Free Clinic page as well as to print out a Health Questionaire.
Faculty: Heather Wetzel and Mimi Hernandez, MA, RH
Guest Lecturers: Phyllis Light, RH; Sheila Guarnajia, Lac
Handling clients in follow up and long term
Deepening Research skills
Advanced apothecary practices
Designing a Business/Vision Plan
Please write or call for more information
Requirements: Clinic I
Tuition: $4000.00 with a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500.
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