Special Events and Intensive Workshops

The Shamanic Roots of European Traditional Medicine
with Julia Graves
Wednesday June 10th, 7-9:30 pm
$35/$30 for members

The native peoples of Europe have a history of natural healing that is at the very least 40,000 years old. This talk presents the images of the ancient shamans from the Palaeolithic cave paintings and what we can gather from their relationship to the elements, animals, and stars. It is astounding how the same themes are found down to the present day in Europe, handed down through alchemy, humoral and astrological medicine, as well as traditional imagery, beliefs, and religion. Even more astounding are the parallels to other cultures and continents. A unique chance to discover your roots!

Julia Graves has studied massage, medicine, and cupping in the European tradition. She has trained as a Gestalt psychotherapist, worked for Findhorn Flower Essences, and served as a flower essence practitioner and essence  creator. Julia offers her own line of flower essences, The Lily Circle, as well as a kit of flower essences for Mayan Abdominal Massage. In 2010, she founded the Naturopathic Earthquake Survivor Relief Clinic, and headed the clinic in its six missions in Haiti. Julia is also author of The Language of Plants, a detailed guide to the doctrine of signatures. Julia presents European traditional healing and herbalism with a wealth of fascinating, unexpected stories and examples.

Book Event: The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer
with Jeff and Melanie Carpenter, Zack Woods Herb Farm
Wednesday June 24th, 6:30-8pm
Free and open to the public

Join Melanie and Jeff Carpenter, co-owners of Zack Woods Herb Farm in Hyde Park, Vermont, for a presentation and discussion of their new book, “The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer.” Come learn about growing and marketing organic medicinal herbs from two experts in the field. Copies of “The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer” will be available for sale and signing at this event.

Jeff and Melanie Carpenter own and operate Zack Woods Herb Farm in Hyde Park, Vermont. They have recently co-authored the book, “The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer,” due out in the spring of 2015 published by Chelsea Green.

Jeff Carpenter has farming in his blood. Descended from generations of Vermont farmers, Jeff deepened his love and understanding of plants through an apprenticeship with Rosemary Gladstar and as the co-owner of Sage Mountain Herb Products. Since those early days, Jeff¹s work as a farmer, agricultural consultant, educator, and researcher has focused on the cultivation and marketing of medicinal herbs. Jeff also partners with Rosemary Gladstar in hosting the International Herb Symposium. His passion for the green world is evident as he spends his days working in the fields and in the community.

Melanie Carpenter grew up at Sage Mountain under the loving tutelage of herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. It was there that Melanie started her first business, Sage Mountain Herb Products. Over the last twenty years, she has worked as a farmer, mother, community herbalist, and educator. In addition to her work as a farmer, Melanie serves on the board of directors of United Plant Saver and assists her family in directing the International Herb Symposium and New England Women’s Herbal Conference. She believes that some of the most profound teachings and healings come from working on the land with the plants. To that end, Melanie offers classes on the farm to help people explore and deepen their connection to the green nations.

Botanical Modulators for Female Endocrine Stress Relating to Infertility, Mood Disorder, and the Menopausal Transition
with Mary Bove
Saturday, September 26th 9 am – 1 pm
$50/$45 for members

Naturopathic and Botanical Medicines offer several therapeutic options for application in female restorative endocrinology. Explore the use of natural alternative therapies and botanical medicines as modulating agents in the treatment of menopausal complaints, female mood disorders, and fertility issues. View relative case histories and comprehensive integrated naturopathic and botanical treatment plans for targeting the challenges of the female physiology. Dr Bove’s 25 years of clinical experience in women’s health care and botanical medicine brings useful therapeutic strategies for creating an effective treatment plan.

Female endocrine deregulation is an endocrine viscous cycle that involves suboptimal function of the female endocrine system leading to symptoms, diseases, and syndromes including PCOD, obesity, premenstrual syndrome, infertility syndrome, menopausal symptoms, hypothyroidism, insulin intolerance, anxiety, depression, and adrenal insufficiency syndrome. None of these diseases are life threatening per say yet all of them have the potential to be very disruptive in one’s life, thus diminishing the quality of one’s life and health.

Approaching the breakdown of the female endocrine system with the health difficulties and challenges it presents demands a look at the multiple factors and etiologies that lie behind the dysfunction in the female endocrine system. Many of the factors contributing towards the dysfunction of the female endocrine system are found in our internal and external environment including; environmental toxins, electromagnetic fields, plastics, cosmetics, food products, allergens, glucose deregulation, pharmaceuticals, caffeine, alcohol, digestive issues, poor detoxification channels, light cycle disruptions, stress, attitude, social exposure, and sense of self. A viscous cycle of symptoms, dysfunction, and lack of wellness in the woman’s health picture often prevails with no specific pathology as with infertility or menopausal symptoms. Finding a place to jump into the viscous cycle that is created between the female endocrine system and the female body is the first step to establishing a plan of education, coping skills, stress reduction techniques, life style changes, diet education, and natural medicines. Once into the cycle follow it around the circle of the body, working towards balancing, toning and re-establishing homeostasis between the body systems and the female endocrine system.

The lecture will cover naturopathic and botanical tools used for building optimal health in the female endocrine system cultivating wellness, optimal endocrine function, and the treatment of illness. Botanical medicines used for female endocrine health will be discussed in terms of active constituents, pharmacological activity, recent clinical trials, safety, dosing and application.

Dr. Mary Bove obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery Certification from Bastyr College of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle, WA. and received her Diploma of Phytotherapy/HerbalMedicine at the School of Phytotherapy in Great Britain. Dr. Bove practiced Naturopathic Family Medicine and Midwifery at the Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic, Brattleboro, VT. for 24 years, specializing in Naturopathic Pediatrics.

Once a full-time faculty member at Bastyr University, Dr Bove chaired the departments of Botanical Medicine and Naturopathic Midwifery. Dr Bove is the author of the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants considered an authoritative reference on natural pediatric medicine. Mary co-authored Herbs for Women’s Health and has been published in many magazines, journals and collaborative books on botanical and natural medicine. She lectures and teaches internationally on the topics of naturopathic medicine, botanical medicine, pediatrics, natural pregnancy, childbirth, traditional food medicine and mind-body healing. In collaboration with Gaia Herbs® Dr Bove developed an herbal remedy line designed specifically for children. She is currently Medical Educator for Gaia Herbs Brevard, NC.