Special Events and Intensive Workshops
Heart-Spirit Medicine for Turbulent Times:
Herbal Allies and Timeless Wisdom
with Chris Marano RH(AHG)
March 22, 10 am – 4 pm
$75/$65 for members; pre-registration required
However we may describe it, most of us feel that we are in a time of great flux, turbulence and quickening. Some people are thriving. Many are struggling, and there is an overwhelming amount of often-conflicting information at our fingertips. One thing, however, is for certain. Whatever may be happening to us and wherever we may be heading, we are going with our bodies, minds, spirits and hearts as one, and so we must be aware, adaptable and resilient, both for ourselves and those around us.
This workshop speaks to all of this, and to how this turbulence affects our health and wellbeing. We will look through the lenses of Chinese, Indian, Native American and Western healing traditions to better understand how the body-mind-heart-spirit continuum functions, especially under such circumstances. Chris will discuss how we may utilize our own ‘human technology’ – awareness, breath, body – as well as nutrition and herbal allies – to best navigate these challenging and exciting times.
The class will offer practical and inspirational wisdom, and will be both informational and experiential in format, including herbs – local and distant – to experience first-hand.
Chris Marano, RH (AHG), MA, is a community and clinical herbalist with a health-care practice in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. He is founder of Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine, dedicated to the teaching of holistic health, herbalism, and Earth-based wisdom; and Clearpath Herbals, offering health consultations and high-quality, custom-blended herbal preparations. Chris is president of the Northeast Herbal Association (NEHA), veteran teacher, author, meditation instructor, and has degrees in pre-medicine, Chinese philosophy and science education from Columbia University. He also holds a graduate degree from The Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanic Medicine, Zen and Chinese philosophy training from the Institute of Chung-hwa Chinese and Buddhist Culture, and years of training with medicine elders of the Cherokee and Anishnaabe traditions. Chris teaches Clinical Herbalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Herbal First Aid for the Practicing Herbalist
Sunday May 25, 10 am – 5 pm
$75, pre-registration required
This class will cover a number of common first aid situations along with useful medicinal plants and other treatments. The goal is for participants to be able to help in a number of first aid circumstances. The course will also cover preparing a practical herbal first aid kit. Some of the health conditions covered will be injuries, allergic reactions, and internal and external infections. There will be a focus on some common useful medicinal plants as well as preparations and ways to administer them.
This class is designed for people with some knowledge of herbal medicine and first aid, though anyone is welcome to join.
7Song is director of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY. He is also the Director of Holistic Medicine and a clinical practitioner at the Ithaca Free Clinic. He has been practicing herbal first aid at large events for over 20 years and has seen hundreds of patients over this time. He also works at the NDI clinic in Ometepe, Nicaragua. 7Song has an abiding passion in the natural world and can often be found, camera in hand, taking photos of plants, insects, mammals and nearly anything that moves. As an herbalist and teacher, he hopes to inspire others to employ critical thinking in all modalities of health care.
Herbal Intensives with European Herbalist, Julia Graves
The Energetics of Traditional European Herbalism
Wednesday June 4, 6 – 9 pm
$20; pre-registration required
Traditional European Herbalism evolved from the fertile interaction between the ancient Egyptian, Babylonian and Greek empires, the learned doctors of which travelled the trade routes into India and China, eagerly exchanging medical knowledge. These systems of medicine were based on the dynamic interplay of the four elements, which the ancient Greeks distilled into what came to be known as humoral medicine. In this class, we will look at how humoral medicine relates to the cycle of life and the cycle of seasons, the classification of the four qualities and degrees of herbal actions, herbal compounding, and the European view of the pharmacology of the nine tastes. Traditional European constitutional analysis will also be discussed, along with pulse analysis, face and hand reading, and other clinical skills. The presentation will include comparisons of Traditional European Medicine with the systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.
Opening Your Eyes to Nature: The Language of Plants
Saturday June 7, 1 – 6 pm
$60; pre-registration required
Known in all cultures world-wide since the dawn of time, the Doctrine of Signatures was popularized by the famous pre-renaissance doctor and alchemist Paracelsus. Largely lost in the modern reductionistic approach to herbalism, this language of plants provides a way of looking at herbs in the living, energetic way. It is the way Nature herself speaks. The Doctrine of Signatures teaches that each characteristic of a plant (color, shape, the environment it grows in, etc.) reveals its medicinal virtue. Highly relevant for clinical practice, and an eye opener for anyone – herbalists, healers, gardeners and lovers of nature alike – you will walk away from this workshop with a new way to view Nature. Not merely a lecture, this workshop includes exercises and an herb walk, so bring your curiosity, come eyes wide open, and allow yourself to be surprised at just how much Nature will reveal, if we allow ourselves to believe that “as above, so below; as in the plant, so in my body”. We have much more in common with plants than we might think.
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 three missions in Haiti. Julia is also author of The Language of Plants, a detailed guide to the doctrine of signatures.