Special Events and Intensive Workshops

Herbal First Aid for the Practicing Herbalist

with 7Song
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 approaches.  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 six missions in Haiti.  Julia is also author of  The Language of Plants, a detailed guide to the doctrine of signatures.