Herbalism: Gaia in Action
Towards a Regenerative Future
"Herbalism is the medicine of belonging; the direct experience of the whole healing the part.
To heal ourselves we must know ourselves and the ground upon which we stand." ~David Hoffmann, MNIMH, Medical Herbalist
Every culture throughout history recognized and respected the power of the plant world as an essential contributor to the healthy evolution of the community. The programs offered integrate ancient herbal traditions, nature intelligence, ecological forest gardening knowledge and permaculture practices to take herbalism to a new level of understanding.
The interest of herbal practice, as a safe and effective way to maintain healthy bodies and lives, has increased exponentially over the past decades. We will explore the medicinal and nutritional value of our local, wild and native plants with the intention of 'localizing herbalism' and shifting our culture to being active ecosystem participants.
People who know how to grow, sustain, harvest, forage, produce and advocate these natural medicines are the ecological activists for these precious plants; ensuring that future generations will enjoy their many benefits. We are at a turning point on the planet, with the realization that the intimate embrace of our eco-logical systems is a healing force that will move humanity towards a transformation in our relationship with ourselves, our communities and the Earth.
"All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them."~Arapaho
Nutritional Herbalism – Forest Gardening Mentorship
A Native Plant Leadership Program
“The ultimate goal of herbalism and forest gardening is not only the production of crops, but also the cultivation of new ways of seeing, thinking and acting in the world." ~Dave Jacke
This program is committed to the future of native and wild nutritional plants by educating and inspiring tomorrow's foragers, wild crafters, herbalists, forest gardeners, permaculturists and ecologists. Through the cultivation and use of nutritional plants, discover how a genuine working relationship with Earth and the plants is the cornerstone for enduring personal, community and ecological health and happiness. Learn how to achieve the same benefits that natural systems demonstrate: stability, resilience, self-maintenance, self-renewal and increased nutrient conservation at personal and ecological levels.
Practical Herbalism – Energetic Medicine Mentorship
Understanding Pattern Language & Plant Intelligence
“To become a true herbalist, means to be sensitive to the being of the herbs, to commune in receptive awareness with the plant-light of the universe. It is to listen when the plant speaks, to speak to the plant as to another human being, and to look upon it as one's teacher." ~Dr. David Frawley and Dr, Vasant Lad, The Yoga of Herbs
This experiential mentorship is a hands-on exploration of designing and working with wild herbs and native plants. The program includes: medicine-making, herbal preparations, formulations, case studies, personal and community projects. To experience and assist the growth of herbs ensures the personal healing loop between planter and planted. Blending hands-on herbalism with understanding plant energetics will support you to be a family herbalist and community plant activist.
The Local, Wild Living Design
Living Seeds - Living Soil - Living Plants
“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ~Henry David Thoreau
A foundational workshop for the integration of edible and medicinal plants, local living nutrition, permaculture fundamentals, wholistic health and herbalism principles. It encourages you to discover the symbiotic relationship between the soil of your inner and outer terrain. Discover the benefits of making cultured and fermented recipes; ancient detoxification practices for enhancing well-being; ways to apply herbal healing modalities and encompassing deep earth-centered skills into daily life practices.
Regenerative Herbalism - Forest Garden Design
Soil Ecology, Permaculture & Wild Nutrition
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. “ ~Franklin D. Roosevlt
In this hands-on experience, learn how to design a landscape of herbal, nutritional, wild and native plants. This will include: wild plant identification, harvesting & the art of wild crafting and making herbal nutritional preparations. Learn in-depth knowledge of a dozen herbs and how to incorporate them into your meals.
The Family/Community Herbalist:
The Medicine of the People
"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life." ~Thomas Edison
A weekend going to the root of herbalism - a discovery of the many facets of plant medicine. Focusing on the essential dozens, you will work with the plants that grow in our medicine wheel herb garden, wildflower meadows and forest gardens. We will look at the healing plants from numerous angles including botanical, therapeutic, energetic, historical and the sacred.
Living the Experience
Herbalism, Wild Nutrition & Forest Gardening 7-Day Intensive
“Something new is happening, a new vision, a new energy, a new sacred story is coming into being in the transition from one era to another.” ~Thomas Berry
An experiential intensive to inform and engage you in the energetic, nutritional and medicinal elements of herbalism, wild nutrition and forest gardening. The invitation is to create a plant-lovers tribe together and expand our awareness of the plant world through ecologically regenerative practices. Cultivating our relationship with the plant kingdom and their cycle is an ancient and essential art. Becoming an eco-system participant supports both personal and planetary well-being.
A Journey into the Doctrine of Signatures
"The human organism is an energy matrix that is synergistically interconnected and interrelated to everything that exists.” ~Franchelle Ofsoske-Wyber
There is a powerful, ancient intelligence in the wild world of plants called the doctrine of signatures. Throughout history, throughout all cultures around the world people understood plants with this living system of 'reading the 'Book of Nature' which is integral for the full advancement for ecological healers and herbalists of today.
The Incredible Edibles:
Foraging & Feasting Adventure
"If it comes from a plant eat it; if it was made in a plant-don't." ~Michael Pollan
An in-depth journey of the many facets, values and uses of wild and native edible plants and the trees of our bioregion. This practical training of Carolinian Canada's edible plants will cover where to find them as well as when and how to gather and prepare them.
The Secret Language of Plants
“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.” ~ Albert Szent-Györgyi, Nobel laureate in Medicine."
The plant world is vibrant and alive, each with its unique energetic signature. Learning to connect with the energetics of wild, medicinal plants supports the well-being of our energetic, emotional and psychic bodies which connecting us to the heart of Gaia. You will learn to connect with the healing essence of plants and their medicines through the five senses. A hands-on, participatory and enlightening experience.
The Ecological Herbalist:
“The keystone of forest gardening is a paradigm shift in our own human consciousness. From monoculture mind to polyculture mind; From separation to unity; From exploitation and manipulation to respect and interdependence; From intervener to ecosystem participant." ~Dave Jacke.
Dive deeply into the vision, theory and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic and resilient ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models. Site walks, experiential exercises and design projects will help you understand how the architecture, social structure, underground economics and successional processes of natural forests apply to the design of herbal ecosystems.
Ethical Foraging Intensive
The Art of Wildcrafting (Monthly Evening Series)
“We must take our children into the wild, introduce them them to the plants, and teach them of their connection to the Earth.” ~Rosemary Gladstar
Foraging - the act of finding and gathering wild edibles and native foods. For the majority of our existence, humans have been foragers and gatherers of plants. By engaging in this age-old practice, we can provide ourselves with healthy FREE food and culinary delights, become more self-reliant, and connect on a much deeper level to the landscape in which we live. Over the course of eight months, you will go from learning foraging skills - incorporating wild plants into your everyday life and gain the knowledge to confidently share what you know with others. April to November.
Herb Walks & Forest Garden Tours
Connecting People with Plants, An Invitation To Learn & Be Inspired!
“What is Paradise? But a Garden, an Orchard of Trees and Herbs, full of pleasure, and nothing there but delights." ~William Lawson,1618
We are living among superhero plants and do not even know how life-changing they can be to our bodies and to the surrounding ecosystems. Discover and learn about these medicinal, nutritional allies.