The Everlasting Traditions of Herbal Medicine in Ancient Greece with Maria Christodoulou | 138

In today’s episode you’ll hear from herbalist Maria Christodoulou on the everlasting Traditions of Herbal Medicine in Ancient Greece.

From Dioscorides' Codex Julianae Aniciae, an image of Liquorice. Photo: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images/ via Wikimedia Commons

From Dioscorides' Codex Julianae Aniciae, an image of Liquorice. Photo: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images/ via Wikimedia Commons

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Maria is the owner of Bliss Without Bother based in Brooklyn, NY. Bliss Without Bother offers specialized retreat and event planning with competitive rates based on number of participants and requested services. Check 'em out at blisswithoutbother.com.



Oh Hibiscus (With a Nod to Other Malvaceae) with Heather Irvine | 137

In today’s episode herbalist Heather Irvine gives us an excellent intro to hibiscus. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned herbalist, you’re sure to have some takeaways, enjoy!

There are many sacred, sexy, and fun uses for hibiscus, not even necessarily to be used at the same time.
— Heather Irvine

About Heather
A former foraging frolicker, who aims at answering some of often asked but tougher questions in herbalism, such as, how herbs work and what are the real versus theoretical safety issues.  Heather was not long ago collecting and growing hundreds of medicinal plant species for her small herbal product line: Giving Tree Botanicals.  www.GivingTreeBotanicals.com.  Now in the heart of Boston, she is offering herbal health consultations, classes and informal one on one herbal mentorship for interested persons who have immersed themselves in one or more aspects of herbalism or related topics and want to continue with guidance, regular one on one instruction and encouragement, with the possibility of attending occasional community-building events with other students. Fits your schedule and starts where you are!  

She also teaches Actions and Chemistry for the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, www.VTHerbCenter.org and teaches two for-credit herbal courses, for Johnson State College/Northern Vermont University. She gets a great thrill out of presenting at and simply attending herbal events, from Herbstalk, a bustling educational and community gathering in the Boston area to the annual American Herbalists Guild Symposium and anything in between. She has also begun offering seminars for health professionals, the first of which is called "Supplement Straight Talk" about practical aspects of popular herbs & supplements, and talking to patients about herbs. 

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Motherwort Monograph with Dana Aronson |136

Listen in as herbalist Dana Aronson talks all about the beautiful motherwort!

Motherwort’s latin name, Leonurus cardiaca, is depicted from the Greek word leon (lion), ouros (tail), and cardiaca, giving meaning to the heart. This sheds light to the common name, Lion’s Heart. In Europe, the name “motherwort,” has a literal meaning of “mother-herb.” With both of these names, this gives a small peek into the medical properties of this plant we know as Motherwort.

Check out Dana’s motherwort monograph HERE.

This episode is brought to you by the Breitenbush Herbal Conference.

This event is one of the nation’s longest running herbal conference and is an annual gathering for herbalists and healers of all kinds.

The next event will take place on September 5 – September 8, 2019 at the Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon. It’s a couple hours drive from Portland and Eugene, or an hour and half east of Salem.

People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in our herbal community.

This years speakers include Autumn Summers, Erika Galentin, Glen Nagel, Heather Irvine, Howie Brounstein, Julie James, Lara Pacheco, Missy Rohs, Nicole Telkes, Steven Yeager and Thomas Easley.

The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an unforgettable setting for this gathering.

Workshops, demonstrations and herb walks appeal to all levels of students. Fine handmade goods and books will be available in the Herbal Marketplace.

The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is so much more than just a "conference". It's a personal healing retreat for your body and mind.

Photo credit: Dana Aronson

Photo credit: Dana Aronson

REPLAY | Nourishing You: Self Care Oil Therapy with Kami McBride

Today’s episode is a replay from a year ago with herbalist Kami McBride! You’ll notice some dates in the intro are mentioned for her online course, those are incorrect. Her Handcrafted Herbal Healing Oils course closes tonight at midnight!

In this episode, Kami to teaches us all about self care through oil therapy, as well as creating your home sanctuary, setting up nourishing routines, and so much more.

This content goes nicely with Kami’s course: Handcrafted Healing Herbal Oils.

There’s a couple of free videos, including how to make lavender oil and calendula oil. The videos are packed with useful information! 

Handcrafted Healing Herbal Oils is only available tonight at midnight! So if you're listening to this in the future, apologies, but Kami does open up registration annually. 

A huge thanks to Kami for sharing this class with us, and thanks to y’all for listening!

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An Herbalist's View of Mental Health with Lindsay Kolasa | 135

Today on the podcast, herbalist Lindsay Kolasa talks about mental health and her journey with mental health, gut health, supportive herbs, and more.

Lindsay Kolasa is a Community Herbalist, Traditional Food Ways Educator, Soul-worker, and Yoga Teacher with a background in print journalism, non-profit management and social service work. She was called to her path by a major health crisis in 2001 which required of her to embark on a healing journey. Her work and her teachings are a distillation of what she has learned along the way.

Visit Lindsay online: Madhupa Maypop

This episode is brought to you by the Breitenbush Herbal Conference.

This event is one of the nation’s longest running herbal conference and is an annual gathering for herbalists and healers of all kinds.

The next event will take place on September 5 – September 8, 2019 at the Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon. It’s a couple hours drive from Portland and Eugene, or an hour and half east of Salem.

People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in our herbal community.

This years speakers include Autumn Summers, Erika Galentin, Glen Nagel, Heather Irvine, Howie Brounstein, Julie James, Lara Pacheco, Missy Rohs, Nicole Telkes, Steven Yeager and Thomas Easley.

The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an unforgettable setting for this gathering.

Workshops, demonstrations and herb walks appeal to all levels of students. Fine handmade goods and books will be available in the Herbal Marketplace.

The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is so much more than just a "conference". It's a personal healing retreat for your body and mind.

EVENT | The Historic Breitenbush Herbal Conference with Mason Hutchison

On today’s episode we’ll hear HerbRally founder and Breitenbush Herbal Conference co-organizer Mason Hutchison chat about the upcoming event!

Breitenbush Herbal Conference
September 5 - 8, 2019
Detroit, OR

The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is an annual gathering at Breitenbush Hot Springs in Detroit, Oregon. This gathering is for herbalists and healers of all kinds. People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in our herbal community.

The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an unforgettable setting for this gathering. Workshops, demonstrations, and herb walks appeal to all levels of students. Fine handmade goods and books are available in the Herbal Marketplace. Much joy and laughter is to be shared during the Talent Show and Raffle.

One can also take a hike along one of the forest trails, a meditative walk through the large labyrinth, start the morning with an energizing yoga practice or receive a healing massage after a day of soaking in the sacred springs.

 The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is so much more than just a "conference". It's a personal healing retreat for your body and mind.

Autoimmune Nephritis and Hypothyroid Case Study with Katja Swift and Ryn Midura | 134

This week on the HerbRally podcast, Katja and Ryn talk about one of their Clinical Herbalist students and a case with autoimmune nephritis and hypothyroid. This case is particularly interesting because the herbal interventions were alongside conventional medical treatments, and there was plenty of lab testing to confirm the results they were getting. It's so exciting when you hear a doctor say "These test results are amazing. Tell me again what your herbal protocol was?".

This is just one example of how we work as professional herbalists. There are a lot of ways to make herbalism a career, and we can help you make it happen! The Clinical Herbalist online video course will give you the skills you need to take your practice of herbalism to the professional level. And when you've finished with that, they’ve even got mentorships that will help you with all the business aspects of getting started, as well as clinical mentorship to go through every single case with you as you're starting out on your own - it's so much easier when you've got support to rely on! They will even help you through the AHG professional membership process - they’re with you every step of the way.

All of their programs are taught with self-paced videos, and you can log in twice weekly to our live Q&A sessions to ask your questions live and in person if you like! There are integrated discussion threads right in every video so you can ask your questions right when you think of them, too! There are quizzes, printable quick guides, lots of scientific research and case studies, and more. Plus, you get lifetime access - you can watch the videos a million times if you want to!

Katja and Ryn have been teaching this clinical program here in Boston for the past 10 years, and it launches online on November 4th.

You really can build an herbal career for yourself. It's not just a dream: you can make it real in your life, and Katja and Ryn can help!

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Arthritis and Insomnia Case Study with Katja and Ryn from Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism | 133

In this week’s episode with Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, Katja and Ryn talk about one of their Community Herbalist students who helped her elderly neighbor with her arthritis pain and also in dealing with insomnia. We shared her thought process as she selected the herbs she wanted to formulate, as well as the work she did to narrow down the problem of insomnia so that she could choose herbs that would really help.

This case study emphasizes the ways that we can strengthen community with our herbal skills. And whether you choose to volunteer your skills for your neighbors or are looking to start a career in supporting your community professionally, the bottom line is that we need one another. When we care for one another, when we build relationships, everyone is stronger. 

Katja and Ryn are so excited about the community of learners that is growing around these video courses. Not only are all the courses taught in a self-paced video format, but they also have twice-weekly live sessions that you can log in to, so even though you are going at your own pace, you're never alone! You can chat with the whole community - and the teachers! - directly in the discussion thread that's a part of each video, too. This way, you're being supported by a vibrant community of people learning right along with you while you are supporting others in your local community with the skills you are learning!

Peggy says:

"I really, truly, madly love you guys and the community you have built with the plants and with us students. Not only that, but this all comes at the perfect time: it's been pulling me up through some darkness and has been a lifesaver. I love having something positive to focus on and I feel like the more I get herbs into my life, the more the awfulness I've been dealing with in my life is falling away."

Visit CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism online to learn more and browse their variety of courses.

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10 Tips for Becoming an Herbal Clinician with Bevin Clare | 132

In this podcast episode you’ll hear from Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H, CNS. She shares her top 10 tips for becoming an herbal clinician. Bevin is an herbalist, nutritionist, professor, and Program Manager of the Master’s of Science in Clinical Herbalism at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is also a professional member and president of the American Herbalists Guild, and a board member of the United Plant Savers. Enjoy!

Learn more about Bevin Clare:

https://www.bevinclare.com/

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Today’s episode is brought to you by the Breitenbush Herbal Conference.

This event is one of the nation’s longest running herbal conference and is an annual gathering for herbalists and healers of all kinds.

The next event will take place on September 5 – September 8, 2019 at the Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon. It’s a couple hours drive from Portland and Eugene, or an hour and half east of Salem.

People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in our herbal community.

This years speakers include Autumn Summers, Erika Galentin, Glen Nagel, Heather Irvine, Howie Brounstein, Julie James, Lara Pacheco, Missy Rohs, Nicole Telkes, Steven Yeager and Thomas Easley.

The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an unforgettable setting for this gathering.

Workshops, demonstrations and herb walks appeal to all levels of students. Fine handmade goods and books will be available in the Herbal Marketplace.

Much joy and laughter is to be shared during the Talent Show and Raffle. One can also take a hike along one of the forest trails, a meditative walk through the large labyrinth, start the morning with an energizing yoga practice or receive a healing massage after a day of soaking in the sacred hot springs.

 The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is so much more than just a "conference". It's a personal healing retreat for your body and mind.

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Eczema Case Study with Katja and Ryn from Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism | 131

In this week’s episode with Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, Katja and Ryn talk about one of their Family Herbalist students who has made a huge difference in her son's eczema. They share all the things she experimented with, and what worked best for her son.

If you've been looking for an herbal program but haven't been sure what would work best for you, check out their Family Herbalist program! It's taught with video instruction, so you can really see what they are talking about - one of their students said it's like herbal Netflix!

You'll learn 89 of the most important herbs in Western Herbalism (and they keep adding more - when they do, you get them for free!). You'll learn exactly when to choose each one, and the best ways to prepare it. 

You'll also learn more than 45 ways to prepare herbs - tinctures, decoctions, elixirs, salves, and lots more! It's all easy to follow in close-up, step-by-step videos.

The program is self-paced, and you get tons of support: when you have questions, you can ask them in the integrated discussion threads next to each video - or just ask Katja and Ryn in person! They have live Q&A web conferences twice a week, which is a great way to get to know all the other students who are on this path with you. There are audio versions of all the video files, so that you can review the material while you are on the go. There are printable quick-guides too, in case you like to follow along with notes. And you get lifetime access - you can watch the videos a million times if you want to! Anytime we add new content, it is added to your account for free, and you even get a discount on your herbs at Mountain Rose Herbs while you're taking the course. 

Katja and Ryn are offering a special 15% discount code for listeners of the HerbRally Podcast:

FAMILYRALLY

Use this code when you sign up for the Family Herbalist program and get 15% off the price, and whether you pay in full or make monthly payments - you still get the discount!

Find all the details here: Family Herbalist Program

Coupon code valid until December 31, 2019

Visit CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism online to learn more and browse their variety of courses.

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REPLAY | How to Start a Free Herbal Clinic with Katja Swift and Ryn Midura

We’re celebrating the 2 year anniversary of the HerbRally podcast by sharing our very first podcast episode, recorded by Katja Swift and Ryn Midura of the Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism.

In this episode they discuss the free clinic they started in Boston, MA. They go over the finer details of creating a clinic, along with some of the challenges (i.e. burnout, funding, etc.). Thanks to Katja and Ryn for taking the time to share their expertise!

Visit CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism online to learn more and browse their variety of courses.

They’ve got a complete herbal curriculum from beginner to professional available online. Their programs are self-paced with video instruction, and you can also log in to live Q&A web conferences every week. So you can learn at your own pace, but you can check in and ask your questions live when you want to! Plus, you can talk to them anytime in the integrated discussion threads that are a part of each video lesson. 

Why not check it out with a FREE course? Try our mini-course called All About Nettles and get it completely free with coupon code: NettleRally

Nettles may be one of the most important herbs of our time, and now you can learn all about them for free! Just click here to get it.

Coupon code valid until December 31, 2019


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Solomon's Seal: So What is it Good For? with Heather Irvine | 130

In today’s episode herbalist Heather Irvine gives us an excellent intro to Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum). Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned herbalist, you’re sure to have some takeaways, enjoy!

Today’s episode is brought to you by the Breitenbush Herbal Conference.

This event is one of the nation’s longest running herbal conference and is an annual gathering for herbalists and healers of all kinds.

The next event will take place on September 5 – September 8, 2019 at the Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon. It’s a couple hours drive from Portland and Eugene, or an hour and half east of Salem.

People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in our herbal community.

This years speakers include Autumn Summers, Erika Galentin, Glen Nagel, Heather Irvine, Howie Brounstein, Julie James, Lara Pacheco, Missy Rohs, Nicole Telkes, Steven Yeager and Thomas Easley.

The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an unforgettable setting for this gathering.

Workshops, demonstrations and herb walks appeal to all levels of students. Fine handmade goods and books will be available in the Herbal Marketplace.

Much joy and laughter is to be shared during the Talent Show and Raffle. One can also take a hike along one of the forest trails, a meditative walk through the large labyrinth, start the morning with an energizing yoga practice or receive a healing massage after a day of soaking in the sacred hot springs.

 The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is so much more than just a "conference". It's a personal healing retreat for your body and mind.

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Seven Tips for Using Herbs & Spices from The Kitchen Counter Podcast | 129

We have the honor of sharing an episode courtesy of Roger from The Kitchen Counter Podcast. In this podcast he talks about his 7 tips for using herbs and spices in the kitchen.

Using herbs and spices can be intimidating for new or inexperienced home cooks. Very few other ingredient types seem to have their kitchen confidence-crashing power. While there is no single wrong or right way to use herbs and spices, there are a few rules of thumb that Roger likes to follow. In this podcast, he shares with you seven tips for using herbs and spices. Enjoy!

Read the blog here.

The book he recommends is The Spice and Herb Bible.

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CLASSES | Erika Galentin at the Breitenbush Herbal Conference

In today’s episode we’ll hear from herbalist Erika Galentin as she gives us a rundown on the classes she’ll be teaching at the upcoming Breitenbush Herbal Conference.

More from Erika:

Aromatic Distillation: A Ritual Journey of Self-Reflection (Intensive)

Aromatic distillation is alchemical in nature; it is a process that relies on the four elements of earth, air, fire, & water in the transmutation and capture of aromatic molecules from plants into hydrosols and essential oils.  The Alchemists of old believed their work to be spiritual in nature. Modern alchemical scholars have interpreted this work metaphorically; Alchemy can be considered a collection of psychic processes shared within the totality of human experiences, or what Carl Jung termed the 'collective unconscious'. In this interpretation, the 'lead into gold' of the Alchemists becomes an inspirational allegory of the work required for the refinement of Self and emanation of the Soul.

The process of Aromatic Distillation is most certainly a spiritual one, involving both ceremony and celebration. It is an attempt to foster a deeper relationship with the plant kingdom, a relationship full of metaphor, story, and personal myth, while simultaneously developing deeper relationships with ourselves and our unconscious. In this regard, each distillation provides a platform for self-discovery and exploration of the natural world. 

In this intensive workshop you will learn about the anatomy and physiology of aromatic distillation and participate in the process as a ritual journey of self-reflection. Participants are encouraged to bring with them stones, crystals, or personal symbols / items to contribute to the process and support each participant’s unique inner journey. Participants are also encouraged to bring a journal for self-reflection while the distillation is taking place. (Depending on #: Participants will be able to take a sample of the hydrosol home).


Shame, Inflammation, and our Herbal Allies: Unlocking the Inner Pillory

Join Clinical Herbalist, Erika Galentin,  of Sovereignty Herbs on an exploration of the physiology of shame, what is known about its proinflammatory influence over physical wellbeing, and herbs and aromatics that may support navigating shame and its often treacherous terrain.

Topics to be covered include:

- Framing the emotions and experiences of shame within the context of one's perceptions of physical health & wellbeing.

- Exploring what is known about the physiology of shame and its proinflammatory influence over the   human body.

- A discussion on the relationship between inflammation & common health problems.

- Herbs and aromatics that may support the physical body, psyche, and spiritual needs of those who are navigating shame and its often treacherous terrain.


Demystifying Herb-Drug Interactions

Many people get very frightened when they think about herbs and drugs interacting with each other. Some even may feel defensive about the idea that pharmaceutical medicine so easily puts herbs in the hot seat. In this class you will be introduced to the means by which herbs and drugs may interact with each other, for better or for worse. We will also be learning skills for easier interpretation of the scientific research investigating these interactions in order to discern their clinical relevance.

What you will learn:

- Introduction to pharmacological terms

- Pharmacokinetic & pharmacodynamic mechanisms

- Which herbs & drugs present the highest risk

- Other client-centered risk factors

- How to avoid herb-drug interactions

- Skills to evaluate herb-drug interaction research

- How to discern clinical relevance

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Three Summer Herbs with Jean Madrone | 128

In today’s episode we’ll hear about three of herbalist Jean Madrone’s favorite summer herbs: St. John’s Wort, Selfheal, and Yarrow. Enjoy!

Jean Madrone is an herbalist, somatic experiencing trauma therapy practitioner, and mama living on Squaxin and Nisqually territory in Olympia, WA. Jean loves matchmaking plants and people. She loves the magic and the sacred in the everyday and the way that the work that she is honored to do can weave the two together. Jean’s work is grounded in clinical herbalism, nutrition, elemental constitution and magic, and harm reduction, and is informed by living with disability, by complex trauma and recovery. Jean was raised in the South and part of their heart will always be there. They really, really love the mountains and the waters in both places.

About Jean’s clinical program:

The Community Herbalist Clinical Skills Apprenticeship is a 180 hour program in Olympia, WA that will meet one full weekend a month for ten months. It is designed for students who have completed programs in materia medica and medicine making and want to go deeper into herbal medicine and clinical work. The focus will be on matchmaking plants and people, providing person-centered care, and treating the whole person- physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. There will be a particular emphasis on working with the nervous system, mental health, and trauma resolution. Throughout the course we will expand our working knowledge of materia medica and connect with the plants through plant sits and plant walks.

More about Jean:

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Today’s episode is brought to you by the Breitenbush Herbal Conference.

This event is one of the nation’s longest running herbal conference and is an annual gathering for herbalists and healers of all kinds.

The next event will take place on September 5 – September 8, 2019 at the Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon. It’s a couple hours drive from Portland and Eugene, or an hour and half east of Salem.

People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in our herbal community.

This years speakers include Autumn Summers, Erika Galentin, Glen Nagel, Heather Irvine, Howie Brounstein, Julie James, Lara Pacheco, Missy Rohs, Nicole Telkes, Steven Yeager and Thomas Easley.

The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an unforgettable setting for this gathering.

Workshops, demonstrations and herb walks appeal to all levels of students. Fine handmade goods and books will be available in the Herbal Marketplace.

Much joy and laughter is to be shared during the Talent Show and Raffle. One can also take a hike along one of the forest trails, a meditative walk through the large labyrinth, start the morning with an energizing yoga practice or receive a healing massage after a day of soaking in the sacred hot springs.

 The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is so much more than just a "conference". It's a personal healing retreat for your body and mind.

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Plant Energetics with John Slattery | 127

Today’s episode is with bio-regional herbalist, forager and author John Slattery.

This recording joins the 2016 Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship Program’s Plant Energetics module mid-session (amidst a tasting of Artemisia carruthii) where a discussion of liver energetics is happening just before transitioning into a brief discussion of Artemisia ludoviciana, estafiate.

Then plant energetics are discussed, in general, moving into John’s philosophy about how to relate to plant energetics through an experiential framework and the importance of the triumvirate: Person, Place, & Plant.

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Mountain Rose Herbs' Grants 4 Plants Project with Alyssa Bascue

In today’s episode, Mountain Rose Herbs’ Director of Sustainability, Alyssa Bascue, let’s us know about their Grants 4 Plants Project. The deadline is coming up! You can apply now through July 15, 2019.

They’re giving away FIVE $4000 grants to projects aligned with their mission and core values in these categories: 

  • Herbalism and herbal education

  • Protection of native and medicinal plants

  • Environmental stewardship

  • Organic and sustainable agriculture

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Big thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs for creating this amazing opportunity for our community! And thanks to Alyssa for taking the time to record this.

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ONLINE EDUCATION | Planta Dyadica

In today’s episode, we’ll hear Erika Galentin talk about Sovereignty Herbs’ exciting new offering!

Introducing an empowering journey of herbal discovery…

…focusing on a single herb at a time. Each month you will be mailed a Discovery Box full of a variety of herbal and aromatic extracts to explore as well as seeds or the living plant itself to grow in your gardens or window sills! Through prompts from a beautiful downloadable journal, live online class time, and a private forum, you will be guided through simple techniques to hone your senses and develop intuitive yet learned relationships with herbs. Three and six month options available for our 2019 program.

Monthly mysteries delivered to your door…

“I often tell my students that they must forget everything they think they know about the plant we are studying…at least while the study process is taking place. I even ask them not to call the plant by its human-given name, English or otherwise. For even in that second, when we give a plant a name, a label, we inevitably stop listening.” - Erika Galentin, Clinical Herbalist & Co-creator at Sovereignty Herbs

EACH 3-MONTH COURSE INCLUDES:

Three Discovery Boxes: At the beginning of the month you receive a box containing one mystery plant in several forms. The name of the plant won’t be revealed until the second or third week of class, after you have had the opportunity to work with the Discovery Box contents. Though the contents may vary, each box will contain elements of the following:

  • The Matter: the dried herb

  • The Soul: aromatic preparation, hydrosol, or essential oil

  • The Medicine: syrup, cordial, or tincture

  • The Life: seed packet or live plant

  • The Ritual: flower essence, framable photo, or incense

A Beautiful Workbook/Journal: This downloadable pdf journal guides and supports you through the discovery process using Planta Dyadica methods. It also provides a way of documenting your experiences and growing knowledge base. By the end of your program you will have created a profoundly beautiful record of your (un)learning process.

Private Facebook Group: You will be given access to the private Planta Dyadica Facebook group where you can interact with other plant lovers in the program, share your insights, and communicate directly with your instructors, Brooke and Erika. Several times a week discussion and journaling prompts will be shared to assist you in building a relationship with the plant in your Discovery Box. We will also be hosting two live events through this group.

Three Interactive Online Events:

Two Facebook Live Events: Join us for our first day of class as we unwrap our Discovery Boxes and review the materials. We will walk you through what to expect and where to start. In week two we gather together with our tea mugs and compare our findings in a live tea tasting.

One Live Webinar: During the third week of the month, join us for a live one-hour webinar where we reveal the name of the plant as well as discuss herbal actions and uses, relevant research, and other facts surrounding the plant’s biology, ecology, preferred growing conditions, and ethical harvesting techniques. Downloadable handouts included!

One Awesome Community Zine: At the end of each three month cohort, we will be publishing a zine that highlights everyone's experiences and ideas. As there are a variety of creative ways of exploring the plants, we hope that the zine will be full of drawings, paintings, essays, poetry, written word, collage, and other expressive insights about the plants we studied together. Each zine will only be published once and will be mailed to the participants as a community memoir and keepsake of their experience.

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