The Earth Spirit Medicine Herbal, Aromatherapy, and Flower Essences Program

Herbalists Robert Rogers and Laurie Szott-Rogers discuss their program at the Northern Star College of Mystical studies.

Learn about plant medicine and bring this skill into your life. Courses such as herbology and aromatherapy provide a knowledge base of plant properties and techniques for using plants, therapeutically. Other courses in the stream give learners the opportunity to connect with the higher intelligence of both plants and clients, by integrating intuitive skills. There is a strong focus on regional plants.

The Flower Essences modality focuses on personal growth, interviewing, deep personal transformations and working with clients.

For more information please visit: https://northernstarcollege.com/program/programs/earth-spirit-medicine/

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How to Compose a Herbal Compound from Intake to Prescription with John Redden (Part 2) | 39

This class was recorded at the superb event: The Great Lakes Herb Faire

If you've not been and you're in the region, I encourage you to try and make it to the 2018 shindig. Here's the details:

Great Lakes Herb Faire
September 7 - 9, 2018
Cedar Lake Outdoor Center,
2500 Pierce Rd, Chelsea, Michigan

We have had three amazing Faires so far and are so looking forward to doing this again! The feedback we received from people who attended was overwhelmingly positive. People were excited to network and meet other herbalists in their communities, learn directly from teachers rather than relying on books, and walk the trails on the surrounding land meeting the herbs in person. There were many kids attending and we heard from parents and the kids themselves that they couldn’t wait to come back next year! There was amazing energy from everyone, the food was delicious and the marketplace was loaded with fantastic herbal creations.
— Anna Fernandez

I had the great fortune of attending the 2017 Faire (as a representative for Mountain Rose Herbs) and I concur on all of that. And yes, the food was phenomenal! 

If interested in purchasing recordings from the 2016 and 2017 Faires (for a great price) you can do so here>> RECORDINGS

Here's the description for the class from the website:

We will create a template that methodically takes the practitioner through the steps of a clinical visit. First we collect the information from the intake form and with the patient generate a plan to get to our therapeutic goals. We describe what is required to go from our beginning point (now) to our end point (therapeutic goal). The descriptions become action categories within body systems. We select herbs using a set of rules or selection criteria from lists (provided) and write them down. From the many herbs listed we will then organize and de-select by simple rules. Once pared down we check our formula to see that it will bring the patient to their desired goal. We do a little math and we have a prescription for health.

A huge thanks to Anna and John for sharing the class!

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John Redden is a Western Medical Herbalist with an eclectic background.

He has over thirty years experience growing and wild crafting herbs, manufacturing remedies and clinical practice. As a member and former vice-president of the Ontario Herbalists Association, he co-founded “A Celebration of Herbs”, Toronto’s largest herbal event.

For six years, John served as the editor of the Canadian Journal of Herbalism, the national herbal medical journal for professional herbalists and interested lay enthusiasts.

He is a hands-on teacher of numerous aspects of holistic herbal medicine and teaches popular and advanced classes in his workshop / laboratory and at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

John is a member of the professional advisory board for the Ontario Ginseng Growers Association and a founding author of the Canadian General Standards Board on Organic Agriculture co-authoring Canada’s laws on organic farming and manufacturing.

For more on John: https://viriditasherbalproducts.com/team/dr-john-redden/

How to Compose a Herbal Compound from Intake to Prescription with John Redden (Part 1) | 38

This class was recorded at the superb event: The Great Lakes Herb Faire

If you've not been and you're in the region, I encourage you to try and make it to the 2018 shindig. Here's the details:

Great Lakes Herb Faire
September 7 - 9, 2018
Cedar Lake Outdoor Center,
2500 Pierce Rd, Chelsea, Michigan

We have had three amazing Faires so far and are so looking forward to doing this again! The feedback we received from people who attended was overwhelmingly positive. People were excited to network and meet other herbalists in their communities, learn directly from teachers rather than relying on books, and walk the trails on the surrounding land meeting the herbs in person. There were many kids attending and we heard from parents and the kids themselves that they couldn’t wait to come back next year! There was amazing energy from everyone, the food was delicious and the marketplace was loaded with fantastic herbal creations.
— Anna Fernandez

I had the great fortune of attending the 2017 Faire (as a representative for Mountain Rose Herbs) and I concur on all of that. And yes, the food was phenomenal! 

If interested in purchasing recordings from the 2016 and 2017 Faires (for a great price) you can do so here>> RECORDINGS

Here's the description for the class from the website:

We will create a template that methodically takes the practitioner through the steps of a clinical visit. First we collect the information from the intake form and with the patient generate a plan to get to our therapeutic goals. We describe what is required to go from our beginning point (now) to our end point (therapeutic goal). The descriptions become action categories within body systems. We select herbs using a set of rules or selection criteria from lists (provided) and write them down. From the many herbs listed we will then organize and de-select by simple rules. Once pared down we check our formula to see that it will bring the patient to their desired goal. We do a little math and we have a prescription for health.

A huge thanks to Anna and John for sharing the class!

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John Redden is a Western Medical Herbalist with an eclectic background.

He has over thirty years experience growing and wild crafting herbs, manufacturing remedies and clinical practice. As a member and former vice-president of the Ontario Herbalists Association, he co-founded “A Celebration of Herbs”, Toronto’s largest herbal event.

For six years, John served as the editor of the Canadian Journal of Herbalism, the national herbal medical journal for professional herbalists and interested lay enthusiasts.

He is a hands-on teacher of numerous aspects of holistic herbal medicine and teaches popular and advanced classes in his workshop / laboratory and at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

John is a member of the professional advisory board for the Ontario Ginseng Growers Association and a founding author of the Canadian General Standards Board on Organic Agriculture co-authoring Canada’s laws on organic farming and manufacturing.

For more on John: https://viriditasherbalproducts.com/team/dr-john-redden/

Herbs and Supplements Supporting Weight Loss with Heather Irvine | 37

This is a time of year when a lot of people are thinking of their health with diet in mind. Although it actually seems slightly unusual for a lot of herbalists to suggest herbs to support weight loss, our philosophy tends to be more holistic than that, and there is no magic remedy. Especially for this issue, it is a concern a lot of people care about.

In preparing to answer a client’s follow up question, adding this issue to their list of health concerns, I questioned myself for being biased against speaking to this particular issue. Afterall, it is a leading health concern, motivator and does have something to do with overall health. As a response I decided to compile a few of the recommendations which I think are sound and overall health promoting
— Heather Irvine

You can visit Heather online at GivingTreeBotanicals.com

 

Today’s episode is brought to you by the Herbal Academy. An excellent online herbalism school as well as resource.

The mission of the Herbal Academy is to teach the art and science of herbalism and to honor our intrinsic connection to nature.

The Herbal Academy is dedicated to teaching and promoting a lifestyle of wellness and vitality through the use of herbs, sound nutrition, and optimal health practices.

They offer high quality and affordable herbal studies programs where they present many herbal traditions with a focus on sustainability and stewardship.

For a list of all of their courses you can head to herbrally.com/herbalacademy

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Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine

Nicole Telkes, founder and director of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine takes a moment to tell us what her herb school in Austin, TX is all about. Let's hear about all of the great things they're up to! You can check them out online at WildflowerHerbSchool.com

About Nicole:

She believes strongly in herbal medicine being “the people’s medicine” and enlists her students and any interested parties in fulfilling her goal of putting “an herbalist in every home.” As a deep ecologist, she focuses on “weedcrafting” bioregional native and naturalized medicinal plants in herb practice. She has a great passion for the green path and education.

Nicole has taught classes and presented at conferences and symposiums including The Native Plant Society of Texas Symposium; The American Herbalist Guild National Symposium; Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, International Herb Symposium, and the  Moonflower Herbfest

She has provided Clinic Support for WTO Seattle, Common Ground Health Clinic and a Sundance Clinic and has been published in Earth First! Journal, Plant Healer, and AHG Newsletter. In 2016, she founded a chapter of Herbalists without Borders for the school. She was a founding member of the Traditions Not Trademark Campaign to Free Fire Ciderand is currently fighting the trademark in court.  Nicole is the author of the book the Medicinal Plants of Texas.  To schedule an appointment or obtain herbs from Nicole, please contact her through her here or go to www.nicoletelkes.com

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Hawthorn Monograph with Heather Irvine | 36

On today's episode Heather Irvine teaches us all about the hawthorn tree. 

She wrote an excellent monograph on hawthorn, which you can find HERE

Hawthorn is one of those country herbs whose leading quality one might at first describe as benevolent. It is much more powerful though!  A great tree, low and broad in stature, it occurs wild in edge-lands of landscapes or occasionally planted for beauty, especially with respect to its generous white blossoms or deep red fruit in the fall and winter. It serves food and sanctuary to wildlife. Overzealous thorns protect birds and smaller critters from those larger ones which receive a memorable gauge and at best a pause to lick one’s wounds! In and around a Hawthorn’s understory, clumsy human types get so focused on the prize… zeroing in on more flowers or more berries, faster, receiving a poke followed by a clumsier startled retraction. Birds and squirrels laugh at us for sure!
— Heather Irvine

Today’s episode is brought to you by the Herbal Academy. An excellent online herbalism school as well as resource.

The mission of the Herbal Academy is to teach the art and science of herbalism and to honor our intrinsic connection to nature.

The Herbal Academy is dedicated to teaching and promoting a lifestyle of wellness and vitality through the use of herbs, sound nutrition, and optimal health practices.

They offer high quality and affordable herbal studies programs where they present many herbal traditions with a focus on sustainability and stewardship.

For a list of all of their courses you can head to herbrally.com/herbalacademy

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For more monographs: www.herbrally.com/monographs

You can visit Heather online at GivingTreeBotanicals.com

Let us know what you thought of the episode! Thanks so much for listening. 

The Human Path & Herbal Medics

Sam and Suchil Coffman discuss their 2018 plans for The Human Path & Herbal Medics.

CLICK HERE FOR THEIR ORIGINAL VIDEOCAST

 

Sam Coffman, Founder, Head Instructor

Sam Coffman has over 10 years of military experience as a U.S. Special Forces Medic, an interrogator and a linguist. He studied botany and bioregional medicine both privately and at several outdoor schools in Colorado, and during his military service as a Green Beret Medic he logged thousands of hours in the field as a team medic, military emergency rooms and troop medical clinics.

 

Over the past 25 years, Sam has not only taught survival for military and civilian students, but also has focused on post-disaster and remote-medicine using primarily (if not exclusively) plant medicine. He has worked as a clinical herbalist on his own and in conjunction with functional medicine doctors (M.D. and D.O.) for chronic as well as acute illness and injury. Sam has been highly focused on bio-regional plant medicine for infection, injury and illness most commonly encountered in a post-disaster, remote or underserved environment when there is no higher definitive medical care.

Sam has taught wilderness first aid certification, remote and post-disaster herbal medicine, urban and primitive survival skills and self-defense for over two decades. He is co-founder of the non-profit organization – Herbal Medics – that travels to remote areas in Nicaragua as well as medically underserved urban areas in the USA, providing herbal medicine clinics, off-grid and salvage-based engineering solutions (water purification, sustainable power, sustainable agriculture, etc.). Sam is the author of the book The Herbal Medic

The Herbal Medic is a comprehensive guide for beginners, preppers and experienced herbalists alike that covers practical, clinical herbalism topics for home, remote and post-disaster environments. 
 

 
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Suchil Coffman, Program Director

Suchil is the Program Director for The Human Path as well as the Director for the non-profit organization Herbal Medics. She brings a diverse background to the Provider program at the school, with a strong history of preserving and canning foods, a love of wildcrafting and a mission to take the school into more sustainable and off-grid directions whenever possible.

She has a degree in Fine Arts Photography and studied journalism, worked as a neuromuscular massage therapist for a decade, received her Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoffrey Lawton in 2015, and helps to organize and manage apothecary operations in clinics and classes.

Suchil teaches homesteading courses at the school and helped to develop The Apothecarist program, an intermediate medicine making course that she helps to instruct with two others.

Online Round Table with Leslie Alexander and Leslie Williams

Herbalists Leslie Alexander & Leslie Williams
are bringing years of clinical teaching experience together
& offering a 13 session online program
to strengthen interviewing skills and your practice
with clients, family members, friends & yourself

This online Round Table will focus on casework
with  support, advice and supervision
from practicing herbalists

Classes will run online using a Zoom platform
Tuesdays, 8-10PM EST
January 9th through April 3rd

Each week we’ll divide our time
~ working through real cases in a Round Table format
and discussing aspects of the interview & intake process.

Exploring the various styles participants bring to the Round Table
affords a safe, gentle and open-minded atmosphere
for growth & development

 

Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth by Leslie Alexander and Linda A. Straub-Bruce

A comprehensive practical reference to herbal dental care for all ages.

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Laying on Leaves - The Science and Art of Herbal Poulticing with Richo Cech | 35

Today we get to listen in on a class that Richo Cech taught at the 2017 Medicines From the Earth Symposium in Black Mountain, NC. He discusses the science and art of poulticing and demonstrates the making and application of a spontaneous herbal poultice.

You can also see this class on YouTube!

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO one

 

Thanks to BotanicalMedicine.Org for sharing this class with us!

Be sure to check out their two annual conferences, as well as their recordings for purchase on their website. BotanicalMedicine.Org is an amazing resource for herbalists. 

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Richo Cech started his professional work as an archaeologist and ethnobotanist in East Africa. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1978, he began cultivating and saving the seed of medicinal plants. Over the years, his gardens have become the basis for Strictly Medicinal Seeds, growers of organic, open-pollinated, and GMO-free seed and plants of medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, succulents, trees and garden vegetables. Richo is author of “Making Plant Medicine,” “Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs,” and “The Medicinal Herb Grower.”

For more from Richo and his company, please visit StrictlyMedicinalSeeds.com

5 Tips on How to Pick an Herbalism School with Jennifer from Sea Willow Herbs | 33

Jennifer from Sea Willow Herbs lets us know her thoughts on what we should think about when deciding which herbalism school is right for you. This is what she has learned during her own search for a good herbal education.

Here's where you can connect with Jennifer!

Thanks to Jennifer for sharing, and thanks to you for listening! 

 
 

Here's her original video>>

Aromatic Virtues: The Medicinal Use of Hydrosols with Leslie Lekos | 32

Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, are an age-old way of working with the very essence of a plant in medicine. The use of hydrosols as medicines dates back over 5000 years. Traditionally, each home had a still where plant distillates for medicine were made.  Over time hydrosols fell out of favor as essential oils increased in popularity.  However, these days the aromatic virtues of hydrosols are being rediscovered. In this class, we will go over the uses of plant distillates in the home, in medicine, in cooking, aromatherapy, cosmetics and in work with the soul. This class was recorded at the 2017 NorthWest Herb Symposium.

This episode is brought to you by the NorthWest Herb Symposium. Their next event is going to be held on August 23 - 26, 2018 in beautiful Coupeville, WA. For more info you can visit NWHerbSymposium.com

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Leslie Lekos is the director of Wildroot Herb School in Bellingham, WA which offers herbal courses and intensives by top-notch herbalist from around the country.  She also offers a line of sustainable wild harvested and organically grown hydrosols and essential oils on her etsy shop at www.wildroot.etsy.com.  Leslie is a birth doula and her herbal consultation practice specializes in pregnancy and children.  She is a certified Iyengar teacher and co-author of the book Yoga for Pregnancy.

 

Yoga for Pregnancy offers detailed, precise instruction for over a hundred yoga poses to support you during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Accompanying sequences focus on a range of applications, from quick daily practices to poses for common pregnancy ailments. 

Sam Coffman on the Elder Plant: 10 Minutes About Its Herbal Medicine | 31

Listen in as Sam Coffman discusses Sambucus nigra, or the Black Elder plant. Sam covers ID, preparation and usage of this amazing medicinal plant.

This episode is brought to you by Herbal Medics University

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Herbal Medics University is a branch of The Human Path.  The Human Path is a survival school that is focused around the survival of our human species.  Their classes are sustainability and earth-centric, yet also very practical and realistic.  They are structured similar to a university, in that they have core paths as well as electives (aka “peripheral classes”).  All of their courses are focused on self-sustainability, and the subjects that fit into that focus span a very wide range as well as amazing depth in each subject.

You can visit them at HerbalMedics.University

Thanks for listening! 

To read many, well-written, lengthy plant monographs and profiles you can visit HerbRally.com/monographs

Functional Nutrition: Sam Coffman Interviews Dr. Kyla Helm, M.D | 30

I'm so excited for y'all to listen in on this interview! There are loads of gems in this one. 

Sam Coffman, founder of Herbal Medics University, interviews Dr. Kyla Helm on the subject of functional nutrition, herbal medicine and health care issues.

If you got a moment, please go let Sam and Kyla know how much you enjoyed the show on the Herbal Medics Facebook page. And give 'em a "Like" while you're at it. 

This episode is brought to you by Herbal Medics University

Herbal Medics University is a branch of The Human Path.  The Human Path is a survival school that is focused around the survival of our human species.  Their classes are sustainability and earth-centric, yet also very practical and realistic.  They are structured similar to a university, in that they have core paths as well as electives (aka “peripheral classes”).  All of their courses are focused on self-sustainability, and the subjects that fit into that focus span a very wide range as well as amazing depth in each subject.

You can visit them at HerbalMedics.University

Thanks for listening! 

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Herbs as Edibles & Kitchen Foods as Medicine with Katolen Yardley | 29

Join herbalist Katolen Yardley as she explores the use of tonic herbs as delicious and nutritious edibles added into daily food recipes, including herbal vinegars, snacks, nutrition bars and desserts. She covers some general actions of these herbs, chemical constituents, dosage and therapeutic applications of herbal ingredients, benefits of powdered herbs and discusses various recipes for daily and safe use. This was recorded at the 2017 NorthWest Herb Symposium

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This episode is brought to you by the NorthWest Herb Symposium. Their next event is going to be held on August 23 - 26, 2018 in beautiful Coupeville, WA. For more info you can visit NWHerbSymposium.com

Katolen is a Medical Herbalist and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. Since 2000 Katolen has operated her private practice in Vancouver and Port Moody, BC, Canada and offers online consultations throughout North America. Her personal interest in health lies with the emotional connection to wellness and dis-ease. She specializes in women’s health issues, skin dis-ease, digestive and nervous system disorders and believes in providing usable tools for healing through inspiration and education. She is the author of the book ~ The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies and is an instructor and clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College. For more info on her you can visit KatolenYardley.com

 
This book was inspired by the urgent need to recognize the value of mother earth and the plants which she grows- both serving as our foods and also our medicines. We reach for what is familiar! That which we use daily -those very habits which we see our family repeating daily, is what we will likely repeat as adults; routines which we likely will pass along to our next generation. It is essential to remember the importance of clean soil, clean air and the accessibility of healing plants, both as our foods and as our medicines. This book is a small tool for the remembering of the value of our plants and how to apply herbs as medicines for common first aid. Contained inside are herbal medicine recipes for common health issues and non toxic, chemical free body care as well as instructions for preparing your own herbal medicines at home.
— Katolen Yardley

Plant Medicine and Sexual Trauma with Amanda Dilday | 28

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Today's episode is from a webinar that herbalist Amanda Dilday recorded last month as an offering for #MeToo.

You can find the original webinar on her website Alchemilla

Amanda also wrote a book called Flowers for a Girl: Plant Medicine and Sexual Trauma.

This is not a protocol or a prescription. Rather, it is something of a memoir, a healing memoir, an herbal memoir, a story. 

Well, friends. Here it is: last night’s class on plant medicine and sexual trauma. Just send it out into the world, and pray for it to be blessed. Pray for protection and for healing. Pray for light and for truth.

I know there will be more classes. There was so much more to say—even about these plants, and there were so many more plants! Gentle, powerful support is all around us.

It’s a simple beginning (and quickly put together), but yesterday, I knew in my very heart that I needed to quickly put some simple tools into people’s hands. I had to begin.

Some plants from last night’s class include violet, ghost pipe, marjoram, and blueberries—to name a few. <3
— Amanda Dilday
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ABOUT AMANDA:

I am a wife, mother, writer, teacher, and student of the plants.  My roots are in the Appalachian Mountains.  My home rests at the foothills of the Blue Ridge. 

Mountains are in my heart, and when hearth and home aren’t looking, I slip away and get lost in the woods. A lover of burdock and books, tinctures and teas, I am most at home under a blue sky with my bare feet rooted to the earth.  

Adversity brought me to the plants.  A walk through the valley of the shadow of death led me to green pastures, and every green herb.  I began my herbal studies at Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine in Virginia.  My healing path has been pleasant and sweet, sprinkled all along the way with generous, green teachers. 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and He has filled my hands to overflowing with green gifts. Gifts meant to be given to others.

Coming to know the plants has changed me profoundly--and blessed me beyond measure.  My prayer is that the same will be true for you.  May we see Him in all that is.  May His life flow through us.

Blessings,

Amanda
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Maryland University of Integrative Health with Bevin Clare

Bevin Clare lets us know what Maryland University of Integrative Health is all about!

Maryland University of Integrative Health is the leading academic institution for integrative health in the nation. For nearly 40 years, MUIH has educated practitioners in health and wellness through transformative and relationship-centered programs that draw from traditional wisdom and contemporary science. MUIH offers graduate degrees and certificates in a wide range of wellness fields, as well as programs for professional and personal development. In our on-campus Natural Care Center and community outreach settings, we provide compassionate and affordable healthcare from student interns and professional practitioners, and deliver more than 35,000 clinical treatments and consultations each year.

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Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS,
Associate Professor

Bevin Clareis a clinical herbalist and licensed nutritionist currently appointed as Associate Professor and Program Manager of the Post-Master's Certificate in Clinical Herbalism at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, serves on as an adjunct faculty member of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the New York Chiropractic College. Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. Her clinical practice focuses on wellness, nutrition, infection, and women’s health. She is a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. Bevin has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild for nearly a decade, on the governing council for 7 years and the vice president since 2010.

The Yoga of Plants with Dan De Lion | 27

Today's episode is with Dan De Lion. 

Dan is an Earth Herbalist, Forager, Musician, and Teacher dedicated to working with Nature to facilitate the reunion of the people with our planetary purpose.  He teaches through Return to Nature, providing classes, lectures, and seminars on wild food foraging, mushroom identification, herbal medicine making, as well as primitive and survival skills with a focus on wild foods and forest medicines.

This workshop is titled "Yoga of Plants"

Learn the foundational practices to apply Ayurvedic constitutional principles to intuit and understand herbal properties and their effects on the body through your own ability to taste wild plants!

You can find the original recording for this class HERE on Dan's YouTube page. 

To check out many more foraging and herbalism articles, videos, webinars, and upcoming classes you should head to ReturnToNature.US

Dan is also running a GoFundMe campaign for a pretty cool project. It's called the Foraging Herbal Roving Van School. For more info on this you can head to GoFundMe.com/returntonature

Join Dan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/returntonatureskills

And Instagram: www.instagram.com/returntonature

Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this podcast please let Dan know on the socials, or leave us a comment in whatever podcast app you may be using. 

Much love. 

Medicine of Pacific Northwest Trees: A Hands-on Medicine Making Class with Natasha Clarke | 26

Today’s episode is brought to you by the NorthWest Herb Symposium.

I had the pleasure of attending this wonderful event a few years ago and I gotta say it’s top notch. The location alone is worth the trip. It’s located at the Camp Casey Conference Center in beautiful Coupeville Washington. 

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Next year’s event, titled “Botanicals at the Beach” will be from August 23 – 26 2018.

For more information you can head to NWHerbSymposium.com.

Also, you can purchase recordings from last year’s event, as well as many other events from the symposium’s organizer’s website: www.treefarmtapes.com

This was recorded at the 2017 NorthWest Herb Symposium.

It’s with none other than herbalist Natasha Clarke.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Tree medicine is an oft overlooked resource here in the Pacific Northwest but it was only 60 years ago that harvesting bark from the Cascara trees was a job that folks still remember doing to make some extra money. From the mighty Western Red Cedar and Black Cottonwood to the “weedy’ Red Alder, Cascara and the lesser known Dogwood and Madrona, the trees in this bio region offer a pillar of support for many ailments. As a practicing herbalist focused on using local herbs, tree medicine compromises about 40% of the medicine I use. 
 
Of the trees that lend their medicine well on this land are Western Red Cedar, Red Alder, Black Cottonwood, Pacific Northwest Dogwood, Cascara, Hawthorn and Willow, and Wild Cherry to name just a few. 
 
Trees have a long physical history with man and an even longer relationship. We have been bough in arms with these silent sentient beings and I find that the medicine is rooted in this relationship. It leads to a reaching down and anchoring of ourselves in land, an understanding of where we are to grow from on our healing paths with this land that is our home, whether we are new to place or here all our lives. 
 
The tree’s that I will be discussing are all trees that I use regularly in my practice and we will be talking about their medicine while we make the medicine. 
 
Natasha Clarke is a practicing herbalist on Camano Island, WA. She is an herbal educator and creator of the Herb Hunter on KSER. To find out more go to: www.InnerEarthHealing.com 

Herbalism Schools on the Podcast

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Do you own and operate an herbalism school? 

The HerbRally podcast is looking to post 2 - 15 minute episodes ALL ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL. 

Here's the scoop:

Using any ol' mic (even your iPhone will suffice) record an introduction to your school. It can be as long or as short as it needs to be. Be sure to include details such as location, what y'all specialize in, who the instructors are, and what makes your school special. 

I can edit out the "ums" etc., so don't worry about that part. If you have audio editing software and wish to do all of that, that's fine too, but definitely not necessary. I want to make this as easy on you as possible. 

You can send me the audio file via email or Dropbox. In both cases, my contact info is mason@herbrally.com. 

I plan on publishing these introductions both as podcast episodes, as well as attached to your school listing on HerbRally.

For examples of what two other schools have done, you can listen here:

Admittedly, these both have high-production value, but this is not necessary. Again, whatever recording device you have available to you will work just fine and dandy. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to let me know!

On a related topic, I would LOVE to post similar short episodes on your herbalism events. So if that's of interest to you, feel free send those my way as well. Here are some examples of previous event podcast episodes:

Thanks so much for the consideration. I hope we're able to spread the word of all the great work y'all are up to!

~Mason

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