Intermediate Herbal Series with Visiting Teachers 2017-2018
Thursday evenings, 4:30pm – 8:30pm, Deering Grange Hall, 1408 Washington Ave, Portland, ME
We loved the 2016-2017 Maine Herbal Series so much that we have connected with teachers from across the country to bring you the Maine Herbal Series 2017-2018!
Topics are described in detail further below.
Oct 5 Charles Garcia
Nov 2 Sean Donahue
Dec 14 Ray Rietze
Jan 11 Mary Bove
Feb 1 Margi Flint
March 1 Debra Bluth
March 22 Mary Blue
April 19 Guido Masé
May 10 Leslie Williams
June 14 Betzy Bancroft
As last year, the price structure is dependent on the number of students participating:
16 People = $860
19 People = $720
22 People = $625
25 People = $550
A $200 deposit is required to hold your space.
A half-class pass, for any five classes is $440, with a $100 deposit to hold your place.
Dec 14- Ray Reitze
In Relationship with Bioregional Plants from Maine
The Maine Woods is full on numerous plants that promote health an well-being. This class will examine 5-6 bioregional plants from Maine and what it looks like to cultivate an in-depth relationship with them
Jan 11 -Mary Bove
Kids Get Sick; Helpful Herbs for Kid's Health
Kids get sick and herbs can help in many ways offering safe effective options to over the counter cough medicines, pain relief, and other common OTC medications available for kids. Through case history and pathophysiology this class will explore many of the common acute illness that can challenge kids, including cold and flu, coug, ear infection, croup, strep throat, and rhinnitis. Discussion will cover how to choose kid friendly herbs and preparations to address these challenges, application and management of each presentation. Conversation about the Respiratory-Gut connection will be addressed along with herbs for immune building
Feb 1 -Margi Flint
Intro to Reading the Body ~ Generalities
Each color, line and marking on the face, tongue and nails holds meaning of your internal health.
Margi Flint will explain and demonstrate diagnostic techniques taught to her by the late William LeSassier. Participants may offer their face nails and tongues for viewing. Please arrive makeup and nail polish free!
March 1 -Debra Bluth
Flower Essences for the Chakra System
The chakra system is a beautiful, holistic framework for exploring human energy, health, and experience. Although we often associate the chakras with yoga, through the chakra lens we can investigate everything from our physical health, to our thought and emotional patterns, to our relationship patterns, to our life and work choices, to our visionary experiences. Because chakras bridge the material and subtle realms, flower essences as vibrational remedies are an excellent match for the chakra framework; as liquid plant energy, flower essences travel directly in the human energetic system to bring about healing and change. In this class, we'll review the seven primary chakras, looking at how they function when in balance and what happens when they're imbalanced. We'll also look at the role of trauma in physical and psychological disease. We'll look at ways to realign ourselves when imbalanced, and touch on the allies from nature that can assist that process.
March 22 -Mary Blue
Herbal Business Models
This class will cover the in's & outs and pro's & con's of different types of herbal businesses. We will explore the many aspects of running an herbal business: day to day details, community needs, scope and scale, legal guidelines, liability and insurance, emotional aspects and financial considerations. Mary will cover the operation of clinics, bulk herb stores, herbal schools, herbal product production and small scale herb farms.
April 19 -Guido Masé
Evaluating addiction: substance abuse, dependence, and the ways herbalists can help
No one wakes up in the morning and decides to become an addict. Our roles as herbalists can include reducing harm, supporting recovery, and even catalyzing a transition away from potentially damaging drug and/or alcohol dependence - but we must start from a place of compassion, context, and understanding. We will start by defining substance abuse and dependence; explore the background and some potential driving factors that can be reasons for these patterns of behavior; briefly touch on conventional treatment and harm reduction strategies; and cover ideas for herbal and nutritional support. The focus will be on alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepenes, tobacco and cannabis - though the ideas presented, and the underlying tonification strategies, are applicable in many cases.
May 10- Leslie Williams
This class will look at how to combine herbs. We will look at various traditions and methods including William LeSassier's more advanced styles beyond just triune. Herbal pairs will also be explained in TCM and physiomedicalist herbal medicine, Cherokee, Eclectic and some naturopathic approaches. We will look at a lot of quick practice cases for everyone to do individually, in small groups and interactively all together. The goal of this class is for everyone to leave with enough understanding, practice and skill to begin adapting and creating their own herbal combinations.
June 14- Betzy Bancroft
Digestive system microbiome in relation to digestion and immunity