2022 Herbal Apprenticeship (May-November)
Steve hosts a unique herbal apprenticeship at his homestead in Waldo, ME through the Earthwalk School of Herbal Traditions. We meet one weekend a month together on the land and create a very special community of learning hands-on medicine making skills, plant walks, and understanding how herbal medicine can support the body systems. To learn more, click here to go to the Earthwalk Herbal Apprenticeship website.
The Integrative Herbalist Course: Maine Medicinal Herbs Meets Traditional Chinese Medicine (100 hrs)
I am offering a new blended in-person/on-line course integrating the best of TCM and Western herbalism. We will utilize the teachings of Peter Holmes and Thomas Avery Garran to develop an integrative Maine materia medica of native and non-native plants for you to integrate into your healing practice. As a bonus, we will also weave in the framework of the Internal Family Systems therapy model to advance your therapeutic relationship skills.
What to expect:
While there is little reading/homework in this course, you will be expected to attend all in person classes and view online classes if you cannot attend live. Later on in the class, case studies will be given and you will write a unique formula for that case based on your growing knowledge of these herbs and the TCM framework.The only other homework will be video/audio podcasts for review or guided IFS meditations to enhance your practice and learning.
Here is an overview of the course:
1. Develop an introductory understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 5 Element theory, and energetic patterns of imbalance.
2. Study in depth the medicinal uses of over 50 medicinal herbs native to Maine through the energetic lens of TCM. You will complete the course with a very thorough materia medica for future reference that includes plant flavor, energetics, Western and TCM indications, harvest time, preparations, formulas and contraindications. Beyond these 50 plants, the course will discuss dozens of other medicinals growing in the US and abroad. But the focus of the class is to deeply familiarize you with the broad scope of medicinal qualities of plants growing right here in Maine.
3. Synergize your knowledge and use of local herbs by expanding your intuitive, sensory, and critical thinking skills within this innovative model. Integrating the TCM models of pulse, tongue, and inquiry will enhance your assessment skills.
4. Grow the tools that help you collaborate with clients in a new way that builds trust by integrating the Internal Family Systems therapy model as you develop your therapeutic relationship skills . This means that you will learn to become more Self-led and unblend from parts that get in the way or are triggered by clients and help your energy to flow more smoothly and effortlessly. More so, your ability to guide clients into this place of curiosity and gaining the ability to see the different parts and aspects of their own health journey will revolutionize your work together.
5. Finally, food! Understanding the energetic healing qualities of local foods, wild and ones you can grow here in Maine. Wild foods and fruits, veggies, seafood, meat, and nuts have the ability to inhibit cancer, increase immunity, and deeply nourish the nervous system. We will look at how food is medicine for enhancing vitality, deepening relationships with people and place, and why it is just so much better to eat what you can get locally.
Who is a good fit for this class?
Anyone with a general knowledge of herbal medicine looking to develop their practitioner skills and deepen their comprehension of local herbs with a integrative material medica. Anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of the Traditional Chinese Medicine framework and assessment skills. We have space for 12 students.
Blended Hybrid Framework
The course will meet in person one Saturday a month (exception is one Sunday class on November 6) . We will have 2 Thursday evenings a month to meet for 2 hours virtually. All classes will be attended live (on-line or in person) but on-line content from virtual classes can be accessed for review 24/7. The benefits of the blended course layout include increased accessibility for students from further away saving precious gas, time, and money as well as making evening learning safer without nighttime travel or snow storms. Also, this framework develops flexibility for differently paced learning styles. We will meet in person monthly to create a nourishing learning space that supports community connection, tasting/smelling/meeting plants, and coming together for having fun. Why not?
To compliment on-line learning, at the start of the class in September you will receive 50 samples of each herb to smell/taste at home during on-line classes.
In Person Saturday Class Dates:
Nov 6 (Sunday)
Feb 4. (due to rescheduling, we may have a Sat. Sun. weekend either Jan 7/8 or Feb 4/5)
May 6 (extended class harvest/preps day 9-5)
June 3 - Final Day
On-line Thursday Night Dates 6:00-8:00
Oct. 13, 27
Nov. 3, 17
Dec. 8, 15
Jan. 12, 26
Due to rescheduling, we will add a night class to Jan. and Feb. 2 hrs. TBD once group is formed.
Feb. 9, 23
March 9, 23
April 6, 20
May 11, 25
BONUS 2 HOURs: You will have the opportunity to do a 2 hour one on one Connection Session with me to ask questions about herbalism, IFS, case studies, healing work or anything you want to do a deeper dive into. This extra 2 hours rounds out the total class hours to 100 hours which just feels right. These will be scheduled later on in the course starting in early 2023.
COST - Sliding Scale ($800-$1200-$1600)- please read below
Course cost includes the book Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine which you will receive on your first day of the course. You will also receive 50 samples of the herbs we will cover in the course combined with searchable materia medica PDFs for each herb covered.
In order to sustainably run this course, the average cost per student is $1200. For those who can pay more, please do. For those who are only able to attend for less, please do.
If you are financially able to support this educational programming and can pay more than $1200 (example, $1600), your generosity will go towards reducing the cost for other students who these courses may not otherwise be financially accessible. Additional funds will be set aside in a special fund for this purpose. I appreciate your consideration of these costs and ability to pay as you are able.
$600 is due by Sept. 1, 2022. The other half/remaining amount is due by Dec. 1, 2022. Payment plans are available.
To sign up or ask questions: Contact me for more details.