Community and Sacred Herbalism: 3 day intensive plus 3 months online
The 12 week Sacred and Community Herbalism course is designed to offer students a profound experience of earth-centred herbalism. From day one the focus is on working with real plants, both physically and energetically, to create relationships of lasting communion and co-creation in the service of healing.
We will be working with time honoured traditions and techniques used by herbalist and shamans around the world in the study and practice of herbalism.
Herbalist from indigenous cultures and previous generations lived and practiced within a tight framework of cultural understanding, they were governed by laws based on respect and love for the community and the Earth. Today herbalists are disorientated by a lack of culture, government regulations and commercial interests.
The Certificate of Sacred and Community Herbalism is designed to assist participants to connect with a new grassroots paradigm of herbal medicine culture that is blossoming across the earth. This culture is global rather than local, it learns from, respects and incorporates indigenous wisdom as well as the latest scientific studies, it is trying to bring herbalism into the mainstream culture by lobbying for our rights and recognition but ultimately it places personal ethics above regulations that are often dictated by politics that favour companies over communities. This new herbal culture is in service to the Earth, its people and the divine creator that gives life to all.
This course is designed for people wishing to study herbalism for use on themselves, their families and in their community. It is ideal for people wanting to create herb gardens and remedies from home.
It is suited to people with no prior knowledge of herbs or to those who have already studied naturopathy but are wishing to connect with plants and herbs in a more tangible, earth centered and energetic way. Recognition of prior learning will be given to those with prior qualifications.
The course begins with a 3 day intensive designed to give the group an opportunity bond and connect, both with myself and the other participants and to do some of the deep work that is more powerful in person and in a group.
During the intensive we will focus on the sacred or shamanic aspects of herbalism including plant communication, plant journeys and Pam Montgomery’s Greenbreath technique. We will also have an opportunity to see first hand how herbs can be worked with via the permaculture design that is currently being used at Bellbunya Sustainable Community.
Following the intensive there will be weekly live webinars with opportunities to share and ask questions, a supportive Facebook group and of course plenty of videos and course material along the way. Note: (webinars will not happen during school holidays as many people are either away or spending time with their families)
While much of the course will be online we will intentionally create a vibrant group dynamic that feeds everyone in the group for the duration of the course. This prevents the tendency to drift off the course as time passes.
During the intensive you will experiance:
- Plant spirit communication and nature connection
- Understanding how to direct and receive energy and information when working with plants
- Pam Montgomery’s Greenbreath technique
- Herbal Permaculture
- Flower Essence creation and activation
- Weed walk
During the online course you will receive:
- 10 live webinars with Q & A
- Access to the Facebook group
- Over 30 beautiful illustrated herbal monographs sent as downloadable PDF’s. Each monograph contains botanical names, photos, active constituents, actions (what the plant does), indications (conditions it can be used for) as well as when to be cautious and when not to use it.
- Videos and a workbook on how to gather or wildcraft wild plants sustainably.
- Notes on sourcing plants and raw materials. Who you can buy from and things to be mindful of when buying herbs and raw materials
- Videos and a workbook on making herbal remedies. Including tinctures, flower essences, glycetracts, creams, ointments, gels, pessaries and syrups
- Information on permaculture for herbalists
Time frame: 3 months
Includes comprehensive course notes, printed copies, PDF’s and audio files
Overnight Intensives: Held at Bellbunya Sustainable Community including food, accommodation and materials
Intensive 23rd 25th March
Week 1: 26th March
Webinar Topic: Basics of physical & energetic anatomy.
Herbal topic and Monographs: Gut herbs: Peppermint, Ginger, Chamomile, Meadowsweet
Week 2: 2nd April Easter Monday.
Herbal topic and monographs: Musculoskeletal herbs: Tumeric, Devils Claw, White Willow
Week 3: 9th April Easter School Holidays:
Herbal Topic and monographs: Reproductive System: Nettles, Wild Raspberry, Chaste Tree, Blue Cohosh
Week 4: 16th April Topic:
Webinar topic: Permaculture for Herbalists with Rob Lawrence:
Herbal Topic and monographs: Immune herbs: Echinacea, Andrographis, Thuja
Week 5: 23rd April
Webinar Topic: Sourcing Materials.
Herbal topic and monographs: Herbs for the nervous system: Skullcap, Passionflower, Kava Kava, Valerian
Week 6: 30th April
Webinar Topic: Making Creams, ointments and gels.
Herbal topic and monographs: Herbs for skin: Calendula, Gotu Cola, Aloe
Week 7: 7th May
Webinar Topic: Making Tinctures and glycetracts.
Herbal topic and monographs: Upper Respiratory herbs: Elder, Thyme, Goldenseal
Week 8: 14th May Topic:
Webinar topic: Making Flower essences
Herbal topic and monographs: Lower Respiratory herbs: Plantain, Licorice, Marshmallow, White Horehound
Week 9: 21st May
Webinar topic: Topic: Sharing your remedies safely
Herbal topic and monographs: Herbs for energy and adrenals: Withania, Siberian Ginseng, Shatavari
Week 10: 28th May
Webinar topic: Topic: Taking herbs into the community; making products to sell, adding herbs to your health related business, community gardens
Herbal topic and monographs: Herbs for pain: Corydalis, Crampbark, California Poppy
Week 11: 4th June
Webinar topic: Working with herbs physically and energetically (where to from here)
Herbal topic and monographs: Cardivascular herbs: Ginkgo, Garlic, Hawthorn
Week 12: 11th June Topic:
Webinar topic: Group Sharing and Meditation
Herbal topic: Chosen by group
Subjects and recommended text books
Physical Anatomy & Physiology
This subject covers the fundamentals of basic anatomy and physiology
It covers bones, muscles & major body systems
Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology Colouring and Workbook 12th Edition
This subject covers the basics of the etheric anatomy including chakras, light bodies, auric fields and energy centers
Recommended text Hands of Light: Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field By Barbara Ann Brennan
This subject covers common herbs used around the world including their descriptions, actions, indications, active constituents, cautions and contraindications, folk use and current research.
The Earthwise Herbal –A complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants by Matthew Wood
The Earthwise Herbal –A complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants by Matthew Wood
Herbs and Supplements by Braun and Cohen,
Plant Spirit communication
This subject covers the basics of plant communication including felt sensations, Shamanic plant journeys, Greenbreath, Plant initiations, limpias and sacred baths.
Plant Spirit Healing by Pam Montgomery,
Plant initiations by Carole Guyette
Sacred plant medicine by Stephen Harold Bruner
This subject will be taught primarily on site and will include tinctures, flower essences, ointments and balms, creams, essential oils, glycetracts, pessaries and suppositories
Recommended text Herbal Manufacturing by Adams and Tan
Permaculture for Herbalist
This subject will include holistic gardening methods, propagation, weeding, pest control, harvesting, drying and storing herb