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.
Monthly Payment Plan $1, 832
- $500 Deposit paid by 28th May
- Then 4 monthly payments of $333 on the 28th of each month from June through to September
- Contact Heidi directly to organise payment plan.
Kristin Hamilton Event Coordinator
Rob Lawrence PERMACULTURE CONSULTANT
Heidi Merika Workshop Presenter
Kristin has an educational and experiential foundation in Environmental Science and Naturopathy. After many years spent traveling she is now concentrating on consciously raising her three wild, tree climbing, constantly hungry children. Her involvement in nature schools rooted in the Art of Mentoring philosophy has led to an interest in building community by fostering connection – to self, to nature and to each other. Kristin enjoys creating connection through community herbalism, gratitude, song, story of the day, dance, curiosity and good food – all held within the natural rhythm of place.
Robert Lawrence is a Permaculture Consultant, Designer, Mentor and Gardener. He has been gardening organically for 20 years and running a successful Permaculture gardening business since 2013.
Rob is passionate about nurturing a deeper relationship with our living planet, sharing his love of learning and for food as medicine for health and longevity. He is currently living, gardening and teaching permaculture methods at Belbunya sustainable Community and Eco Retreat Centre.
Event Coordinator/Workshop Presenter
Heidi is an experienced naturopath and medical herbalist with a passion for wild medicinal and nutritional plants. Heidi regularly runs classes and workshops on herbal medicine and plant based nutrition. Her workshops combine her knowledge of natural health as it relates to nutrition, medicine, spiritual growth, environmentalism, creativity and the joy of living.
She has lectured in nutrition, herbal medicine and naturopathy at RMIT University, Endeavour College of Natural Health and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
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 22rd _ 24th June
Bellbunya Sustainable Community
Address: 114 Browns Rd, Belli Park QLD 4562
Basic twin share accomodation is included in the price of the course. The rooms have two single beds and an ensuite.
If you would like your own seperate room it is an extra $15 per person per night on top of course fees. There is only one private room with a double bed and one with a single bed, so they will go to the first people who request them.
Oline Course topics
Week 1: 25th June
Webinar Topic: Basics of physical & energetic anatomy.
Herbal topic and Monographs: Gut herbs: Peppermint, Ginger, Chamomile
Week 2: 2nd July School holidays
Herbal topic and monographs: Musculoskeletal herbs: Tumeric, Boswellia
Week 3: 9th July School Holidays
Herbal Topic and monographs: Reproductive System: Wild Raspberry, Chaste Tree, Blue Cohosh
Week 4: 16th July Topic:
Webinar topic: Introduction to Permaculture Gardening for Herbs with Rob Lawrence: Rob will take you through how to grow and care for your medicinal herbs using permaculture ethics, principles and methods.
Herbal Topic and monographs: Immune herbs: Echinacea, Andrographis, Elder
Week 5: 23rd July
Webinar Topic: Sourcing Materials.
Herbal topic and monographs: Herbs for the nervous system: Skullcap, Passionflower, Valerian
Week 6: 30th July
Webinar Topic: Making Creams, ointments and gels.
Herbal topic and monographs: Herbs for skin: Calendula, Aloe, Nettle
Week 7: 6th August
Webinar Topic: Making Tinctures and glycetracts.
Herbal topic and monographs: Upper Respiratory herbs: Thyme, Goldenseal
Week 8: 13th August Topic:
Webinar topic: Making Flower essences
Herbal topic and monographs: Lower Respiratory herbs: Plantain, Licorice, Marshmallow
Week 9: 20th August
Webinar topic: Topic: Sharing your remedies safely
Herbal topic and monographs: Herbs for energy and adrenals: Withania, Siberian Ginseng
Week 10: 27th August
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: Crampbark, California Poppy
Week 11: 3rd September
Webinar topic: Working with herbs physically and energetically (where to from here)
Herbal topic and monographs: Cardivascular herbs: Ginkgo, Garlic, Hawthorn
Week 12: 1oth September 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
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 Harrod Buhner
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 is a hands-on workshop emphasizing practical skills with a permaculture perspective and an emphasis on learning to listen to plants and our relationships with them.