Module 1: Intermediate Western Herbalism

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FACULTY: Teachers for this program will be Cheryl Fromholzer, Judy Lieblein, Frieda Kapar Bay, Karen Aguiar, Autumn Summers and Kia Sanford with guest teacher Margi Flint. For a complete list of Core Faculty and Guest Teachers, please visit: Faculty Listing

COST: $2,400. A $400 deposit holds your space once you've been accepted into the program.
Monthly payment plans are available with arrangements made at the time of acceptance into the program. Limited scholarships and work/trades are available for those in need with a focus on aiding POC and low-income women.

2018/2019 SCHOOL SESSION: 
Class meets every Thursday (6:30 to 9:30pm) from September 5th through February 27th (holidays excepted) as well as several Saturdays (and an occasional Sunday).

WHERE: Gathering Thyme, 1447 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415.524.8693

An Integrative Program focusing on herbal energetics, tissue states, herbal formulation and case studies as well as pulse and tongue assessment.

September 2019 - February 2020

Understanding herbal energetics and learning assessment tools is key to becoming a proficient community or clinical herbalist, as is botany, nutrition, pathophysiology and case studies. This program focuses on herbal energetics and tissue states; case studies and herbal formulation with an introduction to diagnostic techniques including facial, pulse and tongue diagnosis. Space is limited and we only accept a maximum of 13 students.

Drawing from the expertise and experience of a well-rounded faculty, with many years of clinical and teaching experience, the goal of this intermediate-level course is to go beyond “the basics” to put your knowledge of plant medicine to practical use, expanding on what you've learned in a beginning-level program.

Class begins on September 5th and meets every Thursday evening in addition to several Saturdays and an occasional Sunday. Students who complete this program will receive instruction in the following areas:

HERBAL ENERGETICS
Judy Lieblein begins the program with an in-depth look into herbal energetics. Learning and understanding the language of herbal energetics is a natural, easy, exciting and empowering way to work with herbs. Herbal energetics has been used in India, China, Tibet and in the Americas by indigenous native tribes for thousands of years. The energetic system is a method to understand how a plant moves through the body, mind and senses affecting the different organs, body systems and tissue states. We will be exploring the 6 tastes, the 20 attributes, the 5 elements and 6 tissue states to provide a deeper understanding of how plants work in our bodies.

HERBAL FORMULATION
Learn how to build effective herbal formulas matching herbal energetics and clinical actions to an individual’s constitution and the characteristics of their particular condition. We’ll look at formulating for acute vs. chronic conditions and review herb safety as well as herb/drug/nutrient interactions.

CASE STUDIES
Throughout the course, students will be expected to develop “theoretical” client protocols based on information provided by the instructors. Each protocol will be presented to the group and/or evaluated by the instructors. This is an excellent way to develop and hone your herbal formulation skills to create effective remedies for yourself and your community. These classes will be taught by Cheryl Fromholzer and guest herbalists.

ADVANCED MEDICINE MAKING TECHNIQUES
Students are expected to have a basic understanding of making plant medicine including tinctures, glycerites, oils, liniments, and salves. This Module we will focus on some advanced medicine making techniques, including:

  • Percolation method of extraction

  • Tea & tincture concentrated powders and solid extracts

  • Nasal irrigation, boluses and suppositories, and more.

ADVANCED MATERIA MEDIA
Students are expected to have a basic understanding of the Western materia media and to research and build upon their personal monographs. The focus of discussion on herbs will be within the context of tissue states, herbal energetics and individual constitutions.

READING THE BODY
Margi Flint brings to this program a depth of knowledge on face reading seldom seen in other herbal programs. Each color, line and marking on the face, tongue and nails holds meaning of your internal health. Margi will explain and demonstrate diagnostic techniques taught to her by the late William Le Sassier.  We are delighted to have Margi travel across the country to offer her expertise in clinical skills.

INTRODUCTION TO PULSE AND TONGUE
In this program we will be introduced to Tongue and Pulse diagnosis by Frieda Kipar Bay. (You may know Frieda as the driving force behind Tap Root Medicinals!) This Module focuses on how to read the tongue as a map to determine the health of individual organs and signs of potential imbalance and constitutional issues. If time permits, we may also introduce beginning neo-classical pulse, as taught in the Shen/Hammer method of pulse diagnostics, although this is the focus of Module 2. Each diagnostic tool is designed to serve as an anchor to correctly assess what’s happening in the body and how to rebalance with herbs.

BOTANICAL FIELD TRIPS
We will continue our botany studies with Autumn Summers, deepening our skills in plant identification and botanical nomenclature. A 3-day botanical field study to Hastings Reserve is part of this module.

PRE-REQUISITES
Students must have completed a first-year comprehensive herbal program or otherwise show proficiency in a Western herbal materia medica, basic anatomy and physiology, conditions and therapeutics as well as basic medicine making skills. Upon registration, a phone interview will be setup to ascertain if this program is a good fit for you. While a desire to be a clinician is not necessary for admission, the financial means, drive and motivation for completion of studies is key.

REQUIREMENTS
In addition to classroom lecture and experiential “hands-on” core intensives, each student is expected to work independently or in teams to complete assignments on schedule. Certification is based on participation and successful completion of all assignments.

BOOK REQUIREMENTS
It is recommended that each student build a good herbal reference library. Suggestions will be offered throughout the course on recommended books.

PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE
Your prior experience in a comprehensive beginning-level herbal program is required for acceptance into this course as is your dedication and commitment to an intensive program. Students must have basic knowledge of body system therapeutics and be well-versed in herbal actions and a Western materia medica as well as basic medicine making skills.