Module 2: Intermediate Western Herbalism
FACULTY: Teachers for this program will be Cheryl Fromholzer, Judy Lieblein, Frieda Kapar Bay, Karen Aguiar, Madalyn Berg, Autumn Summers and Kia Sanford. For a complete list of Core Faculty and Guest Teachers, please visit: Faculty Listing
COST: $1,600. A $400 deposit holds your space once you’ve been accepted into the program.
Monthly payment plans are available with arrangements made at 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.
2019 CLASS DATES & REGISTRATION INFO:
Class meets every Thursday (6:30 to 9:30pm) from March 5th through June 18th (holidays excepted) as well as several Saturdays (and an occasional Sunday). A botanical field trip is also part of the program with dates TBD. In addition to the botanical field trip, the scheduled weekend dates for this class are: TBD
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 pathophysiology, pulse & tongue diagnosis, nutrition and advanced case studies.
March - June 2020
Understanding herbal energetics and furthering diagnostic techniques is key to becoming a proficient clinical herbalist, as is botany, nutrition, pathophysiology and case studies… then onto clinical work. This module is co-taught by Clinical Herbalists and Clinical Nutritionists to provide a truly integrative education in holistic health. The focus here is on in-depth studies in pathophysiology with advanced-level case studies as well as pulse and tongue diagnosis. Successful completion of an intermediate herbal program is required for admission. It is recommended, but not required, that both Module 1 and 2 be taken in succession and priority will be given to students who sign up for both. 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 module is to further your understanding of the human body, what happens physiologically when imbalance occurs, and how to address those concerns using a holistic approach including herbal medicine, nutrition and supplements and healthy lifestyle practices. Another goal is to further your diagnostic skills incorporating facial as well as pulse and tongue diagnosis… all significant factors necessary to become a confident herbalist in your community.
Class begins on March 5th and meets every Thursday evening in addition to alternate Saturdays and an occasional Sunday. Students who complete this program will receive instruction in the following areas:
STRUCTURE, FUNCTION & DYSFUNCTION
We will cover anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on pathophysiology. Topics covered include common pathologies by body system as well as autoimmune conditions, inflammatory processes, degenerative disorders, endocrine disorders, sexual health, mental health, pain and cancer.
In addition to teaching pathophysiology, Kia Sanford will teach the nutritional components of this program, including but not limited to the following:
Macro-nutrients, vitamins and minerals with an emphasis on indications and ailments caused by deficiencies as well as using nutritional supplements and food as supporting adjuncts to an herbal protocol.
Medication induced nutrient depletions.
Working with your clients’ dietary habits: dietary trends and considerations.
Food allergies vs. sensitivities and food elimination protocols.
PULSE & TONGUE
In this program we will continue our journey with neo-classical pulse, as taught in the Shen/Hammer method of pulse diagnostics. In addition, we will continue our studies into reading the human body - including tongue and facial diagnostics. We will use this diagnostic tool to inform choices around formulating holistic preparations for the individual. 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. This class is appropriate for those with a working knowledge of plant properties and an interest in pursuing clinical training. These classes will be taught by Frieda Kipar Bay
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 MATERIA MEDICA
Students are expected to have a basic understanding of the Western materia medica and to research and build upon their personal monographs. The focus of discussion on herbs will be within the context of disease states, herbal energetics and individual constitutions.
ADVANCED MEDICINE MAKING TECHNIQUES
Understanding plant constituents: best solvents and techniques for medicine making based on plant chemistry
Using Fats in Herbal Pharmacy
CBDs and THC: Understanding Cannabis
BOTANICAL PHARMACY CREATION
Students will be expected to have a good working knowledge of making fresh and dried plant tinctures and glycerites, liniments, oils and salves and will be expected to craft their own medicines outside of class time.
Students must have completed an intermediate-level Western herbal program. Priority is given to students who have completed Module 1: Intermediate Western Herbalism. 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.
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 before the next module begins. Certification is based on participation and successful completion of all assignments.
It is recommended that each student build a good herbal reference library. Suggestions will be offered throughout the course on recommended books.