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Nutritional Herbalism Correspondence Course

Nutritional Herbalism Correspondence Course
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Nutritional Herbalism

Nutrition is the root to physical wellness, every living cell depends on it!

Nutritional Herbalism Details
Nutritional Herbalism is a course in deepening your understanding of nutritional plants and the wild edible that abound all around us. The purpose is to provide a context for exploration of the study of nutritional plants.

You will discover the full range of plant medicine, from the soil, to the plant, to the full effect on the human body. Nutritional Herbalism offers powerful tools and wisdom that will help anyone seeking to be healthier, stronger, more fluid, joyful and passionately alive. Nutritional Herbalism teaches of the connection between plants, people and planetary peace. The various processes you will learn will attune you to our inner nature so that we are able to know plants as an extension of our Self. This course goes well beyond plant chemistry and micro and macronutrients.

Nutritional Herbalism is founded on the premise that deepening our connection to living plants and the wild world of nature has the power to foster values that are personally, culturally and environmentally empowering. This plant medicine course will support you in uncovering your creative capacity in working directly with plants to make a difference.

What is Nutritional Herbalism?
Nutritional Herbalism is the oldest form of medicine on the planet. This medicine originates before the science of modern day nutritional chemistry. This course will take you from soil chemistry and understanding, to applying plants for creating health and peace for yourself and your family and friends.

Nutritional Herbalism is also a science of bringing awareness to all of our actions: how and what we grow our food and herbs, to how we eat them, how we live, what we think, how we relate intimately with the plant world and ourselves.

In a practical format we will explore the influence of vital energies of foods, spices and herbs on our well-being. Plant medicine is a compassionate journey of self-discovery, providing you with the tools to becoming your own healer. Every plant that we take into our bodies' influences who we are and what we are to become.

Through this course of study you will learn that all plants are carriers and balancers of Prana, the Vital Life Force. Every plant has its own unique qualities of vital energy and essence through which it produces a specific effect on your overall health and consciousness. We will explore these original teachings of the ancients, along with modern understanding of plant medicines. Herbal nutritional understanding is the art of conscious living with the world of plants. This practice of using the most natural wholesome and alive plant is not new for treating and preventing disease. It is the original way of living ~ the original approach to using plants according to what Mother Earth has gifted us with since the beginning of time.

During this course you will discover:

  • How to Deepen Your Connection to Plants
  • Methods to Optimize Your Health
  • Ancient Practices to draw the Life-Force & Life-Essence from your herbs
  • Learn the Lost Art of Foraging for the Superfoods of the Wild
  • The Kitchen Pharmacy: Usage of Kitchen Herbs and Spices
  • Rejuvenation Cleansing Regimes
  • A Dietary Approach for Spiritual Health & Social Harmony                                 
  • Integrating the Full Spectrum of Nutrition                                       
  • How to Use Plants for Higher Consciousness
                                     
  • Plant Antidotes
                                                                                     
  • The Art of a High-Octane Living Cuisine

We'll explore the various realities and different perceptions to using wild plant foods and integrating them into our present lifestyle.  Our focus of study will include the elements of designing a balanced, wholesome lifestyle from the living soil to the living person. We will go through the why's and how's of transitioning through the various levels of becoming a healthy individual, to achieving high level wellness, to supporting the transformation occurring on the planet today.

 

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
~Rachel Carson

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” ~Plato.

  

PART I
EARTH ECOLOGY: ECOLOGICAL VISION & THEORY

A NEW SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO AN ANCIENT WAY OF LIFE

LESSON 1. INTRODUCTION: THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE ADVENTURE 

  • What is Ecological Medicine?
  • What is Nutritional Herbalism?
  • What is Regenerative Living?
  • What are the benefits of Wild Plants? 
  • The Key Elements of Understanding Nutrition
  • Nutritional Herbalism Principles
  • An Ecological Paradigm Shift
  • From Soil to Plant to Kitchen Skills
  • The Main Aspects of Being A Nutritional Herbalist

LESSON 2. ANCIENT WISDOM OF OUR ANCESTORS

  • Wisdom of the Herbs
  • Herbalism: Gaia in Action
  • The Creative Power of the Elements
  • Plant, Food & Mineral Therapies
  • Modern Practices of Using Herbs & Nutrition
  • Going Beyond Treatment Therapy
  • Practicing True Preventative Medicine
  • Discovering the Power of Living Plants 
  • The Unique Perspective of the Bioneers
  • An Exploratory Journey through the Seasons
  • Ancient Wisdom from the Elders of the Past

LESSON 3. DEEP HERBALISM ~ DEEP ECOLOGY

  • What is Deep Ecology?
  • A Lesson in Deep Ecology
  • Philosophy of Deep Ecology 
  • Deep Herbalism – Deep Ecology
  • Ecology, Community & Lifestyle
  • Gandhi & the Wisdom of Deep Ecology
  • Earth Activism through Being Connected 
  • Personal. Ecological  & Cultural Transformation
  • The Deep Ecology Movement of Regeneratively
  • Herbalism - Deeply Rooted in Bioregionalism

PART II
SOIL CHEMISTRY & PLANT NUTRITION

LESSON 4. NATURE'S SUPERFOODS ~ SUPERHERBS

  • What is a Superfood?
  • Nature's Living Superfoods – Superherbs
  • The Superfoods Everyone Needs
  • Where have all the Enzymes Gone
  • Superior Nutrition for Optimal Health
  • Discovering Nutrient-Dense-Enzyme-Rich Herbs
  • The Criteria of Finding Superfoods in Your Region
  • Life-Force: Enhanced Health & Longevity 

LESSON 5. THE NUTRIENTS THE MANY AND THE FEW

  • Essential Plant Nutrients
  • Identifying Nutrient Deficiencies
  • Comparison of Protein Values from Seven Wild Edible Plants
  • Mineral Nutrient Composition of Edible Wild Plants
  • Studies on Nutritional Values of Some Wild Edible Plants
  • Food Value of Common Edible Wild Seeds & Plants
  • Perennial Vegetables

LESSON 6. THE SEEDS OF THE FUTURE

  • Seed: The Miracle of Nature
  • The Forgotten Potential of Alive Seeds
  • Unlocking the Secret of Seeds
  • Sprouts: A Power Food
  • Swapping Seeds
  • Planting the Seeds of Recovery
  • Tapping into the Seeds of Tomorrow 
  • Seeds: Our True Hope of the Future

LESSON 7. CONVENTIONAL VS. ORGANIC VS. WILD

  • The Tame and The Wild
  • Organic vs. Conventional Grown Food    
  • Cultivated vs. Wild Berries and Fruit
  • Farming and the Fate of Wild Nature
  • Soil pH & Plant Nutrients
  • Making Organic Wild
  • Foraging for Optimal Health
  • Short –Term Priorities
  • The Future of Forest Gardening

LESSON 8. THE ORGANIC LIVING SOIL

  • The Organic Path
  • The Organic Exposition Trend
  • Select Plants that Will Thrive
  • Can Organic Farming Feed Us All
  • Minerals the Spark of Life 
  • The Essential Trace Elements  
  • The Oil We Eat
  • Organic Plant Chemistry
  • Human Biological Chemistry   
  • Organic Lifestyle of Prosperity 
  • Towards a Sustainably Future  

LESSON 9. BEYOND NUTRIENTS & SUPERFOODS

  • Seeing Past the Traditional Nutrients
  • Towards A Truly Wholistic Perspective
  • The Great Beyond of Superfoods
  • Research is Stepping Beyond the Nutrients
  • The Superfood Lifestyle Solution

PART III
EDIBLE WILD PLANTS & PLANT MEDICINE

LESSON 10. A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

  • A Forest's Last Stand
  • Common Edible Plants
  • Wildwood Survival
  • Walking on the Wild Side   
  • The Resilience of Nature
  • Principles of Sustainable Harvesting
  • Rules for Foraging Edible Plants
  • Gardening into the Wild
  • Enhancing Biodiversity in Our Gardens
  • Universal Edibility Test

LESSON 11. THE SIX TASTES

  • The Six Tastes in Nature
  • The Six Tastes & the Five Elements
  • Actions of the Tastes
  • Heating and Cooling Effects
  • Relationships Between Tastes
  • Effects of Overuse
  • Effects of the Six Tastes
  • The Art of Creating a Nutritious Wild-Food Cuisine
  • The Six Taste Formula

LESSON 12.  THE BIOREGIONAL WAY OF EATING

  • A Taste for Conservation
  • What is Bioregionalism?
  • Bioregional Plant Allies
  • The Bioregional Movement
  • The Biodiversity Challenge
  • The Value of Bioregional Eating
  • Living Bioregionally    
  • Why go Native?
  • Enhancing Local Food Security
  • Community Supported Agriculture
  • What Would a Bioregional Community Look Like?    

LESSON 13. BIODIVERSITY & DEEP ECOLOGY

  • Reclaiming Our Power to Choose
  • Expanding Foods Choices
  • The Power of the Elements
  • Diversity & Ecological Balance
  • Biodiversity of Sustainability
  • Human Potential Connection 
  • Manifestos on the Future of Foods & Seeds
  • Seeing the Big Picture

PART IV
THE ECOLOGICAL FUTURE – NOW!

LESSON 14. PUTTING IT TOGETHER: The 12-KEYS

  • Whole Foods
  • Eaten Fresh
  • Sun-Ripened
  • Enzyme-Rich
  • Alkalizing Alive
  • Organically Vibrant
  • Low-Glycemic
  • Highly-Mineralized
  • Well-Hydrated
  • Locally-Grown
  • In-Season
  • Tranquil Educing 

LESSON 15. THE LIFESTYLE OF THE NOW!

  • Staying Connected to What is Alive
  • Ending our Food Addictions & Eating Disorders
  • The Eating Clean Way of Vibrant Living
  • Going Beyond A Scientific Approach of Nutrition
  • The Way We Live Now
  • The 100-Mile Way of Life
  • A Lifestyle for Peace: Eating for Spiritual Health & Social Harmony
  • Bringing in a Way of Peace
  • Making Peace with Food  
  • Being the Change You Want to See ~ Now!

LESSON 16. THE FUTURE OF REGENERATIVE LIVING

  • Integrating the Full Spectrum of Nutrition
  • Plants, People & Planet
  • Environment, Sustainability & Peace 
  • The Full Peace of Wholeness
  • The Regenerative Living Challenge
  • A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality
  • Practicing the Sevenfold Path of Peace
  • Creating & Nourishing Healthy Communities
  • Solutions for Achieving a Regenerative Tomorrow
  • The Future Will Be What You Contribute To & Create Today

ABOUT THE AUTHOR & THE LIVING CENTRE & LIVING ARTS INSTITUTE

SUPPLEMENTAL

  • Glossary
  • Bibliography

This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in understanding Nutritional Herbalism as a natural healing art and science.

The following information will answer your questions about how to use these lessons.

Textbooks for the Course 

PART I ~ EARTH ECOLOGY: ECOLOGICAL VISION & THEORY

  • Making Peace with the Earth: Beyond Resources, Land and Food ~Vandana Shiva, 2013
  • Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves, ~Kenny Ausubel, Andrew Weil & J.P. Harpignies, 2004

PART II ~ SOIL CHEMISTRY & PLANT NUTRITION

  • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, ~T. Colin Campbell., Ph.D. 2013
  • Voices of the Food Revolution: You Can Heal Your Body and Your Body – With Food! ~ John Robbins & Ocean Robbins, 2013
  • Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition, Jeff Lowenfels, 2015

PART III- EDIBLE WILD PLANTS & PLANT MEDICINE

  • Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate ~ John Kallas, 2010
  • Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants ~Samuel Thayer, 2010
  • The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival, ~ Katrina Blair, 2014
  • Invasive Plant Medicine: The Ecological Benefits and Healing Benefits of Invasives, ~Timothy Lee Scott, 2010
  • The Healing Tastes ~Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. 
  • The Incredible Edibles Handbook ~Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D.
  • The Healing Tastes Whole Food & Wild Edibles Recipes ~Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. 
  • Nutritional Herbalism DVD Reader ~ Includes Lessons, Assignments & Projects (compiled & Researched by Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D.)   

This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in understanding Nutritional Herbalism as a natural healing art and science.

The following information will answer your questions about how to use these lessons.

"The question is not 'can you make a difference?' You already do make a difference. It's just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make, during your life on this planet. "
~Julia Butterfly Hill

The Process

PART I (The Correspondence Course) Is the home study part of the course. Study the material and do the lessons at your own pace. Send in the lessons through the postal mail or email. We'll check your lessons and make comments and give you feedback on your progress.

PART II (The Advanced Study & Research) This part of the course is where you have the opportunity to dive even deeper into this field of study. Choose an area of study that you related to in the course, one that sparks passion within you, invites yours curiosity, beckons you to explore and research. Write a 5,000-word thesis and conduct a research project and send it in; we would also ask that you also offer a few classes or lectures in this topic to your local community. This part of the course takes it to another level of understanding and builds confidence.

One-on-One Sessions
These sessions are available to both support and deepen the learning experience of this course. Three sessions of 40 minutes each which can be done over the phone or through Skype. These are available to guide and advise you on your research thesis project. You need to book these sessions well in advance once you have sent in your proposed thesis topic. 

Your Guide & Adviser: Shantree Kacera

Homework
Homework is sent upon completion of each lesson and is returned to you. We ask that you keep us posted as to how you're doing with your projects and assignments and projects.

Time Completion
You may complete these lessons on your own time schedule. But in order to utilize them to their fullest, we recommend you set up a schedule time to do each lesson; one evening a week, or an afternoon on the week-ends, will keep your momentum going. The average time to complete the course is about one year. Some students have completed the material in 6 months while others may take a few years.

We do ask that you complete the course in a period of two years. After the two year period, if the student fails to complete the course within the allotted period, the time-extension fee is $100. for an additional year.

Questions
One of the specialties of these lessons is the personal attention available to your questions and homework. We invite your comments, favorite herbal and nutrient-dense recipes, and suggestions.

Certificate
Each student who successfully completes the lessons and ALL the homework will receive a beautiful Nutritional Herbal Certificate. The Certificate awarded states that you are acknowledged for the successful completion of a thorough in depth study of Nutritional Herbalism. The objective of this course is about integration and bringing forth-new breakthroughs needed to continue the shift towards personal and planetary transformation.

Lessons 1-16 & An Adobe DVD Reader
The Nutritional Herbalism Correspondence Course comes as a . The Adobe DVD Reader makes it easy for you to keep your lessons, homework and other course material together. The Adobe DVD Reader and textbooks are sent out as soon as we receive your tuition. 

Textbooks for the Course

  • Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition, Jeff Lowenfels, 2015
  • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, ~T. Colin Campbell., Ph.D. 2013
  • Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate ~ John Kallas, 2010, 
  • Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants ~Samuel Thayer, 2010
  • Invasive Plant Medicine: The Ecological Benefits and Healing Benefits of Invasives, ~Timothy Lee Scott, 2010
  • The Wild Wisdom of Herbs: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival, ~ Katrina Blair, 2014
  • Making Peace with the Earth: Beyond Resources, Land and Food ~Vandana Shiva, 2013
  • Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves, ~Kenny Ausubel, Andrew Weil & J.P. Harpignies, 2004
  • The Incredible Edibles Handbook, Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D.    
  • The Six Tastes Manual, Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D.  
  • The Healing Tastes: Whole Foods & Wild Edible Recipes, Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D.

    * Nutritional Herbalism DVD Reader ~ Includes Lessons, Assignments & Ecological Projects (compiled by Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D.)    

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“Bioregionalism means learning to become native to place, fitting ourselves to a particular place, not fitting a place to our pre-determined tastes. It is living within the limits and the gifts provided by a place, creating a way of life that can be passed on to future generations,”

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