An Herbal Mentorship Approach

Mentorship, much like a traditional apprenticeship, is one of society’s oldest forms of experiential education. In many cultures, herbal training occurs almost exclusively in a setting where experienced herbalists work closely with others to share their accumulated wisdom. The structure of these relationships varies widely, but all have in common the desire to share information while offering support, guidance and critical feedback. Our mentorship process supports individuals to become confident, skilled herbal educators. Often those who have completed extensive training in herbal medicine (which may or may not have included a clinical component) are actively seeking the support and guidance of an experienced herbalist to act as a mentor. Community is an essential aspect of herbalism. Herbalism is all about relationships, after all – the relationships we have with each other and with health as well as the relationships we have with plants. One of the most special relationships within herbalism, though, is the relationship between herb mentor and student. Most herbalists eventually find some sort of mentor – it’s a very natural expression of how our herbal knowledge is passed along and is the traditional way that herbalism was passed from one generation to another. Many herbalists at some point … Read more

Energetic Medicine Mentorship: Pattern Language & Plant Intelligence

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Mentorship Pathway The Process The Experience Testimonials Registration Mentorship Pathway Pattern Language & Plant Intelligence July 8 – Nov 6, 2023 “Seeking for truth I considered within myself that if there were no teachers of medicine in this world, how would I set to learn the art? No otherwise than in the great book of nature, written with the finger of God. I am accused and denounced for not having entered in at the right door of the art. But which is the right one? Galen, Avicenna, Mesue, Rhais, or honest nature? Through this last door I entered, and the light of nature, and no apothecary’s lamp directed me on my way” ~Paracelsus . One who works with energetic medicine lives at the edge between the world of people and the world of plants. We can be stewards and guardians of plants of this bioregion and the Earth herself. Plant medicine people connect people with plants so that they may partner with them on a healing journey. It is our sacred joy and honour to do the work we do. The path of the energetic practitioner is, ultimately, a regenerative sacred journey. This Mentorship is an invitation to enter the … Read more

Forest Gardening Mentorship: Ecological Resilient Design

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Mentorship Pathway The Process The Experience Testimonials Registration Mentorship Pathway Ecological Resilience of Native PlantsTBA, 2024 “Learning from the forests to live is to reach the highest level a human can aim  for.”~Vanadana Shiva This program is committed to ‘planting the future’ by saving our native healthy and edible plants through an education that inspires tomorrow’s foragers, wildcrafters, herbalists, forest gardeners, permaculturists and ecologists. It offers a rigorous and intensive immersion into designing and regenerating our landscapes. Discover how a genuine working relationship with Earth is the cornerstone for enduring personal, community, and ecological health and happiness. Learn how to achieve the same benefits natural systems demonstrate: stability, resilience, self-maintenance, self-renewal and increased nutrient conservation at personal and ecological levels. We discover an ancient relationship with Nature through ecological study and forest gardening. One that evokes a sacred partnership with the living planet. You will learn ways to participate in creating thriving ecosystems that sustain and regenerate all life. “The ultimate goal of both herbalism and forest gardening is not only the production of crops, but also the cultivation and perfection of new ways of seeing, of thinking, and acting in the world.” In this 12-day intensive forest gardening design training … Read more

Visionary Herbalism Teacher Training

Visionary Herbalism – Teacher Training Overview Process FAQs Careers Tuition Overview Ecological Pathways to a Regenerative Future Visionary Herbalism is the first course of its kind in the western world, combining Herbalism’s ancient wisdom and modern nutritional science with the Practical, Therapeutic and Energetic aspects of Plant Medicine. Herbalism is Gaia in Action. It is the medicine of belonging, the direct experience of the whole healing part. We must know ourselves and the ground we stand on to heal ourselves. Intuition and common sense tell us that we are one with the Earth. If our world is sick and poisoned, then so are we. We die a little with each feeling of the forests being destroyed. Humanity is faced with the beautiful reality that we are a part of a ‘shared planet.’ We are at a turning point on the planet, realizing that the intimate embrace of our world is a healing force moving humanity towards a transformation in our relationship with the Earth, each other and ourselves. Having studied and integrated the various aspects of Visionary Herbalism, you may feel called to share what you have learned with others. Certified teachers will be able to facilitate this wisdom-centred course. … Read more

Nutritional Herbalism Mentorship: Traditional Foods & Wild Plant Cuisine

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Mentorship Pathway The Process The Experience Testimonials Registration Mentorship Pathway Traditional Foods & Wild Plant Cuisine June 17 – Nov 6, 2023 “Globalized industrialized food is not cheap: it is too costly for the Earth, for the farmers, for our health. The Earth can no longer carry the burden of groundwater mining, pesticide pollution, disappearance of species and destabilization of the climate. Farmers can no longer carry the burden of debt, which is inevitable in industrial farming with its high costs of production. It is incapable of producing safe, culturally appropriate, tasty, quality food. And it is incapable of producing enough food for all because it is wasteful of land, water and energy. Industrial agriculture uses ten times more energy than it produces. It is thus ten times less efficient.” ~Vandana Shiva Wild nutritional herbalism is the oldest form of healing on the planet. This medicine originates before the science of modern-day nutritional chemistry. This Mentorship will take you to understand plant science. Learn how to apply plants to create healthy culinary arts for yourself, your family, and your friends. Plant nutrition is also a science of bringing awareness to our actions: how and what we tend to our food, … Read more

Practical Herbalism Mentorship: Medicine of the People

Mentorship Pathway The Process The Experience Testimonials Registration Mentorship Pathway Medicine of the People May 6 – Nov 6, 2023 The forests of Carolinian Canada are home to over 2,000 plants. Aboriginal people have been using medicinal plants in traditional health care systems for thousands of years. This knowledge, transmitted by oral tradition from generation to generation, has been eroding in recent decades due to rapid cultural change. 98% percent of these plants have the potential to be used as local medicine. An Herbalist lives at the edge between the world of people and the world of plants. We are stewards of the medicinal plants, the natural world, and the Earth herself. Herbalists connect people with plants to partner with them on a healing journey. It is our sacred joy and honour to do the work we do. The path of the herbalist is, ultimately, a regenerative sacred journey. This herbal program is an invitation to enter the rich and diverse vocabulary of the plant world. Learn the complex language of interconnected relationships, constituents and properties and subtle healing properties. Enter into this world and become a Community Herbal Educator – an activist for wild and native plant medicines. Rediscover your … Read more

Conscious Nutrition Mentorship: A Journey of Transformation

Mentorship Pathway The Process The Experience Registration Mentorship Pathway Practical Solutions for a Healthier & Happier People, Planet & Future “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ~Jane Goodall What if the transition to a ”Culture of Peace” begins with what’s on our dinner plates?  Could a plant-based cuisine be the most practical action for cultivating a new era of personal health, social justice, and environmental protection? The Conscious Nutrition Mentorship invites you into a dietary lifestyle that is powerful beyond what you can imagine. This program is a unique synthesis of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, Earth Wisdom Teachings, and the cutting-edge knowledge of an Organic Plant-based Live-Food Cuisine. A renaissance in human thought, values, and action, the Mentorship offers catalytic experiences for the spiritual evolution of human consciousness as it evolves from domination and exploitation to a paradigm of communion, cooperation, and reverence for all Life. Explore the spiritual, scientific, intuitive and physical aspects of nutrition and the awakening of consciousness. Learn how the everyday choices of what you eat directly … Read more

Nutritional Herbalism Correspondence Course

Nutritional Herbalism Correspondence Course Overview Curriculum The Process Tuition Overview Nutrition is the root of physical wellness; every living cell depends on it! 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 exploring the study of nutritional plants. You will discover the full range of plant medicine, from the soil to the plant to the total effect on the human body. Nutritional Herbalism offers powerful tools and wisdom to help anyone seeking to be healthier, stronger, more fluid, joyful and passionately alive. Nutritional Herbalism teaches the connection between plants, people and planetary peace. The various processes you will learn will attune you to your inner nature to know plants as an extension of yourself. 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 can foster personally, culturally and environmentally empowering values. This plant medicine course will help you uncover your creative capacity to work directly with plants to make a difference. What is Nutritional Herbalism? Nutritional Herbalism is … Read more

Therapeutic Herbalism Correspondence Course

Therapeutic Herbalism Correspondence Course Overview Curriculum The Process Tuition Overview Traditional Roots of Herbalism A foundational course into Western Herbal Medicine. This is designed for individuals who understand herbal medicine but wish to artfully immerse themselves in the gentle natural healing. This in-depth, comprehensive course emphasizes hands-on learning. As the core of this course, Included is the correspondence course written by David Hoffmann, Therapeutic Herbalism. When completing the course, you will have solid working knowledge and understanding of Green Medicine and Herbalism’s foundation. Introduction An introduction to the Therapeutic Possibilities of Herbal Medicine: The therapeutic possibilities of phytotherapy within wholistic medicine are explored, emphasizing the relationship between Herbalism and other therapeutic modalities. Sources of herbal information, how to conduct literature searches, and approaches to studying Herbalism are covered. A Model A Model of Holistic Usage:A review of different therapeutic and non-therapeutic selection criteria leads to a model enabling practitioners to apply herbs within a holistic context. Actions As the basis of the model and approach used throughout the course, these are studied in-depth, covering their physiological mechanism, biochemistry, therapeutic possibilities and significant examples. These herbs are categorized by their secondary actions and systems affinity. Course Includes: Ten lessons with over … Read more

Shamanic Herbalism Correspondence Course

Shamanic Herbalism Correspondence Course Overview Curriculum The Process Tuition Overview “To become a true herbalist means to be sensitive to the being of the herbs, to commune in sensory awareness with the plant light of the universe. It is to learn to listen when the plant speaks, to speak to the plant as to another human being, and to look upon it as one’s teacher”.~Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Vasant Lad’s “The Yoga of Herbs” Gaia’s Green Magic In Ayurvedic Medicine, herbs are approached through the art and science of herbal energetics. Ayurveda and the ancient Essene Way of Life are the oldest developed shamanic practices worldwide. The properties of medicinal plants are related systematically according to their elements and tastes. However, without a developed sense of energetics, we cannot tap into the plant’s spirit, which holds a pure understanding of plant medicine. Knowing the energetic language of plants is a unique system for realizing their hidden potential. It is a profoundly satisfying process which opens one’s heart to the ancient language and mysteries of the plant kingdom. Herbal energetics is the main factor in understanding herbs in the world’s Ayurvedic and ancient shamanic traditions. Energetic herbalism is knowledge that … Read more