Energetic Medicine Mentorship: Pattern Language & Plant Intelligence
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 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 practitioner – an activist for the food and medicines of this bioregion. Through experiential nature-centred learning sessions – ignite your innate ability to make contact with the plant world, learn from and be nourished by the life-giving power of deeply-rooted bioregional plants. Reclaim your birthright to gather, prepare and make plant medicines that genuinely support your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual vitality.
Pattern Language & Plant Intelligence
Throughout recorded history, nearly every culture on Earth has used plants to thrive and heal. Recognizing and respecting the power of nature is a critical and essential aspect of today’s face-paced world. Integrating the ancient herbal tradition, wild plant intelligence, Indigenous wisdom and ecological pattern language, this Mentorship is taking this field of study to a whole new level. The interest in plant energetics is expanding, and many people becoming more interested in maintaining healthy, vital lives will continue and increase their use of plant bioenergetics in the coming years.
Pattern language describes an effective design practice or patterns of helpful organization within a field of expertise. It is a functional language for designing and planning based on natural considerations. Patterns describe a problem and then offer a solution.
“The system begins to display something other than synchronicity, acting as a unit, to have behaviours. And just as a study of the parts of a self-organized whole cannot give an idea of the larger whole’s nature, the study of the smaller parts’ behaviours cannot give an idea of the larger system’s behaviour. As Camazine et al. note, “an emergent property cannot be understood simply by examining in isolation the properties of the system’s components. . . . Emergence refers to a process by which a system of interacting subunits acquires qualitatively new properties that cannot be understood as a simple addition of their contributions.”6 Or as systems researcher Yaneer Bar-Yam puts it, “A complex system is formed out of many components whose behaviour is emergent, that is, the behaviour of the system cannot be simply inferred from the behaviour of its components. . . . Emergent properties cannot be studied by physically taking a system apart and looking at the parts (reductionism).”
~Stephen Harrod Buhner
This mentorship program allows participants to experience a depth of understanding of the whole plant. It is a practical hands-on learning experience at the subtle level of the energetic gifts the plants have to offer the world.
The Leadership Pathway
“We’ve become strangers to nature. The best way to live longer, healthier lives is to rewild ourselves by returning to nature whenever we can.” ~Daniel Vitalis
We are looking for enthusiastic agents of change who are ready to co-design new approaches to the way we live that are socially just and ecologically regenerative. We are looking for those prepared to take risks and stand on the cutting edge of new practices in this area. I intend to work with inspired and self-motivated individuals who want to move their herbal and ecological education beyond bookwork into the experience. To support an individual who wants to build a long-term and deep relationship with wild and native plants.
For 45-years, Shantree has been weaving and sharing his passion for wild nutrition, herbalism and the energetics of the elemental forces of nature. He synthesizes experience and ancient wisdom to support you on this hands-on, pragmatic plant journey. An integrative system of philosophies, personal transformation strategies and primordial indigenous understanding to develop and deepen the powers of plant medicine.
With the wild and native plants as our guides, you will see through eyes connection and oneness. Living rooted in the cycles and laws of the natural world yields a strategy for crafting positive cultures of inter-relationship.
May the blood of the forest run through your veins like the river. It is a gift only a few share in the age of technology and pavement.”
This mentorship program is an excellent adjunct to any self-directed studies. It complements those trained in or interested in the flow of energies and the elements of nutrition related to wholistic nutrition, herbalism, forest gardening or permaculture experience. Throughout the mentorship program, we work together to accelerate growth in your studies. This Mentorship offers simple yet effective processes, systems and structures that you can utilize in resolving personal and ecological challenges.
This action-learning program is process-oriented, learner-directed and focused on designing and implementing real-life projects. It engages students in the fundamentals of ecological design through real-life situations. The ‘action learning’ methodology allows students to learn professional design skills to balance inner and outer regeneration. Each participant will research and document their project of choice while maintaining regular one-on-one sessions.
The objective is that all participants take action in their communities. Envision being the catalyst that brings positive change to your family and community – a life-enhancing practice that not only heals and nourishes but awakens in others the joy and empowerment that comes as we remember our deeply rooted connection with the plants of our bioregion.