Vital Energy: Living on Life-Force (4-Week Series) On Line

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“Metabolism is a vibrational response to your moment in time.  Metabolism is the way energy is moving through your body, you see. And so everything” is a response to the way you feel. Everything is. ” ~Abraham Hicks A New Way of Seeing Nutrition An ancient and original approach to understanding our relationship to nutrition, focusing on quality and the possibility of pleasure in eating to transform and enhance metabolism. Here are four of the most common nutritional myths you’ll be leaving behind as you step into your metabolic journey.= Myth #1 – The best way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. Myth #2 – The reason you eat too much is a lack of willpower. Myth #3 – As long as you eat the right foods in the right amounts, you’ll ensure good health and lose weight. Myth #4 – The experts are your ultimate source of reliable and scientifically accurate nutrition information. Metabolism is not a thing. It’s a journey. A four-week series program explores unique connections to food, assisting individuals in letting go of fear, guilt and old habits to learn to treat their bodies in a dignified and caring way. At the … Read more

Nourishing Wisdom: Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul

Nourishing Wisdom

“When we look at nutrition from a purely scientific point of view, there is no place for consciousness. And yet, consciousness could be one of the crucial determinants of the metabolism of the food itself.” ~Deepak Chopra, M.D. A powerful, practical journey to reinvigorate your life at every level revolutionizes how we think about diets and nutrition. A pathway that will lead you back to a deeper and healthier relationship with eating by drawing on ancient food wisdom. We are combining the principles of nutritional awareness, personal growth, and body psychology. This engaging, interactive series provides practical methods for redefining food’s role in our lives. The primary focus will be addressing the emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives to nourish ourselves truly. Choosing the “right” foods is less critical than eating whatever one chooses wholeheartedly and with awareness. To be fully nourished by food, we must experience it through both the action of chewing and the sensation of taste. Many people have lost their connection to food’s physical and spiritual properties with today’s hectic life pace. Food today is reduced to “fuel” and a listing of nutritional “value.” However, the human being is not a machine. Hundreds of food-related … Read more

Living the Experience: Herbalism, Wild Nutrition & Forest Gardening 7-Day Intensive

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Overview The Flow Registration Overview “Something new is happening, a new vision, a new energy, a new sacred story is coming into being in the transition from one era to another.” ~Thomas Berry July 5 – 12, 2020 This 7-Day experiential intensive informs and engages you in the energetic and nutritional elements of herbalism, wild nutrition and forest gardening, to expand your awareness of the plant world through ecologically sustainable practices. Cultivating a human relationship with the plant kingdom and their cycles, from the garden to plate, is ancient and essential if we are to fully understand how to participate in regenerative food systems that support both our personal health and the health of the Earth. This week-long intensive invites you to deepen into a truly human intimacy with the natural world. Discover the diverse relationships you have with plants through plant medicine, wild nutrition, forest gardening, earth stewardship, edible plant foraging, herbal skills, eco-spiritual connection and nature immersion. The goal of this program is to cultivate an authentic, dedicated, growing herbal community of passionate leaders who hold a vision of a future that is ecologically resilient, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling for all beings. Meet the plants where they live and discover … Read more

The Family/Community Herbalist: The Art of Medicine-Making

September 9 & 10, 2023 Discovery of the many facets of herbalism by focusing on the essential applications of using medicinal plants. We will learn from the plants that grow in our medicine wheel herb garden or the wildflower meadows and forest gardens. We will look at the healing plants from numerous angles, including botanical, therapeutic, energetic, historical and the sacred. Each day will include hands-on medicinal preparations such as salves, oils and extracts. We will also discuss medicinal plant cultivation: seed gathering, harvesting, drying, preserving and ethical gardening. Includes samples of extracts and medicines made in class. This training promises to be a unique and intimate herbal experience! Why buy herbal products when making your own is so simple and empowering? Some of the possible topics: Plant Identification Foraging, Harvesting, Preserving Herb Drying & Storage Oil Infusions & Salve Making Choosing your Menstruum: alcohol, vinegar, glycerin Dry & Fresh Plant Tinctures Fresh Juice Extracts Making Your Own Herbal Remedies The Art of Formulating Herbal Medicine Medicine-Making from the simple to the complex Herbal First-Aid Solutions Case Studies “Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour … 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

Shifting the Paradigm – 

Pattern Language of Plant Medicine

Energetic Herbalism: Understanding Pattern Language & Plant Intelligence We are living in a fast paced world where there is a great need for shifting the paradigm. The plant world can help us do that very well, by integrating local, wild and native plants that grow all around us into our lives. Their form of communication is the chemistry – the nutrients that move and circulate through the plant. This is what shifts an individual when the individual takes the right plant at the right moment in time. The energetic system of herbal medicine and energetics is pretty much universal throughout the world’s great systems of herbal medicine. Whether you’re talking about Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Unani-Tibb, Campo from Japan, Jamu from Indonesia, Cherokee Medicine, whatever tradition we’re talking about, there’s usually a system of energetics and this is how you match the herb to the person. 
Hippocrates said more than 2000 years ago, it’s more important to know the person that has the disease than the disease the person has. He was right. And so, what you get with a lot of American herbal medicine up until relatively recently, is “this herb’s good for a headache”, “this herb’s good for … Read more

The Regenerative Power of Native Plants

Bioregional herbalism originates from the concept that a truly wholistic style of regenerative medicine needs to draw on accessible natural resources within an individual’s local area. This means that the herbs you take do not make extra stress of resources in terms of manufacture and transportation. Many traditional herbal educators and practitioners believe that any health imbalance is best treated within the same environment where the illness originated. Bioregional herbalism is ecological herbalism at its core. I consider this an essential element in supporting the paradigm shift towards a regenerative future. This is a novel notion since we are used to seeing national and even international studies recommending a specific herb as the cure-all for a specific disease, even if that herb grows best only in a narrow corner of the globe. Bioregional herbalism encourages people to learn which herbal healing resources grow naturally in their specific area and to draw on those resources. One example of this, if you had a fungal infection popular herbalism you may decide to reach for Tea Tree Oil that comes from Australia. What resources does it take to bottle that herb and transport it to me? Now wisdom tells us that the people … Read more