Foundational Herbcraft: Western Herbalism with Jim McDonald
When?Start time: Friday 10:00am (22 June)
End time: Sunday 4:00pm (24 June)
In western herbalism, our energetic system is found in our herbal actions, and yet… how well do we really know them? Is “anti-inflammatory” really so useful a term? How long can we prattle on about astringents? Are bitters really just “digestive herbs”? Who shouldn’t get which adaptogens? Is an alphabetical list of two sentence definitions of herbal actions anything other than dreadfully painful to read?
Join Michigan herbalist Jim McDonald and we’ll answer all these questions (and more!), with the help of old leather, soggy donuts, and who knows what else; in the process making energetics practical, clear and more humorous than perhaps was expected. Once a solid understanding of the foundation of western herbalism is established, our ability to recognize underlying patterns of imbalance becomes second nature, and our ability to discern the right herbs to choose for an individual person and condition becomes much more intuitive.
Friday (7 till 9pm)
Experiential energetics. Or: listening to your tea… we’ll be drinking some mystery tea and using our bodies to interpret it’s virtues.
Saturday (10am till 6pm)
We’ll begin our exploration of energetics, starting with the six tissue states and developing that into an exploration of foundational actions; those western actions are the most directly correlated to energetic states…
Sunday (10am till 4pm)
We’ll expand our foray into primary and secondary actions, and discover how the foundational actions that underlie these properties allow us to choose herbs directly correlated to the energetics of both the person and what issues they’re dealing with…
Tuition: $300; Receive $50 off your registration when you register by May 15th!
Please review https://www.holisticlivingschool.org/cancellation-policy/ for our school’s tuition and cancellation policies.
Jim McDonald has been practicing the art of herb-craft since 1994, and offers a knowledge of herbalism that blends western folk and indigenous views of healing with the Vitalist traditions of 19th century western herbalism, presented through a blend of story, experience, humor, common sense and lore. He has taught classes and workshops throughout North America, hosts the website www.herbcraft.org, and has written for Plant Healer Magazine, the Journal of the Ontario Herbalists Association, and Llewelyn’s Herbal Almanac. He is currently writing (alternately) A Great Lakes Herbal & Foundational Herb-craft. jim is a community herbalist, a manic wild-crafter and medicine maker, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herb-craft… the plants themselves.
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