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A Weekend with Matthew Wood


.Fri/Sat/Sun  October 14-16, 2016
10 am - 5 pm each day
Tuition:  $295
Space is Limited - Register EARLY!!
Potluck Lunch - Please bring a dish to share


Herbalism gives us the opportunity to expand our perceptions of the natural world through journeying and the intuitive understanding of patterns and connections within Nature.  When we learn to think intuitively we see the signatures by which the virtues of the plants are known.  The most powerful are the ‘spirit signatures,’ when the plant looks like an animal.  This connects us to the animal world, which teaches us about our biological urges, instincts, and primal emotions.  It is because we are part animal that this knowledge is so important.  Ultimately, we need to actualize our own animal spirit self in order to give our dream self eyes and ears in the spirit world.  In this class we will learn about bear medicines (angelica, osha, spikenard, burdock), deer and elk (bee balm, cleavers, sumach, cornus), rabbit (rabbit tobacco, wild yam), wolf (agrimony, St. John’s wort, werewolf root), raven (baptisia, mitchella), snake (black cohosh, rattlesnake master), underwater panther (white water lily, iris, solomon’s seal), and turtle (gravel root).  If nothing else, this is a beautiful way to know about herbs and their uses.           


This subject rises naturally out of the first one because the animals tend to have stronger affinities to the neuro-endocrine regulatory system, while the plants have a stronger affinity to the cellular regulatory system – called “ground regulation” (see Wikipedia, “milieu interieur”).  So we will discuss the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal medulla and cortex, and the sexual system, with emphasis on the “heritage gift” of the great female remedies received from the American Indian people (black and blue cohosh, true and false unicorn root, trillium, wild yam, raspberry leaf, mitchella, cramp bark, black haw, etc.)  Also some European, Chinese, and lesser known native female medicines and some prostate and male remedies.  Sometimes reproductive problems are not due to hormones but the tissues (tense, relaxed, hot, cold, damp, dry) so we will discuss some of these problems as well.     


Earlier Event: October 9
Crafting with Dried Flowers & Herbs