September 22-24, 2017
The Sacred Gardener Farm
To come to the third ‘clinic’ workshop you must have come to one of the first two herbal workshops or a previous year’s herbal workshop.
In this third and final workshop of the Herbal series ‘Clinical’ Use of Local Herbs we bring it all together. You’ve come to know the The Herbal Healers (session 1) and have the The Herbalist’s Tools for using the herbs (session 2), now it’s time to learn to diagnose and apply your intuition and knowledge to a real human being. This session will start with teachings to help the participants grasp certain perspectives and techniques that are central to the art of healing people. Starting the first day and into the second day we’ll practice many ‘clinic’ exercises, with each other, and willing visitors. I use the word clinic here, more to describe a herbalist’s professional approach to clients, rather than to justify this course as a basis for professional practice, which it is not. But I think having a serious professional approach, particularly with family and friends is important, so the opportunities for healing aren’t clouded by personal bias.
In running through a ‘clinical visit’ we see what questions and approaches are taken to getting information. We’ll follow the process through to choosing the right herb, applied with the most effective technique, at the right dosage.
As every plant is different, so too is every person. We focused on the plants in the first workshop, processing and storing the medicine in the second and in this workshop we’ll focus on people and application of the personalized herbal remedies. By understanding the client’s different “bodies”, and learning to listen and see them clearly enough to know which body to treat, and how to treat it, takes years. No matter how long you’ve been doctoring people, nobody can master the mysteries of our body’s health. That’s why it’s called a ‘practice’. But, knowing the plants, knowing the preparations and being able to read people well, is a good start toward making ‘response-able’ decisions about what the herbal remedy should be given and in what dosage.
In some instances, with some people, using a very light or homeopathic dose is whats needed, whereas other times we need a macro dose over longer periods, and everything in-between.
Because every person and every situation is different, we as healers should not be trained in memorized responses but rather have a intimate understanding of our local medicines and of the whole human, so that we can actually ’respond’ to people as an individuals, and channel the right remedy for them.