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Foundations of Herbal Medicine In-Person Training
One weekend a month April through October.
What is covered in this course
Foundational models of energetics from three perspectives:
- the 6 tissue states of western herbalism
- the three doshas of ayurveda
- the new biology of a coherent terrain
Medicine making such as:
- Infused oils
- tea blending
- incense and aromatic medicine
In depth modules covering:
- the respiratory system
- the nervous system
- the immune system
- the urinary and kidney system
- the circulation system
- the musculoskeletal system
Homework, feedback, and a final project.
Foundations on energetic boundaries through movements and practice
Understanding plant communication as presented through the senses
Basic plant identification
Exploration of the local wilds and woodlands through herb walks
This course will take place over 7 months from April through October, on the second weekend of each month with the exception of May (third weekend.)
The course is partially online, partially in-person.
At the beginning of every month I will add to the online classroom a new pre-recorded lesson pertaining to a particular topic (ie the digestive system, nervous system, respiratory system, etc). I’ll also include some medicine making tutorials (not all, some will be in-person) and homework assignments. These lessons will consist of 6 hours of study to be absorbed at your own pace. On the second weekend of every month we will begin our live classes. We will meet online over zoom on Friday evening from 6-8 pm for a Q and A / lesson recap / homework review. You can submit any questions in advance via email, or jump in live. This will be more of a roundtable classroom. These will be recorded and added to the online classroom as well.
That same weekend on Sunday we will meet for our in-person classes from 10 am - 4 pm.
The Sunday classes will be day-long herb walks in the wild and park areas of our local region, they’ll be in presence with the plants, each other and the fresh air. The herb walks will happen rain or shine with exceptions of extreme / unsafe conditions. We won’t be going through rough terrain, but participants should be willing and able to be outdoors for extended periods and to move about on trails, up and down hills. You’ll need to pack a lunch and have the proper outfit for the conditions. You know, Wisconsin weather. The audio portion of Sunday classes will be recorded and added to the online classroom.
Mindful of the possibilities for change, the student is expected to commit to making all the dates.
We have scheduled a make up date at the end of the course if we have to cancel a class for some unforeseeable event.
Considerations for in-person Sunday classes:
Enough water to drink.
I’ll make sure the places we do herb walks have a public bathroom or at least a porta-potty.
Your notebook and a pen.
A packed lunch.
The right footwear and attire.
Q and A: 14th
Herb walk: 16th
May: (third weekend, mother's day is the second weekend)
Q and A: 19th
Herb Walk: 21st
Q and A: 9th
Herb Walk: 11th
Q and A: 7th
Herb Walk : 9th
Q and A: 11th
Herb Walk: 13th
Q and A: 8th
Herb Walk: 10th
Q and A: 13th
Herb Walk: 15th
make up date in case: 22nd
Who is this course for?
For those who desire a greater understanding of their own health from a holistic perspective and a focused lens of herbal medicine.
For those who have a desire to serve the needs and nurture the health of their family, friends and community.
For those who have been called to explore and honor the gifts of the earth.
For those who have been learning herbal medicine and want to expand their knowledge, but wish for a strong foundational base to build the structure of information.
For those who garden or forage and wish to have a deeper relationship with the virtues of the plants in their environment.
For those who are interested in the craft and skill of herbal medicine making.
For those who wish to find like minded individuals to build bonds and community through lessons and class.
For those who would like to see the wild places of our area with new eyes by knowing more intimately the “trees from the forest,” and finding plant allies along the paths which we share.
For those who are courageous enough to see things as they truly are even if they stand against long held beliefs; there is no lie in nature.
About the instructor:
Hi, my name is Kyle Denton. You may know me as a community herbalist and the co-owner of Tippecanoe Herbs and Apothecary. I have a deep appreciation for the Creator’s creation, nature, where there is no lie. The philosophy that I study and practice is what I would call Bio-Terrain Vitalism. I accept that the subtle informs the gross, the unseen influences the seen, spirit begets material. I teach that health and disease are influenced from the inputs of spirit, emotional/mental and finally the physical. All three of these pieces can affect each other in this model. I use the term “Bio-terrian Vitalist” as I see a holistic picture with many facets that can affect the vital terrain of a living being, including living men and women. Nature is constantly affirming the proof of over-unity, abundance, coherence and the self ordering and self organizing principle. I see all dis-ease as deficiency, separation, dissonance from this principle of coherence. This is how I work with plant medicine; to encourage coherence in one’s bio-field. In my view the plants are not the savior, they are not doing the work or healing, they are helpers to remind us of our innate design for health and vitality and encourage us to take the responsibility of our health, dismantling the victim narratives that separate us from our power and unity with the All.
In my role as a community herbalist I manage our neighborhood apothecary that manufactures the medicine that we stock in our beautiful herb shop and various other locations, I consult often with clients and customers (sometimes in a more formal clinical setting, but not always), I forage and collect the plants we use, I sell the various medicines at farmers market stands and in our shop of course, and I teach about plant medicine. Maybe you’ve been to one of my classes or herb walks.
I was a student of Ayurvedic medicine which is translated as the “Science of life.” In this multifaceted discipline I found the calling of the plants to be my path. I adapted my studies to include various types of Western Herbalism, learned more about medicine making from local and wild harvested plants and began making custom formulas for my clients. Next, I started a stand at a farmer’s market and really enjoyed the hustle and bustle of many people. This interest pulled me away from clinical work and focused more on serving as many local people as possible, finally opening a brick and mortar retail store and apothecary. I’ve had many wonderful teachers and some difficult lessons, but in all of this journey there have been no greater teachers to me than the plants and the people who come to share their healing journey through plant medicine. It is my intention to share the deepest lessons that I have received along my own plant path with the students of this course, that they may be connected to the living world of healing found in nature, and my intention that the student may awaken their own unique understanding of herbalism, and teach the tools of discernment for the path may open for each of them.
This course has availability for work study scholarship.