Foundations of Herbal Medicine
1 weekend a month April through October
Saturday by Zoom, Sunday in the field for herb walks. We’ll meet 10am-4pm both days with a break for lunch.
What is covered in this course
Foundational models of energetics from two perspectives:
- the 6 tissue states of western herbalism
- the three doshas of ayurveda
Medicine making such as:
- Infused oils
- tea blending
- tinctures and more
In depth modules covering:
- the respiratory system
- the nervous system
- the immune 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 6 months from May through October, on the second weekend each month. It’s a mix of both virtual classroom learning as well as in person outdoor learning.
The Saturday classes will be held remotely via Zoom: they entail presentations, medicine making demonstrations and homework assessment.
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 and other classmates and we can use the advantage of the outdoors to maintain distance and be in the fresh air. The herb walks will happen rain or shine (rooting for shine, of course). We won’t be going through extremely rough terrain, but participants should be willing and able to be outdoors for extended periods and to move about on trails. You’ll need to pack a lunch and have the proper outfit for the conditions. You know, Wisconsin weather.
The classes on Zoom will be recorded to watch later, and the audio of the herb walks will also be recorded and downloadable for later listening. Mindful of a few exceptions and the flux of changes in society at large these days, the student should be able 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
Sunscreen - if you’re into that
Staying home if you’re sick
Your notebook and a pen
A packed lunch
The right footwear
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.
About the instructor:
Hi, I’m Kyle Denton and I prefer to write a bio about myself in first person. I’m a community herbalist and co-owner of Tippecanoe Herbs and Apothecary in Milwaukee, WI. 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. Besides my interests in the natural world and exploration of nature in my childhood, I like to trace my own journey into herbal medicine to a singularity of collision. Bike vs car. Let’s just say that the bike represented my path, and the car was the proverbial fork in the road. After the accident I was healed by my love and partner Serena through some bodywork from the Ayurvedic tradition known as Panchakarma. This led to my interest to explore this healing system more in depth, and what would you know, but one of the only Ayurvedic schools in the country was in our town of Milwaukee (unfortunately that school no longer exists). On our first session in class we were sitting in a circle and our instructor Amanda Lyon asked if we would share our path that led us to be there that afternoon. As we went around the circle I thought about what to say and realized that the accident that led me there occurred one year to the date, but also as it became my turn to speak it was also the exact minute of the day one year before. I understood right away that it was a very clear synchronistic proof that this was the path. After a year in school it was clear to me that the herbalism portion of the holistic lifestyle training had piqued my interest beyond the other portions of study, like bodywork, movement, nutrition, meditation, pulse reading, etc. I continued my journey with herbalism by seeking training in regional herbalism, some might call it Western Herbalism. This is because I was mostly interested in healing with plants, but I wanted to know more about how to apply the framework of Ayurveda to plants of our local (Midwestern) bio region. So I began studying with as many “Western” (I use that term loosely) Herbalist as I could. I joined Jim McDonald’s herbal foundation course and went to Michigan once a month to study with him, a life changing experience and an incredible powerup to my understanding of herbalism. (I have to say, I adore Jim and think of him as my primary teacher of western herbalism) I studied with Suchill Coffman to improve my medicine making skills. I implemented Paul Bergner’s course to deepen my connection to the concept of vitalism in a clinical setting. I learned through Susun Weed for a surface level understanding of the Wise Woman Tradition. Marji Flint for more clinical applications like facial and tongue diagnostics. I’ve taken several courses with Matthew Wood who has thoroughly cemented in my practice the framework of the 6 tissue states which I use as a foundational model, which we’ll get into in depth in this course. And there have been so many more. 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, the lineages of teachers that inform my personal understanding, to offer how 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 a few spots available for work study scholarship, or an apprentice based scholarship.