2019 TVHS Schedule

2019 Terra Vita Herbal Symposium Class Schedule

Friday, March 1st:

Pre-Conference Intensive – Women’s Breast Health and Immunity Workshop with DeAnna Batdorff – 6:30 – 9:00p in Great Room

Saturday, March 2nd:

9-9:30: Check-in, Great Room:

-Welcome with Jaqcue Tahuka-Nunez, a tribal descendant of the Acjachemen Nation

 -Teacher Introductions

9:30a – 12:00p

Ayurvedic Weather Report with DeAnna Batdorff

Demystifying the Art of Making Hydrosols with Cindy Christ:  Have you been curious about the art and science of distillation?  Do you have the desire to incorporate hydrosols into your formulations but not sure where to begin?  Join us as we pack the Alembic Copper Still.  She’ll run for the course of the class while we explore the ins and outs of steam and hydro distillation.  Experience a variety of phyto distillates while we play with the many uses of hydrofoils in formulation.  Resources will be shared and the opportunity to purchase a copper still will be available.  Come meander with the aromatic molecules and dive deep into a whole new experience of plant extraction.

Liver Energetics, Excess and Deficiency with Shana Lipner-Grover (Interpreted from Michael Moore’s Constitutional Theory of Excess and Deficiency-intermediate to advanced) Herbalist Michael  Moore developed a constitutional perspective that is focused on the patterns of excess and deficiency in the body.  We can use this theory to notice what organ system is running excess or pulling too much of the body’s energy, and what organ system is running deficient and not getting the energy or raw materials it needs to function properly.  We can look at these in relations to symptoms affecting organ symptoms and can shape the way we look at health in the body.  The liver has many responsibilities with detoxification being the most popular but there is so much more going on.  We will look at the symptoms that suggest the liver running excessive and deficient as well as herbs associated with these functions.

Honeybee Medicine with Shannon Pritchard:  Honey Bees have been practicing civilization for at least 50 million years – sustaining themselves completely on plant medicine, while inspiring all that feeds them to grow more colorful, delicious-smelling, and nectarious! All in desire for the honeybee’s sweet attention. Couldn’t we humans do the same?  This class is a journey that begins with story-telling, honey-tasting, and making an herbal honey infusion together.  We will familiarize ourselves with the life cycles of the buzzing residents of honeybee hives, the magic of what they create from their bodies, and the reverence with which they harvest and give back to the flowering plant world which feeds them.  In speaking to all of their gifts (from pollination services to honey, pollen, wax, propolis, royal jelly) I will share both modern wisdom, and ancient tales, while passing around tasty samples of infused honeys, tinctures, and potions. Together we will discuss how to live in service to what feeds us, how to nurture honeybee habitat, and transform the world around us with lessons from the bees themselves. The class will include:

– samples of floral source honeys, infused honeys, fresh bee pollen, ethically gathered royal jelly, honey spirits & alchemical planetary potions
– alchemical & revolutionary poetry
And requires nothing but an open heart.

12:00p – 1:30p:  Lunch will be served in the Great Room

1:30p – 4:00p

Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat – Prepping and Applying Herbal Formulas with Julie James:  A demonstration of various techniques and recipes including eye washes and drops, nasya oil, nasal washes, throat sprays and gargles, and more.  Includes a discussion of the most common imbalances that affect these organs, and how to create protocols to support healing.

Growing a Southern California Medicine Garden with Jeff Higley:  This in-depth exploration will focus on creating a medicine garden for yourself and your family.  We will focus on the critical building blocks of your year-round living medicine cabinet, learning about the perennial and seasonal plants that will lay a foundation for your gardening practice.  Pulling from a wide variety of natives as well as subtropical and temperate plants from around the world, we will be able to draw on large palette depending on your needs and specific circumstances.  Additionally, we will focus on your specific microclimate, discussing the use of sun, wind, water or lack thereof to give each plant the conditions it needs not only to survive, but to thrive.

Brigid’s Fire: Ancestral Healing, Ancestral Wisdom, Our Relationship with Mother Nature with John Slattery:  An Herbalist’s relationship with Nature, and understanding of how she heals, is as important as their knowledge of the properties of herbs.  Represented in the Celtic holiday of Imbolc, or St. Brigid’s Day, are rituals centered on the element of fire.  This fire is said to reside in the head and is our true inspiration, our connection to the great intelligence of life within us and surrounding us.  Although much has changed in the composition of cultures across the Earth over time, the ancestral wisdom still lives within the springs, the forested hills, the canyons, the seashore.  The elements are very much alive within us and all around us.  Integrating this perspective in our work with plants for healing opens up new and vast possibilities that the rational realm cannot contain nor fathom.  Surrendering to Brigid’s Fire is to surrender to something greater than ourself, yet intrinsically part of ourself.  A wisdom which can guide us along our journey through healing, through nature, throughout all of life.

Herb Walks and Nature Hikes with Lanny Kaufer:  Interpretive walks and hikes with an emphasis on edible and medicinal plans, those classified as “herbs” for their culinary and medicinal properties.  Lanny discusses and demonstrates the plants’ traditional and modern uses for food, home remedies, botanical medicine, survival, wildcrafting, landscaping, camping, crafts, ceremony and more.  You’ll learn to positively identify native plants in their natural habitats and those suitable for foraging.  You’ll discover their roles in the ecology of the area as well as their applications for humans.  This type of learning cannot be done accurately with books, photos and web images alone.

Sunday, March 3rd:

9-9:30: Check-in, Great Room Introductions

9:30a – 12:00p

Herb Walks and Nature Hikes with Lanny Kaufer:  Interpretive walks and hikes with an emphasis on edible and medicinal plans, those classified as “herbs” for their culinary and medicinal properties.  Lanny discusses and demonstrates the plants’ traditional and modern uses for food, home remedies, botanical medicine, survival, wildcrafting, landscaping, camping, crafts, ceremony and more.  You’ll learn to positively identify native plants in their natural habitats and those suitable for foraging.  You’ll discover their roles in the ecology of the area as well as their applications for humans.  This type of learning cannot be done accurately with books, photos and web images alone.

Lymphatic Self Care – The River of Life with DeAnna Batdorff

Plant Energetics: Cultivating the Feeling of Sense with John Slattery:  Slowly opening up our senses to what the plants have to offer places us onto the fast track to learning.  Working with plant energy is a practice in deeply engaging our senses. To implement the theoretical framework of plant energetics requires that our knowledge be grounded in experience – and we are made to experience the world around us through our senses. Because plants exist as responsive beings to their surroundings, they call upon us to become more fluid within the present moment with our awareness of all that we engage with. This class will explore the complexity of plant energetics, as they’re called, through the experiential journey of organoleptic testing (taste, smell, touch, imagery) as we taste plants, tinctures, and teas… while interweaving our contextual awareness of ourselves within the place we find ourselves. Weaving together the trinity of person, place, and plant we can arrive at a truly holistic perspective.

Upper GI Energetics, Excess and Deficiency with Howie Brounstein:  Interpreted from Michael Moore’s constitutional theory of excess and deficiency.  The upper digestive system is explored through the lens of Michael Moore’s constitutional physiology. After a quick overview of upper GI physiology, the concepts of excess and deficiency will be defined and applied to the system. Specific symptoms will be defined and discussed, along with appropriate herbal protocols using bitters, aromatics, demulcents, and astringents.

12:00p – 1:30p:  Lunch will be served in the Great Room

1:30p – 4:00p

Botanical Support in Cancer Care with Julie James:  When a client, friend or family member comes to you with a diagnosis of cancer, it can feel overwhelming to consider how to provide nutritional and herbal support. But there are so many ways that we can do so, to provide guidance and help in building vitality and wellness, increasing quality of life and protecting immunity and energy, preventing or reducing general side effects, while avoiding negative interactions with medications and even enhancing therapeutic outcomes of conventional cancer treatments.

Producing Medicinal Herbs for Making Medicine with Jeff Higley:  From seed to salve, this class will discuss the ins and outs of producing herbs for making your own herbal remedies, or for other product makers. We will delve deep into the steps necessary to get your herbs ready to make a product from propagation, planting , weeding, harvesting, drying and preparing for the medicine maker. Along the way we will discuss the pitfalls, challenges and things to look out for, and provide practical solutions to avoid failure and help you get the best quality product possible for your efforts. This will be a whirlwind, bring questions.

The Science of Culinary Herbalism from Botany to Clinical Applications with Shana Lipner-Grover (beginner to intermediate):  The easiest way to impact someone’s health is from their daily decisions, which start in the kitchen. Many people don’t realize they are contributing to their symptoms by their choice of foods. Empowering people to be personally responsible for their actions is the beginning of a healing path, not a quick fix. Culinary herbalism is one of our oldest forms of herbal medicine, dating back to oral traditions. Common herbs found in today’s American spice cabinets can be easily broken down into plant families and function.  From the aromatic leaves and flowers of the Lamiaceae to the pungent seeds of the Apiaceae and the fiberous roots of the Zingiberaceae. We can use them similarly in food flavoring, but each has specifics to be brought to the clinical table.

The Sages of Southern California with Howie Brounstein:  California is the home to many species of Sage, Salvia spp. This class will be an overview of the different Sages growing around us, along with a few exotics. Some are plentiful and “weedy” in the ecosystem, others are best left alone. We will explore the contemporary medicinal uses of Sages, including the common Garden Sage. The discussion will incorporate botany, ecology, the effects of fire, and environmental concerns.

9:30a – 4:00p Earthroots Children’s Herb Camp (Ages 4-12): Children will spend the day exploring the world of herbs through art, song, games, and herbal healing projects.  Join us on an herb walk, making goodies with herbs to eat as well as working with herbs as simple medicine in first aid and with soothing bath and bedtime blends.  Give your children a taste for the magic of plants by giving them the day to explore the herb world.  Please bring a journal and something to write with.

 

 

 


 
 
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