TerraVita Herbal Class Descriptions
Southern California 2014
Saturday, February 8th
9-9:30 a.m.: Opening and Introduction in Great Hall
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Herbs for Relaxation and Sleep with Suzana Corritori, MD
Recent statistics show that the prevalence of general sleep disturbance experienced by people over a year is estimated at approximately 85%, while the estimate of diagnosed chronic insomnia is estimated at around 10%. The economic cost of sleep disorders is immense and counts in billions of dollars. The use of the existing pharmaceuticals is often associated with adverse events and many people choose to use alternative medicines including herbal preparations. Relaxation and sleep are mutually inductive. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of herbs that have been used and are commonly used for relaxation and support of healthy sleep patterns.
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine with Robert Talbert
Lecture topics include:
- A Brief Introduction to Ayurveda
- Understanding your constitution and your current state of balance or imbalance
- Overview of using food as medicine.
- 5 Sense Therapies and balancing through opposites
- 14 tips for Healthy Eating that everyone can follow
- Questions and Answers
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Allergies and Inflammations- immediate and long-term solutions with Shana Lipner Grover – beginner/intermediate
Allergies can be a mild annoyance or a life restricting experience depending on many factors. We don’t have to be slaves to our symptoms, learn what you can do by diet, lifestyle and herbal medicine to reduce the overreaction of inflammation that contributes to an allergies and intolerances.
12- 1:30 p.m.: Vegetarian Lunch Included
1:30-4 p.m.: A Western Constitutional Health Model with James Green
Each individual is delightfully unique having distinctive physical, emotional and social appetites. Your particular constitutional makeup reflects the one-of-a-kind individual you are and indicates those nutrients, environments and experiences that probably best suit you. Most importantly, It can help you appreciate yourself and others more and celebrate the grand diversity we all deliver.
In this class I will give you a “health-care model” that focuses on your individual temperament and body type. I’ve fashioned a relatively simple constitutional model, employing Western terms and archetypes that are easy to comprehend and you can use to help determine the unique nature of your constitutional makeup and those of your family members, acquaintances and interesting strangers.
This model describes the form and energy of the basic human components you use to design your distinctive nature. It deals directly with how your individual blend of these components functions and what you can do to keep it functioning healthily and happily.
With this information and insight you can more astutely select a fitting diet, appropriate herbal nutrition, therapeutic self-care, and a suitable lifestyle to efficiently nourish your particular physique, energy and personality.
Using a constitutional model as a guide, we can perceive and understand others and ourselves more intimately allowing us greater ease and a deeper appreciation.
1:30-4 p.m.: Herbs for Bone/Connective Tissue Health Support with Suzana Corritori, MD
Our bone and connective tissues are of critical importance to our health. As these tissues are challenged continuously by every day wear-and –tear process, physical stress, lifestyle and environment, an additional support is always welcome to help with the natural nutrition, and repair-rebuild-renew process. This workshop will help you understand how herbal preparations can help support your musculoskeletal health and keep you moving.
1:30-4 p.m.: Plant Walk-with Shana Lipner Grover beginner
Native herb walk in Laguna Coast Wilderness; food, medicine and poison plants all around us.
4 p.m.-8 p.m.: Market Place, United Plant Savers Auction/Raffle and Herbal Festivities (open to the public) in the Great Hall
Sunday, February 9th
9-9:30 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction of the teachers
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: The Bach Flower Essences with James Green
Dr. Edward Bach, developed a bouquet of 38 water-infused floral essences. Each of these energetic essences, when needed, can gently uplift a being’s subtle nonphysical vibrations, nurture tranquility in the mind, and ultimately relieve any adverse symptoms. These essences assist individuals to cultivate ease in their lives, curb the momentum of acute or chronic self-limiting thoughts and thereby prevent unpleasant physical manifestations. Herbalist Edward Bach developed a system of herbal medicine so accommodating that anyone can prepare their own medicines, and when feeling out of sorts, can simply diagnose and treat him or herself, escalate the momentum of self-enabling thoughts, rekindle their vitality and creative enthusiasm and thereby enable the ongoing experience of their innate perfect health. Yes, the “perfect health” we came forth with.
You will come away from this class with an understanding of how to create and use flower essence remedies, better understand how and why they work, and learn about Edward Bach and his remarkable herbal essences.
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Herbal Support of Respiratory Health, Using California Native Plants with Julie James
Imbalance in the respiratory system can create imbalance in every other system, creating greater stress response and decreased oxygenation of tissues. In addition, the health of our respiratory system can give us clues as to the health of other tissues and systems that may not be as apparent. We will look at how imbalance manifests (asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, hay fever and more) and how to treat those conditions, and the native and introduced plants that we can use for support of these systems and our general health.
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Soap Making with Cindy Christ
Learn to make herbal soap using the traditional cold process method. We will walk through the safety factors of making and using a lye solution, discuss the variety of soapmaking oils, and learn to incorporate fresh herbs and herbal infusions into handmade soap. In addition, during this soapmaking demonstration, we will discuss the variety of essential oils that contribute to an aroma-therapeutic soap bar. See how the finest handmade soaps are made and gain the confidence to begin making your own. All students will take home a sample bar of the soap made in class, a soap recipe to try at home, and a materials list with suppliers.
9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Children’s Program sponsored by Earthroots Field School with – Lyah Jarvis
In this all day program children ages 5-12 (younger when accompanied by an adult) will learn to make a simple salve and lip balm using herbal infused oils, and will learn some of the basic medicinal qualities of the herbs used and how to identify them.
12-1:30 p.m.: Vegetarian Lunch Included
1:30-4 p.m.: Children’s Program sponsored by Earthroots Field School with – Lyah Jarvis
1:30-4 p.m.: Herbal tonics for overall wellness with Suzana Corritori, MD
Herbal tonics are herbs that help promote overall health and well-being. Daily consumption of tonic herbs supports the body’s regulatory system for building optimal energy levels, protection, and adaptability. Creating a strong foundation within the body through the use of tonic herbs nourishes the body, and promote the mind, and spirit at a level of profound balance and vitality. This workshop will help you understand the principles of herbal tonification as an important paradigm of wellness.
1:30- 4 p.m.: Making Plant Medicines: Liquid Extracts, Infused Oils, and Healing Salves with Julie James
In this workshop, we’ll discuss and demonstrate the best ways of making therapeutically active herbal medicines at home, looking in detail at tinctures, acetum and other extracts for internal use, and how to make really exceptional infused oils and healing salves for the skin. One of the foundational issues in making herbal medicines is knowing how best to use the plant, which solvents will most effectively extract the widest range of constituents, and the concentrations and optimal forms of each herb. There are methods both ancient and modern for ensuring proper extraction of medicinal components from plants, and once you get the hang of it, the possibilities are almost endless. There’s a fair bit of science and, yes, some algebra involved (but just a bit, and I promise I’ll make it as easy as possible for you).
We’ll sample many different medicines and go through the process from start to finish, so that you’ll feel absolutely comfortable going home, breaking out the Everclear, Apple Cider Vinegar and Olive Oil and starting your own herbal apothecary!
1:30 -4 p.m.: Class with Rebecca Altman
4 p.m.: Closing circle in the Great Hall