November 18 + 25, December 9 + 16: Reading the Energy and Intelligence of Plants
Herbalism: Reading the Energy and Intelligence of Plants - 4 Class Series
Herbal medicine is regaining traction in our cultural healthcare. A combination of traditional knowledge being kept alive through books and oral traditions with contemporary capacities in biomedical, phytopharmaceutical and phytochemical research sciences have supported amazing potential and possibility for healing contained in the plant world in many
ways. This external wealth of knowledge is expansive and almost infinite and overwhelming at times... so how do we approach it on our terms, access our own innate wisdom with intuitive sense, and foster a personal relationship with these plant intelligences?
In this class we will discuss plant evolution and plant sensory capabilities as well as the benefit of nurturing our connection to the plant world, to begin to see them as individual intelligences with information to offer, and how we may access a level of personal relationship and energetic communication with individual plants as well as the natural world at large. We will spend time each class practicing personal grounding techniques that benefit and nurture the capacity to listen with openness to the heart and mind and help us stay connected to our bodies and senses. We might find that we know more than we think when we just listen!
Participants in this class will also craft a personal herbal or flower essence blend to bring home that will help to support energetic connection capacities. Remedies discussed in this class are not intended to prevent, cure, treat, or diagnose any medical condition and are not intended to suggest replacement and/or discontinuation of current medications or treatments for participants.
Carolyn Smith has been a student of herbal medicine since 2008. Brought up in St. Paul, MN, in a relatively conventional midwestern family, she began developing an awareness of plants and their medicinal value through classes with herbalist, Lise Wolff. She completed Lise’s Three Seasons Herbal Intensive in 2010, and has been Lise’s apprentice since fall of 2012. She has gathered many other immersive education experiences as well including internships at medicinal herb farms, studies with many other practitioners and working in retail with natural health care. Working closely with Lise, Carolyn has learned: the power of subtle small doses of plants for healing; the use of local abundant plants for medicine; the value of carefully listening to people and their pulse to hear what they need; and listening to plants to learn what they do. Through Lise’s mentorship she has established her own herbal consultation practice. You can learn more at her website - carolynherbs.com
This is a four part series workshop and is offered on a sliding scale, $90(suggested) + a $5 materials fee, 2 hours each evening 6:30-8:30pm. Feel free to take the whole series or just one night of class:
Monday Nov 18/Class 1: Discussion of use of plants in every day life, everyone knows some herbs! We will discuss grounding, practice grounding technique and make a Flower Essence remedy tailored to meet your own needs. Short reading and experiential homework assignment given for next week. $25 for single class + $5 materials fee
Monday Nov 25/Class 2: We will start by sharing and discussing experiences and reactions to homework assignments from previous week. This class will cover plant evolution, the Doctrine of Signatures, and plant sensory capabilities to gain appreciation for plants as sentient beings. We will do grounding practice and do some observational plant sensing in the classroom. A podcast listening and experiential homework assignment given for next week.
$25 for single class, no materials fee
Monday Dec 9/Class 3: This class will include a virtual plant walk to “meet” some plants that are local to our area and abundant in the summer months. We will also share and discuss experiences and reactions to homework assignments from previous week. Grounding practice will be covered again. We will be practicing sensing our own bodily reactions to tasting medicinal preparations of herbs including one mystery remedy. Short reading and experiential homework assignment given for next week.
$25 for single class, no materials fee
Monday Dec 16/Class 4: We will start by sharing and discussing experiences and reactions to homework assignments from previous week. We will do grounding practice, get clear on reasons why we would like to connect to plant energies and have discussion. At this class we will be discussing more specifically the steps to approaching communication with plants from Stephen Buhner. $25 for single class, no materials fee
6:30-8:30pm. $90 for the series + $5 materials fee OR take individual classes for $25 (one includes a $5 materials fee).