Alchemical Ecology
Herbal Immersion

Dates yet to be Announced 

We will be exploring the plants in relation to the seasons, the medicine they offer, the body systems and applicable medicines. Each week will be grounded in practice, making medicines with the herbs by our cosy fireplace, as we allow them to speak through our hands, cultivating a relationship with the vegetative world. 

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face to face course

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Course Curriculum: 

 


Day 1

The Energetics of People and Plants 

Core Component: Foundational Actions 

 

Discover energetics and how they apply to your temperament and life, how they are embodied in plants, and how we can formulate a synergistic connection with the herbs that will most benefit your constitution. 

We will be looking at the patterns of Foundational Actions in herbal medicine and how they can easily expand your knowledge and understanding of the plant Kingdom. 

 

Day 2

Season: Autumn

Seasonal Medicine: Seeds & Fruits 

Body System: Respiratory System 

Core Component: Primary Actions 

Medicine Making: 

 

This is the harvest time of year, where berries and seeds are abundant and we can be in relation with them for our own healing and wellbeing. 

The Autumn is the time to tend to the lungs, and we will be using the Respiratory System as our guide in this weeks lesson. 

The core component will take us on a journey through primary actions, and how we can use these as a pattern to understand Herbal Medicine. 

 

Day 3

Season: Winter 

Seasonal Medicine: Bark & Roots 

Body System: Muscular System 

Core Component: Plant Chemistry 

Medicine Making 

 

The seasonal focus of this week is Winter, exploring the depth of medicine which resides in the bark and roots of plants. 

A time to tend to the muscular system, soothing the soreness of summer with medicines which promote deep healing and rest. 

The core component will focus on the building blocks of the plant world, diving into phytochemistry to learn the main healing compounds and how they offer healing. 

 

Day 4

Season: Spring

Seasonal Medicine: Sap & Shoots

Body System: Urinary System

Core Component: Botany 

Medicine Making  

 

The wheel of the year turns to the green shoots of Spring, and we will be honing in on the wonder that the rising sap of this time has to offer. 

This is the time of detox, as we wring out the languid days of winter and prepare for more active times. This class will focus on the urinary system and its detoxifying properties, making medicines with green shoots and spring sap to cleanse the body. 

The core component will have us immersed in the language of the plants as we learn botany and how it may assist in the identification of plant families and species. 

 

Day 5

Season: Summer

Seasonal Medicine: Leaves & Blooms 

Body System: Epithelial System 

Core Component: Medicine in the Garden 

Medicine Making 

 

The seasonal exploration for this class is Summer, as flowers bloom with fullness, exposing their petals to the sun, and the world is illuminated with the colour of chlorophyll in leaves. 

Our skin requires nourishment during these times exposed to the suns rays, and we will be deepening our understanding of the Epithelial system, handcrafting medicines for topical applications from the summers bounty of flowers. 

 

Day 6 

The Medicine Wheel 

Herbal Formulation 

Medicine Making 

 

The wheel of the year has completed its cycle, and now we take all we have learned to spiral ourselves into a new year of Herbal application. 

This week will focus on the art of Herbal formulation, choosing medicines which create a synergy together, and discussing common ailments we may want to treat as budding herbalists. 

This week we will get creative, and you will be able to make your own medicines with the tools you have acquired throughout the course, with minimal instruction and gentle guidance from your facilitators. 

Harnessing your creative potential and experiential wisdom, you will bring the seasonal learnings and their core components together to formulate a synergistic Herbal Medicine. 

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