2013 Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival

8th Annual Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival

Join us at a beautiful, plant filled farm in Minnesota’s Cannon Valley, just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities for a day of herbal and holistic health classes.

Sixteen  classes will be offered by a variety of accomplished practitioners from diverse traditions including  Western Herbalism, shamanic and energy healing, bodywork, TCM and more. There will be something for everyone from beginning to advanced students, including opportunities for hands-on medicine making and plant id.  Relax on the farm between classes and join us for herbal teas a delicious dessert buffet .Experienced medicine makers are welcome to wildcraft independently.

When:  Saturday, September 7th

Where: Cannon Falls Minnesota

Click for the complete printer-ready packet with schedule, course descriptions, instructor bios, directions and printable registration form.  herb day packet 2013

How to Register

Instructors:

M Cathcart

Macey Flood

Katherine Krumwiede

Erin Piorier

Laura Shaw

Cynthia Thomas

Melanie Timpano

Lise Wolff

Matthew Wood

Workshops

Introduction to the Energetics of the Six Tissue States with Matthew Wood

In traditional, holistic, and natural medicine we do not treat diseases defined by molecular lesion, but patterns based on the simple stresses of nature (hot, cold, damp,dry, tense, relaxed), that through the organism out of homeostasis.  These are “Nature’s patterns of disease.”

Shamanism and Herbalism with Matthew Wood

“Native is alive” in body, life force, soul, and spirit, and we are citizens of Nature on all of these levels.  Herbalismpracticed from this perspective is curative, beautiful, safe,and effective.  It earns us the “medical license from the hand of Mother Nature.”

Thinking Clearly with Lise Wolff

This class covers common and obscure plant remedies that help focus thinking.  If you or someone you know has had short- or long-term issues with foggy headedness- organizing the details of life, procrastination, dull thinking, fatigue, an old head injury or plain old distractability–this class is for you.  Feel free to come full of questions and ideas.  This fun class will bring brightness and forward motion to your circle of solutions.

Insulin Resistance/Metabolic Syndrome: Addressing the Health Crisis of Our Time  with Cynthia Thomas

What do heart disease, cancer, PCOS, Alzhiemer’s, infertility and diabetes all have in common? The answer is “Insulin Resistance”. It is thought that up to 75% of the US population will develop insulin resistance. Understanding this disease pattern, along with a simple three pronged approach, can make a huge difference in our ability to help the people in our lives. Learn what to avoid and what to do with diet, lifestyle, supplements and herbs that can reset the course of people’s lives in a few short weeks.

The “P” in Pelvic Floor:  Bladder Basics and Pelvic Floor Rehab with M Cathcart

In this class you will learn to understand the relationship between the pelvic floor and the bladder (and other organs), assess urination, differentiate between types of incontinence and know what treatments they are likely to respond to, and discover what neurology has to do with it all. Typically your patients will respond to incontinence with a set ofbehaviors that are exactly the opposite of what they should be doing and typically they don’t seek other help, so you need to be able to advise them. Your pelvic pain patients are more likely to seek out help and are likely to be told that “it is all in their head.” Find out how to interpret
this comment. The information in this class provides a framework for keeping your bladders, and the bladders of your children, healthy. This isa myth-busting, ab-crunching, mucilagenous-lusting class! (Slippery elm will be discussed.)

Herbal Aphrodesiacs with Laura Shaw

Whether it’s due to age, illness, stress or distractions, many people feel their spark isn’t sparking like it should. Working with an expanded definition of libido, participants will experience a body-centered meditation, and learn how to use herbs and flower essences to enhance or to decrease libido.

Herbal Safety with Erin Piorier

Put on your rubber boots and wade into the murky waters of herbal safety, side effects, contraindications and herb drug interactions. You don’t need to be a chemistry major to become informed on this topic, just bring  a spirit of intellectual curiosity.  We will familiarize ourselves with the vocabulary and concepts surrounding the topic of herbal safety, explore the issues and limitations of clinical research and reporting of adverse events.  We’ll talk about some of the herbs that have been the focus of  safety controversies in recent years including St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, Licorice, Blue Cohosh and others.

Preparing for Winter the TCM Way with Katherine Krumwiede

Minnesota’s many lakes freeze over when the winter’s wind blows cold. How can one stay healthy and happy with the frigid weather, frenzied holiday season, and frequent stressors of everyday life? The TCM way! This class focuses on the unique perspective of Chinese medicine on preventive medicine.

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk with Lise Wolff

Get the best herbal education ever!  Meet the plants themselves.  Come stroll and explore the history, healing powers, and abundance of local plants that surround you, often mistaken for simple weeds.

Blending Teas for Winter Health with Macey Flood

Nothing warms the soul like a pot of tea on a winter evening.  With a few common herbs you can create your own healthful and delicious winter teas.  You’ll be amazed what you already have in your own backyard.

Herbal Basics: Salves and Plant Identification Instructor with Melanie Timpano

Herbal Medicine is accessible to everyone!  Join us for a walk around the farm and learn to identify some of the many edible and medicinal plants that grow around us.  Then learn the simple techniques to turn fresh herbs into oils and ointments. Participants will make their own infused herbal oil.

$5 supply fee payable to instructor. 

Kitchen Cupboard Herbalism with Erin Piorier

There are an abundance of healing herbs available to everyone from fresh and dried herbs, spices and ingredients available at local co-ops and supermarkets.  In this fun and informative workshop we will explore the healing powers of many common and affordable herbs including Garlic, Ginger, Fennel, Anise, Sage, Thyme,  Rosemary, Cayenne and more. We will learn how to apply these herbs during acute health conditions like respiratory infections, ear aches, fevers, sinus infections and other conditions through a variety of preparations including infusions, oils, syrups, compresses and chest rubs. We will touch on the chronic health conditions that these kitchen herbs can also help alleviate and the rich folklore surrounding these useful herbs.

Lunch Hour Plant Walk with Macey Flood

If you’re hungry to meet the plants but don’t know where to start – start here!  Join herbalist Macey Flood on a plant identification walk.  Meet some of the wild all-stars of Minnesota and learn a few of their most important uses.  Though we will stop often for identification, we’ll try to cover some ground.

Plant Identification and Tincture Making Instructor with Melanie Timpano

This class will cover the gathering and preparation of herbal medicinals.  Ethical wildcrafting techniques will be emphasized as students prepare a tincture to take home for use in their own herbal repertoire.

$5.00 supply fee payable to the instructor.

Lactofermentation Primer: Kimchi with Melanie Timpano (kitchen)

You don’t need to be an expert in food science to make delicious and healthful fermented food products. In this class we’ll discuss the basic microbiology of fermentation, why and how your body benefits from fermented foods, and demonstrate how you can easily make your own at home.

Body Language with Laura Shaw

Our bodies have a language and are “talking” to us all the time. Symptoms are the body’s way of getting our attention, or reminding us that we forgot something. Using the a “four bodies” model you will learn how disease is created, and, more importantly, how to heal.

Improving Diagnostic Inquiry with M Cathcart

If a patient complains of shoulder pain, do you ask about gallbladder symptoms? If a woman comes to you with a uterine prolapse are you taking care of her knees as well? There are a number of lesser-known associations that can be important in offering holistic services. Join Melissa for an olio of discussions on diagnosis–unusual diagnostic connections, observations from my practice, basic chemistry & physiology–that will guide you toward asking the questions that are often missed. This session will weave together many topics with the thread of honing diagnostic inquiry.

Schedule of Events—Subject to Change

8:30-9 Welcome

9-10:30 Session One

1. Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk with Lise Wolff (outdoors)

2. Lactofermentation Primer: Kimchi with Melanie Timpano (kitchen)

3.  The “P” in Pelvic Floor:  Bladder Basics and Pelvic Floor Rehab with M. Cathcart

4. Herbal Safety with Erin Piorier

10:30-11  break

11-12:30 session two

1. Introduction to the Energetics of the Six Tissue States with Matthew Wood

2. Preparing for Winter the TCM Way with Katherine Krumwiede (Kitchen)

3. Body Language with Laura Shaw

4. Improving Diagnostic Inquiry with M Cathcart

 

12:30-2 Break

Lunch,

Lunch Hour Plant Walk with Macey Flood (outdoors)

Free wildcrafting time

Honey/Beeswax for sale

2-3:30  Session Three

1. Shamanism and Herbalism with Matthew Wood

2.Thinking Clearly with Lise Wolff

3. Kitchen Cupboard Herbalism with Erin Piorier (Kitchen)

4. Herbal Basics: Tinctures and Plant Identification with Melanie Timpano (outdoors)

3:30-4 Break

4-5:30 Session Four

1. Insulin Resistance/Metabolic Syndrome: Addressing the Health Crisis of Our Time with Cynthia Thomas

2. Blending Teas for Winter Health with Macey Flood (Kitchen)

3. Herbal Aphrodisiacs with Laura Shaw

4. Make it Topical: The Medicinal Ointment with Melanie Timpano (outdoors)

Registration Online or via the Mail

Click for the complete printer-ready packet with schedule, course descriptions, instructor bios, directions and printable registration form.  herb day packet 2013

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