Herb Classes 2005
Class schedule for Autumn 2005 -Winter 2006
- Medicinal Plants: Survey of 178 Herbs
- Introduction to Herbs
- Beginning Herbal Medicine
- Clinical Case Study and Counseling Skills for the Herbalist
- Classic Texts of Herbal Medicine
- Advanced Seminar on Constitutional Therapeutics
- Herb Gardening for Life
- Wildcrafting Trip: High Sierra, Inyo Mountains & Panamint Valley
- Wildcrafting Trip: Redwoods, Trinity Alps & Six-Rivers Area
- Wildcrafting Trip: Point Reyes
- Summer Clinical Intensive
- Midwifery 101
- Physiology for the Herbalist
- Creating Your Own Herbal Medicine Chest
- Spanish for Healthcare Providers
- Counseling Skills for Healthcare Providers
- Autumn Chinese Tonic Herbs and Traditional Chinese Cooking
- Herbs for Winter Health
- Epidemiology Microbiology & Infectious Disease
- Herbs & Massage
- Herb Walks
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Medicinal Plants: Survey of 178 Herbs
Tuesdays, 7:00-11 PM
October 18 2005-February 14 2006
Oakland or San Francisco (tba)
This seventeen session materia medica class covers 178 individual medicinal plants in detail. For each herb, the student will learn where to get it, how to evaluate its quality, basic pharmacology, physiologic actions, when to use it and when not to use it, dosage and preparations, diagnostics, as well as its application in disease, constitutional therapy, preventative medicine, and in supplementing other forms of medicine and healing. Class also includes an introduction to the politics of healthcare, public health issues, history of medicine, multicultural issues, counseling skills, ethics, and wildcrafting. Includes two herb walks, and wild food.
$370 to 880 sliding scale
There are three textbooks and one set of monographs for this class. Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West (2003), Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West (1990), and Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West (2003) by Michael Moore. The plant monographs are extracted from The Eclectic Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D. (1922). These monographs can be read online at http://www.swsbm.com/FelterMM/Felters.html as pdf files, or purchased as newly typeset hard copy from the school.
Introduction to Herbs
Four Wednesdays, 7-9:30 PM
October 26-November 16, 2005
Two weekend herb walks
From field to kitchen, bath and medicine chest, this class is a simple, pleasurable way to introduce healing plants and edible weeds into your life - while learning the basic tools of the herbalist. Learn field identification, harvesting, wild food cooking, basic preparation of home remedies: tinctures and teas, working with fragrance and hydrotherapy in potpourris, bath salts and herbal baths, herbal cosmetics, and ecological awareness. Through a hands-on approach this class gives a sensual understanding of herbs - opening instinct and intuition, while providing a clear intellectual grounding in the principles of herbology. A nice class for children, too!
Join us for lots of samples, medicines we'll make, and delicious wild food!
$70 to 150 sliding scale
Beginning Herbal Medicine
Two weekends, Saturdays 9:30-2:30 PM and Sundays 1-6 PM
September 24-25, and October 8-9, 2005
or Section 2:
Nine Wednesdays, November 30 2005 to February 1, 2006 7-9:30 PM
In San Francisco or Oakland (tba)
Includes two herb walks
This class gives the student a holistic approach to western herbal medicine based in anatomy and physiology. Emphasizing practical and rational use of herbs to bring about change and balance, the student learns whole body approaches to healing.
Actions of herbal medicines in health and disease for the following body systems: digestive, liver and gallbladder, respiratory, cardio-vascular, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, immune, nervous, muscular-skelatal, skin.
Class covers plant identification, wildcrafting, herbal formulation, elements of diagnosis, and medicine making. Class includes wild foods and medicines we make.
Learn to make: infusions, decoctions, syrups, tinctures, liniments, oils, salves, capsules.
$150 to 360 sliding scale
Clinical Case Study and Counseling Skills for the Herbalist
Offered Winter/Spring Semester 2006
This class is for advanced students who want to refine and expand their skills as herbalists. Through case review, homework, and class exercises we will explore the many strategies available to the practitioner to promote flexibility in meeting clients’ needs. We will explore the interaction between herbalist, client, and therapeutic options. Through self-assessment, the student learns that their skills, strengths, weaknesses, biases, and limits are an active and malleable part of a therapeutic relationship. Student will enlarge and refine their capacity for clinical discernment.
We will examine physiologic strategies in acute, chronic, and constitutional care, both holistic and allopathic, working adjunct to other therapies and therapists, energetics, emotional work, intuitive styles, advocacy, multicultural issues, and ethics. We will cover legal issues in clinical practice, and how to do research on medical testing and evaluating lab results and pharmaceuticals. We will cover client interviewing and evaluation, creating treatment plans and formulation, and evaluating client progress. This class provides excellent preparation for clinical practice, giving the student clear problem solving tools, and communication skills.
Class includes one library field trip to learn research skills.
$408 to 611 sliding scale
Classic Texts of Herbal Medicine
Offered Winter/Spring Semester 2006
We will discuss the history of Western herbal medicine, its growth and development of treatment strategies and changing understandings health, disease, suffering, and the role of the client and practitioner .We will cover major authors and social movements in historical context, Starting with Hippocrates, Galen, Avicena, and Hildegard, we will spend most of the class on American Herbal traditions that have left us writings in English.
We will cover the often-unacknowledged yet vital influences and contributions of Native American, Asian, African and Islamic medicine towards what became the dominant medical culture of North America. We will read mostly primary sources from the popular health movement starting with Thomson and the Physiomedicalists, the Eclectics, early Naturopaths, and water cure writers. We will finish with Christian sectarian writers Kloss and Christopher.
We will discuss the growth of materia medica, and medical understanding with special attention to the biological revolution of 1859.
Sliding scale TBA
Advanced Seminar on Constitutional Therapeutics
Offered Winter/Spring Semester 2006
This advanced class furthers the students’ knowledge of constitutional evaluation and therapeutic strategies. Understanding people’s unique physiological style, we can create focused and detailed treatments not only for disease, but also for strengthening the individual’s health, and to tonify against the tendency toward disease. We will study patterns of health, acute and chronic disease, and recovery within the framework of innate and acquired strengths and weaknesses, as well as nervous, endocrine, and organ system balance. A class on tailoring the treatment to the individual.
Lectures emphasize pattern recognition, and treatment strategies. We will begin with an overview of this approach to constitution and then move into more advanced topics. Advanced topics will include immunophysiology of mucosa, chronic pain and hyperalgesia, post traumatic stress syndrome, the effects of sleep cycles on disease and recovery progression, and adrenal cortical anabolic and catabolic patterns, systemic effects of thyroid hormones, CRH, dopamine, oxytocin, somatomedins and growth hormone, prolactin, rennin-angiotensin, aldosterone, and cytokines. Dialogue and active participation are encouraged during the lectures.
$200 to 475 sliding scale
Life Gardening for Herbs and Food
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM, November 12-13 2005
In Richmond and Oakland
Taught by Iyalode (Kathi) Kinney
This class will take place outside in a Healing Garden. Join us for to learn of gardening in the fall. Most of us have at times forgotten the essential interrelationships amongst the members of nature's community. Gardening inspires us to know and remember the journey from soil to seed and back again. This class will take you full circle so that you will have an intense and private relationship with soil. When we make our own products from herbs, a cup of tea, a poultice for sore limbs, we can go to the "semi orchestrated mini-wilderness" of our gardens.
Learn to heartfully create a place in your backyard, balcony, rooftop, or staircase where you can have quiet, peace, and beauty that will speak to your soul, while touching, tasting, smelling, looking, and contemplating the medicine plants, native plants, and food plants in this class. You can meet most of your needs by growing your own (veggies, herbs, nuts, fruit). We will cover soil science, composting, monoculture vs. biodiversity, ideal conditions for certain plants, propagation, medicinal, aromatic, and culinary plants, natural pest control and herbal household products. Come to this class remembering that Nature, by herself, attracts all the diversity.
$55 to 120 sliding scale
Wildcrafting Trip: High Sierra, Inyo Mountains & Panamint Valley
Offered Summer Semester 2006
This is a trip of moist, cool mountain passes, alpine meadows full of flowers, high desert scrub resplendent with juniper, pinion pine and Joshua trees, a few low, hot desert floors, natural hot springs, and desert waterfalls. Traveling through spectacular vistas, well find some of the most fascinating medicinal plants in California. Beginning in the Central Valley, we will spend most of the trip in the Sierras and spend a night in Death Valley.
This trip offers a deep exploration of California's medicinal plants. This is a car camping trip and includes gentle easy hikes. We will often camp at beautiful wild hotsprings. We will cover ethical ecological harvesting, and medicine making. Clear understanding of each plants medicinal actions and use in healing is emphasized. Students are encouraged to understand physiologic plant actions through their senses, as well as intellect. For each herb, the student will learn where to get it, how to evaluate its quality, basic pharmacology, physiologic actions, when to use it and when not to use it, dosage and preparations, diagnostics, as well as its application in acute and chronic disease, constitutional therapy, preventative medicine, and in supplementing other forms of medicine and healing. Lots of clinical information and discussion. And of course physiology made fun, and accessible. There will also be time for quiet rapport with the weeds, shrubs, trees and flowers, as well as plant lore, history, and wild food.
$250 to 550 sliding scale
Wildcrafting Trip: Redwoods, Trinity Alps & Six-Rivers Area
Offered Summer Semester 2006
This trip offers an exploration of the rich northern California flora from west to east. Starting in the coastal redwood forests by the Pacific Ocean well travel east to study plants descending from the Cascades. We will cover the plants of mid-elevation mountains and low rivers ending at the border of Nevada.
This trip offers a deep exploration of Californias medicinal plants. This is a car camping trip and includes gentle easy hikes. We will often camp at beautiful wild hotsprings. We will cover ethical ecological harvesting, and medicine making. Clear understanding of each plants medicinal actions and use in healing is emphasized. Students are encouraged to understand physiologic plant actions through their senses, as well as intellect. For each herb, the student will learn where to get it, how to evaluate its quality, basic pharmacology, physiologic actions, when to use it and when not to use it, dosage and preparations, diagnostics, as well as its application in acute and chronic disease, constitutional therapy, preventative medicine, and in supplementing other forms of medicine and healing. Lots of clinical information and discussion. And of course physiology made fun, and accessible. There will also be time for quiet rapport with the weeds, shrubs, trees and flowers, as well as plant lore, history, and wild food.
$250 to 550 sliding scale
Weekend Wildcrafting Trip: Point Reyes National Seashore
Summer Clinical Intensive
In Washington or Oregon TBA
Saturdays 9 am- 4 pm
January 7-March 11 2006
Open to all women
Babies at the breast warmly welcomed
Taught by Susan Claypool
Is midwifery your calling? Honor the possibility. Ally with dynamic women pursuing education rooted in woman's ways of knowing. Consider the political, social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of motherhood. Deepen your compassion through clinical excellence. Ground yourself in the physiology of pregnancy and birth. Understand the distinctions between doula care, nursing, midwifery and medicine. Develop trust in your own perceptions, hone your ability to think critically, and expand your autonomy. Let your desires ripen. Put your love into service.
In this ten week beginning intensive you will gain insight, knowledge, and hands on skills through passionate discussion, demanding didactics, and practical experience. Excellent preparation for apprenticeship or clinic training, this core class covers the fundamentals of complete midwifery care.
Learn to take blood pressure, measure fundal height, determine fetal position, do routine urinalysis, evaluate fetal heart tones, and assess pelvimetry. Learn differential diagnosis: the normalcy of breeches and twins.
Physiology for the Herbalist
Mondays, October 17, 2005 - February 13 2006 7:00-10:00 PM
Oriented towards the student and practitioner of holistic or alternative healthcare, this class will give the student:
- A clear understanding of basic human physiology: the basis of diagnosis and therapeutics in medicine
- An understanding of the dynamic interrelationship of the body systems and their workings in health and disease
- Skills to communicate clearly with clients and medical professionals
- An understanding of constitution: individual patterns of health, disease, and recovery, based on nervous, endocrine and organ balance. The study of people's unique physiological style.
- Ways to understand and contextualize clinical observations allowing for greater and more focused care
- New ways to use herbs with greater precision leading to better care your clients
This class requires some outside reading. Although at times challenging, this class promises to be fascinating, explorative and fun. This fall we have good multimedia support.
There are two textbooks for this class. Choose one or both. Textbook of Medical Physiology, by Guyton and Hall tenth edition, Saunders 2000, and Physiologic Medicine, by Lingappa and Farey, McGraw-Hill 2000. Textbook of Medical Physiology is dry, very detailed, and fact filled. It emphasizes the "what" of physiology. Physiologic Medicine is juicy, full of guidance in using physiology as a tool to understand and serve people in need. While not as detailed in the facts of physiology as the forementioned book it will help you think physiologically-it emphasizes the "how" of physiologic understanding.
$290 to 695 sliding scale
Creating Your Own Herbal Medicine Chest
Sunday, December 4 2005, 2-6:00 PM
Sunday, December 11 2005, 10:30-6 PM
This two part class teaches you the basic skills of medicine making: from harvest, through preparation, to medicine chest. We will make the basic medicines that are the foundation of self-care for common ailments and first aid.
Class includes one herb walk. We will make lots of medicines - participants will each prepare a personal medicine kit.
Learn to make:
$75 to 132 sliding scale
Spanish for Healthcare Providers
Mondays 2-4pm October 31 - December 19 and two classes tba
Taught by Óscar Alvarez
This is a beginning conversational Spanish language class for healthcare providers. We will cover basic vocabulary, special vocabularies for herbalists and other CAM practitioners as needed, verb tenses, medical and anatomical terminology, greeting, and interviewing. This class will help practitioners communicate effectively and respectfully by taking into account the client's social and cultural context.
$150 to 250 sliding scale
Counseling Skills for Healthcare Providers
either Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 pm October 18 2005-February 14 2006
or Thursdays 7-10pm October 20 2005- February 16 2006
In this sixteen week class we will explore boundaries, countertransfererance, confidentiality, burnout, conflict, anger, practitioner self care, trust, active listening, and grounded attention to help participants bring greater presence, appropriate intimacy, trustworthiness, clarity and compassion into their work serving clients. It is this clarity, focus and flexibility that allows us to more truly meet our clients, and further meet the complexity of their needs while growing emotionally, intellectually and spiritually as clinicians.
Other topics include client centered work and harm reduction, the relationship between public health and individual health work, working with social service organizations and social workers, death, grief and suicide, sexual assault and incest, family systems and perinatal support, goal setting and values clarification, modeling, and communication styles. We will also discuss working with people with serious mental health and substance abuse issues.
We will cover client intake and interviewing styles, history taking and genograms.
We will explore cultural competence and cultural humility, working across class and cultural difference including Native American, African American, Asian American, and Latino cultural health issues, as well as working with members of sexual minority communities.
We will have numerous guest presenters.
This class requires emotional presence and reflection, but is not group therapy.
$225 to 540 sliding scale
Autumn Chinese Tonic Herbs and Traditional Chinese Cooking
Saturday & Sunday, 2-6 PM
November 19 & 20 2005
Taught by Nam Singh
This course will introduce the student to the theory and practice of fundamental Daoist principles in the context of traditional orthodox Chinese Daoism.
This class will also introduce the principles of traditional Chinese nutritional cooking with specific information on individual foods and a detailed discussion of herbal combination for a balanced meal. Chef Nam Singh will perform a step-by-step cooking and tasting demonstration of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Students will receive information about practical techniques: selection and preparation of foods; and Chi-Gung-style exercises. Autumn is the season of harvest when the Earth slowly but inexorably moves towards winter. Pungent foods are best eaten during this period, including an array of local food items which will be described.
The two-part course will also introduce the cooking principles of traditional Chinese dietary therapy with specific information on individual foods and a detailed discussion of herbal ingredients in preparing a meal.
$50 to 100 sliding scale
Herbs for Winter Health
Saturday December 3 2005
Winter comes with its long nights, festive gatherings, and colds, flus, and sniffles. In this class we will cover simple treatments for this season's ailments. We will also discuss cooking for winter health. Join us in a light lunch of flavorful winter foods as well as medicine making.
$42 to 87 sliding scale
Epidemiology Microbiology & Infectious Disease:
Basics for Herbalists I
Saturdays 9 am-5 pm, January 21 & 28 2006
This is a class about community health from microbial culture to human culture. We live on a planet who's dominant life form is microbial. Nine tenths of the cells in our bodies are microorganisms genetically distinct from us. We are in community with the microbial world. Through understanding microbial life cycles, and their interactions with ours we can better understand health, disease, prevention, appropriate treatment strategies, and public health issues. A Darwinian approach to environmmental medicine. We will study basic concepts, practical applications in our work, and how to do further research.
There is a lot of required reading for this class. Before class please read Guns, Germs, and Steel : the fates of human societies. By Jared M. Diamond. W.W. Norton & Co. 1999. ISBN: 0393317552, and The Coming Plague : newly emerging diseases in a world out of balance by Laurie Garrett. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994. ISBN: 0140250913
$77 to 168 sliding scale
Herbs and Massage
Sunday January 22 2006, 1 PM-6:00 PM
This class is about the use of herbs in the practice of massage and covers:
- Herbal foot and hand baths as a complement to reflexology
- Massage oils
- Medicated oils and liniments for specific problems
- Aromatherapy in blending massage oils
- Base oils and their different qualities
- Herbal teas and tinctures as compliments to deep tissue work, emotional work, and chiropractic
- Self care for the practitioner
- Participants will custom blend their own massage oil.
$30 to 70 sliding scale and $20 materials fee
Please see our Herb Walks page