Upcoming Classes & Events
Jan
14
Sat
Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship Level II: Shamanic Medicine and Shamanic Healing, with Marza Millar
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – Sep 19 @ 11:30 pm
Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship Level II: Shamanic Medicine and Shamanic Healing, with Marza Millar @ Various Locations and HAALo

We live in a world of seen and unseen energy and frequency, a world of shadow and light. Earth Wisdom 2 is dedicated to working with Geomancy, interpreting Geopathics in our living spaces, and using it to learn how to clear and cleanse to improve our living areas, dowsing and gridding using Geomancy. We will also learn how to work with the elemental energies, photonic light and crystalline grids.

In this class, we will learn and use both ancient and modern healing techniques, and will explore applications for the use of soul retrieval, spiritual tracking, death portals, possesion and spirit extraction, and soul work. We will study the use of Stone Medicine, the Zero Point Field and Frequency, the use of vibrational plant medicine, structured water, First Nations philosophy of healing, rites of passage, shamanic ceremony and healing ceremonies.

This class is open to previous students of Marza's, or other intermediate to advanced students in Shamanic Studies.

Dates:
All classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted as a Field trip.

January 14 & 15
February 2nd through 6th (Tucson Gem and Mineral Show)
March 4 & 5
April 1 & 2
May 6 & 7 (Shasta Headwaters)
June 3rd through 5th (Bristlecone Pine Forest)
July 8 & 9
August 5 & 6
September 14th through 19th (Hopi Nation)

Registration Details

Some medicine making supplies (but not all) are included in the price of tuition. Please note that tuition does not cover travel to field sites around Northern California, associated camping fees, or meals.

Tuition: $1899

Early bird tuition: $1699 when paid in full by 11/30/16.

Payment Plan: $1925* (Down Payment of $650 and 3 post-dated checks submitted by the first day of class.)

Payment plan terms are as follows:
Deposit: $650 due upon registration
January 30, 2016, $425
February 28, 2017, $425
March 30, 2017, $425
*Includes a $26 Administrative Fee

First Weekend Only:
A limited number of spaces are available for the first weekend only. For those who participate in this option, the weekend fee is $275. If you would like to continue with the full apprenticeship (and if there is space), an additional fee of $1,625 will be due. Payment plan (as above) is available.

Refund Policy: Due to the intensive nature of this program, and the planning and coordination involved over 9 months, we require a full commitment to completion of this apprenticeship. All participants should be prepared to make this commitment, both with their personal time and their finances. NO REFUNDS will be given after January 1, 2017. Plan your schedule for the year wisely - no make-up classes will be offered. All students must sign an Acknowledgement of Financial Policies for this class.

HAALo accepts cash, check or credit card.

How Do I Pay?

Pay online through Eventbrite (fees apply) and use your credit card.

If you would like to avoid paying the fees:

Pay by phone by calling (530) 260-9604 and use your credit card.

Pay in Person at HAALo, 412 Commercial Street in Nevada City, 95959, using cash, check or credit card.

Pay by Mail

Call (530) 260-9604 to request registration forms
Fill out forms and enclose payment check, or money order
Mail to: HAALo, 412 Commercial Street, Nevada City, California 95945

Free Apprenticeship Orientation Sessions with Marza
Learn more about the depth of this advanced apprenticeship during a free orientation session. Marza will share stories about her own journey with herbs, her Celtic and Native American ancestral history and her teachers from all over the globe.

Nevada City: December 15, 2016 & January 4, 2017, 6-8pm at HAALo's Upstairs Loft, 408 Broad Street, Suite 13, Nevada City, California, 95959 (Upstairs in the New York Hotel Building)

Mar
2
Thu
Introduction to Flower Essences – AM
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

In this class, we learn the origins and history of these gentle botanical remedies. We will discuss the nature of vibrational healing and why these essences are effective in areas that modern medicine has not been able to heal. We will discuss how to use them properly, when to take them and at which dosages, and how to use the essences which are best suited for your personal needs. Students will take home knowledge of different flower essences and the healing properties associated with each one.

About the Instructor: Amy Branum is an herbalist, ayurvedic practitioner, flower essence therapist, and mother. She has a deep passion for plants, their medicine, and the amazing transformations they can inspire in people. Helping people to heal and teaching this work is her passion. Since she first began working with herbs 14 years ago, she has been able to do nothing else. To read more about Amy, click this link: http://haalo.org/practitioners/amy-branum/

If this class sounds interesting, you may be interested in taking Flower Essence Immersion, also taught by Amy, beginning March 23, 2017.

Mar
7
Tue
Introduction to Flower Essences PM
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In this class, we learn the origins and history of these gentle botanical remedies. We will discuss the nature of vibrational healing and why these essences are effective in areas that modern medicine has not been able to heal. We will discuss how to use them properly, when to take them and at which dosages, and how to use the essences which are best suited for your personal needs. Students will take home knowledge of different flower essences and the healing properties associated with each one.

About the Instructor: Amy Branum is an herbalist, ayurvedic practitioner, flower essence therapist, and mother. She has a deep passion for plants, their medicine, and the amazing transformations they can inspire in people. Helping people to heal and teaching this work is her passion. Since she first began working with herbs 14 years ago, she has been able to do nothing else. To read more about Amy, click this link: http://haalo.org/practitioners/amy-branum/

If this class sounds interesting, you may enjoy a more in depth look into Flower Essences with Flower Essence Immersion, also taught by Amy, beginning March 23, 2017.

Mar
8
Wed
Female Transitions: 40, 50, 60, & Beyond (Peri-Menopause/Menopause)
Mar 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Wondering what's ahead?  Whether you are embracing what's to come, dreading the hormonal shifts, or are in the middle and struggling, come learn about transitions we all face as women, and how to navigate them with herbs that relieve, support and nourish our bodies. Both classes may be taken together or individually.

In each class, we will explore what this time means for different women as we have personal, societal and cultural views influencing our experience. How do you know when you've entered Perimenopause, Menopause or Post-Menopause? How are they different? What are the most common symptoms? Hint: each phase has some crossover symptoms but also very specific common experiences shared universally. How can we embrace these for a strong and healthy future?

Finally, we will discuss which herbs are best suited for each phase, how they can ease in smoother transitions and even relieve some of the most uncomfortable moments.

Come join us at HAALo with other women as we discuss and learn ways of empowering ourselves naturally through the next phases of our lives. Classes may be taken individually or as a series.

Female Transitions: 40, 50, 60 and Beyond – PERI-MENOPAUSE & MENOPAUSE will be held on March 8

Female Transitions: 40, 50, 60 and Beyond –  POST-MENOPAUSE March 15

About the instructor — MJ Beaupre, CCH, CNC:

After spending 25 years in Corporate America MJ decided there was something more to life than sitting in an office cubicle — she decided to get out and help people help themselves. No matter what walk of life, everyone matters.

Having always been interested in Health and Nutrition, even when doing and eating things that were not healthy, in 2008 MJ was given the opportunity to start over and follow her true life path of Herbalism and Complimentary Life Style modalities.

This journey started in the rolling hills and fast pace of New Jersey, continued to the beautiful deserts of Arizona, on to the mountains of Colorado and now has carried her to the majestic forestry of Northern California. Each step of the way has been a learning experience that will never be forgotten. There is never a wrong time to start on your path… better late than never.

A 2010 graduate of the Western Herbalism program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona, MJ discovered the wonders of making medicine and natural body products, for which she has an affinity. She has become quite the Medicine Maker and teacher.

After moving to the Boulder area and graduating with honors in 2012, from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism Clinical Program, she opened her own private practice as a Certified Clinical Herbalist (CCH), helping clients and began developing her own line of body products and herbal remedies.

MJ has been a Usui Reiki Master since 2006 and recently added Jin Shin Jyutsu, a form of acupressure, to her Energy Body Work practice.

Mar
15
Wed
Female Transitions: 40, 50, 60, & Beyond (Post-Menopause)
Mar 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Wondering what's ahead? Whether you are embracing what's to come, dreading the hormonal shifts, or are in the middle and struggling, come learn about transitions we all face as women, and how to navigate them with herbs that relieve, support and nourish our bodies. Both classes may be taken together or individually.

In each class, we will explore what this time means for different women as we have personal, societal and cultural views influencing our experience. How do you know when you've entered Perimenopause, Menopause or Post-Menopause? How are they different? What are the most common symptoms? Hint: each phase has some crossover symptoms but also very specific common experiences shared universally. How can we embrace these for a strong and healthy future?

Finally, we will discuss which herbs are best suited for each phase, how they can ease in smoother transitions and even relieve some of the most uncomfortable moments.

Come join us at HAALo with other women as we discuss and learn ways of empowering ourselves naturally through the next phases of our lives. Classes may be taken individually or as a series.

Female Transitions: 40, 50, 60 and Beyond – PERIMENOPAUSE will be held on March 8

Female Transitions: 40, 50, 60 and Beyond – MENOPAUSE into POST-MENOPAUSE March 15

About the instructor — MJ Beaupre, CCH, CNC:

After spending 25 years in Corporate America MJ decided there was something more to life than sitting in an office cubicle — she decided to get out and help people help themselves. No matter what walk of life, everyone matters.

Having always been interested in Health and Nutrition, even when doing and eating things that were not healthy, in 2008 MJ was given the opportunity to start over and follow her true life path of Herbalism and Complimentary Life Style modalities.

This journey started in the rolling hills and fast pace of New Jersey, continued to the beautiful deserts of Arizona, on to the mountains of Colorado and now has carried her to the majestic forestry of Northern California. Each step of the way has been a learning experience that will never be forgotten. There is never a wrong time to start on your path… better late than never.

A 2010 graduate of the Western Herbalism program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona, MJ discovered the wonders of making medicine and natural body products, for which she has an affinity. She has become quite the Medicine Maker and teacher.

After moving to the Boulder area and graduating with honors in 2012, from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism Clinical Program, she opened her own private practice as a Certified Clinical Herbalist (CCH), helping clients and began developing her own line of body products and herbal remedies.

MJ has been a Usui Reiki Master since 2006 and recently added Jin Shin Jyutsu, a form of acupressure, to her Energy Body Work practice.

Mar
18
Sat
2017 Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship – Level 1
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – Nov 5 @ 11:30 pm
2017 Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship - Level 1 @ Various Locations and HAALo

The Earth Wisdom Apprenticeship: an experiential journey into Indigenous earth medicine and vibrational healing. ~ with Marza Millar

Learn the foundations of indigenous earth wisdom with this unique, experiential 9-month apprenticeship with internationally known teacher and Medicine Woman Marza Millar. Marza will guide a small group of apprentices into a deep immersion of plant spirit medicine and vibrational healing, working directly with the forces of nature, the plants, moon, sun and earth tides to learn how to heal human and ancestral conditions.

This apprenticeship is designed for those with a solid maturity and genuine interest in deepening the exploration of the self and the unseen. In this study of plant spirit medicine, you will learn about your own energetic patterns, how they interface with others, and how to alter them to support healing the body and disease.

The full human experience of healing will be explored from multiple dimensions. While there is a comprehensive curriculum that will be covered, be prepared for a non-linear journey of exploration into numerous indigenous traditions, with a wide variety of learning modalities, including hands-on, experiential learning, lecture, field classes, storytelling, and more

Participants will create a personalized vibrational essence kit made from flowers, trees, and minerals and make herbal and energetic essence tinctures, salves and balms. There will be study in the herbal laboratory as well as opportunities to develop clinical skills for starting or expanding an herbal practice.

Here is a sampling of course topics:

The Medicine Wheel

Plant spirit medicine

Medicine making

Biodynamic calendar & basic biodynamics

Cycles of time & harvesting cycles

Prophecy of the 5th Sun Cycle and the 5th Sun Cycle Medicines

Healing through the energy field

Ancestral and energetic imprints of disease

Healing family miasms

Soul retrieval

Ho'oponopono

Time tracking

Wildcrafting

Making tinctures, salves, balms,Vibrational Essences, essential oils, detoxification waters and live waters

Shamanic healing

Rites of passage

This course runs from March to November, meeting one weekend a month. Four weekends will include field classes in the Eastern Sierras, High Sierras and the coast. On these field trips we will visit the oldest living plant on earth (5,000 years), make a vibrational imprint medicine, and gather different vibrational waters to make your medicines.

Marza has been offering this apprenticeship course for six years, and this is the fourth year she will be partnering with HAALo as administrator for logistics and support for the entire apprenticeship. We are very excited about this continuing partnership!

In addition to the above activities, apprentices will have the opportunity to deepen their learing within Marza’s healing lineage: a trip to the southwest to sit with the Hopi Elders; Depacho and Karpay Ceremonies with the Inca from Peru; and harvesting and energy workshop in Hawaii. She will also offer the Etheric Light Ceremony with the Dolphins, and a visit to the Temples of Humankind in Damanhur, Italy. More details on these trips to be announced during the course.

As you scroll down, you will also find class schedule, a more detailed list of curriculum, tuition options, more information about Marza, and dates for upcoming orientation events for those who are interested in finding out more about this unique apprenticeship opportunity.

Feedback from Marza’s Students

“Marza is engaging, inspiring, and carries ancient wisdom.” – Dixie H

“I have learned so much about the old ways of living in co-creation with our planet from Marza - it is a vast understatement to say it has changed my life! Marza's way of sharing her knowledge through sitting in circle, storytelling and dirt time are a testament to her understanding of the Earth and Earth-based traditions - what she has taught me couldn't be read in books or heard in lectures.” – Tiffany H

“The Earth Wisdom apprenticeship class expanded my capabilities in comprehending and implementing deeper healing in myself, loved ones and clients. Marza gently encourages students in expanding their knowledge and perceptions by learning frequency medicine in harmony with the plant medicines, mineral beings and shamanic practices. The hours invested in the classroom, lab and on field trips birthed within me a profound life changing realignment with the energies of the Earth. With Marza's guidance I got my feet back on the ground, expanded my heart and walk Mother Earth with a renewed spirit." – Andrea R

"I have been a spiritual guide and teacher for over 20 years, and I have found Marza Millar to be one of the wisest and most powerful teachers I have ever encountered. Having been on several sacred journeys with Marza, I have complete and total trust in her guidance, her teaching and her capabilities. She has taken me to places both physically and spiritually that I had never been before, and has greatly enriched my life in the process.. Among her many talents, is an ability to make people feel safe while expanding their consciousness - a mark of a great healer and teacher. Above all, she is deeply committed to helping others wholeheartedly, with tremendous compassion and humility. I always look forward to my next experience with Marza, knowing that it will expand the world as I know it and enhance my sense of my own self." – Grace

“I have been studying with Marza for the past three years. She has not only taught me an incredible amount about herbs and energetic medicine, but she has also deepened my relationship with the earth and myself. I have never been in a class that has had such a great impact on every aspect of my life. She truly embodies her teachings and is a powerful medicine woman that is a blessing to those that sit with her.” – Amara P

Dates:

All classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted as a Field trip. There will be 4 field trips total, others will be announced at the Free Orientation.

March 18 & 19
April 8 & 9
May 20 & 21
June 1, 2, 3 (Bristlecone Pine Forest and the Coast)
July 15 & 16
August 19 & 20
September 23 & 24
October 7 & 8
November 4 & 5

Registration Details

Some medicine making supplies (but not all) are included in the price of tuition. Please note that tuition does not cover travel to field sites around Northern California, associated camping fees, or meals.

Tuition: $1899

Early bird tuition: $1699 when paid in full by January 31, 2017

Payment Plan: $1925* (Down Payment of $650 and 3 post-dated checks submitted by the first day of class.)

Payment plan terms are as follows:
Deposit: $650 due upon registration
March 30, 2017, $425
April 30, 2017, $425
May 31, 2017, $425
*Includes a $26 Administrative Fee

First Weekend Only:
A limited number of spaces are available for the first weekend only. For those who participate in this option, the weekend fee is $275. If you would like to continue with the full apprenticeship (and if there is space), an additional fee of $1,625 will be due. Payment plan (as above) is available.

Refund Policy: Due to the intensive nature of this program, and the planning and coordination involved over 9 months, we require a full commitment to completion of this apprenticeship. All participants should be prepared to make this commitment, both with their personal time and their finances. NO REFUNDS will be given after March 1, 2017. Plan your schedule for the year wisely - no make-up classes will be offered. All students must sign an Acknowledgement of Financial Policies for this class.

HAALo accepts cash, check or credit card.

How Do I Pay?

Pay online through Eventbrite (fees apply) and use your credit card.

If you would like to avoid paying the fees:

Pay by phone by calling (530) 260-9604 and use your credit card.

Pay in Person at HAALo, 412 Commercial Street in Nevada City, 95959, using cash, check or credit card.

Pay by Mail

Call (530) 260-9604 to request registration forms
Fill out forms and enclose payment check, or money order
Mail to: HAALo, 412 Commercial Street, Nevada City, California 95945

Free Apprenticeship Orientation Sessions with Marza
Learn more about the depth of this apprenticeship during a free orientation session. Marza will share stories about her own journey with herbs, her Celtic and Native American ancestral history and her teachers from all over the globe.

Nevada City: November 16, 2016, January 18 and February 21, 2016, from 6-8pm at HAALo's Upstairs Loft, 408 Broad Street, Suite 13, Nevada City, California, 95959 (Upstairs in the New York Hotel Building)

About the Instructor

This class is taught by Grandmother Marza Millar, Elder by birth rite of the Wind Creek, Yavapai. Clinical Herbalist, CMT, MA

Marza’s upbringing in earth-based medicine comes from her Birth Rite with the Wind Creek Yavapai on her fathers side. After receiving a formal education and working in allopathic medicine, Marza returned to her roots and has spent decades of her life training in various earth-based medicine traditions.Marza is responsible to the Wind Creek Yavapai to hold the Emergence door of the 4th world, located in Sedona Arizona. Her mother’s people are from Islet of Skye, Scotland and Kilkenny, Ireland, and Marza is a Druid Elder of Clach Na h'Annait Standing Stone. She has been adopted and trained in both rites from birth. Marza also received training in the traditional teachings of Lemuria given by the Elders of Naapoopoo Village, Big Island, Hawaii

If you haven't met Marza, or event if you have, watch this interview where she talks in more detail about parts of this apprenticeship. If you have questions, please attend one of our apprenticeship orientation sessions (see above) or feel free to contact Marza directly at marzaflowers@gmail.com.

Apprenticeship Curriculum Outline

This is a general guideline of topics to be covered in this apprenticeship

Who we Are/ the Divine Body System
Anatomy of the Energetic Body and the Body Systems
Anatomy of the Seen and Unseen World
Science of the interaction between the physical and the non-physical
Healing from the Outside in
Lineage Lines, Genetic Imprints, and Imprinting
Energy Diagnostics

Deepening our Studies of the Natural World
Biodiversity of Species
Water Wisdom
Sierra Nevada and N Cal Bioregional Study
wildcrafting
watershed literacy
geology
sacred site mapping and study of energy lines
Biological History of Sierra Nevada

Study of Elevation
Study of the remaining imprints of Ancient Civilizations

Herbology & Vibrational Medicine
Study of Biodynamic and Organic Principles
Biodynamic Rhythms in Harvesting, Farming, and Medicine Making
Local and Native plants and medicinals
Herbcraft and Medicine Making
Understanding Vibrational Medicine
Herbal Energetics, Aromatherapy, Flower Essences and Gem Essences

Earth Wisdom Studies
Indigenous Wisdom, Folklore & Medical Theory with a focus on Local First Nation People, Hopi, Qero, Hawaiian, Inuit
Ancient ways of walking time
Living within solar terra time and the seasons
Medicine Wheel
Ways of the Sacred Fire
Elemental and Directional Studies
Sweat Lodge
Journey Work
Earth Based Ceremonial Practices and Offerings
Defining the Archetypical Roles that have been Forgotten in Society
Personal Medicine & Purpose Work
Ceremonial Council and Decision Making
Initiations & Rites of Passage

Cosmology
Cosmic Law of the Seen and Unseen World (as told by the Ancients)
Star Lore
Egyptian, Hopi, Inca, Maya, Tibetan
Awareness of the Cosmic Forces at play
learn to read solar, lunar, and planetary forces

Collective Consciousness Studies
Tapping into the Akashic Records
Parallels of Quantum Physics and the Wisdom of the Ancients

Fieldtrip Study
Four Zone Visitations for extensive hands on experiential fieldwork:
low desert
high desert
high sierra
ocean habitat

Shamanic Herbalism: Animal & Plant Medicines
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Shamanic Herbalism: Animal & Plant Medicines @ HAALo Loft

Join one of the Nation's most experienced herbalists leading us in an exploration of the relationship between shamanistic beliefs and practices alongside ancient and traditional uses of herbs.

Shamanic Herbalism: Animal Medicines, Plant Medicines
Matthew Wood MS (Herbal Medicine)
Registered Herbalist (American Herbalist Guild)

Closeness to Nature, animals, plants, and dreamtime are characteristics most frequently associated with the shamanic path. In this class we will learn about the three selves of the shamans: conscious, animal, and dream, and why they are so important. Then we will study medicine animals – the animals serve as the spokespersons, so to speak, of our natural self and our unconscious. As we do this we will study the corresponding medicine plants, because the most powerful plants are associated with medicine animals and we learn back and forth, from kingdom to kingdom. A few examples: bear (burdock, angelica, spikenard), elk and deer (wild bergamot and many mints, sumach, cleavers, dogwood---despite the name), rabbit (rabbit tobacco, nettle, wild yam), turtle (gravel root, boneset, oak, black walnut), wolf (agrimony, cinquefoil, true solomon’s seal), panther (valerian, catnip, chamomile, cramp bark), underwater panther/catfish (white water lily, blue flag, true and false solomon’s seal, marshmallow root, slippery elm, mucilages). Introduction to a local shamanic plant: California bay laurel. Time permitting, we will do a plant spirit journey or two.

The material covered will include:

The “doctrine of signatures” (the idea that a plant that looks like an organ of the body can be used to treat imbalances in that organ), the use of “animal medicine powers” to help diagnose illness and find the right herbal treatments, the matching of people’s specific constitutions, personalities and cultural contexts to the right herbal remedies. How plants, animals, dreams, imagination, can be imbued with “medicine power,” how to harness nature’s power to heal, and how to use some of the most important Native American herbs: Monarda fistulosa (elk medicine), gravel root (turtle medicine), and solomon’s seal (wolf medicine). We will also discuss some of the remains of European shamanic herbalism: yellow dock root (badger medicine, horse medicine), teasel (elk medicine), pulsatilla (cloud medicine), etc. Join us and learn how herbs can be used for everyday common ailments to various health problems from muscular skeletal and respiratory issues, to balancing your emotional well-being. As always, Matthew’s classes are practical and magical.

About the Instructor ~
Matthew Wood MS (Herbal Medicine)
Registered Herbalist (American Herbalist Guild)

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).

Matthew has lectured in all parts of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, New York to California, and Santa Fe to Sperryville, Virginia. He has also taught in Canada, Scotland, England, France, and Australia. He is known throughout the world as an excellent teacher of herbal medicine. He is also the author of six acclaimed books on herbal medicine, published by North Atlantic Books, in Berkeley, CA:

Earthwise Herbal : Books 1 and 2
The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism
The Book of Herbal Wisdom
Vitalism, The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences,
Seven Herbs, Plants as Teachers

Or visit Matthew's website

Mar
19
Sun
Shamanic Herbalism: Animal & Plant Medicines
Mar 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Shamanic Herbalism: Animal & Plant Medicines @ HAALo Loft

Join one of the Nation's most experienced herbalists leading us in an exploration of the relationship between shamanistic beliefs and practices alongside ancient and traditional uses of herbs.

Shamanic Herbalism: Animal Medicines, Plant Medicines
Matthew Wood MS (Herbal Medicine)
Registered Herbalist (American Herbalist Guild)

Closeness to Nature, animals, plants, and dreamtime are characteristics most frequently associated with the shamanic path. In this class we will learn about the three selves of the shamans: conscious, animal, and dream, and why they are so important. Then we will study medicine animals – the animals serve as the spokespersons, so to speak, of our natural self and our unconscious. As we do this we will study the corresponding medicine plants, because the most powerful plants are associated with medicine animals and we learn back and forth, from kingdom to kingdom. A few examples: bear (burdock, angelica, spikenard), elk and deer (wild bergamot and many mints, sumach, cleavers, dogwood---despite the name), rabbit (rabbit tobacco, nettle, wild yam), turtle (gravel root, boneset, oak, black walnut), wolf (agrimony, cinquefoil, true solomon’s seal), panther (valerian, catnip, chamomile, cramp bark), underwater panther/catfish (white water lily, blue flag, true and false solomon’s seal, marshmallow root, slippery elm, mucilages). Introduction to a local shamanic plant: California bay laurel. Time permitting, we will do a plant spirit journey or two.

The material covered will include:

The “doctrine of signatures” (the idea that a plant that looks like an organ of the body can be used to treat imbalances in that organ), the use of “animal medicine powers” to help diagnose illness and find the right herbal treatments, the matching of people’s specific constitutions, personalities and cultural contexts to the right herbal remedies. How plants, animals, dreams, imagination, can be imbued with “medicine power,” how to harness nature’s power to heal, and how to use some of the most important Native American herbs: Monarda fistulosa (elk medicine), gravel root (turtle medicine), and solomon’s seal (wolf medicine). We will also discuss some of the remains of European shamanic herbalism: yellow dock root (badger medicine, horse medicine), teasel (elk medicine), pulsatilla (cloud medicine), etc. Join us and learn how herbs can be used for everyday common ailments to various health problems from muscular skeletal and respiratory issues, to balancing your emotional well-being. As always, Matthew’s classes are practical and magical.

About the Instructor ~
Matthew Wood MS (Herbal Medicine)
Registered Herbalist (American Herbalist Guild)

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).

Matthew has lectured in all parts of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, New York to California, and Santa Fe to Sperryville, Virginia. He has also taught in Canada, Scotland, England, France, and Australia. He is known throughout the world as an excellent teacher of herbal medicine. He is also the author of six acclaimed books on herbal medicine, published by North Atlantic Books, in Berkeley, CA:

Earthwise Herbal : Books 1 and 2
The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism
The Book of Herbal Wisdom
Vitalism, The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences,
Seven Herbs, Plants as Teachers

Or visit Matthew's website

Mar
23
Thu
Flower Essence Immersion
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Flower Essence Immersion @ HAALo Loft

In this Flower Essence Immersion class we will take our understanding of the essences and how they work to a deep level. Students will learn what essences to use for specific issues and growth. They will also get the opportunity to learn the essences personally and observe how they affect different people. Learn to connect with the plant spirits and find what it is that they have to offer.

This class is more than taking notes and accepting what is given from the teacher. This class is a journey into self discovery and self healing. "Out of class" work is equally important to the "in class" work. For each class there will be a lecture on the topic, some time of working with the plants hands on, and then you will choose a single essence to work with for the next 2 weeks. With this essence, you will be required to journal, meditate, and observe it’s effects. In class we will discuss our experiences together to compare and reflect.

Join us for our FREE Orientation for more information and to meet the instructor on February 2, 2017, at either 9:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.

Classes will be held every other Thursday beginning March 23, 2016;

Estimated additional costs for Weekend Campouts and Supplies:

Sierraville camping: $33.00 ~ Shasta camping: $40.00
Materials Fee (some materials will be provided): $100.00

DATES & TIME:

Thursday Classes are held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a 1 hour lunch

CLASS 1 MARCH 23 Intro to the class
CLASS 2 APRIL 6 Flower Essences for the Family Dynamic
CLASS 3 APRIL 22 & 23 Weekend Campout at Hot Springs
CLASS 4 MAY 4 Flower Essences for the Mind: Anxiety, Stress, Depression
CLASS 5 MAY 18 Flower Essences for the Heart
CLASS 6 JUNE 1 Flower Essences for Inspiration: Goals, Soul Purpose, Achievement
CLASS 7 JUNE 17 & 18 Weekend Campout ~ Shasta

7 Classes: 5 Thursdays & 2 Weekends

Each class is 5 hours total, including 1 hour lunch, campouts will be 7-8 class hours for the total weekend.