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Matthew Wood Classes, Second Half of 2015 Ongoing:


December 6, 2015, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Herbal Shamanism: How to Use Nature’s “Medicine Power” to Heal


Matthew Wood, herbalist,
will be teaching at

The Open Center
New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
Today, one of the nation’s most experienced  herbalists will lead us in an exploration of the relationship between shamanistic beliefs and practices and the ancient, traditional use of herbs.

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 spirits” in dreams/visions 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, stones, objects, dreams, dances, etc., 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 aspects of European shamanic herbalism: yellow dock root (badger 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 teaches the practical and the magical at the same time.
A One Day Workshop
Sunday, December 6, 10 – 5:30 pm
Members $130 /Nonmembers $140
New York Open Center
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Matthew Wood
an internationally renowned herbalist practicing since 1982, is the author of six acclaimed books, including The Book of Herbal Wisdom, The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism, and 2 definitive guides, The Earthwise Herbal, one volume on Old World and one on New World plants. He is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild.



APRIL 31TH, & MAY 1ST 2016


Herbs, Medical Astrology, Alchemy © ™ 2015, J. Hill
Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark Street, 97215

9:30am Introduction (Doors open at 8:45am. See “Parking” )
9:45am-11:15am Sajah Popham
7 Plants, 7 Planets: Alchemical Principles in Herbalism
11:30am-1:00pm Matthew Wood,MSc.
The Structural System: Saturn and the Moon.
Lunch 1:00pm-2pm (see nearby food recommendations)
2:pm-3:15pm Judith Hill
Herbs and Foods for the 12 Zodiacal Types
3:30-4:30pm: Scott Kloos
Re-Embracing Wildness: How the Repression of Nature Spirits has Affected the Psychic Health of
Our Culture
4:45pm-5:45pm Sajah Popham
The Importance of Mineral Salts in Plants and Their Extraction
5:45pm-7:15pm Dinner
7:15-7:35pm (20 minutes) Dina Hartzell
Healing Tradition in North European Story (focus on the power of song)
7:40pm-8:35pm Judith Hill
Traditional Herbal and Gem Antidotes for the “Baleful Rays” of Saturn

11am-1:15pm Herb Walk. See map. Matthew Wood, MSc. and Scott Kloos.
(Rain permitting: If it is raining the herb walk is cancelled.)
3:00pm-4:30pm. Matthew Wood, MSc.
Shedding Light on the Endocrine System.
4:45pm-6:00pm Judith Hill
The Astrology of the Endrocrine Imbalance
Dinner 6:00pm- 7:30pm (program starts sharp)
7:30pm-8:45pm. Scott Kloss.
Communing with Plant Teachers: Wisdom from our Allies in the Wild

POST CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS MAY 3 & 4 with Matthew Wood MSc., and Judith Hill




“By magically changing our lives, our green friends restore physical health, psychological happiness, and spiritual purpose. A little miracle occurs and the magical level clicks in, in fact, whenever an herb cures in a real and radical way. This is a sign that something great and new has come in from a different world to enrich and develop our lives to their fullest and most beautiful potential.”
--Matthew Wood