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Matthew Wood Classes, Second Half of 2015 Ongoing:


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June 18, July 2, 9, 23, August 20, September 24, October 15, 29.

Ongoing: An Introduction to Traditional and Modern WESTERN HERBAL MEDICINE for my Neighbors and Friends

At my house in Martell, Wisconsin, 20 min east of Hudson

Matthew Wood, MS (Herbal Medicine), Registered Herbalist (American Herbalist Guild), “World Famous Herbalitst and Author” living in tiny Martell, WI.

Herbalism from the beginning, starting with simple first aid and wound healing, going on to more complicated topics (folks: bring your questions), and punctuated by short herb walks when there are things to see. Herbal treatment of fever using diaphoretics (sweating) rather than antibiotics, specific

$150 paid in advance (or by arrangement---I don’t want people coming and going from the class but committed!)

$180 after June 15.

Single evening, non-pre-registration, $30.

Matthew Wood is a world famous herbal writer, teacher, and practitioner. He lives in homey Martell, WI, 9 miles south of the Balwin/Ellsworth exit (highway 63).

Cross the Rush River bridge, turn left or south on 535th St., two blocks to the next bridge, look for the ancient Log Cabin home across from the river at N7874. 952-657-8999.



Matthew Wood in Australia, August and September

The Extracellular Matrix

Friday, August 28th, 7:00-9:00pm.

New research is showing how the cellular level functions as a complete unit, not as individual cells. Matthew will talk about the repercussions for herbalism, remedies we can use to support the matrix, including connective tissue remedies. Chickweed, echinacea, marshmallow root, horsetail, red clover, cleavers.

Six Tissue States and Remedy Profiles by Tissue State

Saturday, Aug. 29th; 10:00am-4:00pm,

Sunday, Aug. 30th; 9:30pm-5:00pm.

To think holistically we must think intuitively, or in patterns. All traditional, ancient, and natural schools of herbalism and medicine look for patterns, the most basic being fire and water. These give us the four qualities of Greek medicine: hot and cold, damp and dry. Also the basics of Chinese medicine: yang and yin in deficiency and excess. In addition, we look for tension and relaxation. In short, we have six tissue states, corresponding to the most basic imbalances in the organism: hot or over stimulation, cold or under stimulation, dry or atrophy, damp or stagnation, tension and relaxation. This helps us to understand the basic categories of Western herbalism: sedative, stimulant, aromatic, nutritive, mucilage, alterative, laxative, relaxant, astringent, etc. We will study both the system and many basic remedies so that the class will be practical and useful. The six tissue states were the brainchild of nineteenth century herbalists and explain the properties of herbs profoundly. We will study: (heat/excitation): rose, peach leaf, wild cherry bark, hawthorn, yellow dock root, melissa, and yarrow; (cold/depression): echinacea, calendula, rosemary, thyme, cayenne, angelica; (dry/atrophy): marshmallow root, slippery elm, anise seed, mullein, fenugreek, burdock, sage; (damp/stagnation/alternatives): dandelion root, burdock, nettle, red clover, Oregon grape root, barberry; tension: agrimony, vervain, lobelia, catnip, valerian, chamomile, peppermint; relaxation (the astringents): raspberry leaf, lady’s mantle, oak bark, sumach, bayberry bark, horse chestnut – etc.

Evening talk : “Seven Herbs, Plants as Teachers”

Friday Evening, Sept. 4th, 7:00-9:00pm: 

A return to the first of my books: seven great herbs (how much more I understand about them now), seven guideposts on the path of life, use of the herbs as seven meditative guides.

“Shamanic Herbalism: Animal Medicines, Plant Medicines”

Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6th

Closeness to Nature, animals, plants, and dreamtime are characteristics most frequently associated with the shamanic path. In this class we will learn about our animal self and how it is the passage to dreamtime. We will study medicine animals in general – the animals serve as the spokespersons of our natural world and of our inner person. As we do this we will study the corresponding medicine plants, because the most powerful plants are associated with animals. 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). “These are mostly North American; my teachings reflect the Native American medicine that I have learned over many years,” says Matthew.

Introduction to Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis for Western Herbalists
Pulse and tongue diagnosis allow for better understanding of the energetics of the condition and more specificity in application of remedies.  Tongue diagnosis is a little easier to learn and master (ten years of study versus forty), but pulse evaluation gives more specificity.  The tongue pictures the condition of tissues while the pulse pictures the qualities of the imbalance: hot/cold, inside/outside, fast/slow, tense/relaxed, etc. We will go over the basics and, if we have volunteers, do a few evaluations. Immediate to Advanced  

Treating Adrenal Burnout 
Adrenal burnout was first described by a medical doctor in 1956, but has since lapsed into "folk medicine" and is not billable for insurance and therefore "doesn't exist."  It occurs when the adrenal medulla keeps firing adrenalin/epinephrin due to "stress" or nervousness.  This wears out the other side of the adrenals – the cortex, so that the body cannot rebuild and defend itself.  So we must sedate one side of the adrenals and build the other.  We will also discuss the opposite condition, when the adrenal cortex is dominant.  Herbs: Eleuthero, Borage, and other nerviness; adrenal cortical tonics like Burdock, Angelica, and Spikenard; regulators like Life Everlasting and the EFAs. 


Midwest's Finest Herbal Gathering

September 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2015
Whitewater State Park, Altura, MN.

With Remarkable Teachers:
Karyn Sanders, Matthew Wood, Sarah Holmes, Nicholas Schnell

The Extracellular Matrix and Muscular/Skeletal System
Exciting new research shows that the extracellular matrix (ECM), origin of the connective tissues and the skeletal side of the M/S system, is the regulatory system for the cells.  The matrix units them into a single functional unit, controls cell migration, replication, feeding, and waste removal and justifies the use of local treatment – poultice, salve, cupping, acupuncture – not only for local problems but for the cellular organism everywhere throughout the body.  Treatment of the part is treatment of the whole. The connective tissues, in the form of cartilage, rise out of the ECM like a continent rising out of the ocean, and from this primal structural tissue evolves tendon, ligament, fascia, and bone.  This holistic and unified view of the matrix and connective tissue should be the basis for our treatment of conditions of the M/S system – especially the skeletal side.  Remedies for the matrix: chickweed, echinacea, marshmallow root, slippery elm, comfrey, glucosamine sulphate (calf trachea cartilage).  

Treatment of Connective Tissue Injury, Aging, and Disease
Based upon our holistic view of the ECM, the rise of cartilage, serous fluids and membranes, and synovia out of the great internal ocean of the matrix, and then, with the addition of vascularization, the evolution of tendon, ligament, and bone, we can see how to treat the connective tissue system or structures in a comprehensive and holistic fashion.  Discussion of the great and lesser herbs for the muscular and skeletal system: solomon's seal (true and false), boneset, gravel root, ginger, wild ginger, lobelia, black cohosh, teasel, goldenseal, blue vervain, California bay laurel nut, hemlock tree, and homeopathic: bryonia, rhus tox., and arnica.

Six Tissue States and the Nervous System
The nerve is stimulated, contracts, and relaxes.  The sensitive nerve convey signals and the irritable nerves move. This physiological fact, discovered by Albert Haller in the eighteenth century, is the basis of neuroscience.  It is also the basis of the energetics of nineteenth century Western herbalism.  Understand nervous stimulation, depression, tension, relaxation, atrophy, and the effects of stagnation through the herbs: melissa, peach leaf, wild cherry, hawthorn, linden, rosemary, sage, prickly ash, agrimony, blue vervain, California bay laurel, lobelia, gelsemium 
(homeopathic), black cohosh, lycopus, skullcap, motherwort, wood betony, cleavers, St. John's wort, etc.  This class is not about injury and pain as much as chronic overuse, stress, and chronic disease.  

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10th Annual Minnesota Herbal Education Festival

Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Matthew Wood, Lise Wolff, Erin Poirier, Trilby Sedlacek & others.

Since 2006 The Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival has been an an opportunity for holistic health and herbal medicine practitioners, students and enthusiasts from the Upper Midwest to learn from regional teachers in our own backyard. The 2015 festival will take place at Prairie Oaks Institute a retreat center on a beautiful farm in Belle Plaine, MInnesota just 45 minutes from the Twin  Cities. Instructors and participants come from all over Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The festival is organized like a conference.

The days consists of four different sessions with participants choosing from among 3 or 4 workshops offered at each session.  We offer diverse workshops with offerings suitable for beginners as well as intermediate/advanced workshops.  The bulk of our workshops cover different aspects of herbal medicine such as  plant identification, medicine making, hands-on  kitchen herbalism or cosmetics, clinical or diagnostic topics in herbalism.  We also offer workshops from instructors from other modalities. Past years have included classes in homeopathy, nutrition, flower essences, Ayurvedic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi Gong and more. The festival includes a leisurely lunch period that features our famous dessert buffet including (gluten free and vegan options) and a plant walk for those who want to learn even more. Most years a local beekeeper is available at lunch selling raw, wildflower honey and beeswax and the festival includes several vendors of handmade herbal or wildcrafted products.

Event Details Here


Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis

Based on Master Herbalist Matthew Wood's and co-authors' new book

"Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation: A Conversation"

Matthew Wood & Co-taught by Jon and Tara Baklund.

A weekend workshop available as Saturday only or Saturday & Sunday.

Date: Oct. 10th and 11th
Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Early Bird Special - Details


Traditional Diagnostic Clinical Training
with Matthew Wood, RH (AHG)

October 23 - Friday 9:30 – 5:30

Herbalists who would like to work with Matthew on pulses and diagnostics while seeing clients this class is for you! Prerequisite study with Matthew is required.
A clinical practicum day with Matthew will; increase your knowledge and understanding of how to apply the techniques we have been taught. We will see clients and practice intakes, pulses and offering herbs from our testing kit. The Green Comfort Apothecary will then prepare the single or formula for the client for their specific constitutional profile. Matthew will be offering his guidance and wisdom as we practice alongside him.

Workshop Day Specifics:
Bring a lunch or something to share.
Arrive early so we are in place and ready to begin our day together.
You may count these 8 hours toward your 400 clinic hours needed for the American Herbal Guild (AHG) professional membership.
Tuition is $100.
Client fee per 1 hour is $50. Email to book one of four
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The schedule is:
9:00 - Arrive and Circle in the yurt - introductions, tea and tasks
9:30 - Matthew will review how he conducts client interviews, takes pulses, asks questions and offers herbal remedies.
10:00 - Client 1
11:00 - Apothecary/ Recommendations
11:30 - Client 2
12:30 – Apothecary / Recommendations
12:30 - Lunch
1:30 – Client 3
2:30 – Apothecary/ Recommendations
3:00 - Client 4
4:00 - Apothecary / Recommendations
4:30 - Review of the Day and Clients
5:30 - Circle Released


Shamanic Herbalism
with Matthew Wood, RH (AHG)

October 24 & 25

Shamanic Herbalism will be taught based on personal experience of almost thirty years practice with the 'inner medical license' granted by Mother Nature. Throughout the weekend, herbal lessons will be interspersed with teachings on the principles of shamanism. Many herbs have 'shamanic' applications that touch our souls and hearts in ways that open us up to Nature and Wisdom and Shamanic insights. We will discuss the doctrine of 'spirit signatures' (when a plant looks like or is used by an animal), and the animal medicines in relationship to the plant medicines. Herbal knowledge interpenetrates with the animal kingdom and with human healthcare. The different functions of human society, the different constitutions and personalities of people, the different medicine gifts, the organs of the body are all represented by the animal powers or medicines, and these in turn relate to plant medicines: bear, deer, badger, panther, catfish, wolf, etc. In this class we will learn to see the inter-connections between humans, plants and animals. We will explore plant journeys and share our experiences. Come participate in a transformative two day program and take home wisdom of the plants, animals and nature in your soul!

This is an excellent opportunity to learn from an internationally known teacher of herbalism…
Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982 and is a renowned inspirational lecturer and author of several herb books including his most recent book Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation as well as The Book of Herbal Wisdom and The Earthwise Herbals, Old World and New World.
He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine. Matthew lives in Wisconsin and California. He travels internationally spreading herbal wisdom through science and stories.

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Weekend includes 2 days and one evening event
Tuition for 2 day workshop is $275.
Tuition includes, 2 lunches, breakfast and dinner
Overnight accommodations available at $50/ night in local homes
For more information on the program call or write Teresa at:
540-937-4283 or


October 24
Saturday 10 – 9

10:00 Animal Medicine
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Herb Walk or Siesta
2:30 Animal Spirits
4:00 Journey to animal spirits
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Evening stories & journeys
9:00 Fire circle
10:00 Lights out

October 25
Sunday 9 – 4

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Circle time
10:00 Plant Spirits
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Shamanic Wisdom
2:30 Pee & Tea Break
4:00 Circle is open but unbroken


Intuition Class

For improved Personal and Professional Performance

With Master Herbalist Matthew Wood & Jon & Tara Baklund, will each share their methods
From working as a Wellness Practitioner, to running a Multi Million Dollar business; Intuition is a skill that can be developed with measurable results. This training will include an introduction to Remote Viewing.

Date: Oct. 31st and Nov. 1st
Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Early Bird Special -Details Here




“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