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2015 Class Schedule
Shamanism, Herbalism, and the Three Selves of the Hawaiian Kahunas
Sunday, April 12, from 1:00 – 5:00, in Beautiful Altadena, California
The Three Selves system of the Hawaiian kahunas, as interpreted by Max Freedom Long, has proved over the years to be one of the most useful and
insightful entry points into an understanding of shamanic thinking, practice, and experience. Both of your speakers have long used this system for self-development. It addresses spiritual, shamanic, and otherworldly questions that ordinary psychological models do not. It also teaches us to use herbs in a more penetrating and transformative matter.
Richard Rierdan, Professor Emeritus (Pepperdine), and Matthew Wood, MS (Herbal Medicine), have more than sixty years between them learning, practicing, and teaching shamanism, the three selves, healing, and herbalism.
Dr. Richard Rierdan is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Behavioral Science at Pepperdine University. He has spent many years in and out of Hawaii, studying and teaching Hawaiian Shamanism under the direction of Kahuna Serge Kahili King and others.
Matthew Wood, Ms (Herbal Medicine), Registered Herbalist (American Herbalist Guild), has been a practicing herbalist for more than thirty years and is the author of The Book of Herbal Wisdom, The Earthwise Herbal, and other treasures of herbal knowledge. He lives in Wisconsin in the summer and northern California in the winter. He studied under a half dozen Native American herbalists and is particularly experienced in the old Native American medicine plants indigenous to the Eastern Woodland region.
Over the last few years there has been an increasing interest in the study of Shamanism in general and in Hawaiian Shamanism in particular. Partly because of the works of Max Freedom Long and Serge Kahili King, many of the hidden aspects of this powerful shamanic system have been clarified.
In this workshop Master Herbalist Matthew Wood and Dr.Richard Rierdan will present little-known aspects of herbalism, alternative medicine and shamanism, unique to the ancient Hawaiians.
You will learn:
How to use the properties of indigenous Hawaiian plants in healing, including ancient plants brought by Kahunas to Hawaii many centuries ago.
The properties of the Garden Tiki, used by Kahunas to balance emotions and clear bad habits.
The power of dreams, and how Kahunas used dreams to change a patient's future.
The techniques of Ho'oponopono used by Kahunas for self healing and the healing of others at a distance.
…And much more!
Coffee, Tea, Juice and Cookies will be available at the break.
Contact: Yolanda LaCombe, 818-845-6570, email@example.com for registration information.
Clinic/Follow–up Pulse & Tongue Evaluation
with Matthew Wood MSc (Herbal Medicine), Registered Herbalist (AHG)
Sunday, April 19th from 10 am – 6 pm
at Gathering Thyme in San Anselmo, CA
This clinic is designed for students who have some basic knowledge of pulse & tongue evaluation to practice and hone their skills. It is intended as a continuation from our March 14-15 class where we learn the basics and begin practice, or as an aid for those who are already using pulse and tongue diagnostics but want more guidance and practice.
Flow of the day:
10:00 to 11:00am - Homework hand-in and student analysis/discussion for those who attended the March 14-15
Pulse & Tongue class
11:00 to 12:15pm — Client evaluation
12:15 to 1:15pm — Student discussion
1:15 to 2:30pm — Lunch break
2:30 to 3:45pm — Client evaluation
4:00 to 5:15pm — Client evaluation
5:15 to 6:00pm — Student discussion/wrap-up
Like our earlier Pulse & Tongue Evaluation class, this is slanted towards Western herbalism, but is highly
compatible with TCM diagnosis.
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 Herbal. 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 we are so delighted and honored to have him teach here
at Gathering Thyme.
If you have a client who would be interested in participating, they must register in advance by
contacting Cheryl at 415-524-8693.
Matthew is also offering an Advanced Apprenticeship Class here at Gathering Thyme. Click here for details.
COST: $120, pre-registration required. DATES: Sunday, April 19th from 10-6pm CONTACT: For more information about this event, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thyme firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-524-8693. WHERE: Gathering Thyme – 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. – San Anselmo, CA
The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism
Vancouver Island, BC
April 24 – 26, 2015
Innisfree Farm presents: Clinical Skills Weekend Intensive with Matt Wood
Holistic Approaches to Case Taking
Friday, April 24, 2015, 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Energetics, organ affinities, and herbal actions give us a comprehensive and holistic picture of
the case. In addition we look for specific indications that point to a definite remedy corresponding.
With these our prescription can be precise, confident and effective. This method can be traced all
the way back to Greek medicine and down to physiomedicalism and eclectic medicine in the nineteenth
century. As always, our descriptions are interlaced with discussions of materia medica.
Six Tissue States
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
This basic, simple energetic system was developed by the physiomedicalists based on the ECR cycle (excitation/contraction/relaxation) that stands at the base of neurology today. It therefore is quite compatible with biomedicine,
yet also with Greek medicine that came before. The six tissue states are heat/excitation, cold/depression, contraction, relaxation, dry/atrophy, and damp/stagnation. We will discuss symptoms, constitutions, and materia medica.
Pulse and Tonge Diagnosis
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
We will finish up yesterdays discussion and add the factors of pulse and tongue diagnosis, studying ourselves, and not forgetting our friends of the herbal matera medica.
Introduction to pulse and tongue diagnosis is designed for practitioners of Western herbalism, though it can be utilized by practitioners of Chinese herbalism and medicine as well. Also an hour or two on Southern Blood Medicine (high/low, thick/thin, fast/slow, good/bad, hot/cold). This refers to the slow changes of aging and, since it is not found in TCM, is an excellent supplement to that system.
The pulse evaluation methods are based on both Chinese and Greek antecedents, with the emphasis on the basic, simple, important pulses showing basic tissue states: high/low, fast/slow, quick/rare (a Greek pulse), long/short, wide/narrow, regular/irregular, tense/relaxed, tight/loose, full/empty, hard/soft, strong/weak, choppy/slippery, thick blood/thin blood, and others.
My tongue evaluation is based on Chinese antecedents, with two important additions from Ayurveda: differentiation of tongue types by tridosha: vata (dry, thin, medium to long), pitta (elongated, pointed, carmine red, muscular), kapha (thick, round, moist, sub-pink); and the differentiation between watery and oily secretions.
Throughout we will refer to specific indications for herbs, mostly Western. We will be looking at each others pulses and tongues.
We have selected a new lovely, clean and treelined venue with cafes within walking distance, and are designing an amazing line up of talks for
Shamanic Herbalism with Matthew Wood
May 16th & 17th from 10-5pm
Marin County, CA
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 or touch our souls and hearts in ways that open us up to Nature and the Old, Old Path of Nature Wisdom and shamanism. We will discuss the doctrine of signature '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 and to practice a very simple and practical herbal medicine. We will also practice several plant journeys.
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 Herbal. 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 we are so delighted and honored to have him teach here at Gathering Thyme. For more information about Matthew, visit his website: www.matthewwoodherbs.com
COST: $300. DATES: Saturday and Sunday, May 16th & 17th from 10am to 5pm. CONTACT: For more information about this event, contact Cheryl at Gathering Thymeinfo-at-gatheringthyme-dot-com or 415-524-8693. WHERE: A private home in Marin County, CA. Directions provided upon registration.
“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.”