Matthew Wood Classes, Second Half of 2015 Ongoing:
SEVEN THURSDAY NIGHT HERB CLASSES:
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week Retreat in Saarland, Germany Contact:
Contact: Swanie Simon email@example.com
Sat. 1 August. 1:30-5:30pm. Nature is Alive! Living in the Soul of Nature, Understanding from the Light of Nature. This day serves as a general introduction to our theme, which combines the tradition of Nature Wisdom taught by Paracelsus, similar themes from the teachings of the North American Indian people, worldwide shamanism, and thirty years of herbal practice, learning, and teaching.
Sun. 2 August. Morning: The Doctrine of Signatures. Nature does not waste anything, and therefore every shape, color, and scent is significant. These means that the old “doctrine of signatures” is valid, despite scientific animosity. Form does equal function. The appearance of the plant is as much a product of the nature of the plant as the medicinal constituents. How could it be otherwise? Therefore, we look to the appearance, color, environmental niche, to tell us about the medicinal properties of the plant. This helps us understand the plant as a whole, a view which is often missed when we only look at the pieces, the constituents.
Afternoon: Herb Walk. In the afternoon we illustrate the doctrine of signatures with a walk in the herb garden in Saarland. Students are invited to let their own imagination and intuition led them to discover new uses or better understand old uses of plants. We will compare notes.
During the week we will take herb walks around the farm to learn, stretch our legs, and enjoy Nature.
Mo. 3 August. Herbal Energetics. It is important that we open up and train our intuition to see patterns. In the herbal world this approach is known as “energetics.” Nature changes and flows in simple patterns that we all recognize, such as hot and cold, damp and dry, light and dark, tense and relaxed, excess and deficiency. The same is true for the body, and our health, and these are the same influences that plants must meet and survive. Therefore, the plant has taken into the “poison,” the excess heat or cold, for instance, survived, and carried that power as a medicinal property. We must learn to see patterns in Nature, the human body, and the plant properties. Fortunately, the plant taste usually resembles the plant “energetic” properties. In this class we will discuss the six tissue states (heat/excitation, cold/depression, dry/atrophy, damp/stagnation, tension and relaxation).
Tu. 4 August. Animal Medicines, Plant Medicines I. In the medicine teachings of the American Indian people plants and medicine powers are classified by animal, as well as by natural phenomena. The great animals are “archetypal” in story and in human life: Wolf, Bear, Lion or Cat, Dog, Bird, Eagle, Hawk, Water Bird, Fish, Buffalo, Elephant, Turtle, Snake. There are also natural powers: Sun, Moon, Cloud, Mist, Wind. There are also a few universal mythological beings: Little People, Fish People, Giant Fish, etc. Many of these “medicine powers” are associated with plants and explain their properties. They can also be associated with types of knowledge, clans or societies, families, and individuals.
Wednesday. 5 August. Morning. Herbal Alchemy, Theory. Paracelsus divided the plant and mineral into three kingdoms: body, soul, and spirit. In chemical terms, these are the equivalent of “that which burns (soul), that which goes up in the smoke or vaporized (spirit), and that which remains in the ash (body). These three parts are more easily isolated in plants. Modern pharmacy and pharmacology grew out of these insights. The spirit is the source of the distillable fraction, which usually contains the medicinal part, the soul contains the burnable fixed oils (like flaxseed oil), and the body contains the carbon ash and the minerals. By burning and grinding the carbon is removed to end up with the minerals. The volatile oils are associated with the spirit, though they too are oils – fixed oils do not evaporate, volatile oils do.
Afternoon: Herbal Alchemy in Practice. Making medicines with Swanie Simon.
Thursday. 6 August. Animal Medicines, Plant Medicines II. This class will continue the one on Monday. In addition to more on the animal medicine and plant teachings we will learn about the animal self. Each of us has our own personal animal spirit, which is the center of our “animal” way of looking at the world and our survival instincts. We need to actualize and merge our human self with our animal self in order to become a complete person. This opens up our dream self or spirit. This is why the symbol of the shaman is half human/half animal and why shamanism is associated with dreamtime. When the animal self is actualized, the dream self also becomes actual because we gain “eyes and ears” in the dream world.
Friday. 7 August. Seven Herbs, Plants As Teachers. We will return to my first book, and my first teachings on the medicine path: the Seven Guideposts on the spiritual path and the Seven Herbs.
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
Treating Adrenal Burnout
September 18, 19, 20, 2015
Midwest's Finest Herbal Gathering
With Remarkable Teachers:
The Extracellular Matrix and Muscular/Skeletal System
Treatment of Connective Tissue Injury, Aging, and Disease
Six Tissue States and the Nervous System
Register at www.midamericasymposium.com
September 27, 2015
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.
“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.”