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Holistic Health Practitioner Training

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This comprehensive, intensive 6 month program utilizes the Eastern concept that all things are interconnected and the flow of energy within and around our bodies affects our health and well being. It includes exploration of the body’s function and structure in a healthy system while weaving spiritual, energetic, and scientific aspects of herbs and nutrition with Western & Eastern philosophies on healing. Students will study Traditional Chinese, Ayurveda and Western patterns, archetypes & protocols for specific imbalances (dis-ease). This program provides beginner and advance skills by incorporating our Eclectic Herbal Primer and moving into learning about complex health imbalances and advanced therapeutic approaches through hands-on clinical experience. Students will make a variety of herbal preparations, go on herb walks, develop basic and complex herbal formula making skills, cultivate alternative diagnostic techniques, investigate case studies, work in a student clinic, develop a materia medica of 150 herbs, explore specific plant actions and contra-indications, and learn techniques to promote healing through harmonizing & repairing our body’s subtle energy fields. Students will walk away with a basic foundation in energetics and homeopathy and advance training in herbology, nutrition and holistic health protocols.

This program prepares you to practice in any one of the following arenas:
Holistic Health Practitioner
Holistic Health Counselor
Health & Wellness Counselor
Integrative CAM Practitioner
CLASS TIME: This class meets usually the second & fourth weekend of the month from April through September. Classes are held from 9:30-3:00 pm with an optional yoga class available prior to class (8:00-9:15 am) $10 per class.

2015 DATES: April 11, 12; 25, 26; May 16, 17; 30, 31; June13, 14; 27, 28; July 11.12; 25, 26; August 8, 9; 22, 23; September 5, 6

CERTIFICATE: students who attend 80% of class and hand in all assignments will receive a certificate of completion as a Holistic Health Practitioner.

HISTORICAL & HOLISTIC PHILOSOPHIES
• History of medicine –roots of herbology
• Gaia concept
• CAM characteristics
• Mechanisms for health & healing
PROFESSIONALISM
• Ethics
• Legalities
• Keeping records
• Business management
• Insurance
• Appropriate referrals
• Research
BOTANICAL IDENTIFICATION
• Field identification
• Plant Families
• Flowers/leaf type
• Ethical harvesting
• Herb walks & field trips
FOOD AS MEDICINE
• Nutrition essentials
• Ayurveda & TCM healing with food
• Food guidelines for constitutional types
• Therapeutic nutritional guidelines
• Therapeutic use of nutritional supplements – green foods, juicing
MATERIA MEDICA – 100 + herbs
• Parts used medicinally
• Medical actions and uses
• Chemical constituents
• Synergy of herbs
• Contraindications
HERBAL APOTHECARY
• Gathering
• Preserving herbs
o storing/drying
o medicinal teas – infusions, decoctions, sun teas
o tinctures – alcohol, vinegar, glycerin
o syrups
o salves, oils, liniments
o poultices, compresses
o pills, suppositories
• Formula making – LeSassier’s triangle method
• Herb & drug interactions
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
• Yin & Yang Theory
• Five Phase Theory
• 8 Guiding Principles
• Patterns of health & disease
• Constitutions
ACUTE HOMEOPATHY
• Herings’s Law of Cure
• Homeopathic principles
• Doses
• Selecting & administering the right remedy
SUBTLE ENERGY HEALING
• Anatomy of subtle body
• Chakras – balancing & opening
• Energy fields
• Crystal therapy
• Mending energy fields
AYURVEDA MEDICINE
• Basic principles
• Doshas approaches to healing

DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS
• Case taking
• Vitals
• Tongue diagnosis
• Iridology
• Facial colors & lines
• Nails
• Energetic diagnostics

 HERBAL, HOMEOPATHIC, NUTRITIONAL, & LIFESTYLE THERAPEUTIC PROTOCOLS including a review of body structure & function – following imbalances are just a sample of what we will cover
• Digestive tract–GERD, IBS, peptic ulcers, Celiac disease, hemorrhoids, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
• Cardiovascular –hypertension, arteriosclerosis, varicose veins
o Respiratory imbalances asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, influenza
• Immune system
o autoimmune disorders – rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, MS, Crohn’s
o immune deficiencies – breast, prostate, colon cancers
o stress & allergies – food allergies, candida, hay fever
o Infections & infestations – fighting off invaders – eye, sinus, throat, etc.
• Nervous system
o mental health issues – depression, anxiety, etc.
o insomnia
o pain
o headache, migraines
• Endocrine system
o reproductive imbalances – menopause, PMS, dysmenorrhea, prostate etc.
o thyroid imbalances- hypo & hyperthyroidism
o diabetes – Type II
• Detoxification approaches
o Excretory systems – urinary/liver/skin/large intestine
UTI, stones, hepatitis, eczema, acne, boils, ringworm, herpes
o Sources of toxins – physical & energetic
• Trauma – herbal & homeopathic first aid kithead injuries, cuts, scrapes, insect bites
o Musculo-Skeletal systemarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, sprains, strains bruises, fractures
• Childhood illnessescolic, croup, cradle cap, diaper rash, colds, hyperactivity, teething, ear infections, diarrhea, fever
CLINIC
• Case studies & clients
• Clinical nutrition
• Holistic approaches
• Counseling techniques
• Putting it all together

 

HEAL THYSELF

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This 12 week program will give you the tools to heal your wounds, recognize your trigger points, explore what makes you happy, and acknowledge what keeps you from moving forward. It will help you develop the techniques to take back your life. We will apply behavior, holistic and energetic healing principles to help us learn how our internal and external environment affects who we are. Skills we will develop are: lifestyle & dietary changes that influence our health, meditation, breath-work, and visualization to heal the soul, energy work and chanting to restore our biorhythms, yoga to release stress and strengthen our body, Bach flowers to balance our emotions and energy techniques that bring harmony and balance to our physical, mental, and emotional bodies. This program is a combination of group discussions, journaling, expressive art, energetic and self-exploration exercises.

TIME: Tuesday 4:30-7:30 pm .

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ECLECTIC HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP PRIMER

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 Whether you have just stepped on the path of herbology or already have some understanding of it you will find this an exciting experiential and intellectual program. This program weaves the spiritual, energetic, and scientific aspects of herbs with Western & Eastern philosophies on herbs & healing. Students will study Traditional Chinese, Ayurveda and Western patterns, archetypes & protocols for specific imbalances (dis-ease). Students will receive a solid foundation in herbology and an introduction into homeopathy and nutrition. The focus of this class will be on common and acute health care issues. This is a hands-on class; students will make a variety of herbal preparations, go on herb walks, develop herbal formula making skills, exam specific plant actions and contra-indications and develop a materia medica of 50 +herbs.

CLASS TIME: This class meets usually the second weekend of the month from April through September. Classes are held from 9:30-3:00 pm with an optional yoga class available prior to class (8:00-9:15 am).

DATES: April 11, 12; May 16, 17; June13, 14; July 11.12; August 8, 9; September 5.

CERTIFICATE: students who attend 80% class and hand in all assignments will receive a certificate in Eclectic Herbalism.

HISTORICAL & HOLISTIC PHILOSOPHIES
• history of medicine –roots of herbology
• Gaia concept
• CAM characteristics
• mechanisms for health & healing

BOTANICAL IDENTIFICATION
• field identification
• families
• flowers/leaf type
• ethical harvesting
• herb walks & field trips

FOOD AS MEDICINE
• nutrition essentials
• food guidelines

HERBAL APOTHECARY
• gathering
• preserving herbs
o storing/drying
o medicinal teas – infusions, decoctions, sun tea
o tinctures – alcohol, vinegar, glycerin
o syrups
o salves, oils, liniments
o poultices, compresses
o pills, suppositories
• formula making
• herb & drug interactions

MATERIA MEDICA – 50 + herbs
• parts used medicinally
• medical actions and uses
• chemical constituents
• synergy of herbs
• contraindications

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
• Yin & Yang Theory
• Five Phase Theory
• 8 Guiding Principles
• reading patterns
• tongue diagnosis
• constitutions

HERBAL, HOMEOPATHIC, NUTRITIONAL, & LIFESTYLE THERAPEUTIC PROTOCOLS
• Digestive tract- where it all begins
• Urinary system
• Reproductive system
• Respiratory issues – breath – the life force
• Musculo-Skeletal system
• Infections & infestations – fighting off invaders
• Stress & allergies
• Trauma – herbal & homeopathic first aid kit
• Childhood illness

AYURVEDA MEDICINE
• Basic principles
• Doshas approaches to healing

ACUTE HOMEOPATHY
• Herings’s Law of Cure
• Homeopathic principles
• doses
• selecting & administering the right remedy