Seven Guideposts on the Spiritual Path: The Shamanic Story of Genesis

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This unique book develops themes that first appeared in Matt’s “Seven Herbs” book in 1987. He came to the realization that the seven major stories in Genesis did not just describe a spiritual path, in sequence, as outlined in that book, but that they described the seven primal lessons on the shamanic path. Indeed, the indications were not deeply buried, but are fairly easy to see. Shamanism has always been associated with a ‘hidden language’ or ‘language of Nature.’ This is not an actual language, but a method of…

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Holistic Medicine and the Extracellular Matrix:

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The extracellular matrix is the ‘stuff’ between the blood vessel and the cells. It doesn’t just carry food and waste (which is a big enough deal in itself), but also signals. In fact, the cells are completely controlled by the matrix polymers—feeding, elimination, migration, and reproduction. Signals in the matrix simultaneously communicate with all cells, so they are unified into a single whole. In other words, they do not act as individuals; the cell theory is disproven, and the basic premise of holistic medicine is now ‘evidence based medicine,’…

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Herbs for Stress, Depression, and Anxiety

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Wow! What a year. I last taught a week or two before the covid lockdown and now I am returning after (hopefully) the pandemic is fading into its omicron sunset. Or at least, after most of us have had it. We are all different. We all have had to deal with stress, depression, anxiety, and worry or even fear or anger in one form or another. In this class we will discuss the herbs, and some of the flower essences for these conditions. We will also include anger, exhaustion,…

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The Muscular & Skeletal System

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Pain meds generally do not heal a problem and the pain persists. How do we achieve lasting, rehabilitating results? In this class you will learn remedies for the bone, muscle, tendon, extracellular matrix polymers and fluids, synovial fluids, cerebrospinal fluids, nerves (boneset, teasel, parsley, solomon’s seal, gotu kola, comfrey, pleurisy root, black cohosh, st. john’s wort, prickly ash, etc.), and analyze which are needed for what kind of injury is present.

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The Wisdom of Nature March 13

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Nature is a living; conscious being, thinking and speaking in a language of her own. She is arranged by archetype, essence, or whole being; and therefore she and all her creatures speak to us through these patterns to our intuition. We can feel belongingness, wholeness; and joy when we live in communion with Nature and speak her tongue. This accumulated experience and speech is called the Wisdom of Nature. 

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The Wisdom of Nature March 6

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Nature is a living; conscious being, thinking and speaking in a language of her own. She is arranged by archetype, essence, or whole being; and therefore she and all her creatures speak to us through these patterns to our intuition. We can feel belongingness, wholeness; and joy when we live in communion with Nature and speak her tongue. This accumulated experience and speech is called the Wisdom of Nature. 

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Herbs for the Spirit

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There are times when the world can feel like too much. Times when our resilience and stamina have taken a hit. Times when one more thing feels like it will tip the scale. Whether stemming from the current political climate, stress from home or work, relationship challenges, adulting or pivotal life passages the result is the same. Feelings of uncertainty, fear, shock, trauma, anger, disbelief, confusion and apathy can arise which can leave us feeling a little shaky or unstable. Herbs are wonderful allies for these times. Come join…

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Spring Equinox Cacao Ceremony

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Cacao (Theobroma cacao) – Cacao has long been considered a “Food of the Gods” and even its Latin name Theobroma translates to exactly that! Cacao’s medicine is rich, deep, clarifying, blissful and has been called “truth serum” for the heart. To this day, the Cacao spirit is considered one of the most powerful deities in Mayan cosmology. Many indigenous cultures in Central and South America have used Cacao for food and medicine dating back to 1900-900BC. For this Journey, we will drink a traditional ceremonial dose of Cacao and…

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Herbal Aphrodisiacs

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Herbal Aphrodisiacs help to open the body, mind and heart to feelings of love and abundance. They can be worked with to inspire creativity, openness between oneself and others, dissolve boundaries, lift mood & spirit, instilling devotion and more. Herbal Aphrodisiacs fall into a few categories: Stimulating, relaxing and nourishing. We will review some favorites in each category and end class with everyone making their own herbal aphrodisiac cordial to take home! Class size is limited to 12.

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