Herbal Wisdom Series
Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.
To register, click on links below or call TIVI at 505-747-0741.
See below in this column for Judy Lieblein's classes
Herbs for the Spirit & Emotional Wellbeing:
March 27 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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 us & sip a cup of tea while Judy reviews herbs that can assist and ease stress & overwhelm, lift our moods, help us relax and relieve anxiety. Teas, tinctures, hydrosols, essential oils and ﬂower essences will be experienced and shared.
Plant Journey with Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum):
March 28 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
In TCM, Reishi mushroom has been used to nourish the “shen” or spirit of the body. The Chinese name for Reishi is Ling Zhi and translates to “spiritual mushroom” and has been described as the “ herb for spiritual benevolence”. Come nourish your spirit and journey with Reishi!
Cost: $50 (includes .5oz bottle of Reishi Tincture)
Spring Equinox Cacao Ceremony:
March 29 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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 align with the Equinox energies. The format of this class will be a little different as we will be ingesting the Cacao first as there is a 30-45 min ramp up. The class will include a brief introduction to the ethnobotany and growing habits of Cacao, a plant attunement, an hour long meditation, ceremony and time for sharing and/or journaling to integrate and catalyze the experience. The Cacao Flower Essence will be available as well for those who desire another level of experience. All of this, will be followed by a potluck to help us ground before we leave class. Join us for a heart-enriching Journey!
Class size is limited to 12 . Pre-registration is required.
June 5th 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
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.
Cost: $65 (includes $15 material fee for cordial making)
A Day With A Rose:
June 6th 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
We will immerse ourselves into the world of roses with all of our senses. The day will include a plant attunement, numerous plant journeys, foot & hand baths, medicine making with rose, and the making of rose beads and a few surprises! Medicine sharings will include how to work with Rose medicinally on all levels. Everyone will go home with a .5oz of rose glycerite, rose petal vinegar, rose flower essence and rose beads.
Class size is limited to 10 people. Pre-registration is required.
Cost: $125 (includes $30 material fee for rose product making)
Plant Journey with Damiana (Turnera diffuse):
June 7th 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Damiana has been used thru Central and South America & Mexico since the times of the Aztecs & Mayans. Most of Damiana’s popularity is due to the aphrodisiac properties, libido enhancing properties the herb possess. Yet, Damiana makes a wonderful digestive stimulant, mood lifter and relaxant too. Come experience the warming qualities of Damiana!
Cost: $50 (includes .5oz Damiana tincture)
See below in this column for Matt Wood's classes
GI Tract, Lymph & Liver:
March 7 & 8, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Seventy per cent of the immune system is located in the digestive tract, intimately intertwined with the mucosal surface and the lymphatic drainage. In this class we will study how the liver detoxifies the blood, including antidoting allergins, and keeps the rest of the organism from being poisoned by the contents of the GI tract, while the lymph drains toxins (and food, lipids) — so all these organ systems act together, hopefully in harmony
Skin, Kidneys, Temperature & Water Regulation:
March 14 & 15, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Learn how to understand, monitor, and treat the kidneys and the bladder (cystitis is a disease of old and new times). Class provides an overview: water management in general (kidneys/skin, kidneys/colon, matrix/lymph/kidneys).
The Wisdom of Nature:
Friday March 6 & 13, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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.
Pulse, Tongue & Facial Evaluation:
Friday June 26th 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Pulse, tongue and facial evaluation dates back several thousand years and has been used by practicioners of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a diagnostic tool to help determine the condition of disease or health of an individual. The tongue, pulse and facial look can indicate a person’s state of health and provide vital cues on the degree of imbalance. Class is both lecture and hands-on.
Cost: $50 (must have 5 people registered for class)
The Muscular & Skeletal Systems:
June 27 & 28, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
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.
Spring/Summer 2020 Bundle
GI Tract, Lymph & Liver: March 7 & 8
Skin, Kidneys, Temperature & Water Regulation: March 14 & 15
The Muscular & Skeletal Systems: June 27 & 28
FALL 2020, Dates TBD
Matthew Wood will be teaching additional classes as part of our Herbal Wisdom school offerings. Class info to come.
About the Teachers
Judy Lieblein is a shamanic clinical herbalist, teacher, Reiki Master, co-owner and on-staff herbalist at Gathering Thyme & owner of Sacred Rose Herbals in Marin County, CA.
Judy is dedicated to assisting and empowering all beings to align to their truth cultivating health, well-being, independence and freedom through medicinal herbs, flower essences, energy work and self-awareness practices.
Matthew has been a practicing herbalist since 1982, and is a renowed inspirational lecturer and author of several books including The Book of Herbal Wisdom and The Earthwise Herbal. While he believes in the virture of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-Amer- ican, and Native American heritage. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).