Teachings and concepts coming up this week include:
Paul Bergner and Lisa Ganora at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, who combine rigorous scientific understanding of constituents and physiology with the systemic pattern-honoring vitalist tradition
Phyllis Light has a new book out synthesizing her years of study of the Appalachian system of folk medicine
Embodiment practices that an herbalist can use to help clients with trauma include many forms of tapping-into-subconscious, including Emotional Freedom Technique. Basics from Peter Levine‘s work are worth absorbing, and the concept of titration… edging back and forth at the boundary of tension/change… is an important one to understand in all forms of somatoemotional healing. A fundamental step is bringing the internal (interoceptive) perception into the body and the present moment as a beginning place for allowing them to gently notice and transform patterns, unless the energetic charge is too strong. At some point in the future we’ll have a class on basic somatic tools for herbalists, and importantly recognizing trauma. Judith Blackstone’s books hold some wonderful embodiment practices.
In alignment with the paradigm shifts we discussed are Didi Pershouse’s Fertile Health: Parallels between Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Medicine and Dark Kitchen: Making Friends with Microbes
And to further our discussion of an herbalist’s role in transitioning times, this interview with Renee Davis is a treat