will be in
Cost for the entire weekend is
prior to July 16th and
Breakfast & lunches will be
included, but separate
arrangements must be made
for lodging & other meals
(see below for more info).
You may also join us just on Friday night for an
evening presentation on
elements and energetics of chinese herbalism, open to all for only
Class hours are Friday
Saturday from 10 till 5ish,
and Sunday from 10 till 4ish
(with breaks for stretching
and eating, of course...).
listen to an interview with
.: Friday Evening :.
elements and energetics of chinese herbalism...
As a poetic
language forged thousands of years ago to describe a
moving relationship of the living principles of this
world, the basic concepts energetic herbalism are innate
to us as human beings. This is a lens you can look
through to understand the macrocosm and the microcosm of
the elements that make up our world and our bodies.
The lens of Chinese energetics brings together seemingly
unrelated symptoms into a clear pattern that you can
work with. This class is an introduction to this
system but you will be given simple tools that can
greatly deepen your perception and practice....
creating a new language for herb energetics,
using your whole body intelligence...
Every culture in the
history of humanity has developed a language (and
sometimes a whole system) to describe the dynamic
energies of the plants and their interactions with our
bodies. All of those languages were crafted in
resonance with their worldview. These energetic
systems are profoundly helpful and poetic but always
limiting because words are just not big enough to
describe something that is so alive, dynamic and
We already have all the tools needed to grasp the
energetic reality of the plants and their interaction
with our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies.
Throughout the day, the class will lead you through
different experiences to help you discern the subtleties
of the plants, so you can develop and trust your own
language of ‘plant energetics’.
This language will of course go beyond words and will
harness your whole ‘body intelligence’ and wisdom.
Become a lymphomaniac!
Understanding the Lymphatic System...
Our lymphatics are a
system undervalued by Doctors and herbalists alike.
In the class we will explore how our lymph works to
assist other body systems, the subtleties of the
different lymphatic herbs, and how this key system
affects our body’s general terrain.
We will discover the energetic, emotional and
physiological effects lymph has within us. We will
look deeply into its relationship to many diseases, such
as venous deficiencies, hepatitis, mucus overload,
diseases of the reproductive system and the thyroid,
At the end of the day we will appreciate the true value
of the lymphatic system, bring new concrete tools to our
practice and surely become lymphomaniacs!
has been an herbal practitioner & teacher for the past 20
years. She is a truly gifted teacher; understanding the
science, the practical applications of the plants, the
anatomy and physiology of the body, and is able to teach
all these aspects in a very clear, deep & accessible
way. Caroline also stands deeply with the energetics and
essence of the plants and the whole of the earth.
Caroline is an amazing
brilliant teacher. She combines the science and art of
herbalism in a deep and passionate way that deeply
inspires others. And she's personable and fun, as well.
All that one seeks in a good mentor and teacher....
~ Rosemary Gladstar
Caroline Gagnon is one of my favorite herbalists...
She's extremely knowledgeable, and moves between the
intuitive and the scientific with grace - a skill not a
lot of herbalists have but which is really critical in
getting a deep understanding of plant medicine. She's
warm and approachable, and her passion for this work is
infectious: whatever the topic, you'll walk away feeling
not just smarter, but also uplifted and encouraged!
~ Herbalist Katja Swift, Boston, MA
Contact jim at email@example.com or call 248-238-8733 with
Checks can be made out to jim mcdonald and sent to me
white lake, mi 48383
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