Shamanic Herbalism with Matthew Wood and Jolie Elan March 17, 10AM-6PM
February 6, 2019
Healing and Wisdom from Nature
Join master herbalist and author Matthew Wood, and Director of Go Wild Institute, Jolie Elan and explore the relationship between the realm of shamanism and the traditional use of herbs. Matthew and Jolie will share their knowledge about the interface between healing plants, nature connection, dreamtime and the shamanic path. In this class we will learn about the three selves of the shamans: conscious, animal, and dream, and why they are so important.
Many Indigenous cultures put healing plants into categories based on the archetypal qualities of medicinal animals. We will study the qualities of important medicine animals and look in detail at the healing plants associated with the medicine animals. For example, we will study the qualities of the bear and talk about the medicinal characteristics of the plants that are associated with the bear clan (burdock, angelica, spikenard).
We will have an introduction to a local shamanic plant: Oregon Myrtle. Time permitting, we will do a plant spirit journey or two.
Books by Matthew Wood: -Seven Herbs, Plants as Teachers (1987) -Vitalism, The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences, originally entitled The Magical Staff (1993) -The Book of Herbal Wisdom (1998) -The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism (2004) -The Earthwise Herbal, Books 1 and 2 (2008, 2009) -Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation: A Conversation by Matthew Wood (Paperback) (2014) -The Earthwise Herbal Repertory (2016)
Please register early as this class will likely fill up. Class will be held at Jackson Wellsprings Community Room