Category Archives: SHA Module

2016 SHA Module, Session 4: Medicine-making II

herbal vinegarJuly 16-17   9a-3p, both days

Class Fee: $155

Instructor: John Slattery

Location: Tucson, AZ

How would you like to learn to make your own herbal remedies? AND, at a fraction of the cost of purchasing these remedies!

This 2-day class will cover a variety of basic herbal medicine making techniques, including syrups, oxymels, and honey preparations. All of our preparations in this class will feature local wildflower honey as a solvent and a healing agent. Honey is perhaps one of the oldest medicinal substances known to humankind. It is, in fact, where the word medicine is derived from (as well as “mead”). It is said that the origin of the word medicine stems back to ancient Egypt where it derives from the application of honey so frequently as medicine.

Oxymel is an ancient term referring to a preparation made with vinegar and honey. We’ll explore a variety of possibilities with various vinegars (some homemade) and herbs well-suited to oxymel preparations. There are oxymels for any occasion and climate. Simple formulation strategies discussed in this class help to optimize the enjoyment and effectiveness of the oxymel.

 As the student begins to explore the techniques many possibilities are illuminated. Variations are endless. Herbal medicine making is an art above all, but the science of it will be discussed at length during this class.. Additionally, detailed handouts for all the preparations we make in class (including recipes) will be delivered. 

Bring your curiosity for creativity with healing plants, to take away endless ideas for creating with widely available and locally available plants.

Questions: Contact john@sonoranherbalist.com

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Price: $155.00

2016 SHA Module, Session 3: Medicine-making I

DSC_0044March 25-26   9a-4p, both days

Class Fee: $170

Instructor: John Slattery

Location: Tucson, AZ

How would you like to learn to make your own herbal remedies? AND, at a fraction of the cost of purchasing these remedies!

This 2-day class will cover a variety of basic herbal medicine making techniques, including oil infusions, salves, creams, tinctures, percolations. Such preparations make the foundation for a wide array of commonly used remedies and formulations with both internal and topical applications. Participants will learn these techniques, hands-on, while being encouraged to explore the world of herbalism safely, and with great creativity. Herbal medicine making is an art above all, but the science of it will be discussed at length. Additionally, detailed handouts for all the preparations we make in class (including recipes) will be delivered. 

Bring your curiosity for creativity with healing plants, to take away endless ideas for creating with widely available and locally available plants.

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Price: $170.00

Refund Policy: 100% Refund within 7 days of purchase. Zero Refund given within 3 weeks of the class (even if within 7 days of purchase.

There is no credit given for missed classes.

2016 SHA Module, Session 2: Field Study – Catalina State Park

IMG_0660March 17-20     *3 nights camping

Regular Trip Fee: $476

20% Discount through midnight (MST) Saturday, March 12: $380.80

 Use Coupon code: CATALINA1

 Instructor: John Slattery

Module 2 of the 2016 Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship (SHA) Program is available for enrollment. Our first overnight field study of the year is in glorious Catalina State Park at the foot of Mt Lemmon at over 9,100 feet elevation. Here, Sonoran Upland Division desert is marked by palo verde and saguaro cactus amidst bouldered hillsides and small mesas where ancient indigenous settlements overlooked desert riparian drainages coming down from the high elevation. Oak and juniper descend the canyon, while desert lavender and limberbush inhabit the hot rocky hillsides above.

Arriving at the height of spring floral abundance, our 3 nights and 4 days will be spent exploring various parts of this vast state park and adjacent forest service land. Several dozen plants will be viewed, discussed, and tasted as medicine. Several basic medicine making techniques will be demonstrated and explored in detail (including hot and cold infusions, decoctions, poultices, steam inhalations, and fomentations).

34 Training Hours

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Price: $476.00

Refund Policy: 100% Refund within 7 days of purchase. Zero Refund given if cancelled within 30 days of the class start (even if within 7 days of purchase).

There is no credit given for missed classes.

2016 SHA Module, Session 1: Plant Energetics I & II

March 5-6   9a-5p, both days

Location: Tucson, AZ

Class Fee: $196

Instructor: John Slattery

Pulsatilla patensOur first session of the year will begin with introductions, a short orientation, and an overview of our Program. Then we will delve into the study of Plant Energetics. John has been studying the plants of the Sonoran desert for over a decade, compiling notes on their energetics in reference to the sophisticated categorizations of traditional systems of healing such as Chinese, Greek, Arabic, Ayurvedic, and so on.

Each student will receive a copy of Energetics of Materia Media, a work-in-progress mapping out the energetics of the medicinal plants used in John’s practice over the past 10 years. A unique reference featuring plants of the Sonoran desert bioregion which are unknown to other works on the subject.

Our class time will be split between indoors and out in nature. Discussion, herb tasting, and spending time with plants will be balanced over the course of the weekend to help the student carry away a greater sense of the inter-relationships found when working with Plant Energetics, and how to further one’s experience and knowledge through focused exercises and application of principles on the subject.

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Price: $196.00

Refund Policy: 100% Refund within 7 days of purchase. Zero Refund given within 3 weeks of the class (even if within 7 days of purchase.

There is no credit given for missed classes.

2016 SHA Module, Session 7: Vitalist Clinical Applications

Sunday, May 29    9a – 4p

Class Fee: $85

Vitalism. You may have heard of it. Vitality? Yes, of course. What, then, is Vitalism?

Several ancient systems of healing from around the world have gained recognition in the West over the previous several decades including Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. Several other countries and cultures developed similar theoretical backdrops for a life of well-being and for treating illness and disease states. Whether from Japan, Greece, Mexico, Thailand, Korea, or from the ancient Mayans all these systems could be classified as Vitalism, generally speaking.

At the core of Vitalist principles is “do no harm.” This reflects the great respect given to the innate ability of the body to heal itself. Vitalism, in essence, is the practice of enhancing and encouraging the natural flow of this healing force, or will to live, within the body, and seeking to remove any obstacles which inherently resist the flow of this force. Clinical applications abound in which these concepts can be put to good use.

This class will cover the basic principles of Vitalism and how these can be applied to our daily lives and in a clinical setting. The truth is that if more people were educated in these principles and practices once again, the work of the Vitalist practitioner would ultimately be more effective and more efficient in its practice.

This class is a perfect tie-in to the 2016 SHA Session 1 which covers Plant Energetics. Applying the energetics of herbs through the principles of Vitalism greatly enhances their effectiveness. Not only does the application of these principles enhance the effectiveness of the herbs, they also help deepen the awareness of the practitioner as to how, why, and when the herbs may be applied. This, of course, does not have to be restricted to just practitioners in a clinical setting, but may be applied to the lives of us all – as we are all practitioners at this thing we call Life.

Although this is a lecture class, we will be engaging with plants via tinctures and teas to further our discussion of the application of plant energetics in a Vitalist model of healing.

Class size is limited, so register now to reserve your space!

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Price: $85.00