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Saturday, January 21, 2012

[AlternativeAnswers] SACRED PLANT MEDICINE APPRENTICESHIPS 2012 - www.thegreenwoman.com


Boston/Cambridge, MA


*** Registration open for 2012
Limited to 15 apprentices each year

Come journey with the sacred healing plants...

Join us for an 9 Month Apprenticeship in Herbal Healing, Shamanic Herbalism, Plant Spirit Medicine, Spiritual Ecology, Holistic Healing, and Journeying with Plant Devas and Earth Spirits.

The Cambridge/Boston Course begins March 10th - 11th and runs until the end of November, 2012, meeting one weekend a month (for a total of 11 weekends, 22 six hour classes in total). Classes will be held indoors during the winter, and outdoors in the spring and summer. Our primary field sites will be The Garden in the Woods, and the Arnold Arboretum in Boston.

The Plant Medicine Apprenticeship will focus on working with plants as medicine for the body and spirit, remembering the ancient traditions of plant medicine used by village healers around the world. We will focus mostly on local Northeastern American plants as well as some plants used in Tropical Plant Medicine, Ayurveda, and Chinese herbal medicine.

Certification for the 140-60 hour course will be given upon completion of the apprenticeship. Classes will be held outside when the weather permits and locations will be given upon registration. Please take a look at our apprenticeship syllabus for a closer look at what this course offers.

Apprenticeship classes focus on:

Medicinal Herbal Healing
Growing & Wildcrafting Healing Plants
Wild Foods
Healing Plants of North America, Hawaii, & Asia
Plant Spirit Medicine
Ancestral Traditions of Healing
Herbal Actions, Tastes, & Safety Levels
Systems of the Body & Herbal Energetics
Medicine Making - (tinctures, infusions, salves, etc.)
Shamanic Herbalism
Guided Meditation & Journeying
Magical Herbalism & Folklore
Plant Identification of North American Plants
Spiritual Ecology & Earth Spirituality
Communication with plant and nature devas
Plant Medicine Walks
Chakra Healing with Plants
Ritual & Prayer

Our Plant Medicine Apprenticeship is an intensive journey into green medicine and traditional plant knowledge. The apprenticeship is intended to be a spiritual journey as well as a course in medicinal herbalism. Classes include lecture, ritual, guided journeying, hands-on work with plants, medicine making, journeying with plant spirits, tasting plant infusions and extracts, meditations with nature, earth and body awareness, journal writing, and deep exploration with the spirit of the earth. Students learn to identify and use plants for medicine, form plant allies, and prepare medicinal teas, tinctures, essences, infusions, oils, incenses, and salves with plants from around the world. Students will learn to use the energies of the moon, sun, earth and the elements in their practice and treat imbalances in the body.

This apprenticeship is both a course in Western herbalism and in Shamanic plant spirit medicine. In each class spirit is blended with science, through meditation, lecture, plant walks, and hands-on learning. We seek to unite Western modes of learning and healing with ancient traditions of learning from the earth and from spirit. The apprenticeship is intended to be a healing journey for each person and towards a deeper connection to the earth. The doorways that are opened and the wisdom gained during class will seep into each apprentices home and everyday life. The plants that each student forms relationships with changes their lives deeply, helping to guide and support them through life- body, mind, and spirit.

The cost for the 9 month March, 2012 Apprenticeship is $1,500 - $1,700 (sliding scale) for 22 six hour classes. Payment plans starting at $118 per class weekend (after initial class deposit) are available. Class will meet one weekend every month. A $100 discount is given to those who pay in full. A $200 deposit ($100 is non-refundable) is required to register for the apprenticeship and is subtracted from the total tuition. Grants are available for Vermont students through VSAC. Full payment is due by the first apprenticeship class meeting unless a payment plan has been arranged in advance.

To register, fill out the registration form listed on our web site and send it to the address provided. Each student should only miss 2-3 classes during the course, as it can disrupt the circle if people can not make classes regularly. The course will be limited to 15 people. Please feel free to contact Sage with any questions, at (617)-838-8094.


The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education

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