...expand your local plant repertoire by meeting new plants?
...add additional herbal preparations to your medicine making toolkit?
...fine-tune your plant knowledge by differentiating between plants with similar effects?
In this nine-month seasonal wellness program you'll meet new herbs, and study the plants you already know in greater detail.
Now that you know the basics, you will gain a more advanced knowledge of how to apply herbs to your lifestyle, and learn to differentiate between plants with similar effects to further customize your tonics and remedies.
For example, which of the 20-some nervines is best for you?
What is the difference between the many adaptogens?
We'll learn the fascinating stories of our herbal ancestors that have helped lay the foundation for the herbal movement that we're a part of today.
Studying medicinal pioneers has given me a whole new appreciation of the wisdom of our ancestors.
Having an established base of knowledge from year one allows us to focus more on hearing what the plants and our teacher have to share with us instead of constantly scribbling notes.
In year two we have been able to visit herbs in alternate seasons and new locations to help reinforce our understanding of the plants and deepen our connection to them. Adding more tree and lichen medicine to our repertoire this year has sparked an area of new interest for us to explore in our own back yards.
Our monthly herbal adventures with Savayda have become an addiction that I'm proud to share with my family, friends, co-workers and the occasional stranger!
This is a nine month program, beginning in September.
Our group meets one Sunday per month
from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.,
from September to June,
which is a home study month.
You can choose to attend the course in either Halifax
or Moncton and there will be field trips to other special green places, near each location.
Do plants have spirits?
What role does this play in herbal healing?
How can plants be included in a spiritual practice?
We'll explore and experience the answers to these questions.
Most months include outdoor activities where you'll meet the plants
growing in season, in their habitats.
December is a home-study month.
(Content is subject to vary slightly)
Home study of:
For home medicine making you will need a few supplies:
For the winter months we are indoors at the Bloom Institute
All other months are spent outdoors, in local parks or field trip locations, including:
Point Pleasant Park - Halifax
Sir Sanford Flemming Park - Halifax
Fort Needham Park - Halifax
Seaview Park Lookoff - Halifax
Saint Mary's Campus - Halifax
For the winter months we are indoors at the Central United Church Building in Moncton
Field trips include:
The Sackville Community Garden - Sackville
Moncton University Campus Garden - Moncton
Centennial Park - Moncton
Yes, you will be given a Certificate of Completion. If you are interested in becoming a Registered Herbal Practitioner, please see our Practitioner Program.
Herbs are generally safe, when used properly at the recommended dose. This course focuses on gentle tonic herbs that are suitable for self care.
For self-care, herbs are effective at alleviating simple, self-limiting health conditions. More significantly, herbs incorporated into a holistic lifestyle can enhance well-being (on many levels) and help to prevent illness.
When used by a professional herbalist, herbs are also highly effective at bringing balance to health and resolving a wide range of health conditions.
You will be directed to an application form, so we can get to know you better and make sure you get the most out of the course.