Grey Rat School of Herbs
Herbalist Summer Program - 13 meetings, April- September. Online and fully video recorded - updating last summer's program - anyone who took the 2017 program is welcome to sit in this year for review.
This class will push you to be an herbalist - toward critical thinking and a lifetime of self-directed study, around whatever your own herbal path may be. Both foundational and advanced - you set the levels of your own study. This class grows out of more than 30 years of herbal practice - growing, writing, teaching, living, buying & selling, working with neighbors and with clients, in clinics and in first aid stations and at kitchen tables. Get in touch for encouragement and to discuss and questions - cost in full is an amazing $325.
Register before March first and pay $295. Dates are not yet final for 2018 program.
March – Independent study begin with reading list, articles provided and suggestions for foundational study and preparation based on your personal goals as an herbalist. Important to look at full curriculum and begin your own vision and study of yourself as herbalist. Specific practice researching herbs, herbal history and herbal remedies.
April. Personal ethics, theories of healing, our scope of practice, creating boundaries, safety for all, trust and compliance, Legal lines and limits, self-confidence and trust, creating and setting up our herbal daily rituals, totem herbs. Organization of space and time and making room. Lists, plans, maps, personal health options. Study: write mission statement and vision statement for your own work as an herbalist. Write your primary health goal and your secondary health concerns. Design a protocol for your personal ongoing healing and plan what you will do daily Affirm three ways that you will strengthen and grow your spirit for the work of herbalism.
April. Care of Magical Creatures–holistic herbal dog, herbal cat, herbal horse; assessment and communication skills, food and compliance, meridians and pressure points, symptom assessments, creative delivery approaches, topical and internal herbal approaches, dealing with fears, special needs for elders, first aid kit, best books and tools – over the counter herbal products, when to refer, approaches to teaching others, best books for personal reference. Study: Create a full first aid kit for a cat, dog, horse or other creature. Design a holistic protocol for them, including intake form, assessment notes and approaches to consider in follow-up. It may be an overall wellness protocol – they need not have any current serious health problems.
May. The wheel of the herbal year, organizing, wildcrafting, growing herbs; creating an abundant and practical organized herbal apothecary -rotating, tracking, networking; well-rounded and optimally useful selection of herbs and herbal creations. Planning your herbal year. Cost effective and culturally workable herbal protocols. Herbal substitution and back-up approaches to out-of-stock circumstance. Storage approaches including strategies for the traveling herbalist and the pop up clinic. Useful world history and herbal heritage. Study: World herb map, list your local invasive species and planting zone. Plan to plant 5 new to you herbs summer season and to incorporate more local abundant species into your plant medicines.
May. Basic Ayurveda approaches to daily herbal life, healing theories, history, science of long life, simples; useful Ayurvedic practices and foods; Ayurveda doshas and assessment keys; kicharee, curry, dal- best practice for vegetarian health, meditation and breathing practices for herbalistsStudy: 7 Key Ayurvedic herbs to grow or buy – and incorporate into our herbal practice. Sustainable local foods in your region.
May Advanced Assessment tools: Iridology, sclerology, reflexology, pressure points, voice, posture; hair, skin, nails; various tongue maps, palms; reading lab reports and “blood work” and translating into useful holistic needs and approaches, including when to suggest lab work (and where and how), when to refer to specialists. Keys to following up medical history, interventions. Specific therapeutics and herbs as they apply to certain signs and keys. Study: application of methods discussed in class with actual people -Look at and draw – eyes, faces, tongues, ears, palms, nails.
June Five element theory, Making this useful to ordinary herbalism - practical understanding and uses of element theory for deeper assessment and building herbal formulas. Meridians and patterns. Yin and yang of all things. TCM herbal patent medicines and how to personalize them. Building a TCM style formula. Major available Chinese traditional tonic herbs. Food cravings and dislikes. Color therapy. Meditation. Study: liniments, local herbs and connections around the Earth, food plans and charts built around 5 element wheel.
June Allied herbalist realms; foundational homeopathy including practical application and availability; vibrational remedies, aromatherapy, breathing practices, stretching, exercises; topical muscle liniments and oils, hair, skin and nail care herbal recipes and application, realistic and personalized first aid. Study: online class from Boiron on homeopathy basics; make your own set of vibrational energetic remedies –make new liniment and salve, eye drops, ear drops, first aid remedies.
July Herbalist holistic nutrition, the nutrition of herbs, minerals, amino acids, vitamins, supplements, wild foods, grocery store foods and the body’s absorption; timing our herbal approaches, nourishing the whole being. Special populations: children, elders, folks recovering from addictions, folk with chronic digestive concerns, depressed and overly stressed people. Study: Talk with someone who wants to improve their strength through a holistic approach. Build an overall plan using herbs, food, and movement. Track the measures that matter to them – weight? Specific distance walked? Strength? Time to do certain tasks? Breathing? Skin or hair quality? Customize your way of measuring progress and empowering them.
July Interactions (herbs-drugs-foods-supplements-life- health conditions) and side effects. Deep exploration with categories, concrete examples of common pharmaceuticals and common herbs and basic chemistry. How to maximize or minimize effects using time of day, taken with food or without, understanding. Creating time release herbal support when needful. You will see many people who take prescription drugs and you can safely support their improved health. How to create time release herbal products and when to take what - and why.
Study: Make a chart of common drugs for at least 5 chronic conditions and the corresponding beneficial foods, behaviors, supplements and the corresponding detrimental foods, habits.
August Addictions, recovery, herbal support; approaches, solutions and tools to overcoming unwanted addictions as well as Post traumatic stress and panic conditions. Endocrine, liver, digestive and nervous system balance and nourishment approaches.
Study: Practice protocols for both detoxification from specific drug or substance plus a different tonic protocol for more long term improved health. Individual discussion with Leslie is welcome to work though this project.
August Teaching classes, conferences and/or local community; creating your curriculum and finding your own work, keys to effective online teaching; online reputation and marketing, writing for herbal journals or blogs. Leading herb walks, legal lines, handouts, audience, marketing, venues. Creating alliances with other practitioners and building a community web. Herbal storytelling.
Study: Write one paragraph explaining your work as an herbalist. Write a ½ page piece explaining your work as an herbalist. Plan a one hour class for beginner herbalists – you choose the topic - one that you have never before taught but that evokes passion for you. Make an outline and notes. Give the class a title and make a handout for class members. (can be online or in person). Bonus: make a teaching rhyme.
September Herbal therapeutics for chronic conditions; Lyme infections, auto-immune, diabetes, arthritis, depression, fibromyalgia. Study: Select one condition and become an expert. Projects are due on this day if possible, but due to real life of all of us, you may take as long as you need. Seriously.
September Spirit herbs. Historical and contemporary herbs for empowering and lifting spirits, for protection in the material world, for ease of grief, heartache, fears and other difficulties of emotion and feelings. Herbs for moving through the worlds and for deep meditation and for easing broken hearts. Specific herbs and specific situations – herbal formulas, rituals, chemistry of despair, realistic paths and plants to border our paths and guide us when that is our need and direction is dim. This is a very personal area of herbalism and you are in charge of your own interests in exploring this realm.
Mid-South Women's Herbal Conference, Mentone Alabama - 2018 Herbal Dog
Great Lakes Herb Faire, Chelsea Michigan, September 2017. http://www.greatlakesherbfaire.org/about.html
The Art of Formulation, BotanoLogos Herbal School, Clayton GA. Weekend intensive https://www.wildhealingherbs.com/individual-classes.html
Materia medica online workshop spring 2017
American Herbalists Guild - Tree Medicine: Free Webinar - Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 8-9 p.m. EST Register Here
Trees hold abundant sustainable and accessible herbal medicine. This workshop covers some common North American trees, what parts you can use, when, how and why - with care and respect to the trees. The goal is to increase your own idea of bark, twig, root, leaf, bud, flower and fruit as integral keys in a materia medica.
Allegheny Herbal - Weekend intensive: with Leslie Alexander RH, Phd.
October in Erie 2017 - weekend Intensive, Case review and clinical skill workshop -
April in Erie: weekend intensive of case Reviews - April 15-17, 2016
Florida Herbal Conference, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015 floridaherbalconference.org
Herbal Formulating - This workshop focuses on the foundational thinking we use, and how we most effectively learn new herbs in our own materia medica. Draws on ideas from Ayurveda, TCM, Physio-medicalist, Eclectics, William LeSassier and modern approaches, then applies these concepts to building basic formulas.
Breaking Addictions: Herbal Support - Herbal and nutritional support can make a powerful difference in working with individuals who want to break addictions, and an individual holistic protocol is key. Pharmaceuticals, OTC’s, and street drugs, as well as alcohol and tobacco, are considered. Nearly all addictions can bring nutritional deficiencies as well, and this is an important part of a plan for recovery.
Herbal Dog Care - Dogs are quite sensitive to herbal therapy, and can be much more compliant than many human clients. Examples of useful herbs and herbal combinations specifically designed for dogs will be discussed.
American Herbalist Guild National Symposium, 2014 November
Herbalism in Context: Interpreting a Client Interview and shaping an Outcome. with esteemed herbalist Leslie Alexander, Ph.D., RH(AHG).
In practice, we observe, listen, interact and assess a client. We ask questions and measure replies. We aim to collect a rounded profile of an individual which extends beyond their symptom profile and addresses not only their physical well-being but also their emotional and spiritual well-being. After an initial assessment, whether at home, at a county fair or in a clinic, , and we have the task of prioritizing information; grouping like with like, identifying places where we may well need additional information so that we can offer a holistic protocol. How do we effectively use the pieces of information that we collected? The scalloped tongue; the health history; the list of daily pharmaceuticals; the social isolation? And how do these pieces fit with why a client asked for a consult in the first place? The process of sorting this information and shaping it into a realistic and holistic protocol for a client is the challenge. We will discuss this and work through big and small questions while using case study examples. Whether we work with a huge apothecary from several traditions or we work with a dozen herbs from our kitchen, or kitchen garden – the same principles and skills apply. How do we decide where to begin? What is more important and what sort of timeline do we use? Where do we focus our attention? Should herbs be a primary resource? And if not, why not? Join us as we address these questions and build a holistic protocol together.
Medicinal Tree Walk
Tree medicine is often overlooked and in the southeastern USA we have an abundance of medicinal trees that can stock an apothecary. Focus on what is present now, natives as well as non-natives and invasives; believe it is important to discuss ethical harvesting, preservation as well as the historical uses and current research. The traditional spirit energies of trees are important to consider as well.
Speaker: Leslie Williams, RH(AHG)
Herbalism in Context: A Round Table to Enhance Clinical Skills
Allegheny Herbal Weekend Intensives with
Leslie Alexander, RH(AHG) and Leslie Williams, RH(AHG)
Fri. July 25-Sun. July 27, with jim mcdonald in White Lake, MI.
For students and practitioners working with clients, family, friends, community or clinic.
Early registration for full weekend (Fri evening - Sun afternoon) is $250. / $275 after July 14, if space available. Fri evening only $20. Full weekends include lunches, snacks and beverages. Enrollment limited.
To register, contact Leslie Williams at 513.256.3969 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on CEU's or other program details, contact Leslie Alexander at 814.516.2634 or email@example.com.
Round-table workshops focus on clinical skills for herbalists. Our weekend intensives are designed with extensive interactive practice and participatory exercises for those wanting to further develop their knowledge and skills. Together we practice, discuss, learn about and explore all varieties of health issues and stresses that can occur in clinical practice.
- Creating a Holistic Herbal Protocol (taught with Leslie Alexander, RH(AHG)
- Breaking Addictions: herbal support
Past Midwest Women's Herbal Conference workshops
- The Alcohol Free Herbalist, all about vinegar, glycerites, pills, foods miso and lots more
- Herbs for a Healthy Liver and Gall Bladder
- Herbal Foot Care
Feb 28-Mar 2
- Sleep - It's not so simple
- Translating the old words and herbs for a troubled spirit - Depression and stress
As a 7th generation Florida native, Leslie Williams has a special connection to the swamps and trees and plants of Florida - both those native and those who have moved from elsewhere. We are all invasive species.
Herbal Resurgence/ Rendezvous
Sept. 18-22, 2013 AZ
- The Feral Herbalist: How to become an herbalist free of monetary excess.
Southeast Women's Herbal Conference, Black Mountain NC,
Oct. 11-13, 2013
- Tree and medicinal herb walk
- Alcohol Free Herbalism demonstrating glycerites, salts, herbal vinegars, honeys and teas.
Previous classes that may return:
- The Organized Herbalist. Practical wisdom on how to keep track of your herbal path.
- Wild Food, tree and medicinal plant ID walks
- Tonic herbs
- Herbal support for drug and addiction recovery
- Herbal Foot Care
- Just Muscles - Herbal solutions to muscle pain, muscle wasting, loss of muscle tone, as well as support for building muscle and healthy nutrition and lifestyle.
- Bones -myths, minerals, menopause. How bones work and what they need. What do tests mean and what foods are most supportive of strong healthy bones at every age.
- Herbal Clinical supervision. Many graduates of herbal programs are excellent herbalists at putting together a protocol of herbs and procedures to improve health, but still have little practical experience one on one with real clients. Assessment, consulting skills, boundaries, and lots of practical tips for working with people.
- Herbal Dog Care and Herbs for Horses. Two useful basic courses.