l i n d e r a
(trying this out as a single word school name)
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four season herbal intensive
with michigan herbalist
. : see tentative 2018 dates in red below : .
The core focus of this course is on the foundational energetic
principles of western herbalism. Yes, that sounds
both somewhat mystical and perhaps a bit complicated,
but in reality, it's rooted in relearning how we perceive
health and illness, and the herbs themselves, so that we
learn to recognize such patterns as excess and
deficiency, hot and cold, dry and damp, tense and lax.
I feel that this provides a much more useful and comprehensive
understanding of herbcraft than knowing chemical
constituents, the latest (and everchanging) results of scientific studies,
or simply learning to associate the name of a problem
with the name of a herb.
To effectively use plant medicines, you'll need to understand the foundational properties
by which herbs work, how the body's organs and
systems function, how to use your senses, intellect &
intuition to perceive the physiological, energetic and spiritual
properties of herbs, and myriad other nuances that make
for a solid foundation in herbcraft and allow you to
develop a personal style and approach to guide your
will meet at my home in
Lake, Michigan and also will involve herb hikes at
local parks, with discussions of habitat and harvest,
properties, history, lore, current and traditional uses
and my direct experience using these herbs.
Basically, there are three aspects to the course:
Initially we'll look at the energetics of western herbalism, and then we'll apply these concepts to the body's organs
and systems, and to the plants we study on walks.
Always, we'll be focusing on how to differentiate
energetically between the ways a condition may manifest
in different people, and how to use herbs effectively with
You'll also be involved in an ongoing & evolving group dynamic, which
allows you to likely learn as much from each other as you
will from me. The value of this could not be
If you're considering this intensive, please be willing
to commit to coming to the classes and spending a lot of
time outdoors with the plants, hiking
(vigorous hiking up hills and down dales; you'll need to
be physically able to spend a day out on the trail),
dealing with bugs, perhaps some inclement weather (we
rain or shine), and above all be willing to put in the
time outside of class to study and to find places near
you that you can get out into and harvest your herbs from.
This may be your yard, a neighbors yard, a community
garden, a friend's property - wherever. You'll need to
do the reading, most of which I've written, but
including links to articles by other herbalists available online,
and a few "required" books.
I record pretty much
the entire course as high quality MP3 files, which are
available to students. This helps not only as an info source for
future reference, but also allows people to listen to any
classes they may miss due to illness or unforeseen
circumstances. I also set up an email listserve for
participants to facilitate interaction and dialogue
Of course, there'll be quite a bit more covered as the
class unfolds. I have answers to some frequently
Please do read these.
about me, the teacher...
I'm an herbalist; I deeply love the plants I share this
land with and one of the ways I give back to them is by
teaching others what I have to offer. If you're
considering taking a long term course like this, you'll
want to feel in synch with the person teaching it.
Ideally, you'll come to one of my classes before hand,
but please also look around online and see what I've
written and others have been kind enough to say about
I've tried to
provide a lot of content so people interested in my
classes can check it out and see what I teach like and
where I'm coming from. Because people learn in
different ways, I have different mediums to check out.
I have a lot of written material
There's hours worth of videos you can watch on
YouTube here; many of
these are directly from classes so they're a very good
representation of how I teach.
you'd like to see "a resume" of sorts, you can click
I'm also very happy to talk to you (and for sure want
and answer any questions you have about the course.
pic by lisa rose starner, from a class walk
dates for 2017...
2018 dates in red; 100%, but pretty close)
saturday the 22nd
saturday the 21st,
sunday the 23rd
sunday the 22nd,
saturday the 6th
saturday the 5th,
sunday the 7th
saturday the 3rd
saturday the 2nd,
sunday the 4th
sunday the 3rd,
saturday the 8th
saturday the 7th,
sunday the 9th
sunday the 8th,
saturday the 5th
saturday the 4th,
sunday the 6th
sunday the 5th,
saturday the 26th
sunday the 27th
sunday the 26th,
saturday the 7th
sunday the 8th
sunday the 7th,
saturday the 4th
saturday the 3rd,
sunday the 5th
sunday the 4th,
(potential make up weekend)
saturday the 11th
sunday the 12th
sunday the 11th,
(please note: this isn't a class weekend, unless something
causes me to be unable to teach one of the scheduled
weekends - like, maybe I get trampled by elephants
in july and
can't teach that class. It's a "make up" weekend,
only utilized if needed)
Times will generally
be 11ish to around 5:30ish, though it's probably prudent to
state that I'll frequently run over if no one tells me
The cost for the intensive will be
if paid prior to March 1st, and
deposit will register you for the intensive and
hold your space, and with the remaining balance due
the first class session.
Please be aware that the $450 deposit
is non-refundable for cancellations made between the
time the initial payment is sent in and the first class, when
payment is due in full. After the first class, ***there will
be no refunds for any tuition paid***.
In the last few years, some students have successfully
used crowdfunding (eIther directly person to person or
using sites like
to help cover some of the expense of the intensive.
I really like this model, because I think it
demonstrates a way that communities can support their
herbalist, something all herbalists need to thrive.
if you don't live near enough to commute each day, I've
compiled a list of
local resources I hope
you'll find helpful with regard to procuring food and/or
a place to stay.
travelling in from out of state?
I know that getting here from farther away adds extra
travel time and expense. Though it depends on
where you're coming from, a few years ago a student told
me about the
Mega Bus, which allowed
him to travel in from Chicago to Detroit or Ann Arbor
for just a few bucks (quite literally, just a few
dollars each way). You would need to arrange
travel up to White Lake, this may be possible by
connecting with students living in those areas.
Check into it and see if it's feasible for ya.
If you have any questions, please just let me know and
I'll do my best to further clarify my plans and
intentions. If you're ready and rarin' to go, please
proceed as follows:
Please fill out and
email me the application found
here. After I get it we'll talk to discuss any
questions, particulars or whatnot that you or I may
have. Please don't make payments until we talk.
Let me know when you send a check out so I can be on the
look out for it. You can also pay via credit card
through PayPal as a means of "financing" the course and
making payments as you're able.
this course is seemingly full at the moment...
unless we've talked please send any inquiries
to me via email with the subject
"lindera waiting list"
(after we talk) you can send your first payment to me
white lake, mi 48383
Again, if you're interested, please let me know as soon as
Thanks for your
interest and many blessings...
(please note that this is not a cell
number and doesn't get texts)