Green Medicine: A 4-Month Training in Herbalism

Filed under Advanced Programs, Events, Herbs and Nutrition, Holistic Health.
April 7, 2014
7:45 PMto9:45 PM
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Led by Peeka Trenkle, with Drew DiVittorio, Dipl (NCCAOM), and David Winston

Please note this training will be starting and ending one week later then the dates that appear in the Winter 2014 Course catalog.  The dates below reflect the revised dates for the program.  If you have any questions call 212-219-2527 x 2.
Herbal medicine has been in use for thousands of years, each culture having its own unique system based on the herbs of its bio-region. In the last hundred years, we have steadily moved away from our ability to use herbs in a daily way for nourishment and healing, and have all but lost the ability to use herbs medicinally for treatment of acute illness. We no longer cultivate physic gardens in which families used to grow their own medicine or keep recipe books of remedies that healed illnesses in our communities. Foraging of wild plants for food has also largely been lost as a skill. Industrialization has led to a fear of nature, and several generations have now grown up believing that natural and herbal remedies are quaint but impotent and that pharmaceutical drugs are the only effective treatment for illness. All the work of healing has been delegated to the “experts,” both mainstream and alternative.

This course will give you a comprehensive overview of Western herbs for medicinal and nutritional uses, and our guest speakers will broaden the scope by presenting in-depth information from other various cultures. We will cover each of the body’s systems, the anatomy and physiology of each system and its functioning. You will learn about herbs for tonification, herbal treatment programs for illnesses relating to each system and how to prevent illness, promote vitality and maintain balance in the body through the use of herbs.

We will also cover the history of Western herbalism and how we got to where we are now, and the legal considerations of being an herbalist. In addition, we’ll discuss the use of herbs in an ecological context so that we can wisely choose the most effective herb and not be using endangered or threatened species.

The herbal materia medica in this course primarily focuses on herbs from the northeast United States, including a few from other regions of North America, in order to foster a bio-regional understanding: Our region can, in fact, produce all the plants necessary for our healing.

Note: A certificate of completion will be given upon completion of course requirements.   There will be a $30 materials fee for course manual, payable to the instructor at the first session.

A 4-Month Training
April 7-August 4,2014
plus field trip (May 31)

Monday sessions (Sunday, June 1st Peeka Trenkle) will be from 7:45–9:45pm.
Saturday & Sunday workshops will be from 10am–5:30pm.
The field trip will
be from 11am–4:30pm.

A Brief History of Western Herbalism
Monday, April 7

Basic Chinese Diagnostic Techniques with Drew DiVittorio
An introduction to Chinese diagnostic techniques including pulse taking, tongue and complexion exams, and reading symptom
Sunday, April 13

Preparations & Dosages
Monday, April 21

The Digestive System and Liver
Monday, April 28

The Respiratory System
Monday, May 5

The Nervous System and Brain
Monday, May 12

The Endocrine System
Monday, May 19

Field Trip with Peeka Trenkle
We will identify, taste and study herbs and wild foods at Stephen and Robin Larsen’s Stone Mountain Farm in the mid-Hudson Valley.
Sunday, June 1

The Circulatory System: Blood and Lymph
Monday, June 2

Herbal Pharmacy: Making Herbal Products
A one-day hands-on workshop with Peeka Trenkle in making extracts, salves, balms, poultices, etc. There will be an $8 materials fee.
Sunday, June 8

The Skin
Monday, June 9

Women’s Reproductive System
Monday, June 16

Herbal Treatment and Management of Chronic Illnesses: Eastern and Western Approaches
A one-day workshop with Drew DiVittorio.
Sunday, June 22

Men’s Reproductive System
Monday, June 23

Seasonal Healing: Herbal Therapeutics and the Cycle of the Year
Monday, June 30

Musculo-Skeletal System
Monday, July 7

Herbal Energetics
David Winston will discuss simple techniques for matching herbal qualities with the energetics of an individual’s symptoms, using concepts from Chinese and Cherokee medical systems.
Sunday, July 13 (ends at 5pm)

Urinary Tract and Kidneys
Monday, July 14

Materia Medica/Herbal Medicine Chest
Monday, July 21

Case Taking Skills I
Monday, July 28

Case Taking Skills II
Monday, August 4

A 4-Month Training
April 7- August 4th, 2014

Full Payment: 14WHG25LA
$1,500 (No Member Discount)

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Payment Plan: 14WHG25LB
$1,600 (No Member Discount)

A non-refundable deposit of $400 is due upon registration.  Three further payments of $400 are due April 21, May 19, & June 16.  To register for the payment plan call 212-219-2527 x 2.

Automatic credit card payments only.

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Free Introductory class on Monday, March 17, 7:45pm.

Drew DiVittorio, Dipl (NCCAOM)

Drew DiVittorio, Dipl (NCCAOM),board-certified in Traditional Chinese Herbology by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine, is currently an associate professor at the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute and maintains a private practice in NYC. He is a popular speaker on nutrition and Chinese herbalism at venues around the nation.

Peeka Trenkle

Peeka Trenkle is an intuitive healer, herbalist and homeopathic consultant with practices in NYC and Denville, NJ.  She has a deep interest in the integration of spiritual and physical healing and the ways in which we become healthy through our right relationship with the natural world.  She has been in practice as a natural healer for over 35 years and has been on the Open Center faculty, teaching the Green Medicine Herbalism training, since 1996..

David Winston, RH (AHG),
David Winston, RH (AHG), an herbalist and ethnobotanist
with 40 years' training in Cherokee, Chinese and Western herbal traditions, is the founder/director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library and dean of David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies. David is a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild.
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