2ND Level Herbal Apprenticeship

The Second Level Advanced Training Program has two components: Intensives with prominent visiting herbalists Phyllis Light, Master Herbalist and Director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health, and Tammi Sweet, Co-director of Heartstone Herbal Center and celebrated teacher of anatomy and physiology, and with faculty members Tommy Priester and Madelon Hope. The three weekends include extensive materia medica, case histories and stories from herbal practice. The focus will be on how to get to the root cause of physical complaints. The classes cover advanced anatomy and physiology and the inter-relationship among body systems. This year we are focusing on the liver and gall bladder, the endocrine, immune and nervous systems along with the Endogenous Cannabinoid System and pain pathways. 


Our second component involves an Immersion in the Plant World. In the Spring, Karina Hines; Herbal Educator and Professional Natural Chef, and Natalie DeNormandie, Ecological Herbalist and Landscape Architect teach about foraging, deep botany and ecology, enhanced growing techniques and the alchemy of cooking with medicinal plants. In the fall, Marianne Fritz and Karina Hines focus on Medicinal Mushrooms; cultivation, materia medica, preparation and usage.

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Stress; the Neuro-endocrine Cascade and the Vagus Nerve
Saturday, March 17; 10:00-5:00 p.m.
Madelon Hope; Clinical Herbalist and Licensed Psychotherapist  
12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA

On Saturday, we will explore the hormonal signatures for disease. Chronic stress destabilizes almost every process in the body leading to fatigue, sleeplessness, compromised immunity, digestive sluggishness, disturbed appetite, reproductive imbalances and muscular-skeletal depletion. We will look at those disturbances in the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems that help foster patterns of imbalance and will examine the role of the vagus nerve in the body’s response to stress. There will be a full discussion of herbs – adaptogens, nervines, lymphatic decongestants, alteratives and blood movers - to help reduce stress and bring balance to the body, mind and spirit.  


Tissue States, the Liver and Digestion. 
Sunday, March 18; 10:00-4:30 p.m.
Tommy Priester, Clinical Herbalist, Founder of Heart/Mind Integration and Lyme Expert
12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington

On Sunday, we will examine Matthew Wood’s system of tissue states based on the traditional energetic system of 19th century medicine. Like other energetic systems such as Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, tissue states provide a powerful framework for understanding imbalances in the body. We will explore the role of the liver - phase one and two and discuss cleansing on a number of different levels.   


Natural Approaches to Major Mental Health Issues - This has been rescheduled to the following dates in December:
December 1 & 2; Saturday, 10:00-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00-4:30 p.m.
Phyllis D. Light, Master Herbalist; Director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health
12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington

Anti-depressant usage among Americans has increased over four hundred per cent within a recent ten year period. With so many Americans using psychotropic medications, it is imperative for herbalists to have an understanding of major mind/body disorders including ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder and various forms of depression and anxiety.

In this class, Phyllis will discuss how imbalances in methylation and neurotransmitter functioning as well as how oxidative stress and pyrrole disorder contribute to emotional and spiritual dis-ease. She will also focus on herbal and nutritional protocols and lifestyle changes that can address these major disorders. She will describe how constitutional vulnerabilities can impact emotional health. Finally, she will describe how the liver, brain and nervous system work together to keep us healthy and balance.

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Food as Medicine; Medicinal Mushrooms: Materia Medica and Usage
May 12 & 13, Saturday, 10:00-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00-4:30 p.m.   
Marianne Fritz, Mycophile & Co-Director of the Boston School of Herbal Studies; Karina Hines; Herbalist and Professional Natural Chef
12 Pelham Terrace; 45 Glen Circle, Waltham, MA

Karina will provide her own creative approach to food as medicine. She will focus on food combining for enhanced healing actions, cooking seasonally, and integrating healing foods into everyday life. From foraged plants and a variety of organic foods, students will learn how to cook to intensify healing actions and to produce delicious, seasonally appropriate dishes. There will be an emphasis on cooking to balance and cleanse the liver, enhance mood, and strengthen and support the immune system.

Marianne invites you to enter the intriguing world of medicinal mushrooms. You will learn how to grow medicinal mushrooms and identify and use them to support radical healing.


Cannabis: Cultivation, Materia medica and Applications; and Addressing Pain and Inflammation.
June 30 & July 1; Saturday, 10:00-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00-4:30 p.m.
Tammi Sweet, Co-Director of Heartstone Herbal Center, Celebrated Teacher of Anatomy and Physiology
168 Lincoln Rd., Lincoln, MA

Our class begins with a discussion of the internal Endogenous Cannabinoid System, an important but little known system, whose functioning is crucial to our health. We will then move into an exploration of the Materia medica of the Cannabis plant, starting with a little history and botany. Growing considerations will also be covered, so you can ask the proper questions of your growers. Since this beloved plant cannot cure everything, we will also address proper usage, including preparation and dose considerations. 

We will spend considerable time on the latest science regarding the mechanism of action within the body so we can understand WHY certain strains are beneficial and why certain strains can exacerbate a problem. We will look at when to use CBD oil, what it is good for, and when you actually need THC. Finally, we will discuss “right relationship” and brainstorm ways to assist clients in creating ways to honor this sacred and healing plant. The information from this intensive will make you a better-informed consumer when you enter the world of medical cannabis.


Assisting with Pain and Understanding the Healing Power of Inflammation
Sunday, July 1, 10:00-4:30 p.m.

Many of our clients come to us with acute or chronic pain. What better way to assist their healing than to have a deeper understanding of the mechanism and benefit of pain? We will explore the pain pathway from the origin at the source, all the way up to the recognition in the brain. From here we will discuss the latest findings in pain research, the myriad of methods to interrupt the pain pathway (Including herbs), how these methods work and their indications and contraindications. 

Inflammation is one of our primary defenses in the body and is a major cause/contributing factor to almost all illness and disease.  How can this be so?  This intensive takes an in-depth look at the entire process. It will help you make informed decisions concerning when and if you need to alter the process. We will look at how and why inflammation is beneficial, when it is not beneficial, and we will discuss an anti-inflammatory lifestyle which includes our friends, the herbs.


Deep Botany and Ecology; Medicinal Mushrooms: Cultivation and Usage  
October 6 & 7; 10:00-5:00 p.m.

Karina Hines; Herbalist and Professional Natural Chef and Natalie DeNormandie, Ecological Herbalist and Landscape Architect

Natalie DeNormandie will provide an experience of deep botany and ecology. You will learn about plant families and landscape ecology as tools for identifying plants and as keys to their healing actions.  Students will deepen their awareness of particular plants through a process of tasting to assess quality and learning about special harvesting techniques, botanical characteristics, ecological niches, and soil nutrition.

Karina will introduce you to  a wonderful array of edible fungi; tastes to textures, culinary to medicinal along with the best cooking techniques. You will learn how to cultivate and forage edible mushrooms. There will be a mushroom feast for health and pure enjoyment.