Fall 2018

Fall is a time of transition as plant energy descends down to the roots. It is also a time of quickening energy. Here is what we have coming up in the next couple of months.


Natural Approaches to Major Mental Health Issues

Dates: Dec. 1, 2; Sat. 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am-4:30pm
Instructor: Phyllis Light; Master Herbalist, Director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health
Fee: $250 non-refundable
Location: 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 02476

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 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 balanced.

Main herbs discussed: wood betony, valerian, passionflower, St. John’s wort, wild lettuce, hops, oatstraw, California poppy, nettles, mimosa and gingko. We’ll also look at blessed thistle, milk thistle, fo-ti, bupleurum, cascara sagrada, goldenrod, red clover, sumac.


Introduction to Ayurveda

Dates: Winter/Spring 2019 TBD
Instructor: Michelle Jones, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Teacher
Fee: $150 non-refundable
Location: 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA

Come join us for an exciting introduction to Ayurveda, a five thousand years old healing system from India. Ayurveda teaches how to address the root cause of disease through food, herbs and a variety of life style practices. In this three-session course, you will learn about the basic principles of Ayurveda and how to apply them. There will be an exploration of constitutional types (doshas) along with a focus on nutrition and food combining, healing touch, aromatherapy, color therapy and healing sound. Students will learn how to make Ayurvedic cosmetics and do self-massage, and tongue cleansing.


Stress, Mood and the Higher Consciousness of the Heart

Dates: Tuesday, October 23, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Madelon Hope, Clinical Herbalist, Licensed Psychotherapist
Fee: $25 non-refundable
Location: 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 02476

A great deal of information flowing into the human body enters the heart first and is then sent to the brain allowing for a neural dialogue between heart and mind. The heart, according to Chinese Medicine, contains the shen, the spirit of enlightened consciousness, inspiration, insight and memory. Chronic stress leads to disturbed shen, a pervasive problem in this culture. The consequences include lack of intimacy, insomnia, mood imbalances and issue with concentration. In this class, we will explore shen tonics to balance the heart/mind dialogue, strengthen intuition and memory, enhance alignment with ourselves and improve the quality of sleep.


Lymph and the Extracellular Matrix; Biofilms and Chronic Infections

Dates: November 3, 4; Saturday, 10:00-5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Caroline Gagnon; Co-director of FloraMedicina School of Herbal Studies in Montreal, Canada
Fee: $250 non-refundable
Location: 168 Lincoln Rd., Lincoln, MA

Lymph and the Extracellular Matrix: November 3
Announced as a newly “discovered organ” earlier this year, the extracellular matrix (ECM) and related lymphatic system have been long undervalued by both Doctors and Herbalists. We will explore the brilliance of how our ECM and lymph work in connecting and assisting other body systems; their effects on our body’s general terrain, and our basic constitution. We will look at the energetic, emotional and physiological effects of the lymph, the subtleties of the different lymphatic herbs and the role they could play in the treatment of diseases and dysfunctions.

Biofilms and Chronic Infections: November 4
Biofilms are complex colonies of microbes present everywhere in nature; from slippery river rocks to clogged pipes. They are also present in our bodies and we will examine how they are involved in most chronic infections as well as systemic inflammation, one of the leading root causes of contemporary diseases. Beyond targeting pathogenic microbes, we will look at how the lymph, ECM, microbiota and biofilms are interconnected, exploring ways we can call on our herbal and fungal allies to shift patterns and restore balance.