https://classes.bbg.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18WAENATBBW . Walk the wintery grounds of BBG to learn about tree ID. Evergreens are the most prominent trees this time of year, so we’ll focus on them, with a bit on identifying deciduous trees without their leaves, including bark, branch arrangement, and buds. We will also discuss some botany basics as well as touch on medicinal uses and other points of interest. Saturday, January 20th . 10 am to 12 pm
Monday, January 22nd – 80 8th Ave. 13th Floor, Room 1302. (Note: Entrance is on 14th St.)
6:30-9:00pm . http://arborvitaeny.com/product/meridian-diagnosis-with-nathaniel-whitmore/
Meridians are channels of energy that make up a network of vessels that transport life-energy throughout the body, harmonizing and nourishing the body. The 12 bi-lateral, primary meridians (more-or-less associated with the primary organs of Chinese medicine) and the 2 central meridians are usually represented in charts as lines on the body with specific acupoints along them. These meridians and points are the major focus of acupuncture and shiatsu treatment and are also central to theory and diagnosis in Chinese medicine. Although meridian diagnosis is well-known in Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and herbal medicine, as well as in shiatsu, qigong, macrobiotics, and martial arts, it is not well-known in the west. This class introduces meridian diagnosis to American herbalists, naturopaths, and those interested in the holistic way to health. As a principle theory in Chinese medicine, meridian diagnosis helps us to better understand health imbalances and what foods and herbs are most indicated. For example, pain, rashes, or other symptoms along certain meridians or at certain points can indicate involvement of particular organs or help us understand the nature of the imbalance (and, therefore, what to do about it). Additionally, by palpating meridians and points pains can be revealed and certain energetic conditions can be discovered. Many mysterious diseases can be brought into light with meridian diagnosis, making this valuable theory an essential part of education in herbal and holistic medicine.
The herbal apprenticeship we had been holding in Milford, PA will not continue in the same form. I will be holding classes at Worker Bee Community Acupuncture (mostly on Monday evenings and occasionally on a weekend). I also plan on offering "mini-series" on certain subjects. Plus, there is the opportunity to learn through helping with CSW harvest. Apprentices interested in more individualized attention that what I can provide during public classes and work days can submit their materia medica lists for comments.
Upcoming classes include: Chinese Herbal Medicine: Herbs & Formulae on January 15th and Tonic Herbs on February 12th.
This is a great resource for wildcrafters and others interested in New York botany.
It includes counties of occurrence, global rank, state rank, and a scientific name change list.
I am now started at Worker Bee Community Acupuncture, offering shiatsu and herbal consultations. The apothecary is well on its way! Shelves are on the wall, counter is being built, some tinctures and granulars are on hand, and dried herbs will soon be coming in.
In October we will be able to resume the herbal apprenticeship and student community clinic. I hope the students will return to pick up studies with a new focus on Chinese materia medica and a sharpened focus to prepare for the student clinic. I also hope that new students will join with enough determination to "catch up" to the previous group(s) and/or enough previous study to soon be ready for the start of the clinic, which will focus on pulse and tongue diagnosis and the formulation of individualized herbal prescriptions.
Class will be on Monday evenings (probably either 6:00 or 7:00) at Worker Bee Community Acupuncture in Milford, PA. We will start on October 2nd. New students are encouraged to attend weekly. Previous students can choose to attend every other week.
Left some fresh Reishi at Antidote Apothecary in Brooklyn. Heading back with more next week...
Class is schedule there for 7:00 Tuesday the 20th: Shaolin Medicinal Wines - will discuss the formulas and uses of Shaolin herbal preparations for topical and internal use, yin/yang theory, and other fundamentals of living herbalism.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a model allowing for community support of local farms through the purchase of shares. Generally, CSA shares are purchased at the beginning of the season and the farmer provides a generous portion of each week's harvest. Since our herbal version of this model is largely to supply wildcrafted (wild harvested) herbs, we are calling it a CSW. The W refers to work exchange as well as wildcrafting. We have 5 delivery dates through the year for NYC and plenty of opportunities to get involved with the harvesting.