This year we will be holding once-a-month weekends in Big Indian, NY that will cover the medicinal uses of herbs in the traditions of Chinese medicine and Native American medicine. Alongside botany walks and medicine making opportunities, classes will focus on local herbs as they were used by Lenape and other tribes and how local herbs are used in Chinese herbal medicine. 65 to 81 herbs will be studied. That number is based on the calculations below, but watch for changes as I still need to iron out the details. In the outline below you will also find the basic course schedule and preliminary study hour calculations. Once these details are finalized they will be released along with class descriptions. If you are not already on my e-mail list and want to be notified of Catskill Apprenticeship developments and other events, let me know by e-mail:
Nathaniel Whitmore firstname.lastname@example.org
While modern approaches to medicine, including herbology, claim to be rooted in scientific studies and an objective mechanical worldview, traditional herbal medicine is still at the root of all forms of medications. This apprenticeship focuses on traditional uses and views of materia medica through classes on Native American ethnobotany and traditional Chinese medicine. Additionally, familiarity with the materia medica will be developed during identification and harvesting walks, as well as through opportunities to make herbal preparations with a variety of fresh local herbs.
(Clinical assessment is an additional subject of focus, which includes hara, tongue, and pulse diagnosis.)
Materia medica classes include Doctrine of Signatures, Lenni Lenape / Delaware Ethnobotany, Iroquois Ethnobotany, Cherokee Ethnobotany, Dine / Navajo Ethnobotany, Moxa & Meridians, Toxic Medicinals, Classic Chinese Formulae, Local Chinese Herbs, Native Medicinal Herbs, Invasive Medicinal Herbs, Common Local Herbs, Antimicrobial Herbs, and Tonic Herbs.
The Catskill Apprenticeship weekends will take place May 25th - 27th, June 22nd - 24th, July 20th - 22nd, August 24th - 26th, September 14th - 16th, and October 19th - 21st.
Nathaniel Whitmore, herbalist