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An Introduction to Traditional Western Herbal Energetics

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An Introduction to Traditional Western Herbal Energetics

Time: May 12, 2012 at 9am to May 13, 2012 at 5pm
Location: Victoria, BC -- Pacific Rim College
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Sean Donahue
Latest Activity: Mar 29, 2012

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Event Description

In most traditions of medicine around the world, practitioners are guided by systems of energetics – ways of describing and classifying patterns of disease and properties of plants that provide a basis for knowing which plant is appropriate for which condition. These systems are rooted in observation and the sensory experience. Many westerners look to Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to learn about energetics – and these rich traditions provide amazing insights about human bodies and the plants and foods that can help them heal. But there is also a western system of energetics – blending European traditions rooted in Egyptian and Greek medicine with the experiences and discoveries of 18th and 19th century North American herbalists. This workshop offers a basic introduction to Traditional Western Herbalism. You will learn about the origins of this system of energetics, its emphasis on respecting and supporting the “vital force” that helps the body maintain health, and ways of identifying and correcting imbalances based on polarities of heat and cold, dampness and dryness, and tension and laxity. In the process you will try several herbs yourself and learn to recognize the ways they shift energetic patterns in your body. By the end of the weekend, you will have learned the basic concepts of a system that can help you understand what’s happening in someone’s body and choose the right herbs to support the body’s own healing processes.

Course Tuition:

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until April 30)

Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until April 30)

*PRC diploma students will receive 1 academic credit for this workshop.


Course Registration:

To register, please phone toll-free 1-866-890-6082 or email the Registrar at admin@pacif icrimcollege.ca. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy:

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.


Sean is available to teach on the west coast this spring and summer.   E-mail seandonahuepoet@gmail.com

He will also be teaching at the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference in Arizona this September.


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