We are so excited to be hosting Isla Burgess NZ based herbalist, author and holistic scientist for a weekend in mid June as she brings to us her latest work. I was lucky to be introduced to Isla while I was apprenticing with Susun Weed, 18 years ago! Her work is always evolving and so timely, I feel blessed to call her a dear friend and am so happy to be able to share her latest work with all of you.
The Dynamic Evolving of the Plant/Person Relationship
June 14-15 2014
This cutting edge learning opportunity bridges the gap between concerns for the well being of the wild and medicinal plants and our employ of them for medicinal and nutritive purposes.
Herbal Medicine has become the domain of Scientific Research, this herb for this condition, an isolated constituent for that one. Isla thinks it is time for a new way of connecting with the plants we share our world with, a new way of research that both respects them as a sentient life form capable of expressing themselves and that expression we can connect with if we give it time. The process that she uses is an evolving dynamic process, a different, yet valid way of collaboratively working. By immersing many people in this process we together have some insights into the plants wholeness.
Join us for this cutting edge particapatory herbal immersion.
Participants will be invited to be a part of this and if they wish to be a part of an ongoing global collaborative research process that will eventuate in new plant profiles that are not fixed in time but evolving.
Here is how Islas describes herself:
If I was a plant then I would describe myself as a cross between Urtica dioica, Passiflora incarnata and Artemis vulgaris. A little of each but in no way an expression of each of their complex ‘wholeness’. That I could not match.
I am currently reading, researching and teaching about ‘Plant-Directed Learning’ and different ways of knowing. My time at Schumacher College, Devon, England studying for an MSc in Holistic Science and time spent with Hohepa Kereopa, a Tuhoi Tohunga has lead to a deeper understanding of living in relationship with the natural world and in particular my relationship with the plant world.
I am told I am an inspiring teacher. I am an experienced herbal medicine practitioner with over 30 years experience and I have has presented at conferences both in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States. I work part time as a Women’s Health Consultant in Wanaka, NewZealand, primarily prescribing whole plant medicine together with diet and lifestyle suggestions.
What is all consuming is the dynamic evolving of a new research possibility out of a 6 month course I offer both on-ground and on-line – The Traditions, Art and Science of Herbal Medicine.. This I feel will bridge the gap between my concern for the well being of the wild and medicinal plants and our employ of them for medicinal and nutritive purposes.
Being a part of two recent documentaries ‘Earth Whisperers Paptuanuku’ (New Zealand) and Numen (USA) has been a pleasure and I am the author of ‘Weeds Heal. A Working Herbal’.
About the weekend:
The workshope will be hosted by Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield MA
It will run from 10 am-5pm on Saturday June 14th and from 10am-4pm on Sunday June 15th 2014
Lunch, tea and snacks will be included in the price of the workshop
There are no overnight on site accomodations though we will be happy to recommend B&B's and local camp sites.
Early Bird cost for the workshop is $295 before May 30th
A deposit of $150 will hold your spot
$350 after May 30th