The Herbal Medic: Fundamentals Course is a comprehensive introduction to using herbs for healing. There will be a lot of focus on local herbs in the San Antonio region (as well as the desert southwest), but this course also covers the full spectrum of general herbology. Terminology, anatomy and physiology, energetics of western herbs, wildcrafting and preparations (tinctures, salves, cough syrups, poultices, infusions), herb walks and medicinal plant identification, modern and ethnobotanical data, home herbal first aid, shopping for herbs, connecting with the plant world and more. (full course description is below)
Class Dates/Location: This is an evening 2-hour class, taught on Mondays and Wednesdays in Central San Antonio (at The Circle School). Session 1 begins on January 13th, 2014. All class dates are listed below.
Class Cost: $350 for the 7-week course, including herbal preparation materials and webinars. A $100 deposit is required to register. Discounts are listed below.
THE HERBAL MEDIC: FUNDAMENTALS
The course is divided into 2 parts: a winter 6-week course that begins 1/13 and runs for 2 hours each Monday and Wednesday until February 19th. Part 2 will begin on March 17th. Part 2 will conclude with Herbology Level 1 certification, provided the pre-requisite 16-hour Wilderness First Aid Certification is also completed.
Also known as Herbology Level 1, The Herbal Medic: Fundamentals covers the same material, but is also geared towards clinical and scenario-based training for herbal first aid treatment culminating in clinical scenarios towards the end of each 6-week module.
You can read more about the Herbal Medic curriculum below, but as an overview, my intent with this course is to give you as much information and experience as possible in PRACTICAL herbalism.
There has been a lot of demand to run this class on weeknights in central San Antonio, as well as the existing 4-weekend version that has been offered in the past. The existing 4-weekend version that is running right now (Herbology Level 1) will begin in early February at The Human Path San Antonio campus location.
SESSION 1 CLASS DATES
Week #1: 1/13 and 1/15
Week #2: 1/20 and 1/22
Week #3: 1/27 and 1/29
Week #4: 2/3 and 2/5
Week #5: 2/10 and 2/12
Week #6: 2/17 and 2/19
*supplemental online webinars will be listed by the first class.
A $100 deposit is required upon registration for the Winter Session. We must have a minimum of 10 students for the class to go forward.
Winter Session Cost: $350/includes all herbal preparation materials, handouts and webinars.
Winter/Spring Session Cost: $700. When paid in full, in advance, a $50 discount is applied to bring the full tuition to $650, including all preparation materials, handouts and webinars.
Couples Discount: $325/each for Winter Session when paid in full, in advance. *specify 'couples discount' when registering.
What Materials Are Included in the tuition? Training materials as well as all materials to make the herbal products you will take home (What you will end up with as product will be far more potent than anything you can buy in the local health-food store): Tinctures, Salves, Cough Syrup, Tooth & Gum Care, Liniments, handouts and online webinar access.
How To Pay: You can pay online when you RSVP using Paypal. If you prefer to mail in your payment, or use a credit card, just contact us at suchil at thehumanpath dot com and we will give you information to do this.
My own medical background started as a U.S. Special Forces medic over 20 years ago, so at that time trauma and "ditch medicine" (making do in medical emergencies with what you have) were fundamental components of my approach to healing - at about the same time I began my own studies in herbalism. I feel that my strength as an instructor in this subject lies in my strong desire to work with plant medicine for issues that most people (to include people who normally use natural health methods) would only consider taking to an emergency room somewhere. While I am a strong proponent of the "vitalistic" approach to plant medicine, I also feel it is necessary to understand on a pragmatic level, the fundamentals of diagnosis and treatment from a western perspective. The western, "biochemical" approach to medicine is by no means the correct or complete answer by itself, but it is a valid perspective and explanation for at least one aspect of dis-ease. Also, as an herbalist you must learn to speak and understand the language of allopathic medicine if you want to be taken seriously at times where it is important that you be taken seriously.
If you put all the knowledge of all the herbalists alive in the past 100 years together, it might equal 10% of all the knowledge and plant wisdom that is actually available for us as humans. Only by studying herbalism with a variety of teachers can you build your own repertoire of plant knowledge.
So for my part - if you take my courses you will learn my approach to "primitive plant medicine" - that is, wilderness medicine with plants as our only pharmacy; Perhaps even our only source of any medical supplies.
This requires more than just a knowledge of plants. It requires also a knowledge of basic first aid (to start), basic anatomy and physiology of at least a few key systems, plant preparations, practical wildcrafting, storage and transportation of plant medicines, basic diagnosis, and of course a good, foundational "materia medica" which includes both plants that don't grow in this area but are available (online), and arguably MOST importantly - medicinal plants from your own back yard.
To complete this course therefore and receive Level 1 certification, you need to take the 16-hour Wilderness First Aid certification course (or an equivalent or greater if you either work in the medical field or have taken other WFA/WFR courses elsewhere), and you need to complete all 12 weeks of The Herbal Medic: Fundamentals herbology course and supplemental webinars. We offer the WFA certification at least four times a year and the 2nd half of this course resumes in March in the San Antonio (central) area for 6 weeks. In addition, each student must work the community herbal clinic at least two times to complete certification.
As we all know, life gets in the way sometimes, and I will have an online version of every class. This will be available for registered students. This is meant to be a way to make up a class if you absolutely can't make it. There will be homework if you do the online version, that you'll have to turn in.
After taking this course, you will be qualified to take the intermediate modules. These are weekend courses that are specific to one disease/injury process or organ system, and the variety of modalities (both herbal and other natural methods) to diagnose and treat these processes. This is a chance to go much further in-depth from diagnosis and initial herbal treatment to follow-up care.
Additionally after taking this course, you will be able to participate in medical scenarios and clinical training that will be offered monthly in the local community.
You do not need to buy any books for this class. However, if you can afford it, I would highly recommend buying one or both of the following:
1) The New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman
2) The Energetics of Western Herbs by Peter Holmes, 4th edition (this is important, as earlier editions have typos that leave out several pages in a few cases)
If I only could buy one book about herbalism - and this actually a set of two books - it would be this set. They are expensive, but usually there are enough people (we need at least 4) that we can do a bulk order in class and I can get them for $75 each, which is $150 for the set, including shipping. If you can find it cheaper than that for the 4th edition, then buy it, because it's usually more in the range of $90 per book. I have some copies at the classroom so you can check them out first if you're interested.
PART 1 COURSE FULL CURRICULUM
The Herbal Medic: Fundamentals Course is a comprehensive introduction to using herbs for healing. There will be a lot of focus on local herbs in the San Antonio region (as well as the desert southwest), but this course also covers the full spectrum of general herbology. Terminology, anatomy and physiology, energetics of western herbs, wildcrafting and preparations (tinctures, salves, cough syrups, poultices, infusions), herb walks and medicinal plant identification, modern and ethnobotanical data, home herbal first aid, shopping for herbs, connecting with the plant world and more.
The emphasis of this 64-hour, introductory class is in 2 major areas:
1) Materia Medica (i.e. learning about enough herbs to cover most of the conditions we encounter in daily life - vulneraries, nervines, expectorants and much more). We study about 40 different herbs that can be purchased online or bulk (or grown and/or sometimes wildcrafted in this area). We also study about 20-25 local herbs that are native to the San Antonio and Hill Country area, as well as (usually) the regional Southwest of the USA.
2) Preparations: We will make and take home tinctures, salves, liniments, tooth care preparations and cough syrups. We will learn and make other non-preserved preparations (poultices, etc) in class as well. By the end of this class you will have enough of all the preparations to easily be able to do this at home.
My goal is that after you have done the Level 1 class, you should feel empowered enough to be able to use herbs for yourself, your family and your friends - not only in the specific methods and formulas I will teach you, but also in the sense that you will be able to research and find out other information on your own. The Level 1 class is the class that should give you the basic tools to proceed - whether that is to study further with me or someone else, or just to work with herbs on your own at that point.
There is one final exam. I will give a certificate of completion for this class when you have finished.
Please make sure to read the class transfer and cancellation policy.