Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials, home of Heartstone Herbal School, in Van Etten, New York, is presenting two new educational offerings for 2016: a six-weekend herbal apprenticeship program and an eight-week online course on the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Programs are tailored to massage therapists, aromatherapists, yoga instructors and health educators, but they are open to all.
Heartstone’s six-weekend herbal apprenticeship course offers a foundation for becoming a practitioner of herbal medicine. The curriculum includes learning to recognize and understand the healing properties of diverse plants and wild edibles, wild-crafting and how to create herbal remedies for health conditions. In addition to lectures and readings, students will gain hands-on experience preparing forms of herbal medicines, including oil and water infusions, decoctions, tinctures, creams, salves and flower essences. The program also includes a unit on human anatomy and physiology. Discounts are available for early-bird enrollment.
“The program spans three seasons, making it possible to learn about the plants intimately over the course of their life cycles,” explains program director Kris Miller. “It is our intention that students will experience not only greeting them as they appear in the spring, but also being with them through their phases of growth, reproduction and dying, or overwintering.”
The anatomy and physiology video course covers the anatomy and physiology of the human body in an online, self-paced study format, offered over the course of eight weeks. It is taught by Tammi Sweet, MS, LMT, who is co-director of Heartstone Center and Herbal School and instructor at the Finger Lakes School of Massage. Enrollment is ongoing.