A series of workshops mixing theory & pratice in Mouzieys-Panens (5km from Cordes-Sur-Ciel). Workshops can be taken individually.
Every workshop is organised around a specific theme (respiratory system, cold & flu, nervous system, stress, detox, etc…) where we will explore how to maintain the health of our body in relationship to that aspect & how to support the body in its natural mechanism of balance, vitality & defense with medicinal plants & essential oils in the context of a holistic & vitalist family herbal medicine. This is global approach that takes into account the totality of a person but is also highly personalized as it looks into the specific interactions between a plant & a person rather than focusing on the general « this herb for this condition » model (more info here ).
There will be a simple theoretical segment where we will explore some basics of physiology, as the more we understand how our body function, the most efficiently we can keep it in a state of health. We will explore plants & plants actions (carminative, nervines, tonic, circulatory, etc..) that have an affinity with the theme of the day. We will explore a few plants in more depth. We will also briefly look into how our psycho-emotional state can also affect our health and how the plants can also support us in that sphere through their physical properties.
Practice time will be blended in with some exploration with our senses (tasting, smelling, observing plants – in season- & feel the effects of the plants & essential oils) as well as some reflections on our health & vitality.
We will end with some medicine making (a different type each time) with plants and/or essential oils that you will take home + you will learn the basics of formulation so that you can continue to make medicines at home.
All the ingredients are organic
Here are the dates for 2019 (dates are subject to changes, but ample notice will be given)
Booking necessary (maximum 8 people)
- Saturday 26th January, 2.30pm to 5.30pm: Respiratory system + cold, flu, cough,etc + Making a winter ailments syrup
- Saturday 16th February, 2.30pm to 5.30pm:
Immune & Lymphatic system + spring allergies, auto-immune/chronic illness, chronic inflammation + Making a glycerite
Immunity is at the root of our health and our vitality: we will look at how to keep it in optimal function and what to do when it is deregulated + the plants that can help with the associated symptoms.
We will look at what happens when it is deficient (recurrent illness, always feeling tired, lack of vitality) & when it is over-active (chronic inflammation, auto-immune conditions, …) & how to deal with this + we will look in more details at asthma & seasonal allergies/hay fever & protocols to put in place to prevent & alleviate symptoms. We’ll look into the myths & truth around Turmeric, often marketed as THE plant for inflammation – and we will taste golden milk (dairy free), as well as immune boosting energy balls among other things.
As usual, we will not just look at plants lists but try to understand what is happening in the body & people specificities so that we learn how to choose the right plant at the right moment and for the right person and experiment with the effects that the plants have on us.
We will make a glycerite of your choice (organic ingredients) that you’ll take home: either an immune boosting or a seasonal allergy formula.
- Saturday 9th March, 2.30pm to 5.30pm: Feminine well being + Health during the different cycles of life + Menstrual cycle & PMS + fertility + post-partum care + menopause + Making a custom body oil
We will look at the plants that can support women during the different phases of her life & ease the transition periods that can often upset physical & emotional wellbeing + herbal tonic & nourishing plants that can support the feminine reproductive system throughout life.
We will look at the menstrual cycle, PMS, panful period, excessive bleeding + Fertility & post-partum care (but not pregnancy) + pre-menopause & menopause: ease the symptoms & prepare the body for it. We will also speak briefly about thyroid health, phytoestrogens & endocrine disruptors.
We will also look at plants & products for self-care: for the body, mind & spirit!
We will make a massage oil that you’ll take with you.
- Saturday 23rd March, 2.30pm to 5.30pm:
Digestive system + food allergies, digestive problems, supporting the liver + Natural spring detox + Making a spring detox vinegar
Our general health is deeply influenced by the quality of our digestion & assimilation, which will impact our immunity, vitality & our capacity to eliminate internal toxins (eg: hormones) & external ones.
We will see how the digestive system influences our mental & emotional well-being & vice versa (the gut as the 2nd brain) & how there isn’t ONE perfect diet but one that is adapted to each person constitution and specificities, as well as the seasons.
We will look at the plants that can ease common digestive discomforts & those who can improve our digestion & gut flora in the long term. We will also look at the notion of digestive fire, quick metabolism, “bad blood”,…
We will end by looking at the myth around detoxification & how to support the body in gentle detox with plants, as well as looking at the important function of the liver.
We will taste, among other things, an herbal aperitif drink, fermented food, digestive tea + we will make a spring detox vinegar with seasonal plants.
- Saturday 27th April, 2.30pm to 5.30pm:
The Skin + general skincare + skin problems (eczema, acne, sunburn,etc) + cuts & wounds + Making a custom skin lotion
We will see what role the skin has for our health & how to take care of it – beauty care but also its health in general – and the importance of the quality of what we put on this biggest organ of the body.
We will look into various external care practices (hydrosols, oils & essential oils,…) AND also internal care – as well as look at the role of the liver. We will explore the plants that can help alleviate chronic or acute problems (sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, acne,..)
We will make a skin lotion adapted to your skin type.
25th May, 2.30pm to 5.30pm: DATE CHANGED TO 18th MAY
Nervous system + sleep, stress, burnout, adrenal fatigue, etc + Making an essential oil synergy
- Saturday 15th June, 2.30pm to 5.30pm:
Muscles, bones, joints + arthritis, osteoporosis, etc + Making a custom massage oil (after-sport, painful joints,etc..)
Those classes can be offered in a different location/on demand with a minimum of 4 people. Contact me for more info.
For more info & booking: info (at) terrenature.org