You can look forward to a powerful learning, nourishing and healing experience on all levels at our East West Herbal Seminar we hold each year in the beautiful redwood setting of our rustic retreat center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Please join us and look forward to being transformed.
The theme of our 2015 seminar centers around using western herbs in an energetic system. To this end, we have two great guest teachers coming: Larken Bunce and Brian Weissbuch, both of whom are adept at applying western herbs in a traditional Chinese energetic model.
As well this year - and call us crazy if you want - we've added a fifth track to our seminar in response to your requests for offering more medicine making and meridian therapies! To do so we're involving several new teachers, including our own graduates Holly Hutton, Kristi Shapla, and Jerry Angelini. For guidance on deciding if you should take this track click here. The fifth track, open to everyone encompasses many aspects of medicine making, preparations, meridian therapies, and their tools.
We also welcome back our fabulous East West faculty: Susan Kramer, Miles Coleman, Candis Cantin, Raqib Katz, Mariposa Bernstein, Jen Grady and Darren Huckle, who join us (Michael & Lesley) in teaching to our four information-packed foundation, intermediate, advanced, and practitioner tracks.
Read more about our seminar teachers: BIO'S
Along with delicious meals by herbalist and chef Ben Zappin, mornings start with Qi Gong from 7-8, followed by breakfast and then class from 9:30-12:30, lunch, class from 2:30-5:30, dinner and more class from 7:30-9:30.
Add the beautiful redwood setting of our rustic retreat center and our annual Product Contest &Herbalists Party and you can look forward to a powerful learning, nourishing and healing experience on all levels!
This track is open to everyone: beginning herbal students, or those who have previously studied herbal medicine. Hands-on practice and interaction is emphasized. Required reading is: Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine, Vol. I and The Way of Herbs. For more background preparation read Lessons 1-12 of the East West Herb Course and Healing with the Herbs of Life. Pay Deposit online. Beds onsite full. Onsite camping or offsite lodging still available.
This track is open to East West students who have previously attended the Foundation Track of the East West Seminar, and have completed at least through Lesson 24 of the East West Herb Course, preferably completion through Lesson 30, so at least read those lessons after 24 and through 30 for eligibility to attend this track. Hands-on practice and interaction are emphasized. Required reading is: Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine, Vol. I & II and Planetary Herbology. Preparation: Lessons 13-30 (complete as many of them as possible) of the East West Herb Course, know the "10 Questions"; Theory, Herbs and Formulas from Vol. I & II; Materia Medica from Planetary Herbology, specifically pages 119-143; Healing with the Herbs of Life, Chapter 8; be familiar with creating a TCM diagnosis & treatment strategy. Pay deposit online. Beds onsite full. Onsite camping or offsite lodging still available.
This program is limited to qualifying East West students who have attended both the Foundation and Intermediate tracks, completed the The East West 36 Lesson Herb Course (with Lesson 33 submitted for review no later than Feb. 1, 2015), and are ready to practice clinical planetary herbalism. When applying, include a biography and outline of previous clinical experience with your registration. In addition to completing the East West Herb Course prior to attending the Advanced Track of the Seminar we also recommend studying Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine, Vol II, Way of Herbs, Way of Chinese Herbs & Way of Ayurvedic Herbs; Healing with the Herbs of Life (especially Chapter 8). Be familiar with the patterns of disease and the major formulas used for those patterns. Bring your own case study files with you to the seminar.
This track is open to everyone, however, class size is limited. It includes classes with Larken Bunce and Brian Weissbuch and the following topics. Registration for this track is closed, class is full to capacity.
The East West Herbal seminar begins begins Friday, April 24, registration from 4-6 p.m.; ends Friday, May 1st at 2 p.m.
Those coming from a distance often find it best to travel to the area a day or so before the seminar starts and/or plan to stay nearby for a day or two afterwards. The nearest airport is the San Jose International airport, approximately one hour from the seminar location. A schedule for the seminar, including maps and directions and all pertinent information is sent upon registration.
Herbal Seminar (Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced, Medicine Making/Meridian Therapy): $975 plus accommodations. Early-bird discount - register with deposit by 1/31/15 and cost is $875 plus accommodations. Space is limited. To reserve your place, send a $250 non-refundable deposit, payable with credit card, check or money order. Call: 800-717-5010 to pay the deposit. The balance (seminar tuition plus accommodation fee, less deposit paid) is payable anytime between initial registration and arrival at the seminar.
Register and pay deposit online here.
*Meals provided: dinner on April 24, breakfast, lunch and dinner April 25-30, breakfast and lunch on May 1, 2015)
More on Accommodations: The seminar is held at the Quaker Center in Ben Lomond, California, a beautiful and rustic retreat center among the Redwoods ( www.quakercenter.org ). The cabin rooms are shared, double occupancy rooms, with a bathroom shared among each 2-3 rooms. There is also a dorm room option (8 beds) available at the camping rate. There is a hotel 1.5 miles from the center where participants who prefer a single room can stay. If staying offsite you will need a car to get to and from the seminar. Meals are traditional Chinese with meat and herbs incorporated into many dishes, vegetarian option is also available. Participation and a sense of community are all a part of the retreat center ambiance and the sharing of clean up after meals and the center is requested one to two times during the week. In addition we also have work-trade positions available, if you are interested in being on the kitchen clean-up crew in trade for a tuition reduction please contact us asap.
Register online here.
Cancellations prior to 3/25/15 are refunded all fees paid less the $250 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations after 3/25/15 are refunded fees paid less the $250 deposit plus $150 cancellation fee.