Part-Time Classes

At the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine I was able to truly step into the worlds of plants. Time no longer mattered, communication with all life forms was honored. We were trained in how to be humble humans and listen to what the plants had to offer. As I walk forward in life I will always carry these amazing lessons and wonderful teachers with me. — De’va Robinson, Full Time Program 2009

Beginning Energetic Herbalism

Explore the nature of plants; their energy and emotional, spiritual and physical uses. This course will also include; medicine making, plant meditations, and how to incorporate the plants into your life. We have not offered this course for several years and are excited to announce that we will be offering it again in 2014! Application may be downloaded below.

Schedule: Saturday and Sunday 10-4 (with one hour lunch break) one weekend per month for five months, dates for 2014 are: March 15-16, April 26-27, May 17-18, June 14-15, July 12-13

Tuition: $600 . Students are responsible for their own food and lodging.

Instructors: Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes

Location: Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine

 

 

The following four classes will be taught by Sarah Holmes in Oakland, CA.

Spring into Spring

Learn about the energy of the season and how to bring yourself into harmony with nature. We’ll cover food, lifestyle choices and herbs that can support us to make this transition and be in vibrant health throughout the season.

Schedule: April 3; 6:30 – 8pm

Instructor: Sarah Holmes

LocationHomestead Apothecary in Oakland, CA; contact Homestead for registration

 

Plant Meditation

This is your invitation to spend an evening with the energy of the plants. Hear about the concept of herbal energetics and spend time in meditation. We will be ingesting plants and sharing experiences.

Schedule: April 4; 7-8:80

Instructor: Sarah Holmes

LocationFive Flavors Herbs in Oakland, CA; contact Five Flavors for registration

 

Menopause

Learn about natural ways to work with the challenges and celebrations of menopause. We’ll explore common experiences of menopause and how they can be approached physically, emotionally and spiritually through the use of herbs.

Schedule: April 6; 10 -1

Instructor: Sarah Holmes

LocationFive Flavors Herbs in Oakland, CA; contact Five Flavors for registration

 

Sexual Health

For a truly healthy reproductive system we need to look at the broader picture of sexual health and what that means. This class will explore the societal context of sexuality and gender as well as look at strategies for working with reproductive health imbalances from an energetic perspective; which includes physical, emotional and spiritual.

Schedule: April 6; 2-5

Instructor: Sarah Holmes

LocationFive Flavors Herbs in Oakland, CA; contact Five Flavors for registration

 

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The following three classes will be taught by Karyn Sanders at Sacred Plant Traditions: A Center for Herbal Studies in Charlottesville, VA.

Healing and Releasing Trauma, Pain and Victimness

Schedule: June 27, 2014; 10 – 5

Instructor: Karyn Sanders

LocationSacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA; contact Sacred Plant Traditions for registration and details

 

Energetic Healing from an Indigenous Perspective

Schedule: June 28, 2014; 9 – 5

Instructor: Karyn Sanders

LocationSacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA; contact Sacred Plant Traditions for registration and details

 

Working with Animal Medicines

Schedule: June 29, 2014; 9-3

Instructor: Karyn Sanders

LocationSacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA; contact Sacred Plant Traditions for registration and details

 

 

 

Herbal Backpacking Trips
Spend a weekend backpacking in the mountains and learning about herbs. In addition tobackpacking in a beautiful setting we will be identifying plants, learning about medicinal uses of plants, discussing a minimal impact on our environment and doing plant meditations.

A registration form must be submitted with your deposit and may be downloaded backpack.registration or requested below. Each trip is limited to 6 people.

ScheduleJuly 25-27, 2014 Friday morning through Sunday afternoon.

Tuition: $275 per trip (includes group dinner on Friday and Saturday)

Instructor: Sarah Holmes

Location: Marble Mountain Wilderness, California

 

Plant Meditation Weekend

Spend a weekend immersed in nature and the healing energy of plants. We will spend time sitting in meditation with plants, observing our own energy and feeling the energy of different plants moving through us. We will spend much time outdoors as well, as weather permits. No prior herbal or meditation experience is required.

Instructors: Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes

Schedule: fall 2014 dates TBA; Saturday and Sunday 10 – 4

Tuition: $180; You may download the registration form here: registration.meditation

 

giant lobeliaEnergetic Herbalism Intensive

Come learn about Native American energetic herbalism during this week long intensive. Here is a chance to immerse yourself in another perspective toward herbal healing. This class is for herbal practitioners. The week will include plant meditations, indigenous perspectives on health and healing, relating to the plants and nature, working with people and working their cases from an energetic perspective. Class time will include:

  • plant meditations and sitting with the plants
  • practicing energy techniques
  • finding the root of an imbalance
  • how to be/work with clients energetically
  • putting a formula together
  • case studies; bring your cases to work energetically

Instructor: Karyn Sanders, primary instructor assisted by Sarah Holmes

Schedule: November 3 – 8 , 2014   9 – 4 daily (This class is for herbal practitioners only.)

We may go longer some days if we are in a flow and we will have a one hour lunch break.

Tuition: $800. Price includes lunch and dinner each day. Meals will be vegetarian and students will assist with meal clean-up. A list of local lodging options will be provided upon registration.

Contact us for registration details. You may download a registration form here: registration.intensive.2012

 

Advanced Energetic Herbalism
Our part-time advanced program is by teacher approval only, and is only open to students who have successfully completed our four month, full-time program. This course is offered to allow our graduates an opportunity to advance and deepen their skills; and serves as a mentor-ship as our students begin their practices as herbalists.

We will be focusing on working with energy, chronic and serious illness,  advanced formulation,  interview skills, plant cultivation/gardening, deepening work with self and practitioner skills.

Instructors: Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes

Schedule: this class meets for four days, four times per year

 

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Gourmet Herbal Vegetarian Cooking
This class will focus on basic gourmet cooking techniques such as: cutting skills, reductions, flashing, how to create recipes, cooking and creating herbal foods. Come learn how to incorporate your medicine into amazing looking and tasting meals!

A registration form must be submitted with your deposit and may be downloaded here or requested below.

Schedule:  10-4 with one hour lunch break. Bring your own lunch. Students will get to taste all food made, but full meals are not provided. This course is not scheduled at this time.
Tuition: tba
Instructor: Karyn Sanders