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Scholarship Fundraiser – Past Classes

Recordings of our past classes are available by donation!

Class Recording – Flower Essences for Evolutionary Times – with Claudia Keel

Recording from Monday, August 10th, 2020. 6:30pm-8:30pm EDT

Suggested Donation: $20-60*

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Change is a great stress but also a necessary part of growth. In all lives there are times of change, but now pretty much all of humanity has been touched by Covid-19, needed uprisings for social justice and ecological changes. And so, we all are in these ‘evolutionary times’ together, and with that an uncertainty of what lies ahead. Each of us responds to challenges and opportunities in different ways and this is where the support of flower essences can shine for very particular personal needs and also collective needs.  This class will be geared to all levels, with a brief consideration of what flower essences are and how they can be applied, along with considering a number of helpful plants for these times and a consideration of ways essences could support collective situations.

*If you’d like to donate but can’t afford the suggested amount, please reach out to admin@arborvitaeny.com.  While donations for classes are not tax deductible, 100% of donations for this class will go to support ArborVitae scholarships.

Class Recording – Beyond Chamomile – with Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Recording from Wednesday, July 29th, 2020. 6:30pm-8:30pm EDT

Suggested Donation: $20-60*

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Herbal support for the nervous system that includes an overview of how the stress response (HPA & SAS) can result in feelings of hopelessness, fear and anxiety. Followed by review of six nervine relaxants (chamomile, blue Vervain, passionflower, linden, skullcap, valerian) with specific dosage strategies for their use for stress management throughout the day, suggestions for improving sleep quality, and more.

*If you’d like to donate but can’t afford the suggested amount, please reach out to admin@arborvitaeny.com.  While donations for classes are not tax deductible, a portion of donations for this class will go to support ArborVitae scholarships.

 

Class Recording – Addressing Lyme Disease Naturally – with Richard Mandelbaum

Recording from Tuesday, July 28th, 2020. 6:30pm-8:30pm EDT

Suggested Donation: $20-60*

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A diagnosis or suspicion of Lyme disease can be an incredibly stressful and difficult labyrinth to navigate, from mainstream medicine denying the existence of chronic Lyme to holistic practitioners offering countless competing opinions.  Richard Mandelbaum has been supporting people with Lyme for over fifteen years in addition to traveling his own health journey with the illness, and has shared his perspective on it in multiple venues including the Remedy online docu-series, and multiple podcasts and health conferences.  In this class we will discuss acute vs. chronic Lyme, preventive steps, and how to regain health and wellness when confronting this health challenge, including herbs, supplements, food and diet, and lifestyle changes.  Richard will also present some of his unique perspective on the disease, including the importance of addressing emotional and cognitive impacts of Lyme, and how to reframe chronic Lyme in a very different way than is usually discussed. This class is open to anyone but a basic understanding of Lyme (Borreliosis) will be helpful.

*If you’d like to donate but can’t afford the suggested amount, please reach out to admin@arborvitaeny.com.  While donations for classes are not tax deductible, 100% of donations for this class will go to support ArborVitae scholarships.

 

Class Recording – Meditation for Herbalists and Healthcare Providers: Finding and Maintaining a Practice – with Samuel Perry

Recording from Tuesday, July 21st, 2020. 6:30pm-8:30pm EDT

Suggested Donation: $20-60*

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These days it seems that everyone knows that Meditation is “good for you”.  A quick search for “Meditation” or “Mindfulness” on PubMed will present you with myriad studies showing that these practices have been demonstrated to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, help ease anxiety, relieve depression, increase focus etc.

Understanding the benefits of these practices, many medical practitioners including herbalists recommend that their clients meditate.  But do we all mean the same thing when we use these terms? is it possible (or even desire-able) to extract the medicinal component of these practices out of the cultures and religious systems where they have been held traditionally? And what do these practices actually look like in action, as part of daily life?

In this class we will unpack key terms like “Mindfulness” and “Meditation” exploring briefly the history of their appearance in the American lexicon and highlighting a diversity of practices. We will discuss how (just like with herbalists using differential evaluation) there isn’t just one practice for everyone. There are many different ways to meditate and among these various techniques and practices are choices appropriate for particular people and particular circumstances. We will share several valuable meditations during our time together and discuss strategies and tools for supporting each other in the humbling and challenging process of actually building a practice.

*If you’d like to donate but can’t afford the suggested amount, please reach out to admin@arborvitaeny.com.  While donations for classes are not tax deductible, 100% of donations for this class will go to support ArborVitae scholarships.

 

Class Recording – Get printing! – with Leslie Alexander

Recording from Monday, July 6th, 2020. 6pm-7:30pm EDT

Suggested Donation: $20-60*

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Making sun prints (cyanotypes) on paper & fabric, for fun and more. Making cyanotypes of our medicinals is a creative and easy sunny day activity. We’ll come together, talk about the process, it’s history and explore a few prints.

*If you’d like to donate but can’t afford the suggested amount, please reach out to admin@arborvitaeny.com.  While donations for classes are not tax deductible, a portion of donations for this class will go to support ArborVitae scholarships.

 

Class Recording – Racism and Healing – with Karen Henderson, Tiffany Robbins, Denise Cusack, and Richard Mandelbaum

Recording from Wednesday, July 1st, 2020. 6:30pm-8:30pm EDT (Panel discussion and Q&A)

Suggested Donation: $20-60*

Join us for a frank and open hearted dialogue about race, racism, and our roles as practitioners and students of holistic and herbal medicine.  This will be a panel discussion, with time for Q&A, among four holistic health practitioners sharing their distinct but complementary perspectives on the moment we find ourselves in, and where we go from here.  (Panelist bios are included on the event page.)

All proceeds from this event will go towards ArborVitae’s James Still Scholarships for students of color and other marginalized or oppressed communities.

*If you’d like to donate but can’t afford the suggested amount, please reach out to admin@arborvitaeny.com.  While donations for classes are not tax deductible, 100% of donations for this class will go to support ArborVitae scholarships.

 

Class Recording – The Herbalist Street Medic – with 7Song

Recording from Thursday, June 25th, 2020. 2pm-4pm EDT (includes Q&A)

Suggested Donation: $20-60*

Street medicine refers to the various types of medicine and health care practitioners who offer assistance and treatment at protests and demonstrations. These include protests such the one currently taking place at Standing Rock and also include urban street protests at political events and Occupy encampments. Herbalists offer a valuable service helping in these situations with conditions ranging from anxiety, injuries, gastrointestinal problems, sleep disturbance and pain.

We will look at different ways of assessing these health needs and discussing single herbs and formulas to address them. There will be a focus on categories such as antiinflammatories, sedatives and others that are useful for a variety of conditions. This is a practical class for those already helping in these situations or those interested taking part at these events. It is also open for folks wanting to learn these skills.

*If you’d like to donate but can’t afford the suggested amount, please reach out to admin@arborvitaeny.com.  While donations for classes are not tax deductible, 100% of donations for this class will go to support ArborVitae scholarships.

 

Class Recording – An Herbal Approach to Circadian Disruption & Sleep – with Lena DeGloma

Recording from Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020. 10am-12:30pm EDT (includes Q&A)

Suggested Donation: $20-60*

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In this class we will explore the relationship between “chronodisruption” (or the misalignment between the circadian timing system and sleep/behavior that occurs during night shift work and travel through time zones) and a variety of aspects of health, including: sleep-wake regulation, the gastrointestinal system and the “gut clock”, the neuroendocrine stress response, the immune system, and cardiometabolic health. We will consider herbal and lifestyle approaches to help mitigate the harmful effects of chronodisruption.

*If you’d like to donate but can’t afford the suggested amount, please reach out to admin@arborvitaeny.com.  While donations for classes are not tax deductible, 100% of donations for this class will go to support ArborVitae scholarships.