2014 Woodland Essence Workshop Schedule
2013 will be a quiet year for workshops here at Woodland Essence. We are taking time to develop new gardens, to be in wild places, to wander and dream and deepen our relationship with the plants and trees we love so well. Also, to practice stillness and listening even as we study
and learn from the land. Wishing you the time and inspiration to do what you love!
Here are our 2014 offerings so far. We'll be adding more over the next few months, so we hope you will
stay in touch to learn what else we schedule!
Introduction to Ayurveda~
"The Science of Life" and "Mother of all Healing"
(at White Dove Herbal Farm and Sanctuary, Montpelier, VT- Amy Goodman Keifer )
with Kate Gilday, Herbalist and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant
at White Dove Herbal Farm and Sanctuary
A Three Weekend ( Year-long) Intensive: in Rural East Montpelier, Vt.
~ Dates: July 26-27, October 25-26, 2014 and May 16-17,2015 ~
In this three weekend Intensive, we will deeply explore the principles of Ayurveda that have been gleaned from Nature & Creation. You will explore the fundamental ways to view life through an“Ayurvedic lens” to help yourself, loved ones & community make simple steps that can bring about profound changes that support the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment!
Ayurveda, “ The Knowledge of Life”, is more than a system of health and healing- it is also a philosophy of living that is rooted in India’s most cherished scriptures known as the Vedas, which date back to about 1500 BC. Through meditation and contemplation the Rishis, India’s holy bards, cognized creation as the expression of cosmic consciousness; as the journey of energy into matter.
From the five great elements of Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth all life is formed, including our human bodies. We live in nature; we eat from nature, move with the cycles of day and night, of the seasons in a year and through the seasons of a lifetime. When we live in tune with our inner wisdom and the natural rhythms of life, we can find a balanced joy in our body, mind and spirit.
In this series we will deeply explore some of the basic principles of Ayurveda, along with the nutritional, lifestyle and personal choices you can make to encourage a life of harmony and balance. Kate studied Ayurveda at Kripalu Center and was a member of the first graduating class in 2006. She weaves what she has learned into her personal life and in her clinical herb practice. Having this ( Ayurvedic) lens to perceive subtle as well as dramatic imbalances in a person's health has been incredibly useful in helping guide another to health and vibrant well-being. It is a beautiful system rooted in the wisdom of the Earth, Nature and Creation!
Some topics we will explore:
I. Ayurveda as a Philosophy of living in tune with Creation
- History of Ayurveda
- Vedic medicine and traditions
II. The Five Elements – Pancha Maha Bhutas
- Our relationship with Nature and the Elements
- The qualities of the Elements and Seasons
- Ojas and Prana
III. The Three Doshas- Vata, Pitta, Kapha
Understanding your personal constitution through Ayurveda:
- The Qualities, Main Characteristics and Psychospiritual Nature of the Doshas
- Supporting Unique self through Lifestyle, Food, Meditation and Movement
- Prakriti and Vikruti
IV. The Seven Dhatus- basic bodily tissues~ lymph, blood, muscle, fat, bone,
marrow w/ nerve tissue, and reproductive tissue~ what these are and how to support
and nourish each of these.
V. Agni- Key to Health and Disease: the Digestive Fire and the importance of Good
VI. Ama- undigested ama clogging our channels- how to avoid and clear
- Herbal support for assimilation and elimination
VII. Ayurvedic Herbs to weave into your practice- Many that you can grow in your garden!
Rasayanas, Adaptogens, Digestive aids and more- we will make herbal preparations and learn
how to create formulas blending "backyard", western herbs and Ayurvedic herbs as you learn the
therapeutic actions of several Ayurvedic herbs.
VIII. Dynamic yet Simple Tools for Daily Practice
- Dinacharya- daily routine to enhance health: Yoga, Pranayama, meditationl
- Ayurveda in the kitchen- cooking with spices as we learn what foods are best for
each dosha or constitution. You will also learn how taste and texture affects the body
and mind! Together we will prepare a few dishes through the course~ for seasonal health.
Kate Gilday is an Herbalist, Ayurvedic Consultant and Flower Essence Therapist, as well as a producer of flower essence and herbal remedies. She has been training herbalists at Woodland Essence Center and conferences for the past 25 years and brings her love of wild places, song and healing to her workshops. www.woodlandessence.com
Contact Amy for more information, class syllabus and/or to register:
Cost: $675 for 3 class/series
Early Bird Price~ $600/ 3 weekend series
Understanding and Balancing the Endocrine System~ for Women and Men
Dr. Jody E. Noé MS, ND
of Natural Family Health in Westerly, Rhode Island
and University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine
September 6-7, 2014
at the Woodland Essence Teaching Center in Cold Brook, NY
( 2 hours northwest of Albany in the Adirondack Park)
Dr. Jody E. Noé, MS, ND is a licensed naturopathic physician in practice for over 17 years. She is currently a full time academic and clinical faculty at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and published natural medicine researcher. Dr. Noé has currently authored the “Textbook of Naturopathic Integrative Oncology” by CCNM Press, published 2012. Dr. Jody E. Noé is a specialist in Endocrine/Chronic disease, Integrative Naturopathic Oncology and Medical Herbalism.
We are so fortunate to have Dr. Jody Noe guide us in a deeper understanding of the complex “dance” of the Endocrine System! Whether you are working with Menopausal women, clients with deep fatigue or who live their lives on overdrive, only to “crash and burn”, or would like to understand how to support healthy Thyroid function; you will find much information, knowledge, experience and fun while learning the steps to take in this graceful, miraculous dance!
Some of the topics to be covered during this weekend workshop with Dr. Jody
1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Endocrine System
2. Focus on Thyroid and Adrenals
3. An understanding of medical herbalism in function and use in the endocrine system, including positive and negative feedback biochemical implications.
4. How to assess the physiological condition of the patient and develop treatment goals when prescribing botanical medicine
5. How to appropriately select specific botanical medicines based on the patient assessment and needs~
6. Familiar and new herbs that can be used to support balance and health of the Endocrine glands and System~ including Hormone Control Herbs
7. How to identify contra-indications in herbals with plant, vitamin, nutraceutical or pharmaceutical agents.
Cost: $225 includes all handouts, tenting and delicious meals. A non-refundable $75 deposit will hold a place for you in the program.
We ask that participants who are traveling to, if possible, arrive by Friday evening to relax and settle in. Dinner Friday evening is served at 7pm.
Please call Kate at 315-845-1515 for more information and application.
For more information, call (315) 845-1515 or e-mail us.
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