Nurturing the Senses and Deepening Intimacy With the Plants

Nurturing the Senses and Deepening Intimacy With the Plants

“The simple act of nurturing the senses might well do far more for healing of the world than all our programs and inventions.” ~ Cheryl Sanders Being an herbalist is a constant exercise in balance – with so much being given out in the work of helping others we also need the pleasure of finding and settling into our own nourishment. Because after all, if we can’t take care of ourselves, how can we possibly take care of others? Part of the joy of my work is in the sensory intimacy I have with the plants, the close-up looks at buds and rhizomes via sight, scent, touch and taste. On one hand, this is an absolutely essential way of understanding the nature of the plant, and on the other hand, it’s pure fun for me and my seeking senses. When I...

Clinical Training Opportunity in Nicaragua

Clinical Training Opportunity in Nicaragua

For those of you interested in gaining real life experience and intensive training in herbal medicine in a clinical setting that is overseen/taught by several great practitioners and teachers, this is truly an amazing opportunity. The faculty includes Paul Bergner and Tania Neubauer of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. The training will take place on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua this coming July. And amazingly enough, no clinical experience or previous knowledge of Spanish is necessary! Here’s a few highlights from the site: “Participants in this course will work in a primary care setting under the supervision of licensed naturopathic physicians and will observe all phases of the clinical visit – interview, physical exam,...

The Sensory Language of Life

The Sensory Language of Life

One of the most fascinating aspect of working with plants is the how and why of what they do in the human body. I’m the sort of person who is endlessly (and perhaps annoyingly) curious, like an eternal four year old asking everyone –why– about even the most obvious aspects of the world around me. For this reason, I spend a significant amount of time reading medical and botanical research. It’s the same reason I spend even more time up close and personal with plants and people. All the research in the world can’t begin to replace personal experience and the knowledge that stems from it. Herbalism is, by it’s very definition, a healing art comprised of many overlapping and complimentary fields. From the essential knowledge of how to identify each plant to knowing...

Creating a Wild Remedy: Sharing Knowledge and Celebrating Tradition

Creating a Wild Remedy: Sharing Knowledge and Celebrating Tradition

Hello folks, here in the Canyon, the Wild Roses (Rosa woodsii) are just beginning to bloom, the Blisswort (Scutellaria potosina) is flowering beautifully (more on those very soon) and the land is green and lush with such an abundantly rainy Spring! I’ve been on a bit of a writing hiatus, and my time’s been consumed by working on many big projects, not least the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference but also on several other exciting things I can’t really talk about just yet. What I can tell you is that I’ll be back to writing on a more regular basis very shortly, and that I’m putting together even more herbal, healing and related online goodness for ya’ll. To help make up for the lack of Kiva words lately, I want to...

From the Ground Up: Grassroots Training in Traditional Western Herbalism

From the Ground Up: Grassroots Training in Traditional Western Herbalism

At long last! –– the release of the greatly anticipated COURSE 1 of a 5 course program for the village herbalist: From the Ground Up: Grassroots Training in Traditional Western Herbalism FOUNDATIONS IN TRADITIONAL WESTERN HERBALISM Written & Taught by Kiva Rose Hardin After years of preparation, the essential first course in Kiva Rose’s comprehensive 5 course program has just been released, with openings for a select number of committed students.  Foundations in Traditional Western Herbalism provides information and tools that are important for understanding and getting the most from the 4 other courses in this groundbreaking series.  Kiva’s attention to the basics makes the practice of herbalism comprehensible for a beginner, while her unconventional...