Anima Site Revised, May Event, & Herbal Course Reopens

Anima Site Revised, May Event, & Herbal Course Reopens

. Anima Lifeways and Herbal Site Updated You’re invited to please check out the newly updated Anima school site, featuring simplified pages and easy navigation.  Besides the new look and header, you’ll also find: •A new Introduction with easy direct links to every section and program without need of the menu •A “Home Study” page with revised offerings, including the just now reopened Foundations In Traditional Herbalism course •Extensive “Writings” pages, with a free archive of many herbal and lifeways articles by Kiva Rose, Jesse Wolf and Loba •A new “On Site Opportunities” page, with On-Site Helper details as well as information on the upcoming “Sacred Indulgence Botanical Retreat & Workshop” in May •New Applications for Retreats, Events and Programs…...

Herb Energetics 2.0

Herb Energetics 2.0

If you read my recent post on nurturing the senses, you’ll know about the release of the updated version of Herb Energetics, the multi-media course I created with John Gallagher of learningherbs.com teaching my take on the essential elements of sense-based herbalism. The course details have now been released and signup is open over at the Herb Energetics site. In case you missed that post but are interested in the course, here’s a quick definition of energetics from my perspective: Herbal energetics are generally defined as a framework of understandings of how to best match herbs to the individual and/or situation. Spectrums (such as cool/warm) and properties (such as astringent) are associated with herbs based on our observation of their effect on...

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...

Grandmother Medicine: The Legacy of Juliette de Bairacli Levy

Grandmother Medicine: The Legacy of Juliette de Bairacli Levy

Juliette de Bairacli Levy’s contribution to modern herbalism has been enormous and her work has inspired and informed countless herbalists, not least Rosemary Gladstar and Susun Weed. In a  time period when herbalism was being shunned as old fashioned and ineffective in the United States, Juliette was reviving and introducing important healing knowledge from all over the world, including Turkey, North Africa, Israel, Germany and Greece. Her time learning from and living with the Romani (Gypsy) is especially notable. I so wish I’d been able to meet Juliette in person before she passed away to personally thank her for sharing her experiences, knowledge and wisdom. Often called the grandmother of American herbalism, Juliette’s contribution to our...

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,...

Spring in the Country of Lichen and Spines: Fragments of Home

Spring in the Country of Lichen and Spines: Fragments of Home

Spring in the Country of Lichen & Spines: Fragments of Home by Kiva Rose ~~~~ Warm temperatures have arrived early in my corner of the Gila, with the Golden Smoke blooming sooner this year than I’ve ever previously seen. This follows a cold (-35F is plenty cold for me, thank you) and dry Winter. Now our seasonal winds blow the sand up in spiraling circles until it dances like the shifting forms of whirling dervishes against New Mexico’s lapis colored sky. The skeletal limbs of shattered Russian Thistles caught up in these little whirlwinds give sharp edges to the dancers. ~~~~ The Canyon trees bend in the same wild winds and yet last year’s withered purple Juniper berries cling to their branches as they’re tossed about in the breeze. They retain their pungent...