We periodically like to profile our Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference teachers here, some of the best teachers in the herbal field today.
Shana Lipner Grover was one of the popular of last year’s instructors, impressing attendees with her vast herbal knowledge and considerable experience, her passion and love for the plants, and her clear communication skills. We’re honored to promote her work, and to have her back teaching in 2015: one class on the late Michael Moore’s constitutional system, one on the very useful Ceanothus, and another with Rebecca Altman about medicinal plants of the Southwest and how place affects us and our treatments. If you don’t know, the Michael was one of the most influential herbalists of his generation, and his systems of assessment and protocols have been an immense influence on many practitioners including Shana, Howie Brounstein, and ourselves (Kiva and Wolf).
Shana Grover is a nature lover, plant medicine explorer, Clinical Herbalist, and all around wonderful person. Her herbal school and business, Sage Country Herbs, is a result of over 15 years of working and playing in natures gifts. She offers a Botanical Medicine Apprenticeship that is 80% field classes, and an ever expanding herbal product line by the same name. Shana’s time is spent going for hikes, exploring ecology as well as offering plant walks, workshops and teaching about local, native and medicinal plants. She also keeps up a clinical practice in North County, San Diego, with a focus on empowering people and their health through nutrition, lifestyle, and herbal medicine.
When we realized she did not have business logo yet, Wolf wanted to show our appreciation for her by taking time to draw one for her. For the “sage” in Sage Country, Shana wanted a likeness of her local and much valued Black Sage (Salvia mellifera), which Wolf stylized and brought to life for her. We’ll paste it here for you to see:
If you are interested in attending her TWHC classes in New Mexico this September, check out the full descriptions below. And we if you live in California, we recommend you consider attending Sage Country school as part of your important herbal education.
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Shana’s 2015 TWHC Classes:
Michael Moore Constitutional System: Anabolic/Catabolic/Thyroid
There are many different theories of constitution, 5 Element Theory, the Doshas of Ayurveda and the Four Humours are commonly recognized.Â Michael Moore developed his own constitutional theory as a means to categorizing tendencies in the body to see a bigger picture of health. By utilizing constitution information, a practitioner can make choices in protocols to aid the body in finding balance beyond one organ system showing symptoms and effect change on a deeper level.Â We will cover an introduction to understanding Anabolic, Catabolic and Thyroid constitutions and the manifestation of their tendencies in physiology and their herbal allies.
Ceanothus: Lymphatic & Beyond
Ceanothus is a North American native genus with many species and a wide breadth of medicinal function. It is a woody shrub that ranges from small bush to small tree in size and diversity. This is a plant steeped in herbal history of this country from sea to shining sea! Having its greatest effect on membranes and the lymphatic system, and the interconnectedness with all other systems; Ceanothus is a powerful ally when used appropriately . We will explore medicinal differences in species and parts used; as well as it’s role in inflammation, congestion, membrane integrity, immune function, transfer of fluids, cardiovascular function and much more.
Southwest Plants, Southwest Constitutions: The Influence of Place on Conditions & Treatments
(with Rebecca Altman) (1.5 hrs)
In this class Shana and Rebecca will talk about the ways that one’s place/bioregion influences the kinds of ailments are encountered and determines which herbs work best. By way of example, they will focus on the ecological experience of moving to the American Southwest: how residing in a hot and dry location affects the constitutions of the people living there, and how the plants that grow there prove uniquely suited. They will discuss therapeutics for environmental imbalances, while covering a number of key Southwestern herbs and their actions, such as Yerba Mansa, Ocotillo, Nettle, and Marshmallow.
For more information or to register, click on this link to our: Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference