Join clinical herbalist Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG) on a two-day journey dedicated to developing herbal intuition and deepening our relationships with medicinal plants through Goethean plant observation. This systematic approach of studying plants was first developed by 18th century poet and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and built upon by the contemporary work of the late Henri Bortoft of Shumaker College, Craig Holdrege of the Nature Institute, Keith Robertson, FNIMH of Drimlabarra, and Margaret Colquhoun of the Pishwanton Project.
The Goethean approach to observing the natural world seeks to incorporate the skills and experiences of subjective and contemplative observation as a critical complement to the Western scientific method of defining reality. Where Western science favors analytical and reductionist methods of observation through objective and quantitative means, Geothean plant study and observation seeks to better understand and observe nature through intuitive, subjective, and qualitative experiences. In the combining of these two approaches, the subjective with the objective, nature can be experienced with a broader perspective, or ‘meta’ point of view.
It is Erika’s belief that in ‘naming’ a medicinal plant, even those we are familiar with, we immediately enter into a one-way conversation with that plant whereby we, the observer, tell the plant what it is and how it works in the human body. In this one-way conversation we lose the ability to ‘listen’ to the plant express itself, cutting ourselves off from the profound information that can be gathered through our primary senses of sight, touch, and taste, and intuitive, subjective, and imaginative experiences. This approach to plant study teaches the observer how to ‘listen’ to the plant being observed, with the ultimate goal of capturing the expression or gesture of that plant as a living being.
The result of this process will be a set of tools that participants can carry with them and utilize in strengthening trust in their primary senses and subjective experiences as powerful tools of observation, and in doing so deepening their relationships with medicinal plants, expanding their knowledge base, and developing intuition into the practical applications of medicinal plants for the health and wellbeing of humanity.
Free Primitive Camping
Meal packages available for $90
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