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Seven Herbs Plants as Teachers Taught by Matthew Wood and Unchatwa – a 7 month apprenticeship
May 3, 2014 - May 4, 2014
Seven Herbs Plants as Teachers Taught by Matthew Wood and Unchatwa – a 7 month apprenticeship. (one weekend a month for 7 months starting in May 2014). Location: A private residence in Fairfax, CA. Address will be provided upon registration.
Almost thirty years after writing and publishing Seven Herbs, Plants as Teachers (1987), Matthew Wood will teach his first class on the use of the seven herbs for self–development and therapy . The seven herbs represent seven guideposts or steps on the spiritual path. Each guidepost also corresponds to a “law” or principle of healing, as taught in homeopathy, naturopathy, etc.. The seven guideposts are: (1) accepting dual nature, (2) following through (on your inspirations), (3) integrity in crisis, or the justification/value of the soul, (4) spiritual letting go, (5) spiritual seership, and (6) spiritual grabbing hold and (7) spiritual understanding, or the mantle of authority and responsibility. The class will discuss the corresponding Genesis stories: (1) Adam and Eve, (2) Cain and Abel, (3) Noah and the Ark, (4) Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, (5) Isaac and Rebecca, (6) Jacob and Esau, and (7) Joseph.
The second element of the class involves the seven herbs. The concept of seven sacred herbs is found in a number of cultures, including Native American traditions on this continent. The seven herbs that stepped forward here, many years ago, represent the seven guideposts. We will study and journey with these seven plants (Easter Lily, Yerba Santa, Iris, Sagebrush or Wormwood, Cat’s Ears, Black Cohosh, and Lady’s Slipper, and in some cases discuss their cousins and analogs. We will also discuss California Bay Laurel, a powerful shamanic herb native to the area.
A third element will involve general shamanic teachings related to the seven guideposts or seven herbs, such as the “three selves” of the shamans (conscious self, animal self, and dream self), warriorship (described in Genesis as tzaddikah, straight–arrow–ness), the animal medicines (“our energies,” as the poet/shaman William Blake said) and their corresponding medicine plants. To learn more about this class click here. To register click here