Digestion, Anxiety, and the Zombie Apocalypse: An Herbal Weekend with 7Song

When:
September 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
2017-09-30T09:30:00-07:00
2017-09-30T17:00:00-07:00
Where:
HAALo Loft
Cost:
$125 to $200

HAALo is pleased to bring renowned herbalist and instructor 7Song to Nevada City, CA for a weekend of herbal exploration, whimsical zombie apocalypse scenarios, street medicine, and an extra day of advanced herbalism training for community herbalists. With his vast experience of street medicine first-aid, materia medica, botany, body systems, and clinical herbalism, he brings forward a fresh, down-to-earth, yet scientific study of plant medicine.

Please join us for two days of intermediate to advanced herbal studies, with an extra day for those interested in his advanced class. We will be covering mental health, digestion, the nervous system, first-aid, street medicine, and (tongue in cheek) the zombie apocalypse - or community emergency herbal medicine. You may attend either Saturday or Sunday, or the entire weekend, and if you are a more advanced herbalist, you may be interested in the Monday class as well.

Early Bird Pricing:
Weekend Package$200.00
Saturday or Sunday Only:  $125.00

Regular Pricing
Weekend Package:  $250.00
Saturday or Sunday Only:  $150.00

SATURDAY- Herbal Medicine and Mental Health:
Please join us for two days of intermediate to advanced herbal studies and an extra day for those interested in his advanced class. We will be covering mental health, digestion, the nervous system, first-aid, street medicine, and (tongue in cheek) the zombie apocalypse - or community emergency herbal medicine. You may attend either Saturday or Sunday, or the entire weekend.

Herbal Medicine Mental Health Overview: This class will focus on some of the common mental health issues seen by herbalists. These include anxiety, depression, insomnia, cognitive disfunction, fatigue, and other symptoms associated with emotional and psychological health. These are part of a broad continuum of symptoms that can emerge from multiple causes and diseases. In this class, we will discuss the assessment and treatment strategies associated with each of these problems, along with specific plants, formulas, and lifestyle alternatives. This class is open to all levels of herbalists.

Physiology/ Pathophysiology: Clinical Approaches to Digestive Disorders: This class will focus on treating some of the acute and chronic digestive disorders encountered by herbalists, such as irritable bowel syndrome and food poisoning. We will look at how the digestive system is affected by other organ systems, and similarly, how digestive problems affect other aspects of health. Differential diagnosis will be discussed to help assess the source of the digestive problem. Pathophysiological and constitutional approaches with be covered, as well as preparing individual treatment protocols for patients. There will be a focus on herbal therapeutics including anti-inflammatories, demulcents, bitters, and nervous system remedies. This class will be focused on herbal treatments rather than nutritional and dietary strategies.This class is designed for high beginner to advanced herbalists.

Herbalist View Nervous System Disorders: This workshop will focus on a basic overview of the nervous system with discussion of intake strategies, herbal formulations, differential diagnoses, constitutional approaches, and treatment of problems such as anxiety, depression, cognitive disorders, and insomnia. This class is designed for medium to advanced herbalists. Beginners are welcome but it will be taught at a higher level.

SUNDAY - Herbal Street Medicine

The Herbalist Street Medic: Street medicine refers to the various types of health care practitioners that offer assistance and treatment at protests and demonstrations. These include encampments such as Standing Rock and also urban street protests.

Herbalists offer a valuable service in these situations with conditions ranging from anxiety, injuries, gastrointestinal problems, sleep disturbance, and pain. We will look at different ways of assessing these health needs and discussing single herbs and formulas to address them. There will be a focus on therapeutic categories such as anti-inflammatories, sedatives, and others that are useful for a variety of conditions. This is a practical class for those already helping in these situations or for those interested in taking part at these events. It is also open for anyone interested in generally learning these skills. This class is designed for intermediate to advanced practitioners. Beginners are welcome to attend, but the class will be taught at a higher level.

Herbalism 701: Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse: (Note: While this class is a bit whimsical and satirical, it also offers practical emergency first-aid medicine. And, while I originally taught this class in NYC, the location can be easily changed.)

It is the year ZA4, and the pestilential virus that swept the continents has left only a few million survivors. This includes you and about 350 others who have built a small village in the remains of Central Park, which has reverted back to wilderness. There are still wandering hordes of Zombe-ings infected with the rabies-like virus that makes them hunger for fresh meat. It also destroys most of their neural networks, making it difficult to kill them as they cannot feel anything. You are the herbalist, having spent years in training before The Fall. While you have pilfered all the drugs you can find, the majority of medicines are now plant-based. Everyday you scour Central and nearby parks, occasionally venturing into the meadowland's wildness to procure medicines for your rustic community apothecary and fledgling garden.

With no ammo, you will need to prepare and employ herbal poisons and plant traps to keep the community safe, as well as experimenting with antiviral plants in case anyone is bit - to stop them from changing. Soft tissue injuries will need to be treated, and herbal medicines prepared for the bacterial infections and viruses swirling around this outdoor camp.

While this class has its moments of humor and cheekiness, participants will learn a number of practical skills for The Collapse. Many useful medicines and treatment strategies will be covered along with the focus of using the plants around us and those easily found. This class is designed for intermediate to advanced practitioners. Beginners are welcome to attend but the class will be taught at a higher level.

Setting Up a First Aid Station: This class will cover setting up an off-the-grid wilderness first-aid station including useful herbal and medical supplies. There are a number of considerations when setting up a wilderness first-aid station. These include equipment, sanitation, lack of electricity, communications, maintaining supplies, assessment, and how to evacuate patients. Other concerns include staffing, care for other practitioners, working with multi-disciplinary practices, and setting up various treatment areas.

We will discuss basic supplies including herbal medicines and other equipment and how to use them in specific circumstances. The goal is for students to have practical knowledge to set up and work in these situations. This class is designed for intermediate to advanced practitioners. Beginners are welcome to attend, but the class will be taught at a higher level.

LINKS AND TICKET INFORMATION:

If you would like to attend Saturday and Sunday's classes, please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digestion-anxiety-and-the-zombie-apocalypse-an-herbal-weekend-with-7song-tickets-37045326569

 


About 7Song

7Song is a clinical herbalist, teacher, botanist and naturalist. He is the director and main instructor of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY. He is also the director of holistic medicine and a practicing herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic, an integrative clinic providing free herbal medicine and other health modalities to the wider community.

7Song has been involved in herbal first aid for many years. He has worked as a street medic and herbalist in a variety of clinics and first aid stations. He has helped run the first aid station at the Rainbow Gathering for over 20 years, which is an off-the-grid first aid station that sees up to 150 people a day with a wide range of health conditions.

One of his goals in teaching is showing how herbal medicine offers useful primary and adjunct treatments in first aid situations, especially working alongside a diversity of health care practitioners. He also endeavors to make herbal medicine accessible and affordable and reaching people who may know little about it.

One of his herbal medicine passions is traveling, gathering and preparing the herbal medicines that he uses in his practice. He also teaches at a number of herb schools and conferences in the US and abroad. Look for him in various habitats taking photographs of things that run, crawl, fly or photosynthesize.

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