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Western Energetic Herbalism – Therapeutics

March 20 – Nov 13, 2019

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your patience as we have been re-organizing how we will be offering our Clinical trainings.  We realize how difficult it is to find a clinical training with rigor, vigor, and a complete curriculum on Western Energetic Herbalism.  We have had so much feedback from our community about the structure, the mentoring through the second year and the caliber of guests teachers included that we re-designed the offering to continue to hold this space.

March 2019  Clinic 1
March 2020  Clinic 2
March 2021  Clinic 1
March 2022 Clinic 2

There is an exciting movement afoot in American herbalism. The Western understanding of energetic medicine, once prominent, has largely been forgotten until recent years. Our curriculum is an attempt to restore Western energetic medicine to its rightful place in the pantheon of medical systems. It is our belief that herbal medicine is best practiced in an energetic model rather than a physiologic model, although the physiologic model is certainly serviceable and is definitely a part of the background teachings for a solid foundation for our students.

To observe patterns of disease we need to observe patterns in nature first to grasp harmonies and disharmonies. Winds that dry, waters that swell, heat that rises, cold that depresses are all vital expressions of nature that play out in our organs, joints, muscles, thoughts and spirit. This is the practice of traditional folk herbalism where nature is observed and the inherent self-regulating systems of the body are acknowledged and supported. The notion and teachings of vitalism are imperative here. This is a doctrine that states the processes of life are not solely explicable by laws of science and that there is a force that is unmeasurable yet is the very spark of life.

The physiologic approach, based on the scientific understanding of the body is more prominent in our culture and is represented by Western medicine, Naturopathic medicine and most current herbal medicine. The energetic approach is best represented by Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine, among others. This is based on a study of how the body behaves in health and disease and how the body responds to medicinal foods and herbs.

We believe that TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Ayurvedic medicine are excellent and very effective systems describing energetics and we employ them in articulating force and constitutions. At the same time we believe that it is time for the West to restore her own understanding of energetics. With many thanks and gratitude to TCM and Ayurvedic medicine for helping us to understand the forgotten Western language of energetics, we present a Western understanding of energetic medicine to the aspiring herbalist.

We believe that herbs, being complex, living plants do not express themselves well along the simplistic lines of a few chemicals present in the plant (among the thousands of others). The student will learn an energetic understanding of medicinal plants, how to use them and begin to gain an intimate knowledge of medicinal plants from direct contact and experience. We fully expect the student to be able to start seeing clients after graduation if the student wishes and applies themselves. The student will also be taught how to interface with the Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic medical communities, as well as communicate effectively with their client about what they are doing.

Instead of studying the chemistry of the plant, as in the physiologic approach, the energetic approach interests itself in understanding the body’s response to taking an herb to understand its role in health and disease. For example, does the herb warm or cool the body? Does it dry or hydrate the tissues? Does it calm and sedate the body or does it energize and stimulate it? These are all “energetics”. They are the same the world over and many different cultures have attempted to create a language to explain what they were witnessing and experiencing. When examined closely, all good systems of “energetic” medicine are remarkable congruent.

Curriculum will include:

  • Energetic Assessment with focus on tongue and pulse
  • Constitutional definitions (Ayurvedic and Western)
  • Definition of Vitalism
  • Tissue states
  • Advanced anatomy and physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Therapeutic Protocols
  • Intro to TCM concepts for the western herbalist
  • Record Keeping for the Herbalist –
    SOAP notes and more
  • Apothecary records
  • Advanced Apothecary practices
  • Formulations
  • Client issues
  • Professional / Business Ethics
  • Herbalists as Educators
  • Students will observe professional herbalists hold interviews and will always be mentored when they conduct their own. Case presentation and round table discussions are included as well as topics listed above.
  • 310 hours (This may be applied toward American Herbalist Guild requirements)

Clinic Graduation

Clinic Graduation


Wednesdays, March 20 – Nov 13, 2019
Time: 9am – 4pm
Cost: $4500 with a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500.

For those that do not have college level Anatomy and Physiology, we require this online A&P course with Tammi Sweet at Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials.  Sacred Plant students are offered a significant discount for the course.  More details will be given upon registration on how to register with our discount code.

Her class is engaging, fun, and especially tailored to herbalists and massage therapists. This class offers comprehensive understanding of HOW and WHY the body works through a holistic, yet still obsessively accurate lens.

We encourage students to do the course over the winter before class begins so it can be reviewed throughout the year.

Required texts which are not included in the fee:

  • The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism
  • Basic Doctrine, Energetics and Classification, Matthew Wood
  • Matthew Wood’s two volumes of The Earthwise Herbal; Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants as well as The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World
  • Secret Teachings of Plants, Stephen Buhner; *only required for Clinic II.
  • The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine Making Guide, Thomas Easley & Steven Horne
  • Medical Herbalism, David Hoffmann
  • Botany in a Day, Thomas Epel

What does not happen in this class is a claim to mastery. Even at the end of the second year, no certificate as a Master Herbalist is assigned. We revere and honor this art that requires a lifetime of learning.
The life so short, the craft so long to learn,
experience difficult to obtain……..Hippocrates

What we do offer is a certificate at the end of the three years of training describing the accomplishment that has taken place. We strive to help students fulfill requisites of the American Herbalist Guild and the credit hours will meet similar requirements if the student wished to pursue professional status with AHG. Completion will give the student the confidence and skills to begin a community practice in whatever area the graduate feels drawn to, be it education, client work or community development.

Pre-requisite: Foundations or a similar one-year training program. Interview is required. For a more complete listing of the curriculum, please call or write SPT.

Faculty: Heather Wetzel MS,RH (AHG); Lorna Mauney-Brodek and Mimi Hernandez

PAYMENT: Pay deposit of $500, or make a payment toward payment plan ($1374) online via Paypal with the button below.
Please contact the office for instructions on how to pay the remainder ($4,000) or pay in full ($4,500).

Please take a moment to read our refund policy:

  • All deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • All programs associated with three year programs have a contract 
agreement that will be sent upon acceptance into the program.