Weekend with PHYLLIS D. LIGHT
Friday, February 16, 2018, 9am – 4pm
~ Southern Appalachian Folk Medicine: An Elemental Approach
Fire, Water, Air and Earth…..These elements come together in a magical dance of genetics and environment to help create each of our unique and individual traits. What are your elemental influences and what exactly does that mean anyway?
Understanding your elemental makeup is useful for a variety of reasons. Knowing your elements can help guide your healthcare choices and be used to improve your health. Knowing your elements can bring awareness of potential relationship issues or which elements or combination of elements might be more compatible with you. Knowing your elements can help bring awareness of why you make the decisions that you make.
In Southern Folk Medicine, we are composed of all four elements, but in different ratios. Join Phyllis D. Light, renowned teacher, author, and herbalist, in a journey to discover your elemental makeup and ratiois and how you can use this in your life. And who knows, we might just take a few minutes to dance the elements!
Saturday, February 17, 10am – 5pm
& Sunday, February 18, 9am – 3pm
~ Epigenetics & Methylation: The Influence of our Ancestors
Epigenetics is rapidly becominga vital topic in our health and healing world. Briefly stated:
- Epigenetics Controls Genes. Certain circumstances in life can cause genes to be silenced or expressed over time. In other words, they can be turned off (becoming dormant) or turned on (becoming active).
- Epigenetics Is Everywhere. What you eat, where you live, who you interact with, when you sleep, how you exercise, even aging – all of these can eventually cause chemical modifications around the genes that will turn those genes on or off over time. Additionally, in certain diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s, various genes will be switched into the opposite state, away from the normal/healthy state.
- Epigenetics Makes Us Unique. Even though we are all human, why do some of us have blonde hair or darker skin? Why do some of us hate the taste of mushrooms or eggplants? Why are some of us more sociable than others? The different combinations of genes that are turned on or off is what makes each one of us unique. Furthermore, there have been indications that some epigenetic changes can be inherited.
- Epigenetics Is Reversible. With 20,000+ genes, what will be the result of the different combinations of genes being turned on or off? The possible arrangements are enormous! But if we could map every single cause and effect of the different combinations, and if we could reverse the gene’s state to keep the good while eliminating the bad… then we could theoretically* cure cancer, slow aging, stop obesity, and so much more. www.whatisepigenetics.com/what-is-epigenetics/
Let’s wrap our brains around this concept for a moment: Epigenetic tags on our DNA do not change our underlying genes but those tags can be inherited. That means the traumas experienced by our parents and grandparents, their nutritional level, any environmental toxic exposures, and any lifestyle issues that created epigenetic tags on their DNA were potentially inherited by us. That also means that any of those mentioned factors can be inherited by our offspring; we can pass on those tags. Methylation and the release of neurotransmitters affects which tags we lay down and pass on. Research has found that methylation and it’s effect on epigenetics plays a role in autoimmune diseases, cancer, mental health issues, and sometimes…. even why we make the decisions we make in life. Join Phyllis for a weekend of understanding of epigenetics and ways that herbs, foods, and lifestyle choices can affect methylation, release tags, and change, not only our lives, but those of our children and grandchildren. We can change this! Saturday we will look at this topic and Sunday we will look at applications of foods and herbs to anxiety, depression and other health effects of these changes.
Registration & Details:
Friday only – $125.00
Saturday and Sunday – $210.00
(Only offered as a two day class )
All three days – $315.00.
Please pack a bag lunch or there are local eateries within walking distance of Sacred Plant. Snacks and tea will be served throughout the day.
For those needing accommodations, a list will be sent after registration.