COVID-19 and Respiratory Health Herbal Care2020-03-25T20:52:28+00:00

Respiratory health is critical during cold and flu season, but this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more imperative that we know how to maintain and support our bodies and respiratory tract.

While there are absolutely direct anti-viral effects of some herbs, those effects are difficult to measure and even more difficult to know if they work across genetic mutations that all viruses use to survive and adapt …

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Emergency Childbirth/Doula Training 3-Day Course – 20202020-03-15T17:36:17+00:00

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Important Notice: Students can now opt to participate in both the Doula Hands-On Training and Emergency Childbirth Training back to back. Day 1 (October 10th) is Doula Training and days 2 &3 (October 11 – 12th) will cover Emergency Childbirth Training. Students can also partake in only the Emergency Training if desired.

6 Hour Emergency Birth Hands-On Training

This is a two-day overview of practical hands-on skills for Doulas and Emergency Birth Workers covering Labor, Birth, & Postpartum Complications. We will discuss common reasons women and babies die, the many contributing factors, and what we can do about it.  You will learn skills such as taking vital signs, urinalysis, Leopold’s maneuvers, finding fetal heart tones, managing eclamptic convulsions,  and emergency antepartum scenarios.  We will also discuss and role play emergency birth scenarios such as obstructed labor, shoulder dystocia, breech birth, and hemorrhage/shock.  We will also explore ways to help babies survive like thermoregulation, helping babies breath, relactation/supplemental nursing sytems and kangaroo care.  Finally we will cover the most common reasons for postpartum death and how we can prevent the majority of these.

This experience will prepare you to manage a normal birth or common complications even in post-disaster or austere situation.

8 Hour Doula Skills Hands-On Training

This is a one-day training will supplement any doulas skill set with hands-on demonstration and practice of how to support women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  We will learn about herbs considered safe in pregnancy, breathing techniques,  visualizations, relaxation/stress reduction, journaling, coloring, affirmations, prenatal exercise/yoga and the power of music.  We will also explore ways a doula can help a client cope with pain in labor, acupressure, massage, repositioning baby (breech and occiput posterior), labor positions, using a rebozo, birth ball and peanut ball.  You will learn about herbs in labor and postpartum, water birth, bengkung belly wrap, rebozo wrap, newborn care, breastfeeding support and postpartum exercises.

Give your clients the best care possible with these advanced skills and the opportunity to practice with other experienced & aspiring doulas.

Instructor Bio

Mel Bailey is a Midwife, Nurse, Certified Health Coach, Family Herbalist, and Yoga instructor.  She is also an Evidence Based Birth Instructor and Evidence Based Childbirth Educator.  Mel has been involved in women’s health care for over 20 years, attending her first birth in 1997.  She is the Assistant Director of EarthWise Midwives & Doulas, and an instructor and evaluator at Academia Tierra Sabia in Cuatemoc, Mexico.  Mel facilitates trainings both state-side and internationally for birth workers, as well as disaster relief workers and others in need of emergency birth skills.  Mel is also the founder of Wellness Within, providing personalized wellness guidance to individuals during pregnancy and  birth, and nurturing new families.


COURSE INFORMATION

Dates: October 10th – 12th, 2020.

Location: Detailed directions will be emailed out to all enrolled students prior to the course.

Lodging: camping is free to any enrolled student, at our 50-acre campus.  There are also hotels within a 10-minute drive of the campus in the 78260 zip code.

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Herbal Medicine For Professionals – Fall 20202020-03-15T07:26:12+00:00

This is an online course. You can take this anywhere you have an internet connection. You do not have to be present in our area to take the course!

*This course will release class materials each Monday morning and will follow with one live Q&A session each week in an interactive webinar.  Registration for this course will close on October 5th, 2020. The course begins on August 24th, 2020.

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This is an interactive 12-week online herbal medicine course. Classes are held via downloadable course materials and weekly live webinars. Students will have full access to recorded webinars, documents, videos and resources through the online classroom.

In addition, there will be approximately 2 hours (or less) of assignments per week, a student forum, supplemental webinars and new class material uploaded each week.

Students can work at their own pace, so long as the course material is completed by 30 days after the final exam date.

Also included is full online access to the current self-directed online course which includes over 25 hours of video, audio, PDF and other resources.  All live classes are recorded for student download.

Materials you must provide at the appropriate point in the course: Olive and/or Coconut oil (approximately 2 cups total), Raw Honey (approximately 1 cup), 80 – 100 proof Alcohol (approximately 2 cups), Mason or other canning jar, basic cooking equipment (stainless steel pans and/or crockpot, strainer, measuring cup, spoons, etc.)

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Classes Covered in this Course:
Introduction to Herbology – Vitalistic and Mechanistic overview
How to study plant medicine
Introduction to Clinical Skills
Maceration Tincture Making (fresh and dried), with one tincture made as a class
Introduction to Percolation Tincture Making
Lymphatic and Immune System Physiology and Herbs
Gastrointestinal Physiology and Herbs
Materia Medica (Online Herb Walks) – covers approximately 100 herbs throughout the course.
Botany and Wildcrafting
Introduction to Forest Gardening and growing medicinal herbs
The Business of Herbalism (how to legally protect yourself)
Post-disaster and remote herbalism
Clinic and Apothecary setup and function
One or Two long-term Student Case Studies and Herbs (Some examples of past case studies include: Hiatal Hernias, Gallstones, Chronic Digestive Issues, COPD, and Respiratory Infections)
Upper and Lower Respiratory System Physiology and Herbs
Respiratory Syrup Making, with one syrup made as a class
Herbal First Aid – Poultices, plasters, capsules, primitive poultices, castor oil poultices
Wound Healing Physiology and Herbs
Herbs for Pain, Nervines
Salve Making –Fresh & Dried, Ethyl vs. Pure Oil Salves, with one salve made as a class
Upper and Lower Respiratory System Physiology and Herbs
Upper and Lower Urinary Tract Physiology and Herbs
Weekly Quizzes/Assignments
Group Discussions
Final Test (passing grade of 75% required)

Total Online Hours – 48 hours
Total Estimated homework assignments, discussions, quizzes and final test – 22 hours

You will be responsible to finish the materials assigned each week.

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Medicinal Plants of Central Texas: Plant Walk – June 20202020-03-14T11:27:21+00:00

Learn to identify and use medicinal plants from the Central South Texas region!

Plant medicine is all around us! Clinical herbalist Michael Blair will lead a local plant walk that explores the medicinal plants growing right here in our own eco-region.

Michael will guide students through many species of native plants that thrive in our climate, and how they can be used in your home apothecary to help support good health.

This will focus mostly on medicinal plants, but we’ll also talk about foraging edible plants when we come across them.

We will cover:

  • An introduction to botanical medicine
  • Botanical Medicine Making basics
  • Working with South Central Texas plants
  • A local herb walk

What to bring:

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing & shoes
  • Something to take notes with
  • A camera or cell phone to take photos of plants
  • A water bottle, or anything you need to be comfortable outdoors for a few hours
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Medicinal & Edible Plants of Central Texas: Plant Walk – May 20202020-03-15T05:45:22+00:00

Learn to identify and use medicinal plants from the Central South Texas region!

Plant medicine is all around us! Clinical herbalist Michael Blair will lead a local plant walk that explores the medicinal plants growing right here in our own eco-region.

Michael will guide students through many species of native plants that thrive in our climate, and how they can be used in your home apothecary to help support good health.

This will focus mostly on medicinal plants, but we’ll also talk about foraging edible plants when we come across them.

We will cover:

  • An introduction to botanical medicine
  • Botanical Medicine Making basics
  • Working with South Central Texas plants
  • A local herb walk

What to bring:

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing & shoes
  • Something to take notes with
  • A camera or cell phone to take photos of plants
  • A water bottle, or anything you need to be comfortable outdoors for a few hours
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Making your own Herbal Medic First Aid Kit – 8 Hour Online Course!2020-04-01T00:03:15+00:00

This course is online, and can be taken anywhere you have an internet connection! All course materials can be downloaded for future personal use to your own computer.

Making your own Herbal Medic First Aid Kit

Building your own first aid kit can be a daunting task – trying to find the best pack to hold your gear, keep the weight manageable and have all the equipment you need in one place..

It even becomes more complicated when you want to add herbal remedies to your first aid kit.

Do you know the essential equipment you must have in your kit?

Do you know the best type of packs to use for small, medium and large first aid kits?

What are the most important herbal first aid preparations to include in every kit and why?

Do you know how to improvise bandages, splits, packs and kitchen first aid herbs?

This is an 8-hour course that includes lectures, videos and resources on:

FIRST AID KIT CONTAINERS

  •  The top three items every kit MUST haves
  • Improvisation – making a great herbal first aid kit from containers EVERY household has
  • How a kit opens and why this is important
  • Compartmentalizing: containers within containers
  • Sizing and weight
  • Car kits, work kits, go bags and mini (every day carry) kits

ESSENTIAL TRAUMA FIRST AID SUPPLIES

  • Necessary bandaging equipment from minor to life-threatening
  • Wound & burn management
  • Sharps from A to Z
  • Hydration, nutrition and recovery
  • First aid improvisation: using materials on hand for your kit (and in emergencies when you have no kit)

MUST-HAVE HERBAL PREPARATIONS

  • Infection control for respiratory, UTI, Gut and Skin
  • Nervines/Adaptogens for anxiety and trauma
  • Immune supportive herbs for medical emergencies
  • Venomous bites and stings
  • Salves and powders (which to use, when and contraindications)
  • Working with herbs you probably have in your kitchen

The Herbal Medic First Aid Kit Course will include eight hours of video lectures, resources for supplies and materials, slideshows and handouts.  Students will also receive access to ‘The Top 25 herbs for the end of the world’ pdf and the ‘Building Your Own Herbal First Aid Guide’ pdf for download. 

In addition, students will be mailed two full-size glossy 11”x17” posters:  “First Aid Kit Essentials” and “Herbs for Emergency First Aid”. One of these posters includes an organized and visual layout to help you understand what to pack in your first aid kit and how to organize it, whether you know nothing about first aid or you are a medical doctor. The other poster includes an organized structure that will help you pick the most essential herbs you need for your kit, with over 50 herbs spanning multiple health care issues from acute to chronic!

This incredible online course will open on August 3rd with 60 days access. All course materials can be downloaded for personal future reference and use, and the posters will ship out on receipt of tuition.

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Austere Acute Care Medicine Intensive Course – 20202020-03-15T12:57:38+00:00

Join Dr. Steve Pehrson and Sam Coffman for our Austere Acute Care (AAC) hands-on intensive at our 50-acre campus near San Antonio, TX. Both Steve and Sam started their respective journeys into medicine as U.S. Army Special Forces Medics. Steve went on to become an emergency medicine and family practice doctor in rural Utah, while Sam became a clinical herbalist and wilderness medicine instructor. Together, they teach a unique approach to medical issues in austere, remote or post-disaster environments that integrates the worlds of orthodox & wilderness medicine with clinical herbalism.

Our October, 2020, on-site 5-day intensive is open to everyone who has passed the online, 12-week acute austere medicine course starting May, 2020.

This year’s AAC on-site training includes 5 days of highly-interactive, hands-on experience to teach you the orthodox and herbal medical skills crucial for acute care in the field. Subjects taught this year include:

  • Head to toe general physical exam
  • Musculoskeletal tests for joint, soft-tissue and bone injury
  • Head, eyes, ears, nose, throat exams – using otoscope, ophthalmoscope
  • Respiratory and cardiac exams – using stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, understanding vital signs, laryngoscopy
  • Understanding and using common tests: urine dipstick, blood glucose
  • Minor surgery techniques: Ingrown nails, abscesses, lipomas, cysts (differentiation and treatment), myringotomy, peritonsilar abscess
  • Pharmaceutical protocols: infection & inflammation
  • “Red Flag” tests and differential diagnoses that need urgent or immediate care
  • Treatment (reduction) of joint dislocations (digit, shoulder, hip, patella, elbow)
  • Understanding indications and use of tape and casting products (shoulders, wrists and hands, ribs, knees, feet & ankles, digits) for musculoskeletal and wound injuries: Cast tapes, K-tape, sports tape, P-tape, Coban, Surgical tapes, Elastikon, etc.
  • Setting up and running an austere herbal and orthodox, austere health care clinic, with a live scenario (involving real clients with real health care issues.

Botanical medicine lectures and hands-on practice with:

  • Inflammation and injury
  • Acute pain management
  • Herbal poulticing, plasters, prepared bandages
  • Preparation and logistics of medicine making for austere herbal medicine
  • Respiratory formula making for acute care
  • Gastrointestinal formula making for acute care
  • Urinary tract formula making for acute care
  • Fungal infections (skin and nails)
  • Acute infectious disease of eyes, ears, nose, sinus, throat, mouth
  • Advanced herbal medicine making and administration techniques including a variety of solvents and temperature: DMSO, Isopropyl alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Water, glycerin, honey
  • Plant walks & wildcrafting medicine for the austere clinic

For information about tuition bundles and how to pay with cash, check, Venmo, PayPal, or money order, just send us an email here:

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Herbal Management for Acute Viral Infections2020-03-15T05:58:17+00:00

This 3-week online course is filled with information, case studies and experience that will help you understand how to prepare for and deal with a wide variety of acute viral infections.

This 3-week online course is filled with information, case studies and experience that will help you understand how to prepare for and deal with a wide variety of acute viral infections.

There are many situations when dealing with viral infections where pharmaceutical medicine does not provide all (or sometimes even any) effective answers.  Using a vast array of medicinal herbs we can grow and find in the wild, as well as order online and prepare ahead of time, we can both support our body’s intricate immune system and tissues as well as take advantage of the multitude of inhibitory effects that various herbs have on different types of viruses.

Join us for 9+ hours of lectures, handouts, quizzes and information that will give you practical skills and confidence to help the health of you and your loved ones.

This course will cover:

  • Understand viral infections – made simple
  • Determining the correct herbs based on fluctuating symptoms
  • Mucosal & Immune support
  • Pandemics, disasters and herbs
  • Herbs specific to different virus families:
    • Coronavirus family (e.g. MERS, SARS, COVID-19)
    • Herpesvirus family (e.g. HSV1, HSV2, Shingles)
    • Norovirus and Rotavirus families (stomach flus)
    • Orthomyxovirus family (respiratory influenzas)
    • Flavivirus family (Denge, Zika, etc.)
    • Paramyxovirus family (measles, mumps, URI’s)
    • Rhinovirus family (common colds)
  • Hygiene, precautions, quarantines
  • Gardening & wildcrafting your own herbal “farmacy”
  • Herbal home “anti-viral” first aid kits

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Wilderness First Responder Recertification 20202020-03-13T11:57:26+00:00

If you have completed and received certification in the Wilderness Herbal First Responder, the certification lasts two years. You can re-certify by attending the last three days of the 2020 WHFR course in San Antonio, TX.
This will be heavy in hands-on training, scenarios and review and practice of skills you have learned with our school!

Unless you are using field first aid on a regular basis, it can be a perishable skill. Keep on top of your wilderness medicine skills with a refresher course.

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Terpenoids I: Module 82020-04-03T23:49:10+00:00

This is an online course. You can take this anywhere you have an internet connection. You do not have to be present in our area to take the course!

Understanding Herbal Constituents & Plant Chemistry is now available in ten online modules. Each module is three weeks long and can be taken independently one at a time, or as the full program.

Terpenoids 1: Terpenophenolics, Introduction to Terpenoids, Essential Oil Constituents, Safety & Toxicology; Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes & Sesquiterpene Lactones

First of two modules on the terpenoids, which includes the terpenophenolics (cannabinoids) and other terpenoids in Cannabis. Overview of the terpenoid subclasses: monoterpenes & sesquiterpenes (in EO). Composition, safety & toxicology of essential oils. EO constituents with antiseptic and GI activities. Sesquiterpene lactones, the bitter subgroup of sesquiterpenes.

Module 8 Details:

    • Terpenophenolic compounds: the phytocannabinoids
    • Synergy among phytocannabinoids & other terpenoids in Cannabis
    • Physiological actions of Cannabis terpenoids
    • Overview of the terpenoids & their importance to human health
    • Subcategories of terpenoids include monoterpenes, monoterpene lactones & iridoids, sesquiterpenes, sesquiterpene lactones, diterpenes, triterpenes, tetraterpenes
    • Terpenoid composition of essential oils
    • Safety & toxicology of essential oils: dilution, dosage, potentially toxic constituents (e.g., pulegone, methyl salicylate, thujone)
    • Essential oil constituents with antiseptic activity & their occurrence
    • Essential oil constituents with activity on the gastrointestinal system & their occurrence
    • Essential oil constituents in Citrus & their activities
    • Sesquiterpenes: structure, occurrence, physiological activities
    • Sesquiterpene lactones: bitter principles – structure, occurrence, allergenic potential

This three week module includes:

    • Two 2-hour recorded webinars with Lisa Ganora
    • One live Q & A session with Lisa Ganora
    • Four videos (from live classes)
    • Two PowerPoint presentations
    • One detailed handout on Cannabis terpenoids
    • Five detailed study guides
    • Two quizzes
    • Two assignments
    • Access to live Office Hours & Discussion Forum

For program discount, bundles of 3 or more courses discount, or to mail in your tuition, please email us!

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