This class will benefit herbal and alternative medicine practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to heal and understand their digestive system for optimum health and longevity. This class draws on the wisdom of Chinese Five Element Theory to explain the main functions of the spleen, pancreas and stomach and their relationship to the Earth Element. The Earth Element embodies divine nourishment and abundance and has the power to absorb and transform on the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental levels. There is no better time than now to nourish our Earth Element as we reclaim the sweetness of life and seek to live in harmony with the earth and all her creations.
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Mentor: Thea Summer Deer
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Lessons in PDF format and live webinars - All webinars recorded for playback
Indian Summer: Nourishing the Earth Element contains information that I hope will someday be taught in our school systems as a matter of course so we can better learn and understand our connection to each other and to the earth. Healing takes place in the context of relationships and by coming into conscious relationship with our body, mind and spirit we become empowered. Knowledge is power and empowered people make empowered choices. Nowhere can this be seen more powerfully than in the choices that effect health and wellbeing. Many of us have not been taught how to take care of ourselves or what it means to have a longevity plan.
Information is knowledge and what we do with it is wisdom. This class will help participants apply their knowledge in the Wise Woman Wisdom tradition.
With so many wonderful insights into healing, and knowledge brought to us both by modern science and ancient healing systems, we have the opportunity to create a new system of healing: one that has our best interests at heart and is in alignment with the Earth. Our current model of health care is steeped in the heroic and mechanistic model. Chinese Medicine on the other hand is an energetic model, an empirical system of knowledge that has been in place for thousands of years. In this class we will explore the models of healing and when we marry the best of our current models of medicine with the healing modalities of the ancients, a bigger picture emerges: one in which the whole person is seen in the light of a new understanding. This course will explore a holistic approach to taking care of the amazing organ system that is responsible for bringing spirit into matter and creating our physical form.
Lesson #1: The main functions of Spleen-Pancreas and Stomach and their relationship to the Earth Element.
Description: This lesson will cover basic anatomy and physiology of the digestive system. We will look at this system from the perspective of Chinese Five Element Theory and the Earth Element Correspondences including the Late Summer Season. You will begin to understand the Spleen-Pancreas and Stomach from both a medical model and an energetic model perspective.
Assignment: You will begin a dialog with your Spleen-Pancreas and Stomach and journal about your health. This will help you to gain a basic understanding of how these organs functions and deepen your relationship with them and the Earth Element.
Lesson #2: Physical, psychological and emotional symptoms generated by an Earth imbalance.
Description: This lesson will lay more groundwork for understanding The Earth Element from an Energetic perspective. We will cover Spleen deficiencies and the concept of Internal Dampness. Dietary factors will be discussed along with psychological and emotional symptoms. We will explore the Earth Element Correspondence of Sweet Flavor and Singing.
Assignment: You will be asked to examine eating habits and any potential digestive issues. You will identify any blocks that might be keeping you from maintaining your focus and achieving your goals. You will also be asked to savor the sweetness of life as you eliminate empty sweet and replace it with full sweet. Learning a song or chant will be encouraged.
Lesson #3: Dietary & lifestyle recommendations and herbal strategies that nourish and support the Spleen-Pancreas and Stomach.
Description: We will learn therapeutic strategies for balancing Earth and for increasing digestive qi including a list of 17 carminatives and their primary and secondary herbal actions. The Earth Element Correspondence of the color Yellow will be discussed along with food preparation and recipe suggestions.
Assignment: You will share a food ritual, learn to make a congee, and there will be a recipe exchange. You will create a piece of art focused on the color yellow.
Lesson #4: Considerations of the Earth Element and Spleen in weight management.
Description: To effectively nourish and heal the Spleen-Pancreas and Stomach it is essential to regulate and re-establish blood sugar balance and eliminate excess phlegm and mucous, both a result and cause of poor Spleen function. We will explore sweetness from physical, emotional and spiritual sources that leave us full and satisfied.
Assignment: You will be asked to create a longevity plan, make a contribution to your community or family, and to journal about the ways that this class has informed your relationship with the Earth and your body.
• To have a basic understanding of the Stomach, Spleen and Pancreas, and how they function from both a Western physiological and Energetic Model perspective.
• To begin to look at Earth Imbalance through the lens of Chinese Five Element Theory.
• To begin to understand the relationships between physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual health.
• To help gain a deeper understanding of the importance of aligning with the natural rhythms of the earth.
• To begin to acquire tools for recognizing and diagnosing patterns of imbalance, specifically Earth Imbalance.
• To begin to address weight and blood sugar issues through the lens of Chinese Five Element Theory and develop therapeutic strategies for bring Earth into balance.
• To put the lessons learned in this class to practical use through dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and herbs that specifically support the Earth Element.
• To learn how to increase vitality and longevity for yourself, your family and/or your clients.
• To have fun learning by using the methods in this class which include journaling, cooking, singing and an art project.