Upcoming Intensives with Phyllis D. Light (click the title for more info):

Natural Approaches to Mental Health Disorders and Addictions

Dates/Times:

Friday, August 22, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 23, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 24, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Depression, anxiety, and compulsive behavior as well as other mental health disorders present a very challenging time for the individual and the family. In addition, many people turn to addictions as a way to deal with life’s challenges. Natural mental health approaches can help bring the body, mind and spirit back to the present and into balance. Whether you are already taking medication or are considering natural options, being equipped with current information can help make well informed decisions for your health.

Join Phyllis D. Light, MA, Herbalist, for a weekend devoted to natural approaches to mental health issues and addictions. We’ll divide the subject into subtopics for an easier understanding of the complex factors that may influence mental health disorders and addictions.

The Chemicals Between Us: Neurotransmitters

Meet the chemicals that make you happy: dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin, and serotonin. These are the chemicals between us, the ones that help us to be happy, interact with our community, and bond with our loved ones. We’ll talk about what stimulates the production of each and how we can make more. We’ll also talk about how the brain wires itself and how to build new happy circuits.

Each neurotransmitter is made in certain situations from certain nutrients. So, this class will focus on foods and nutrients that support the healthy production and functioning of these chemicals. And these chemicals can also be encourage to be released in certain situations, so we’ll talk about lifestyle influences on each. Herbs that influence either production or uptake of these chemicals including St. John’s wort, American ginseng, ashwagandha, gotu kola, black cohosh, wood betony, skullcap and passionflower will be covered.

Natural Mental Health Approaches: Methylation

As more and more Americans are taking prescription psychotropic medications, it becomes imperative for herbalists and other alternative practitioners to have an understanding of mind/body disorders such as ADD/ADHD, bipolar, celiac, OCD, autism, and depression, to name a few. In this class, we’ll discuss methylation and pyrrole disorder, and how the liver, brain and nervous system work together to keep up healthy and happy. The focus will be on foods, nutritional supplements and herbs that can improve the methylation process and improve mood and address mental health disorders. Herbs to be discussed include St. John’s wort, milk thistle, blessed thistle, wood betony, golden seal, and wild yam.

Understanding Addictions: The Brain and Behavior

Any type of addiction, whether drug, food, alcohol, exercise, or sex, is a complex issue and takes more than just strong will or good intentions to change. We’ll take a look at some of the more common types of addictions, their constitutional propensity, and how they affect the brain and body. We’ll also discuss herbs, supplements and other natural remedies that can help alleviate symptoms of withdrawal, fortify the mind/body connection, and support vital systems and willpower. Herbs discussed include mimosa, kudzu, blue vervain, passionflower, valerian, St. John’s wort, peach leaf, and bay and many, many others.

Join Phyllis for this wonderful weekend. Also, weather permitting, we’ll get out and be with the plants with a local herb walk.

There are a limited number of bunk beds available in the herb school and camping is available in the side yard. There are also a number of hotels in town.

Food is sort of on your own, because potluck is encouraged. A kitchen is available in herb school and it’s really fun to cook together. We can also grill out and make homemade ice cream.

Registration Information:

$240.00 includes all classes, materials, and handouts. Class space is limited so register early. Please contact Phyllis if you have any questions or to register at 256-931-0351 or email via the contact page.

Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine

Dates/Times:

Friday, October 10, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 11, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 12, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Traditional Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine is the most widely acknowledged regional folk medicine in the United States and the only system to develop here, other than Native American medicine. Its early development can be traced to influences from Greek or Galenic medicine which prevailed in Europe at the time of settlement of this country, Native American plant use and knowledge, and the folk medicines of areas of Africa and the British Isles. From these diverse cultures, a unique constitutional system emerged and grew into a system that is uniquely Western and American.

Join Phyllis, who was traditional trained by her grandmother Rosie and other Appalachian elders such as Tommie Bass, for this wonderful introduction into the world of Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine. We’ll learn about the Southern Blood Types (bitter/salty and sweet/sour), the four constitutions (fire/water and air/earth), folk astrology, and the blood qualities of high/low blood, thick/thin, fast/slow, and good/bad. In addition, we’ll identify local plants and how to prepare them for use in health and healing in a traditional manner.

Phyllis will also talk about her teachers, such as Tommie Bass and her Native American grandmother Rosie, and share stories about old thyme healing methods from the mountain area. Bonfire and music in the evenings. Fun, fun, fun…..

There are a limited number of bunk beds available in the herb school and camping is available in the side yard. There are also a number of hotels in town.

Food is sort of on your own, because potluck is encouraged. A kitchen is available in herb school and it’s really fun to cook together. We can also grill out and make homemade ice cream.

Registration Information:

$240.00 includes all classes, materials, and handouts. Class space is limited so register early. Please contact Phyllis if you have any questions or to register at 256-931-0351 or email via the contact page.