April 24 - May 1, 2020

The Annual East West Herbal Seminars
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At the Quaker Center in the California Redwoods

April 24 - May 1, 2020

A Track for Every Level
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• Foundation
• Intermediate
• Advanced
• Medicine Making/Meridian Therapies

April 24 - May 1, 2020

Specialty Classes
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Michael Tierra: Favorites: Herbs, Therapies and Healing Techniques
Lesley Tierra: The Energy of Herbs & Healing
Susan Kramer: Homeopathy
Roy Upton, RH AHG, D. Ayu.: Gynecology
Staff: Yoga/Qi Gong/Unwind Your Mind Relaxation

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“It’s a transformational life experience disguised as an herbal seminar.”

– Miles Coleman, E.W.C.H.

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Dear Friends,

East West Seminar 2020: Back to our Roots! 1/7/2020: EXCITING UPDATE – GUEST SPEAKER CHRISTOPHER HOBBS, Ph.D., L.Ac.

Our 40th Anniversary…

 

It is with great excitement and wonder that we announce 2020 as the 40th anniversary of the East West School of Planetary Herbology! It’s hard to believe we’ve been teaching students around the world that long but it’s true. Read more about our history here: History of East West School

UPDATES: We have a very special seminar year planned with several surprises. First of all, Michael will still offer a class to everyone (all tracks), sharing his pearls from over 45 years experience! Michael will teach a class on Sunday evening featuring Treating Cancer With Herbs: An Integrative Approach. By integrative, we mean the integration with the current medical oncology. In this class we will present the “Six Methods of Treating Cancer” based on a well established model that is still followed today by TCM cancer specialists in China. It will integrate Chinese, Ayurvedic and Western herbs in keeping with the ever evolving principles of cancer treatment available from many different sources.

We will present how the principles of differential diagnosis should be applied to form a strategy for treating various cancers with food, herbs and formulas resulting in the best possible outcome for cancer patients.

We will also suggest acupuncture, moxa and other physiotherapies that can be integrated into a comprehensive treatment protocol which may or may not be used based on licensing requirements.

In a word, Cancer is serious, but there are many effective natural, non-invasive methods that can be employed, that can result in the best possible outcomes.

While Lesley’s planned class on Energetics of Herbs will not be taught this year, we are excited to announce that Christopher Hobbs will join us on Sunday, April 26th to teach two amazing classes to ALL TRACKS:

Clinical Cannabis – Clearing the Smoke and Visionary Mushrooms – Mushroom Spirit Medicine:

Clinical Cannabis—Clearing the Smoke
This class will cover the use of cannabis compounds for health and disease treatment through a science-based perspective. Starting with a brief history of the uses of cannabis, especially in Arabic medicine over 1,000 years ago for its anti-emetic, anti-epileptic, and painkilling properties, we’ll merge into clinically-relevant details on the chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cannabinoids, including THC and CBD. Includes review summaries of over 280 clinical trials on cannabis with major indications of moderate to strong and sparse evidence for efficacy, clinical and non-clinical observations, and efficacy and safety of clinical cannabis such as for nausea, emesis, cancer (such as cachexia), glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, muscle spasms, epilepsy, pain, autoimmune diseases, inflammation, and opiate addiction. The benefits and drawbacks of different delivery systems, different solvents for extraction, full spectrum, and vaporizers will be detailed.
Visionary Mushrooms: Mushroom Spirit Medicine
We’ll focus on the healing benefits of fungi starting with the history of both psilocybin species and Amanita muscaria in traditional settings and their micro-dosing extracts for treating anxiety, PTSD, psychiatric disorders and other Shen disturbances. It’ll include stories of folks in the 1950’s who met with Maria Sabina in southern Mexico to imbibe the sacred mushrooms plus the story brought back to the front cover of Life Magazine. We’ll also discuss the scientific research that brought the great potential of psilocybin mushrooms to light for healing the mind, spirit, and damaged psyche by dissolving the ego. Includes research in the 1950’s through early 1970s, as well as recent research on the use of psilocybin as successful allies for completely resolving symptoms of serious depression, anxiety, and addiction, more effectively than any other known treatment, and with few side effects or worry of addition. Common species of psilocybe growing in the U.S. will be covered, along with their chemistry and pharmacology. The historical and current shamanistic uses of Amanita muscaria will be included as well as its history in folklore, as a possible origin of the Santa Claus legend, and more.

One of our earliest faculty, graduate Susan Kramer, will offer her popular class on homeopathy. Graduate Roy Upton will not teach in 2020 afterall, but will be back in 2021 to share his incredible wisdom. As well, we have a new Friday morning class with Michael and Lesley.

We also welcome back great teachers from years past who took breaks to start families: Raqib Katz and Bill Schoenbart. Our new Ayurvedic teacher from last year,  Manish Chandra, returns plus of course our fabulous faculty: Susan Kramer, Holly Hutton, Nancy Angelini, Jerry Angelini, Jill Barnattan, Jen Grady, and Darren Huckle.

There are even changes with our chef, Ben Zappin, who has been at our seminars since at least 2002. He recently moved his family to the Sierra’s, a good five hours away, so he’ll be cooking Friday to Monday while his favorite chef from the Quaker Center will fill in the rest of the week.

Come celebrate with us – be a part of the East West forty year legacy and its future to come!

Blessings,

Michael & Lesley

Read more about our seminar teachers!

Miles Teaching Qi Gong
Qi Gong with Miles Coleman
Ben cooked at the seminar
Ben cooked at the seminar

Space is Limited: Reserve Your Spot: Pay deposit of $250 by 2/15/2020 for the early registration discount savings – extended for two more weeks!

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+1 (831) 336-5010

April 24 - May 1, 2020

Herbal Seminar Classes
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Michael Tierra: Favorite Herbal Topics

Lesley Tierra: Energy of Herb & Healing

Susan Kramer: Homeopathy

Roy Upton: Gynecology
Staff: Yoga/Qi Gong/Unwind Your Mind Relaxation

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Classes for ALL TRACKS

Foundation – Intermediate – Advanced – Medicine/Therapy

  • Michael Tierra: Treating Cancer
  • Lesley Tierra: Energy of Herb & Healing
  • Susan Kramer: Homeopathy
  • Christopher Hobbs: Mushrooms & Marijuana

2020 Herbal Seminar Tuition: Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Therapies Tracks

EARLY BIRD TUITION: $925 + accommodations

FULL TUITION: $1075 + accommodations

How to Get the Early Bird Discount: SAVE $150 – register with deposit by 2/15/2020 (extended!) and cost is $925 PLUS accommodations.

Space is limited. To reserve your place, send a $250 non-refundable deposit online, or pay with credit card, check or money order by calling 831-336-5010 to pay the deposit.

The balance (seminar tuition plus accommodation fee, less deposit paid) is payable anytime between initial registration and arrival at the seminar.

View all herbal seminar tuition and accommodation details!

2020 Seminar Fees

Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Therapies Tracks

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT Pay Deposit by Feb. 15, 2020 Get the EARLY BIRD Seminar Price of $925 Pay Deposit after Jan 31, Pay the FULL Seminar Price of $1075

April 24 - May 1, 2020

Foundation Track
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• Traditional Chinese Medicine theory
• Traditional Ayurveda Medicine theory
• Five Element Theory
• Energy of illness and herbs
• Tongue and pulse diagnosis
• Medicine making
• Garden herb walk
• Barefoot doctor techniques
• Diagnosis and case studies
• Simple clinical remedies
• Twenty herbs to begin your pharmacy

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Space is Limited: Reserve Your Spot

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+1 (831) 336-5010

Foundation Track

This track is for everyone: beginning herbal students, or those who have previously studied herbal medicine. Hands-on practice and interaction is emphasized.

Required reading

For more background preparation

Topics

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine theory
  • Traditional Ayurveda Medicine theory
  • Five Element Theory
  • Energy of illness and herbs
  • Tongue and pulse diagnosis
  • Medicine making
  • Garden herb walk
  • Barefoot doctor techniques
  • Diagnosis and case studies
  • Simple clinical remedies
  • Twenty herbs to begin your pharmacy

Books You Might Need

Space is Limited: Reserve Your Spot

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April 24 - May 1, 2020

Intermediate Track
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• Diagnosis and treatment strategies
• Advanced tongue and pulse diagnosis
• Setting up an herbal practice
• Materia medica: Western, Chinese & Ayurvedic
• Specific formulas to know (38+ commonly used ones)
• The five stagnations and abdominal diagnosis
• Student clinic & case studies
• Wild herb walk
• Auricular Therapy

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Intermediate Track

This track is for students who have completed the Foundation Track and through Lesson 24 of the East West Herb Course. Hands-on practice & interaction are emphasized.

Required reading

For more background preparation:

Topics

  • Diagnosis and treatment strategies
  • Advanced tongue and pulse diagnosis
  • Setting up an herbal practice
  • Materia medica: Western, Chinese & Ayurvedic
  • Specific formulas to know (38+ commonly used ones)
  • The five stagnations and abdominal diagnosis
  • Wild herb walk
  • Student clinic & case studies
  • Korean Hand Therapy

Register for the Intermediate Track Now

Space is Limited: Reserve Your Spot

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+1 (831) 336-5010

April 24 - May 1, 2020

Advanced Track
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* Case Studies with professional practitioners
• Planetary Herbology with Michael
• Student clinic & onsite clinics with clients .
. Visit to professional clinics
• Ayurvedic panchakarma: shirodara
• Launching your herbal practice
* Korean Hand Therapy

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April 24 - May 1, 2020

Medicine Making & Meridian Therapies
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• Advanced herbal decoctions and preservations Dried powdered extracts
• Salves, body butters, lotions Therapeutic gomasio’s
• Herbal teaqills and fluid extracts Herbal beers and meads
• Deep decoctions (preserved decoctions) Fermented herbal jams and sauerkrauts
• Advanced tinctures: the percolation method Tincture formulation, solvents and chemical constituents
• Hand and foot reflexology Pao Zhi: processing herbal medicinals
• Acupuncture points to know and use Herbal steams, compresses and fomentations
• Channel massage and meridian pathways GMP regulations and compliance
• Location and detail of 12 acupuncture meridians Ayurvedic churna, avarasa, ksira paka, avaieha, taila, ghrta, oils & draksharishta

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Medicine Making and Meridian Therapy – click HERE to find out if this track is for you.

MEDICINE MAKING & MERIDIAN THERAPY TRACK

The Therapies track is especially useful for those who have completed the Foundation or Intermediate tracks of the East West Seminar and aren’t prepared or ready to participate in their next track, or for practitioners who desire to hone or augment their current skill/tool sets, hands-on work, or practicums.

This track is best for those who have attended the Foundation Track or who already have TCM experience. Class size is limited. Come for a week at the spa! Includes:

Topics Include:

  • Advanced herbal decoctions and preservations
  • Dried powdered extracts
  • Salves, body butters, lotions
  • Therapeutic gomasio’s
  • Herbal teaqills and fluid extracts
  • Herbal beers and meads
  • Deep decoctions (preserved decoctions)
  • Fermented herbal jams and sauerkrauts
  • Advanced tinctures: the percolation method
  • Tincture formulation, solvents and chemical constituents
  • Hand and foot reflexology
  • Pao Zhi: processing herbal medicinals
  • Acupuncture points to know and use
  • Herbal steams, compresses and fomentations
  • Channel massage and meridian pathways
  • GMP regulations and compliance
  • Location and detail of 12 acupuncture meridians
  • Ayurvedic churna, avarasa, ksira paka, avaieha, taila, ghrta, oils & draksharishta

Pay Deposit Here.

Medicine Making at the Seminar

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE THERAPIES TRACK

Space is Limited: Reserve Your Spot

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+1 (831) 336-5010

Practitioner Track
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The Practitioner Track is not offered in 2020.

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Practitioner Track:

This track is not offered in 2020. We expect to have it available again in 2021.

Please visit our Practitioner page for more information on our Practitioner Seminar: Not offered in 2020.

Seminar Teacher Nancy Angelini

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PRACTITIONER TRACK

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April 24 - May 1, 2020

Facilities for Food & Accommodations
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Bedding & Food

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Meals & Accommodations

Seminar meals are delicious

Enjoy the seminar food

Seminar Dates, Tuition and Accommodations

Practitioner Track go here.

2020 Seminar Dates: Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Therapies Tracks

The East West Herbal seminar begins Friday, April 24, 2020, registration from 4-6 p.m.; ends Friday, May 1, 2020 at 1 p.m. Those coming from a distance often find it best to travel to the area a day or so before the seminar starts and/or plan to stay nearby for a day or two afterwards. The nearest airport is the San Jose International airport, approximately one hour from the seminar location (directions to Quaker Center). A schedule for the seminar, including maps and directions and all pertinent information is sent upon registration.

Space is Limited: Reserve Your Spot

Register Here

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+1 (831) 336-5010

2020 Herbal Seminar Dates

April 24 - May 1, 2020

First Day: Friday, April 24, 2020 Registration from 4-6 pm

Last Day: Friday, May 1, 2020, 1 pm

2020 Herbal Seminar Tuition: Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Therapies Tracks

EARLY BIRD TUITION: $925 + accommodations

FULL TUITION: $1075 + accommodations

How to Get the Early Bird Discount: SAVE $150 – register with deposit by 1/31/2020 and cost is $925 PLUS accommodations.

Space is limited. To reserve your place, send a $250 non-refundable deposit online, or pay with credit card, check or money order by calling 831-336-5010 to pay the deposit.

The balance (seminar tuition plus accommodation fee, less deposit paid) is payable anytime between initial registration and arrival at the seminar.

2020 Seminar Fees

Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Therapies Tracks

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT Pay Deposit by Jan 31, 2020 Get the EARLY BIRD Seminar Price of $925 Pay Deposit after Jan 31, Pay the FULL Seminar Price of $1075

2020 Seminar Accommodations: Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Therapies Tracks

Accommodation / Facility Fee options – choose only one:

  1. Room and board at the Quaker Center (double occupancy, 7 days & 21 meals*): $700
  2. Camping and board at the Quaker Center (7 days & 21 meals*): $550
  3. Limited # of 8 Bed “Dorm” (women only) room and board (7 days & 21 meals*): $550
  4. Commuters facility use fee (not staying at the Quaker Center), 7 days & 12 meals (6 lunches & 6 dinners): $300
  5. Commuters facility use fee (not staying at the Quaker Center), 7 days with no meals: $150
  6. Inquire about Work-Trade

*Meals provided:

  • April 24, 2020: Dinner
  • April 25 – April 30, 2020: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • May 1, 2020: Snack

More on Accommodations:

The seminar is held at the Quaker Center in Ben Lomond, California, a beautiful and rustic retreat center among the Redwoods.

Cabin Rooms: Shared, double-occupancy. Shared bathroom among each 2-3 rooms

Dorm Room (women): 8 beds available at the camping rate

Hotel Commute: There is a hotel 1.5 miles from the center where participants who prefer a single room can stay. If staying offsite you will need a car to get to and from the seminar.

Meals are traditional Chinese with meat and herbs incorporated into many dishes, vegetarian option is also available.

Participation and a sense of community are all a part of the retreat center ambiance and the sharing of clean up after meals and the center is requested two to three times during the week.

In addition we also have work-trade positions available, if you are interested in being on the kitchen clean-up crew in trade for a tuition reduction please contact us asap. For further information or to register: 831-336-5010 or herbcourse@planetherbs.com

Room, Camp or Commute

Choose One
  • Room and Board
  • Dorm-Room Camping and Board
  • Hotel Commute and Board
  • Hotel Commute and No Board
  • Work-Trade

Space is Limited: Reserve Your Spot

Register Here

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+1 (831) 336-5010

Mountain Rose Herbs

Mayway Authentic Chinese Medicine Seminar sponsor contributions by our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs! and Mayway!

Call for help registering: (831) 336-5010

More on Accommodations: The seminar is held at the Quaker Center in Ben Lomond, California, a beautiful and rustic retreat center among the Redwoods ( www.quakercenter.org ). The cabin rooms are shared, Double occupancy rooms, with a bathroom shared among each 2-3 rooms. There is also a dorm room option (8 beds) available at the camping rate.

There is a hotel 1.5 miles from the center where participants who prefer a single room can stay. If staying offsite you will need a car to get to and from the seminar. Meals are traditional Chinese with meat and herbs incorporated into many dishes, vegetarian option is also available. Participation and a sense of community are all a part of the retreat center ambiance and the sharing of clean up after meals and the center is requested one to two times during the week.

In addition we also have work-trade positions available, if you are interested in being on the kitchen clean-up crew in trade for a tuition reduction please contact us asap.

Herbal Seminar Space is Limited: Reserve Your Spot

Register Here

Or call our Friendly School Administrator to Register on the Phone:

+1 (831) 336-5010

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