Scientific and spiritual approaches to herbalism complement each other and come together in this unique course exploring the connections between herbal energetics and the chemistry and pharmacology of herbs.

Friday April 3rd 

2-hour live-online class (will be recorded).

Covering: Introduction

Plant chemistries and human biology and the useful and not so useful fictions we use to talk about phytochemistry and herbal pharmacology.

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Related Classes and Content:

Colds, Coughs, Fever, Flu

Includes 2-hour class plus view the accompanying 9-page document by Matthew, "Holistic Treatment of Colds, Fevers, and Flus: Underlying Logic and Specific Indications." 

This and so much more in the Materia Medica course for only $8 per month! Learn more here...

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Thermoregulatory System 

Enjoy this 2-hour class plus 20+ pages of manuscripts by Matthew Wood! This and so much more in the Materia Medica course for only $8 per month! Learn more here...

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April 15th - Materia Medica 

Topic - Immune System

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April 16th - Botany for Herbalists

Topic - The Wisdom of the ELDERS: Medicine for Our Times

From Elder’s proven antiviral effects to its ancient folklore bridging the land of the spirits, the Elder has much to teach on healing the physical and psychic viruses of our day. While our modern age has validated the antiviral effects of Elder, we often discount the rich folklore that points at the power of Elder to move us through these great turnings of our times. Why has Elder risen to such legend as the Cross of Christ and the most powerful wand of the Wizards of Hogwarts?  Join Matthew and Jolie for this fun class that dives deeply into the medicine, myth, and ethnobotany of Elder - one of the greatest medicines of our day. Elder has some pretty interesting relatives including Viburnum, Dipsacus (Teasel), and Lonicera (Honeysuckle). We will explore the botany and medicine of these plants as well.

Join Matthew Wood and our Botany teacher Jolie Elan in a fun and educational class on the ELDERS. Join this live-online class and access over 21 hours of recordings here...

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Nearly every course offers "Free Preview" classes to help you decide if the course is right for you. Our current featured FREE CLASS is "Transitioning from Student to Practitioner - What you Need to Know" with Matthew Wood and Phyllis Light. This is a final class to their "Holistic Herbal Assessment Skills Course." Access this class for Free here. (You'll need to create a free account or sign-in to your account first.)

Mission Statement

Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism

The focus of Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism is on a spiritual practice of herbalism, healing, and medicine.  The main points in this approach are an overall emphasis on Nature as a Living Being, acknowledging the body, soul, and spirit, the four directions or elements, the seven lessons of the medicine path (described below), and the plants themselves.  This is undertaken from a vitalist, holistic, natural, and traditional perspective.    

         The Living Nature (anima mundi) is experienced through the heart, both as a loving presence and as a fountain of wisdom.  In order to practice herbalism, healing, and medicine in a sacred way we need to understand the basic principles by which Nature regulates her creatures.  The traditional name for this knowledge is natura sophia (Nature Wisdom).    

         The Living Nature encompasses the mineral, plant, animal, and human worlds.  As an herbal program, our emphasis is on the plant world, which provides so many of our great healing remedies.  However, the animal world is also of great importance because it is the source of our animal vitality (vital force or qi), senses, instincts, emotions, and dreaming.  We sleep and dream only because we are warm-blooded animals.  Internal exploration shows that the dream world is the spirit world; this is an age-old teaching of shamanism, Native spirituality, and the Nature Wisdom tradition.  The human adds just self-consciousness and self-determination (a two-edged sword).  

         So we also need to study the animal world.  This includes the vital forcewhich is also equivalent to the animal self (the double with which we co-walk during life in the body), the so-called etheric body, light body, or energy body.  It is the actualization of the animal self in dreamtime allows us to have eyes and ears in the spirit world, for the animal world is the source of sensory awareness.  The animal carries the human into the spirit world.  This is why the eternal symbol of the shaman is the Human/Animal.  This is known as the Old, Old Path, innate to the Living Nature.  This is not a religion but an experience.  

         The mineral world adds the physical Earth, which we need to learn to approach in a sacred manner, with regard to our growing, picking, and selection of herbal medicines, and our living upon the surface.  

         Thus, Nature Wisdom encompasses the four elements (earth, water, air, and fire), also the fifth (spirit, inspiration).  It also teaches us that the medicine of Nature is based on natural laws.  These include the law of action and reaction (“karma”), manifesting as the great therapeutic laws of similars (like to like) and contraries (hot to cold).  Healing proceeds from the “touch of the essence,” through similarity or opposition, then continues through the healing principle of the law of direction of cure and the law of the healing crisis.  These three constitute the basic directives for healing from an innately spiritual perspective, in alignment with the Living Nature.  There are, however, a total of seven laws, the higher four constituting therapeutic letting go, therapeutic sight, therapeutic grabbing hold, and therapeutic authority and responsibility.    

These seven principles also correspond to the organizational themes of spiritual life, the seven levels or rungs on the shamanic ladder (“Jacob’s ladder”), which led us to self-knowledge and the opening of spiritual vision.  For this reason, therefore, our curriculum also offers material on the spiritual journey through life.   

These are the principles of Nature Wisdom and the way our school of herbal medicine is organized.  A secondary mission will be to collect and offer materials relating to the history of herbalism and herbal practitioners in the last several generations.       


Matthew Wood 

MSC (Herbal Medicine), Registered Herbalist (AHG)

Lowgap, North Carolina

9:35 am, Jan. 30, 2019

"...medicine, to be holistic and curative, must include mythic elements to satisfy the soul and spirit." - Matthew Wood

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