The Deep Perspective - Herbal Wisdom in Constitutional Assessment

About This Course

Three 3-day weekends constituting a complete course on holistic evaluation skills for herbalists, developed and taught by the foremost people in the field, including the best of what Matthew Wood has to offer on Constitutional Assessment including: 

- Pulse and Tongue -

- Facial Assessment -

and other herbal evaluation skills


Also includes:

- herb walks -

- assessment of over 30 volunteer clients - 

- Life-time access to the "Traditional Herbal Clinical Skills Development" private online community -



First Weekend

Matthew Wood comments: 

“Francis Bonaldo is one of the most competent practitioners that I have ever met in the herbal world and is a beloved practitioner both in his native Montreal and the Twin Cities.  He is a licensed acupuncturist and a very experienced herbalist.  He was taught by both myself and Lise Wolff, of Minneapolis, and often exceeds his teachers.” 

 

This class emphasizes the pulse, since Francis was a major contributor to the Pulse Evaluation book (required for this class).  With the pulse we emphasize the skin, its heat or lack, oiliness or dampness, and the overall condition of the thermoregulatory system, which shows forth through the skin.  


"Both Francis and I try to ‘follow the blood,’ understanding from the pulse where the blood is going, i.e., the circulation.  We will be introducing evaluation from the circulation.”  


Matthew introduces the doctrine of animal medicines and the reason for their importance in developing our vital, animal, energy, etheric, or light body --- however phrased. This also introduces us to our animal self, the basis of accurate dreaming.  


Francis contributes his own insights on herbal remedies.

  

Both teachers give specific pulse and tongue indications for specific remedies.  


Francis describes his own areas of expertise: 


"My two areas of study in recent years have been Culpeper's English Herbal (the classic of Western herbalism) and the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine (the Bible of Chinese Medicine, 2000 years old).  In addition to pulses, the old doctors knew how to just "look at a person" to diagnose (this includes observation of face, neck, forearms, lower leg and more to assess overall quality of blood flow), so I want to share some insights regarding observational diagnosis in old Chinese Medicine which are essentially absent from the modern practice."   


Second Weekend

Matthew Wood writes, 

“Lise Wolff has been a practicing herbalist for over twenty five years.  She has a Masters in Herbal Medicine from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, accredited by the University of Wales, and has taught herbalism at the University of Minnesota and the College of St. Catherine for many years.  She is a Professional Member of the American Herbalists’ Guild.  Her emphasis in practice is particularly upon specific indications, energetic herbalism (the six tissue states), constitutional analysis, and evaluation from the tongue.  She is co-founder, with Erin Piorier, of the Minnesota Herb Festival, a gathering of midwestern herbalists every September.”  


Third Weekend

This third weekend focuses on facial assessment. We also practice and hone Pulse and Tongue Assessment skills taught in previous classes with fellow students and volunteer clients with Dawn Gates!


"I have known Dawn Gates for over twenty years.  Her insights always surprise me because of their uniqueness against the great canopy of herbalism.  She does not come from the circle of teaching that I come from – William LeSassier (dec’d), Margi Flint, and myself – but largely from her own experience.  As a nurse she had been looking at people inside the medical world, and as an herbalist she is experienced with holistic evaluation and treatment.  She brings to us more than 30 years of experience.  Thank you, Dawn, for accepting our invitation.  I look forward to learning along with our students.  When the teachers learn, the students learn even more." - Matthew Wood

Pre-requisite

REQUIRED READING

"Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation: A Conversation" by Matthew Wood, Francis Bonaldo L.Ac. and Phyllis D. Light M.A. is required reading. Purchase the book here.

We encourage students to study the following to get the most out of this course:


The 2017 Tongue and Pulse Evaluation course is a preliminary version of this epic course being offered in 2019. It offers 10 hours of content with brave volunteers who offer closeups of their tongues and helpful feedback.


Shamanic Herbalism is a fascinating topic. Gain a solid understanding from one of our earliest courses recorded for the Institute. 

These courses (including this one!) are in our Library. Learn more HERE.

Francis Bonaldo, LAc

Francis Bonaldo has been a practicing herbalist for 14 years.  He served as a member of faculty in the acupuncture department of Rosemont College (Montreal, Canada) from 2011 to 2015. He specializes in pulse evaluation and is co-author of “Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation-a conversation” with Matthew Wood and Phyllis Light. Francis wildcrafts over one hundred plants from the northeastern forests and prairies of the continent for use in his clinical practice and also commonly teaches beginning and intermediate classes in herbal medicine and pulse evaluation. 

Francis holds a Master of Science degree in acupuncture and oriental Medicine from AAAOM (Minnesota).  He has also completed an apprenticeship with Lise Wolff, M. Sc. (herbalist) as well as advanced studies with Matthew Wood M. Sc. (herbalist).  

Lise Wolff, RH (AHG), MSc

Since 1991, Lise has studied with leading herbalists throughout the United States and has practiced professionally since completing an apprenticeship with Matthew Wood in 1995. Lise is one of only 200 herbalists nationwide to have been approved as a Registered Herbalist, denoting professional level membership in the American Herbalist Guild. The Guild, which assures a standard of excellence for practitioners through a peer review membership process, is the largest professional botanical medicine organization in the United States.

Lise holds a Bachelors Degree from Macalaster College and in 2008 graduated from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in Herbalism, the highest level of academic training available in the profession.

Learn more about Lise on our Faculty page here.

Dawn Gates, RN



Dawn is an RN, Medicine Woman, Master Herbalist, and aromatherapist. She has been studying natural healing for over 25 years and has been treating people with herbs and essential oils for over 20 of them. She has had the opportunity to learn from some of the world's best healers, In South Korea she learned from Sun Jung about Ginseng and traditional Korean medicine, in Minnesota she learned from Dottie Running Horse a Dakota Medicine Woman/Shaman who taught her how to use the medicines of her people, she also learned from many other healers including Matthew Wood, David WInston, Phyllis Light, Susun Weed, David Hoffman, and more. She started teaching because people wanted to learn about natural therapies from multiple traditions and how to use them to heal and create medicine. She teaches all over the country and has been asked to be a speaker at several large herb conferences like the Eastern Holistic Nursing Conference, American Herbalists Guild conference, South East Wise Woman Herbal Conference,  North Country Herb Conference, Florida Herbal Conference, International Society of Natural Healers to name a few.

Learn more about Dawn on our Faculty page here.


Matthew Wood (RH) AHG

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).

Curriculum

52 Hours of Video Plus Bonus Footage

  • 1

    Intro. Classes

    • About - How Understanding Pulse, Tongue and Facial Assessment Make for a More Skilled Practitioner and more!

    • Video - How Understanding Pulse, Tongue and Facial Assessment Make for a More Skilled Practitioner and more!

    • About - Bonus Class with Matthew, Francis and Phyllis

    • Video - Bonus Class with Matthew, Francis and Phyllis

  • 2

    Welcome

    • Welcome Message

    • "Traditional Herbal Clinical Skills Development" Community... it's kinda' like an ongoing study group :)

  • 3

    Weekend 1 with Francis Bonaldo

    • Francis describes illustrations in 1818 pulse book by French Doctor Henri Fouquet (PTF Francis)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Herb Walk Sample

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Case History - Scars and Lyme Disease by Francis Bonaldo, LAc.

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Downloads from Francis (PTF Francis)

    • Pulse Education Document - Matthew Wood (PTF Francis)

    • Day 1 - Images (PTF Francis)

    • Day 1 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes (PTF Francis)

    • Day 1 Part 1 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 1 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 1 Part 1 - Audio (PTF Francis)

    • Day 1 Part 2 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 1 Part 2.2 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 1 Part 2 - Audio (PTF Francis)

    • Day 2 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes (PTF Francis)

    • Day 2 Part 1 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 2 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 2 Part 1 - Audio (PTF Francis)

    • Day 2 Part 2 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 2 Part 2.2 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 2 Part 2 - Audio (PTF Francis)

    • Day 2 Part 3 Herb Walk - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 2 Part 3 - Herb Walk - Audio (PTF Francis)

    • Day 3 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes (PTF Francis)

    • Day 3 - Images (PTF Francis)

    • Day 3 Part 1 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 3 Part 1 - Audio (PTF Francis)

    • Day 3 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 3 Part 2 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Day 3 Part 2 - Audio (PTF Francis)

    • Day 3 Part 2.2 - Video (PTF Francis)

    • Test - Weekend 1 - Days 1 & 2

    • Test - Weekend 1 - Day 3

  • 4

    Weekend 2 with Lise Wolff

    • Herb Walk with Matthew and Lise - Sample

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Intro. to Tongue Assessment - Special 2.5 class! with Matthew and Phyllis - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Intro. to Tongue Assessment - Special 2.5 class! with Matthew and Phyllis - Audio

    • Tongue Assessment by Phyllis D. Light, MA, Herbalist (PTF Lise)

    • Tongue Assessment Handout and Images from Matthew Wood (PTF Lise)

    • Tongue Assessment Notes from Lise Wolff (PTF Lise)

    • Tongue Assessment Images from Lise Wolff (PTF Lise)

    • Day 1 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes (PTF Lise)

    • Day 1 Part 1.1 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 1 Part 1.1 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 1 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 1 Part 1.2 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 1 Part 2.1 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 1 Part 2.1 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 1 Part 2.2 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 1 Part 2.2 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 2 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes (PTF Lise)

    • Day 2 Part 1.1 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 2 Part 1.1 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 2 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 2 Part 1.2 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 2 Part 2.1 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 2 Part 2.1 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 2 Part 2.2 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 2 Part 2.2 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 2 Part 2.3 - Herb Walk - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 2 Part 2.3 Herb Walk - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 3 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes (PTF Lise)

    • Day 3 Part 1.1 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 3 Part 1.1 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 3 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 3 Part 1.2 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 3 Part 2.1 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 3 Part 2.1 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Day 3 Part 2.2 - Video (PTF Lise)

    • Day 3 Part 2.2 - Audio (PTF Lise)

    • Test - PTF 2019 - Weekend 2 - Herb Walk

    • Test - PTF 2019 - Weekend 2 - Part 1 - Tongue Assessment

    • Test - PTF 2019 - Weekend 2 - Part 2 - Plant Indications

    • Test - PTF 2019 - Weekend 2 - Part 3 - Tissue States

  • 5

    Weekend 3 with Dawn Gates

    • About Extra Footage for Weekend 3

    • Supplemental Materials (PTF Dawn)

    • Bonus from Matthew - Ancient Thought and Speech (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 1 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 1 - Images (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 1 Part 1 - Video (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 1 Part 1 - Audio (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 1 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 1 Part 1.2 - Audio (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 1 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Dawn) Extra - Lise

    • Day 1 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Dawn) Extra - Panel 1

    • Day 1 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Dawn) Extra - Panel 2

    • Day 1 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Dawn) Extra - Panel 3

    • Day 1 Part 2 - Video (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 1 Part 2 - Audio (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 1 Part 2.2 - Video (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 1 Part 2.2 - Audio (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 2 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 2 - Images (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 2 Part 1 - Video (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 2 Part 1 - Audio (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 2 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 2 Part 1.2 - Audio (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 2 Part 2 - Video (PTF Dawn) - Sue

    • Day 2 Part 2 - Audio (PTF Dawn) - Sue

    • Day 2 Part 2.2 - Video (PTF Dawn) - Sue

    • Day 2 Part 2.2 - Audio (PTF Dawn) - Sue

    • Day 2 Part 2 - Video (PTF Dawn) Extra - Sue

    • Day 2 Part 2.3 - Video (PTF Dawn) - Herb Walk

    • Day 2 Part 2.3 - Audio (PTF Dawn) - Herb Walk

    • Day 3 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes (PTF Dawn)

    • Day 3 - Client Images (PTF Dawn) (Marybeth, Lise, Dominique, Daniela, Sadie, Pam)

    • Day 3 Part 1 - Video (PTF Dawn) - Marybeth - Lise

    • Day 3 Part 1 - Audio (PTF Dawn) - Marybeth - Lise

    • Day 3 Part 1 - Video (PTF Dawn) Extra - Marybeth

    • Day 3 Part 1 - Video (PTF Dawn) Extra - Lise

    • Day 3 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Dawn) - Dominique

    • Day 3 Part 1.2 - Audio (PTF Dawn) - Dominique

    • Day 3 Part 1.2 - Video (PTF Dawn) Extra - Dominique

    • Day 3 Part 2 - Video (PTF Dawn) - Daniela - Sadie

    • Day 3 Part 2 - Audio (PTF Dawn) - Daniela - Sadie

    • Day 3 Part 2 - Video (PTF Dawn) Extra - Daniela

    • Day 3 Part 2 - Video (PTF Dawn) Extra - Sadie

    • Day 3 Part 2.2 - Video (PTF Dawn) - Pam

    • Day 3 Part 2.2 - Audio (PTF Dawn) - Pam

    • Day 3 Part 2.2 - Video (PTF Dawn) Extra - Pam

    • Test - PTF 2019 - Weekend 3 - Part 1

    • Test - PTF 2019 - Weekend 3 - Part 2

    • Test - PTF 2019 - Weekend 3 - Part 3

  • 6

    Congratulations! You've completed the Pulse, Tongue & Facial Assessment course!

    • Please share your thoughts

Includes

Herb Walks 


Examples from over 30 volunteer clients


Online Discussion and Q&A with fellow students and teachers!


PLUS! Get life-time access to the online study group 
"Traditional Herbal Clinical Skills Development" to continue learning, share with others and even get help with challenging cases!




"How do you convey pulse over video?" 

Our instructors are experienced at teaching this content and incorporated multiple teaching methods to convey the pulses.

We also used extra cameras and sound equipment to catch extra footage for students.

Learning the pulses does take time, practice, and patience. Teachers are available online to help answer your questions. As with learning any new skill: practice, practice, practice!


Certificates of completion  - are available for purchase to students upon successful completion (70% or better) of tests in each section (weekend). Multiple attempts are allowed. 

More details regarding certificates are here.

Enjoy the Free Intro Video 

 in The Library Free Preview section under Intermediate Courses HERE.

What Students are Saying

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3 in 1

Roxanne Joslin

Very nice to have the 3 Authors in one video. The discussion regarding the varying methods they each use and information they have gathered since publication...

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Very nice to have the 3 Authors in one video. The discussion regarding the varying methods they each use and information they have gathered since publication of the Pulse Evaluation book add to the education value of the webinar.

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Pulse-Tongue-Facial Assessment 2019

Martin Frisbie

This class has allowed me to take my assessment skills to another level. Not only did the class help with recognition of imbalances in the body, but it hel...

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This class has allowed me to take my assessment skills to another level. Not only did the class help with recognition of imbalances in the body, but it helped me pair remedies with individual constitutional types. I was able to increase my knowledge of specific indications relating to the assessment practices, as a result of Matthew's familiarity with both herbal and homeopathic remedies. I had so much fun the I am sorry it had to end. - Martin Frisbie

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This course literally changed my perspective!

Rachel Cooley

Getting hands-on experience was wonderful, as well as being able to review the material with the excellent recordings that captured everything in great detai...

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Getting hands-on experience was wonderful, as well as being able to review the material with the excellent recordings that captured everything in great detail. I especially enjoyed the different teaching styles and vast knowledge shared in a genuinely fun way :)

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