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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 many volunteer clients - 



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 will emphasize the pulse, since Francis was a major contributor to our 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.  This theme will continue with Phyllis Light’s teachings on Southern Folk Medicine in the next section.”  


Matthew will introduce 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 will contribute his own insights on herbal remedies.

  

Both teachers will 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 will 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

Including

2 year access to online recordings and complimentary materials


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 are working ever more creatively on how to more clearly describe the sensation of pulses for in-person AND online students ex. through sound, other sensations, visuals, etc. 

We will also have extra cameras and sound equipment to catch extra footage for in-person and online students to reference for review.


Long distance learning of Pulse Evaluation - NEW AND IMPROVED!


The best way to study pulse taking is to feel it in your fingers.  To facilitate this kind of experience, the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism is introducing a new way to study pulses online.  


We are encouraging people to form small groups, two or more, to follow the lectures online and then work with each other simultaneously.


How it works: Select a host student who will purchase the "online seat”. This person will organize and host other students at their house on the day of class. This enables students to divide the costs of the course and allows for students to have "practice buddies" to work with.


The host is responsible for dividing the cost of the "online seat" as they see fit. We highly discourage hosts from giving out their login information for the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism as anyone given access would have the ability to purchase courses - the Institute will not be responsible for such mishaps. We do however, encourage students to gather with the host to view, review and practice!



Certificates - For all primary account holders, certificates are available upon successful completion (70% or better) of tests in each section (weekend). 


Non-host students can earn a certificate by paying a $35 fee to the Institute (contact us here) to have access to online testing for this course and certificate processing and administration.  


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 the upcoming 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 are in our Library. Learn more HERE.




Special and rarely offered coupon!

United Plant Savers members receive 50% off first payment (whether it’s off of full payment or payment plan) of: 

Library - 50% off first payment (includes courses mentioned above)

Intermediate Course

Pulse, Tongue, Facial Assessment 2019 course - online option only

Not valid on previous purchases

Valid until… 12/31/19

Coupon code available from UpS or send us your 2019 UpS member receipt to receive the code.

2-Year Online Full Access

Over 50 hours of video and complimentary materials.

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.

In her practice, Lise focuses on the nutritional and healing powers of local plants which she gathers and prepares to supply her apothecary. Lise maintains her practice in south Minneapolis and is available for private consultations.

Since 1995, she has offered beginning and advanced herb classes. Upon invitation, Lise has also offered courses sponsored by institutions such as Bakken Museum, Carleton College, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the University of Minnesota Compleat Scholar Program and LearningLife non credit program.

Fall 2010 Lise was appointed to the academic faculty of St. Catherine University. As adjunct professor, she taught the Herbology course for the Master of Arts Holistic Health Studies until 2016.

Since 2010, Lise has been co-teaching a course a the University of Minnesota through the Center of Spirituality and Healing as part of the School of Nursing curriculum for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

Dawn and Dawn's Enchanted Garden



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 Mathew 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.


One of Dawn's favorite things to do is to make herbal medicine and personal care products with organic and wildcrafted herbs and oils. A product line was created when local herb stores asked if they could carry some of her unique blends. Everything Dawn makes is made in a GMP compliant kitchen but she makes her products in small batches and takes the time to lovingly create each one. This is evident in the quality and freshness of her herbal medicines and aromatherapy products.


Dawn does natural healing consults as well and specializes in helping those with cardiac disease, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and immune issues. Her knowledge of how to blend both natural and modern medicines to optimize dis-ease management makes her customized treatments work well. Dawn also does consulting with large companies who are looking to make natural products, she has consulted with companies making everything from energy drinks to make-up products. 

Dawn's website


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 Curriculum Plus Extra Footage and Materials

  • 2

    Welcome

    • "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

      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)

  • 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