The animals are personifications of the "forces of Nature," which are active,

both around and inside of us.

They can represent the basic forces of life seen in the endocrine and other regulatory systems. They also operate on the psychological level. Indeed, our body is an animal; in fact, it is a specific animal, and we need to learn to live in and with it. The coming-to- consciousness of the "animal self," the animal alter ego, the intelligence guiding the instincts, senses, and strengths of our body, is the basis of shamanism, which has always been represented by the half animal/half human glyph. So this study also advances our spiritual life, if we take that path.

"Since my teens, I always knew that the most profound way to understand or classify herbs would be 'by animal.' I didn't know what that meant or how to do it but it was already there in my mind and the information has since filled in." This method is well-established in Native American Medicine; vestiges are seen in herbal medicine throughout the world (Europe, China, Japan, Africa, India, etc.) I will never know whether the idea was implanted in me because I lived my formative years on a remote Indian reservation (non-member) or because it is simply true." 

- Matthew Wood, MS

Basic Concepts

Join herbalists Matthew Wood, Amanda Nicole, and Chris McPadden as they discuss the Doctrine of Signatures ("the plant looks like what it is for or grows in a place related to what it is for") and “Spirit Signatures” (“when the plant looks like an animal or is used by an animal” – Karyn Sanders). We study the animal medicines and plants: bear, deer, badger, wolf, rabbit, snake, alligator, turtle, crow, eagle, etc. There are about twenty "archetypal" animal medicines. They correspond to constitutional types and physiological processes within us. This information is practical, grounded in case histories and experience, and can be applied in practice by all students.  Indeed, it is easiest to learn by "stories," and that is the approach with animal medicines.

We discuss the basic premise of shamanism: the three selves (human, animal, dream).

We also hope to learn from you!


Free Intro Video


Curriculum

NATURE WISDOM (NATURA SOPHIA)
Nature is alive and intelligent, but her intelligence is different from the prevalent mindset of today. Instead, she thinks in patterns – hot, cold, damp, dry – and forces – Bear, Wolf, Dog, Deer, Turtle. This is what Paracelsus called the lumen nature (Light of Nature). In order to understand this language, we need to learn to think in these kinds of intuitive patterns. This is called the “Language of Nature,” or the “Green Tongue.” This is the language of our intuition. Carl Jung found that we had four “functions” or perceptions of the world, thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuition.  So, we study and teach human and animal constitutions.

THE LIVING NATURE (ANIMA MUNDI)
Nature is alive and that means she is ensouled – is a living soul, the Soul of the World (anima mundi). We aspire to be citizens of that world because it is our true home, where we are comfortable – if we can kick off our human baggage. If we are lucky, we can tune into and be at one with this world-soul, or with a citizen of that world – mineral, plant, animal. We should not make presumptions, however, the first thing we need to do is ask permission to share space with Nature or one of her ensouled, living citizens. Then, we should let them do the talking. So, we explore plant journeying.

THE STORY OF SOPHIA or THE DESCENT OF STAR WOMAN
The archetypes or primal ideations or forces of creation exist in the spirit world. The knowledge of these forces is called "Nature Wisdom" or "Natura Sophia" and is related to the concept (or experience) of Sophia. The stars represent her wisdom or archetypes and are imprinted upon the world in people, animals, plants, and minerals. According to the Native American story Star Woman descended from the Sky, the birds of the air circling around her, to set foot upon Original Turtle, while the little water animals piled up the soil from the bottom of the sea to make the earth on the back of Original Turtle. This wisdom is also known as Turtle Medicine.

THE DOCTRINE OF SIGNATURES
The intelligence and language of Nature manifest in the shapes, patterns, and characteristics of the plants. This is the ancient doctrine of signatures, much-criticized today, but one of the chief ways Nature makes her alphabet known to us. When the plant has the signature of an organ or resembles in some way a process or function or illness in the body, then it heals that analogous structure or function. This is called the “law of similars.” The correspondence between the “archetype” and the physical manifestation, or between a plant and a person, animal, organ, or function or disease, is called the “doctrine of correspondence.”

THE MEDICINE OF NATURE

PLANT SPIRIT JOURNEY

ANIMAL MEDICINES, PLANT MEDICINES
The animals are the closest to an “alphabet” of the "Language of Nature.” There are about twenty to thirty basic, archetypal animals (unless we live in Australia), and these are the “letters.” There are so many things we can learn from them. And, they correspond to plants. "When a plant looks like an animal or is used by an animal,” it is associated with that particular animal, and represents it, or is an expression of that letter in the Language of Nature. This is called a “spirit signature,” and this is an especially strong kind of medicinal power. Practically speaking, many of them fit the endocrine system, which so often determines constitutional typology and expression.

INCLUDING:

  • Bear medicine (the adrenal cortex)
  • Deer and Rabbit medicine (sympathetic, thyroid, and bones)
  • Turtle medicine (bones)
  • Wolf medicine (joints, boundaries, edges, gallbladder, the wild)
  • Dog medicine (solar plexus, instincts)
  • Horse medicine
  • Alligator medicine
  • Badger medicine (stomach)
  • Panther or Cat medicine (parasympathetic, smooth muscles, intestines)
  • Solar medicine
  • Lunar medicine
  • Snake medicine
  • Crow, Raven, or Buzzard medicine (antiputrefactive)
  • Bat medicine (antiviral)
  • Shamanism: The Importance of the Animal Self


Pre-requisite Material

There are 14 hours of pre-requisite material to prepare you for the 3-day class!

Note, the Shamanic Herbalism (8 hours) is an early recording from a home video setup, before we officially founded the Institute. The audio is not the best. We have since invested heavily in quality audio and video equipment. This is additional material and is still very worth studying, and required to prepare for the 3-day class. The other 6 hours are Bat/Holly Medicine and Wolf & Deer Medicine from the Materia Medica classes plus the 2 hours of free intro. to Animal Medicine and Bear Medicine!

Includes

  • Additional Materials

    14 hours of pre-requisite materials (Shamanic Herbalism (8 hours); Bat/Holly Medicine and Wolf & Deer Medicine (6 hours); Free intro. to Animal Medicine and Bear Medicine (2 hours) to help you get the most of this course.

  • 2 year access to materials and Q&A

    2 years to view and review content, ask questions and discuss with fellow students and with Matthew Wood, Chris McPadden, and Amanda Nicole.

  • 33 hours of teaching

    33 hours of in-depth teaching with Matthew Wood, Chris McPadden, and Amanda Nicole.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Intro to Animal Medicine and Bear Medicine Class

  2. 2
    • Bat/ Holly Medicine with Matthew Wood and Amanda Nicole - Materia Medica July 2020 - Video - Webinar Text Chat +

    • Holly and Bat Medicine by Matthew Wood (12 pages, not downloadable)

    • Bat/ Holly Medicine with Matthew Wood and Amanda Nicole - Materia Medica July 2020 - Video

    • Bat/ Holly Medicine with Matthew Wood and Amanda Nicole - Materia Medica July 2020 - Audio

    • Wolf and Deer Medicine - Webinar Chat Text

    • Wolf and Deer Medicine - Video

    • Wolf and Deer Medicine - Audio

  3. 3
    • Welcome Message

  4. 4
    • About the Bonus Material

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 1 - Part 1

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 1 - Part 2

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 1 - Part 3

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 1 - Part 4

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 1 - Part 5 - Herb Walk 1

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 1 - Part 5 - Herb Walk 2

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 2 - Part 1

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 2 - Part 2

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 2 - Part 3

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 2 - Part 4

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 2 - Part 5

    • AM - Shamanic Herbalism - Day 2 - Part 6

  5. 5
    • From Amanda

  6. 6
    • AM2020 - Day 1 Part 1 & 2 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes

    • AM2020 - Day 1 Part 1 - Video

    • AM2020 - Day 1 Part 1 - Audio

    • AM2020 - Day 1 Part 2 - Video

    • AM2020 - Day 1 Part 2 - Audio

    • AM2020 - Day 1 Part 3 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes

    • AM 2020 - Day 1 Part 3 - Video

    • AM 2020 - Day 1 Part 3 - Audio

    • AM2020 - Day 1 Part 4 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes

    • AM 2020 - Day 1 Part 4 - Video

    • AM 2020 - Day 1 Part 4 - Audio

  7. 7
    • AM2020 - Day 2 Part 1 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes

    • AM 2020 - Day 2 Part 1 - Video

    • AM 2020 - Day 2 Part 1 - Audio

    • AM 2020 - Day 2 Part 2 & 3 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes

    • AM 2020 - Day 2 Part 2 - Video

    • AM 2020 - Day 2 Part 2 - Audio

    • AM 2020 - Day 2 Part 3 - Video

    • AM 2020 - Day 2 Part 3 - Audio

    • AM 2020 - Day 2 Part 4 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes

    • AM 2020 - Day 2 Part 4 - Video

    • AM 2020 - Day 2 Part 4 - Audio

  8. 8
    • AM 2020 - Day 3 Part 1 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes

    • AM 2020 - Day 3 Part 1 - Video

    • AM 2020 - Day 3 Part 1 - Audio

    • AM 2020 - Day 3 Part 2 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes

    • AM 2020 - Day 3 Part 2 - Video

    • AM 2020 - Day 3 Part 2 - Audio

    • AM 2020 - Day 3 Part 3 & 4 - Webinar Chat Text and Notes

    • AM 2020 - Day 3 Part 3 - Video

    • AM 2020 - Day 3 Part 3 - Audio

    • AM 2020 - Day 3 Part 4 - Video

    • AM 2020 - Day 3 Part 4 - Audio

  9. 9
    • Tests and Certificates

    • Bat Medicine Test

    • Bear Medicine Test

    • Badger Medicine Test

    • Wolf Medicine Test

    • Dog, Cat, Horse Medicine Test

    • Deer Medicine Test

    • Elk, Underwater Panther, Turtle, Alligator Medicine Test

    • Dragon Medicine Test

    • Snake Medicine Test

    • Crane Medicine Test

    • Crow, Owl and Other Medicine Test

    • Bluebird, Hummingbird, Goose Medicine Test

    • Rabbit, Coyote, Spider, Fox Medicine Test

    • Other Medicines Test

  10. 10
    • Please share your thoughts

 

 

Documents are not downloadable. Please note that Matthew often adds manuscripts of upcoming books and is allowing students early access to these works-in-progress; therefore, they are available as 'view-only' documents and are not downloadable.

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Sandra Kalla

From listening to the Bear, Bat, Wolf And Deer medicines, i can't wait for the 3 day course.

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