This in-depth course offers an inquiry into the systems, processes and organs of the human body in layers: physical anatomy and physiology, the energy body, elemental links with the Earth and ecological systems, as well as elemental links with medicinal plants and astrological influences.
One of the benefits I enjoyed in choosing to study at a university in the North Rivers region of Australia was learning medical science from professors who were also herbalists at heart. My chemistry and biochemistry professor? An herbalist who’s husband has extensively studied the capsicum family. My anatomy and physiology professor? A total anatomy and plant nerd. My main herbal professor? A radically deep thinker, as well as mom, herbalist, researcher and activist. This means that in class, whether we were talking glycolysis, anatomy of the kidneys, or nutritional pathways of potassium, some part of the lesson brought it back to a bigger picture, and often to health and herbs, and how the information could be used towards healing and wellness.
It is from this vein that I offer a holistic anatomy course. This isn’t a university, so you won’t be graded (unless you want to be), there is no pass or fail. But this course is meant to be a commitment, for those who want to delve deeply into a study of the human body: our physical makeup, our energetic makeup, our relational energetics to the world we live in. And to look at how the microcosm of our bodies, studied in systems and organs and energy centers, reflect the macrocosm of our world: Earth, ecology, plants and the cosmos. In this way, we hope to reflect on what the macro lens of perception can offer to us by way of learning about our bodies, and how, through better understanding our bodies, we can better see how to better care for and honor our home.
This course is information heavy! There will be homework which you can choose to do if you want to dig deep. Expect to do some book learning and some lecture learning, as well as creative and experiential learning through artistic expression, meditation and group discussion.
A typical class will include:
Review of assigned reading and discussion
Introduction of a body system: gross anatomy, a closer look at components and physiology
A creative project to help form a clear visual of how the system/organs function
An overview of the related energy center and a meditation or similar practice to gain deeper awareness of it
An overview of the related ecology and cosmic influences/alignments
Information about herbs which have an affinity for the body system and energy center – both physically and energetically
Classes will also include personal exploration, case studies for group exploration and discussion, and additional creative exercises for deeper integration as time allows (We will switch up the rhythm each time we meet to keep it fluid and full)
This course is well suited to those with previous knowledge and experience regarding the body, health, herbal medicine and/or astrology as it will build on foundational knowledge and connect it to a larger picture. The material will be presented such that no previous knowledge of these studies is necessary. Please note that this course is not a replacement for a university level anatomy class – we will be studying for the sake of building a general understanding of the body within the greater framework of life. It is ideal for practitioners of alternative modalities.
Tuition is $1150 and the course is held at the Hyllantree Classroom in Hope, Maine.
Course dates: November 13th & 27th, December 4th & 18th, January 8th & 22nd, February 5th & 19th, March 5th & 19th, April 2nd, 16th, 30th and May 7th.
If any dates have to be cancelled to accommodate snow or other dangerous driving conditions, the following are possible make-up dates: January 15th, February 12th, March 12th, April 9th.
Every class is recorded as I understand people may have conflicting vacation plans or sick days… I do my best to make sure you are able to stay caught up!
A $200 non-refundable deposit holds your space in this course (limited to 12 participants)
At least $650 must be paid before the first class, and the remainder must be paid in full by February 19th, 2023.
Scholarships are usually available. BIPOC, Queer & Trans folks are prioritized to receive these first but after that I consider anyone who may need it.
Email me at email@example.com to register for this course.
Just a note that at the time I am writing this, it’s unclear what the covid situation will be. At this point I am assuming that it’s possible we will need to wear masks for part of the course (numbers have historically peaked after Christmas for a month). I do have some high quality air filters and we will discuss protocols and concerns as suitable. Every person will be expected to do a self-health check on the mornings of classes and should stay home and listen in to the recording if they have any symptoms of covid or any other cold, flu or virus rather that doesn’t need to be shared with the group.
Artwork by Meara Louise Cafferata