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Anima Mundi: At Home in the Soul of the World

Anima Mundi: At Home in the Soul of the World

by Joshua Paquette, CSCH Faculty Robert Bly once noted that after World War II we in the West began to lose our sense of aesthetic unity — eros and ethos — the love and care inherent in things. Buildings gradually displayed less character and charm; increasingly, up went the sky scrapers and tall glass sentinels of our modern cities. Schools, libraries and public buildings went from creaking hardwood floors, mysterious nooks and cathedral ceilings to clean lines, rubber baseboard, and central heating. Modern and post-modern architecture...

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Red Clover “Meatballs”

Red Clover “Meatballs”

I first learned a version of this recipe from an herbalist, nurse and Adirondack homesteader, the late Linda Runyon. A vegetarian at the time, she said she was getting tired of having to hike into town to get their supply of meat. One summer day, she decided not to make the trip. That’s when she got the idea to use Red Clover flowers in place of meatballs for their next dinner (her husband and son, both avid meat eaters, were none the wiser). When she set out dinner that night, there were a lot of ‘hmms’ and ‘yums’, though a few...

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Into The Honeycomb

Into The Honeycomb

An Exploration into the Magical World of the Honeybee Honeybees have been called the heart of our biosphere through the work they do in facilitating life on this planet. Pollinators as a whole perform a crucial mission on behalf of all life through facilitating the reproduction of flowering plants. Today honeybees are responsible for a third of every bite of food we eat and they play an integral role in food production not only in the United States but all around the world. Sadly our honeybees are not doing so well and in recent years...

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The Art of Listening, Trauma – Exposed, Heard, Understood

The Art of Listening, Trauma – Exposed, Heard, Understood

Trauma, the underbelly of our humanity; vulnerable and uncomfortable. “The greatest sources of our suffering are the lies we tell ourselves.” Broaden your understanding of trauma. This class will peer through the lenses of neuroscience, psychology, and the intrinsic natural understanding of Vitalism. Familiarize yourself with the subject in order to be able to greet it with more ease and familiarity when it appears. Sometimes the greatest monster is fear of fear itself. “Trauma results in a fundamental reorganization of the way mind and...

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A Brief Look at Dandelion

A Brief Look at Dandelion

by Peter W. Simon             Look at any hardware store lawn care section, and you’ll see many products proclaiming their effectiveness against Dandelions; and I can recall my father bemoaning their presence on his lawn back in my childhood.  But, despite our cultural perceptions of Dandelion as a weed invading our manicured lawns, its history is quite different indeed.  The sunny little flower most of us are familiar with was most likely brought over from Europe by settlers –  not as a stowaway, but as a food crop. As a...

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Lichen Sclerosus: Know what’s below

Lichen Sclerosus: Know what’s below

by Liz Giles, Clinical Herbalist Are you or someone you know suffering from a painful, dry and severely itchy genital condition? Does it make sexual contact painful if not impossible? Are you noticing changes in the landscape “down there”? If so you may be one of the growing number of people being diagnosed with lichen sclerosus. Once considered a rare medical condition, lichen sclerosus is on the rise, affecting people of all genders, ages, races and economic status. First written about in 1887 by Dr. Hallopeau and termed “lichen plan...

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Embracing the Seasons… Begin in Winter  

Embracing the Seasons… Begin in Winter  

By Olivia Brasseaux As we begin to welcome the season of Winter – that time of quiet, stillness, peace, and unknowing – Winter is also rising within us. We start to go inward, becoming more reflective, contemplative, and serene. We listen deeply to the body, to our community, to the land, because everything is now still and quiet. This season gives us the gift of its full, attentive listening. Imagine standing in a blanketed field of snow at night. Take yourself back to that moment of childlike wonder, when you were first held by that...

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Conifers

Conifers

Kat Mackinnon, Botany Director, CSCH Tree medicine has all the herbal actions you could ask for in an apothecary, along with often being in delightful abundance. Sustainable, practical, and beautiful, these keystone species are well worth getting to know. There are hundreds of medicinal trees and shrubs in the Southwest. To keep this giant medicine chest from becoming overwhelming, we’re going to divide it into two main groups: flowering and coniferous (or if you’d like to be a bit more technical, Angiosperms and Gymnosperms). Looking at...

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Seeing a Clinician at the Evergreen Center – the Process

Seeing a Clinician at the Evergreen Center – the Process

by Sheila Luna, Clinic Manager, CSCH The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism offers a supervised student clinic, open to the public. This year, eleven of our amazing clinical students are seeing clients. Often, a person will walk into the clinic and say something like, “I’ve lived in Boulder for the last 15 years and I didn’t know you were here!” So, I decided to write a bit about how our clinic works. The Evergreen Center at CSCH offers a safe, non-judgmental space. For your first visit, up to 2.5 hours is set aside to discuss your...

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Ocotillo

Ocotillo

Apothecary’s Corner, February 2018 by Sara Truitt   Many of our students come to the school apothecary to order bulk herbs or tinctures.  They can also order dosage bottles for flower essences.  What is a flower essence?  A flower essence is a botanical remedy that works with the emotional body.  Here at CSCH our students study and work with flower essences to deepen their personal transformation and their client’s healing as well. In this issue we are highlighting a reflection about...

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