We’re very excited to be offering a series of unique summer classes with a host of extraordinary educators. The series emerged in the past week with a hot burst of solar energy and seemed to want to happen!
At first glance you may be saying to yourself, “Wow, Five Flavors Herbs is offering a series on sex, drugs, and magic, we always thought they were such squares?!” but au contraire! These themes of erogenous zone care, clinical medicine with substances AG Jeff Sessions still has reservations about, and cooperating with the cosmos for optimal therapeutic benefit, will all be taught by well-seasoned clinical herbalists.
Though these topics are often shrouded with hype or mystery, our series will offer clarity and insight for clinical herbalists, health care practitioners looking to explore the application of botanical medicine, and individuals hoping to care for their communities.
In case you need to ask, Five Flavors Herbs does not retail or wholesale Cannabis or related extracts, or psychedelics, nor do we have a dungeon...but this is the Bay Area so you just gotta poke around.
We are launching this at a low price for the whole series from now until May 31st, at which time we will raise the price of the series and make the individual classes available for purchase.
More details of each class and teacher bios will be available next week! Also, stay tuned for more weekend classes coming up this summer.
- Wednesday nights from 7-9
- 12 nights, 24 total class hours
- Series cost $240 until May 31
- $300 from June 1-14
- Individual classes available June 1 will be $35
Topical Remedies for Mood, Mind, and Emotion
June 7 with Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac
This class will explore creative, fun, and sensual ways to relax the mind, ease unsettling emotions, facilitate contemplative states, alleviate suffering, and invite pleasure with plant medicines. This participatory class will engage the senses with a variety of delivery systems including baths, soaks, anointing with essential oils, and direct contact with plants.
Infusing Heaven & Earth: Astrology for Medicine Makers
June 14th with Rae Diamond
Learn how to potentize your herbal medicine by harnessing specific energetic qualities from the solar system. Fine tune your understanding of working with the elements, the moon, eclipses and solstices, connect with the power of the sun, and align your medicines with the major planets. This class includes engaging lectures, stories, samplings of medicines infused under specific astrological indications, and much more. You'll go home with your own medicine making calendar to help you time your herbal creations for optimal energetic alignment.
Current Trends in Psychedelic Research
June 21st with Natalie Metz, ND
Medical research with psychedelic substances in clinical trials around the world is demonstrating astounding results. The therapeutic potentials of compounds such as ayahuasca, ibogaine, psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine are being explored as treatment for conditions such as PTSD, depression, addiction, end of life anxiety and more. This course will provide an introduction to the psychedelic medicine research frontier in the US.
Indigenous Wisdom Traditions: Psychedelic Plants, Fungi & More
June 28th with Natalie Metz, ND
Entheogenic plants and fungi have been used by humans around the world for millennia to facilitate access to non-ordinary states of consciousness and healing. This course will provide an introduction to indigenous wisdom traditions and their use of psychedelics and their role in community.
Flavors of Herbs The Elements of Flavor: Sweet, Sour and Bitter
July 5th with Nishanga Bliss, D.Sc., L.Ac.
Flavor sits at the intersection of health and pleasure. Integrating traditional culinary and medical wisdom with the scientific insights of contemporary nutrition, this class is a gastronomic and intellectual journey through the flavors that define the effects of foods, herbs, and spices on the body, mind, and palate. Learn how to make seasonal shrubs and bitters with kitchen ingredients and local herbs to inspire you in the kitchen and invigorate your health.
Topical Remedies for Infectious Disease
July 12th with Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac.
Many common viral, bacterial, and fungal infections will benefit from topical application of common and uncommon herbal remedies. This class will look at favorable herb/drug interactions for topical infections and at ways that herbs can be used as a primary medicine. This class will weave an intersection of traditional Chinese and Western herbalism w/ herbal pharmacology. Demonstrations of application of unique types of medicinal preparations from around the world will be included.
Astrology & Herbs: Topical Applications
July 19th with Rae Diamond
Where attention goes, energy flows. Learn how to use herbs topically to help direct and strengthen your healing focus. We'll explore how astrology helps us understand where in our body, life, and mind to put our herbs and our attention. This class includes engaging lectures, stories, meditations, samplings of topical medicines, and much more.
Holistic Breast Care
July 26th with Carolyn Bernstein NP
Join holistic Nurse Practitioner Carolyn Bernstein for an evening discussing how to navigate screening for breast cancer and understanding our breast cancer risk. Learn holistic ways to approach breast health including breast massage, reducing environmental exposures, supportive herbs and supplements.
Fireside Chat with Your Neighborhood Herbalist Dominatrix: An Exploration of Herbal Allies and Practices for Cathartic Sexual Experience
August 2nd with Alexandra Hudson
Are you ready to explore the brilliant wealth of pleasure and knowledge that's stored in your body? What world of possibilities awaits as we dive into the deep recesses of the psyche and massage our knotty kinks! In this rich conversation we will discuss (and play with)
- Herbal allies and formulas for cathartic release and transformation
- Techniques for creating an immaculate container strong enough to hold your deepest desires
- How to handle release and begin anew!
This is a safe space and all discussed in class is completely confidential.
STI’s Compassionate Gynecology: Sexually Transmitted Infections
August 9th with Natalie Metz
This course provides an overview of sexually transmitted infections, their signs and symptoms, diagnostic tools for detection, and treatment. Dr. Metz will outline the role of herbs, supplements, and pharmaceuticals and will emphasize the value of integrative care.
Science of Clinical Use of Cannabis, A Literature Review
August 16th with Ingrid Bauer MD
This class will emphasize existing peer reviewed literature on the use of Cannabis sp. and various cannabinoids. This class will inspire, invite hope, and soberly slice through some of the knots of myth and hype that surround this important plant medicine.
Clinical Uses of Cannabinoids
August 23rd with Harry Mcilroy MD, L.Ac.
Dr. Mcilroy will share his valuable perspectives on offering guidance to patients and individuals living with cancer, chronic disease, and various types of pain in the application of Cannabis sp. and various cannabinoids.