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Looking at Western Herbs from an Ayurvedic Perspective: A Course for Ayurvedic Practitioners and Students

The amazing natural world gives us incredible healing plants, full of “prana”, the dynamic manifestation of consciousness.  Here in England we are surrounded by amazing herbs …rosemary, lavender, lemon balm, mint and roses perfume and adorn our gardens, while nettles, hawthorn, dandelion, milk thistle, elderberries and burdock abound in hedgerows.

Each herb has unique wisdom and pranic attributes which give it “energetic” effects as well as pharmacological constituents and its potential ability to heal. Herbs can impart their intelligence to us and help balance disturbances that create health problems in mind and body, and reconnect us with consciousness. They are an extraordinary gift.

Making your own formulations from herbs around you, that you have grown or gathered yourself, or obtained from local sources, means that you will know their source, their botanical identity and that they are unadulterated and uncontaminated.

It also means you can adhere more closely to the increasing need for us to live more sustainably. Using herbs you can see around you, especially if you are able to wild-craft or grow your own, brings a whole new dimension to using and prescribing herbs. Spending time with growing herbs, in abundant hedgerows or beautiful gardens can give an insight into the particular aspect of consciousness that each plants expresses.

In this course Anne will discuss in detail 50-100 herbs and offer not only practical advice on how to prepare and use them as medicines, but also how to understand their healing properties from an Ayurvedic perspective. You will learn to identify and use herbs from garden and hedgerow, forage for wild foods and leave with the confidence to use them in your home and practice.

The course will take place at Anne’s home in the Cotswolds, where she has a herb garden with over 150 medicinal herbs laid out in a spiral that represents the journey through life from birth to paradise.

If you are interested in the course, please email

Calm Mind, Joyful Heart Weekend Oct 27-28th 2012

“One who sees equally the entire universe in his own self and his own self in the entire universe is in possession of true knowledge” Charaka Samhita 5.6

Calm Mind, Joyful Heart

through the Wisdom of Ayurveda

with Anne McIntyre and Gina Mastroluca

October 27-28th 2012

Puckham Barn, Whittington, Near Cheltenham

Ayurveda is one of the most ancient and respected traditions in the world, originating some 5000 years ago in India. The name Ayurveda derives from two Sanskrit words: Ayur (life) and Veda (wisdom or knowledge), meaning the wisdom of how to live. It is not only a system of medicine, it is also a way of life that aims to enhance health, wellbeing and longevity through a union of physical, emotional and spiritual balance, as a prerequisite for attaining Moksha or self realisation.

In Ayurveda, heart and mind are one. They are the mirror of pure awareness, reflecting the light of our inner selves, the unconditioned world beyond space and time. During the weekend we will introduce the basic principles of Ayurveda and the subtle anatomy of the heart & mind. We will explore our own mental and emotional constitutions and discover how the tools of Ayurveda – meditation, mantra, herbs, foods and lifestyle – can help us to cultivate peace, joy and balance. We will leave with a deeper understanding of ourselves and with principles and practices to apply in our daily lives.

Anne McIntyre is a Medical Herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner and the author of 18 books on herbalism and Ayurveda. Her latest book, The Ayurvedic Bible is an excellent introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine.

Gina Mastroluca is a Polarity Therapist and the founding director of Moksha Center for Ayurveda, Yoga and Polarity Therapy in Portland, Maine USA. She is a long-time student of meditation and Tibetan Buddhism.

Anne and Gina have been presenting the Calm Mind, Joyful Heart workshops for many years in the USA . This is the first time they have been held in the UK.

Sat 27th Oct 9.30-5pm. Sunday 28th Oct 9.30-4pm. Cost £150.00. The course is limited to 25 people and early booking is recommended.