Tag: Ayurveda

Ashwagandha Annie!

Ashwagandha Annie on You Tube:

This is a video recorded in June 2013 with the ever lovely Deb from Avena Botanicals where we talk about possibly my favourite herb of all time – Ashwagandha.

 

The Living Wisdom Workshops

The Living Wisdom Workshops

Open the Doors to a Vital and Healthy Life with the Ancient Principles of Ayurveda

Anne will be running four deeply insightful courses on the fundamentals of Ayurveda, the traditional healing system of India. Ayurveda offers a truly inspiring and practical approach to enhancing health, happiness and longevity. During the weekends we will explore the archetypal elements that create our different constitutions, allowing us to create a better understanding of our own nature and helping us to choose the right diet, lifestyle and herbs to keep us well and return us to balance when unwell.

The course will run over four weekends at Anne’s home and garden in the beautiful Cotswolds. Each workshop will  incorporate experiential learning with herb identification,  foraging, medicine making, herb tastings, meditations, recipes and much more!

The course is open to anyone, especially those interested in healthy living, yoga, meditation, Vedic traditions and other health practices. No prior knowledge is needed and we recommend that you do all four weekends, but you can just do one. We are sure once you start you will want to continue!

Each weekend costs £150 which includes lunch and refreshments for both days. The cost for all four weekends is £550.

These workshops are running in conjunction with Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda Online Course, to help those studying gain a more practical and experiential approach to Ayurveda, plus there will be lots of time for questions!  You can learn more about the online course at www.learnlivingayurveda.com.

Weekend One: Introduction to Ayurveda
Saturday 6th June – Sunday 7th June 2015; 10am-5pm

  • Understanding Ayurvedic philosophy and cosmology
  • Exploring the five elements that compose everything in the universe including ourselves
  • Discovering our unique constitution through an understanding of the three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha
  • Looking at some incredible herbs to keep our constitutions in balance

Weekend Two: The 6 Tastes and the Healing Power of Food
Saturday 18th July – Sunday 19th July; 10am-5pm

  • Exploring the six tastes of Ayurveda that compose our foods and herbs
  • Discussing how taste relates to the three constitutions, vata, pitta and kapha
  • Discovering agni-the vital role of the digestive fire
  • Learning about foods and herbs to help balance your constitution

Weekend Three: Ayurveda and the Heart and Mind
Saturday 12th September – Sunday 13th September; 10am-5pm

  • Exploring the three basic energies of the universe: sattva, rajas and tamas
  • Discussing the the subtle anatomy of the heart and  mind according to Ayurveda
  • Understanding our own mental and emotional constitution
  • Learning about foods, herbs and lifestyle practices to balance heart and mind

Weekend Four: Detoxification and Rejuvenation
Saturday 10th October – Sunday 11th October; 10am-5pm

  • Understanding the Ayurvedic view of detoxification
  • Exploring the 7 dhatus/tissues and the 6 stages of disease
  • Learning about herbs and dietary regimes for detoxification
  • Discussing rasayana–the Ayurvedic path to rejuvenation

Dispensing with Tradition

Dispensing with Tradition:

Way back in 2009 I agreed to compile a quick reference guide to herbs used in the Western tradition from an Ayurvedic perspective, little realising how much work this would entail!  My co-author, Michelle Boudin, and I (along with other invaluable colleagues) researched and cross referenced and tasted and pondered and indexed and checked and then re-checked and double checked (just in case…) and the end result is ‘Dispensing with Tradition: A Practitioner’s Guide to using Indian and Western Herbs the Ayurvedic Way’.

Introduction:

According to Ayurvedic philosophy all matter is derived from pure consciousness.  The amazing natural world gives us herbs, incredible healing plants, which are manifestations of the conscious intelligence of the universe.  Prana is the life force, the dynamic manifestation of consciousness and each herb has its own subtle intelligence or unique wisdom and pranic energy or attributes which give it ‘energetic’ effects as well as pharmacological constituents, and its potential ability to heal.  Herbs from all over the globe can impart their wisdom or intelligence to us and help balance pranic disturbances that create imbalances and health problems in mind and body, and reconnect or align us with consciousness, and this is the ultimate aim of Ayurveda.  They are an extraordinary gift.  Whether we are trained in the Western or Eastern tradition we can benefit from the healing ability of the herbs around us and use them to care for ourselves and others.

The purpose of the book is to enable an understanding of the Ayurvedic classification and use of herbs for practitioners employing herbs within the framework of an Ayurvedic approach to treatment.  It presumes a prior knowledge of Ayurveda and its terms (although there are glossaries at the back).  It consists mainly of a Materia Medica divided loosely in Western and Ayurvedic herbs and indexes of actions and therapeutic uses.

Each herb has its own unique blend of many different attributes.  It has myriad chemical constituents and physiological actions; it has its qualities and properties, being for example hot/cold, dry/moist, heavy/light, and with time and experience it is possible to become acquainted with each individual herb almost like a different personality.  Taking all this into consideration we can consider a herb as a whole and not assess its healing potential based solely on its ‘active’ constituents or even their quality or qualities (guna).  Each short monograph classifies the herbs according to basic traditional Ayurvedic specifications (including their tastes, post digestive effect, energy, guna, which doshas, dhatus and srotas they mainly affect) and according to the Western medical model, their latin name, botanical family, pharmacological constituents, actions and indications.

Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda Online Course

Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda Online Course:

Explore the amazing world of Ayurveda and be inspired by the philosophy, principles and practical applications of its timeless wisdom from anywhere in the world at your own pace. The Foundations of Ayurveda course is suitable for many – yoga practitioners and teachers, health professionals and anyone else aspiring to health and wholeness.

With over 700 pages of knowledge, beautiful imagery, charts and audio meditations, the course guides you through the foundations of Ayurveda with a unique emphasis on the incredible world of healing plants, the transformational practice of meditation and living a conscious and balanced life.  To find out more visit: www.learnlivingayurveda.com.

Anne brings over 30 years of clinical practice as a medical herbalist and Ayurvedic practitioner in the United Kingdom and offers a comprehensive knowledge of herbal medicine. She provides an authentic bridge, bringing the wisdom of the East to the West. She has written around 20 books on Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda and brings the confidence and depth of experience of a longtime practitioner and teacher.

Gina has maintained a busy clinical practice spanning the last 18 years as a Polarity Therapy practitioner integrating Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, yoga and mindfulness meditation in her work. She has trained for over 20 years on a Buddhist path of meditation and offers the emphasis on meditation as a way to integrate Ayurvedic learning and as a practice to cultivate our full potential. She directs Moksha Center in Portland, Maine, a source of education, collaboration and inspiration for mind/body health and living in balance with our world. www.mokshcenter.com 

An Experiential Course in Herbal Medicine with Anne McIntyre at Trill Farm.

An Experiential Course in Herbal Medicine with Anne McIntyre at Trill Farm:

This seasonal course over four weekends throughout 2015 will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use the extraordinary resources of the medicinal plants growing around you.

Renowned herbalist Anne McIntyre will guide you on a journey of discovery: identifying and foraging wild herbs, understanding their medicinal properties and uses, and sharing the skills to create and take away a range of preparations for health and well being.


By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Forage for seasonal wild herbs
  • Identify useful wild and cultivated medicinal plants (herbs, flowers, trees and shrubs)
  • Know and understand the medicinal properties of the plants you identify and gather
  • Understand more about the major systems of the body (digestive, respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, urinary, endocrine, reproductive, musculoskeletal & skin) and how to promote their health
  • Select the right herbs to treat common ailments of each system and know how to administer them
  • Prepare infusions, decoctions, creams, lotions, ointments, glycerites and tinctures

This course is for people with an interest in knowing more about herbs and health. This includes lay people, students and newly qualified herbalists wishing to brush up on their plant identification and understanding of medicinal plants, for gardeners wanting to deepen their knowledge about the plants they know and love, and for anyone interested in sustainably using the natural resources around them for supporting their health.

The Four Weekends, 2015:
Spring: Saturday 9th May & Sunday 10th May
Summer: Saturday 4th July & Sunday 5th July
Autumn: Saturday 5th September & Sunday 6th September
Winter: Saturday 17th October & Sunday 18th October
Each day runs from 10am – 5pm and includes a delicious herb-inspired organic lunch.

Anne McIntyre is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (FNIMH), a Member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners’ Association (MAPA), and has been practicing herbal medicine for over 30 years, mostly in Gloucestershire and at clinics in London and Wales. She lectures widely on Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda in the UK and America and is the author of around 20 books on herbalism and Ayurveda. Her most recent book “Dispensing with Tradition” blends together Western Herbalism and Ayurvedic tradition. On Summer evenings Anne gives guided tours of the acclaimed spiral herb garden she has created at her home in Gloucestershire.

An experiential course in herbal medicine -Non residential

    • A eight day course over four seasonal weekends.
  • Includes a delicious organic lunch each day.
  • £480

An experiential course in herbal medicine – residential

  • An eight day course over four seasonal weekends.
  • Residential weekends are hosted by Anne McIntyre, and run from 6pm on Friday evening to 5pm Sunday.
  • Includes accommodation and all meals. £1,020 for all four weekends.
  • Camping options and single rooms are available – please contact us for details.
  • To book please contact zoe@trillfarm.co.uk or call Zoe on 01297 631113
    http://trillfarm.co.uk/index