An Introduction to Traditional Western Herbal Energetics with Sean Donahue,

May 12-13 2012

Pacific Rim College — Victoria, BC

In most traditions of medicine around the world, practitioners are guided by systems of energetics – ways of describing and classifying patterns of disease and properties of plants that provide a basis for knowing which plant is appropriate for which condition. These systems are rooted in observation and the sensory experience. Many westerners look to Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to learn about energetics – and these rich traditions provide amazing insights about human bodies and the plants and foods that can help them heal. But there is also a western system of energetics – blending European traditions rooted in Egyptian and Greek medicine with the experiences and discoveries of 18th and 19th century North American herbalists. This workshop offers a basic introduction to Traditional Western Herbalism. You will learn about the origins of this system of energetics, its emphasis on respecting and supporting the “vital force” that helps the body maintain health, and ways of identifying and correcting imbalances based on polarities of heat and cold, dampness and dryness, and tension and laxity. In the process you will try several herbs yourself and learn to recognize the ways they shift energetic patterns in your body. By the end of the weekend, you will have learned the basic concepts of a system that can help you understand what’s happening in someone’s body and choose the right herbs to support the body’s own healing processes.


Course Instructor:

Sean Donahue is an herbalist, poet, and activist committed to healing and transformation through connection with the living Earth. As an herbalist, Sean works primarily with the wild plants of the forests and fields of New England. He views the plants as teachers, helping the body, mind, and spirit learn to correct imbalances that stand in the way of health. Sean works to connect people with their own wild nature and with the life of the world around them. He believes that personal, community, and cultural healing are all deeply intertwined with the healing of our planet.


Course Dates:

NEW Date!

Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, 2012, 9:00am-5:00pm


Course Tuition:

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until April 30)

Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until April 30)

*PRC diploma students will receive 1 academic credit for this workshop.


Course Registration:

To register, please phone toll-free 1-866-890-6082 or email the Registrar at admin@pacif Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.


Withdrawal Policy:

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.