A Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies Update!

Hello my Dear Readers, Students and Colleagues!1024151048

It’s been such a tremendous year, and the blog hasn’t been as busy as usual. As we head into a new season, this will change with frequent updates! There are lots of new projects in the works, that have been absorbing my time and attention. I can’t wait to share the news!

I’ve been asked to develop an Herbal Internship Program for a State College and I’m working on it! It should be ready by the 2017 Apprenticeship Year!

Because of my passion for making Herbal Apprenticeship with Traditional Skill and Depth available to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in such a program, I have been working on a new Apprenticeship to make available for people with special abilities and physical challenges. The name is Trillium Love Apprenticeship! In this Apprenticeship, we will be one on one or with a friend to help, and will work around whatever age, physical, illness and other challenges students may have. People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy are welcome! If interested, please contact me for information and to set up an interview. If accepted in, we will make a plan for how we will make this happen!

I’ve been made aware of the necessity for a continuing Apprenticeship Program, for those who elect to keep working deeper, and in greater educational levels with healing practices. The Black Poplar Love Program is for advancing Herbal Healers who need to keep current and cover more in-depth topics. The requirements for this Apprenticeship are a completion of Planting Love and Red Cedar Love Programs. The Black Poplar Love Program can be taken concurrently with the Community Herbalist Love Program, or separately, as desired, for continuing education.

From your frequent requests, there is now an Alder Love Program, which is an Apprenticeship Program for children. This program will lay the ground work for a lifetime of self, herbal and environmental knowledge.

As many of you know, I am an Herbal Midwife, doing consultations for specific herbs and nutritional counseling for particular health conditions during pregnancy, as well as an Herbal Deathwife, providing Palliative Care and Pastoral counseling, death transition services at the hospital or in your home. I have updated the area under consultations with more detail on what these areas of expertise consist of. Of course, if you have questions about any of these services, or the Apprenticeships, ask away!

More news! We have a new Herbal Cat added to our family! Cassie the Herbal Cat has been adopted by the Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies! She comes to us with health issues, that we are working on, concurrently with her Veterinarian, Dr. Cornelia Wagner at Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic. We appreciate all the love, and donations shown to Cassie the Herbal Cat, and look forward to sharing with our community her progress as she heals!1024152016b

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Mushroom Blessings to ALL!

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Accepting Applications for 2016!

Accepting Applications for Apprenticeship Programs with Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies for 2016!

Serendipity Plant Lore is accepting applications for 2016 Planting Love, Red Cedar Love, and Black Poplar Love Programs!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Interviews will be scheduled from September until December, 2015. Serendipity Plant Lore’s Programs start in February and March, 2016!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our first year program “Planting Love” and our second year program “Red Cedar Love” cover the fundamentals of Wild Foraging, Plant Healing, Biological Systems, Botany, and Anatomy, for the Home Herbalist and for the Professional Community Herbalist. These programs are geared towards healers learning and having first hand experiences of Plant/Human Relationship, Stewardship, Biology, Wild Foraging and Plant Identification, Ecosystem Awareness, Field Training, Healing Autism and Other Neurological Diseases, Intestinal Health, Emergency Medicine, Immunity, Degenerative Diseases, Spirituality, Working with the Psycho Spiritual Aspects of Plants, Midwifery Herbs and Deathwifery Herbs, Nutrition and the Olde Ways of Unlocking Plant Knowledge handed down through my families own Healing Tradition. There are further clinical apprenticeships available for Community Herbalists, such as Black Poplar Love and Community Herbalist Love Programs, please send an email for details!DSC_0364

These programs will FUN from March through November 2016.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Email lemonlotus@gmail.com to receive details, dates, and registration information!

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More Musings on Walking the Path of Ethical Herbalism

Walking among wild things, we come to find we have aspects of all the wild beings, and we bring this all in service to the help of healing ourselves and others. While the ancient healing system seems to be out of the conscious sphere of so many caught in the cycle of living in modern society, traditional healing itself, never went anywhere. Nor is it in conflict with any other healing system or service, as in Traditional Healing, all modes of healing are considered sacred medicines…including, but not limited to animals, plants, tools, techniques, science, with a large focus on spiritual healing intertwined in all medicines that are brought forth, and carried, in the Heart.

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At times, underground, but still here. Our Western Herbalism, often a mix of European and Native American, and in which I am very blessed in the continuance of from both my Magyar and Cherokee Family, has always been an intact tradition of healing and connection with a variety of beings, plant, animal and human. With the newly found popularity again of this ancient tradition (I am so happy for the new-found love of herbal healing from so much of the public), it is also important to remind enthusiasts that this is a very in-depth tradition with a very real science of matching relationships between Beings. That is, what we do as Herbalists…we are catalysts in the relationships which we spend a lifetime to understand. This is a lifetime work. This is not fast food.

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In our instant internet age, a lifetime can seem to some, ten minutes. For those who come from families with no healing traditions, they *believe* they are reinventing the wheel and Western Healing Tradition is brand new, created by themselves. For those of us who are, at most, two generations ago from the Healer Peoples who healed with hands and all the blessings and gifts of Creation, such pronouncements can seem like an industrialized slapped in the face.

While many Herbalists make a living on practicing these arts, it is ever a life path, and a path of service for all life. It is not a business perse, and never was or is supposed to be “a business”. It is a way of living and helping and being. A way of protecting life around us. A way of understanding, and being in tune with what surrounds us. It is a way to spread love, especially to those who have lost hope. It is a way of breathing and talking, loving and reaching out to the life around us. Out of respect, and in order to sustain ourselves, we make a “living”. That is the sacred life being lived in full view.

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It takes a lifetime to learn even one plant fully, and still, we will lie on our deathbeds learning more of one plant. This is definitely, not a reductionist view of life, of living, of creation. Ethical Herbalism is a deep calling to relationship with the world, of connection, of love, of God.

I can understand how immensely frightening that is to some, who didn’t grow up with the peoples who worked with their hands, prayed with their hands, healed with their hands, and knew their communities of peoples and non-peoples in-depthly. Modern society has been here but for a blip, and has not canceled out the sum total of knowledge existing in the world. It has often fought against Spirit, or Love, but nevertheless, life is fully present as always, even in these strange times.

The person, with hands full of fire, laid over a person, is still a happening phenomenon. Not a “new” thing. A very old thing. A very old way, of living and loving with hands, with heart, with mind and a Spirit whirling large with love.

And as we walk this way, it unfolds into a deeper walking and a deeper love. And there is no happier or joyful life than that if you’re willing to put the real work in!

(c) 2015, Summer Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH

Accepting Applications for 2015!

Accepting Applications for Apprenticeship Programs with Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies for 2015!

Serendipity Plant Lore is accepting applications for 2015 Planting Love and Red Cedar Love Programs.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Interviews will be scheduled from August until December, 2014. Serendipity Plant Lore’s Programs start in March, 2015!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our first year program “Planting Love” and our second year program “Red Cedar Love” cover the fundamentals of Wild Foraging, Plant Healing, Biological Systems, Botany, and Anatomy, for the Home Herbalist and for the Professional Community Herbalist. These programs are geared towards healers learning and having first hand experiences of Plant/Human Relationship, Stewardship, Biology, Wild Foraging and Plant Identification, Ecosystem Awareness, Field Training, Healing Autism and Other Neurological Diseases, Intestinal Health, Emergency Medicine, Immunity, Degenerative Diseases, Spirituality, Working with the Psycho Spiritual Aspects of Plants, Midwifery Herbs and Deathwifery Herbs, Nutrition and the Olde Ways of Unlocking Plant Knowledge handed down through my families own Healing Tradition. There are further clinical apprenticeships available for Community Herbalists, please send an email for details!DSC_0364

These programs will FUN from March through November 2015.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Email lemonlotus@gmail.com to receive details, dates, and registration information!

https://serendipityherbals.wordpress.com/

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Accepting Applications for Apprenticeship for 2014!

Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies is now accepting applications for 2014 Planting Love Apprenticeships. Please email lemonlotus@gmail.com if you are interested, and I will send you information…the dates for 2014 are being finalized right now. Interviews will be scheduled for late December and early January. Serendipity Plant Lore’s Programs will start in March 2014!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is a two year program, that may be taken in one year chunks. 2015 will bring changes to the program, of working in an additional year of clinical work.

Planting Love covers the fundamentals of Wild Foraging, Plant Healing, Biological Systems, Botany, and Anatomy, for the Home Herbalist and for the Professional Community Herbalist. This program is geared towards healers learning and having first hand experiences of Plant/Human Relationship, Stewardship, Biology, Wild Foraging and Plant Identification, Ecosystem Awareness, Field Training, Healing Autism and Other Neurological Diseases, Intestinal Health, Emergency Medicine, Immunity, Degenerative Diseases, Spirituality, Working with the Psycho Spiritual Aspects of Plants, Midwifery Herbs and Deathwifery Herbs, Nutrition and the Olde Ways of Unlocking Plant Knowledge handed down through my families own Healing Tradition. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This program is suitable for those who want to be a Home and Family Herbalist, but is geared more widely to those who work as Healers, who want to gain experience and knowledge and first hand lessons in being a greater Community Herbalist, and also to augment other fields of the Health Care Profession. Connecting to our own core path and being, in the Field of Green, we move through life with greater inspiration and the development of the tools of experience to be of true service, for the love of plants and facilitating the healing of ourselves and others. A greater opening of the heart, and of wild experiences, the gateway to working through our hearts and the heart of the earth for greater healing.DSC_0364

This program will FUN from March through November 2014.

Contact: lemonlotus@gmail.com

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(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH