Pre-Symposium Intensives

Pre-Symposium Intensive Descriptions and Information

We are proud to offer an array of intensives prior to the Symposium for those who would like to more deeply immerse themselves. Detailed descriptions for the four half-day intensives and one full-day intensive that you may choose from can be found below.

The pre-Symposium intensives REQUIRE registration and can be purchased for a fee of $50 per class along with your general registration. The pre-Symposium full-day intensive REQUIRES registration and can be purchased for a fee of $100. The intensives will be held on Thursday, October 25, at the following times: 

  • Morning intensives will take place from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM  (please choose 1 of the 2 options)
  • Afternoon intensives will take place from 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM (please choose 1 of the 2 options)
  • The full day intensive will take place from 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Morning (8:00am-12:00pm)

Introduction to the Ozain African Herbalism System for Client Assessment
Morning (8:00am-12:00pm)

Ozain herbalism is a spiritual and philosophical science born from oneness with the Creative Essence bringing about wholeness in the human spirit. Seekers of Ozain aspire to bring themselves into alignment with a relationship to the divine cause of life. Ozain, (‘Divine Orisha of Plants’) teaches students to condition the body in its entirety so disease won’t attack. Attendees will glimpse the beauty of African Plant Herbology and how it connects to our physical and spiritual world.

Journeying Into Traditional Ayurveda
Morning (8:00am-12:00pm)

Todd Caldecott will explore the roots, mythologies, theories, and practices of Ayurveda, providing examples of its practical utility in everyday life for both practitioners and lay people. He will introduce the 800-year-old Bajracharya Ayurveda tradition practiced by the hereditary Newar Buddhist priests of the Kathmandu Valley. Drawing on clinical experience and a large media library, we will explore pharmacy methods and traditional formulas of the Bajracharya physicians.

Afternoon (1:30pm-5:30pm)

Spiritual Herbalism: Healing with Ancestors, Community, Plants, and Ritual
Afternoon (1:30pm-5:30pm)

We will explore a broader, relational vision of health, that is rooted in collective relationship with the community and extends beyond human relations, to ancestral relationships and Spirit. We will discuss connection to ancestors, plants, community, and ritual as it creates agency and intervention. We will envision what it would look like when a community informs and holds wellness as its responsibility as we reimagine care.

The Energetics of Herbs: The Ten Tastes
Afternoon (1:30pm-5:30pm)

All of the world’s great indigenous systems of medicine have two things in common: a system of energetics to understand a herb’s properties and uses and differential diagnostics which allows them to match the herb(s) to the constitution and symptoms of each individual they treat. In Chinese medicine, there are five tastes or flavors. In Ayurveda there are six.

All Day

Cultivating Medicinal Herbs Workshop (UGA Field Trip)
All Day

Whether you are an established herbal practitioner or starting on your herbal path, this experiential-learning based workshop introduces you to vis medicatrix naturae (the healing power of nature). You will learn easy-to-grow herbs commonly used in clinical practice as well as a research-based understanding of the benefits about working the land. No matter where you garden, this information will deepen your confidence in the therapeutic alliances between plants and people.