Post-Symposium Intensive Webinar Series

Post-Symposium Intensive Webinar Series Descriptions and Information

We are proud to offer a Post-Symposium Intensive Webinar Series after the Symposium for those who would like to more deeply immerse themselves. Scroll down to view detailed descriptions for the four sessions that comprise this series. Sessions can be attended live or accessed via recordings for up to year. This series is part of the this year's Certificate Track. Earn your Certificate!

This series REQUIRES registration and can be purchased for a fee. Sessions cannot be purchased individually. The cost for the entire series is $100.


Herbalism from the Kitchen Cupboard to the Clinic

Sansarjana Krama: The Graduated Diet and Restoration of Digestion in Ayurveda

There is a time-honored saying in Ayurveda that "without proper diet, medicine is of no use," demonstrating the importance of diet, particularly in the restoration of digestive function. Regardless of the health issue encountered, addressing impaired digestive function is the focal point of treatment in Ayurveda, both at the initiation of therapy and throughout.

Todd Caldecott will review the concept of digestive health in Ayurveda, the measures used to restore it, including the implementation of the graduated diet (sansarjana krama) and the use of culinary herbs. We'll review several important medicinal plants, mineral substances, and traditional Ayurveda formulas used to restore both acute and chronic problems with digestion, including long-standing food intolerances.

A Clinical Narrative from the Kitchen

This clinical narrative involves a 50-year-old woman presenting with what she described as debilitating “nerve problems,” persistent headaches, and joint pains with a significant history of exposure to toxins and emotional trauma. My primary goals were to help support her body’s ability to detoxify and help her cultivate greater awareness around those inputs that she was having trouble processing physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually.

Using a functional nutrition model, I coached her through a dietary and nutritional supplement regimen to support her detoxification and elimination and mitigate the effects of oxidative stress. We used herbs to tonify her gastrointestinal tract, her musculoskeletal system, and her adrenal system and to support her detoxification. We will dicuss the herbs and strategies that catalyzed her significant improvement and pain relief over the short and long term.

Kitchen Medicine in the Age of Pandemics

In the age of pandemics, herbalists are critical vectors for the accessible but often forgotten medicine found in our kitchens and our gardens. We’ll discuss the medicinal plants and foods which are already in people's cupboards and yards and which ones folks should stock up on. We’ll review how these plants heal, how they’re used, and how to incorporate them into daily life for wellness, and both acute and chronic conditions.

Herbalism on a Food Stamp Budget

What good is our medicine if it's not accessible? In this presentation, you'll learn to address this question as Jen introduces you to the many ways you can make effective, affordable, and delicious herbal remedies. She'll present tips for making medicines available to anyone on a budget or who receives food stamps/SNAP as well as considerations for working with unhoused populations. A variety of herbal preparations, spices, and healing foods will be covered, as Jen shares some of her favorite recipes.

Her approach is essential when working with vulnerable populations to address healthcare discrepancies and to produce and distribute large amounts of low-cost herbal medicine for mutual aid efforts. Empowering people to make affordable herbal medicine using ingredients available at any grocery allows us to take our health into our own hands.