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2018 Medicinal Plant Field Study with Thomas Garran

02 Mar 2018 12:01 PM | Nathaniel Mohler

JULY 13, 14, 15, 2018

This is a truly amazing opportunity to learn from a top herbalist in our field!

Presented by: 
Thomas Garran

Sponsored by:
Shuhari Health Works and the American Institute of Integrative Herbalism

Date and Time:
July 13, 14, and 15, 2018 (camping overnight)

Early Registration (before March 25): $200 for practitioner or general admission / $175 for students.*
Regular Cost (after March 24): $240 for a practitioner or general admission / $200 for students.* 
* Because the cost of flying Thomas out from China for this event, tickets are non-refundable except under very special circumstances

This will be a three-day camping intensive with 12 PDA points through the NCCAOM. The event, organized by the American Institute of Integrative Herbalism and Shuhari Health Works will cover flora of the montane and alpine regions of central Colorado and will be taught by Thomas Avery Garran. The location is still to be determined but a spot will be narrowed down in the next month or two but should be within 3 hours of Denver/Boulder.

Over the weekend we will be exploring native medicinal plants found in the wild in Colorado as well as the history of and modern approaches to incorporating new medicinal substances into practice.

For payment contact Nate Mohler at front.desk@shuharihealthworks.com 

There will only be room for 20 participants so grab your ticket ASAP (last year's event sold out in 5-6 weeks).

Thomas Avery Garran has been studying herbal medicine since 1989 and is a graduate of the American School of Herbalism as a direct student of Christopher Hobbs and Michael Tierra from 1992-96. He became licensed to practice Chinese medicine in the United States in 1996 and later attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, receiving his Masters of Science of Chinese Medicine degree in 1999. Thomas maintained a full-time practice in Chinese medicine from 1996 until moving to China in 2008. From 2004-2007 he taught in the Herbology Department at the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and in 2005 became the head of the department. During that tiame, he also served as an adviser to the John Burns School of Medicine, Department of Alternative Medicine at the University of Hawai'i. Since moving to China he has done clinical studies with a number of Chinese medicine doctors and is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Center for Materia Medica Resources at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing. His PhD thesis is in soil ecology and the role of ecological agriculture for cultivation of medicinal plants. Thomas is also an adviser to the National Medicinal Plant Botanical Garden at the Institute of Medicinal Plant Development in Beijing. On top of his academic work, he also manages a small organic farm where he employs the use of ecological agriculture for the production of both medicinal plants and food, and is a consultant for several other farms in China that are working toward transitioning from chemical based agriculture to ecological agriculture.

Thomas has published two books (and several articles) on the subject of integrating Western herbs into Chinese medicine, Western Herbs According to Tradition Chinese Medicine: A Practitioners Guide (2008) and Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine: Methodology & Materia Medica (2014). His work has been described as, “...the first truly authoritative work on understanding and using Western herbs based on the TCM model.” Z'ev Rosenberg, L.Ac. has said, “Thomas' books is far and away the most advanced books on this topic.” And Eric Brand, L.Ac. has called his books, “...the best in this genre.” 

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