Plants are powerful allies for creating a life of vibrant health and joyful wellbeing.
Healers, shamans, and herbalists have known this for millennia, developing a vast natural pharmacy to protect us from disease, debilitation, and even death.
Medicinal plants can help you heal inflammation, quiet your mind, and remove toxins. They can rebalance your emotions, release your addictions, and give you sustained energy.
They can also protect you from the negative effects of modern life, from electromagnetic field radiation to chronic daily stressors to the toxic buildup in food.
This is likely not news to you. You’ve probably long suspected that there’s much more to know about plants and their healing properties.
You may already be fascinated by the healing power of herbs or by systems of natural medicine like Ayurveda and Chinese wisdom.
Or you may be curious about how essential oils, flower essences, and herbs can affect your mood and create a sense of wellbeing.
You may also be eager to have a home pharmacy that can treat your family’s health naturally and holistically — helping to protect your wellbeing by building your resilience, energy, and strength for the long haul.
The best news about such a pharmacy is that in the long run, it can actually save you money and leave you feeling far more empowered around your health.
However, creating an herbal home pharmacy can take a lifetime of study in many disciplines — from botany to medicine to healing disciplines.
It’s easy to be led astray with so many schools of thought and so-called experts out there. Modern science tends to view the healing lore of plants with skepticism, preferring the clinical simplicity of pharmaceuticals while ignoring natural remedies.
On the other hand, every major botanical tradition that holds great wisdom also has blind spots, gaps, and even exaggerations.
Rather than attempting to sift through all this information on your own, what if you could take a virtual journey with a master guide who has spent decades of study and teaching focused on the practical, medical, and curative powers of plants... and who can teach YOU what you most need to know in establishing your own natural pharmacy?
And what if this master guide could show you how to create a botanical medicine library to help your digestive, respiratory, neurological, and musculoskeletal systems thrive — and treat any conditions as they arise?
David Crow, LAc, is the founder of the highly respected essential oils company, Floracopeia, and one of today’s greatest synthesizers of wisdom lineages regarding plants. He’s studied medicinal plants in their environments all over the world, conducted extensive research on their healing properties, and immersed himself in ancient healing lineages for more than 30 years.
In the Medicinal Plants for Protecting Your Body, Mind & Spirit virtual program, David will share precise protocols and recipes for using plants — from medicinal mushrooms to flowering herbs — for protection, healing, cleansing, cognitive functioning, and much more.
David has journeyed deep into Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions. He’s learned from masters the world over and synthesized what truly works into 7-module program that can help you discover the full spectrum of the powers of medicinal plants for protecting your health and wellbeing — and for treating specific ailments from joint pain to inflammation to poor digestion.
If you choose to take this journey, you’ll experience a profound understanding of herbs, aromatherapy, superfoods, and even cosmology, because David incorporates a strong spiritual foundation into everything he teaches.
By understanding plants in this way, you open up a more dynamic relationship with your energy systems. You cultivate more prana or chi. You harmonize your bodily energy. You rebuild your immune system.
This reawakened relationship with the plant kingdom will help you grow deeper roots for holistic living, allowing you to weather health crises, aging, and even grief and loss.
There is perhaps no better guide for the journey into a new paradigm of relating to the plant kingdom than David Crow, who unifies wisdom from many streams of healing practices into a coherent understanding.
He’s pioneered a path for harnessing the power of plants to infuse more intelligence and vitality into your body, mind, and soul — giving you access to more organically cultivated wisdom and a sustainable connection with life.
David will introduce you to medicinal plants for addressing issues in each major organ system, integrating healing approaches from Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and essential oils.
You’ll receive a profound understanding of how to work with medicinal plants, food plants, flowers, mushrooms, aromatic ceremonial plants, and essential oils as a path to true health and wellness.
David will weave botanical insights with specific remedies and protocols that you can immediately put into practice in your own life.
You’ll learn how specific therapeutic herbs, plant essences, and oils can help rebuild your energy and tonify your body.
Medicinal Plants for Protecting Your Body, Mind & Spirit is appropriate for anyone intrigued by the protective, healing, and evolutionary benefits of botanical medicine as well as professionals who work with herbs, plants, oils, or energy.
This course will draw from David’s decades of studying the healing powers of plants in various cultures with many gifted teachers — from the shamanic traditions of the Amazon to the alchemical mysteries of the Himalayas to the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.
We’re sure you’ll find this unique offering of hard-earned, time-proven medicinal wisdom for your and your family’s health and wellbeing deeply enriching and practical.
Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
In this 7-week transformational program, David will guide you through the fundamental skills and competencies needed for understanding this specific approach to using medicinal plants for protection.
Each weekly training session will build harmoniously upon the previous one so you’ll receive a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles for developing an integrated approach to using herbs, essential oils, diet, and meditation to address the protection of specific body systems. You’ll be provided with a large bibliography of resources which focus on practical protocols for addressing specific conditions.
As atmospheric climate changes accelerate and air pollution increases, medicinal plants offer great protection against a wide range of microbial pathogens, respiratory allergens, and environmental toxins. The pharmacopeia of botanical protectors is large; it contains many species of plants, numerous ways of preparing them, and countless formulas and easy-to-use products.
This week, you’ll discover:
The digestive system is a sensitive and complex environment, easily disturbed by poor-quality food, stress, medications, and microbial pathogens. Medicinal plants have been used throughout history for their abilities to strengthen digestive functions, fight infections, reduce inflammation, and enhance and balance assimilation and elimination. These botanical powers are increasingly important and necessary, and can be easily brought into every home in the form of simple herbal preparations.
This week, you’ll discover:
As environmental degradation and pollution increase, the burden of toxicity affecting the human body will worsen. As the primary organ of detoxification, the liver is increasingly under stress; it is responsible for removing a wide range of xenobiotic substances that find their way into the body from the environment, as well as coping with endogenous toxins created by physiological stress. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs that are generally hepatotoxic, medicinal plants have great powers to support the liver’s detoxification processes, and are therefore increasingly important for protecting our health.
This week, you’ll discover:
Scientific research is now confirming what many have long suspected: the brain is far more sensitive and vulnerable to environmental toxins than previously acknowledged. Whether it’s air pollution, pesticides in foods, nutritional deficiencies, medications that deplete neurotransmitters, or numerous other factors, the health of the brain is under increasing stress. The neuroprotective powers of medicinal plants are supported by a long history of empirical evidence as well as modern scientific validation that confirms their effectiveness. Safe, easy to use, and easily accessible, these herbs are now easy to bring together into a home pharmacy; their use is increasingly important for everyone for long-term prevention as well as treatment of neurodegenerative conditions.
This week, you’ll discover:
Modern lifestyles and diet are taking a heavy toll on the heart and cardiovascular system. Traditional herbal knowledge and modern research confirm that many medicinal plants offer different kinds of protection, from nutritional support to anti-inflammatory functions to cholesterol and blood pressure regulating — without the risk of serious adverse reactions caused by long-term use of pharmaceutical medications.
This week, you’ll discover:
As we age, we face degeneration and weakening of bones, muscles, and joints, which can lead to numerous medical disorders and the burden of physical pain. Medicinal plants have always been used for treating these conditions, with numerous species prepared in innumerable ways to offer us protection from the unfavorable consequences of growing older. These plants provide more than symptomatic relief; they are often able to address the underlying causes of degeneration by reducing inflammation, aiding in recovery from tissue damage, and protecting from bone loss.
This week, you’ll discover:
Every person in the world now carries radionuclides from the atomic fallout of nuclear weapons and catastrophic accidents at nuclear power plants. Emerging research, along with decades of information gathered using medicinal plants in people with radiation sickness, show that many botanical species can offer protection against ionizing radiation, whether it originated from environmental or medical exposure. Following the principles of regenerating core vitality and strengthening life force found in classical Asian medical systems, we can use medicinal plants to help build resistance to the subtle yet profound energetic disturbances caused by the widespread electromagnetic pollution that now surrounds us.
This week, you’ll discover:
In addition to David’s transformative 7-week live online training, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions. These bonus sessions complement the course — and promise to take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
This hand-picked selection of some of the most popular recordings from the Plant Medicine Summit 2016 will enhance the teachings you’ll receive in your course. Hosted by David Crow, the summit highlights top ecological experts, groundbreaking health practitioner, and inspiring educators who share the secrets of nature’s vast pharmacy.
Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Physician, brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune and was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine where he was an instructor for more than a decade. Dr. Lad’s training includes the study of allopathic medicine and surgery. He founded the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1984 and currently is its Director and principal instructor. Dr. Lad is the author of many books and is respected throughout the world for his knowledge and teaching of Ayurveda.
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa (K. P. Khalsa) is one of today’s foremost natural healing experts. As one of a very few clinicians with over 40 years experience in the natural health field, he has a wealth of knowledge regarding the use of healing herbs, vitamins, minerals, and medicinal foods in real-life situations. Khalsa, recent president emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, is the author of over 3,000 published health articles and has written or edited 30 books on cooking, herbalism, and health. Khalsa trained in herbalism and food therapy with Ayurvedic master Yogi Bhajan for 35 years. For 30 years he was the senior research scientist and principal herbal formulator for Yogi Tea, the nation’s largest herbal tea company. He serves on the NAMA board, and is also the founder of The Professional Herbalist Certificate Course, a two-year post-secondary curriculum that trains professional herbalists.
David Winston, RH (AHG), is an herbalist and ethnobotanist with 46 years of training in Cherokee, Chinese, and Western herbal traditions. He has been in clinical practice for over 39 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists, and researchers throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2013 David was presented with the Natural Products Association (NPA) Clinician’s Award and awarded a fellowship by the Irish Register of Herbalists. David is the founder and director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library and the dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, a 2-year training program in clinical herbal medicine. He is an internationally known lecturer and frequently teaches at medical schools, symposia, and herb conferences, and has authored or co-authored several books. He is the president of Herbalist & Alchemist Inc., a manufacturer of her herbal products that blend the art and science of the world’s herbal traditions.
In this series of audio teachings from David Crow, recorded at the Medicinal Plants & Spiritual Evolution Retreat at IONS in May 2016, he leads enriching discussions and meditations on a wide variety of topics:
The Inner Spiritual Dimensions of Tibetan, Chinese & Ayurvedic Medicine
Where Did We Come From?: Incarnation According to Tibetan Medicine
Where Did We Come From?: Part 2
As part of your participation in the course, you’ll receive a 20% savings on any purchases you’d like to make from David’s Floracopeia online store. Floracopeia was established to provide the highest-quality aromatic treasures and health education, to support ecological agriculture, and to promote traditional plant-based knowledge. You can find amazing essential oils and flower essences that will promote your health, vitality, and spiritual opening.
Note: no purchase is required for the course. In addition, it is not required to use Floracopeia products. You may use whatever products you’d like to use for your training.
Being mindful of the gift from the essence of the plant as I use it has changed my daily experience. I thoughtfully surround myself with these scents and essences now and bring a cascade of beauty and support into my day.
— Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
I am using herbs and aromatherapy to treat a potentially very serious health challenge. I am grateful for an alternative to the usual allopathic approach which is unsatisfactory.
— Gina, Baldwin Park, California
I loved this course and David is an excellent teacher. It has inspired me to continue studying and experimenting with my new herbal pharmacy. Thank you, David, for sharing your wisdom.
Already registered for the next course with David Crow and The Shift Network! This course exceeded my expectations and I will be a forever student of David Crow. Thank you, David and The Shift Network!
— Laura, Florida
David Crow is a masterful teacher! His vast knowledge and expertise in the field of complementary medicine, herbs, and essential oils is a learning experience not to be missed! Everyone will surely gain a better understanding of this great field of study as well as really clear and well-explained information about the safe and effective use of all these healing plants, herbs, and essential oil gifts from nature!
David Crow’s full-spectrum approach to plants and herbal remedies is holistic and comprehensive, infused with the wealth of knowledge and expertise. The information is in-depth and thorough and I appreciated the spiritual dimension to it as well. Thank you!
— Livia, Calgary, Canada
Direct practical experience that I could apply immediately. I have seen increases in my energy working with the plants recommended for adrenal fatigue and burnout... I’ve really enjoyed learning about the plants from David Crow’s perspective and experience, understanding the plants and how they work to support the earth — and subsequently my body. I am excited to continue implementing herbs and oils in my daily life with the new knowledge I now have!
— Laura, Yorba Linda, California
I was already someone who has a living garden and works with essential oils. But hearing David reassured me in what I have been doing and even raised questions about doing things differently. Very happy to have had the chance to take this wonderful class with David and Shift Network.
This course was a masterful offering by a teacher who has spent decades studying healing lore of numerous traditions and who has applied what he has learned. He is generously giving what has been gained through much effort... This course helped me address a range of my own health issues plus those of friends and patients in my healing practice. I’m very grateful!
My experience in this course was so positive. I’m very excited about studying with a resource as knowledgeable and exciting as David. Before enrolling in this course I was unaware of the validity of using medicinal plants. As a result of this course I have a newfound respect for the body of knowledge around the use of medicinal plants as well as the importance of accountability and ethics when using medicinal plant and herbs.
— Holly, Illinois
Medicinal Plants for Protecting Your Body, Mind & Spirit not only offers some of the most advanced online teachings currently available, it also offers a thriving global community of support.
Join your fellow students and practitioners from across the world in the live interactive conference calls or in our online community to support and learn from each other while you learn to integrate Ayurvedic practices with essential oils into your life.
This international community is also at the leading edge of a global movement of people who are committed to manifesting a better world for all beings. This emerging planetary movement is rooted in an open heart, and stands for the principles of mutual support, cooperation, harmony, and reverence for all of life.
Seven 90-Minute Class Sessions With David Crow
Experience a rare opportunity to be mentored and learn from botanical medicine pioneer David Crow — from the comfort of your own home. Each class session helps you create the specific skills and abilities to apply protocols for using medicinal plants for protection for specific conditions. Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
Seven Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere — on any connected device and at your convenience.
Seven PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions
In addition to the high quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
Seven 30-minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions
With live class attendance, there will be a 30-minute optional interactive practice session directly following each class. You’ll be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share and do additional practices to help further integrate the weekly lessons. If you’re unable to attend the calls live, the Online Community group allows you to connect with each other to find alternative times to interact.
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
After each lesson, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practicing new tools, and answering questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about deepening practices and interact with your fellow students to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
The Medicinal Plants for Protecting Your Body, Mind & Spirit Bonus Collection
We feel honored David Crow has chosen to partner with The Shift Network on this exclusive, LIVE online training. As you may know, this is a rare opportunity to learn directly from a skilled and masterful herbalist and botanical medicine expert.
Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals — which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll also benefit from David’s incredible teachings and practices, from the comfort of your home — at your own pace!
If you’re serious about deepening your knowledge of therapeutic uses of plants for protection to contribute to a more balanced, healthy, and vital life, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.
If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
David makes the ancient teachings of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and Tibetan medicine relevant to our times, without compromising his respect and reverence for the traditions.
— Robert Thurman, American Buddhist writer and academic
[David] shows us how the wisdom of the ancient Himalayan cultures can benefit humanity today.
— Deepak Chopra, MD, Author of How to Know God
David Crow provides great insights into the healing practices of Tibetan medicine and Buddhism.
— Dr. Vasant Lad, Author of Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing
David Crow was fortunate to have met outstanding physicians in his travels, and made the most of his fortune by dedicatedly absorbing what they offered him.
— Dr. Robert Svoboda, Author of Ayurveda: Life, Health, and Longevity
I learned so many new herbs that I never heard of before and that [I’ve already benefited from]. . It definitely expanded my knowledge and awareness of what the alternative options are [with regard to natural remedies]. David was incredibly knowledgeable; there’s a load of information in each class.
— Keiko, New York City, New York
I have taken a total of five of David’s courses and each one of them adds pearls of knowledge and helpful information in my search for wellbeing of mind and body. David is a great teacher and educator as well as generous with sharing his wealth of knowledge... I never stop being amazed not only about how much he knows, but also his ability to integrate his teachings in a holistic manner. I’m deeply grateful for David and The Shift Network.
— Patricia, Jackson, Mississippi
Wow! My mind has expanded on so many levels. David Crow is an exceptional speaker. He was very informative and knowledgeable on plants as medicine for the mind, body, and spirit. I have years of study ahead of me from this course and all the supplemental bonuses as part of this series. I highly recommend stepping into this well-presented subject with David with an open mind! Thank you, David and Shift Network.
— Sharon, Costa Mesa, California
Many insights from a good teacher. I especially appreciated the experiential part — how David Crow led us to many places which we can now continue to explore on our own. I came away with a profound sense of the interconnectedness and deep wisdom of nature and life moving through all of it and us.
— Diana Mongeau, British Columbia, Canada
This course has heightened my awareness of plant life of all kinds as beings and presence. My relationship and awareness, even with my own garden, has changed significantly in a way that is intensely spiritual and (though the words aren’t quite right) awe inspiring. This has been one of the most profound and consciousness-expanding courses I have ever taken. Thank you, David Crow.
— Beverly Kune, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Many years ago I had a very lucid dream in which a "higher being" clothed in a hooded robe was imparting the "secrets of the universe" to me. I knew what I was being told was of supreme importance, and when I awoke the only part I remembered was being told that nature "leans into us (humanity), which allows for our being." I understood this on an intuitive level, but not until hearing David lecture did I understand what this means biologically, psychologically, and spiritually. I am very, very pleased with the content and depth of this course and consider the imparted information priceless.
— Bonnie Davis, Dallas, Texas
David Crow, LAc, is one of the world’s foremost experts and leading speakers in the field of botanical medicine and grassroots healthcare. He is a master herbalist, aromatherapist, and acupuncturist with over 30 years experience, and is an expert in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medical systems. David is a renowned author, a poet, and the founding director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures. Floracopeia was created as a way to help preserve and promote the use of botanical medicines as solutions to numerous interrelated global problems, such as lack of healthcare, poverty, environmental destruction, and loss of ethnobotanical knowledge.
David has presented his vision of grassroots healthcare, preservation of botanical medicines, and the use of plants for ecological restoration to hundreds of audiences, ranging from small private groups to conferences to a panel discussion with the Dalai Lama broadcast internationally to millions of viewers. He has given numerous keynote speeches, taught at conferences and colleges of naturopathic, Chinese, and Ayurvedic medicine, and has been interviewed on numerous radio programs. His articles have been published in several magazines, and his book, In Search of the Medicine Buddha, has been translated into three foreign editions. David travels and teaches throughout the world. Through his visionary synthesis of medicine, ecology, and spirituality, he has helped transform the lives of thousands.
Q: What is a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a phone line (or an equivalent voice service). If there is more than one person in your household taking the course, you will each need your own line. We use MaestroConference to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions, participate in groups, and deepen your exploration of the course themes.
Please note that dialing MaestroConference from your phone is a regular toll call to California; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. Other options include calling cards and discount long-distance carriers. You can also use Skype to connect to MaestroConference at no charge, and we offer a webcast which is free to use from anywhere in the world.
I have never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon to participate. I haven’t seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
– Claudia F., Medford, MA
Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private community website.
Q: Can you tell me about the Private Course Group?
A: We will have a private community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, completing homework assignments and exchanging information about events and other activities that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects and growth throughout the Course.
Q: Are there scholarships available for this Training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, giving preference to those in developing countries or doing important but underpaid work to which they can apply the training material immediately. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.
Q: What is your refund policy?
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