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“CLOUD HIDDEN/WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN” HARVESTING WILD MEDICINALS/STUDYING CLASSICAL CHINESE MEDICAL TEXTS


  • Abominable Snow Mansion Arroyo Seco, New Mexico 87514 (map)

A five-day excursion and study program in New Mexico with Z’ev Rosenberg, L. Ac., Alembic Institute, San Diego, and Sabine Wilms, Ph. D.
 
This exciting program will take place in Taos, New Mexico, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  Z’ev lived for seven years in Santa Fe, N.M. and ten years in Denver/Boulder, Colo. before moving to San Diego, Ca. to chair the Department of Herbal Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine twenty-five years ago, before moving on to his present teaching of advanced seminars in Classical Chinese Medicine.  During his years in Colorado and New Mexico, as well as studying and practicing Chinese medicine, he learned to identify, wild-craft and use local medicinals growing in the Rocky Mountains.  He is returning this summer to continue his herbal ‘vision quest’.
 
The program will balance ‘field work’ with study, practicality with classical scholarship.  The focus will be on identifying and harvesting local medicinals and finding their equivalents in the 中药大词典Zhong yao da ci dian/Great Dictionary of Chinese Medicinals and the Sheng nong ben cao/Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica in order to determine potential uses in consonance with mainstream Chinese internal medicine. He will be joined by Sabine Wilms, Ph. D., who has translated the Shen nong ben cao to be released in 2015.  In the mornings we will head up the canyons into the mountains to harvest herbs, then in the afternoons and some evenings, classroom study at the Abominable Snowmansion in Arroyo Seco (near Taos).  We will also include a visit to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs one afternoon, and to the Redwing Book Company warehouse, where participants will have a wide selection of books on Asian medicine available to buy for their libraries. 
 
Since the traditional herbal system in China developed out of local/native plants used over millennia, it is important that we learn the medicines of ‘mountains, fields, and streams’ in our own native environment.  An herbalist is like a ‘hunter’ for medicine, who closely examines habitat, climate, season, and qualities of plants, animals and minerals when choosing medicines.  Being an herbalist requires a similar sensitivity to the diagnostic skills of Chinese medicine.
 
New Mexico’s northern high desert and mountain ranges are an unspoiled treasure house of potent herbs nurtured by the high altitude, strong sunlight and sharp temperature changes of the region.  The contrasts of altitude, rainfall and sunlight have created several life zones with a variety of medicinal plants found in few other locales. The staggering beauty of the area calms the mind and increases sensitivity to studying the traditions of Chinese medicine.

Earlier Event: May 8
Rothenburg TCM Congress (Germany)