Herbal Medicine is a vast field and students find
many possibilities for future destinies - some
develop products, a garden, some wildcraft, others
enjoy a practice, or write a book or teach classes,
or working for companies - the most important
discovery is learning how to use them in daily life.
Jennifer, from British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, plays with comfrey leaves - an herbal rabbit!! the laughter and fun in learning and exploring reflect the joy of discovery and communion with amazing wisdom to understand the connection between our inner ecology and the sources of nourishment in our outer ecology of elements, energies and nature.
My new garden in North Boulder is based around herbal plants, with stone pathways around the trees - I dont want grass!! a waste of time mowing and no value. How beautiful to have valuable fragrant plants arise every spring and to be able to share their value and use and use them in salads and teas.
Heidi Jarvis SNM graduate ND MH MIr, our herbal teacher, and her daughter, Kalina, share an herbal life as Heid has been taking care of the Herbs of Grace herbal pharmacy/dispensary for 12 years. She also created Earth Pharmaceuticals for her own herbal products she sells to Vitamin Cottage and other locations and her own herbal gardens Natur LLC.
Herbal Medicine II with the School of Natural Medicine is a mix of experiences and skills - the first day with Farida exploring formula creation, adjustment and the principles of blending in relationship to constitution, symptoms and health goals with herbal nutrients. Students then go to the school herbal pharmacy and gardens with Heidi Jarvis ND MH MIr who guides them through connection sensing feeling communion with plants, wildcrafting, plant identification and herbal product making - next classes - June 24 for HM I and July 29 for HM II - further classes will be offered next June.
JULIA: What an amazing course! I am blissed by the
beauty of the plant world. The
was pure joy. It was helpful to see, smell, taste and
speak with each plant. We made salves, bath salts,
and tinctures. I am very thankful and will be using
this knowledge for the rest of my days. AVERY: I
loved the opportunity to get in touch with the herbs
and see how clearly they communicate with us. It
feels empowering to identify a plant, Heidi’s
daughter, Kalina, was a joy. She helped me stay in
touch with my intuitive inner child. GABRIEL: I love
the study of herbs. They connect me with nature.
Nature heals. This I know because my heart tells me
so. After our magical day at the Denver Botanical
Gardens, we had the final day of being mad scientists
in the herbal pharmacy dispensary and it felt like
the best day of my life! ELLA: I loved the class!
Holistic knowledge enabled me to connect to my
intuition and senses. I learned so much! I felt very
supported and nurtured and this enabled me to learn
JENNIFER: HM II enlivened all my senses and brought out new ones too!! An entire day at the gardens was bliss and our last day fabulous with hands on making salves, tinctures and bath salts. Heidi was a fantastic thorough facilitator. Thank you SNM. It was GREAT! Loved it!
“Words cannot express how truly right this school feels...like I’ve had an itch on my back for years and it’s finally getting scratched! You and Heidi have taught directly to my soul and God has chosen such great people to surround you. Finally I don’t feel so alone in my journey!!!” Tasha, Golden, Colorado
“I feel so very blessed to have had the opportunity
to cross your path in my life and to feel inspired by
your life, your gifts, and your presence. I
guess it has been a year now since I first came to
your school, and although there is tons of work to be
done, it feels so good to have taken steps on the
path my heart directs. When I first came I hadn't
even heard the word ‘tincture’ and now I use them
regularly and have even prepared one or two.The space
and people that occupy the place you have made
possible in the school in Boulder have given me the
love and support I needed to begin my journey within
myself to find true healing. I have such a deep love
you and the others I have spent time especially
during the reflexology training. I have learned so
much and have a joy in my heart from these memories.”
Rebecca “I wanted to give you an update to let you
know that natural medicine is my path, and that I
believe the universe is opening up the door for me to
enter I also want to let you know that I think
of you fondly every day I'm alive, and honor what
your teachings have taught me. I've yet to experience
the depth and compassion that your teachings offer. I
also see you as a wonderful mentor, a nurturing
mother, and the essence of the divine feminine.
When I look at you, or hear your voice (or watch your
videos), it is like going home for me. Thank you Dear
Teacher. Please forgive me over the years for not
being a better student or mentee. And thank you for
always being there. Namaste,” Chris - Washington, DC
"Beautiful class offerings, be there soon as it all
works its way out and back towards my journeys'
goal...Great profile pic you are so divinely
beautiful!!! <3 Sending Love and a big hug from us
both((:" Kristina San Francisco “I had the
opportunity to review your website recently and was
taken aback by the diversity of your experience, your
comprehensive approach to health and the depth of
your understanding of the human condition. I wish
every school of natural health could boast someone as
well rounded and insightful as their shepherd. I wish
you continued success with your school and healing
journey.” Warmest regards, Steven Brynoff ND,
Denver, Colorado “I started reading "Creative
Menopause" which absolutely just hit home in such a
deep way! This morning, when I read Farida's words I
felt...they are my story, almost to a "t"...including
the searching, and the changes that are so profound
and deep and challenging at times. Thank you,” Diana,
Wiltshire, UK “I read Flower Child I just LOVE it! I
love what a strong woman you are, even when you were
young and vulnerable, you still had your vision and
will to create more love and beauty in the world. You
inspire me. For that I thank you Farida with so much
love and gratitude.” Mary, Fairfield, Iowa “I wanted
to let you know I have received the box of study
materials, all those books, and I am in heaven. Thank
you for the thoughtful messages at the beginning of
each book. Kind Regards,” Sharyn - Australia.
“When I was reading ‘Flower Child’ I experienced similarities of my own life journey with yours, although we are two decades apart and living in two different worlds, but the same things were happening within us and with our destinies. Yes these universal themes with the same soul, spirit, feeling, love of life! Love you always,” Dila, Denver, Colorado “Farida, I've been ordering herbs for my sister and mother for a couple years, and taking them myself. Since I've been receiving herbs from Heidi, I feel that the quality of the herbs has gotten better, and the overall vibration of the herbs has been higher, more loved and potentized. I am really happy with Heidi's efforts with the School of Natural Medicine Herb Pharmacy, and the care she takes in managing things there. I told Heidi this, and just thought I should tell you as well. Love for your Loving Life.” SK
Students visit botanical gardens for plant
identification and learn techniques for harvesting,
storing, grinding, blending formulas, capsuling and
so much more in our herbal pharmacy/dispensary.
Here are some great photos of our herbal medicine experience after a day with Director Farida Sharan ND MH MIr guides students in philosophy, chemistry, formula creation, supporting herbal treatments with healing diets, flower essences, essential oils, reflexology and emotional counseling.
"School of Natural Medicine's Herbal Medicine I class
has been a fantastic experience! I took a 6 week
herbal class with another school last year and the
tools I have learned over the past 4 days have far
exceeded the knowledge and experience that I had with
multiple weeks of studying herbs."
SNM has some wonderful helpers to keep everything
flowing creatively through all the different classes,
seasons and projects with trade. Once a student takes
a class and is part of the school, opportunities
arise for trade, apprenticeship and participation in
Carolyn has helped me create books since 1994 and
this winter, after completing transforming Herbs of
Grace and Flower Child so they can be printed at
Amazon's Create Space production and sales center
along with the new Book The Old Man and His Soul, she
wanted to take Healing Diets so we traded for work on
website optimization and now we are turning to the
updating and republishing of Iridology - A Complete
Guide by Farida Sharan.
Gabriel enrolled in classes in April, just in time to
put his landscaping and gardening experience to work
on the School of Natural Medicine gardens this first
spring and summer in our new location. His first
task, the repair of the garden path has resulted in a
new path that is most beautiful. Our next task is to
enlargen and improve the raised rockery bed so we can
build an extensive herb garden.
Kathryn has great talents with pattern making and sewing and when I heard about that, I enlisted her in a co creation of designing a line of clothes to be made from beautiful textiles from India and Thailand.
Dila has been helping me since the preparation of the
move to Riverside began last November. Never have I
had such an enthusiastic assistant who worked along
with me with such intelligence and organization all
through the various stages of packing, moving and
settling. Her lovely smile greets me whenever I
arrive in DIA airport and she also assists in school
Mary, raised and educated with the Maharishi
community in Fairfield, Iowa, has been coming weekly
to help clean and clear after each class. She leaves
for the summer at the end of May so there is a place
for an assistant beginning in June.
I always enjoy the fun and friendship of exchange and am appreciative of the support - complete win win and a pleasure to share and create together!