Introducing an empowering journey of herbal discovery…
…focusing on a single herb at a time. Each month you will be mailed a Discovery Box full of a variety of herbal and aromatic extracts to explore as well as seeds or the living plant itself to grow in your gardens or window sills! Through prompts from a beautiful downloadable journal, live online class time, and a private forum, you will be guided through simple techniques to hone your senses and develop intuitive yet learned relationships with herbs. Three and six month options available for our 2019 program.
Monthly mysteries delivered to your door…
“I often tell my students that they must forget everything they think they know about the plant we are studying…at least while the study process is taking place. I even ask them not to call the plant by its human-given name, English or otherwise. For even in that second, when we give a plant a name, a label, we inevitably stop listening.” - Erika Galentin, Clinical Herbalist & Co-creator at Sovereignty Herbs
Each 3-month course includes:
Three Discovery Boxes: At the beginning of the month you receive a box containing one mystery plant in several forms. The name of the plant won’t be revealed until the second or third week of class, after you have had the opportunity to work with the Discovery Box contents. Though the contents may vary, each box will contain elements of the following:
The Matter: the dried herb
The Soul: aromatic preparation, hydrosol, or essential oil
The Medicine: syrup, cordial, or tincture
The Life: seed packet or live plant
The Ritual: flower essence, framable photo, or incense
A Beautiful Workbook/Journal: This downloadable pdf journal guides and supports you through the discovery process using Planta Dyadica methods. It also provides a way of documenting your experiences and growing knowledge base. By the end of your program you will have created a profoundly beautiful record of your (un)learning process.
Private Facebook Group: You will be given access to the private Planta Dyadica Facebook group where you can interact with other plant lovers in the program, share your insights, and communicate directly with your instructors, Brooke and Erika. Several times a week discussion and journaling prompts will be shared to assist you in building a relationship with the plant in your Discovery Box. We will also be hosting two live events through this group.
Three Interactive Online Events:
Two Facebook Live Events: Join us for our first day of class as we unwrap our Discovery Boxes and review the materials. We will walk you through what to expect and where to start. In week two we gather together with our tea mugs and compare our findings in a live tea tasting.
One Live Webinar: During the third week of the month, join us for a live one-hour webinar where we reveal the name of the plant as well as discuss herbal actions and uses, relevant research, and other facts surrounding the plant’s biology, ecology, preferred growing conditions, and ethical harvesting techniques. Downloadable handouts included!
One Awesome Community Zine: At the end of each three month cohort, we will be publishing a zine that highlights everyone's experiences and ideas. As there are a variety of creative ways of exploring the plants, we hope that the zine will be full of drawings, paintings, essays, poetry, written word, collage, and other expressive insights about the plants we studied together. Each zine will only be published once and will be mailed to the participants as a community memoir and keepsake of their experience.
For those seeking kinship with the plants…
The very act of meeting another being on such a deep level is often a shocking experience; often something akin to falling in love. One can never forget it. - Margaret Colquhoun, Schumacher College, 2003
This course may be for you if you want to:
Start where you are. Whether you are new to herbs or have some experience, this course will teach you methods and skills that can be used in your future encounters with herbs of all types.
Trust your experiences. Your sensory experiences and personal observations are valid sources of information; as valid as any teacher, book, or scientific research paper. This course will deepen your understanding of herbal energetics and actions and help you to cultivate trust in your own experiences with plants.
Go beyond memorizing herbs. Learn to tune into plants and how they resonate in your body. The methods taught in this program will help you incorporate your subjective experiences and sensory perceptions into a robust knowledge base, rooted in tradition and science, about the plants we cover.
Build personal, dyadic relationships with plants. A dyadic relationship consists of two individuals, you and the plant, whose cooperative exchange of information have brought them into a sphere of mutual understanding and respect and where each individual has lasting influential effects on the other. The methods in this course will support you in building such relationships with our plant allies.
Express yourself in a judgement-free zone. Expressing our sensory experiences and teachings from plants through art, whether that is drawing, poetry, photography, or even written word, is a powerful way to foster personal relationships with the plants. At the end of each three month course we will publish samples of everyone’s work as a community zine.
Contribute to an online community. Besides the added benefit of accountability, interacting with a group can give you access to multiple points of view when working with an herb. This course hosts a private forum and three live interactive classes per month where you can interact with your instructors, Brooke and Erika, as well as your fellow journeyers.
Explore the mystery. Each month you will receive a box with several preparations of one herb. Each day you will interact with each form and gather your observations. Choose to guess what the herb is or wait till reveal day to compare and contrast your experiences to the factual information you receive through live online class time.
It’s time to learn from the plants themselves…
In learning to interact with plants in a dyadic way, we begin to honor them as equals, living animate creatures, and not just natural resources for the taking. - Brooke Sackenheim, Herbalist & Co-creator at Sovereignty Herbs
Choose from three program options (ONLY $80/MONTH):
There are limited spots available for each cohort, please see the cut-off dates for registration in the descriptions below. If you are pregnant, nursing, or on pharmaceutical medications and are worried about consuming herbs, please contact us on the form below to discuss if Planta Dyadica is right for you. Due to shipping restrictions, we are only able to accept students from the United States at this time. Please refer to our policies below before purchase. Please note that you will need a Facebook account in order to participate in the private forum but participation on Facebook is not required to enjoy the benefits of this program.
Flowers & Leaves (may-july, 2019)
In this late spring to summer season we explore three herbs through their aerial parts. Cut off date for registration: Monday, April 22, 2019
Fruits & Roots (August-October 2019)
In the late summer to fall season we explore three herbs through their fruiting bodies or their root systems. Cut off date: for registration: Monday, July 22, 2019