Study: Clinical Herbalism and Healing Arts
Well of Indigenous Wisdom School is an international online herbal medicine and healing arts school also offering herbal tourism retreats in East Africa and Puerto Rico. Our Puerto Rico school will resume classes in Fall Equinox of 2024. Please allow us time to reorganize our curriculum. If you are interested in classes for 2024 please sign up here. We give preference to Puerto Rican Spanish speaking students living on the island. Otherwise please apply for our international online school or advanced clinical mentorship program.
WELCOME TO WOIW!
Well of Indigenous Wisdom school envisions herbal medicine as a modality that redefines health and healing through indigenous knowledge. It is a unique and rare program merging herbalism and the healing arts to bring forth understanding and empowerment to both the student and the client. The school focuses on indigenous traditions from around the world. The curriculum develops WOIW's vision of being the well where a source of deep, nourishing, mineral-rich water strengthens and enlightens each and every existing cell in the body. As with each class, each sip of well water is coded with earth wisdom. Read more about our diverse and growing Teachers and Assistants of WOIW.
Why Indigenous Wisdom?
Indigenous wisdom is OUR wisdom. All indigenous people are descendants of a people of the earth, gatekeepers of sacred science and indigenous thought that never dissolves in its sacredness. Plants are our teachers, guardians and guides, they are our allies and spirit keepers. WOIW gives plants the opportunity to teach us how to remember who we really are, and to remind others of themselves. We must respect and honor our indigenous roots as we stand on the shoulders of elders and ancestors who in the plant and people kingdoms collectively brought us this far. Indigenous wisdom asks us to be accountable for our actions on earth and for all life therein.
What does the training entail?
WOIW encourages those who seek mentorship, desire indigenous ways, seek intense, personable study in plants and healing to apply. The training provides students with access to their (often hidden) healing gifts, herbal medicine and concepts, hands-on practice, and the opportunity to learn with others of similar interest. WOIW serves as a vortex point that permits the student, as they become a healer, to dig within and speak, discover and share their stored indigenous wisdom. Students who wish to be fully certified for clinical practice, must complete the entire curriculum by attending each month of classes consecutively. Anyone can apply. There is no degree or prerequiste required to enter the program; except for an interview and a written application.
HERBAL STUDIES IN PERSON & ONLINE
For both in person and online studies, Well of Indigenous Wisdom, WOIW, requires a 14 month commitment in the study of herbalism and the healing arts. The program is divided into 2 levels. Level 1 develops healing art skills and basic herbalism awareness. Level 2 focuses on clinical herbalism to prepare the student for practice or community education positions and Level 3 is a 3-4 week in-person mentorship of intense clinical work within community.
Main focuses are on students discovering themselves as healer, learning Materia Medica of widely used herbs worldwide mostly tropical and Caribbean plants, and master clinical skills. The concepts of the school are based on indigenous wisdom. Indigenous wisdom is a universal indigenous language that speaks through the elements and nature. We will focus on using this language to understand modern pathologies and phenomena, physiology and plant medicine.
Studying with WOIW is about growing awareness around health justice, we are interested in healthcare reform, sacred relationship with land use, food access and ways to hone peace of mind and we are also guiding our students to own their indigenous heritage as a means to inner and outer emancipation . This program will be in collaboration with the Herbalists without Borders volunteer service.
WHEN DO CLASSES BEGIN?
Applications are accepted twice a year for Fall and Spring Equinox cohorts with begin dates in September and March. Applicants are encouraged to apply anytime to prepare for a suitable equinox beginning class date.
ADVANCED CLINICAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
If you are a student having studied herbalism with WOIW or outside of WOIW seeking mentorship and building your clinical skills, this program is designed for you. To receive experience in vibrant East Africa or on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico with WOIW this is the right place for you! Learn More.
Ready to Sign Up and Embark on your Herbalism Journey?
Registration for everyone: $100 non-refundable deposit.
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