Free Intro to Animal Medicines

Intuitive - Connecting - Practical

Explore the fascinating world of Plant, Animal, and Spirit Signatures with a focus on Bear. 
"...personal experience and anecdote with plant song medicine" 
"...opens up a totally different way of thinking..." 
"...herbalism through the eyes of a shaman"
"Since my teens, I always knew that the most profound way to understand or classify herbs would be 'by animal.' I didn't know what that meant or how to do it, but it was already there in my mind and the information has since filled in. This method is well-established in Native American Medicine; vestiges are seen in herbal medicine throughout the world (Europe, China, Japan, Africa, India, etc.). I will never know whether the idea was implanted in me because I lived my formative years on a remote Indian reservation (non-member) or because it is simply true." - Matthew Wood, MS

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Animal Medicines Infographs

Set of 4 cards giving examples of animal spirit medicine. 
Join herbalists Matthew Wood, MS, Amanda Nicole, and Chris McPadden as they discuss how plants give us clues regarding their medicine: the “Doctrine of Signatures”. 

What does it mean when a plant resembles an animal: the “Spirit Signatures”?

Or, what if a person is bear-like? Are there remedies that are a better match for this type of person? 

Yes, and so much more!

With this approach, herbalism starts to make sense intuitively. It all begins to come together. 

It is easiest to learn by "stories and metaphor," and that is the approach with the Animal Medicines course.
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Matthew Wood, MS

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist for over forty years. He is an internationally known
teacher and author with more than ten books to his credit, including The Book of Herbal Wisdom
The Earthwise Herbals, Holistic Medicine and the Extracellular Matrix, and A Shamanic Herbal 
(July 2024). Matthew has an MSc in herbal medicine from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine 
(accredited, U. of Wales). He lives in the Midwest. 

Chris McPadden

Chris has been a practicing herbalist since 2002. His Ojibwe/Métis grandmother started him on his spiritual journey at the age of 4 when she started telling him about plant and animal medicine. 

Amanda Nicole

Amanda is a daughter of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She listens to the trees, sits with the land, and gathers medicine messages to share. 
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