Plant Appreciation Picnic with the Alberta Herbalists Association

Sunday August 20, 2017, 12-4pm Bowness Park, NW Calgary 

Register Here

Join the Alberta Herbalists Association members and friends at Bowness Park for an afternoon of family friendly picnic’ing and plant appreciation! August is the perfect time to meet your local wild edible and medicinal herbs, and expert Herbalists will be on hand to teach you.

Bring yourself a picnic lunch and join in the fun! Learn from 3 different experts by following along on a Herb-walk, they will be sharing traditional and evidence-based knowledge about the wonders of plants. This is a great opportunity to build networks and create community with herb enthusiasts in our community.

All ages welcome! There will be some activities for everyone. Please bring water, frisbees, picnic blankets, umbrellas, or whatever else you need to be comfortable and have a great time in the August shade. Don’t forget to bring a cup so you can sample the delicious herbal iced teas!

Kalyn Kodiak will be there with Metis Fingerweaving bracelet-making station so you can make a souvenir to take home with you! Contact info@AlbertaHerbalists.com for more information.

Why Work in a Student Clinic?

I ran a survey at the end of last year to see what my students were interested in learning in 2016. One of the questions was about the Free Student Clinic. A survey respondent posed a question that I remember asking myself, back in the day when I was a broke student with no extra cash to spare:

Why would a student, who has already paid to study Herbology for 1-3 years, want to pay someone to work in a clinic for free?

(A li20151203_185159_resizedttle background on the Student Clinic: The Student Clinic is a practice clinic where students can build their confidence, while practicing on clients who are aware that they are being practiced on by students. It’s a low pressure environment, and students are free to take their time, and apply their knowledge and skills to the best of their ability. A supervising instructor is always on duty.)

How You Benefit from Attending a Student Clinic

Experience. You have a lot of training under your belt, you have read a lot of textbooks and swallowed a ton of theory about herbs and the human body. So, do you have any personal experiences about how those herbs interact in a variety of human bodies? Have you had a chance to try out a herb/extract/dose and get feedback from a client? Wouldn’t it be interesting and relevant to hear from other clinical students and instructors how their clients react to the herb you want to use, and what their experience with doses and extraction methods have been? If the answer to any of those questions is Yes, then you can probably learn something from the student clinic, the instructor and the students who have more experience than you.

Practice. As Herbalists we absorb and attempt to memorize an exquisite amount of information. Flashcards are awesome (one of my favorite tools!) but nothing quite solidifies a knowledge base in your brain like applying that information to the real world. Also, the opportunity to test that knowledge out and decide for yourself if you like how it works. The Dalai Lama quotes the Buddha, “Respect the teacher, but question the teachings.” That means if you haven’t tried it out for yourself yet, you just really don’t know!

pulse2Clinical Skills. Before you jump into starting your own business as a healer, you may wish to learn about the fine art of Bedside Manner (a healer’s attitude and approach towards the person undergoing the healing). If you have never worked in a clinic before, you can be surprised at the number of healing elements that have little to do with your textbook knowledge of herbs and bodies. From creating a comfortable atmosphere, to inspiring the trust of your clients, you can learn so much from watching a practitioner who has experience. How to explain healing and health expectations to my clients and discussing their personal issues in a compassionate manner, are two of the greatest lessons I received from the herbalists I studied under. Skill sets like these are part of what make me an effective healer with happy clients who come away with that cared-for feeling you get after a good listening-to.

CroppedFeedback. Clients, the instructor, and other students will (and should) give you feedback on all aspects of your practice. This includes your choice of herbs/doses and combinations thereof, assessment and interview techniques, and even your mannerisms and attitude towards clients. I encourage bold but kind, constructive feedback in my clinic as a valuable learning tool. Other students who sit in as your ‘practice client’ will be especially useful in telling you how they felt during and after the interview, and can provide the kind of feedback you want to receive from a fellow, not a client.

Confidence. Confidence comes of knowledge combined with experience, and enough practice to trust that you know what you know, as well as an appreciation of what you don’t know yet (and knowing that that is okay!). Confidence is a priceless characteristic that cannot be learned in a textbook but just comes with doing something for a long time until you are good at it. It’s easier to build confidence in a supportive environment, such as a student clinic. And when you are less than confident in your formula or advice, there is always someone there to look it over with you!


practicum_seedConnection.
There is very little room for getting to know your fellow students in modern correspondence or online classes. This is so unfortunate! Making a connection with people who are passionate about your passions is one of the luxuries of attending workshops, clinics and gatherings. Not only can you learn from each other, you may end up with business partners, role models, and network connections that land you a job interview or refer clients your way in the future. Getting excited about herbs together is powerful energy. Sense of Community is a big and beautiful part to take in at least a few student clinic nights; but be warned – getting together with other herbalists is addictive!

Why Student Clinics Cost Money

Well, there are a couple reasons why we ask students to pay for their learning at student clinic.

Hosting a clinic involves a few fees and expenses. Rent for the location, insurance for the clinic and honorariums for the instructors and clinic director are the most prominent. Office supplies and printing costs are a minor but real expense.

Free clinics often serve a low-income demographic, people who can’t afford to pay the $60-100 to see a professional herbalist. To look at it from another angle, you are volunteering your time to help members of your community.

You may not realize thatKZ_walk students who are new to the clinic won’t be seeing clients directly for their first few clinics. Depending on their experience and abilities, they could spend the first 20-30 hours sitting in on the work of advanced students, learning from the instructor or operating the dispensary at the clinic.

The instruction and guidance you receive during all of this, is what you are paying for. Students gain fresh perspectives from the living examples of humans who are experiencing the diseases or conditions we read about in our textbooks. Along with these novel exhibits of human condition, you have access to the collective experiences of advanced students and instructors in the clinic, who take the time to help you understand and apply all that you have learned.

I hope this helped to illustrate some of the reasons student clinics cost money, and also that that money is not wasted but directly benefits you as a herbalist. As usual, I am open to (bold but kind) constructive feedback about this article, and discussion of its contents.

Read more about the Student Clinic at Kodiak Herbal.

Classes for 2017 at Kodiak Herbal Health & Education

CLASSES 2017

Classes and tutorials happening in 2017. This menu is being updated, some class information may be missing. Check back later or contact Kalyn@KodiakHerbal.com for info.

CroppedEnergetic Practitioner’s Study Group/Practicum Program 2017

Week Nights & Weekend Workshops – Click link for list of practicum experiences

JW male leftIridology Certification Weekend Intensive – Lethbridge 2017

Date To Be Announced

JW male leftIridology Tutorial – Calgary 2017

Date To Be Announced

 

balsam_budsBalsam Bud Harvest & Medicine Making

Saturday February 25th 2017,                       11am – 4pm – REGISTRATION OPEN

Prarie_ChiefWildflowers in the City!

June 2017 Plant Walk – details coming soon

 

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For Kids & Adults! Details soon

Kodiak Market Dates

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Kodiak Herbal will be at your local community Market this Christmas season!

See the List of market dates and locations below.

 

The Big X-Mas Trade Show                                                                      Exhibition Park                                                                            Lethbridge Alberta                      1pm – 8pm Fri Nov 27 2015     (pending)                                            10am – 5pm Sat Nov 28 2015

Time to Shine                                                                                                      Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association                                     Calgary Alberta                             9am – 5pm Sat Dec 5 2015

Yuletide Christmas Market                                                                       Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association                                    Calgary Alberta                            10am – 4pm Sat Dec 19 2015

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We will have plenty of Elderberry Immunity Syrup, Kava Elixir, Golden Spice Tea and other herbal remedies for you and your family this winter.

There may be more dates coming! Tell me what you’d like me to bring  and I will make it for you. See you at the market!

Creation of the Alberta Herbalist’s Association

In October 2015 a group of 7 Calgary Herbalists held a meeting to put into motion the creation of a Herbalist’s Association for Alberta.

You Are Invited.

We welcome all Herbalists and supporters of herbal medicine to be a part of the association, whether it be as a board member,  or a professional, student or lay member.

The First Annual General Meeting of the Alberta Herbalist’s Association will be held at the Downtown Co-op Meeting Room (1130 11 Ave SW) in Calgary, Alberta.

Friday, November 13th at 7:00pm

The meeting will be an opportunity to hear about the plans for the AHA, vote to elect a board, and learn how to become involved in the exciting science and tradition of Herbalism in your province!

For further information, please contact Kalyn Kodiak at kalyn@kodiakherbal.com.