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Earth Medicine Institute Offers Nature Skills Certifications

January 5, 2012
The Maui Weekly

A Hawai'i-based teacher of traditional medicines, David Bruce Leonard has founded a school called the "Earth Medicine Institute (EMI)."

EMI is "dedicated to the reemergence of Earth-based knowledge and the enhancement of our innate body wisdom and intuition," Leonard said.

With talented associate instructors from throughout Hawai'i, Leonard said the institute will offer certifications in Earth-Centered Living that will include Plant Medicine, Nature Connection, Eco-Psychology and Rites of Passage.

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David Bruce Leonard and talented associate instructors from throughout Hawai‘i will offer certifications in Earth-Centered Living that will include Plant Medicine, Nature Connection, Eco-Psychology and Rites of Passage. An introductory class will be held on Sunday, Jan. 8.

On Sunday, Jan. 8, Matt Kirk, a professional tracker and associate EMI instructor, will join Leonard to offer "Nature as Teacher, Nature as Healer," a special introductory class. Topics covered will include: Herbal First Aid, Reading the Forest, the Language of Birds, Listening to Plants and Creating Your Inner Compass. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited. Cost for the class is by donation. A central Maui location will be announced.

The first level of certification will be a 100-hour wild crafter training held one weekend per month from February to June on Hawai'i Island, Maui and Kaua'i. Wild crafting is the art and science of gathering food and medicine from the wild. Topics covered in Level 1 will include, 30-plus Hawaiian medicinal plants, chants and gathering protocols, medicine making, inflammation and immunity, plant cosmetics, wild edibles, and herb safety and toxicity. This certification, designed as a hands-on introduction to plant medicine and Earth awareness skills, can be taken as a stand-alone certification or as a prerequisite for EMI's advanced training programs.

Leonard is a practitioner and teacher of traditional Chinese medicine with a working knowledge of more than 400 traditional Hawaiian, Chinese and Western plants. His work focuses on the reclamation of the sane core of our humanity and the health of our planet. A deep ecologist and Hawaiian native plant specialist, he has been a student of Hawaiian medicine under Kahu Kawika Ka'alakea, Kaipo Kaneakua and Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i since 1992.

For more information about EMI's Maui classes and certifications, go to EarthMedicineInstitute.com or contact EMI Maui Program Coordinator Stacy Domer at (808) 280-0687 or by email at stacy.mauiisland@gmail.com.

 
 

 

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