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Energetic Herbalism: Language of the Plants

Broadcast on August 25, 2023
With Kat Maier, RH(AHG)
Hosted by Selima Harleston Lust

In this session, Kat Maier introduces energetic herbalism — what it is, and why this form of plant medicine has lasted thousands of years. Looking through this lens as a way to engage with the plants is not only the definition of sustainability, but also serves as a portal to the sacred. She'll briefly touch on Vitalism, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine to see how the elements are shared the world over.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • A greater understanding of energetics in nature including hot/cold, dry/damp, and moving/sedating
  • The six elements in nature and how they relate to our health
  • How the concept of energetics can be applied immediately to your food and environs 
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Kat Maier, RH(AHG)

Founder and Director of Sacred Plant Traditions, Clinical Herbalist & Author

Kat Maier is founder and director of Sacred Plant Traditions, a center for herbal studies in Charlottesville, Virginia. In clinical practice for over 30 years, Kat teaches internationally at universities, conferences, and herbal schools.

She's a founding member of Botanica Mobile Clinic, a nonprofit dedicated to providing accessible herbal medicine to local communities. This grew out of her school’s free clinic, which was one of the first on the east coast and went on to be a template for other schools. She began her study of plants as a Peace Corps volunteer, and her training as a physician’s assistant allows her to weave the language of biomedicine into her practice of traditional energetic herbalism.

As a passionate steward of the plants, Kat also served as president of United Plant Savers, and was a recipient of the organization’s first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. She's coauthor of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas, and her most recent book, Energetic Herbalism: A Guide to Sacred Plant Traditions Integrating Elements of Vitalism, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine was awarded the Gold Medal Nautilus Book Award.

Kat Maier, RH(AHG)