- Here is the application form.
American Botanical Council Founder and Executive Director Mark
Blumenthal said, "I consider Michael Moore one of my
greatest teachers on herbs and medicinal plants, i.e., based on
the lectures of his I have attended over the past 35 or more years
that I have known him. While I don't have many regrets in my life,
if I were to have to make a list, I would definitely include the
fact that I never made the time to spend the full 5 months learning
with Michael when his school was still residence-based. Now, I,
and the herbalists of my generation, as well as new generations
of students, will have the immense benefit of learning from Michael
via the convenience of this DVD-based program."
SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF BOTANICAL MEDICINE
Distance Learning Programs
PROGRAM I: Herbal Therapeutics and Constitutional
- Each of the twelve sections/lessons will be accompanied by
a series of questions that will display an understanding of the
subject matter covered. Lectures overlap, with each lesson consisting
of several ongoing subjects, rather than large blocks of a single
subject. Your answers, musings or additional questions can be
submitted as a sound file (mp3), audio casette, or email. (I
am trying to keep the paper to a minimum). Once that is accomplished,
on to the next section.
Each of the organ systems will be dealt with in physiologic terms,
therapeutic and treatment methods, and constitutional aspects.
The specific tonic herbs for each organ system or stress type
will be discussed. The Constitutional Workbook and the Herbal
Materia Medica, patient record forms, work sheets and intake
forms will be supplied as hard copies, as well as specific reference
material referred to in the lectures (and .pdf files for making
your own copies).
95% of the material is filmed lectures, with an occasional sound
file. Each section will include 6 DVDs, and, from time to time,
CDs and DVD's containing additional research material pertinant
to the program...stuff you can dawdle with to fill in the gaps
that the longest lecture series could not begin to fill. I have
2 Gb of research files, books, and misc. stuff that info hounds
can use. They aren't directly necessary for the program. For
some folks they enrich, for others, TOO MUCH.
The point of all this is to learn a craft. There are no licenses,
no state boards...just information for actual use. The residency
program was dense but loose. I intend the home study program
to be similar. Constant contact with the subject matter breeds
familiarity with it. I would encourage going back to earlier
sections; that which seemed confusing is now understandable.
A certificate of completion from SWSBM is given at the end. It
doesn't mean much; what you learn is what's important.
There will be two optional residencies. In 2007 we had a 6-day
class in making herbal preparations (Eden Hot Springs, AZ), and
a 6 day field trip for plant identification and gathering procedures
(Northern New Mexico and the Spanish Peaks of Southern Colorado).
The Eden class was $275 to students, the field trip, $200. We
plan on similar offers in 2008
PROGRAM I: Herbal Therapeutics and Constitutional Evaluation
cost is $1200 in advance or $120 a lesson ($150 for Lesson
- As a devout generalist, I plan on doing everything myself,
including burning the DVDs. Tthere will be 150 hours of lectures.
The programs can begin at any time you wish; there is no "starting
date". We would prefer that you complete at least one section
per month, if only for the continuity it offers.
SOUTHWEST SCHOOL of BOTANICAL Medicine
Donna Chesner, Michael Moore
620 West Limberlost, #24
Tucson, Arizona, 85705
Donna - 520-678-7078