Hours, 6 days. Restricted to
Monday Herbal Compresses:
Identification, Gathering and Preparation of Herbs for steam
baths and compresses. Application Techniques.
Tuesday Hotbed Herbal Therapy:
Preparation & experiencing it (students call it "grilling!").
Herbal Applications - from the garden to the jar -- Tiger Balm, Herbs for Skin
& Hair Care,
and other local applications.
Thursday Thai Food as Natural Medicine. Day 1.
Introduction and theory. Food in
learning to use traditional tools: the
machete, the hoe, the cleaver, the mortar and pestle,
charcoal pot. The coconuit and jack fruit. Herbal drinks & teas. A walk
to the local earth
market to buy fresh ingredients.
Thai Food as Natural Medicine. Day 2.Some
special Thai foods: Miang Kam and/or
Sticky Rice With mango and/or Thai Salads.
A Morning at a Local
Traditional Medicine Clinic for Thais - Wat Ton Heow.
Various traditional treatments can be observed and/or experienced -- free of charge
of the workshop. Afternoon: preparing a special Thai dish for the
7am Rasidaton (Thai Yoga) (optional)
8am to 9am Breakfast
9am to 12.00
12.00 to 1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm to 4.00pm Workshop Activities
5.30pm Herbal Steambaths
will consist partly of discussion, and partly of examining the plants as they
grow in the Baan Hom Samunphrai environs and/or at local markets. There will be some plants that we
may discuss that will not be growing or at the local earth market because they
will be out of season, and there will be a number of Thai herbal plant books to
supplement the discussions. Students are encouraged to bring their own
plant books as well, as such a course is very much a collaboration between the
teacher and the student.
Thai Food as
This part of the workshop will cover 3 essential
1. Eating specific foods for the season. By eating
for the season, your body is able to combat the effects of the weather. This is
even more important when the seasons change, as your body is affected by the
dramatic changes in weather. Needless to say, the emphasis will be on the
Thai seasons, of which there are essentially two, Wet (Cool or 'Monsoon') &
Dry (Hot). As we are just entering the transition between the Wet (Monsoon) Season
and the Dry Season, a time when many people catch colds or suffer other
illnesses, some of the course will focus on specific plants and dishes for right
now. A significant proportion of each day will be spent foraging for food,
buying food in local markets, and preparing food to be eaten at our table.
2. Eating for one's specific body element and to
balance the elements as a whole. Each person has an element that is specific
to their body and determined by their birth month and date. That element defines
how illness occurs in the body, and which illnesses the individual is most prone
to contract. If the body goes out of balance in a way that is evident by their
element, certain foods can help to rebalance the elements. Eating foods
specifically recommended to their element can also help to maintain balance. For
example, fire elements should eat cold foods like watermelon, wind elements
should eat foods with a spicy taste like ginger.
3. Eating to prevent and/or to cure a specific
diseases. Certain foods have been prescribed for specific illnesses. These
are not just herbal remedies to be taken when ill, but instead plants that are
incorporated into the food to fight illness. This can also include foods not
to eat, as some foods become taboo during times of illness.
Live-in students: 2100 baht per day.
Includes the Rasidaton, teaching. materials, a private room, 3 meals a
day, herbal steam baths, and transportation. Total 6 study days
x 2100 = 12,600 baht.
Non-live-in students: 1600 baht per day.
Includes the Rasidaton, teaching, materials, breakfast, lunch, herbal steam
baths, and transportation for class activities. Does NOT include transportation to the school in the
morning or the return in the afternoon. Total: 6 x 1600 =
may join for individual days if there is room -- full-time students will
be given priority. Non-live-in students are welcome to stay for dinner
at 150 baht extra (special price)..