12 participants with a 60 Hour Testimonial awarded
at the end.
A SAMPLE PROGRAM
Identification, Gathering and Preparation of Herbs at Baan Hom
Herbal Applications 1 - The growing plant to the finished product in
a jar: either
Tiger Balm, and/or Lip Balm, and/or Calamine Lotion, and/or a Special Relaxant
Herbal Applications 2 - Gathering and Preparation of Herbs for
Skin & Hair
Care, Smelling Salts, and other topical applications.
Making Herbal Medicines - Teas
& tinctures & emergency treatments.
Herbal Compresses: Identification, Gathering and Preparation
of Herbs for steam
baths and compresses. Application Techniques.
Saturday A Day at the Market:
The Worarot Market, Thai and Chinese Pharmacies. Introduction
to special ingredients for making medicines at home. Finding traditional Thai
Thai Food as Natural Medicine -
Day 1. Includes learning to use traditional
tools: the machete, the hoe, the cleaver, the mortar and pestle, the
charcoal pot. Herbal
drinks & teas. A walk to the local earth market to buy fresh
Thai Food as Natural Medicine - Day 2.
Learning to use the knife Thai-style for fruit
and vegetables. Cooking by season.
Special Thai foods: for example, Miang Kam,
Sticky Rice With mango, Thai Salads.
Thai Food as Natural Medicine - Day 3. Vegetarian Cooking, and/or
Rolls, and/or Herbal Desserts.
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.
N.B. This is NOT a Thai Haute Cuisine course. Indeed, there will be
no attempt to teach cooking per se, what is more to put every student in
front of his or her own stove with space and materials enough to
reproduce x numbers of the plat du jour. All the activities will
be communal, and take place in and around a working Thai kitchen, most
of which is outdoors and quite indistinguishable from the surrounding
garden. There is also no Friar Laurence herb garden either, Romeo &
Juliet style, no boxwood hedges or even pathways -- the herbs are mostly
self-propagating in the hedge rows, and a number of the vegetables
are gathered rather than cultivated. You will learn to use a
machete on a coconut and to pound, break, and smash
roots, seeds, bark and fruit with stone mortars and pestles and/or the
broad side of a meat-cleaver.. You will also get
your hands dirty with a 'jop', the ubiquitous Thai hoe, carry baskets,
stir woks while coughing your life away on the blue smoke, and even put
on a few kilos eating what miraculously gets cooked!
Live-in students: 2200 baht per day.
Includes the Rasidaton, teaching. materials, a private room, 3 meals a
day, herbal steam baths, and transportation. Total (9 study days
x 2200 + 1 day off x 1000) = 20,800.00 baht.
Non-live-in students: 1600 baht per day.
Includes the Rasidaton, breakfast, teaching, materials, 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: 9 x 1600 =
14,400 baht Total.
may join for individual days if there is room -- full-time students will
be given priority. Non-live-in students may also join for dinner at 7pm
for 150 baht each.