The Live Oak School of Natural healing teaches most of its live classes in Orlando Florida. We do have an on-line or correspondence course for those people who want to take a quality herbal certification program who do not live in the area. Students in the long distance program can chose to do an on-line course with e-groups, video conferencing and classes using Skype or can choose to do a paper correspondence course where you receive the material in modules with assignments that need to be sent in.
Our Name and its Symbolism
The Live Oak School of Natural Healing was formed when some of my herbal students in Minnesota told me they wanted to keep learning from me even after I moved near Orlando, FL. The live oak tree is the native oak of Florida and is a member of the white oak family of trees. The white oak is a strong oak tree that lives to be hundreds of years old, can withstand hurricane winds, and can grow to be very large and magnificent. The tree’s beauty, strength, and elegance made it the perfect symbol of the school. The oaks in the white oak tree family are used as medicine and have the ability to heal and tone the body when it needs it. White oak bark is a powerful medicine in Native American Lore and is highly regarded as not only a medicine but as a spiritual symbol. The tree in the picture was in the middle of a pasture in Ocala Florida, and was taken by one of my students. The school is not located in Live Oak, Fl but north of Orlando Fl. in the forest which is surrounded by this magnificent tree.
Our Healing Theory
The school is based on the Vitalist Theory of herbal healing which takes care of symptoms of dis-orders by treating the whole body. So for example a person may come to see an herbalist for a cough that they have had for a long time and can’t seem to shake. A vitalist will get rid of the cough by giving the herbs to treat the cough short-term but will work on the body to balance it and correct the imbalance that made the person get the cough in the first place. This system treats the entire body as a system and aims to help the body heal itself by removing obstacles and encouraging balance in mind, body, and spirit.
Meeting the needs of students: in person via live classroom or on-line via virtual classroom
The Live Oak School of Natural Healing was formed when some of my herbal students in Minnesota told me they wanted to keep learning from me even after I moved near Orlando, FL. where the school is headquartered. It is not a true brick and mortar school with housing and official classrooms so that we can keep the cost affordable. Live classes and clinicals are held in local herb stores, and in nature so that the student gets the full experience of being an herbalist. Online pieces are part of the live and online course to give the student a broad range of experiences and skills.
I designed the online program to be "life-friendly" which means that I wanted it to be self-paced, and easy to follow for all of the students who have busy lives. I also designed it so that the students can take it in modules or pieces so that they can take a module at a time based on their educational goals. The school has three levels of certification Lay Herbalist, Certified Herbalist, and Master Herbalist, each of these programs dovetail into the next higher level so if you start out at the Lay Herbalist level and later decide to become a Master Herbalist and treat clients all you will have to do is take the next set of modules to get to the next level.
The Live Oak School of Natural healing teaches most of its live classes in Orlando Florida. We do have an on-line or correspondence course for those people who want to take a quality herbal certification program who do not live in the area. Students in the long distance program can chose to do an on-line course with e-groups, video conferencing and classes using Skype or can choose to do a paper correspondence course where you receive the material in modules with assignments that need to be sent in. Live classes run throughout the year in sequence, the first class in the series runs twice a year and is 6 months long, if you do not want to wait for the live class you can start the online class at any time. For those students doing the online only program, the classes are prerecorded and you can start at any time and work at your own pace.
The Theory Behind the School: Vitalism
Vitalism, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is:
a doctrine that the functions of a living organism are due to a vital principle distinct from biochemical reactions
a doctrine that the processes of life are not explicable by the laws of physics and chemistry alone and that life is in some part self-determining
The school is based on the Vitalist Theory of herbal healing which takes care of symptoms of dis-orders by treating the whole body. The vitalist approach starts with the concept that the body wants to be well and has the innate ability to heal if given what it needs to obtain it. In herbal medicine the theory is that if an organ or system is out of balance the herbs help restore homeostasis and therefore allows the body to heal back into a balanced state. This concept was documented as far back at the Egyptians and was promoted by such greats as Aristotle, Lois Pasteur, Carl Jung, Albert Einstein, and Neuroscientist Roger Sperry (winner of the 1981 Peace Prize on the nature of consciousness and brain functions).
Philosophy and Goals for Our Students
The main goal of the Live Oak School of Natural healing is to produce the best and most rounded herbalists as possible. It is Our goal that they understand the chemical, holistic, historical, and spiritual side of each plant we study. Our goal with this school is to have the Master Herbalists that go onto have successful herbal practices be able to understand the allopathic system enough to be able to look at research, talk to physicians, and work with other healthcare and holistic practitioners to get the best care for their clients.
The schools goals are simple and set us apart from other programs. Our goals are:
1) The students will know the herbs, their Latin names, their chemical signature, as well as the folklore and spiritual side of the plants.
2) The students will understand how the herbs work in the human body using modern anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.
3) The students will learn basic Western Eclectic, Chinese, Ayurvedic methods of dis-ease recognition and treatment of imbalances.
4) The students will understand allopathic diagnosis, how to look at lab results and how to apply modern data to holistic therapies.
5) The students will know how to make their own herbal medicines, how to create a formulary, and how to create individual treatment plans for their family and clients.
6) The students will know how to read research and be able to take that knowledge and use it in their practice.
7) The students will learn how to start their own practice including the legal/GMP side of making and selling products, networking with other healers, how to start a business and set up an office, and how to market their practice to attract clients.
These skills not only teach our students about herbs and their abilities, it also teaches them how to integrate modern research into their practice and teaches them how to start and build a successful practice.
Examples of Online program
Here is a short video example of what you will learn in the program:
Here is a sample class that will show you Dawn's teaching style:
Herbs for the cold and flu season (this is one of my introductory 1 time classes)
Live Oak School Of Natural Healing
For more detailed information, and an application please e-mail Dawn at Dawnsenchantedgarden.com.
A school based on the concept that the body wants to be well and that by using herbs and natural therapies we can help that process.
Career Path and Salary of a Certified Herbalist
People who are attracted to this program include those who want to practice the arte of herbal medicine as a career. While certification is not required to get a job as an herbalist in the United States; this program gives you not only the education on the herbs, but the education on how to be a safe, respected part of the herbal community as well as how to start your own practice healing people as soon as you graduate. I encourage people looking into becoming an herbalist to look at salary range which according the American Herbalist Guild can be $20,000-$120,000 with an average of $40,963/year. For reference please see: