Special Events and Intensive Workshops

Current Workshop Descriptions & Dates

Treating Late-Stage Neurological Lyme Disease: Western Herbs and Chinese Medicine with Brendan Kelly
Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9 am – 1 pm
$45 members / $50 non-members / $40 VCIH students

From the view of Chinese medicine, even challenging symptoms like neurological conditions are treatable. Using the Wai Ke/Neurological Tradition, we’ll discuss treating both the symptoms and underlying cause of neurological Lyme disease, including tremors, seizures, headaches and migraines. We’ll also talk about the progression of Lyme disease and how the initial tick bite can manifest as neurological symptoms. Brendan will use case studies of patients he’s worked with to discuss his experiences treating Lyme disease, including the use of western herbs, diet and lifestyle. Brendan will also talk about research from his book published in 2015 by North Atlantic Books—The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis—including how the progression of Lyme disease mirrors the progression of climate change.

Brendan is an herbalist of 20 years with training in eastern and western healing traditions and has been practicing Chinese medicine full-time for 13 years. He currently acupuncture, eastern and western herbal medicine and Asian nutrition at the clinic he co-founded in Burlington, VT Jade Mountain Wellness. He is on the faculty at Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Florida and an adjunct professor at Johnson State College in VT.

Brendan also teaches about various aspects of Chinese medicine and herbal medicine at schools, universities, educational centers and conferences around the US. He also writes and teaches about the connection between personal, societal and environmental well-being, including the connection between climate change and Chinese medical thought and diagnosis. In 2015,  North Atlantic Books published his first book The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis: Healing Personal, Cultural and Ecological Imbalance with Chinese Medicine, which looks at the underlying causes of our warming planet from the perspective of Chinese medicine.

Brendan was also the founder and primary instructor of an outdoor based western herbal school in southern Vermont, and teaches about harvesting and using wild plants for food and medicine, and herbal medicine preparation in a wide variety of settings. For the past 12 years, he has worked clinically integrating the potency of local, western medicinal plants with the depth of the Chinese diagnostic tradition.

Compassion in Action: Herbalism for Hope and Resilience with Emily Ruff
Thursday, November 9th, 2017 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
$20 suggested donation.  All donations go directly to the Herbal Action Network.

In these challenging times, healing plants are calling for us to find creative and meaningful ways to connect these herbs with people who are in need. Explore community-centered models developed in response to Orlando Pulse, Standing Rock, Hurricanes Harvey & Irma, and other national traumas, and learn how to apply these tools to your own community needs, big or small. We will discuss how herbalists can care for the soul of their community through simple and profound actions that bring the medicine of the people to the people in times of need. We will discuss a variety of botanical modalities and complementary strategies to address this oft overlooked area of healthcare. Our discussion will include practical self care strategies for caregivers, first responders, and health professionals.

Presentation will be at 6:30 pm at Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and is hosted by VCIH. A suggested donation of $20 includes a Pocket Guide to Grief and herbal formula. All donations go directly to the Herbal Action Network.

Herbalist Emily Ruff is the founder of the Herbal Action Network and coordinator with the Orlando Grief Care Project. Emily is the director of the Florida School of Holistic Living in Orlando, Florida. For more information: