The Healing Power of Plants


The Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training Course

Interested in becoming a Plant Spirit Medicine Healer?

The Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training Program has been offered for over twenty years. Blue Deer plans to offer the next healer training with initial sessions offered virtually, transitioning to in-person in later sessions for experiential learning.  There are no pre-requisites.  Any student who dedicates him or herself to the work will have the preparation necessary to begin a practice, help others and grow within a new way of experiencing the world.

The full training is eight weeks long, including an introductory week.  It is spread over two years to allow students to continue working or to take care of family.  Students learn how to assess and treat patients using the five-element world-view and to create relationships with plant allies and work with them to help their patients.

To come to know what a person needs, and to call on just the right plant to fulfill that need:  this is the basis of the Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training. Below we describe various aspects of the training.

The Language of the World

The human mind likes data and analysis, but the natural world speaks languages of feeling and relatedness.

In ripened fruit is
      Soil’s sweet nurture,
            Life-giving mystery of water,
                      Riches of mineral,
                              Expansive warmth of the sun,
                                        Self-assertive growth.


The fruit could be a juicy peach, or it could just as easily be you.  Is it thriving?  Is it sickly?  The answer will depend on earth and sun, water and mineral and growth in relationship.  In balance.

In class we learn to speak a language of the world — the language of the Five Elements.  This millennial Chinese study teaches us to see humans as the expression of the forces of nature.  We learn to see these forces, to smell them, to hear them in the sound of the voice, to feel them in the throbbing of the pulses, to sense them emotionally.  In this way the natural world informs us what is needed in order to restore a person to balance.  We know that balance is health and imbalance is illness.

Plant Spirits, Household Shamanism, Healing

The work of healing is the work of restoring balance.  Plants are great healers, great restorers of balance, and in particular the spirit of plants have a special capacity to touch and heal the spirit of human beings.  So in class we learn to meet and listen to the spirits of plants.  For this we take the support of “household shamanism” which shows us how to meet plant spirits in the dream world, and how to learn what medicine they have to offer.

Plant spirits are not fluent in scientific/materialistic language.  They have much more to offer when spoken to in a language of the world they live in — the world of sun and rain, earth and mineral and growth.

The Art of Chinese Pulse Taking

Hearing the response of the life force in the pulses — this is a particularly useful skill.  With patient practice students become adept at this traditional Chinese diagnostic method.

Clinical Work

Working as a healer not only involves learning the method of healing:  it also requires that you learn how to work with others and have a good understanding of the boundaries required for a successful healing relationship.  During this course you will learn the essentials of working with clients and opening a healing practice.  Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Establishing rapport between healer and client
  • Professional boundaries and Ethics
  • Setting up a clinical healing practice
  • Blocks to healing treatment and how to correct them

For more information on the Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training, click here.