While working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary wholeness and responsibility for it with hope, he as an individual had to be whole within himself. This moved him to start exploring herbal medicine as a truly ecological healing for the body as well as the spirit.
David, a Fellow of Britain’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists, has been a clinical phytotherapist for more than twenty-five years. He started his herbal practice in Wales, continuing at the Findhorn community in Scotland, and has been practicing in California since 1986. A long time activist in the environmental and peace movements, he ran for parliament in Britain for the Green party in 1983. He is one of the founding members and a past president of the American Herbalists Guild and is on the advisory boards of the American Botanical Council and HerbalGram. The author of seventeen books, including the highly regarded The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal, An Elders’ Herbal, Medical Herbalism and The Herbal Handbook, Hoffmann teaches phytotherapy throughout the English-speaking world and is currently a faculty member of the California School of Herbal Studies. He is also a visiting faculty member at Bastyr University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, the National College of Phytotherapy, and the Rocky Mountain School of Botanical Studies.
2017 Presentations by David Hoffmann
Friday, August 24, 2017 ~ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm "Herbs, Humans and Holobionts" The new technologies, collectively known as ‘omics’, are showing that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. We will explore the profound connectivity and mutual support revealed by this new science. It is a good time to be holistic – the evidence is in.
Saturday, August 25, 2017 ~ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm "Herbs for Elder Issues (if I can remember what they are…)" What can herbalism do as opposed to the hype? What actions are relevant, what tonics can support the various body systems. We will discuss acetylcholinesterase inhibitors from Sage to Huperzia. How do these herbs actually effect the aging body and mind.
Sunday, August 26, 2017 ~ 8:30 am - 10:00 am "How to Prescribe for the Unique Individual" A look at the plethora of issues that surround the actual dispensing of herbs and ideas. This class will not discuss diagnosis. For example, should you use a tincture, fluid extract or capsule? What dose is appropriate? A time to look at all the practical questions that we rarely discuss.