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Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship and Retreat

 

Our 5-part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine featuring Drs. Laurie Dohmen and Kris August.

 

TWO SESSIONS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!

 

 COURSE DATES

February 26-March 1, 2021

March 19-22, 2021

April 17-19, 2021

October 2-4, 2021

October 23-25, 2021

 

September 17-20, 2021

October 16-18, 2021

November 13-15, 2021

March 19-21, 2022

April 23-25, 2022

 

COURSE LOCATION

Lowood Educational Center, Duck, NC

 

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Feedback From Our Students

 

General:

"I have attended several Purple Moon C.E. events, both live and virtual. Their conferences speak not only to the brain of the veterinary professional, but to the heart and soul. I highly recommend them!"

 

On Our Materia Medica:

"The lectures were great--lots of good information. I like the inclusion of traditional uses and energetics of the herbs--gives insight into subtleties of herbal action."

 

On Our Labs:

"Labs were fun and informative and helped me gain confidence in making herbal products for self and family (which I do a lot now)."

 

On Our Herb Walks:

"Loved them! Seeing, touching, tasting, smelling plants in their natural environment deepened my connection with them and appreciation of them as living entities. "

 

On Our Homeworks:

"These gave me a welcome "excuse" to spend time researching herbs I didn't know much about. I also gained insights into the way information can be misrepresented on the Internet. Sometimes it was confusing and difficult to sort out 'the real story'."

 

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Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship & Retreat

 

A 5-part course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine

 Drs. Laurie Dohmen and Kris August

 

 

  Dates:

VHAR SESSION ONE

February 26-March 1, 2021

March 19-22, 2021

April 17-19, 2021

October 2-4, 2021

October 23-25, 2021

 

VHAR SESSION TWO

September 17-20, 2021

October 16-18, 2021

November 13-15, 2021

March 19-21, 2022

April 23-25, 2022

 

Location:

Lowood Educational Center, Duck, North Carolina

 

Pricing:

$3,225.00 for all 5 Modules

Deposit Due: $1000.00

Remainder due January 1st 2021 for Session One/August 1st 2021 for Session Two

 

Refunds:

All courses are fully refundable for COVID-19 related issues.

 

Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.

 

CE credits approved for VHAR: 81.5 CE credits, 56 IVAS

 

Tentative schedules: SESSION A, SESSION B

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

 

 

 

© Copyright 2020 Purple Moon Herbs and Studies. All Rights Reserved.

Please Read

This website is intended for educational and reference purposes, and is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe or treat any illness or injury. The information contained in this website is technical and is in no way to be considered as a substitute for consultation with a recognized health-care professional. As such the author and others associated with this website accept no responsibility for any claims arising from the use of any remedy or treatment mentioned here.

The Apothecary

Get in Touch

Snail Mail:

1841 Bryant's Corner Road

Hartly, Delaware 19953

 

Phone:  (302) 270-5095

Fax:  (302) 450-7398

 

Email:

info@purplemoonherbstudies.com

 

CLICK HERE

to send a message via our contact form.

Purple Moon Herbs & Studies

Western Herbal Medicine, Bach Flower Remedies, and Nutrition

Welcome to Purple Moon

Educating Veterinarians and Pet-Lovers on Western Herbal Medicine

Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship & Retreat

 

  Dates:

September 11-14, 2020

October 16-19, 2020

November 14-16, 2020

March 20-22, 2021

April 17-19, 2021

 

Location:

Lowood Educational Center, Duck, North Carolina

 

Pricing:

$3,225.00 for all 5 Modules

Deposit Due: $1000.00

Remainder due by August 1, 2020

 

Refunds:

All 2020 courses are fully refundable.

 

Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.

 

CE credits approved for VHAR: 81.5 CE credits, 56 IVAS

 

View and download the tentative schedule HERE.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

 

OVERVIEW

This is a comprehensive training in the use and practice of Western Herbal Medicine. All Materia Medica lectures will include an organoleptic component. There will be extensive labs in medicine making. Each module will feature an herb walk to a different part of the Outer Banks islands. We will also incorporate compassionate care, both for our patients and ourselves. We will have lectures and extra evening activities focus on self-care, as we believe good health starts with ourselves. Bonus offerings include Qi Gong in the breaks and a movie night! There will be homework so we can assess your progress as veterinary herbalists. Our classroom is upstairs with big windows and views of both the bay and the Currituck Sound. Breakfast will be included every morning in the classroom.

 

 

This course is being co-sponsored by the AHVMA, an AVMA affiliate organization.  CEUs are now available in the following states: AK, CA, IL, IN, KY, NE, NJ, OR, PA, TN, VA, WI, WV, WY, GA, LA, MA, RI, UT, NY.  If your state is not on this list, please check with your state board, as most accept AVMA-related credits.

 

 

LECTURES

There will be Materia Medica lectures organized primarily by Western organ system. There will be additional lectures to flesh out the practice of Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine (WVHM). These lectures will cover topics such as the origins of WVHM, the practice of formulation and prescribing, phytopharmacology and more. Also, a brief overview of other types of Herbal Medicine (such as Ayurveda and Chinese) will be discussed. Ancillary topics including Mushrooms and Essential Oils will be presented.

 

 

LABS

Hands-on labs will cover and give students the opportunity to make products for use in practice. Each session will focus on a different application, such as tinctures, topicals, and more. Students will then go home and make products based on that session’s lab, and these will be evaluated at the beginning of the subsequent session. In the last session, there will be a Medicine Making Show, where students will get an opportunity to present their own creations in a fun atmosphere.

 

 

HERB WALKS

Each session will feature an afternoon herb walk. This will be a guided walk in a different part of the Island each session. In each walk, there will be an opportunity to meditate with the plants or just enjoy the region.  The second module will begin our exploration of food therapy and herbs for the gastrointestinal system with a field trip to Island Farm just outside the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island. “A living history site, Island Farm interprets daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s” (http://www.theislandfarm.com).

 

On the farm, we will not only be discussing the medicinal herbs growing, but also what was in a standard “medicine chest” in the mid-1800’s in the United States. There will be time allotted for personal exploration of the farm, and we will be bringing a picnic lunch. We will be providing transportation, but students are welcome to drive themselves in order to spend more time in this area. There are lots of cool things to do on Roanoke Island. There is the Island Festival Park, which has the “Elizabeth ManteoII, a 16th-century sailing ship. It’s a representation of a particular 16th-century English merchant ship, Elizabeth, one of seven in Sir Walter Raleigh’s 1585 expedition to establish England’s first New World colony.  Costumed interpreters speaking Old English greet visitors to the ship with sea tales, legends and historical facts and answer questions about 16th-century seafaring…The Settlement Site is where guests get to interact with costumed interpreters portraying the colonist men and women as they settled into life in the New World. Visitors can try their hand at blacksmithing, woodworking, 16th-century games and more…Explore coastal Algonquian culture and history in the American Indian Town. The town represents an American Indian community similar to what the English explorers investigated and surveyed during their voyages to Roanoke Island and the surrounding area in the late 16th century. Visitors follow paths that wind through the park. Homes, agricultural areas and work shelters line the paths. The ceremonial dance circle is also located here. The exhibit has a planting and harvesting area where visitors can learn the advanced nuances of American Indian farming techniques. Three work shelters include activities like cordage (rope) making, mat and basket weaving, net mending, food preparation, tanning hides, fishing, boat building and gathering” (http://roanokeisland.net/attractions).

 

 

SELF CARE

In this course, self-care and renewal will be explored through ongoing activities in meditation, nature connection, and physical care. Work with the herbs will allow students to know them better by making teas, lotions, cordials, and simple crafts and gifts to bring nature awareness into the home and to families and friends. Qi gong and other physical activities be incorporated throughout along with sensory meditations during herb walks every weekend. There will be time left for fun too, with free evenings on the island and nearby movie nights.

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS

Students will be responsible for making 2 products based on the previous session’s lab for the following Module. Students will be responsible for handing in a Monograph on 2 new herbs for each Materia Medica lecture. On a rotating schedule, students will be required to present a pictorial and informational herb walk of their home area with 10 herbs presented. There will also be optional self-care journaling and projects after each session.

 

 

SUPPORT

There will be a list serve for the class where students can post any and all questions so we can all learn from each other. This will be a discussion forum between students and teachers. This will also be a site for students to organize room sharing and ride sharing, or any other activities that the whole group or small groups wish to organize. If we find there are certain activities everyone wants to do, we will make every effort to adjust the schedule to accommodate these plans. There will be a list of resources, some required and some optional. These will include texts, websites, reference lists and more. We will be posting all our PowerPoint slides to the group prior to each session. Membership in United Plant Savers will be included with registration.

 

 

SPEAKER BIOS

Dr. Laurie Dohmen

Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian.  She grew up in a time where pharmaceutical medicine was considered the zenith of all medicine.  All her schooling was in pharmaceutical medicine, but she started feeling that there was something more.  In her personal life, she had been a vegetarian for years; she wanted to help animals, not eat them.  She began to use organic food and alternative medicine modalities for herself and her family.  Her family thrived on this more wholistic lifestyle, and she realized that if these things were better for her family, they would be better for her patients also.

 

At the same time, more and more research became available which indicated that allopathic medicine was not the be-all-end-all that western doctors had always believed.  There was even research that vaccines and medicines that had been used and prescribed for years actually do more harm than good.  Becoming disillusioned with some areas of pharmaceutical medicine, Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.

 

Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Western Herbs.   She has studied with Dr. Steve Marsden, Dr.Huisheng Xie, Registered Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and many others. She received her Masters of Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014.  IN 2013, she down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware.  She is now a full-time continuing educator and lectures regularly on Western Herbal Veterinary Medicine, and other wholistic topics.  She is published frequently in journals such as JAHVMA and IVC (Integrative Veterinary Care Journal).

 

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of American Herbalists Guild, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Holistic VMA and AVMA.  She is on the Editorial Board of the AHVMA Journal.  Dr. Dohmen lives on a 72 acre farm with her husband, 2 sons, and many four-legged animals.  She has her own organic herb and vegetable gardens.  She also owns Lowood Educational Center in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

 

Dr. Kris August, DVM, GDVWHM, CHPV

Dr. Kris August received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991 and earned a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV) through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) as well as a contributor to the certification program, a co-author of the IAAHPC Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Guidelines (2013) and the textbook Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice (2017). Dr. August owns an integrative veterinary housecall practice in Ames, Iowa, in which her primary focus is geriatric and end of life care, and herbal medicine. A consultant for the Hospice and Palliative Care board on VIN, Dr. August also lectures and writes on topics concerning end of life care, herbal medicine and “caring for the caregiver”.

 

Dr. August values compassionate care for animals, people, plants and our world, with a special focus on caring for the caregiver. We cannot help others unless we continue to care for ourselves. She is currently a student of tai chi and qigong and practices nature meditation. Dr. August enjoys teaching and learning through sharing her passions with others, and has taught in a variety of capacities from Waldorf-inspired playgroups to Tae Kwon Do, to teaching veterinarians and veterinary students in herbal medicine, animal hospice, and self-care topics. She enjoys working with her good friend Dr. Laurie Dohmen to bring a holistic approach to learning veterinary herbal medicine.

 

 

GUEST LECTURER

We are excited to announce that Vickie Shufer will be leading many of our herb walks. She will also be lecturing on Botany and conducting a wild foods lab. Vickie is an alum of MUIH, where she got her MS in Therapeutic Herbalism in 2013. Vickie is a naturalist, herbalist, and forager. She worked in False Cape State Park for over 20 years before moving on to her own business. Vickie is the owner of Wild Woods Farm, a native nursery in northeastern North Carolina where she grows coastal native plants. She also conducts foraging and wellness programs in Virginia and North Carolina. Vickie is the author of several books, including The Everything Guide to Foraging (Adams Media, 2011), and was the editor/publisher of The Wild Foods Forum newsletter from 1994 to 2014. If you want to know more about her, Vickie’s website is http://ecoimages.us.

 

 

LOCATION

Recently, Purple Moon has moved its base of operation to Lowood Educational Center in North Duck.  This site will be a permanent location for Purple Moon’s courses.  The Educational Center has 3 floors: on the top is a breakfast nook with a library of herbal books available for perusal over the weekend.  The second floor is the kitchen classroom.  This is where labs and smaller courses will be held. There will be cameras over the prep table and stove linked to the large screen in the room for better visualization.  The bottom floor is a state-of-the-art open room with large glass doors overlooking some of the gardens.  Lowood also has its own elaborate cultivated gardens and native area with trails and benches.  Vickie Shufer and her company have tirelessly added many native and medicinal plants for educational and beautification purposes.  Additionally, there are 3 bedrooms available for students to rent while attending classes, along with a common kitchen, dining area and living room.

 

 

THE OUTER BANKS

The Outer Banks is a great place for self-healing. As veterinarians, we are very compassionate to others, but less so to ourselves. We believe that the healthier we are as practitioners, the more good we can do for our patients. Come to the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina and enjoy the beach while learning about Western Herbs. Breakfast will be included every morning, including a variety of fresh choices, and a plethora of teas and coffee.

 

The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands that consist of a string of sand dunes that serve to protect the mainland of North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean. They are separated from the mainland by large bodies of water called “sounds.” We will be at the north end of the island in between Duck and Corolla, home of the Corolla Wild Horses. This area of the Outer Banks is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound with easy free access to both. The area is replete with open spaces and natural settings that stir the soul, as wild as the native horses. We will be there in what is called the “shoulder season,” during which the Outer Banks is open and ready for tourist business, with a plethora of delicious and fresh restaurants. There are also a variety of activities available, including wild horse tours, mini golf, surfing and more. However, since it is not fully tourist season, places are quiet and more intimate. No matter what the season, the locals are incredibly welcoming and friendly.

 

There are 2 towns at the north end of the island.  South is the town of Duck. There are many excellent restaurants and shops open in the evenings in Duck. We will have a list for students of recommendations and open hours at the beginning of the conference. North is Corolla (not pronounced like the Toyota, but Cor-al-la). Corolla has a few excellent restaurants also, most notably Mexican and seafood. In Corolla, there are many fun activities, if time allows, it is worth spending an extra day. There is Historic Corolla, with the original lighthouse that can be climbed. “The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors to this Outer Banks attraction can climb the winding staircase, 220 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse, at the base and on the first two landings, there are museum-quality lighthouse exhibits” (http://corollaguide.com/attractions). Also in the village is the Whalehead Club, “Whalehead is an historic house museum on the northern Outer Banks. The grand residence, dressed in bold yellow and striking copper, stands on a vast green lawn bordering the Currituck Sound” (http://corollaguide.com/attractions). The grounds in between the lighthouse and the Whalehead are beautiful to walk, with a boat house and a bridge right on the edge of the Sound. Farther north in Corolla, the main road ends and the beach becomes the road. This is the home of the genetically pure Corolla Wild Horses. “Present day Ocracoke and Corolla wild horses carry the distinguishing features of Spanish type horses. One striking similarity to the Arabian ancestry is the number of vertebra (one less than most breeds) which occurs in the Banker Horse Breed. Their even temperament, endurance, size, and the startling beauty which crops up frequently in the Banker Horses all point strongly to their dramatic history…these are the remnants of once numerous herds of Spanish stock which ran free along the sandy islands of our coast. The Spanish Mustang Registry is satisfied that the Banker Horses, in particular the Corolla strain, are as lineally pure to the 16th century Spanish importations as can be found in North America today, and that they compare closely to the selectively bred South American Spanish derivative stock” (http://www.corollawildhorses.com/). There are multiple tour companies that will take you up to see this area (it requires a 4WD vehicle), but please take a tour with Corolla Outback Adventures. They are offering all interested Purple Moon students a discounted rate of $45 if they want to do a horse tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Read

 

This website is intended for educational and reference purposes, and is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe or treat any illness or injury. The information contained in this website is technical and is in no way to be considered as a substitute for consultation with a recognized health-care professional. As such the author and others associated with this website accept no responsibility for any claims arising from the use of any remedy or treatment mentioned here.

 

 

 

Get In Touch

 

Snail Mail:

1841 Bryant's Corner Road

Hartly, Delaware 19953

 

Phone:  (302) 270-5095

Fax:  (302) 450-7398

 

Email:

info@purplemoonherbstudies.com

 

CLICK HERE

to send a message via our contact form.

 

 

 

 

© Copyright 2020 Purple Moon Herbs and Studies.

All Rights Reserved.

 

Veterinary Herbal Apprenticeship & Retreat

 

  Dates:

September 11-14, 2020

October 16-19, 2020

November 14-16, 2020

March 20-22, 2021

April 17-19, 2021

 

Location:

Lowood Educational Center, Duck, North Carolina

 

Pricing:

$3,225.00 for all 5 Modules

Deposit Due: $1000.00

Remainder due by August 1, 2020

 

Refunds:

All 2020 courses are fully refundable.

 

Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.

 

CE credits approved for VHAR: 81.5 CE credits, 56 IVAS

 

View and download the tentative schedule HERE.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

 

OVERVIEW

This is a comprehensive training in the use and practice of Western Herbal Medicine. All Materia Medica lectures will include an organoleptic component. There will be extensive labs in medicine making. Each module will feature an herb walk to a different part of the Outer Banks islands. We will also incorporate compassionate care, both for our patients and ourselves. We will have lectures and extra evening activities focus on self-care, as we believe good health starts with ourselves. Bonus offerings include Qi Gong in the breaks and a movie night! There will be homework so we can assess your progress as veterinary herbalists. Our classroom is upstairs with big windows and views of both the bay and the Currituck Sound. Breakfast will be included every morning in the classroom.

 

 

This course is being co-sponsored by the AHVMA, an AVMA affiliate organization.  CEUs are now available in the following states: AK, CA, IL, IN, KY, NE, NJ, OR, PA, TN, VA, WI, WV, WY, GA, LA, MA, RI, UT, NY.  If your state is not on this list, please check with your state board, as most accept AVMA-related credits.

 

 

LECTURES

There will be Materia Medica lectures organized primarily by Western organ system. There will be additional lectures to flesh out the practice of Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine (WVHM). These lectures will cover topics such as the origins of WVHM, the practice of formulation and prescribing, phytopharmacology and more. Also, a brief overview of other types of Herbal Medicine (such as Ayurveda and Chinese) will be discussed. Ancillary topics including Mushrooms and Essential Oils will be presented.

 

 

LABS

Hands-on labs will cover and give students the opportunity to make products for use in practice. Each session will focus on a different application, such as tinctures, topicals, and more. Students will then go home and make products based on that session’s lab, and these will be evaluated at the beginning of the subsequent session. In the last session, there will be a Medicine Making Show, where students will get an opportunity to present their own creations in a fun atmosphere.

 

 

HERB WALKS

Each session will feature an afternoon herb walk. This will be a guided walk in a different part of the Island each session. In each walk, there will be an opportunity to meditate with the plants or just enjoy the region.  The second module will begin our exploration of food therapy and herbs for the gastrointestinal system with a field trip to Island Farm just outside the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island. “A living history site, Island Farm interprets daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s” (http://www.theislandfarm.com).

 

On the farm, we will not only be discussing the medicinal herbs growing, but also what was in a standard “medicine chest” in the mid-1800’s in the United States. There will be time allotted for personal exploration of the farm, and we will be bringing a picnic lunch. We will be providing transportation, but students are welcome to drive themselves in order to spend more time in this area. There are lots of cool things to do on Roanoke Island. There is the Island Festival Park, which has the “Elizabeth ManteoII, a 16th-century sailing ship. It’s a representation of a particular 16th-century English merchant ship, Elizabeth, one of seven in Sir Walter Raleigh’s 1585 expedition to establish England’s first New World colony.  Costumed interpreters speaking Old English greet visitors to the ship with sea tales, legends and historical facts and answer questions about 16th-century seafaring…The Settlement Site is where guests get to interact with costumed interpreters portraying the colonist men and women as they settled into life in the New World. Visitors can try their hand at blacksmithing, woodworking, 16th-century games and more…Explore coastal Algonquian culture and history in the American Indian Town. The town represents an American Indian community similar to what the English explorers investigated and surveyed during their voyages to Roanoke Island and the surrounding area in the late 16th century. Visitors follow paths that wind through the park. Homes, agricultural areas and work shelters line the paths. The ceremonial dance circle is also located here. The exhibit has a planting and harvesting area where visitors can learn the advanced nuances of American Indian farming techniques. Three work shelters include activities like cordage (rope) making, mat and basket weaving, net mending, food preparation, tanning hides, fishing, boat building and gathering” (http://roanokeisland.net/attractions).

 

 

SELF CARE

In this course, self-care and renewal will be explored through ongoing activities in meditation, nature connection, and physical care. Work with the herbs will allow students to know them better by making teas, lotions, cordials, and simple crafts and gifts to bring nature awareness into the home and to families and friends. Qi gong and other physical activities be incorporated throughout along with sensory meditations during herb walks every weekend. There will be time left for fun too, with free evenings on the island and nearby movie nights.

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS

Students will be responsible for making 2 products based on the previous session’s lab for the following Module. Students will be responsible for handing in a Monograph on 2 new herbs for each Materia Medica lecture. On a rotating schedule, students will be required to present a pictorial and informational herb walk of their home area with 10 herbs presented. There will also be optional self-care journaling and projects after each session.

 

 

SUPPORT

There will be a list serve for the class where students can post any and all questions so we can all learn from each other. This will be a discussion forum between students and teachers. This will also be a site for students to organize room sharing and ride sharing, or any other activities that the whole group or small groups wish to organize. If we find there are certain activities everyone wants to do, we will make every effort to adjust the schedule to accommodate these plans. There will be a list of resources, some required and some optional. These will include texts, websites, reference lists and more. We will be posting all our PowerPoint slides to the group prior to each session. Membership in United Plant Savers will be included with registration.

 

 

SPEAKER BIOS

Dr. Laurie Dohmen

Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian.  She grew up in a time where pharmaceutical medicine was considered the zenith of all medicine.  All her schooling was in pharmaceutical medicine, but she started feeling that there was something more.  In her personal life, she had been a vegetarian for years; she wanted to help animals, not eat them.  She began to use organic food and alternative medicine modalities for herself and her family.  Her family thrived on this more wholistic lifestyle, and she realized that if these things were better for her family, they would be better for her patients also.

 

At the same time, more and more research became available which indicated that allopathic medicine was not the be-all-end-all that western doctors had always believed.  There was even research that vaccines and medicines that had been used and prescribed for years actually do more harm than good.  Becoming disillusioned with some areas of pharmaceutical medicine, Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.

 

Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Western Herbs.   She has studied with Dr. Steve Marsden, Dr.Huisheng Xie, Registered Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and many others. She received her Masters of Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014.  IN 2013, she down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware.  She is now a full-time continuing educator and lectures regularly on Western Herbal Veterinary Medicine, and other wholistic topics.  She is published frequently in journals such as JAHVMA and IVC (Integrative Veterinary Care Journal).

 

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of American Herbalists Guild, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Holistic VMA and AVMA.  She is on the Editorial Board of the AHVMA Journal.  Dr. Dohmen lives on a 72 acre farm with her husband, 2 sons, and many four-legged animals.  She has her own organic herb and vegetable gardens.  She also owns Lowood Educational Center in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

 

Dr. Kris August, DVM, GDVWHM, CHPV

Dr. Kris August received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991 and earned a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV) through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) as well as a contributor to the certification program, a co-author of the IAAHPC Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Guidelines (2013) and the textbook Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice (2017). Dr. August owns an integrative veterinary housecall practice in Ames, Iowa, in which her primary focus is geriatric and end of life care, and herbal medicine. A consultant for the Hospice and Palliative Care board on VIN, Dr. August also lectures and writes on topics concerning end of life care, herbal medicine and “caring for the caregiver”.

 

Dr. August values compassionate care for animals, people, plants and our world, with a special focus on caring for the caregiver. We cannot help others unless we continue to care for ourselves. She is currently a student of tai chi and qigong and practices nature meditation. Dr. August enjoys teaching and learning through sharing her passions with others, and has taught in a variety of capacities from Waldorf-inspired playgroups to Tae Kwon Do, to teaching veterinarians and veterinary students in herbal medicine, animal hospice, and self-care topics. She enjoys working with her good friend Dr. Laurie Dohmen to bring a holistic approach to learning veterinary herbal medicine.

 

 

GUEST LECTURER

We are excited to announce that Vickie Shufer will be leading many of our herb walks. She will also be lecturing on Botany and conducting a wild foods lab. Vickie is an alum of MUIH, where she got her MS in Therapeutic Herbalism in 2013. Vickie is a naturalist, herbalist, and forager. She worked in False Cape State Park for over 20 years before moving on to her own business. Vickie is the owner of Wild Woods Farm, a native nursery in northeastern North Carolina where she grows coastal native plants. She also conducts foraging and wellness programs in Virginia and North Carolina. Vickie is the author of several books, including The Everything Guide to Foraging (Adams Media, 2011), and was the editor/publisher of The Wild Foods Forum newsletter from 1994 to 2014. If you want to know more about her, Vickie’s website is http://ecoimages.us.

 

 

LOCATION

Recently, Purple Moon has moved its base of operation to Lowood Educational Center in North Duck.  This site will be a permanent location for Purple Moon’s courses.  The Educational Center has 3 floors: on the top is a breakfast nook with a library of herbal books available for perusal over the weekend.  The second floor is the kitchen classroom.  This is where labs and smaller courses will be held. There will be cameras over the prep table and stove linked to the large screen in the room for better visualization.  The bottom floor is a state-of-the-art open room with large glass doors overlooking some of the gardens.  Lowood also has its own elaborate cultivated gardens and native area with trails and benches.  Vickie Shufer and her company have tirelessly added many native and medicinal plants for educational and beautification purposes.  Additionally, there are 3 bedrooms available for students to rent while attending classes, along with a common kitchen, dining area and living room.

 

 

THE OUTER BANKS

The Outer Banks is a great place for self-healing. As veterinarians, we are very compassionate to others, but less so to ourselves. We believe that the healthier we are as practitioners, the more good we can do for our patients. Come to the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina and enjoy the beach while learning about Western Herbs. Breakfast will be included every morning, including a variety of fresh choices, and a plethora of teas and coffee.

 

The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands that consist of a string of sand dunes that serve to protect the mainland of North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean. They are separated from the mainland by large bodies of water called “sounds.” We will be at the north end of the island in between Duck and Corolla, home of the Corolla Wild Horses. This area of the Outer Banks is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound with easy free access to both. The area is replete with open spaces and natural settings that stir the soul, as wild as the native horses. We will be there in what is called the “shoulder season,” during which the Outer Banks is open and ready for tourist business, with a plethora of delicious and fresh restaurants. There are also a variety of activities available, including wild horse tours, mini golf, surfing and more. However, since it is not fully tourist season, places are quiet and more intimate. No matter what the season, the locals are incredibly welcoming and friendly.

 

There are 2 towns at the north end of the island.  South is the town of Duck. There are many excellent restaurants and shops open in the evenings in Duck. We will have a list for students of recommendations and open hours at the beginning of the conference. North is Corolla (not pronounced like the Toyota, but Cor-al-la). Corolla has a few excellent restaurants also, most notably Mexican and seafood. In Corolla, there are many fun activities, if time allows, it is worth spending an extra day. There is Historic Corolla, with the original lighthouse that can be climbed. “The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors to this Outer Banks attraction can climb the winding staircase, 220 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse, at the base and on the first two landings, there are museum-quality lighthouse exhibits” (http://corollaguide.com/attractions). Also in the village is the Whalehead Club, “Whalehead is an historic house museum on the northern Outer Banks. The grand residence, dressed in bold yellow and striking copper, stands on a vast green lawn bordering the Currituck Sound” (http://corollaguide.com/attractions). The grounds in between the lighthouse and the Whalehead are beautiful to walk, with a boat house and a bridge right on the edge of the Sound. Farther north in Corolla, the main road ends and the beach becomes the road. This is the home of the genetically pure Corolla Wild Horses. “Present day Ocracoke and Corolla wild horses carry the distinguishing features of Spanish type horses. One striking similarity to the Arabian ancestry is the number of vertebra (one less than most breeds) which occurs in the Banker Horse Breed. Their even temperament, endurance, size, and the startling beauty which crops up frequently in the Banker Horses all point strongly to their dramatic history…these are the remnants of once numerous herds of Spanish stock which ran free along the sandy islands of our coast. The Spanish Mustang Registry is satisfied that the Banker Horses, in particular the Corolla strain, are as lineally pure to the 16th century Spanish importations as can be found in North America today, and that they compare closely to the selectively bred South American Spanish derivative stock” (http://www.corollawildhorses.com/). There are multiple tour companies that will take you up to see this area (it requires a 4WD vehicle), but please take a tour with Corolla Outback Adventures. They are offering all interested Purple Moon students a discounted rate of $45 if they want to do a horse tour.