April 8 – 14, 2017

Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Training

Session One in Charlotte, NC

with & Eliot Cowan

“My training and years of clinical work have convinced me that the overwhelming majority of our health problems, of all kinds – our physical health problems and our mental and emotional health problems – are caused by pain in our hearts, our spirit, and our soul.” — Eliot Cowan

It is easy to recognize that plants offer us food, oxygen, and medicines, but less known today is that plants have spirits with wisdom to nurture and heal us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Ancient cultures and shamans have known for millennia that the medicine of plant spirits can bring us into balance and harmony, but much of this tradition has been lost in the West.

This course brings together shamanic techniques with the ancient Chinese medical philosophies of the Five Elements. As the course progresses, you will

  • learn Chinese Five Element worldview
  • study Pulse Taking
  • practice Household Shamanism
  • make direct relationship with plants through Shamanic Journeying
  • engage in intensive clinical work to hone Assessment/Treatment skills

Program offered by the Blue Deer Center.


Mr. Cowan is best known for making accessible two treasures: the indigenous Huichol shamanistic tradition of Mexico and an approach to deep healing with the spirits of plants.

Details & Pricing

Location: Sacred Grove Retreat, 15720 Mattons Grove Church Road, Gold Hill NC 28071

Session One Cost: $2200
plus, Non-refundable Registration Fee:  $300

Please contact the local coordinator, Collen Sperati, at colleensperati@bluedeer.org with questions about the venue, transportation, food, etc. For more information on the PSM Healer Training course, please email psmadmissions@bluedeer.org ;or call Karla Refoxo on 310-254-5413.

This is the first of a series of 10 sessions, held over the course of 2 years. The first is a week-long session, which will provide the big picture for becoming a Plant Spirit Medicine healer, as well as the foundational material necessary for the subsequent weeks of the course. 

Sessions 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be long weekend programs (2 x 4-day weekends and 2 x 3 -day weekends).  During these sessions, students will build on the foundation taught during the first week of the course and begin to add the additional components necessary for the practice of Plant Spirit Medicine.   These fundamental building blocks will begin to create a more complete picture of how deeply the medicine helps others and what you need to learn in order to practice it effectively.

These long weekends will be followed by three week-long advanced sessions to be held at Blue Deer Center, located in the Catskill Mountains of New York, which will unify the teachings and begin the work with clients through clinical demonstrations, giving you an opportunity to join up with other students studying the medicine. The ability to create connections and community with other students of Plant Spirit Medicine is invaluable.

Sessions 9 and 10 are clinical weeks, giving you the opportunity to shadow the faculty and present your own patients. 

Session 1 - 6 days, costs $2200
Session 2 - 4 days, cost $1650
Session 3 - 3 days, cost $1285
Session 4 - 4 days, cost $1650
Session 5 - 3 days, cost $1285
Session 6 – 7 days, cost $2200
Session 7 – 7 days, cost $2200
Session 8 – 7 days, cost $2200
Session 9 – 7 days, cost TBD
Session 10 – 7 days, cost TBD
There is also a $300 non-refundable registration fee for the series.

Payment of the registration fee will reserve your spot in the course.

Cancellation Policy: The $300 registration fee for the Plant Spirit Medicine (PSM) Course series is not refundable or transferrable. Cancellation of your reservation for a session more than 14 days prior to arrival entitles you to a full refund of tuition for that session less a $50 processing fee. If you cancel 8 to 14 days prior to arrival, your session fee, less a $50 processing fee, will be held for you to use in another future PSM program up to a year. If you cancel 2 to 7 days prior to arrival, your session fee, less a $50 processing fee and food costs, will be held for you to use in another future PSM program up to a year. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 48 hours before a session's start date. Refunds will be processed within 2 weeks of your cancellation.