SATURDAY/SUNDAY SEMINARS

Are you interested in learning more about natural and holistic health? At the Community Center, we specialize in educating people from all backgrounds and education levels about natural health and naturopathic practices. Our classes are taught by natural health professionals who are always eager to impart their knowledge onto others. We know that there are many others like us who have a passion for naturopathic study and leading a healthier lifestyle. So join us at the Naturopathic Community Center for one of our many weekend natural health classes.

Expand Your Knowledge

Saturday/Sunday Seminars have expanded to MORE with formatting on weekdays to provide a richer and more in-depth experience. These seminars are open to the public, natural health professionals, and massage therapists. These are great classes for professionals looking for CEUs for licensing requirements. The cost varies depending on the seminar.
Saturday/Sunday and More Seminars do require preregistration and payment. Call (989) 317-4787 to reserve your spot. Meals are on your own in most cases.
This year’s classes have been updated to included hands-on learning, a make it—take it using essential oils, permaculture and understanding the world around us as it pertains to our health, and making connections with your children.
Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Naturopathic Community Center, 503 East Broadway Street, downtown Mount Pleasant. Lunch from 12 to 1 is on your own.

May 15 – 19: Master Design Practicum in Permaculture

This master permaculture design practicum is for anyone looking to study permaculture design at a deeper level. Enhance your understanding of the permaculture ethics and principles, and practice applying them to your property with input and guidance from our worldrenowned instructor, Wayne Weiseman. Your landscape is filled with possibilities, and when you are finished, you will go home with a design that works for your own property. It will give you the skills and foresight needed to assess, conceive, and design your property into a perpetual harvest garden. This seminar will be held at the Naturopathic Institute all five days.
Instructor: Wayne Weiseman
Class Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Class Fee: $989

May 18: Plant Stem Cell

Plant stem cells (Gemmotherapy), also known as meristems, are embryo cells of plant buds or rootlets that are undifferentiated and have the potential to become any tissue in the body, very similar to animal (embryologic) stem cells. They hold the blueprint and genetics of the entire plant. They rapidly and gently restore the balance between mind and body, while having an impressive influence on all channels of elimination. A wealth of information and clinical research has been collected in Europe over the last 70 years. In this seminar, you will learn the emotional/mental signatures, impact on physiology/pathology, tissue affinities, and empirical protocols to initiate healing and how to incorporate other modalities along with plant stem cells.
Instructor: Timothy Hertzberg, ND
Class Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Class Fee: $89

June 1: Healing Powers of Hemp

Have you heard about CBD and the health benefits of hemp? Maybe, you have heard of the “Green Rush” as the opportunity of our generation. Or, maybe you are simply curious. We aren’t talking about the part that makes you high, but instead, about a plant rich in CBD with many therapeutic effects. Regardless of what attracted you here, science has shown hemp can impact you in a positive way. Every day, people are turning to this powerful herb to find relief from many of life’s challenges. A quick internet search provides thousands of claims… but what is accurate and trustworthy? How do you become a smart consumer and find your piece of the green pie? Join us as we learn about this amazing plant, how it works in our bodies to promote health, healing, and harmony, and how you can be a part of this movement. It’s about getting your life back!
Instructor: Jodi Jenks, ND, and Shelby Ogburn
Class Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Class Fee: Free

September 19 – 22: Plants

Hey, all you plant geeks! I know there are many of you out there. We are offering a great way to learn all about plants from Instructor Wayne Weiseman. He will share lessons learned from teaching years of primitive skills. His own recipes have been used to create a series of herbal products. His urban yard yields a huge percentage of his family’s food – how does he do it!?! Come learn how for yourself! Students will go home with plant-based products created in class at the Symbiosis Ranch. You will also observe, study, interact, and explore woodland, pasture, gardens, farm fields, and other ecosystems.
Instructor: Wayne Weiseman
Class Time:Thursday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Class Fee: $399

September 28: Human Trafficking

This class is still being developed. Please watch the Website and updated publications on the details. This is a very hot topic, and we want to make sure that we bring to you the best information and provide the student with the best way to identify, inform, and influence outcomes of human trafficking. Stay Tuned!

October 17 – 20 Mixed Permaculture Course

We are at it again! Take advantage of the full course weekend or split your time between individual days of learning. This year, we will be hosting the following options for students to get your gardening groove on by gaining insights into the following topics: Thursday, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.: The Alchemy of Gardening; Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Soil and Composting; Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Tree Identification and Guilds; and, last year’s favorite on Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Building and Using the Sweat Lodge!

Instructor: Wayne Weiseman

Class time: All day
Individual Class Fee: $89 for each day, $50 Thursday or $329 for the full course. These Courses will be held at Symbiosis Ranch.

October 26: CranioSacral in the Mouth

Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? Teeth trouble or TMJ? Brain fog and difficulty concentrating? Or, know someone who does? Advance your skills in CranioSacral therapy by learning to release tension inside the cranium to benefit nervous and glandular system functions. Special considerations will be given to the health concerns that arise from having worn braces or other dental devices and balancing the restrictions they cause. These advanced techniques help to improve health, focus, mental clarity, hormonal imbalances, and much more. CranioSacral experience required to take this class.
Instructor: Amy Jo Howard, ND
Class Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Class Fee: $89

November 9: How to Deliver a Baby

Everyone is invited to this lively and insightful class on “Birth for Everybody.” Does it matter how we view birth, or how we talk to our neighbors and kids about birth? (Hint: YES, IT DOES!) How we get born affects our whole lives – our expectations, how we breathe, our immune system, and how we connect (or not) with the rest of the human race. This lively class will reframe birth as it’s presented in the US today, teach what babies are really doing and expecting, and discuss how the amateur can safely and calmly deliver a baby if unexpected circumstances occur. NEW understanding of gentle birth has very specific and simple elements which reduce infant and maternal mortality, and that can be used in any situation for great outcomes! We’ll explore making-do in disasters and provide a beautiful, easy-to-use reference that reinforces all you’ve learned. This is a fun and inspirational day (no ick, promise!) and is for everyone who cares about mothers and babies – come with a friend!
Instructor: Beth Barbeau
Class Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Class Fee: $89