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Level One

Growing Awareness of Nature


Start a transformative relationship with nature now!

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1.5-2 hours/week

Course 2 Coming in 2024

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The introductory course will give you a direct experience of the aliveness of nature and our ancestral relationship with nature. The introductory course touches upon the importance of nature’s influence in our lives and the amazing ability of plants to guide and heal. It will inspire you to relate to plants as living beings and recognize their generous source of help to live a fulfilled life. Seeing plants as living beings allows us to recognize that we are part of them, and they of us – we are not separate. We are family. Through an introduction to the worldview of the five phases, you will learn a language for communicating with plants, listening and learning from them.

In these modern times, we are not taught to see the plants and trees as sacred or as having wisdom. In this void, many are expressing a desire to connect with nature, ancestral wisdom, and the land. This course supports that journey back to connection with the natural world. We will explore our relationship with the plants that live around you: the common plants that grow in your yard or surrounding area, the weeds that find their way through the cracks in the cement on the sidewalk, the trees that grace your streets and forests. With whatever types of plants and trees live near you, you will be able to perceive them with different eyes; through a new worldview.  

Whether you want to deepen your relationship with nature, learn how to communicate with plants, enrich the quality of your life, or become a Plant Spirit Medicine healer, the Plant Spirit Medicine: Growing Awareness of Nature course will guide you toward that goal. The memory of connection with all living beings is calling us and now is the time to answer.

Who is this course for?

Throughout the years, Plant Spirit Medicine has attracted a broad and international audience with different learning interests and needs.

Level 1, Plant Spirit Medicine: Growing Awareness of Nature, is for you if you are curious about plants, want to deepen your connection and relationship with nature, learn more about your connection to plants, live in closer harmony and balance with nature, or become a Plant Spirit Medicine healer. Whatever calls you, Plant Spirit Medicine: Growing Awareness of Nature course will guide you toward that goal.

During this OnDemand course, you will have direct experience with nature, and in the process, deepen your connection to all of life, becoming more aligned with the natural rhythm of nature.

Learning outcomes

  • Explore how plant consciousness is a fundamental experience in all ancient healing traditions
  • Learn about the influences of body, mind, and spirit on our lives
  • Learn about the world as an expression and movement of energy
  • Understand the principles of reciprocity and engagement with plants
  • Explore the language of plants through the seasonal worldview and learn how those phases live within each of us and influence our lives
  • Explore the worldview and fundamentals of the shamanic way of life
  • Learn and practice dream journeying with drumming
  • Learn a language for communicating with the plants
  • Build a relationship with plants and the natural world based on respect, exchange, and deep sensory engagement.


The Plant Spirit Medicine: Growing Awareness of Nature course is designed to be an experiential course. At the end of each module, we will provide assignments that are crafted to reinforce the material presented. This course is meant to give you a new way of seeing the world so you can incorporate that learning into your everyday life. In order to receive the full experience, we encourage you to complete all of the assignments so you can truly immerse yourself into a sensory relationship with the world. You will need the Plant Spirit Medicine book to complete course assignments. To purchase the book, click here.


Module 1
Nature is alive
Module 2
Plant consciousness
Module 3
What is Plant Spirit Medicine?
Module 4
Accessing the Unseen World through “Household Shamanism”
Module 5
A new worldview: Five phases
Module 6
Module 7
Module 8
Module 9
Module 10
Module 11
Dream Journeying to your Teacher
Module 12
Communicating with the Spirit of Plants

Start Dates

Start now. This is an on-demand course, you can sign up for at any time and complete from home at your own pace.


This e-course is for anyone around the world and no previous knowledge is needed. Make sure you have the Plant Spirit Medicine book to complete assignments. Sign-up now and start learning from your favorite location.

Course Presenters

Plant Spirit Medicine healer and teacher, Alison Gayek.

Alison Gayek

Plant Spirit Medicine Healer and Teacher

Alison brings a wealth of knowledge to her healing and teaching practices with over twenty-five years of experience. She trained under Eliot Cowan, and began her clinical practice in the late 1990s. In 2002, Eliot Cowan invited her to begin teaching with him and in the ensuing years became a fully trained teacher of Plant Spirit Medicine.

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Patrick Hanaway

Mara’akame and Teacher

For over 20 years, Patrick has served as a functional medicine family physician. As an initiated Mara’akame (healer in the Huichol tradition) and Firekeeper, he leads ceremonies and offers healing sessions to promote balance in people’s lives. At his core, Patrick is a healer and teacher.

Guest Speakers

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Colin Campbell

Sangoma (Healer)

Colin is a practitioner of traditional African medicine, based in Cape Town, South Africa and the UK. He receives clients from all over the world, and facilitates international group processes relating to natural law, transformation, healing & personal power, sacred sites, and cross-cultural cosmology. His work bridges major world cities with ancestral homelands and forgotten wilderness, taking him from the Amazon Basin to Los Angeles, the sacred sites of Venda to the urban grit of Johannesburg, and remote Ethiopia to the City of London. Colin co-founded and co-runs a training school in Botswana for traditional doctors and sangomas with his brother Niall Campbell. At the age of eleven he was called to be trained and initiated as a traditional doctor and sangoma. He thus acquired a deep knowledge of Tswana culture and its traditional medicinal and spiritual practices.

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Don Aurelio Ramirez

Nahua Healer and Weather worker

Don Aurelio lives in Amatlán, Mexico and is of Nahua origin. He is heir to the legacy of four generations of traditional healers. At the age of 12, he received the calling to become a granicero or weather worker, who are spiritual workers that are related with weather beings. They are intermediaries that work to protect the harvest and prevent disasters that could destroy their crops. As a young child, Don Aurelio was hit by lightning and started to know things about the weather after that incident. Today, he sees patients at his house in Amatlán, Mexico and has been invited to participate in several events around the world to share the ancestral wisdom of his people.

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Sofia Díaz Hernández

Mayan Tzotzil Healer

Sofia grew up in Chiapas, Mexico. Culturally she is a Tzotzil Mayan. Sofia has been a curandera or promotora de salud comunitaria (a healer and health educator for the community) for over twenty years.  As a healer and teacher, Sofia is dedicated to the healing arts, promoting and keeping alive Traditional Mexican Medicine and knowledge of Medicinal Plants through courses, workshops in Mexico and around the world. Having grown up immersed in the traditional ways, she has a vast knowledge of the wisdom and medicinal qualities of plants and traditional healing methods. Ever humble and modest, she is a treasure to her people and all she comes into contact with.

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Kat Maier

Author and Herbalist

She is the founder and director of Sacred Plant Traditions, a center for herbal studies in Virginia. One of her greatest accomplishments has been to train many clinical herbalists who have gone onto to begin other schools, apothecaries or open practices. Kat teaches internationally at universities, conferences, and herbal schools. She is a founding member of Botanica Mobile Clinic, a nonprofit dedicated to providing accessible herbal medicine to local communities. Kat also served as president of United Plant Savers and was the recipient of the organization’s first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. She is coauthor of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas and author of Nautilus Gold Medal  Award winning book, Energetic Herbalism: A Guide to Sacred Plant Traditions Integrating Elements of Vitalism, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.

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Tieraona Low Dog

Integrative Physician and Herbalist

Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is an internationally recognized physician, educator, author, and expert in integrative medicine, dietary supplements, herbal medicine, and women’s health. Dr. Low Dog is a four-time National Geographic author, international speaker, and consultant to Fortune 500 companies. A co-founding member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine, and Presidential Appointee under Bill Clinton, Dr. Low Dog has received many meritorious awards from academia, public health, and the natural products industry, including Time Magazine’s Innovator of the Year in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

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Pat McCabe

Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining

Pat is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human.

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Eliot Cowan (1946-2022)

Author, Teacher and Healer

Eliot was a visionary in the spiritual and healing world, author and teacher of Plant Spirit Medicine, Founder of Blue Deer Center, a healing retreat center in upstate New York and its Huichol Art Project that supports an ongoing relationship to the Huichol people of the Sierra Madres Mountains of western Mexico. In his quiet way, Eliot was a pioneer and force for bringing the traditional ways of living and healing to many people. His passion was to bring spiritual healing to the human heart.

Guest Speakers

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Graphic illustration of a singing black-capped chickadee songbird.