Shamanism is an ancient healing technique. At its foundation is the the belief that all things are alive and have Spirit within them--rocks, trees, people, animals, the wind, etc. It is a healing method of direct revelation through interaction with the spirit world. Really one of the best explanations I have found comes from Michael Harner. You can find his answer to this question at Shamanism.org.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy." So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." -- Check out Reiki.org for more information.
Do Herbs really work?
Yes. The easiest way to demonstrate this is with a common plant part that is much overused in our society--the coffee bean. For most people, drinking an infusion of the roasted coffee bean acts as a nervous system stimulant. Go try it. ;)
Where do your herbs come from?
All of our herbs come from leaders in the herbal community. We source the dried herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs and buy in bulk so that we can offer them to you in smaller amounts at a reasonable price. Our tinctures are from HerbPharm and we carry Bach Flower Remedies in the store. We also carry homeopathics from Boiron and essential oils from Aura Cacia.
Can you help me choose the right herbal remedy?
While we don't diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any diseases, our clinical herbalist has extensive training and experience in choosing the right herbs for the individual. Our other staff has a basic understanding of herbs that are generally regarded as safe and more common conditions that present themselves to our community. We would be happy to help you choose just the right healing remedy.
Do you accept trade for services or workshops?
We can sometimes, but not often, accept trade for services or workshops. It really depends on the event and the person. We do offer sliding scale on most workshops and services; and many of our events are free. Simultaneously, we believe in the principle of energy exchange and the value of the healing work and the wisdom we share. If you are in need of healing services but truly cannot find the means to cover the cost of services, talk to Terri.
I'm interested in working at TVH, who do I contact?
For information on working at TVH, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know your interest, your talents and your work history.