Ayurvedic Herbalism

A EcologyWorks Offering

Join Tyler Wauters, Alexis Durham and Kyle Roberts of The Hawthorn Institute for this EcologyWorks Intensive. Explore the elemental relationships that connect us to all living organisms as we learn how to see ourselves and nature through the lens of Ayurveda, bringing the concepts of elements, qualities, and doshas into our daily lives. We will place a special emphasis on bio-regional herbalism, engaging local plant allies and their surrounding ecosystems. From field walks to lifestyle practices, we will learn how to gracefully weave the sacred traditions of herbalism and Ayurveda into a holistic approach that we can begin to practice in our daily lives. This offering is hands-on and practice-oriented, and classes will include yoga, herb walks, plant identification, and sustainable harvesting techniques. We believe self-care leads to earth-care, and that we can best embody our true nature as we become stewards of our bodies and the land around us.

  • Develop an Ayurvedic Perspective
  • Integrate Doshas into your Daily Life
  • Foster a Bio-Regional Approach to Herbalism
  • Go on Local Field Walks
  • Discover your plant allies
  • Learn Sustainable Harvest Techniques
  • Yoga and Herbalism
Learn important practices and knowledge that advance a holistic paradigm of health and wellness based upon principles of living in harmony with nature.

Bio-Regional Perspective

Learn the herbs local to the Santa Ynez valley. Go on field walks to identify herbs in their natural habitat and learn how they are used to support holistic health and wellness.

Herb Identification

Study the properties of a variety of herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine and holistic healing. Find your plant allies and learn how to best utilize their gifts.

Hands-On Learning

Learn in a hands-on environment. Integrate learning into an holistic approach to health and wellness. Practice, Practice, Practice.

Meet the Instructor(s) For the Week

  • Tyler Wauters

    Tyler V. Wauters is a Ayurvedic Practitioner, bio-regional herbalist and co-founder of Hawthorn Institute.

    Tyler has devoted his life to the study of herbalism and Ayurveda, and has been teaching community workshops around the United States since 2007. Tyler’s education began with renowned herbalist and naturalist Frank Cook. He continued his study with the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, a Clinical Apprenticeship at the International College of Herbal Medicine with Isla Burgess, The Northeast School of Botanical Medicine with 7song, and 3 years of study at The Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad. Tyler lives with his wife Maya and tends their 10-acre homestead in southern Oregon where he continues to teach students about the human-plant relationship.

  • Instructor Alexis Durham

    Alexis Durham

    Alexis Durham is an herbalist, gardener, teacher, and avid lover of plants. She earned her B.Sc. in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University in 2008. Alexis returned to Seattle in 2012 as Bastyr University’s Garden Supervisor and was named Program Director for the Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design, teaching students to create healing landscapes with medicinal and edible plants. Public speaking engagements include National Herb Day at the US Botanical Gardens, Rootstalk, Bastyr University’s Herb and Food Fair, WSU’s 2014 Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference, AHG’s Professional Herbalist Training Webinars, NCNM’s Traditional Roots Institute, and a variety of community and continuing education courses. Currently based in southern Oregon, Alexis currently runs the medicine making program at the Hawthorn Institute. She has discovered that the potential for learning in the garden is infinite, and believes that the act of caring for plants is almost as healing as the plants themselves.

  • Kyle Roberts

    Kyle Roberts

    Kyle Roberts is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico where under the tutelage of Dr. Vasant Lad he studied the theoretical and clinical aspects of Ayurveda. Before, during, and after his formal ayurvedic training Kyle has studied Jyotish (classical vedic astrology), Ashtanga Yoga, Sanskrit, and herbology, as well as various practices of meditation and pranayama. He has studied throughout the United States and in India, working to integrate both eastern and western cultures into digestible forms of practical information. Kyle’s efforts are spent teaching various subjects within yoga and Ayurveda as well as integrating classical healing practices with modern practicality for individual health concerns. Kyle currently teaches Ayurveda around the world including the Hawthorn Institute.