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In the Garden of the Medicine Buddha

A Wellness Retreat with David Crow

March 28–29, 2014
1:00 AM–1:00 AM

The mandala of the Medicine Buddha’s healing realm contains many symbolic teachings and meditations relevant to our modern world.
Join David Crow, a master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist, and practitioner of Tibetan Medicine for an exploration of Tibetan Medicine’s inner dimensions in three parts:
I. Conversation on the Medicine Buddha’s Many Symbolic Teachings

II. Contemplating Prana and the Five Elements: A morning of guided meditations on the principles of Tibetan medicine

III. Creating a Home Pharmacy For Your Body Type

Friday, March 28
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Conversation on the Medicine Buddha’s Many Symbolic Teachings

Before the program, enjoy Happy Hour in the K2 Lounge beginning at 6:00 p.m. After the program, enjoy a free tour of the exhibition Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine.
Saturday, March 29
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Morning Session: 11: a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Contemplating Prana and the Five Elements: A morning of guided meditations on the principles of Tibetan medicine

Tibetan medicine, like classical Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, is based on understanding how nature’s elements and energies function in the human body. These elements and energies can be experienced directly through simple body-based meditation practices. A heightened awareness of the body’s energies and elements gives not only a direct experiential understanding of the principles of Tibetan medicine, but also leads to a deeper appreciation of our biological unity with nature and a greater capacity for self healing.
Break: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy lunch in the cafe, visit the galleries, and browse the shop, which features essential oils and other products from David Crow’s company, Floracopeia.
Afternoon Session: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Creating a Home Pharmacy For Your Body Type

There are many simple, low cost and effective dietary and herbal methods that can greatly benefit every person and their individual constitution. Join David Crow for an afternoon of exploring how the nutritional and herbal principles of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine can be applied in a practical way through creating a simple home pharmacy.

– Simple dietary advice for balancing each of the three body types
– Using common herbs and spices for each body type and the changing seasons
– Specific herbs to balancing and strengthening each body type
– Essential oils and aromatherapy for each constitution
The galleries, shop, and cafe remain open until the museum closes at 6:00 p.m.
David Crow is one of the world’s foremost experts and leading speakers in the field of botanical medicine and grassroots healthcare. He is a master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist with over 30 years experience and is an expert in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medical systems. David is a renowned author, a poet, and is the founding director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures.
David Crow graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1984, and began his clinical practice of acupuncture and herbology. In 1987, his interest in Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine took him to Nepal, where he began a series of internships with several masters of these ancient healing sciences. The story of these journeys and the teachings he received became the basis for his exquisite literary work, In Search of the Medicine Buddha, published by Tarcher-Putnam in 2000.
During his studies in the Himalayas, Mr. Crow became aware of the widespread ecological destruction taking place in that part of the world, and the loss of medicinal plants on which the ancient medical systems depended. At the same time, he began to understand how medicinal plants were the key to solving numerous interrelated global problems: lack of healthcare, poverty, environmental destruction, and loss of ethnobotanical knowledge. Floracopeia was created as a way to help preserve and promote the use of botanical medicines as solutions to these growing problems.
David Crow has presented his vision of grassroots healthcare, preservation of botanical medicines, and the use of plants for ecological restoration to hundreds of audiences, ranging from small private groups to conferences and lecture halls, to a panel discussion with the Dalai Lama broadcast internationally to millions of viewers. He has given numerous keynote speeches, taught at conferences and colleges of naturopathic, Chinese, and Ayurvedic medicine, and been interviewed on numerous radio programs. His articles and excerpts from his book have been published in several magazines, and In Search of the Medicine Buddha has been translated in three foreign editions.
Through writing, teaching, and activism, David Crow is promoting the creation of a grassroots healthcare system based on community gardens. He is a co-founder of The Learning Garden at Venice High School in Los Angeles. This garden has quickly become one of the country’s largest and most successful school gardens.
David currently travels and teaches throughout the world. Through his visionary synthesis of medicine, ecology, and spirituality, he has helped transform the lives of thousands.