The Herbalist - - Dipaunka Macrides

Introductory Course

This course will introduce you to the wonderful and fascinating world of herbs. If you were thinking of doing a TAFE course, this private course will be a great Adjunct. 

This course is designed to give you a good grounding in herbs for home use. We will be covering different body systems and the herbs relating to those systems, and the common  aliments that affect each Body System. We  explore the emotional issues relating to each body system as well .

We will also be looking at herbal terminology, specific herbs and their properties. Plus we will be covering the spiritual & majikal uses of herbs as well as learning Herb identification. There is also a manufacturing component in this course where you will learn the art of brewing herbal concoctions for health, healing and beauty. 

This course is life changing and not for the Faint Hearted. 

Please only sign up for this course if you are definitely interested and are going to make the commitment to do the course to the end. I dont wish to waste your time or mine .

Alchemy is a big part of Herbal Medicine as I see and practice it . Purification, regeneration and transformation through the use of Herbs. 

Ancient. Herbalists  were also known as Apothecary's  .

Ways that Herbs can be used: Tablets, capsules , infusions, decoctions, tinctures, fluid extracts, syrups, juices (succus) glycertracts, oxymels,

Externally as: creams, ointments, infused oils , compresses, lotions, poultices, liniments , pastes, in baths, suppositories {vege glycerine, liquid – infusion, decoction, tincture or fluid extract, and vege gelatine or agar agar) powders, herbal wines, herbal vinegars, edible herbal oils, jams, soups, broths, smoke, pillows, sachets, plasters , lozenges, snuffs. Pastes, Edible Pastes, Smudge sticks. 

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Introductory Course Information:

10 week course compromising: First 8 weeks we will be meeting for 3.5 - 4 hours generally in the evenings. Then 2 full days, on the weekend of practical herbal manufacturing. Weekly assignments and case studies are also part of this course. A Certificate is given to all attendees who complete this course.

Course Fee:

Course Fee for the 10 weeks: $600 for waged, $500 for concession. A Non Refundable Deposit of $150 is required to secure your place.


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What attendees have said:

Thanking you from the bottom of my heart, to have such an inspirational lecturer (mentor). I know I have found a path I will be on for the rest of my life.Thank you for lectures with a handful of passion and thank you for seeing things on such a different level (and allowing me to see things on a different level). You have opened my eyes ( all 3 ) Inspired my life. Blessings

~ Zoe- Nicole Baldwin

Hello, Im not sure if you remember me, but I took your herbology course at TAFE in 2003. I just wanted to say that even though its 10 years later, your class and influence has since created a massive and wonderful journey in my life. i moved back to South Australia, and became a Pharmacy assistant that specialised In natural Therapies. I have become a Bach Flower dispenser (as a hobby) and am a Reiki practitioner. Anyway. I just wanted to make contact and thank you for the journey you helped me find. Whether directly or indirectly your teachings have inspired me to be so passionate about Natural Therapies. I send you Many Happy Vibes your way. I wish you all the best for the future. I know you will continue to do wonderful things. and Im all for helping raise awareness of your brilliant work. Love and Light Kelly-Ann Burgess (formerly Hewett)

~ Kelly Ann- Burgess

I completed Dipaunka’s beginners course in 2012. If I had known what I signed up for, I would have done it years ago! This course has been beginning of an amazing journey and has opened my eyes in so many levels. Even though I have always been quite health conscious person, I now live the life that I can truly say is actually health conscious. I have become a raw foodist and making my own everything (medicine, cosmetics, household cleaning products etc.), being able to see behind what “commercial world” wants us to see. This course was not only a great way to learn about herbs, but also opens up one’s mind in so many different level and makes you dig deeper every day. Thank you for that. Cheers, Triin-Liis

~ Triin - Liis Harma

A journey into the intelligence of plants and our interactions with them. This 10 week course had butterflies of intrigue and anticipation in my stomach every week before class. The vast array of knowledge supplied is beyond monetary comprehension. Highly recommended to everybody, but an absolute must for those seeking answers and action on aiding in mankind & earths healing, starting with ones self. Great teaching methods which comes from many years of experience. Thanks Dipaunka. Peace and Blessings Josh

~ Josh Petrusma

I did both courses several years after I completed an advanced diploma of Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine with Kathleen Dunn. I had intended to use this as a refresher, but gained so much more than I could have imagined. Dipaunka is a very peaceful, very wise soul who shares his knowledge to the degree that you are able to absorb it. There is no limit. If you have found your way to him, or to his website, then I'd suggest you're not there by accident. When the student is ready, the teacher appears. Let him teach, so you in turn, can. Thanks D, I'm very grateful.

~ Lynda Jones

Hi Dipaunka , I wish I had the awareness to thank you far all the work you went to in sharing with us and teaching your knowledge. For the price you charged, it was a really amazing deal for all we received from it. So thank you . I hope you enjoyed teaching us and that we honour the wisdom. Thank you . Pia

~ Pia Harwood

Since taking the intro to herbs course: -I have changed to 80% organic fruit / veg -cut out all preservatives / unnatural additives - thrown away any remnants of unnatural beauty / care products - Harmonised my menstrual cycle through herbs - Know an effective herbal remedy for the (slight) period pain i still experience - Feel empowered to deal with any health issues that arise - Believe health issues are unlikely as i have neuked any nasty parasites and feel soooo much better. - Also am stepping away from relationships that no longer serve my higher self... Thankyou so much for the course, it has been transformational for me.

~ Love, Lizzy

I attended Dipaunka's beginners herbalist course and was impressed with the level of knowledge and the willingness of Dipaunka to share his knowledge with the students in the course. The course included course notes which have been a useful reference both during and after the course. Dipaunka referenced the metaphysical aspects of herbs and led students to gain this understanding themselves through completing a 'herb diet' journal for one herb for the length of the course. For me the course took me on a journey, each assignment built on the previous assignment and the last one coalesced the knowledge into a practical understanding of diagnosis and prescription The manufacturing weekend provided a taster of how to manufacture tonics, ointments and creams. I would recommend anyone who is interested in learning about herbs, either on a personal or professional level to attend Dipaunka"s herbalist course and for some to challenge themselves to a new understanding of the world.

~ Raine Quinn

I couldn't have hoped for a better course than Dipaunka's Herb School. He is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also a very experienced and skilful teacher who spends time in the classroom with the stuff that really matters plus supports his students with copious handouts. I also loved the holistic nature of the learning and the feeling of community that developed with the other students. Dr Meg Howe, PhD, BVMS, BScVB

~ Meg Howe

“Dipunkas’ teachings are empowering and inspiring Through his knowledge, wisdom and vast experience he empowers the individual to make better life choices More importantly to take back the power of ones healing through the gifts of herbs He is an inspiring uniquely gifted teacher in many ways With gratitude Janet”

~ Janet Tunjic


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